Shale Core Facility

3300 W. Bolt Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76110

TCU Shale Core Facility Mission

To provide a professional partnership between students, faculty, and leaders in the energy industry through cooperation, mentorship, research, and education.

About Us

The TCU Shale Core Facility (or “Core Lab”) began as an idea from our TCU Energy Institute’s Advisory Board and various faculty. In 2008, plans came together to have a facility to store Barnett Shale core. EOG Resources and Matador Resources were the first to deposit pallets of core. In 2010, a generous donation from Pioneer Natural Resources provided offices and a climate-controlled viewing area. Over the next five years, the 9,000 square foot facility became home to thousands of feet of core from all over the region. Today, we have a new 15,000 square foot location with additional storage, viewing and classroom space. The Core Lab, as it is widely known, is open for private viewings, tours, and research on the geology, sedimentology, petrophysics and geochemistry of core samples.

Dr. Richard Denne

Dr. Richard Denne worked as a geologist in the oil and gas industry for over 25 years, working with integrated teams in the exploration and production of hydrocarbons from deep-water basins across the globe, including the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, Brazil, Trinidad, and the North Sea.  He began his career at Exxon, and was at Marathon Oil prior to coming to TCU, where he was the corporate Biostratigraphy Subject Matter Expert with oversight of the application and integration of biostratigraphy and chemostratigraphy in unconventional shale, deep-water, and carbonate plays.

Core Lab Technician

For questions about our Core Lab, contact Blake Warwick at

Need Core Lab Reservations?

Contact: Richard Denne, 817.257.4423 or