Paradigm Consortia Affiliations

Working together to advance technology.

Throughout its history, Paradigm® has been involved in the global efforts of leading organizations driving industry innovation and advances in the science behind digital subsurface information technology.


The Colorado School of Mines

The Colorado School of Mines Geophysics Department conducts research in numerous areas mostly related to, but not restricted to, applied geophysics. Through a variety of research centers and projects, faculty and graduate students from the Department of Geophysics work closely with industry to develop interdisciplinary approaches for solving geoscience and geoengineering problems.

Reservoir Characterization Project (RCP)

The Colorado School of Mines Reservoir Characterization Project (RCP) is an independently sponsored research consortium whose mission is to develop and apply 4D, multi-component seismology, and associated technologies to effectively model complex reservoirs. Through the consortium, the group has established a leading-edge interdisciplinary research and teaching program that fosters industry and university interaction and provides cost effective, collaborative research. The research benefits consortium members and trains undergraduate and graduate students for employment in the oil and gas industry while at the same time guiding industry in the responsible and efficient management of its economic base of natural resources.

Paradigm participates in the CSM RCP (Reservoir Characterization Project) consortium, a group dedicated to using technology to understand and produce reservoirs more effectively in order to extend the life of precious resources.

Center for Wave Phenomena (CWP)

The Center for Wave Phenomena (CWP) is an interdisciplinary research and graduate education program in seismic exploration, monitoring, and wave propagation. The main focus areas of CWP research are on seismic modeling, imaging and inversion methods, and improvements in the accuracy and efficiency of seismic processing algorithms, especially for application to regions of structural complexity.

Paradigm belongs to a group of leading industry organizations that sponsor the CWP, enabling the performance of academically-current, industry-relevant research projects.



Energistics is a global, membership-sponsored consortium that facilitates an inclusive user community for the development, deployment, and maintenance of collaborative technologies using open data exchange standards for the upstream oil and natural gas industry. Paradigm participates in the WITSML SIG for drilling information transfer and the RESCUE format (formerly POSC) group for reservoir simulation support.

Data Store Solutions (DSS) Group of the Data Management SIG

This is the Special Interest Group associated with E&P data management procedures, products, and services. Through an initial focus on data management and store solutions for E&P studies and projects, current broader focus of this SIG includes many reference data standards, units of measure standards, coordinate reference system standards, reference data models, document and digital data cataloguing standards (taxonomy), and global unique well identifier standards.

Practical Well Log Standards (PWLS) Group of the Geology SIG

The initial focus of the Geology SIG was well log classification standards known as the Practical Well Log Standards (PWLS). This SIG currently has a broader focus on geological data and work processes and standards, including PWLS, WITSML well log data exchange standard, LogGraphicsML well log representation data exchange standard, DLIS well log binary format, RP66 basic exchange format, and the open source utility that convert LAS well log data to WITSML well log data.


The RESQML group serves a similar purpose in the area of reservoir upscaling specifications and shared software. Participants include operators and software suppliers. The organization provides RESQML with a legal framework, office services, and with project management services. Technical strategy is self-directed.


The WITSML SIG is the Special Interest Group associated with drilling data and work processes and with the family of WITSML Standards. The primary focus of the WITSML SIG is on standards for wellsite-to-office data transfer called the Wellsite Information Transfer Standard Markup Language (WITSML). Currently, the WITSML SIG is also the focal point for ensuring proper coordination for all WITSML-based Standards from both a data and infrastructure viewpoint. The WITMSL SIG sponsors in-person working meetings and a public seminar with vendor exhibition every six months.


GOCAD® Consortium

Formed in 1989, the GOCAD Research Consortium is an international group of universities and industries interested in advancing the science of geomodeling. The goal of the Consortium is to develop a new approach to geomodeling for use in the oil and gas, mining, and environmental industries, thus driving technology development. Today, the GOCAD Research Consortium includes 22 companies and 87 universities that use GOCAD predominantly for exploration and production modeling in the oil and gas industry.

The primary purpose of the Consortium is to provide financial support and hands-on control of the research activities performed within the frame of the GOCAD project. Direct interaction with sponsors allows the Consortium to focus on problems directly linked to the industry and develop new algorithms to model the sub-surface geometry and properties more accurately. The Consortium is currently exploring and delivering new prototypes of modeling tools within Base Module plug-ins. All the tools developed by the Consortium have been provided to all members of the consortium, and all sponsors have access to the "non-intrusive" source code developed by the Consortium. Paradigm is a member of the GOCAD Consortium and has an exclusive contract for the maintenance, development and commercialization of the GOCAD software kernel. Paradigm's mission is to continually improve the source code and to integrate these new tools inside the official version of the GOCAD software called the "GOCAD software kernel." GOCAD research is done using Paradigm GOCAD software, thus facilitating the commercialization of prototypes created by the Consortium.


The Mineral Exploration Footprints Network

The Mineral Exploration Footprints Network seeks to improve knowledge of the measurable parameters that define footprints of ore deposits. It is undertaking the largest mineral exploration research project ever run in Canada, involving 42 researchers from 24 universities across Canada and 30 Canadian mining, mining service, and software companies, who are being supported with $13M in cash and cash-equivalent in-kind funding from the Canadian Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada Collaborative Research and Development (NSERC-CRD) program. The long term goal of this research is to develop methods to expand the resource base in Canada and to develop new technologies for detection of ever-more subtle targets, giving Canadian mining companies an edge in exploration for deeply covered ore bodies.

Paradigm and our mining industry partner, Mira Geoscience, participate in this project with the SKUA-GOCAD product providing a foundation and framework for Data Integration research, analysis and interpretation.

The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association

Formed in 1991, the PPDM Association is a membership-driven, not-for-profit standards organization that works collaboratively to create and publish data management standards for the petroleum industry. Through the PPDM Association, worldwide petroleum data experts engineer business-driven data management standards that meet industry needs. The PPDM Association not only manages the cooperative development and publication of these data management standards, but also understands that recognition, education, and training are key factors in enabling workforce productivity. In addition to offering data management training, the PPDM Association is also working with the industry to develop recognition of petroleum data management as a career path.

Paradigm is a member of the PPDM Association and benefits from access to the published standards and from participation in the associated meetings and work groups.


Stanford University

The Stanford University School of Earth Sciences is one of three schools at Stanford awarding both graduate and undergraduate degrees. It is composed of four departments and three interdisciplinary academic and research programs. The Department of Geophysics is regularly ranked among the top three or four geophysics programs in the United States.

Stanford Center for Reservoir Forecasting (SCRF)

Paradigm participates at the Stanford Center, an industry funded academic consortium dedicated to the general problem of reservoir characterization and reservoir performance forecasting.

The Stanford Center for Reservoir Forecasting (SCRF) is an industrial affiliates program in the Energy Resources Engineering Department of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University. SCRF was initiated in 1988 to further the development and integration of geological, geophysical and reservoir engineering data and techniques for forecasting reservoir performance. The nature and extent of the SCRF affiliates program allows for paradigm-changing research in the field of geostatistics and numerical reservoir modeling. Unbound by the limited extent of project-based research with its short-term deadlines and limited scope, a long-term perspective has lead to revolutionary changes in reservoir modeling, amongst which: the introduction of stochastic simulation in reservoir modeling, GSLIB as a standard geostatistical software package, the advent of multiple-point geostatistics, practical solutions for large-scale inverse problems with geological constraints, and an open-source software termed S-GEMS, techniques for modeling uncertainty. The funding mechanism of SCRF has created a long-term think-tank where a group of faculty, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, visiting scholars, and industry experts come together to tackle problems of first-order importance in quantitative modeling of space-time varying phenomenon and its applications in reservoir modeling.

Stanford University Petroleum Research Institute SUPRI-B: Reservoir Simulation

Paradigm participates at the Stanford University Petroleum Research Institute SUPRI-B: Reservoir Simulation consortium for, and benefits from, leading research dedicated to the development of techniques that enhance the value of reservoir simulation technology.

The SUPRI-B reservoir simulation consortia focuses on the art, science, and engineering of modeling flow and transport processes in porous media, including oil and gas reservoirs and aquifers. It is a core competency and a primary tool for making reservoir management decisions. Reservoir simulation includes the development and implementation of efficient numerical techniques for accurate solution of the equations governing multi-component, multiphase flow in natural porous media. Reservoir simulation includes detailed modeling of wellbore flow, accurate representation of advanced wells, and integration of the reservoir model with production facilities. Reservoir simulation is also used to quantify the uncertainty associated with performance predictions. It is also expanding to include history matching and optimization of the entire system in the presence of uncertainty.


University of Alberta School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering

The University of Alberta School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, is dedicated to excellence in the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge about mining and petroleum engineering—the search for mineral/hydrocarbon reserves and their production in an efficient and environmentally-responsible manner and is a leader in educating top quality engineers for the mining and petroleum industries.

Centre for Computational Geostatistics (CCG)

Paradigm participates as a member of the CCG at the University of Alberta in consortia to advance the development and application of geospatial and geostatistical modeling technologies.

The CCG involves over 15 member companies ranging from very large, international organizations, to smaller companies operating regionally. The CCG has a vision to lead in education and research of geostatistics and development of tools that empower the development of high quality geostatistical models that realistically reflect natural heterogeneity and accurately measure uncertainty through fundamental principles of constructed numerical spatial models.


The University of Houston and the Colorado School of Mines Center for Rock Abuse

Working together, the University of Houston and the Colorado School of Mines run the Center for Rock Abuse (CSM) and the Rock Physics Laboratory (UH) exploring rock and fluid dynamics. The Colorado School of Mines Geophysics Department and the University of Houston Geosciences Department conduct research in a wide variety of areas and both work closely with industry and to develop interdisciplinary approaches for solving geoscience and geo-engineering problems.

Fluid/DHI Consortium

Paradigm participates in the Fluid/DHI (direct hydrocarbon indicators) consortium, dedicated to researching rock and fluid properties for exploration and reservoir monitoring with emphasis on fluid distributions in rocks and how these distributions affect characteristics such as wave attenuation, velocity dispersion, and seismic signature.

The Fluid Properties project explores technology solutions to measure, tabulate, and understand general pore fluid properties for geophysical applications in traditional fluid and heavy oil exploration and reserve assessment. Direct hydrocarbon indicators and reservoir monitoring, or time-lapse seismology (4-D) are becoming increasingly important in geophysics. Identification of specific fluids or fluid locations is the goal. As fluid types differ, phase changes occur even in constant composition systems. Phase changes, for example changing from a single super-critical fluid to an oil-gas mixture, may produce a strong seismic signature. We must know enough about the changing conditions to plan the acquisition and correctly interpret the results.


University of Texas at Austin Formation Evaluation Joint Industry Research Consortium

The University of Texas at Austin joint industry research consortium on Formation Evaluation is aimed at developing and testing novel methodologies for the integrated interpretation and petrophysical characterization of the near-borehole region from core samples, well-logging measurements (open hole, logging-while-drilling, and cased hole), and in-situ permanent sensors. Three-dimensional seismic data, vertical seismic profiles, cross-well data (seismic, electromagnetic, tracers, etc.), well-interference measurements, tracer arrival data, and production information are used to the extent that they provide a way to extrapolate the petrophysical parameters estimated in the near-borehole region away from the wells.
The research consortium develops efficient and accurate algorithms for: the numerical simulation of multi-phase and compositional flow in the near-wellbore region; the numerical simulation of borehole electromagnetic, sonic, nuclear, and formation testing measurements acquired in vertical, horizontal, and deviated wells in the presence of both water- and oil-base muds; and for jointly interpreting one or more borehole geophysical measurements into petrophysical properties and space-time distributions of fluids in the near-borehole region.