Archive for September 3, 2009

dGB Earth Sciences Offers Free Seismic Interpretation System

dGB Earth Sciences announced that OpendTect is now a completely free seismic interpretation system. The release of Version 4.0 of OpendTect supports all functionalities needed in seismic interpretation projects. Because the software is open source, it can be used at no cost as dGB has changed its licensing policy.

            Henceforth OpendTect is released under a triple licensing strategy:

  • Under the GNU / GPL license – Free of charge even for commercial use;
  • Under a commercial license – Enables the user to extend the system with closed-source commercial plug-ins that can either be purchased or leased; and
  • Under an academic license – Universities can get free licenses for OpendTect and commercial plug-ins for R&D and educational purposes.

            This new release of OpendTect includes a large number of new features and improvements to the previous version, which included powerful attribute engine and spectral decomposition, horizon tracking and 2D and 3D visualization. Version 4.0 now includes a synthetic-to-seismic well tie module, a SEGY-wizard, pre-stack AVO attribute computation and Time-to-Depth conversion. Other improvements include an updated step-wise horizon tracker and an enhanced cross-plot functionality.

            Several of the commercial plug-ins have been improved, as well. SSIS, dGB’s flagship product for sequence stratigraphic interpretation, now features a new workflow for the analysis of grids of 2D lines. The multi-2D workflow can be applied in faulted areas on 2D and 3D seismic data.

            ArkCls and partner Visual Technology Services have released a new plug-in PDF3D that captures and saves a 3D OpendTect scene in PDF format, which can be opened in the latest free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which supports 3D visualization. Here the user can zoom, rotate, change transparencies and toggle elements on and off. PDF3D is bound to change the way in which E&P work is reported to management, colleagues and partners.

            Also new by Earthworks and ArkCls is a Connection plug-in that allows bodies to be grown from one or more seed points. This plug-in can be used to analyze the results of a stochastic impedance inversion run, for example.

            Paul de Groot, President & CEO of dGB Earth Sciences, said: “This new release is the result of many years of hard work by our dedicated team in close cooperation with ArkCls, Earthworks and Geokinetics with the support of many E&P companies. We are glad that we can now offer this complete and high-level seismic interpretation system for free to the geophysical community. Why would anyone still pay for seismic interpretation software, when the same features can be had for free? Better spend your budget on the advanced interpretation techniques of the OpendTect plug-ins, which really add value to your data.”

September 3, 2009 at 3:15 am Leave a comment

ExxonMobil in Talks with Vendors for $1B IT Contracts

ExxonMobil is in talks with India’s top technology firms and multinational vendors for outsourcing of several IT contracts worth up to $1 billion, according to The Economic Times of India. The publication reported that L&T Infotech and HCL Technologies and others are vying for almost $1 billion of outsourcing work to be doled out by ExxonMobil for application development, maintenance and support.

            “The discussions are at an early stage. However, ExxonMobil wants to work with fewer, large and medium-sized vendors at lower rates,” a US-based person familiar with ExxonMobil’s outsourcing strategy told The Economic Times. Exxon runs on SAP platform across business units spread over 200 countries with nearly 80,000 employees.

            IT leaders of major oil companies are demanding lower operational costs, thus outsourcing and offshoring of ERP maintenance and support is gaining momentum, according to research analysts at Gartner. says the economic turbulence is a major catalyst for outsourcing of ERP systems and services.


September 3, 2009 at 3:12 am Leave a comment

Xiotech Introduces VM Storage Solution Lite at VMworld 2009

On September 1 at VMworld 2009 in San Francisco, Xiotech Corp. introduced VM Storage Solution Lite, designed to simplify storage management in virtual environments. The solution combines the time-saving and ease-of-use capabilities of Xiotech’s award-winning Virtual View management tool with its Emprise™ 7000 Edge storage area network (SAN) system to form a single, powerful combination.

            “We created the VM Storage Solution Lite for organizations who want a flexible and scalable storage architecture, easy management of virtualized storage and a lower price point without sacrificing functionality or value,” said Xiotech VP of Marketing Mike Hoch. “Because the solution can easily evolve into our larger VM Storage Solution and it’s covered under our Cash for Disk Clunkers deal, it’s an ideal option for first-time SAN buyers or organizations wanting to scale up as their data centers grow.”

            Virtual View, a finalist for a Best of VMworld Award in 2008, dramatically simplifies storage monitoring, provisioning and management in VMware ESX environments by giving administrators a global, single-console view of all three storage layers (array, physical server and virtual machine). Users can safely and rapidly provision and manage storage for their virtual environments with just a few mouse clicks.

            The VM Storage Solution Lite pairs Virtual View with the Emprise 7000 Edge storage system, which uses Xiotech’s patented Intelligent Storage Element (ISE™) technology to significantly minimize disk-related service events through a combination of preventive and self-healing capabilities. The solution offers 100% usable storage capacity with no vendor holdbacks or drops in performance, and it achieves the industry’s most efficient performance and scalability, according to the company. In addition, it enables users to cut their ongoing storage costs in half through its five-year warranty and lower overall management costs. The VM Storage Solution Lite supports up to 10 ISE (160 terabytes) and can be easily upgraded as needs evolve to the full VM Storage Solution, which supports up to 64 ISE (1,024 terabytes).

September 3, 2009 at 3:10 am Leave a comment

CGGVeritas Expands UK Seismic Processing and Imaging Center

CGGVeritas has expanded its open processing and imaging center in Aberdeen, UK. The center has been comprehensively upgraded to facilitate and support the significant advances in the seismic imaging technology and services it provides. This commitment is a direct response to the increasing complexity of the technical challenges faced by the region’s explorers and producers.

            Technology expansions within the center include a significant investment in enhanced compute power and data throughput resources. The center also has a new purpose-built client data room, complete with a graphics computation center that provides advanced viewing of large 3D seismic volumes.

            To complement the processing and imaging capabilities, the center upgrade also strengthens Hampson-Russell, its reservoir services department, with enhanced resources to address the seismic industry’s growing challenges and demands.

            Lionel Lhommet, Exec. VP, EAME region, said: “Since the center opened ten years ago, it has gained a well-deserved reputation for providing high-technology products together with customer-focused service. Its success lies in its close proximity to our clients and its focus on uniquely addressing their local challenges. With this expansion we want to reaffirm our commitment to deliver the full breadth of our technology and capabilities to our Aberdeen clients.”

            The CGGVeritas Aberdeen center offers the full range of processing services, including 3D and 4D processing of both towed streamer and ocean-bottom cable datasets. Onsite depth imaging experts draw on a wide variety of techniques, including Controlled Beam Migration and Reverse Time Migration using TTI models to solve even the most complex challenges. The center’s location encourages close technical partnerships with clients and allows interpreter input at regular intervals throughout the seismic processing process.

            Part of CGGVeritas’ worldwide network of imaging centers, the Aberdeen location receives seamless technical and resource support from Europe’s largest processing and imaging center in Crawley, UK.

September 3, 2009 at 3:07 am Leave a comment

GE Fanuc Launches Advanced Analytics Software for Facilities

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, announced advanced analytics solutions for its software portfolio that are designed to maximize the information that already exists in production operations, extract knowledge from that information and identify the opportunities to solve potential production issues before they impact the process. The introductions of Proficy® Troubleshooter and Proficy Cause+, the updated release of Proficy Historian version 3.5, and the market leadership position of Proficy’s HMI/SCADA products combine to provide companies with unprecedented intelligence they can use to enhance process performance.

            This powerful combination of solutions enables:

  • Better understanding of the causes of variation and problems in the process as well as the real-time impact of the process on production assets;
  • Learning the relationships between disconnected data, extracting knowledge and building business cases with benefit estimations;
  • Preventing unnecessary conventional “alarm bursts” with more intelligent alarms that work in multivariate space, indicating causes of problems and providing corrective actions; and
  • Expert knowledge capture for making modeling and expert system technology available to all users.

            “Everyone not only needs some method for archiving plant data and a system for supervisory control and data acquisition, but also an effective way of doing rapid process troubleshooting and other continuous improvement initiatives utilizing its real-time plant data,” said John Leppiaho, Product General Manager for GE Fanuc’s Operations Management Software. “GE Fanuc’s Proficy Historian is already proven in industries all over the world for collecting, storing and retrieving mission-critical data. The addition of Proficy Troubleshooter and Proficy Cause+ gives users advanced analytics and control of their processes to drive operational excellence.”

            These solutions provide essentially a three-step process for advanced analysis starting with Proficy Historian 3.5, which collects, archives and distributes tremendous volumes of real-time process information at extremely high speeds. Built specifically for production and process data acquisition and presentation, Proficy Historian enables users to leverage increased process visibility for better and faster decisions, increased productivity and reduced costs. Proficy Historian is built to store and retrieve production/process data in the way companies need it. This capability enables better responsiveness by quickly providing the granularity of data needed to analyze and solve intense process applications.

            The second component of the advanced analytics process is the new Proficy Troubleshooter product, an off-line, value-add product to Proficy Historian that analyzes process variation. It is used to identify causes for production problems and identify opportunities for preventing them in the future. Proficy Troubleshooter acts as a bridge between Proficy Historian and Proficy HMI/SCADA obtaining relationships between process variables and preparing benefit estimations for real-time deployment.

            Proficy Troubleshooter has powerful multivariate modeling and data-mining techniques, but it does not require a background in advanced statistics or modeling. It also provides a clear path to real-time solutions for the user – deploying insights as a real-time intelligent monitoring and advisory solution in Proficy Cause+, with outputs displayed in Proficy HMI/SCADA and Web-based reporting.

            The components of Proficy Troubleshooter are:

  • Proficy Continuous Wizard – For troubleshooting time-based and/or continuous process data;
  • Proficy Discrete & Batch Wizard – For troubleshooting generic index-based, discrete and/or batch process data; and
  • Proficy Architect – For data preparation, simulation and solution development.

            “In the past, we have had reporting tools that gave us an information baseline,” said Leppiaho. “Now we can apply analytics to that data and do ‘what-if’ scenarios to model the process for a solution more effective in driving real process improvement.”

            After Proficy Troubleshooter models the solution, the next logical step is to put the process into production. Proficy Cause+ wires in the real-time data and introduces alarms based on causal relationships within the process. It extracts more value from real-time data, in the form of likely causes of process- or asset-related problems and variation in real time, with pre-configured corrective actions to the operator if alarm conditions are triggered.

            Proficy Cause+ is a value-added decision-support solution to the Proficy HMI/SCADA iFIX and CIMPLICITY products that also provides reporting on causes over specified periods of time for production management and process engineers. It enables real-time causes of process problems (e.g. bad batches), real-time corrective actions to address process problems, wizard-based and custom development and simulation of a real-time solution before deploying it within Proficy HMI/SCADA, model- and rules-based cause identification, Web-based reporting of causes over user-defined periods, intelligent alarming and capturing of expert knowledge for real-time expert system use.

            Proficy Cause+ enables production engineers and process specialists to generate real-time causes for production process deviations. During such real-time Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) deviation, in-depth process knowledge is delivered to an operator to provide specific, actionable message guidance for correction. It is a real-time application by which production process variation is identified and whereby root causes for such variation is visualized. Proficy Cause+ is a value-added component deployed directly in existing HMI SCADA/DCS systems. Proficy Cause+ is therefore mostly used by plant operators.

            “Progressive companies are achieving even greater benefits by extracting and applying knowledge from historical and real-time data with advanced analytics,” said Tom Fiske, Senior Analyst, ARC Advisory Group. “Traditionally, the use of advanced analytics required high domain expertise to apply effectively. This is no longer the case. Solutions such as those offered by GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms bring the power of real-time visibility and advanced analytics to the masses.”

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