University of Nottingham
Drilling a borehole at the GeoEnergy Test Bed

The GeoEnergy Test Bed (GTB)


The GeoEnergy Test Bed (GTB), based at the University of Nottingham's Sutton Bonington campus, is a unique national facility designed for the monitoring of fluid flow (liquid or gas) through natural subsurface pathways. The GTB, a multi-borehole array, provides a fantastic opportunity for academics and industry to test and develop surface and subsurface borehole sensors including remote sensing technologies, validate fluid flow simulation software and access fully instrumented, logged and cored boreholes. The GTB, an Energy Research Accelerator facility, can have a far reaching impact applicable to a number of geoenergy and subsurface industries.

What Infrastructure is Available at the GTB?

  • 11 boreholes with casings of steel and plastic varying in depth between 21m and 285m with slotted sections giving access to the two primary sandstone aquifers
  • On-site containerised laboratory and office facilities with chemical handling and vented solvents storage and fume hood areas
  • Two data capture PCs with 4Tb storage and 10Mbit/s fibre data link to the main campus network to a backed up and externally accessible 100Tb project data store
  • Fully Wi-Fi enabled laboratory, office and field areas
  • UAV with CO2 and CH4 gas sensor pods for wide area detection of gas leakage
  • Micro Seismic Array
  • Full depth 282m core and geo-logging data from boreholes
  • Academic Licenses to Schlumberger’s commercial reservoir simulation software
  • Injection capability, water, tracers and gases


Find out more about the GTB

Coring a borehole at the GeoEnergy Test Bed
Purpose & Research Interests


Logging a borehole at the GeoEnergy Test
Concept & Geology
Drilling the third borehole at the GeoEnergy Test Bed
Progression of the GTB
Royal Engineers site office at the GTB
Partners of the GTB






GeoEnergy Research Centre