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SMT, JewelSuite, CMG Announce Seismic To Simulation Alliance

Seismic Micro Technology (SMT), JewelSuite (part of the JOA Group) and Computer Modelling Group Ltd. (CMG) announced the launch of the Seismic To Simulation (STS) Alliance, which integrates best-of-breed technologies encompassing all three components of the prospect evaluation workflow: interpretation, modeling and simulation.

            Each of the member companies is a recognized leader in E&P software, enabling oil and gas exploration teams to identify, visualize and assess subsurface field and reservoir conditions. These technologies contribute to greater productivity and higher accuracy, reducing cycle times and improving efficiency for hydrocarbon extraction.

            “The STS Alliance gives customers a resolution to a longstanding industry dilemma,” said Indy Chakrabarti, Director of Marketing for SMT. “Energy companies, historically, have had to choose either a single vendor solution that is integrated but perhaps not cutting edge, or cherry pick top technologies and sacrifice integration. With the STS Alliance, customers can have the best of both worlds.”

            The Alliance brings together unique science from each of the partners. SMT offers its patent-pending KINGDOM Illuminator™ technology to improve seismic interpretation speed and accuracy. JewelSuite™ delivers its JewelGrid faulted S-grid modeling approach that overcomes the technical issues that arise from “first generation” gridding approaches. CMG provides high-performance simulation for all reservoir types, including conventional oil and gas and heavy oil.

            “This alliance unites three industry leaders, each with a reputation for scientific excellence in a critical aspect of the prospect evaluation workflow,” said Dan Dexter, VP Canada and Marketing, CMG. “This means that for the first time the geophysicist, the geologist, and the engineer can all choose the top technology for their respective discipline and still easily collaborate amongst each other.”  

            “The traditional single vendor offering frequently meant sacrificing a certain degree of functionality in component workflows in order to gain overall compatibility across the workflow,” said Jim Thom, Director of Strategy and Partnering, JOA Oil and Gas. “Customers could compensate for this by adding niche software to fill in the gaps, but without integration, there is significant productivity loss moving data across solutions. The STS Alliance removes the need for customers to make these sacrifices by bringing together the technology leaders in exploration, evaluation and production phases of field development.”

January 17, 2010 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

SolidWorks Helps Wellstream Design Flexible Pipelines

CAD software from Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. is helping UK-based pipeline company Wellstream International Ltd. design customized flexible pipelines capable of moving with ocean waves and currents, yet strong enough to contain thousands of gallons of oil and gas pumped at high pressure.

            Wellstream manufactures its pipelines from a combination of concentric layers of metallic wires, extruded plastics and tapes. Offshore, crews lay Wellstream pipelines by installing them from a reel like they would a cable. The flexible pipelines adapt to the seabed’s shape more easily than rigid pipe, and provide a high-integrity connection to floating production vessels.

            Support equipment such as clamps, end fittings, fixings and hang-offs – also designed in SolidWorks® 3D CAD software – join pipeline segments to each other, to pumps and production vessels. Engineers at Wellstream’s Newcastle upon Tyne facility use SolidWorks to design each pipeline and its supporting structures to meet customers’ specific needs, then simulate how the pipeline will perform once it’s deployed.

            “Subsea oil and gas flowlines must be reliable and often have design lives in excess of 20 years. The fit between elements must be perfect, and every component has to satisfy stress and fatigue requirements,” said David Hunt, a structural design engineer at Wellstream. “We use SolidWorks software to create designs and SolidWorks Simulation to perform stress assessments. I create a 3D model, apply loads to determine stresses, and use SolidWorks Simulation and the analysis capabilities built into the CAD software to perform analysis on specific components. It’s very quick to build the models, run the tests, and figure out the pipeline’s behavior in more detail.”

            Engineers in a wide range of industries use SolidWorks CAD and SolidWorks Simulation software to create products such as Wellstream pipelines, whose outward simplicity belies the sophisticated design underneath.

            “A pipeline sounds like a simple structure to a layman, but when you understand the forces and harsh environments it has to endure, not to mention what it takes to get them in place, you realize what unique works of engineering they are,” said Simon Booker, European Marketing Manager, SolidWorks. “We’ve designed our software with innovative companies like Wellstream in mind. The ability to design and simulate a product in a single environment speeds the pace of innovation.”

November 25, 2009 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Invensys Provides Dynamic Simulation for ConocoPhillips’ E-Gas

Invensys Operations Management has reached a multi-year agreement with ConocoPhillips to provide dynamic simulation for the development of ConocoPhillips’ proprietary E-GasTM technology. Under the terms of the contract, Invensys will supply its DYNSIM® modeling and simulation software to help improve the design, start-up and operation of new coal gasification plants. In addition, Invensys will be a preferred supplier of dynamic simulation software to licensees of ConocoPhillips’ E-Gas technology.  

            “We were very impressed with Invensys’ professionalism and technical capabilities, particularly around gasification, and we look forward to working with them on this important development effort,” said Cliff Keeler, E-Gas product manager, ConocoPhillips.

            “With our extensive experience in gasification and our ability to deliver cutting-edge solutions that address important industrial issues, we believe we are uniquely positioned to help ConocoPhillips successfully develop its global E-Gas business,” said Tobias Scheele, VP Advanced Applications, Invensys Operations Management. “Gasification is the cleanest, most efficient process for converting coal into a hydrogen-rich alternative fuel, and we are excited to help ConocoPhillips as they use their E-Gas technology to pursue efficient and environmentally responsible synthesis gas production projects.”   

            ConocoPhillips will display the Invensys prototype of the E-Gas two-stage gasifier during the Gasification Technologies Conference at the Broadmoor Conference Center in Colorado Springs, CO, October 4-7, 2009.

October 3, 2009 at 1:36 am Leave a comment

Roxar Launches EnABLE 2.3

Roxar, an upstream technology provider and part of Emerson Process Management, announced the latest version of its EnABLE™ history matching and uncertainty estimation software solution. Using an advanced statistical framework and proxy model, based on conventional reservoir simulations, EnABLE 2.3 provides E&P companies with a rapid understanding of production behavior and the creation of robust uncertainty forecasts.

            In EnABLE 2.3, simplified workflows, new and improved diagnostics, statistical engine advances and better interfaces with reservoir simulators will all help operators estimate technical and economic uncertainty within their reservoirs even more accurately and comprehensively than previously. It can help reservoir engineers perform a quick “what-if” scenario analysis, resulting in a better understanding of the reservoir and more flexible long-term plans. When used alongside Roxar’s reservoir modeling application, RMS™ and reservoir simulation tool, Tempest™, EnABLE history matches numerous geological scenarios to create simulation models that are fully consistent with their underlying geological interpretation.

            Ordin Husa, Managing Director of Roxar Software Solutions, said: “EnABLE 2.3 is a new milestone in uncertainty quantification and history matching for operators. By performing assisted history matching and production forecasting using EnABLE 2.3, optimum bid valuations, new field development and operational plans can all be identified within the context of reservoir uncertainty.”

            Designed for operators wishing to accelerate the history matching process, optimize their plans, and gain a more accurate understanding of production ranges, EnABLE speeds up existing simulation projects considerably (up to a factor of four) through assisted history matching by intelligently updating the parameters that you would like to modify, submitting simulation runs to your reservoir simulator, and reading the results of the simulation. Each simulation run is used to build a statistical proxy model that is used to get multiple history matches and production forecasts more quickly.

            Highlights of the new version include:

  • Improved Ease of Use – Simplified workflows, workflow diagram and navigation tools;
  • Additional Diagnostics Capabilities – Makes the history matching process more efficient;
  • Estimator Analyzer – Performs quick “what-if” analyses or selects a representative uncertainty model within a consistent, interactive module, without having to run a time consuming simulation model;
  • Statistical Engine Enhancements – Improves the way EnABLE approximates the reservoir simulation model and handles discrete geological models; 
  • New and Improved Reservoir Simulator Interfaces – Now include FrontSim, Nexus, PBRS and Acres, in addition to reading Tempest™ and Eclipse binary files, making the process faster and avoiding memory storage issues; and
  • Improved Infrastructure – Easy-to-use installation tool works in both Windows and LINUX environments.

In addition, the licensing of EnABLE has now migrated to the same licensing system as Roxar’s other products.

September 22, 2009 at 1:31 am Leave a comment

Invensys Unveils PRO/II 8.3 Simulation Software

Invensys Operations Management has released a new, enhanced version of its SimSci-Esscor® PRO/II™ simulation software, a steady-state process simulator used to design, analyze and improve chemical processes in the petrochemical industry. The new version is easier, faster and more flexible than previous versions, and it features a new customizable language module that enables users to view the graphical user interface, error messages and warning messages in many languages, starting with Japanese. Support for other languages will follow.

Tobias Scheele, VP advanced applications, commented: “Research shows that local language deployment improves understanding across engineering teams, which improves productivity and has a positive impact on overall business performance.” 

PRO/II 8.3 simulation software also includes features that have been previously available only by keyword from the graphical user interface, extending its functionality to all users. There are also numerous thermodynamic upgrades and enhancements for CAPE-OPEN compliance. Additionally, PRO/II 8.3 simulation software has been integrated with an upgraded version of the SIM4ME® Portal and Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet software interface, enabling users to link and pass information between PRO/II simulations or between PRO/II and PIPEPHASE™ simulations. The interface also allows users to build and run case studies directly from the Excel software without opening the simulations.

July 9, 2009 at 11:07 pm Leave a comment

Invensys Improves Interface for Multiphase Flow Simulator

Invensys Operations Management has introduced a new interface that improves multiphase flow simulation in subsea applications and enhances design, control system checkout and operator training. The new solution links OLGA®, SPT Group’s simulator for modeling and simulating the flow of oil, water and gas in wells, pipelines and receiving facilities, with Invensys Operations Management’s SimSci-Esscor DYNSIM® simulation program to help engineers more easily model integrated operations of subsea production systems and topside processing facilities, such as platforms, FPSOs, onshore plants and new floating LNG plants. The solution can also be used to test and model the plant’s integrated process and control systems, reducing control system commissioning time, as well as to develop and train control room operators.

“As part of our dynamic simulation engineering and operator training simulator platform, the new interface includes improved numerical integration, easy-to-use, drag-and-drop configuration and the ability to view dynamic profiles of key parameters of the OLGA pipeline model from within the DYNSIM program,” said Tobias Scheele, VP Advanced Applications, Invensys Operations Management. “It’s another example of a successful cooperation between two leading companies.”

Invensys and SPT also plan to integrate the DYNSIM simulation program under SPT Group’s edpm® online solution, which enables high-quality modeling for online monitoring and advisory of integrated multiphase production and processing facilities.

“We are excited to work with Invensys Operations Management to develop and test the new interface,” said Knut Erik Spilling, Sr. VP e-Field Solutions, SPT Group. “The DYNSIM program includes an easy-to-use interface that provides excellent visualization features. A superb integrated engineering and operator training simulator needs to have the capabilities of high accuracy, speed and numerical robustness. OLGA and DYNSIM technology will successfully meet that need, and it will help our clients achieve a quicker return on their investment and greater efficiencies in the lifecycle operation.”

edpm is rapidly becoming the industry standard for multiphase dynamic production management systems. Using OLGA in an online environment, edpm provides operators and engineers with information from parts of the production system that instrumentation cannot reach. This allows the deployment of advanced operation advisors for solving defined flow assurance problems. An open structure gives ready access to third party software developers and operators, enabling further innovations and connectivity.

Currently edpm is used on 20 projects around the world, ranging from gas-condensate and deepwater oil systems to advanced drilling operations, to optimize production and reduce costs. OLGA has been used in more than 30 operator training simulator projects worldwide

July 7, 2009 at 9:26 pm Leave a comment

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