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Research Groups | Computer Systems for Petroleum E&P

Multidisciplinary research in Computing and Geoscience for building computer systems to support activities in the petroleum exploration and production chain, especially:

Integrated Geological modeling

Studies in information integration along of the upscaling chain by knowledge and information modeling  and the adoption of  open standards for exchanging information.

Systems for Petrology and Stratigraphy

Geological knowledge management by capturing and sharing information on reservoir evaluation activities, lithostratigraphic correlation and petrogenetic studies.  Legacy data translation to new formats.

Geochemical modeling Inorganic

Numerical modeling for geochemical characterization of sedimentary rocks and the diagenetic evolution of reservoirs.

Computing and Scientific Visualization

Study of interactive computer graphics techniques applied to the information analysis and understanding of geological data.

Monitoring, Control and Automation Wells and Platforms

Integrated architectures and wireless communication systems applied to real-time monitoring and control of sensors and actuators in oil and gas automation plants. Information security and fault tolerance for critical real-time applications.

Robotics for sensing and inspection

System control and sensing for vehicle inspection and correction in production plants and pipelines. Data capturing using robots and drones.




Registration in ANP No. 403/2014


Recent projects or ongoingin cooperation  with industry


  1. Numerical modeling of diagenetic patterns and processes and their impact on the quality and heterogeneity of reservoirs (2011-2013). Coordinator: Prof.. Mara Abel
  2. Sensitive analysis for numerical modeling of reservoir diagenesis (2014-2014) Coordinator: Prof.. Mara Abel
  3. A transport and reaction numerical simulation system for the evaluation of diagenesis and reservoir quality (2016-2018) Coordinator: Prof.. Carla Freitas
  4. A robot development project for operation in pipelines from 4 “to 10” (2016-2018) Coordinator: Prof.. Dante Barone


PETROBRAS – Corporate University

  1. PETROBRAS Human Resources Training Program: Postgraduatestudies in Software Engineering, Knowledge Engineering and IT Infrastructure (2011-2014) Coordinator: Prof.. Taisy Weber
  2. PETROBRAS Human Resources Training Program: Information Modeling and IT Infrastructure (2014-2017) Coordinator: Prof.. Taisy Weber


  1. Project: CORELEDGE – Knowledge models and data visualization for well core description in petroleum exploration. (2011-2013) Coordinator: Prof.. Mara Abel
  2. Integration of STRATALEDGE® System in Reservoir Modeling (2015-2016) Coordinator: Prof.. Mara Abel

Recent results

The group has developed dozens of software and hardware products for the oil area; three of them  became commercial products of successful international marketing.

  1. Petroledge system: world reference for petrographic description of reservoirs, the model of information was the result of the doctoral thesis of the group’s leaders.
  2. The electromechanical platinum Stageledge whose initial design of the prototype was conceived in a Group Master’s thesis.
  3. STRATALEDGE system for description of exploration wells testimony on tablets devices, whose original knowledge model was built as a master’s thesis in the Group.

Creation of Endeeper, a knowledge-system company ( www.endeeper.com ), with support of innovation and entrepreneurship programs of the Federal Government and Petroleum Special Fund.