Geosciences receives major gift: SMT provides software for Fort Hays State University's new emphases in petroleum geology and technology

Thanks to the generosity of Seismic Micro-Technology, the leader for Windows-based geoscientific interpretation software, Fort Hays State University's Department of Geosciences will have access to premiere computing software as it launches new petroleum geology/technology emphases to meet the critical need for highly trained employees in our state's booming oil patch.

Dr. Ken Neuhauser, professor of geology, completed a grant request on the Web site of Seismic Micro-Technology to obtain a site license for SMT's KINGDOM software. That successful grant request a year ago led him to submit a second, more ambitious request for site licenses.

"This software is state of the art and fantastic in petroleum exploration," Neuhauser said. "One of our graduate students, Vilma Perez, has used SMT's KINGDOM software over the past year on her thesis research. It made it possible for her to work more effectively with seismic data."

Now, SMT is providing an additional 25 packages of KINGDOM software to FHSU through the company's educational grant program. The software and the three-year support package have a value of nearly 3 million dollars.

FHSU is building a GeoVisualization facility in Tomanek Hall to prepare of the launch of the petroleum geology/technology study program in the fall semester of 2009. As soon as new computers arrive for that facility, the new site licenses will be installed on the 22 laboratory computers and on three existing high-end research computers. Additionally, the Geosciences Department hopes to add a petroleum faculty member by fall 2009 who will focus on 3D seismic projects.

Neuhauser said that not many people are proficient yet in the use of an advanced/integrated software. "The ability to use this software will make our petroleum geology/technology graduates highly attractive to employers in the Kansas oil industry because they will be able to use these skills to make an immediate impact," he said. "In turn, the Kansas economy will benefit from the enhanced oil industry workforce."

About SMT
Seismic Micro-Technology, the market leader for PC-based geoscientific interpretation, helps organizations find oil and gas faster. Its KINGDOM software allows geoscientists to focus on the analysis, not on managing the tools. SMT software enables intuitive interpretation, modeling, analytics and data management, in one integrated executable. Customers can install the software and interpret data -- the same day. With 2,500 customers in 85 nations, SMT has demonstrated performance proven to scale. SMT is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with offices in Croydon (UK), Singapore, Calgary and Moscow. For more information, visit

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