Archive for October 30, 2009

DocVerse Brings Real-time Sharing to Microsoft Apps

DocVerse announced the launch of its new downloadable plug-in for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, which turns those applications into full-fledged, Web-based collaboration tools. The plug-in makes any .doc, .ppt or .xls file into a secure, Web-based document that can be shared and edited by multiple users anytime, anywhere.

            DocVerse makes sharing Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents synonymous with saving them. Anytime a DocVerse user saves a document on their desktop, DocVerse automatically creates a Web-based version of it in the cloud, which is instantly shared with whomever the author has specified. All Web-based versions of a document receive a unique, secure, shareable URL that never changes and can be accessed by anyone the author invites to view it – whether they have downloaded the DocVerse plug-in or not. Users can view and comment on the most recent version of the document online using any Web browser, or via the DocVerse plug-in inside of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

            Groups of DocVerse users are able to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel to simultaneously edit the same document at the same time, whether online or offline. DocVerse tracks, manages and syncs all changes to merge them correctly into one updated version of the document – even if they save changes to the same document at the same exact time. For DocVerse users, that means no more e-mailing of attachments or repeatedly cutting and pasting changes manually to collaborate on documents with colleagues.

            “This is huge step forward for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, which turns those unconnected islands on 600 million desktops worldwide into connected, Web-enabled collaboration tools in a way that no product has ever done before,” said Shan Sinha, CEO of DocVerse. “And, best of all, you don’t need to learn anything new. DocVerse quickly and easily plugs into Word, PowerPoint and Excel, so you can keep working with those applications exactly the same way you always have; it just makes them better.”

www.docverse.com

 

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October 30, 2009 at 10:49 pm 1 comment

NVIDIA and VSG Accelerate Oil & Gas Exploration

NVIDIA and Visualization Sciences Group (VSG), developer of 3D solutions for the oil and gas industry, announced the newest release of the Open Inventor 3D Graphics Toolkit will employ the NVIDIA® CompleX™ scene-scaling acceleration engine, enabling the visualization and manipulation of huge data sets required for energy exploration.

            Open Inventor 8.1 by VSG integrates the CompleX engine, enabling advanced 3D applications to fully scale across the multiple graphics processing units (GPUs) powering NVIDIA Quadro® Plex visual computing systems. This technology turns a single workstation into a visual supercomputer, providing engineers and scientists an immersive, ultra-high resolution experience capable of handling extremely large visual scenes, such as those used in seismic interpretation and reservoir modeling.

            “This innovative package makes it possible to manipulate and access massive scenes in a practical, efficient way,” said Jean Bernard Cazeaux, CEO of VSG. “An application powered by Open Inventor 8.1 with CompleX running on a Quadro Plex system delivers a smoother, faster frame rate, and offers a much more interactive experience for engineers and geophysicists when viewing a seismic dataset of 100 million triangles. Without it, the performance would be unbearably slow.”

            “The value of NVIDIA application acceleration engines integrated into software like Open Inventor and powered by Quadro professional solutions is incredibly significant to the oil and gas industry,” said Jeff Brown, general manager, NVIDIA Professional Solutions Group. “Geophysicists can perform large-scale visualization faster and with greater precision—meaning they can discover new energy reserves more rapidly and cost effectively than ever before.”

            Open Inventor is an object-oriented, cross-platform, 3D graphics toolkit for developing interactive 3D graphics applications using C++, .NET or Java. The easy-to-use application programming interface, extensible architecture and large set of advanced components provide developers with a high-level platform for rapid prototyping and development of 3D graphics applications.

            NVIDIA application acceleration engines like CompleX, which are available at no charge, are highly optimized software modules enabling developers to supercharge their products with high-performance capabilities. When combined with NVIDIA Quadro solutions, they unleash advanced creative and investigative possibilities for professionals. Quadro Plex solutions deliver breakthrough levels of productivity and capability, giving geophysicists, scientists, engineers and other technical professionals the visual supercomputing power they need to tackle today’s biggest challenges.

www.open-inventor.com

www.nvidia.com/quadro

October 30, 2009 at 10:46 pm Leave a comment

GE Pipeline Integrity Services for Qatargas LNG Pipeline Network

The PII Pipeline Solutions business unit of GE Oil & Gas has been awarded a multi-million-dollar, six-year contract to supply Qatargas Operating Co. Ltd. with advanced pipeline integrity management services to enhance the monitoring and maintenance of the company’s liquified natural gas (LNG) network.

            Based in Ras Laffan City in Qatar, Qatargas has nine prominent shareholders: Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil, Total, Mitsui, Marubeni, ConocoPhillips, Shell, Idemitsu and Cosmo Oil.

            Under the agreement, GE Oil & Gas will build and deploy a custom pipeline integrity management system (PIMS) for Qatargas that will also provide manuals and procedures covering in-line inspection, software automation and engineering assessments.

            “Qatargas operates world-class LNG facilities in Qatar, and our goal is to be the world’s premier LNG company,” said Sheikh Ahmed Al Thani, Chief Operating Officer, Engineering & Ventures, Qatargas. “A critical success factor in achieving that goal is the continued assurance of availability and safe operation of our pipeline networks used to transport gas and condensate from our offshore production sites to our onshore treatment facilities.”

            While Qatargas already has a strong pipeline integrity management program in place, the company continually works to adopt industry best practices, including the implementation of GE’s comprehensive PIMS program, Al Thani said.

            Much of GE’s advance work will be performed by GE Oil & Gas’ pipeline technology centers for excellence in Cramlington, UK (for pipeline integrity management and integrity engineering services as well as in-line inspection tool preparation) and in Mission, Kansas (for software management), while a dedicated project and account management team will be established in Qatar to help ensure the successful implementation.

            “We are excited to have the opportunity to continue our long-term relationship with Qatargas, which has an outstanding record of achievement in the area of pipeline integrity and maintenance,” said John Bucci, General Manager, PII Pipeline Solutions, GE Oil & Gas, noting that the business has provided inspection services to Qatargas since 1998.

            While the earlier inspections covered two LNG pipelines, the new integrity management contract will cover additional offshore product lines that will rely significantly on PII Pipeline Solutions’ extensive “wet gas” experience. Separate to the pipeline services contract, GE Oil & Gas’ global services business previously signed an 18-year customer service agreement to support Qatargas operations.

www.geoilandgas.com

www.qatargas.com

 

 

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