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Geology Department at BYU receives $1 million software grant

Brigham Young University’s Department of Geology recently received a software grant worth more than $1 million from Seismic Micro-Technology, Inc.

The software will allow students and researchers to take multiple X-ray-like pictures of the Earth’s subsurface and convert them into detailed geological images which will help in the exploration of new oil and gas resources.

The SMT software license has been incorporated into three BYU courses offered to graduate and undergraduate students and has so far contributed substantially to more than a half-dozen master’s thesis projects completed or now in progress.

Covering a broad range of topics, research projects include petroleum-related exploration, groundwater resources, seismic hazard assessment and deep sstructure of the Earth beneath petroleum.

A leading developer and marketer of geoscience computer software, SMT has the goal of putting workstation software in classrooms so students graduating from universities will be equipped for the job market with practical experience.

For more information, contact John McBride at (801) 422-5219 or john_mcbride@byu.edu.

Writer: Brian Rust

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