BetaZi principals Janette Conradson and Dr. Heidi Kuzma attended the recent kick-off meeting of the Geomechanics and Mitigation of Geohazards Center(GMG) at Caltech. The newly-formed center is the 75th NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center, whose mission "is conducting research to advance the understanding of how geomaterials fail, in particular in the presence of fluids. GMG will contribute to more efficient, reliable and safe methods for energy production, CO2 and gas storage. GMG will develop physics-based methods to mitigate the hazard associated with such activities, as well as with natural earthquakes and landslides."
The meeting was a productive one. The group identified the largest risks and challenges and prioritized directed research projects brought to the table by Caltech faculty working within the Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) and Geological and Planetary Science (GPS) divisions.
Industry Advisory Board (IAB) members of GMG come from engineering companies, utilities operators, and oil and gas companies including Total, ExxonMobil, Apache, Chevron, and Shell.
BetaZi --also an IAB member-- is pleased to be working with this impressive group of industry leaders and Caltech researchers committed to jointly solving high value geoscience problems affecting oil and gas and the public's confidence in energy production and storage.