Our Vision

RAPID is an industry affiliate program at UT Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering, run by an interdisciplinary group of research scientists and students (graduates and undergraduates) from multiple engineering disciplines. It is our objective to deliver sustainable well construction optimization solutions for any and every aspect of well construction, including drilling, completion and operations activities in oil & gas, geothermal, waste injection and CCS/CCUS wells

Drilling Education

One of our main goals is to inspire and develop future researchers and engineers (at the undergraduate, masters, PhD and post-doc levels) to bring advanced well construction technologies to various subsurface energy industries. Our students will be the future technical leaders of subsurface energy! To accomplish this, our program includes four key elements: customizable interdisciplinary curricula, engineering-based research projects, continual multi-disciplinary collaboration, and proactively recruiting for diversity.

Drilling Research

Our areas of research activity and focus are:
– Sensors and measurement systems
– Modeling, control & digital twinning
– Data analytics, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI)
– Robotics
– Sustainability: Geothermal, CCS/CCUS, well repurposing