The University of Aberdeen and global energy group Halliburton have signed a strategic partnership agreement. The signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) comes as Halliburton announces a donation of equipment valuing £200 000 towards the creation of a new 3D visualisation suite at the university. Halliburton has also pledged £30 000 over three years in support of scholarships to nurture new talent for the future of the oil and gas industry. These latest donations add to software totalling over £7 million gifted by Halliburton to the university since 2001.
The MOU will see the organisations work collaboratively on research and on equipping students with the skills to meet the future demands of the energy sector. The new visualisation suite, which will be named The Halliburton Room, will allow seismic data, gathered from surveys of the earth’s crust, to be viewed in 3D for the first time at the University. The suite will be housed in the University’s Meston Building on its King’s College Campus, and will open later this year.
The facility will enhance research by enabling geoscientists to examine and map the internal structure of the earth’s crust, to improve the understanding of its evolution, and to study methods involved in oil and gas exploration. Those using the equipment will wear 3D glasses and use a joystick to navigate through the data, which will appear on a large screen.