SMT's Software Grant Provides Training for Geoscientists Entering Industry


SMT, the leader for Windows-based geoscientific interpretation software, announced the expansion of its software donation program to geoscience students in 160 colleges and universities in key oil and gas regions around the world.

Commenting on the announcement, Indy Chakrabarti, Director of Marketing, said, "SMT's Education Grant Program is part of the company's ongoing effort to provide real world experience and enable new geoscientists to get trained faster. With the anticipated crew change in our industry, we want to provide the technology and support that will enable new graduates to hit the ground running."

The goal of SMT's Educational Grant Program is to place software in the classroom so students graduating from universities are equipped for the job market with hands-on workstation experience. SMT KINGDOM™ software donations are utilized for both teaching and research at academic institutions in 27 countries worldwide.

Professor Steven Cande of University of California-San Diego, said, "The SMT KINGDOM software was recently used for a project that required processing of a vast amount of seismic data from the Ross Sea in Antarctica -- a data acquisition sponsored by the National Science Foundation. For this project, one of our students relied entirely on the SMT software for his interpretation process. We're grateful to SMT -- UC San Diego really needed the technology but it would have been too expensive for us to buy it. After some of our colleagues saw us using SMT, they wanted it too, so now multiple groups at the university are using it."

SMT offers KINGDOM software for teaching labs and professors' use in classes. Beginning in 2001, three-year grants, including all maintenance support and updates, have been donated with a total estimated value of more than one hundred fifty million dollars ($150MM).

Dr Christopher Jackson, StatoilHydro (STO) Lecturer in Basin Analysis, Department of Earth Science & Engineering of Imperial College in London, stated, "SMT's KINGDOM is used extensively at Imperial College. It is the ideal teaching tool as it is intuitive enough that no time is lost learning various 'button pushing' routines, or searching menus for various functionality. At the same time, KINGDOM is still powerful enough to be used for PhD-level research, which commonly has a strong focus on applied industry problems. Perhaps as importantly, the support and training offered by SMT to our students and staff is exemplary."