ffA Updates Stratigraphic Analysis Software for Linux

June 11, 2009 at 1:32 am Leave a comment

Foster Findlay Associates Ltd. (ffA), purveyor of 3D seismic analysis software and services, is releasing SEA 3D Pro 2009.1, the latest version of its desktop 3D seismic analysis and volume interpretation software on the Linux platform. The new version offers Linux users an extended range of interactive analysis capabilities, including the recently released GPU-enabled Interactive Seismic Facies Classification module, extensions to the company’s frequency decomposition, multi-attribute color and opacity blending and iso-proportional slicing functionality.

In addition to these innovative 3D image analysis capabilities, SEA 3D Pro also incorporates an interactive link with Landmark’s GeoProbe 3D Volume Interpretation software, providing GeoProbe users with a powerful range of stratigraphic and structural analysis workflows directly integrated within their current 3D interpretation platform.

Agnes Campan, ffA’s Sales and Marketing Director, said: “The new analysis capabilities available through SEA 3D Pro 2009 provide a significant step forward in what can be achieved in analyzing and understanding even the most challenging stratigraphic and structural environments while significantly increasing the productivity and accuracy of the G&G interpretation cycle. ffA recognizes that many of our clients are deploying Linux as their preferred platform for geotechnical applications, and ffA is committed to provide a fully synchronized product suite offering across Linux and Windows platforms in 2009.”

 

Bull, ffA Team Up to Deliver 3D Seismic Software

Separately, ffA announced it has entered into a partnership with Bull SAS, a European IT company, to deliver GPU-enabled 3D seismic analysis software to the oil and gas community on Bull high-performance computing (HPC) systems.

Seismic interpreters are facing a growing amount of data to interpret. Through use of ffA’s HPC software, a data-driven approach to 3D seismic interpretation can provide the step change in productivity required for geoscientists to fully exploit their data and deliver more accurate interpretations of the subsurface, improved understanding of uncertainty and better quantification of risk.

Jonathan Henderson, ffA’s Managing Director, commented: “The partnership with Bull is an important component in ffA’s development strategy, which is delivering innovative tools that will be at the heart of next-generation seismic interpretation systems. Working with other industry-leading companies such as Bull allows ffA to effectively realize its vision through leveraging the rapid advances that are taking place in complementary technologies.”

“We are excited to be working with Bull, who brings a strong innovative approach to their systems design, which incorporates computational power and scalability with advanced interactive visualization features. Our development program is directly addressing the challenges of extracting meaningful information from seismic data at increasing volumes and levels of complexity. These challenges can be significantly advanced by using automated HPC techniques in real or near real time,” Henderson said.

The two companies will work together to promote the use of interactive methods for 3D seismic analysis using HPC technology, particularly the use of GPU accelerators. These are fitted into Bull server nodes, from the entry-level tower chassis systems with GPU and graphics cards, suitable for seismic interpretation workgroups, to very large hybrid clusters located in data centers, which Bull is already delivering to government and energy customers. ffA’s domain expertise and involvement with a large number of major oil and gas companies combined with Bull’s expertise in hybrid systems will provide a fast track for innovation and improved turnaround times within 3D interpretation and modeling workflows.

“We are very pleased to announce this partnership with ffA, which is an important milestone in our efforts to gain further traction within the upstream oil and gas industry,” said Guy Gueritz, Business Development Director for Oil & Gas at Bull. “Our involvement with oil companies’ R&D groups for accelerated seismic imaging is complemented by ffA’s automated interpretation and modeling tools, which plug into established 3D interpretation and modeling workflows and make use of more scalable and powerful technologies, which are built into our extreme computing systems. These outperform the traditional commodity platforms currently in use within the oil industry and will deliver significant productivity advantages to those who adopt them.”

www.ffa.co.uk

www.bull.com

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