School of GeoSciences

Working with industry

We collaborate in a number of industry partnerships.

The Business Development team handles the formation of industry partnerships as well as managing a range of different types of knowledge and technology transfer arrangements. We work in conjunction with ERI (Edinburgh Research and Innovation), which interfaces with industry, driving the creation of strategic research partnerships and collaborations.

Interaction between the industrial and academic sectors makes both more competitive, and generates exciting new ideas and opportunities.

Models of collaboration include:

  • Licensing
  • Sponsored research
  • Consultancy
  • Studentships
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • Technology programmes

Active reservoir management for improved hydrocarbon recovery

Licensing / Collaborative R&D Opportunity

Getting oil out of the ground is a difficult and expensive process - but traditional oil reservoir engineering techniques may now be revolutionised by a predictive statistical model developed at the University of Edinburgh.

Described as a 'smart technology' the model analyses past production and injection data from existing oilfields to try and improve future oil recovery. The initial University concept has been developed into a software package along with three service providers, funded by a consortium of energy companies.

For further information, please contact Stuart Simmons:

Stuart Simmons

Business Development Executive

  • School of GeoSciences

Contact details



Grant Institute (Room 324)
The King's Buildings
West Mains Road

Post Code