Research Facilities


Drilling & Completions Simulator Lab











Located on the second floor of the new Engineering Education & Research Building.

The center features the the dual cyber chair DrillSIM 6000 and conventional brake handle DrillSIM 5000, and also includes the CTS 5000 coiled tubing and WL5000 wireline simulators for well intervention and completion activities, along with a workspace that can hold large classes. An instructor at a central command center can control all the units.

Using this technology, students will learn how to operate complex drilling, well control and well servicing equipment to prepare them for the workplace. They will be able to experience all the movement, sounds and operations of real offshore and onshore rigs but in a safe environment. Crucially, students can also experience high risk operational scenarios, which could never be practiced in the field.


Peabody Energy Advanced Coal Technology Lab

Peabody Lab

Located on the first floor of the School of Energy Resources Energy Innovation Center building.

The Peabody Energy Advanced Coal Technology Laboratory will be used primarily to analyze and research coal conversion technologies. The conversion of low-value fossil resources into higher-value products, also known as advanced conversion, is a key component of the SER’s strategic plan. This lab supports research in the conversion of natural gas and coal into various manufactured products and liquid fuels.

Projects currently active in this lab include studying the behavior of coal to develop and improve coal conversion system designs and reactors and the conversion of synthetic gas to ethylene glycol and diesel fuel with an emphasis on commercialization.


High Bay Research Facility

High Bay Research Facility

Center of Innovation for Flow Through Porous Media

The University of Wyoming's High Bay Research Facility contains approximately 90,000 square feet of traditional and high-bay research laboratories, offices and meeting areas. The goal of this facility is to provide sufficient space, capacity and state-of-the-art equipment to grow various niche areas of research being conducted at the University of Wyoming.

The facility has been designed to be easily reconfigurable, modular and expanded as different research areas grow or dissemble over time.

The Center of Innovation for Flow Through Porous Media conducts critical research in oil and gas. Wyoming's economy is largely based on natural resource extraction, so energy research to be conducted in the High Bay has direct implications for the future of the state and its citizens.

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Research Specialties

  • 4D Seismic Analysis and Reservoir Monitoring
  • Azimuthal Seismic
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Coalbed Methane
  • CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • CO2 Sequestration
  • Drilling Techniques
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Formation Evaluation
  • Geomechanics
  • Geostatistics
  • Imbibition/Wettability
  • Interfacial and Pore-Scale Transport in Porous Media
  • Machine Learning
  • Petrophysics
  • Produced Natural Gas Flaring Mitigation
  • Production of Crude Oil and Natural Gas
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Reservoir Fluid Thermodynamics (PVT)
  • Reservoir Simulation
  • Seismic-Based Porosity Detection/Characterization
  • Spontaneous Imbibition
  • Tectonic Inheritance
  • Waterflooding
  • Wax Mitigation in Well Bores
  • Wildfire Suppression
  • Wyoming Petroleum Systems