Students in the University of Adelaide's Australian School of Petroleum  will benefit from a donation of more than $1 million in software from a leading provider of software to the global oil and natural gas industry, Paradigm Geophysical Pty Ltd .
Paradigm has donated $1.13 million in software, making available to students the latest in industry-level exploration and production technology.
The software comprises a suite of 10 applications that provide integrated solutions for the visualisation, interpretation and analysis of seismic and well data.
The aim of the donation is to equip tomorrow's industry leaders with cutting-edge geosciences technology and to support students as they pursue careers in this field, says Andrew Stein, Paradigm's Chief Marketing Officer.
"The Australian School of Petroleum is a premier school for geosciences, and Paradigm wanted to directly engage future experts by introducing them to the newest technology," Mr Stein says. "Geophysics students are the future leaders of many applied geo-engineering industries, particularly global oil and gas exploration. We want to contribute to their success in science and business as they confront the unique challenges of this field."
Professor Richard Hillis , Head of the Australian School of Petroleum, says: "The donation of this software by Paradigm will give our students and staff access to a suite of state-of-the-art geoscience software for teaching and research.
"The School's research capacity will be enhanced, and our students will gain experience with industry-leading software which they are likely to use in their careers after graduation."
The Australian School of Petroleum (ASP) at the University of Adelaide is Australia's leading centre for education, training and research in petroleum geoscience, engineering and management.
The ASP is now the largest petroleum-focused university program in the Southern Hemisphere, with about 30 full-time staff, 100 undergraduate students and more than 50 postgraduate students.
It is the only institution in Australia and South-East Asia, and one of only a few in the world, offering fully integrated teaching and research programs covering petroleum geoscience, engineering and management.