G E-Geological Engineering

G E 2013. Introduction to Energy Resources.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: PHYS 2514; Co-requisite: PHYS 2524. Survey of energy sources including geothermal, fossil, solar, nuclear, wind, hydropower, and biomass. Addressing societal and environmental implications of different type of energy sources. (F, Sp)

G E 3212. Porous Media Characterization.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: MATH 2934, PHYS 2524, GEOL 1114, and P E 2113; Co-requisite G E 3221. Properties of porous media and the physical processes that controls and alters these properties. How to measure, analyze and interpret porous media properties. (F, Sp)

G E 3220. GeoEnergy Engineering Internship.0 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: G E 2013. Full time Career-related work experience of at least eight weeks in the energy industry. The internship may also involve research with faculty members. (F, Su)

G E 3221. Porous Media Characterization Lab.1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: None; Co-requisite: G E 3212. Laboratory experiments to understand and characterize porous media. (F, Sp)

G E 3313. Drilling and Well Construction.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: P E 3223 or concurrent enrollment, G E 3343, and P E 2153. Overview of well design and drilling engineering from surface to final depth, completion and abandonment for production and all six classes of injection wells. Topics include; casing design based on pore pressure and fracturing window, design cementing, selection of wellbore fluids for drilling and completion, and state of the art drilling equipment and processes. (F, Sp)

G E 3343. Applied Geomechanics.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: G E 3212, P E 2153, P E 3223, and GEOL 3003. Introduction to geomechanics. How to establish properties for rocks, subsurface stresses and pressures. Geomechanical analysis of subsurface energy applications. (F, Sp)

G E 3413. Production and Injection Systems.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: P E 3223, G E 3212, and P E 2153. Comprehension of well completion concepts leading to design for optimum well performance for injection and production wells. Applied understanding of the surface production systems and associated components. Included are flow assurance, surface facilities, separation, water and gas processing, pumps, compressors and flow meters. (F, Sp)

G E 3440. Mentored Research Experience.3 Credit Hours.

0 to 3 hours. Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 or equivalent, and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. For the inquisitive student to apply the scholarly processes of the discipline to a research or creative project under the mentorship of a faculty member. Student and instructor should complete an Undergraduate Research & Creative Projects (URCP) Mentoring Agreement and file it with the URCP office. Not for honors credit. (F, Sp, Su)

G E 3513. Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer in Porous Media.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: G E 3212, P E 3223, and GEOL 3003. The course covers fluid flow and heat transfer in porous media including constitutive equations and modelling methods of transport processes through porous media. (F, Sp)

G E 3712. Energy Resource Economics.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: G E 2013. Application of engineering principles and economics to the evaluation/completion of energy projects, results of which to be used by regulatory agency and investors to value corporations. (F, Sp)

G E 3813. Formation Evaluation: Well Logs & Remote Sensing Methods.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ENGR 2431, GEOL 3003, and G E 3212. Comprehension of various methods of formation evaluation. Application of logging tools, geophysical methods, and other sensing techniques to formation evaluation of sub-surface rocks. (F, Sp)

G E 3960. Honors Reading.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Consists of topics designated by the instructor in keeping with the student's major program. Covers materials not usually presented in the regular courses. (F, Sp)

G E 3970. Honors Seminar.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. The projects covered will vary. Deals with concepts not usually presented in regular coursework. (Irreg.)

G E 3980. Honors Research.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Provides an opportunity for the gifted Honors candidate to work on a special project in the student's field. (F, Sp)

G E 3990. Independent Study.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: permission of instructor and junior standing. May be repeated once with change of content. Independent study may be arranged to study a subject not available through regular course offerings. (F, Sp, Su)

G E 4553. GeoEnergy Capstone Design.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: G E 3513 and G E 3712 and G E 3813, or concurrent enrollment. Team based open ended capstone project in geoenergy engineering. (F, Sp)

G E 4613. Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: G E 3513. CO2 separation from syngas and flue gas for gasification and combustion processes. Transportation of CO2 in pipelines and sequestration in deep underground geological formations or enhanced oil recovery. Comparison of options for geological sequestration in oil and gas reservoirs, deep unmineable coal beds, and saline aquifers. (F, Sp)

G E 4623. Energy Storage.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: G E 2013 and P E 2213. Overview of thermal, mechanical, and hybrid chemical energy storage systems. Surface and subsurface storage technologies are addressed. (F, Sp)

G E 4633. Hydrogen Energy Systems.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: G E 2013, P E 2213, and P E 3223. Production of hydrogen from natural, hydrocarbon and renewable energy sources. Transportation, storage and utilization of hydrogen. (F, Sp)

G E 4713. Overview of Geothermal Energy.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: G E 2013, P E 2213, P E 3223, and GEOL 3003. Geothermal exploration, surface and downhole geothermal facilities. Overview of geothermal systems such as direct use and enhanced geothermal systems. (F, Sp)

G E 4960. Directed Readings.1-4 Credit Hours.

1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: good standing in University; permission of instructor and dean. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. Designed for upper-division students who need opportunity to study a specific problem in greater depth than formal course content permits. (Irreg.)

G E 4970. Special Topics/Seminar.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

G E 4990. Independent Study.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Contracted independent study for a topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

G E 5243. Introduction to Rock Mechanics.3 Credit Hours.

(Crosslisted with P E 5243) Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor permission. Engineering properties of rock; rock testing techniques; in-situ methods; mathematical approach to stress-strain analysis; discontinuities in rock; application for underground openings; rock slopes; foundations and drilling. (Sp)

G E 5443. Formation Damage.3 Credit Hours.

(Crosslisted with P E and GEOL 5443) Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. This course presents an overview of main mechanisms of formation damage (mechanical, chemical, thermal, and biological) occurring during subsurface applications, including but not limited to primary and enhanced hydrocarbon production, CO2 storage, and geothermal processes. Existing theories explaining the process and methods to mitigate the formation damage will be discussed. (Irreg.)

G E 5960. Directed Readings.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of department. May be repeated; maximum credit twelve hours. Directed readings and/or literature reviews under the direction of a faculty member. (F, Sp, Su)

G E 5970. Special Topics/Seminar.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

G E 5980. Research for Master's Thesis.2-9 Credit Hours.

Variable enrollment, 2 to 9 hours; maximum credit applicable toward degree, four hours. (F, Sp, Su)

G E 5990. Special Studies.1-4 Credit Hours.

1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing in Geological Engineering. May be repeated with change of topic; maximum credit four hours. Supervised individual study or specialized research in geological engineering. (F, Sp)

G E 6960. Directed Readings.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Directed readings and/or literature review under the direction of a faculty member. (Irreg.)

G E 6970. Special Topics/Seminar.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or research and field projects. (Irreg.)

G E 6980. Research for Doctoral Dissertation.2-16 Credit Hours.

Research for Doctoral Dissertation. (F, Sp, Su)

G E 6990. Independent Study.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Contracted independent study for a topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)