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Montana Tech Geophysical Engineering Department Receives Software Grants


The Montana Tech Geophysical Engineering Department was recently awarded two educational software grants. The first is a 3-year software grant continuation from Halliburton’s Landmark Software and Services business line valued at over $20,000,000. The software package is made available to Montana Tech for the sole purposes of University-sponsored research and teaching and use with federal, state, or industry sponsored or originated University projects. The Landmark software will be used by faculty, staff, and students to process and analyze seismic data. This software has also been used on numerous projects including the multi-year Antarctica project.

The second is an educational grant extension for the software package SMT Kingdom Suite. The 3-year grant is valued at $2,330,200. Geophysical engineering students have already used the software for multiple projects including recent work done at the Hanford Nuclear Site, climate change studies in Antarctica, and analysis of seismic data for Ballard Petroleum in Billings. The software comprises an array of modules designed for interpreting seismic and associated well log data. The software is used by both undergraduate and graduate students in the program.

"These software grants make it possible for our students to use the latest versions of industry standard software for tackling real world geoscience problems," explained Dr. Curtis Link, Montana Tech Geophysical Engineering Department Head. "Employers are always highly impressed with the skill sets our graduates have and their ability to immediately become productive in the work environment."

For more information, please contact Dr. Curtis Link at 406-496-4165.