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Create a 3D model of a hydrocarbon reservoir for a “view & touch” knowledge experience for greater transparency and awareness on the environmental impacts of drilling projects in our area. This is the purpose of the 3D-RES project (3 dimensional real reservoir – and we are honored to have helped them in the realization of the first 3D model of a reservoir.

The idea was born within the Department of Chemical Engineering, Materials and Environment of the University of Rome Sapienza thanks to the initiative of the mining engineer Francesco Napoli and the team that he established with Prof. Paolo De Filippis and Prof. ssa Fedora Quattrocchi.

The current Italian situation is particularly complex due to the general distrust of various stakeholders towards new projects for exploration and drilling of the subsoil, production and storage of hydrocarbons and geothermal energy, above all for the geological and seismic concerns that have often characterized our land. The 3D-RES team therefore thought that creating a true three-dimensional model of a reservoir could become a formidable tool for dissemination and knowledge: on the one hand it puts O&G Companies in “transparency” and on the other helps local administrations and citizens to better understanding how the soil is made by making more informed and informed choices about its future.

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But how is it possible to represent in detail what the human eye cannot see? The team made the most of the data on explorations and geological scans to reproduce as usual a digital model that can be consulted via PC and screens, the innovation comes in the next step because this model is converted by design software into a CAD file .stl, therefore perfectly in tune with the rapid prototyping reproducibility. In fact, some components of the model were made with one of our stereolithography machines and then assembled with all the other decorative details to better contextualize the prototype.

It is a record in the world of mining and hydrocarbon research that the same team is ready to replicate with a road-show on all the hot Italian territories where a permanent exhibition could resolve the doubts concerning both the geological composition of the subsoil, both the possible negativities that would be unleashed on the aquifers or in the rocky composition in the immediate vicinity of the site.

As the Sapienza researchers from Rome remind us, the activities of new explorations in Italy have stopped since 2009, translating themselves according to them in the total absence of new hydrocarbon production, new development and new royalties in future years. Since in other European countries this public debate is much more active and evolved than in our country, they have seen in this format of the 3D model of the field a new resource capable of scientifically nourishing the topic and unleashing direct and constructive involvement with the public during the approval and development phases of drilling projects.

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