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SMT Reveals Next-Gen Geology Software

Seismic Micro-Technology (SMT) previewed its newest software enhancement, KINGDOM EarthPAK Advanced, at the annual American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Annual Convention in New Orleans. The release introduced the next generation of geology, integrating leading-edge science across the entire exploration and production workflow to improve productivity. EarthPAK is the latest addition to the KINGDOM Advanced family, introduced last year with its patent-pending horizon tracking technology. With KINGDOM Advanced, geoscientists, engineers, and managers can all work together in the same software.

            “As oil and gas fields mature and new plays become more complex in nature, field evaluation has become increasingly collaborative,” said Stan Abele, VP Product Management, SMT. “To conduct full field analysis and development, asset teams incorporate geologic, geophysical, production, and economic information. Our goal is to integrate the workflow so companies can make decisions faster.”

            The new reserves and economic evaluation functionality includes advanced volumetrics to better estimate uncertainty and sensitivity in identifying reserves. Monte Carlo simulation allows for simultaneous evaluation of multiple reservoirs to analyze the range and probability of potential 1P, 2P and 3P estimates. The multi-segment decline curve analysis capability supports more accurate forecasting of recoverable reserves. Companies can create field development plans, analyze incremental effects of a workover or infill drilling, and model production entity-based analysis with a click of a button.

            Finally, economic evaluation can be used to identify and perform sophisticated analytics linking production forecasts to economic scenarios. The flexible economic case generation helps in estimating and ranking prospects based on the commercial value and return.

            Matt Gentry, COO of Antares Energy, said: “This newly integrated functionality improves upon an already great product.”

            The general availability of the release will be early summer 2010.

www.seismicmicro.com

April 26, 2010 at 9:47 am Leave a comment

Ingrain Launches High-Definition Core Imaging and Logging

Ingrain, the digital rock physics company, introduced CoreHD®, its breakthrough technology platform for 3D high-definition imaging of whole core from oil and gas wells. Ingrain’s CoreHD technology has significantly advanced the oil and gas industry’s ability to use CT scanners to image and analyze core.

            “CoreHD gives geoscientists high-definition 3D visibility into their reservoirs at the wellbore scale,” said Henrique Tono, Ingrain’s CEO. “CoreHD is a major advance over the imaging that traditional core analysis labs provide. As the industry moves into complex rocks like oil shales, 3D high-definition whole core imaging is becoming an essential tool for geological core description, rock properties analysis and reservoir modeling.”

            Combined with Ingrain’s proprietary image processing capabilities, the company offers the CoreHD Suite, including the Continuous Core Viewer, the CT Borehole Image, and the CT Density and Atomic Number Log. The Continuous Core Viewer shows over 1,500 digital cross-sections per meter of core. The CT Borehole Image is similar to the kind of wellbore image that can be obtained from wireline logging. The specialized CoreHD image acquisition allows Ingrain to compute a Density and Atomic Number log.

            When used on the entire whole core from a well, the CoreHD Suite can be used to characterize rock types and flow units. This enables fast, accurate optimization of the number and location of core plugs for advanced rock properties analysis. Once the core plugs are selected, Ingrain can quickly image and compute accurate basic and advanced rock properties using its proprietary technologies for scanning, image processing and high performance computing.

            Ingrain’s CoreHD technology is being used at Ingrain’s digital rock physics labs in Houston and Abu Dhabi. Ingrain also has regional offices in Calgary and Rio de Janeiro and plans to expand its operations to the Middle East during 2010.

www.ingrainrocks.com

April 26, 2010 at 9:31 am Leave a comment

Fugro Selects Paradigm Software for Depth Imaging

E&P Software provider Paradigm announced that Fugro has selected Paradigm’s depth imaging technology to enhance productivity and accuracy across global operations. The announcement was made at the 2010 American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Annual Convention and Exhibition in New Orleans.

“As an international company, our operations demand that software delivers precise results in a wide variety of geological environments,” said Andy Cowlard, Managing Director of Fugro Seismic Imaging. “We chose to deepen our commercial relationship with Paradigm because their tools provide the power and flexibility we require.”

The selected workflow is designed to provide geophysicists with a high-quality, globally deployable, depth imaging and interpretation solution, backed by Paradigm’s network of local support offices. The solution combines the imaging power of the Paradigm™ GeoDepth® pre-stack depth migration suite with the interpretation speed of the fast, true waveform event propagator.

“Fugro is a diverse company operating in every major region around the world,” said James Lamb, Paradigm’s Exec. VP for the Americas. “To support Fugro’s goals, we have delivered a comprehensive, universally applicable depth imaging solution that will cater to their current and future needs.”

www.pdgm.com

www.fugro.com

April 14, 2010 at 11:39 pm Leave a comment

Paradigm Maximizes SKUA Performance on Intel Platforms

Paradigm, purveyor of  E&P software solutions, announced the results of its technological collaboration with Intel® Corp. The two companies jointly worked on the integration of the optimized linear algebra routines from Intel MKL into the latest version of Paradigm™ SKUA® 2009, enabling the software to take full advantage of the Intel multi-core processor architecture. This resulted in optimizing the computation time of the matrix inversion step used inside the construction of a SKUA model by a factor of up to 50 times. The announcement was made at the 2010 American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Annual Convention and Exhibition in New Orleans.

“The computation of the SKUA UVT transform relies on solving a large system of equations representing geological constraints given by the users,” said Jean-Claude Dulac, Paradigm’s Exec. VP of Science and Technology. “Thanks to Intel’s scientific libraries optimized for Intel processors, we have a solution that will allow our customers to work with the highest degree of efficiency, maximizing their return on new multi-core equipment investments.”

This collaboration with Intel enabled Paradigm to benchmark the Intel X25E Solid State Disk versus a traditional Hard Disk Drive for Out-Of-Core models. Tests showed that Solid State Disk usage increases the speed by an additional factor of 1.4 in overall computing time.

These two combined speedups enhance the performance of SKUA 2009 by nearly two orders of magnitude, allowing customers to work on higher resolution models that produce a more accurate structural and stratigraphic representation of the subsurface.

“Working together, Paradigm and Intel were able to unleash the Intel Xeon® processor 5000 sequence-based platform, solid state disk and software technologies, and deliver substantial performance improvement for seismic data interpretation and structural modeling,” said Andrey Semin, HPC Technology Manager, Intel Software and Services Group. “This improvement will have long-term benefits for exploration and production, and the cooperation between Intel and Paradigm demonstrates our ability to solve customers’ challenges with state-of-the art platform and software technologies.”

www.pdgm.com

www.intel.com/intel/index.htm

April 14, 2010 at 1:29 am Leave a comment

Schlumberger Acquires IGEOSS

Schlumberger announced the acquisition of IGEOSS, a developer of cutting-edge structural geology software headquartered in Montpellier, France. IGEOSS develops geomechanical solutions for subsurface modeling, 2D and 3D structural restoration and fracture characterization of complex geologic structures. The IGEOSS applications and expertise will be integrated with Schlumberger’s software to advance customers’ modeling capabilities, particularly in areas with complex geology.

“Recognizing that our clients are exploring and developing in increasingly complicated geologic settings, the IGEOSS software will – in combination with the industry-leading Petrel* and PetroMod* technologies – enable geoscientists to gain the best possible understanding of the complete petroleum system throughout their exploration, development and production workflows,” said Tony Bowman, president, Schlumberger Information Solutions (SIS).

Laurent Maerten, co-founder and president of IGEOSS, added: “Geomechanics and structural restoration have traditionally been in the hands of the specialist. By incorporating these technologies into the SIS offerings, a broader community of geoscientists will have access to these capabilities to help them solve the difficult challenges they’re encountering today.”

The IGEOSS capabilities will be embedded in the Petrel software to help geoscientists better understand fractured reservoirs and the impact of stress regimes over time, particularly in subsalt, compressional and shale gas plays.

www.slb.com

www.igeoss.com

April 13, 2010 at 5:42 am Leave a comment

Cypress E&P Boosts Productivity with SMT KINGDOM and Isilon NAS Storage

Seismic Micro-Technology (SMT) announced that Cypress E&P Corp. has successfully completed installation and deployment of SMT’s KINGDOM, a hydrocarbon exploration and production application, on an Isilon data storage platform. This integrated solution allows Cypress to centralize its exploration projects for intuitive control and seamless visibility of seismic interpretation data at each stage of the workflow.

Cypress has leveraged this integrated solution by unifying its seismic, well, and cultural data on a single global namespace, eliminating bottlenecks and limited data sharing capabilities inherent to partitioned workstation, direct-attached server, or even storage area network (SAN) solutions. Isilon’s Scale-Out NAS platform, with its scalable, high-throughput file sharing capability, facilitated the deployment process, allowing for full consolidation of all data resources operating within SMT KINGDOM. Cypress employees can now utilize SMT KINGDOM to its full potential, achieving maximum availability and visibility of seismic interpretation resources.

Indy Chakrabarti, Chief Marketing Officer at SMT, said: “Our mission is to take a very specialized science – geoscientific interpretation and modeling – and make it more accessible to energy exploration and production teams, helping to make them more productive. As companies discover new methods of exploring, they need access to scalable software solutions that can adapt to new workflows. Combining SMT’s KINGDOM with Isilon’s storage provides Cypress with the ability to manage complex seismic data sets intuitively, seamlessly and with ease. The solution delivers improvements in both field performance and business efficiency.”

Eric Bass, Cypress E&P’s Director of Information Technology, noted that he has already seen a reduction in storage management workload, which enables his team to spend more time focusing on business performance.

“We rarely have to tweak the system,” Bass noted. “Project consolidation and data sharing now perform seamlessly. Our exploration team can access all interpretations and the underlying data at any time, without any bottlenecks.”

“My mission is to assemble the highest performing technologies available into a powerful yet flexible platform that drives our company,” said Bass. “However, we need technology that doesn’t require specialized technicians for day-to-day maintenance and uptime. It must be easy to use, and it must provide an intuitive interface. With SMT KINGDOM running on Isilon, I can focus on building the infrastructure and providing support to enhance what KINGDOM does for our company, thus keeping our exploration team productive.”

www.seismicmicro.com

www.cypressep.com

www.isilon.com

March 31, 2010 at 5:19 am Leave a comment

Fugro-Jason Launches Workbench 8.2 for Windows

Fugro-Jason has launched Jason Geoscience Workbench (JGW) 8.2, the latest version of its flagship product. For the first time, all Fugro-Jason products will be available for all current Microsoft Windows operating environments. JGW 8.2 integrates geological, geophysical, petrophysical and rock physics information into a single consistent model of the earth.

“JGW 8.2 represents a strategic technology move on our part to expand the platform options for our clients,” said Brad Woods, General Manager of Application Engineering, Fugro-Jason.

“Our development team leveraged the leading-edge tools available in the Microsoft platform to deliver a high-performance alternative to our well-regarded Linux version. In addition, clients can now use all Fugro-Jason products in a single Windows-based operating environment if they so choose.”

www.fugro-jason.com

March 31, 2010 at 5:13 am Leave a comment

WesternGeco Sets Seismic Record in Kuwait with UniQ

Schlumberger’s WesternGeco business unit announced that its UniQ integrated point-receiver land seismic system has set a new industry record in Kuwait for Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) in acquiring data from 80,000 live digital point-receiver channels at a two-millisecond sample interval.

            During sustained slip-sweep production in February, UniQ technology acquired and real-time quality checked one terabyte of data per hour – the equivalent of five days of production for a typical 3000-channel conventional crew. All data were concurrently pre-conditioned using the Q-Xpress infield integrated seismic data acquisition and processing workflow for near-real-time seismic data analysis. The UniQ system is being deployed in conjunction with WesternGeco DX-80 Desert Explorer vibrators and MD Sweep low-frequency technology.

            Part of the Q-Technology point-receiver seismic hardware and software portfolio, the UniQ system combines extreme channel count technology with support for advanced simultaneous source techniques. Building upon the fidelity provided by the broad bandwidth geophone accelerometer sensor, the system can support up to 150,000 live channels at a two-millisecond sample interval.

            “UniQ continues to set new standards of performance in the land seismic business, proving that sustained high productivity can be reliably combined with high channel count recording,” said Marwan Moufarrej, VP Land, WesternGeco.

www.westerngeco.com

 

March 9, 2010 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

Acorn Energy Invests in US Sensor Systems’ 4D Seismic

Acorn Energy Inc. announced a strategic investment with an option to acquire control of US Sensor Systems Inc. (USSI), developer of a seismic monitoring system that promises to revolutionize field management of hydrocarbon reserves.

            US Sensor Systems is utilizing Acorn’s $500,000 investment to conduct field trials comparing its new fiber optic geophone technology to the current conventional geophones, which are based upon 50-year-old technology. USSI’s fiber optic geophone system is designed to provide the industry with the needed tools to make the transition from 3D seismic to 4D seismic monitoring feasible. USSI’s fiber optic geophone, which is currently in tests with several customers, is expected to provide much more detailed subsurface images of an oilfield at significantly lower cost than existing equipment.

            For its investment to date, Acorn has acquired approximately 10% of USSI, and has a series of options to acquire up to 84% of the company for an aggregate consideration of about $6,100,000 in cash and stock through May 2011.

            Headquartered in Northridge, CA, US Sensor Systems focuses primarily on designing, integrating, manufacturing, and selling fiber optic sensing systems and solutions for the energy market. USSI’s small, low-cost, reliable, fiber optic sensor systems are being designed to replace the legacy expensive, unreliable and bulky electronic sensors currently in widespread use today.        Primary markets for which USSI is currently developing products include:

  • Downhole fiber optic sensor systems for oilfield 4D reservoir monitoring;
  • Fiber optic perimeter security systems, including commercial and military; and
  • Fiber optic pipeline/coal mine monitoring systems.

USSI has three patents pending and a fourth application in process.

            Acorn CEO John Moore noted: “The use of technology such as directional drilling, flooding and fracking has been transformational for the oil and gas industry. The 50-year-old magnetic coil geophone has reached its economic limit as the industry requires increasing resolution from seismic data in order to drill more precisely. The USSI technology represents a breakthrough in both cost and image resolution, and the business and technical team are world-class and internationally recognized in the field. I am confident that this accomplished team will deliver value over time to USSI customers and Acorn shareholders.”

www.ussensorsystems.com

www.acornenergy.com

March 2, 2010 at 11:45 am Leave a comment

Paradigm Introduces Academic Software Program

Paradigm, provider of upstream enterprise software solutions, announced its Academic Software Program, which will provide institutions of higher learning with access to Paradigm’s state-of-the-art E&P software. The program includes innovative applications in seismic processing and imaging, interpretation and modeling, reservoir characterization, reservoir engineering, and well planning and drilling engineering.

            “At the Centre for Petroleum Studies at Imperial College London, we aim at preparing students to be fully operational when they start working in industry,” said Director Alain Gringarten, one of the many institutions benefiting from the program. “Practicing with software products used by oil and gas companies is part of our curriculum, and we are very grateful to Paradigm for providing us with valuable access to its interpretation and reservoir engineering suites.”

            The Paradigm Academic Software Program provides academic access to key industry software products such as Paradigm™ VoxelGeo®, Stratimagic®, SeisEarth®, GOCAD®, SKUA®, Geolog® and Sysdrill®. In continued dedication to university research programs, Paradigm will also provide participating universities with free access to application software development kits. Qualified universities may apply for the Paradigm University Grant Program, which provides access for classroom and/or research-based use.

            “Paradigm software products are critical to our research and teaching activities in energy and geoscience,” said John Shaw, Chairman of the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at  Harvard. “We use their structural modeling capabilities extensively as a means of integrating various data types and developing new methods of petroleum trap and reservoir characterization.”

            Paradigm continues to expand collaboration with university professionals. Through the Academic Software Program, the software package for university members of the GOCAD Consortium will include the possibility to license Paradigm SKUA 3D modeling software.

            “We are very enthusiastic to see SKUA becoming widely available to universities, for both teaching and research purposes,” said Guillaume Caumon, Director of the GOCAD Research Consortium. “The availability of Paradigm’s state-of-the art geosciences software and corresponding developer kits to universities is clearly a win-win situation, and will help bridge the gap between academic research and practical industrial applications.”

            “Academic institutions play a critical role in the development of our industry,” said Jean-Claude Dulac, Paradigm’s Exec. VP of Science & Technology. “Given that educators are responsible for training future industry leaders and innovators, we believe that by investing in education today we are actively helping to overcome the challenges of tomorrow.”

www.pdgm.com

March 2, 2010 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

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