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SMT Announces Release of KINGDOM 8.5

At the annual SEG meeting in Houston, SMT announced the release of KINGDOM 8.5, which includes the introduction of KINGDOM GeoModeling, the first modular extension of SMT’s KINGDOM Advanced product line announced earlier this year. KINGDOM GeoModeling allows organizations to conduct integrated interpretation and 3D geocellular modeling in a single product. Integrating these two workflows enables interpreters and modelers to share the same workspace during prospect evaluation. This process improvement increases productivity and reduces the time needed to generate and evaluate prospects in more detail and with greater accuracy.

            Commenting on the announcement, Stan Abele, VP of Product Management at SMT, said: “KINGDOM GeoModeling is another example of SMT’s ongoing focus to bring advanced workflows to every desktop. With SMT’s new GeoModeling, generalist interpreters can now do what was previously the domain of only specialists – interpreters can create sealed earth models, conduct volumetric analyses and estimate reserves.”

            KINGDOM GeoModeling incorporates patented 3D gridding technology from JewelSuite, a powerful, easy to use, Windows-based reservoir modeling software package. Unlike older gridding technologies, the second-generation JewelSuite 3D gridding capability allows complex structural environments to be modeled without compromising the integrity and accuracy of the original structural interpretation.  With the incorporation of JewelSuite gridding technology into KINGDOM GeoModeling, SMT now offers best of breed in both interpretation and 3D geocellular modeling in a single, fully integrated product.

            “Using the JewelSuite software, our consulting teams – including  Gaffney, Cline & Associates, RDS, Epic Consulting and GMI – will be better able to provide the most effective integrated solutions for the most complex reservoirs and development options,” said Nathan Meehan, VP Reservoir Technology, Baker Hughes.

            KINGDOM 8.5 has numerous enhancements:

  • KINGDOM Data Management 8.5 – Replaces the current OpenKINGDOM Domain product. Maintains the historical features of OpenKINGDOM while providing a platform for new functionality.
  • Ability to transfer data between KINGDOM projects – Users can easily select data and create project subsets, combine data from multiple projects, and run QC scripts against KINGDOM projects to check for erroneous results and correct them directly in the interface.
  • Ability to save and restore maps and create and apply display templates for all vertical sections.
  • Improvements in the auto tracker and usability enhancements that make the interface more workflow oriented.

            KINGDOM 8.5 is expected to be available in December 2009. Customers who have purchased OpenKINGDOM Domain will receive KINGDOM Data Management as part of their standard maintenance.

October 28, 2009 at 5:18 am Leave a comment

Halliburton Releases New 3D Visualization Tool

Landmark, a brand of Halliburton, has launched GeoGraphix® Discovery™ 3D software, the new Microsoft Windows-based offering incorporating state-of-the-art interactive visualization tools from Microsoft’s Xbox® gaming console and the 64-bit capabilities and performance of the new Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. Using this new member of the GeoGraphix product family, Discovery 3D software users will have an immersive, game-like experience when developing geologic interpretations.

            GeoGraphix Discovery 3D software is one of the first oil and gas solutions leveraging the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system as well as the latest DirectX® graphics technology, combined with Microsoft Xbox gaming technology. The resulting product vastly improves the way geoscientists interact with and manipulate 3D subsurface models, allowing for faster, more accurate interpretations and decisions.

            Chris Usher, senior director of Landmark Software and Services, said: “Discovery 3D software is the result of the partnership combining Landmark’s geoscience expertise and Microsoft’s rich and pervasive technology platform. Landmark is again leading in innovation by introducing an E&P visualization product that applies the latest in 3D graphics and gaming technology, giving geoscientists a seamless and productive way to interact with 3D models. Discovery 3D software also provides up-and-coming generations of geoscientists a familiar environment to work in, making it quick and easy for them to adopt this technology. This familiar experience is completed by the Windows PC platform for Discovery 3D software, making high-performance 3D visualization and interpretation tools accessible and affordable to companies of all sizes.”

            “We are delighted with the Halliburton partnership,” said Ali Ferling, PhD, managing director, Worldwide Oil and Gas Industries, Microsoft. “Discovery 3D software is a great example and just the tip of the iceberg in a series of breakthrough innovations our companies will deliver to the oil and gas industry in the coming months and years. Halliburton’s commitment to the Windows 7 operating system and DirectX graphics is a great recognition of the enterprise-class capabilities and technology delivered by our latest operating system, as well as a confirmation of the great momentum of Microsoft’s offerings and partnerships in the oil and gas industry worldwide.”

            When combined with the Discovery software integrated platform framework, resulting workflows provide a novel interaction with all of the well information, geologic interpretations, structural and geo-referenced layers in three dimensions. Geologic interpretations developed using the GeoGraphix Discovery workflow, and visualized in real time through Discovery 3D software, translate to an enhanced, more complete understanding of the geologist’s work, and they ultimately improve models in a real-world, 3D earth model domain.


October 28, 2009 at 5:15 am Leave a comment

Shell Realizes Value from Landmark R5000 Software Upgrade

Landmark, a brand of Halliburton, announced it had completed the first of several critical deployments in Shell’s global rollout of R5000 versions of Landmark software.

            “With R5000, we offer many innovations, including improving multi-user collaboration through OpenWorks® software; adding new workflows, such as pre-stack seismic data interpretation; and streamlining existing workflows,” said Paul Koeller, VP Halliburton Software and Asset Solutions. “Shell’s rollout of R5000 is one of the largest and most ambitious global deployments of R5000. It has been a privilege to be involved in the partnership and to share in their success.”

            Additional benefits of R5000 include the simplification in management of cartographic and seismic data along with the ability to integrate proprietary subsurface applications with vendor applications using a standard data format. A standard global approach was taken when rolling out this project, including common architecture, hardware, software applications and workflows to achieve cost savings in IT infrastructure.

            Shell began its production upgrade to the new R5000 versions of Landmark software in the company’s Americas Region in April 2009. Today, all of Shell’s asset teams in the US and Brazil have been upgraded to the R5000 versions of Landmark’s software. Once complete, the R5000 deployment within Shell will encompass 28 sites worldwide, including locations in Canada, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.




October 28, 2009 at 5:12 am Leave a comment

TerraSpark Unveils SDK for Insight Earth

TerraSpark Geosciences has launched its Software Development Kit (SDK) for Insight Earth® as a means of providing the oil and gas community with an innovative tool for developing customized extensions and plug-ins to the Insight Earth 3D visualization and interpretation suite.

            “This SDK augments TerraSpark’s core 3D visualization and interpretation platform with powerful software development technologies that provide a nonrestrictive, fully open development architecture that will benefit customers, third-party developers and ultimately the exploration community as a whole,” said Geoffrey Dorn, PhD, President of TerraSpark. The Insight Earth SDK is included at no additional cost with the license for Insight Earth Base.

            Insight Earth users can leverage the new SDK’s high performance, multi-threaded, easy to use C++ plug-in architecture to extend Insight Earth’s capabilities by integrating existing proprietary algorithms and creating customized, high performance volume attributes or custom volumetric algorithms and calculations.

            The Insight Earth SDK further enhances the integrated workflows made possible by interoperability with OpenSpirit® software and OpenSpirit-enabled applications. The OpenSpirit connection enables a seamless exchange of data and cursor locations, thus simplifying the process of mobilizing data volumes and allowing interpreters to spend less time managing software requirements and more time achieving business results.

            This SDK will also permit developers to harness the massively parallel processing power of graphics processing units (GPUs) to accelerate non-graphics computation for large volume data sets. According to Jon Marbach, Director of Software Architecture and Engineering, TerraSpark will include SDK samples in the next version release.

            “We are currently working to include functionality for APIs such as CUDA™ and OpenCL™ with the next version of the SDK,” said Marbach. “This will help developers in the oil and gas industry gain even greater competitive strength through the use of the most advanced processing technologies available.”

            The Insight Earth SDK also allows developers to add support for proprietary volume file formats, thus enhancing Insight Earth’s data interchange capabilities. Future versions of this SDK will support custom processes that operate on Faults, Horizons and other data types supported by Insight Earth’s interpretation capabilities.



October 28, 2009 at 5:10 am Leave a comment

AGR, Codify Launch Envision JV for Multi-Touch Computers

AGR Petroleum Services has joined forces with Codify to develop new ways of using multi-touch computers to revolutionize the energy industry. The working group, called Envision, has been set up in response to a major lack of software applications for the latest multi-touch computers that respond to natural hand movements without a need for a keyboard or mouse.

            Ian Burdis, VP of well management at AGR, said: “This is incredibly new and exciting technology and we really want to push the boundaries with it. It’s much more than a gadget coffee table – it has the potential to transform our activity. We believe that multi-touch computers will have the same impact the Internet had 15 years ago and totally change the way we work.”

            A key focus of the group, which also plans to work closely with students from Robert Gordon University’s IDEAS Research Institute, will be to develop a new tool that will allow engineering teams to step away from a computer screen and instead take a high-tech, hands-on approach to interacting with information and data. It is anticipated the technology will provide a real alternative to expensive visualization rooms that engineers currently use during planning stages of projects.

            The Envision Working Group is coordinated by AGR’s VP of Information Technology, Chris Ferrier, and Codify’s Managing Director, Mark Griffiths, with support from AGR’s subsurface and well management engineers and IT experts as well as input from Codify’s programmers.

            They will be creating bespoke software applications that will provide a cost-effective solution to visualization rooms while ensuring engineers have all of the necessary information at their fingertips – literally. The technology is expected to become a key tool for AGR’s own engineers with a view to rolling it out to the marketplace at a later date.

            Mark Cook, AGR’s Director of Reservoir Management in the UK, said: “Multi-touch computers have huge implications for our subsurface reservoir study work. Having the ability to use advanced visualization technology at our own office will greatly improve the way our teams work, integrate data and share knowledge.”

            The development process is already under way with the first software application expected to undergo trials by Spring 2010.

            Burdis added: “We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of new techniques and embracing new technology. Developing tailor-made applications for multi-touch computers offers huge potential for us to significantly raise the bar in all areas of our activity. We are very excited about the prospect of working with Codify again and look forward to seeing the outcomes of our collaboration.”

            Mark Griffiths, Managing Director of Codify, said: “It’s fantastic that AGR has recognized the value that this new technology can bring to the energy sector, and we look forward to developing software options with them. We have worked closely with the company for almost five years and have helped develop a number of applications for them in that time. This latest project will enable us to draw on our extensive understanding of their activity to produce applications that could significantly improve collaborative projects within the oil and gas industry.”

October 28, 2009 at 5:07 am Leave a comment

Geotrace Accelerates Oil and Gas Discovery with Isilon IQ

NAS vendor Isilon® Systems announced that Geotrace, a reservoir services provider, has deployed Isilon IQ to power a robust suite of seismic data processing and analysis applications used to accelerate worldwide oil and gas discovery. Using Isilon scale-out NAS, featuring its OneFS® operating system, Geotrace has created a single global namespace for both its Unix and Linux-based cluster compute environments, streamlining seismic data access to reduce data processing times from weeks to days. With Isilon, Geotrace can complete more projects in less time and with greater accuracy, all while requiring less than one full-time worker to manage the system.

            “Our seismic data processing and analysis operations serve oil and gas leaders around the world, meaning our workflow is both mission-critical and very time-sensitive,” said Matt Gaskamp, data center operations manager, Geotrace. “We don’t have time to manage multiple storage systems and perform the ongoing data migration necessary with traditional storage. With Isilon, all of our data is in one, immediately accessible location, allowing our engineers to work collaboratively around the clock and get more done, faster, with less cost.”

            Prior to using Isilon IQ, Geotrace employed separate traditional storage systems to support the two primary components of its workflow: seismic data processing and analysis. When Geotrace moved to a data center model leveraging both Unix and Linux-based cluster compute environments each running hundreds of servers to process and analyze data simultaneously, these traditional systems were incapable of providing the single global namespace or linear scaling of performance and capacity necessary to power Geotrace’s workflow effectively.

            By turning to Isilon, Geotrace unified both its massive compute clusters onto a single, high-performance, highly scalable, shared pool of storage, enabling engineers to access data seamlessly between clusters at all stages of the workflow without having to migrate data back and forth, increasing productivity and accelerating time to results. With Isilon IQ, Geotrace eliminated the costly and time-consuming manual data migrations and lengthy scaling delays common when using traditional HPC storage alongside traditional SAN or NAS.

            “Traditional storage systems lack the performance, scalability and ease of use to effectively power seismic processing and analysis, forcing today’s most innovative oil and gas companies to deploy disparate, disconnected systems or find a better alternative,” said Sam Grocott, senior director of product management, Isilon Systems. “Geotrace is one of many leading-edge companies that have found an improved approach by deploying scale-out NAS. With Isilon, Geotrace unified its workflow and increased operational efficiency, demonstrating that with Isilon IQ, innovative organizations can do more – better – with less.”


October 28, 2009 at 5:04 am Leave a comment

Horizontal Directional Drilling Toolbox Released

Technical Toolboxes announced the release of their Horizontal Directional Drilling Toolbox (Professional Edition) Software. The HDD Toolbox is a comprehensive, integrated software suite for design and installation of pipelines and utilities by horizontal directional drilling.

            Design and installation of pipelines and utilities by HDD presents a challenge due to the diverse technical disciplines involved, including soil mechanics, drilling and rheology, structural mechanics, and pipeline transmission and distribution technology. The HDD Toolbox is designed to assist with this challenge and help avoid costly technical and environmental problems such as hydraulic fracture.

            The HDD Toolbox’s underlying mathematical models and technical procedures are based on current technology and are in compliance with regulations, standards and recommended practices for HDD installation of pipeline and utilities crossings. The software can be used for design and installation of pipe and conduits for various applications including natural gas, petroleum, water lines and other fluid transport as well as for telecommunications and electric power lines.


October 28, 2009 at 5:01 am Leave a comment

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