Center for Subsurface Modeling

At the Center for Subsurface Modeling, we strive to meet today’s numerical modeling challenges by bringing together mathematicians, engineers, geoscientists, and computational scientists in a cooperative environment. We believe that a multidisciplinary approach is the best way to obtain accurate, reliable, and efficient solutions to real-world problems.


The Center for Subsurface Modeling (CSM) investigates high-performance parallel processing as a tool to model the behavior of fluids in permeable geologic formations such as petroleum and natural gas reservoirs, groundwater aquifers and aquitards, and in shallow bodies of water such as bays and estuaries. The Center is part of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES). CSM comprises a close-knit team of faculty and research scientists with expertise in applied mathematics, engineering, and computer, physical, chemical and geological sciences. This interdisciplinary approach to simulation permits a more effective integration of advanced mathematical and numerical techniques with engineering applications.


Dr. Wheeler Receives Career Research Excellence Award

Congratulations to Dr. Mary Wheeler for winning the 2016-17 University Co-op’s Career Research Excellence Award.  This award acknowledges a faculty member or staff researcher who has maintained superior research over many years.  Winners will be honored at the University Co-op Hamilton … Continue reading

Numerical Simulation and Optimization of Gas Mobility Control Techniques During CO2 Sequestration in Cranfield

by Xueying Lu and Mohammad Lotfollahi CO2 sequestration in subsurface often suffers from poor volumetric sweep efficiency due to low gas viscosity, low gas density, and formation heterogeneity. This study investigates CO2 mobility control techniques of Water Alternating Gas (WAG) … Continue reading

Adaptive Mesh Refinement with the Enhanced Velocity Method

by Benjamin Ganis The enhanced velocity (EV) method is a useful way to directly construct a strongly flux-continuous velocity approximation between non-matching subdomain grids [2].  It is a straightforward method to implement based on a two-point flux approximation on Cartesian … Continue reading

Connie Baxter Retires

Connie Baxter, Senior Administrative Associate and Assistant to the Director of the ICES Center for Subsurface Modeling (CSM), was hired in 1997 as an administrator where she remained for almost 20 years.  Baxter joined ICES’ predecessor, the Texas Institute for Computational … Continue reading

Dr. Wheeler and collaborators receive $1.5 million NSF Grant

January, 2016 – Center for Subsurface Modeling director Dr. Mary Wheeler, with her collaborators, received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The purpose of the grant is to develop computational techniques that more effectively use big … Continue reading