- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Global oilfield services company Schlumberger (SHLUM-ber-jay) has donated $1.3 million in oil and gas exploration software to the University of New Orleans.

In a news release, the Houston-based company says the investment is part of a broader effort to support geosciences studies at the university.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1cuwyvq ) the money will pay for a three-year license for the Petrel E&P; software platform for UNO’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

UNO professor and geophysicist Mostofa Sarwar says the software will help teach students how to study and interpret seismic data.

The donation is Schlumberger’s second effort to boost geosciences studies at UNO. The company previously supported the research of two UNO graduate students by providing them access to seismic data, which is often proprietary and costly to access.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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