Complementing access to the main library services at the two participating universities and the Australian Mineral Foundation, the NCPGG maintains a library and a data archive. The latter has grown rapidly over the years as a result of several large donations. Boral Energy Resources Ltd provided completion reports for most wells in the Queensland and South Australian sectors of the Eromanga Basin. Wiltshire Geological Services has donated digital wireline log data for all open file wells in the North West Shelf, Timor Sea, Cooper/Eromanga, Surat and Officer Basins. Poseidon Pty Ltd donated its petroleum library, containing well and field reports from several basins. BHP Petroleum Pty Ltd, Lasmo Oil Company Australia Pty Ltd, and Western Mining Corporation Ltd, have also contributed material to the library. Command Petroleum Holdings NL and Australian Seismic Brokers are two of the companies which have supplied the data which now form a valuable resource for current and future projects.
The NCPGG maintains a computing facility built around Sun Microsystems and Silicon Graphics workstations. These machines are networked together, and access a combined disk capacity of approximately 100 Gb. Peripherals include a digitizing table, laser and inkjet printers, and EXABYTE, DAT and 9 track tape transports. They are also linked to the Sun workstations in the Schlumberger/NCPGG Training and Research Centre.
A large suite of software is available on the workstations, providing users with access to a wide variety of functions. The Geoquest software suite, which resides on the Sun workstations in the Schlumberger/NCPGG Training and Research Centre can be accessed directly or via the NCPGG machines. This software provides the primay tools for training and research at NCPGG. In addition, a secondary suite of software resides on the NCPGG machines, including code for seismic data processing and modelling, digitizing and mapping, wireline log analysis and display, geohistory analysis and maturation modelling.
The system is connected to The University of Adelaide network, and provides access to Internet facilities, including email and the World Wide Web.
There is a suite of Windows-based personal computers available for student use. These have a variety of word processing, spreadsheet and drafting software installed, and are networked to the workstation system, with access to the Internet.
The petrology laboratory has a number of transmitted light microscopes with some reflection and fluorescence capability. There is a cathodoluminoscope and a microscope- mounted video image capture and analysis package. The staff and students have access to a scanning electron microscope with EDS, a microprobe and X-ray diffraction facilities at CEMMSA.
The structure laboratory has facilities for sand and clay analogue modelling of extensional, wrench, compressional and salt structures.
The Centre will continue to upgrade facilities
to provide training and research support for students. At the present time,
the computer systems are on a par with many oil companies in Australia.