About Slawson Hall

Slawson Hall is the south building of the EEEC.

Slawson Hall


Features of Slawson Hall include:

  • Field Support Space - including two secure “bays” and element-sheltered outside laboratory
    • Provide space for secure storage of a variety of equipment dispersed over several buildings and storage facilities; e.g. High resolution GPS, LiDAR systems, GPR systems, Geophysics equipment, Field Geochemical equipment, and many others
    • Provide ready access to equipment and a sheltered space for layout or for setting up class-related demos or experiments
    • Allow instruction on equipment use prior to leaving for the field, unhindered by changes in weather.
    • Provide area to securely lay out equipment prior to and after field activities (we run field activities nearly every week, and during early fall and late winter almost every weekend and every break)
    • One of the hallmarks of the KU program is that students get hands-on experience with field applications. An example is the Geophysics program, where students learn to do their own seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation. Few programs nationally train students in acquisition. This space is essential for that, but also serves as the necessary area to stage the next generation of field mapping technology using LiDAR. Probing the shallow subsurface from this lab, with GPR and hydrogeology equipment also has important applications to field environmental geology.
  • Beren Auditorium with state of the art technology
    • Enhance energy and environment education using engaged-learning techniques
    • Increase student learning and retention by adopting modern technologies appropriate to the learning styles of students of the 21st Century.
    • Webcasting capabilities
    • National conferences, workshops seminars
  • Advanced PVT Lab
  • Computer Laboratories. Two state of the art laboratories, each with over 20 high-end dual-screen workstations. Software includes Kingdom Suite, Petra, Petrel, ArcGIS, Dionisios, Erdas, and others
    • Meet the high demand for teaching and research by increasing capacity by eight-fold
    • Train a larger number of students, postdocs and researchers, in the use of the latest software
    • Allow student and faculty to conduct research without conflicting with class instruction
    • Provide facilities that will allow KU to partner with industry to offer short-courses and workshops to service surrounding academic institutions and possibly small corporations
  • 3D-Visualization Facilities - An immersive 3D facility that will seve as a core facility for the institution and the state. Includes the Glick and Harbaugh labs.
    • Allow instruction and research with state of the art 3D visualization
    • Produce geoscientists and petroleum engineers that are familiar and ready users of the latest visualization techniques
    • Provide an environment for unique training and course development in partnership with industry to meet current and future workforce needs/demands (e.g. geosteering training, CO2 flooding training, etc.)
    • Harbaugh 3D Collaboration and Visualization Lab:
      • Video conferencing
      • Two high-resolution video multi-touch tables
      • Two 3D capable video walls
      • Graphics computers
      • Sound system
      • Lab can house up to two groups of six for collaboration on digital imagery
      • This lab is reservable. Please contact eeecenter@ku.edu to reserve.
  • Biogeochemistry Suite - State-of-the-art facility that services multiple users within and outside KU.
  • Reservoir Teaching Laboratory
  • Edu lobby telling the story of energy and environment
  • Industry Outreach - Training, and Tech Transfer in the Beren Center facilities include:
    • Auditorium
    • 2 large conference rooms
    • Offices for visiting industry partners
    • Meeting rooms for visiting industry partners
  • Tertiary Oil Recovery Program outreach and tech transfer office
  • KU Innovation and Collaboration tech transfer office
  • Kansas Geological Survey outreach office
  • Machine Learning Lab
  • Tertiary Oil Recovery Program Labs
    • To do research on
      • CO2 enhanced oil recovery lab for TORP
      • Fluid cleanup lab for TORP
      • Conformance control lab for TORP
      • Conductivity cell lab for TORP
      • Nano-gel polymer fracking fluid experiment lab
      • Produced water treatment
      • Micro-scale investigation of different EOR processes using micro-CT imagary techniques at pore levels
      • Polymeric gel placement in porous media for conformance control
      • Pore-scale network modeling of two- and three-phase flow in porous media
      • Experimental investigation of multi-phase flow in fractures of conventional and unconventional samples
      • The impact of micro-porosity and wide pore size distribution of carbonates on multi-phase flow
  • Collaboration spaces
  • Student and faculty offices

About Donald C. Slawson

Donald C. SlawsonSlawson Hall - A Gift from the Slawson Family to Honor Donald C. Slawson (1933-2014)

Donald C. Slawson was a lifelong Kansan. Born in Wichita, he graduated from KU in 1955 as a third-generation Jayhawk. A geologist, he founded Slawson Exploration Co., Inc. in 1957 and drilled thousands of oil wells in Kansas and nine other states. Donald was ranked #1 in the nation in new field discoveries in 1983, and was Kansas’s most active driller from 1974 to 1988. He was instrumental in the discovery and development of the horizontal Bakken field in Montana and North Dakota. He served on the National Petroleum Council, appointed by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, and served on the Kansas Board of Regents and was Chairman from 1987 to 1993. He was a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity and KU’s Athletic Board, and was President of the KU Alumni Association. He met his wife, Judy Garver, at KU and raised three sons: Steve, Craig (KU Geology, ’80), and R. Todd (KU Petroleum Engineering, ’84).