AGR, Codify Launch Envision JV for Multi-Touch Computers

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

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.”

www.agr.com

www.codify.ltd.uk

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