SMT Unveils KINGDOM 8.4

June 11, 2009 at 1:29 am Leave a comment

Seismic Micro-Technology, purveyor of Windows-based geoscientific interpretation software, announced the release of KINGDOM 8.4, which introduces the new product line extension, KINGDOM Advanced. KINGDOM Advanced brings leading geoscience capabilities, formerly available only to specialists due to complexity and cost, to the desktop of every interpreter. Key new capabilities include a new Advanced Autopicker that is based on patent-pending KINGDOM Illuminator technology, and support for Surface and Volume Curvature attributes. These features are designed to help upstream exploration and production companies reduce cycle times and risk in exploration planning.

Stan Abele, VP of Product Management at SMT, said: “Geoscientists are working harder than ever to lower exploration costs by reducing the time to analyze prospects. But they still need best-in-class technology to make good decisions. The new capabilities in KINGDOM Advanced bring leading-edge science and automation down to a price that enables every geoscientist to complete work faster and with greater confidence.”

The Advanced Autopicker accurately picks through complex geologies and near-vertical events. It requires only a few initial seed picks in order to provide a high quality interpretation. As a result, interpreters can reduce the time-consuming task of picking horizons, reducing overall cycle times for interpretation.

Another new capability is support for Surface and Volume Curvature attributes. These attributes allow companies to identify subsurface features more easily to discover hidden reserves. These attributes indicate the rate of change of surface topology and accent features such as faults and fracture systems. A total of 11 Curvature attributes can be calculated in the new release.

KINGDOM Advanced will be generally available by the end of June 2009.

Separately, OpenSpirit® announced it will release the KINGDOM 8.4 data connector concurrent with SMT’s release of their new KINGDOM 8.4 Core and Advanced software solutions. The E&P community will be able to take advantage of the many benefits of KINGDOM 8.4, and through OpenSpirit, leverage other best-of-breed applications and data stores used within their multi-vendor environments.

“The KINGDOM 8.4 data connector is a result of a joint effort, and will deliver significant performance and scalability improvements for customers working with large KINGDOM projects,” said Randy Harvey, Vice President of Development, SMT. “End users will find it easier than ever to work with their SMT application environment, while seamlessly co-existing with other solutions that enhance their geoscience workflows.”

Key to these releases are the performance improvements within the OpenSpirit KINGDOM data connector. Automated data transfer between large-scale KINGDOM projects that have never before been possible will now be done quickly and efficiently. OpenSpirit handles coordinate reference system translations on the fly, enabling end users to transfer data between multiple KINGDOM projects, as well as other OpenSpirit-enabled data repositories.

As the year progresses, SMT and OpenSpirit will be working together to embed OpenSpirit in SMT’s next-generation data management suite, and also release the new SMT KINGDOM Application Adapter, announced in February. Interpreters will be able to work in the user-friendly Windows® environment while sharing data with any OpenSpirit-enabled application or data store, including solutions from Halliburton (HAL) and Schlumberger (SLB).

“We have made tremendous headway since announcing our renewed partnership in February of this year,” said Dan Piette, President & CEO of OpenSpirit. “OpenSpirit remains the upstream industry’s only vendor-neutral integration alternative, and through the collaborative effort surrounding these first deliverables, our mutual customers will experience improved geotechnical workflows.”


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