ND’s EERC Partners With Hitachi To Study Unknowns, Guide Discoveries

By The Bakken magazine staff | May 16, 2014

The Energy & Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota has already worked with some of the Bakken’s biggest operators and now the EERC is set to work with a global force. Hitachi America and the research entity are partnering to develop technology-driven products, services and solutions for increasing production in the Bakken. The two entities  will mainly focus on developing analytical data tools for the oil and gas industry. The analytical tools will be suited for oilfield operators and state officials to better understand the relationship between a well’s production and a variety of other factors, ranging from how the well was drilled to the geology of an area. The data will help with current and future wells, Hitachi believes.

John Harju, a noted Bakken expert and associate director of research at the EERC, said that there is much about the Bakken that remains unknown. “We will be able to shed light on these unknowns and help guide the next round of discovery,” he said of the Hitachi partnership.

“The collaboration with EERC compliments our in-house strengths in big-data analytics with deep domain-related expertise in shale oil and gas production. Such collaborations will prove to be instrumental for the success of our IT X OT Convergence program,” said Umeshwar Dayal, vice president for the Big Data Research Lab of Hitachi American.

The EERC is currently involved in several Bakken-related projects, including work to analyze the Three Forks formation, identify best practices for production and use CO2 for enhanced oil recovery.