Narrator: This is Science Today. A three-dimensional software program that's used primarily in the oil and gas industry is now at the fingertips of students at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The software, called KINGDOM suite, is part of a three-year grant that was awarded to the university's Department of Earth Science by Seismic Micro-Technology.
Nicholson: One of the primary benefits of using the KINGDOM software is that the students are able to quickly learn the primary capabilities of the software and then use it in their own research activities, or their thesis work, or whatever research projects they happen to be working on.
Narrator: Research scientist Craig Nicholson says the software is used most often for exploration purposes in the oil and gas industry.
Nicholson: They utilize this software to enhance their production capability, determine exactly where and how deep they need to drill in order to access various hydrocarbon deposits.
Narrator: An additional benefit for students is better preparation for the job market. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.