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CAPRS: Strategic Plan

Mission Statement

The Center for Applied Petrophysical and Reservoir Studies (CAPRS) conducts basic and applied research in the general areas of petrophysics and reservoir engineering that educates undergraduate and graduate students from geosciences and petroleum engineering.

Vision Statement

The Center for Applied Petrophysical and Reservoir Studies will be recognized by industry, professional societies, research institutes and government agencies as an international contributor in the advancement of the investigation and application of technology in the areas of petrophysics and reservoir engineering.

Adversity & Diversity

Critical Success Factors (measured by the degree of success over the next 5 years)

  • Sponsor 10 undergraduates in CAPRS research each year.
  • Sponsor 8 MS students in CAPRS research per year.
  • Sponsor 4 PhD students in CAPRS research per year.
  • Graduate 100% of all students involved with CAPRS in Geosciences or Petroleum Engineering.
  • Ensure placement of 100% of all graduating students in industry positions or graduate programs.
  • Meet student diversity recommendation of the university.

Objective 1.1: Recruit graduate and undergraduate students to Texas Tech Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering Departments

  • Strategies:
    • Participate in recruiting efforts with Petroleum Engineering Student recruiter.
    • Participate in recruiting efforts of Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering graduate advisors.
    • Find funds to offer scholarships to HS graduates and transfer students.
    • Seek invitations to speak at predominantly minority universities.
    • Proactively recruit students when the co−directors of CAPRS are making presentations at universities and professional society meetings.
  • Assessments:
    • Number of undergraduates recruited from HS.
    • Number of undergraduate transfer students recruited from community college or other universities.
    • Number of MS graduate students.
    • Number of PhD students.

Objective 1.2: Initiate faculty mentorship program for all students working on CAPRS research

  • Strategies:
    • Formalize relationship between Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering faculty and CAPRS activities.
    • Provide first−year graduate students who have not chosen a thesis supervisor with a faculty mentor.
  • Assessments:
    • Number of faculty mentors.
    • Retention rate.
    • Graduation rate of undergraduate students.
    • Graduation rate of graduate students.

Objective 1.3: Increase undergraduate and graduate student involvement in CAPRS research projects to prepare students for industry or advanced degrees.

  • Strategies:
    • Pursue funded research projects for students.
    • Include undergraduate student opportunities in all research projects.
    • Find funds to offer scholarships to encourage undergraduate students to enroll in independent study (PE 4000 or GEOL 4300) and work on CAPRS research projects.
    • Find funds to offer scholarships to encourage graduate students to enroll in independent study (PE 5000 or GEOL 5300) and work on CAPRS research projects.
  • Assessments:
    • Percentage of proposals including undergraduate opportunities.
    • Number of undergraduate scholarships.
    • Number of graduate scholarships.
    • Number of MS graduate students.
    • Number of PhD graduate students.
    • Percent of graduates with full−time employment.
    • Percent of students with summer employment.

Academic Excellence

Critical Success Factors (measured by the degree of success over the next 5 years)

  • Participate in 80% of the conferences related to the mission.
  • Participate in 80% of the federal proposal solicitations related to the mission.
  • Contribute to 80% of the journals related to the mission.

Objective 2.1: Contribute to the publications in regional, national, and international journals

  • Strategies:
    • Find funds to provide technical support to faculty and students to assist in proposal, publication, and presentation preparation.
    • Seek research opportunities that lead to publications.
  • Assessments:
    • Number of conference papers.
    • Number of journal publications.

Objective 2.2: Participate in professional presentations at regional, national, and international meetings

  • Strategies:
    • Find monies for faculty and students to participate in conferences.
    • Make five−year plan of all professional meetings with technical interest similar to the mission of the Center.
  • Assessments:
    • Number of conferences attended.
    • Conference program committees served on.
    • Receive "Best Paper" recognition.

Objective 2.3: Propose/conduct multi−disciplinary research to federal agencies

  • Strategies:
    • Write competitive DOE, NSF, and PRF proposals at least once every three years.
    • Collaborate on research projects with other prominent universities in the area of petrophysics and reservoir studies.
    • Pursue industry−funded projects regularly to maintain a nearly−constant level of funding.
  • Assessments:
    • Number of government proposals.
    • Number of industry proposals.
    • Number of other proposals.

Engagement

Critical Success Factors (measured by the degree of success over the next 5 years)

  • Provide selection/series of continuing education course to cover the areas of petrophysics and reservoir engineering.
  • Five special topic seminars for presentation by invitation (non−conference).
  • Four distance learning graduate courses.

Objective 3.1: Develop series of technical industry courses

  • Strategies:
    • Develop series of topic−specific industry courses for continuing education.
    • Provide regional seminars on special topics for in−house courses and professional meetings (non−conference) in areas such as Levelland, Amarillo, & Midland/Odessa.
    • Acquire funds to purchase a laptop computer, projector, & stipend and travel expenses for faculty offering courses through CAPRS.
  • Assessments:
    • Number of meeting presentations (non−conference) and seminars developed.
    • Number of companies requesting presentations/seminars/courses.
    • Number of people attending presentations/seminars/courses.

Objective 3.2: Provide opportunities for non-traditional graduate students in MS and PhD programs of the Departments of Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering

  • Strategies:
    • Develop graduate degree plan for non-traditional MS and PhD students pursuing degree in Geosciences or Petroleum Engineering while continuing industry employment.
    • Contribute to petroleum engineering distance education courses.
  • Assessments:
    • Number of continuing education courses.

Objective 3.3: Support student chapters of American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Society of Petroleum Engineers

  • Strategies:
    • Provide field trip opportunities for the student chapters of AAPG and SPE.
    • Acquire funds to support student participation in local, regional, national and international technical meetings.
  • Strategies:
    • Number of sponsored student field trips.
    • Amount contributed to student chapter.

Objective 3.4: Pursue sponsorship and co-sponsorship of regional conferences and professional meetings

  • Strategies
    • Acquire funds to sponsor and co-sponsor local and regional conferences and professional meetings.
    • Acquire funds to purchase display booth and appropriate paraphernalia.
  • Assessments:
    • Exhibit as research provider at technical conferences.

Technology

Critical Success Factors (measured by the degree of success over the next 5 years)

  • Maintain regularly updated CAPRS website.
  • Seek donations of commercially available industry software relevant to the mission of the Centers.
  • Provide CAPRS staff with modern computer facilities for presentations, publication and research.

Objective 4.1: Provide state-of-the-art petrophysical and reservoir engineering computer software to students and faculty

  • Strategies:
    • Contact software vendors to donate commonly used industry software.
    • Coordinate with local petroleum companies and software vendors for faculty and students to get experience and training on advanced petroleum software.
  • Assessments:
    • Amount of software donations.

Objective 4.2: Provide computer and peripheral facilities to support research projects

  • Strategies:
    • Acquire funds to build infrastructure in permanent facility to include computers, printers, plotters, digitizers, and microfiche readers.
  • Assessments:
    • Percent of projects requiring no additional software or hardware.

Objective 4.3: Provide CAPRS publications on a Web site and CD

  • Strategies:
    • Coordinate with TTU COE website coordinator to add publications to Web site.
    • Create a CAPRS Web Page to aid in the advertisement the faculty and equipment available in the departments of geosciences and petroleum engineering that the potential student will be involved with.
  • Assessments:
    • Percent of publications available on CD and website.

Partnership

Critical Success Factors (measures of the degree of success over the next 5 years):

  • Two formal partnerships with research centers.
  • Three formal partnerships with other universities.
  • Five formal partnerships with producing and/or service providing companies.

Objective 5.1: Pursue research institute alliances

  • Strategies:
    • Identify research institutes with related research interests.
    • Schedule regular meetings and correspondences with research institutes.
  • Assessments:
    • Number of research institutes identified.
    • Amount of communication.

Objective 5.2: Pursue university alliances

  • Strategies:
    • Identify universities with related research interests.
    • Schedule regular meetings and correspondences with universities.
  • Assessments:
    • Number of universities identified.
    • Amount of communication.

Objective 5.3: Pursue industry partnerships

  • Strategies:
  • Assessments:

Human Resources and Infrastructure

Critical Success Factors (measures of the degree of success over the next 5 years):

  • Centralized, functional CAPRS Research facility.
  • Maintain staff capable of supporting and maintaining the infrastructure of the Center.
  • Maintain staff capable of conducting research in the areas of petrophysics, general reservoir engineering and CO2 oil recovery processes.

Objective 6.1: Create a centralized CAPRS Research facility

  • Strategies:
    • Find a facility to house CAPRS−related resources.
    • Purchase computers, printers, and plotters.
  • Assessments:
    • Percent of projects requiring no new equipment or software.

Objective 6.2: Support Reservoir Characterization Laboratory (Unix & Geoquest software)

  • Strategies:
    • Hire part−time computer tech.
    • Provide software training for faculty and students.
  • Assessments:
    • Number of proposals using Unix & Geoquest software.
    • Number of classroom activities using Unix lab & Geoquest software.

Objective 6.3: Build a critical mass of CAPRS staff

  • Strategies:
    • Obtain monies for a Research Associate Professors to provide research to develop and support multi−disciplinary CAPS to industry to have regularly funded projects.
    • Hire student assistant for clerical−type work to maintain CAPRS databases.
    • Hire three research associates one specializing in petrophysics, general reservoir engineering, and CO2 oil recovery processes.
  • Assessments:
    • Availability of databases.
    • Number of internal and external entities request use of databases.
    • Number of proposals.

Objective 6.4: Provide infrastructure to new faculty research programs

  • Strategies:
    • Maximize Facilities and Administration expense (F&A) reimbursement on funded research projects to build and maintain CAPRS infrastructure.
    • See funded research that includes multi−purpose lab equipment.
    • Startup new technical publication (Journal of Applied Petrophysical and Reservoir Studies).
  • Assessments:
    • Monitor use of F&A usage.

Tradition & Pride

Critical Success Factors (measured by the degree of success over the next 5 years)

  • Conduct unique research of widespread application.
  • Pursue awards and merits for CAPRS faculty and students.

Objective 7.1: Seek niche research areas that are not associated with other universities or research institutes

  • Strategies:
    • Identify components of all research conducted by CAPRS that are novel.
    • Identify areas of research of all relevant research providers.
  • Assessments:
    • Use of Technical Advisory Board to evaluate projects.

Objective 7.2: Nominate Faculty for local, regional, national, and international awards

  • Strategies:
    • Identify all possible awards for which CAPRS faculty members are eligible.
  • Assessments:
    • Number of awards applied for.
    • Number of awards received.

Objective 7.3: Encourage CAPRS−sponsored student participation in technical competitions

  • Strategies:
    • Provide scholarships to encourage students to participate in local, regional, national, and international paper competitions, best paper awards, and best poster awards.
    • Pay related expenses for student participation.
  • Assessments:
    • Student participation to number of opportunities.

Financial Stability

Critical Success Factors (measured by the degree of success over the next 5 years)

  • $5M endowment.
  • $200K per year state line−item budget.
  • Average TTU mandated F&A on funded projects.

Objective 8.1: Seek minimum annual funding of $250K to provide infrastructure and continuity in CAPRS objectives

  • Strategies:
    • Work with COE development office to identify donor(s) for Center endowment.
    • Work with TTU Director of Centers to pursue state line−item income.
  • Assessments:
    • Amount of funding.

Objective 8.2: Maximize facilities and administration charges on funded projects

  • Strategies:
    • Monitor all CAPRS−related proposals.
  • Assessments:
    • F&A expenses.

Accountability

Critical Success Factors (measured by the degree of success over the next 5 years)

  • Working Strategic Plan.
  • Procedure for self−evaluation.

Objective 9.1: Develop a ledger system

  • Strategies:
    • Translate strategic plan to a ledger.
    • Develop spreadsheet to monitor strategic plan assessments.
  • Assessments:
    • Ledger activity used to update strategic plan.
    • Ledger activity used to maintain longevity.

Objective 9.2: Ensure fiscal accountability

  • Strategies:
    • Use third−party auditor.
  • Assessments:
    • Annual Report