Archive for October 26, 2009

Spectraseis Announces JIP for Low Frequency Seismic Research

Zurich-based Spectraseis, provider of low frequency seismic solutions to the upstream oil and gas industry, announced the formation of a multi-year Joint Industry Project (JIP) for the research and development of low frequency seismic technologies for hydrocarbon reservoir detection and characterization. This cooperative program is called the Low Frequency Seismic Partnership (LFSP).

            Confirmed participants in the LFSP, which will run for three years through 2012 are Cairn, Chevron, ExxonMobil, GDF Suez and Pemex. An Asian national oil company will join the LFSP over the coming months.

            The scope of the LFSP program will cover key application elements of low frequency seismic technology, such as data acquisition and processing, as well as fundamental theoretical studies, in partnership with researchers at Spectraseis, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and the University of Bern, Switzerland. Participants will be at the leading edge of the latest research on low frequency seismic applications and will learn how to extract the maximum value from this technology for their companies.

            Spectraseis CTO Rob Habiger said: “We are very excited to be launching this industry collaboration today, which will expand the body of core research around this important topic. We are looking forward to working with an outstanding group of international operators. The experience and technical expertise they bring will help us to continue our strong focus on the application of low frequency seismic solutions to meet important industry challenges.”

            Spectraseis researches and applies proprietary technologies to acquire and analyze low frequency (<10 Hz) seismic background waves continuously present in the Earth’s subsurface in order to identify spectral attributes indicating the likely presence or absence of hydrocarbons and other characteristics of subsurface reservoirs within a survey area. The resulting information can greatly reduce the risk and improve the success rate of costly oil exploration and drilling activities and improve decision-making throughout the life of a field. Broad adoption of the company’s technology by the global oil and gas exploration and production industry can be expected to save billions of dollars each year, which is currently expended on non-productive exploration surveys and dry wells, as well as significantly improve the industry’s environmental performance.


October 26, 2009 at 9:57 pm Leave a comment

Three Training Companies Launch Plato Alliance

Three leading E&P learning companies, IHRDC, Nautilus and NExT, announced the creation of Plato Alliance, a new venture delivering an unprecedented range of integrated learning solutions to the E&P industry.

            “Plato Alliance combines the talents of the most experienced learning providers in the business to offer programs worldwide – customized to client needs and managed from start to finish,” said Henry Edmundson, founder of the Plato Alliance. “We are offering a one-stop shop for the complete planning, implementation and management of a client’s professional development program.”

            Plato Alliance brings a unique, integrated portfolio of complementary learning products to the industry including:

  • Over 500 courses and programs in all geoscience and petroleum engineering domains taught by more than 300 instructors;
  • More than 80 geology field seminars in a wide variety of geological environments;
  • The industry’s largest e-learning library, including 1,000 hours of technical learning in all geoscience and engineering domains, an overview of the entire value chain of oil and gas industry, and key business essentials for energy professionals;
  • Management programs covering all aspects of the oil and gas industry, including digital business simulations; and
  • Competency management consultation and systems.

            Plato Alliance combines these products in programs specifically tailored to client needs. The programs are designed to accelerate the development of professionals at all levels through blended learning, “learning by doing” and mentoring. Customized programs vary in length from weeks to several years.

            With clients, Plato Alliance will help design and build customized programs using 20 years’ experience in competency management – a  robust process for assessing competency development needs and identifying learning solutions – and by providing the Web-based competency management system, CMS Online.

            The three alliance companies also will continue to operate as independent learning providers outside of the alliance.



For over 40 years, International Human Resources Development Corporation has been a leader in training and competency development for the global oil and gas industry. IHRDC offers instructional programs that teach management and petroleum business essentials using challenging business games and digital workshops. Their e-learning products, Petroleum Online, IPIMS and Business Essentials, offer a wide range of on-demand learning worldwide. They also provide competency management services and the competency management system, CMS Online.


About Nautilus

For over nine years, Nautilus has provided the industry with geoscience training through its unique GTA membership concept. In 2009, Nautilus will deliver over 300 courses worldwide, of which more than 80 will be conducted in the field in a large variety of geological environments. More than 140 Nautilus instructors have an active technical involvement in the AAPG and SEG. Classroom courses are currently held in North America, Europe, South East Asia and Libya, while field venues include the USA, Mexico, Belize, Canada, France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Turkey, Egypt, Libya, South Africa and Borneo.


About NExT

For over 10 years, NExT has delivered tailored training programs in more than 50 countries. Its faculty includes over 250 instructors with a wide variety of technical and regional experience. A hallmark of NExT programs is “learning by doing.” Customized programs vary from weeks to two or more years. Through its global presence and experience in most oil and gas fields, NExT can fill these programs with relevant examples and case studies that make each course unique, specific and practical. NExT was founded by Schlumberger with strong affiliations to three leading universities: Texas A&M, University of Oklahoma and Heriot-Watt.

October 26, 2009 at 9:33 pm Leave a comment

VMAX Technologies Upgrades Subsea Simulation Software

VMAX Technologies, part of Aberdeen-based Triton Group, has updated its innovative, physics-based Project Simulator for full field simulation and visualization with Version 1.6. This ROV pilot training and mission planning program now includes trainee task logging tools and an expanded suite of generic training scenarios, including a jacket survey scenario using non-destructive testing tools. It also includes a number of online training videos for teaching scenario developers how to create field-level scenarios in-house.

            VMAX Technologies General Manager Terry Lease said: “Version 1.6 builds on the success of the earlier V1.5 program, which has proven to be an invaluable tool for subsea operators by allowing them to take complete control of the simulation experience, helping to reduce risk, increase efficiency and create an overall reduction in project costs. This launch is the result of a lengthy research and consultation process and is reflective of our commitment towards keeping our technology at the leading edge to help our oil and gas customers stay ahead of the challenges facing the industry.”

            The newly updated software and the enhanced scenarios are now a standard part of the training courses offered by members of the Triton Group and its affiliates in the Houston, Brazil, Singapore and Aberdeen. VMAX has steadily worked to leverage the group companies and affiliates to expand its service base in both China and Brazil.

October 26, 2009 at 9:29 pm Leave a comment

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