$240,250 Grant to Benefit Geology Students

Geology students at Arkansas Tech University will have access to IHS Petra software thanks to a $240,250 donation from Colorado-based IHS Inc., a leading global source of information and insight.

Petra is an integrated solution for data management, manipulation, visualization and integration of geological, geophysical and engineering data. Users can visualize results using mapping, cross-sections, seismic interpretations, log plots, cross-plots, production and reservoir analysis and 3D visualization.

The donation will benefit Arkansas Tech students by allowing them to learn about and work with technology that is commonly used in the workplace. The software will be used to teach students the basics of oil and gas data management and geologic document generation. Students and faculty will also use the software to continue research in the Arkoma Basin of Arkansas.

“I am very excited about this donation,” said Dr. Jason Patton, associate professor of geology and director of the Arkansas Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Studies. “Using this software, our geology majors will be able to integrate technology into more of their learning experiences. Our goal is to make our great students the best trained professionals in the country and this software donation will help us meet that objective.”

IHS has been in business and providing independent analysis across the energy sector since 1959. The company became publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., IHS employs more than 8,600 people in 32 countries around the world.

“We appreciate the generous $240,250 gift IHS is making to Arkansas Tech University,” said Debra Fithen, director of corporate, foundation and government relations at Arkansas Tech. “With their support, our students will be able to have hands-on experiences with dynamic software used by professionals around the world.”