Students to benefit from GBP1.3M geological modelling and analysis software donation



Oil and gas students are to be given first-hand experience of industry-standard software thanks to a major donation.

The Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) at Heriot-Watt University has secured a software donation worth £1.3m from Petroleum Experts (Petex) to undertake academic research and teaching.

The software will allow students on the world leading MSc courses in Petroleum Engineering and Reservoir Evaluation and Management to enhance their future careers by exposing them to software used every day by those working in the industry. It will also promote the research capacity of the institute.

Professor John Underhill, Chief Scientist at Heriot-Watt University, welcomed the announcement, saying: “The Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) prides itself on its successful partnerships with leading industry partners. The continued success of its relationship with Petex is an exemplar of the strong links that can be forged. 

“The generous donation of the Integrated Production Modelling (IPM) suite provides IPE with unparalleled access to state-of-the art computer software covering a wide spectrum of applications including 3D MOVE, a leading geological modelling software'”

Petex is an Edinburgh based software engineering company which develops and commercialises software programs for the oil and gas industry.

With hundreds of clients worldwide and numerous business and innovation awards, they have grown to be one of the leaders in the development of petroleum engineering software and recently expanded into the petroleum exploration field through the 2017 acquisition of Midland Valley Exploration.

The donation cements Petex's close relationship with Heriot-Watt University and their commitment to education and research.

The software donation includes:

For further information please contact Dr Rachel Jamieson at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering.