Archive for September 22, 2009

Invensys Releases New Virtual Reality Training Solution

Invensys Operations Management announced the commercial availability of its new EYESim virtual reality immersive training solution. The first industrial virtual reality training solution based on first-principle simulation and augmented reality, EYESim technology enables engineers and operators to see and safely interact with the plant and the processes they control.

            Using and applying gaming skills familiar to younger employees, the EYESim solution also appeals to new plant employees and experienced engineers. It combines virtual reality technologies with high-fidelity process and control simulation, computer-based maintenance and documentation management and other applications to provide a highly realistic and safe training environment for improving operating efficiency and skills. Simulations are driven by the company’s DYNSIM® process simulator, FSIM Plus software, I/A Series® control system emulation and other compatible programs.

            “The increasing complexity of plants, combined with a changing workforce, demands next-generation tools that can safely and interactively train new operators and engineers without putting them, the community or the environment at risk,” said Tobias Scheele, VP advanced applications, Invensys Operations Management. “This system provides a stable, realistic environment for practicing routine operational and maintenance functions, as well as rarely performed volatile tasks such as plant shutdowns. In addition, using computer models of real equipment allows endless experimentation without ever taking the equipment offline, mitigating risk to production as well.”  

            By merging virtual plant imagery with screens from asset management or other application software, the Invensys solution creates a computer-generated representation of either a real or proposed process plant. Using a stereoscopic headset, trainees enter a completely immersive environment in which they can move throughout the plant. Such freedom is possible because the virtual environment is rendered at 60 frames per second, significantly faster than what can be achieved by traditional, non-real-time rendering.

            EYESim technology is geared toward the energy, chemical, oil and gas, and other vital process industries as they face knowledge management, training and retention challenges brought on by an aging and dwindling industry workforce.

            “The loss of experienced workers and associated knowledge is increasing the risk of conducting safe, reliable and efficient plant operations, but the EYESim solution creates an environment in which operators and engineers can quickly absorb and utilize the wealth of process data and control system information that is available to them,” said Tom Fiske, PhD, senior analyst with ARC Advisory Group. “Traditional operator training simulators play a significant role in protecting knowledge assets, and these systems are evolving into increasingly more sophisticated simulators, such as the new solution from Invensys, which combines virtual reality and immersive technology with high-fidelity modeling to enhance knowledge protection and improve operator performance. Additionally, outside operators and other operational team members can use such simulators to provide more realistic and complete training experiences, or to assist in other asset management and operational activities.”

September 22, 2009 at 1:59 am 1 comment

CSC Launches Upstream BI Solution

CSC has launched its Petroleum Enterprise Intelligence offering, a business intelligence solution designed to help exploration and production (E&P) companies integrate technical, operational and financial information across the enterprise. The solution, which employs Oracle’s business intelligence (BI) applications  and the Information Store’s (iStore) data access and visualization technology, enables companies to understand the financial impact of field decisions, optimize well production and maximize effectiveness of operational decisions. Integrating upstream and operational systems data, Petroleum Enterprise Intelligence provides analytical functions for exploration and production, refining and pipeline marketing, energy trading, financials, supply chain and workforce management. The offering addresses four key areas: business processes, information management, operations and technology infrastructure.

            “Upstream oil and gas companies can significantly impact their growth and profitability when they have the ability to make fast, smart business decisions,” said Bob Welch, president of CSC’s Chemical, Energy and Natural Resources Group. “Encompassing everyone from drilling engineers to financial analysts, our approach enables oilfield workers to optimize asset performance by delivering the right information to the right people at the right time.”

            “The Petroleum Enterprise Intelligence solution enables the presentation of data across the enterprise from geoscientists to engineers, including non-specialists, through use of business intelligence functionality, as well as modeling, planning and analytics,” said Catherine Madden, senior research analyst, Energy Insights, IDC. “We believe that for oil and gas companies, a comprehensive view of the data permits a company to prioritize different opportunities. At the same time, key decision makers for all assets are using a single view of the inputs, and able to collaborate with other decision makers to determine where to optimize plans.”

            “As the industry continues to develop the Digital Oilfield, this offering uniquely positions CSC, iStore and Oracle to help E&P companies reduce operating costs, increase production and operate in a safer and more effective manner,” said Oracle’s Hossam Farid, senior director of Oil & Gas Solutions.

            Earlier this year, CSC and iStore signed an alliance agreement under which CSC acts as the prime systems integrator and consulting services provider for iStore’s PetroTrek® Digital Oilfield solutions. (See Aug. 4, 2009 post.)

            “By making PetroTrek available through CSC’s Petroleum Enterprise Intelligence offering, the industry benefits from iStore’s proven digital oilfield technology and the breadth and depth of CSC’s global presence,” commented Barry Irani, president and CEO of iStore.

September 22, 2009 at 1:35 am 1 comment

Roxar Launches EnABLE 2.3

Roxar, an upstream technology provider and part of Emerson Process Management, announced the latest version of its EnABLE™ history matching and uncertainty estimation software solution. Using an advanced statistical framework and proxy model, based on conventional reservoir simulations, EnABLE 2.3 provides E&P companies with a rapid understanding of production behavior and the creation of robust uncertainty forecasts.

            In EnABLE 2.3, simplified workflows, new and improved diagnostics, statistical engine advances and better interfaces with reservoir simulators will all help operators estimate technical and economic uncertainty within their reservoirs even more accurately and comprehensively than previously. It can help reservoir engineers perform a quick “what-if” scenario analysis, resulting in a better understanding of the reservoir and more flexible long-term plans. When used alongside Roxar’s reservoir modeling application, RMS™ and reservoir simulation tool, Tempest™, EnABLE history matches numerous geological scenarios to create simulation models that are fully consistent with their underlying geological interpretation.

            Ordin Husa, Managing Director of Roxar Software Solutions, said: “EnABLE 2.3 is a new milestone in uncertainty quantification and history matching for operators. By performing assisted history matching and production forecasting using EnABLE 2.3, optimum bid valuations, new field development and operational plans can all be identified within the context of reservoir uncertainty.”

            Designed for operators wishing to accelerate the history matching process, optimize their plans, and gain a more accurate understanding of production ranges, EnABLE speeds up existing simulation projects considerably (up to a factor of four) through assisted history matching by intelligently updating the parameters that you would like to modify, submitting simulation runs to your reservoir simulator, and reading the results of the simulation. Each simulation run is used to build a statistical proxy model that is used to get multiple history matches and production forecasts more quickly.

            Highlights of the new version include:

  • Improved Ease of Use – Simplified workflows, workflow diagram and navigation tools;
  • Additional Diagnostics Capabilities – Makes the history matching process more efficient;
  • Estimator Analyzer – Performs quick “what-if” analyses or selects a representative uncertainty model within a consistent, interactive module, without having to run a time consuming simulation model;
  • Statistical Engine Enhancements – Improves the way EnABLE approximates the reservoir simulation model and handles discrete geological models; 
  • New and Improved Reservoir Simulator Interfaces – Now include FrontSim, Nexus, PBRS and Acres, in addition to reading Tempest™ and Eclipse binary files, making the process faster and avoiding memory storage issues; and
  • Improved Infrastructure – Easy-to-use installation tool works in both Windows and LINUX environments.

In addition, the licensing of EnABLE has now migrated to the same licensing system as Roxar’s other products.

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