September 1999

SAP announces Energy Integration Platform for upstream (September 1999)

SAP’s IT platform for the integration of geotechnical and financial computing reflects its increasing dominance of oil and gas IT.

Speaking at the Philadelphia SAPPHIRE’99 meeting this month, Dieter Raphalsky introduced key new technology in SAP’s strategy for the upstream. The new Energy Integration Platform (EIP) exposes SAP’s Oil Industry Solution (Oil IS) to the geotechnical world. The upstream extensions of Oil IS have been developed in conjunction with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) using PwC’s Prema Plus software as a blueprint. Landmark’s Doug Meikle described how the E&P value chain was to be streamlined by integrating field data capture to production allocation


The EIP leverages existing SAP mainstream functionality (financial, controlling, JVA, Materials and plant) with third party domain specific software. Current partners in the EIP are Tobin who provides ownership, lease data, and contracts, and Landmark, for field data capture and reservoir surveillance with TOW/cs and Aries for economics. The EIP will provide a graphical front end to all of the above, while the back end is R/3 with data in an E&P master financial data store of contracts and pricing information.


The EIP graphics offer application launching, a GIS view of acreage, exception highlighting and operational and accounting views. EIP messaging is by ‘semi-synchronous’ links between SAP and Tow/cs and fully synchronous links within the Landmark environment for production allocation through COM/DCOM objects. The link to the Tobin datasets is through XML. The EIP promises a graphical view of shared data, and reduced duplicate data entry.

Information Warehouse

The EIP offers a graphical entry point to SAP’s Business Information Warehouse (BIW) - described as a ‘new upstream paradigm.’ The BIW Financial to geotechnical integration is claimed to improve decision making and to automate reporting of lease operating statements and other key performance indicators. Other BIW functions include ad-hoc queries and views of expenditure, return on investment, finding costs, drilling statistics, capex, reserves, production volumes, lifting costs and field operations. Business critical information such as a lease operating statement can be viewed through a configurable browser - the "Business Explorer Browser" - or displayed in Excel. The BIW is part of a new paradigm of data flow throughout the oil co. Production data is allocated once and for all, and broadcast throughout the system. This allows for automated rental and royalty payments, revenue forecast, regulatory reporting and so on.

business objects

Shared business objects include "well completion", "well bore", "field" and "reservoir". The EIP will link through the Oil IS to global supply chain management and allow for buying and selling over internet with Downstream ERP Data Warehousing projects are underway with Mobil and Texaco while 23 oil and gas companies already use SAP Business Information Warehouse in transport, trading and retail. Phase one of the new architecture encompasses production operations and accounting will be released early next year. Phase two sees increased geotechnical integration and a new E&P product to manage asset ownership across the whole business.

PDM comment - Business object deployment may prove difficult in view of Landmark's previous experience and views on this technology! But as we have said before, Landmark is playing hardball in the area of geotechnical to business IT. The apparent progress of Landmark and Tobin as solution providers to SAP contrasts with the existential questioning of COM for Energy.

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Agip’s Powerhouse (September 1999)

Agip Petroleum Selects Schlumberger - GeoQuest’s PowerHouse Service to support its Gulf of Mexico Exploration effort.

Agip Petroleum Company. has signed a five-year contract with Schlumberger for PowerHouse off-site E&P data management services and Finder software. Agip’s Agostino Maccagni said "We believe that GeoQuest's data management services will allow increased efficiency and help reduce costs in the medium to long term. This project also may eventually be applied to other ENI-Agip subsidiaries." GeoQuest will team with Geco-Prakla and Data Logic Services (a division of IHS Energy Group) to manage data from of Agip's Gulf of Mexico operations, including digital and physical, seismic, log, and well data. Agip’s data will reside in the Houston data management center (DMC), opened nearly two years ago as a purpose-built facility designed specifically to provide PowerHouse data management services (see PDM Vol. 4 N° 5).

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From mainframe to the web, 25 years of IT history. (September 1999)

PDM’s Editor Neil McNaughton traces SAP’s inexorable progress from the batch processing of the 1970’s to the new web portal SAP’s Oil and Gas solution is now moving upstream, particularly with the new Energy Integration Platform.

SAP was founded in 1973 which makes it nearly as old as IT. The core product is sexily termed "R/3" which being interpreted means "Real-time system Version 3". Not a very auspicious name for what has become the world-leading Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) package, the flagship of Europe's computer industry and possibly the best marketed software in the world. But there is a lot behind the R/3 moniker. The reference to real-time computing is a curve-ball for the unwary - almost an IT in-joke. The real-time here is real time accounting. Which is a sort of accounting in-joke too, since this profession is the oldest asynchronous process in the (business) world.


The success of R/3 lies in an unrealizable promise to make accounting, or rather the whole business process, as near to real time as possible. Data is captured once and for all and rendered up to users of the prolific R/3 modules and add-ons, via SAP's labyrinthine processes. The software is modular and ‘customizable’. A large part of an R/3 installation goes to the army of well-paid consultants and customizers who will tweak the software to your needs, but more importantly show you how to change your business so that it fits into the R/3 mould. Customization of R/3 is a two way process - of the software and of your business. An SAP installation represents a huge upheaval and there have been some high profile, acrimonious failures.


SAP's marketing department have adopted a two-pronged attack on the business world. One approach is aimed at the IT specialist who has been told over the years, that SAP is "Real Time", a "Client/Server Technology" and more recently "Business Objects." The other approach is aimed at the MBA grads, and you will find tools attached to R/3 which will handle just about every consulting fad from Enterprise Resource Planning or Allocation (ERA/ERP) to Balanced Scorecards, Key Performance Indicators and most recently e-Business and Customer Relationship Management.


As SAP slowly and steadily moves into Oil IT, it is making a parallel attack on e-commerce at large. The latest SAP gimmick is the new web portal, - introduced in last month's PDM. SAP’s involvement in e-commerce and business to business has not developed overnight. SAP’s Application Link Enabling technology has been allowing SAP to trade data with foreign applications since 1993. The new version, intends to offer the world business to business e-commerce, and completely outsourced SAP systems and software.

Solution Maps

SAP's customizations for new industries are frequently performed in association with third parties such as Landmark. The customizations are quickly turned around by the marketing department into ‘Industry Solutions’ - illustrated by impressive ‘Solution Maps’. The Oil and Gas solution map spans the whole business process from exploration to the gas station. How many of the individual boxes on map are really populated is known only to SAP. Indeed, many will find it strange that SAP offers ’solutions’ for such domain specific activity as Portfolio Risk Analysis, Basin Evaluation, Surveying and Reservoir Modeling to name but a few. On the other hand, SAP’s solution maps can be viewed as an invitation to tender. If your software can fill in some of the gaps and you would like to sign up for yet another integration platform, talk to SAP and join the EIP.

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Virtual TeamWorking (September 1999)

How do you collaborate on a project when half the team is in Kazakhstan and the rest in London? Paul Cleverly believes that his company, Flare Consultants has the answer in Virtual TeamWorking.

The Karachaganak Integrated Organization (KIO) is a multi-national joint venture comprised of staff from Agip, BG, Texaco and Lukoil dedicated to the development of the Karachaganak field in North Western Kazakhstan. In late 1998 Flare Consultants was awarded a contract to work closely with KIO to define their information management strategy. Virtual TeamWorking was found to be the most effective way to disseminate and co-ordinate information amongst the project team members, many of whom operated on non-overlapping rotations and in different time zones.

Virtual TeamWorking?

Advanced communications networks and software have removed the traditional barriers of time and space, allowing complex project work to be undertaken electronically by workers in different time zones. Virtual teams can be assembled to address a particular problem without the need for people to meet. This approach provides greater flexibility for companies and workers, reduces overall costs and cycle times and ensures optimum use of scarce or specialized resources.


Flare has consultants in both the UK and North America serving clients located world-wide. Well-defined processes are coupled with robust groupware (in this case Lotus Notes) to develop an effective Virtual TeamWork methodology for project working. All the information created during the course of a project is shared with the client by means of electronic 'project books' accessible using the Web and secured through 32bit encryption. The 'project book' can contain documents, presentations, faxes, questionnaires, executables, indeed, any pertinent information. This allows access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week enabling the client to review documents quickly and easily, as well as tracking how the project is progressing in real time. Remote access also enables individual consultants to contribute specialist expertise allowing people from different geographies with different skills to work on the same project.

on-line library

Consultants can find reference material in an on-line library that is managed in the same way as 'project books'. This material can be accessed at client sites - offices, field bases or offshore platforms. Procedures ensure regular telephone and personal contact at appropriate times during a project to cement the VirtualTeam together. The virtual world can never replace all the aspects of human interaction. .


Administrative needs are also addressed using virtual team technology Timesheets and expenses can be electronically submitted from any location with automated currency conversions. Clients can verify the status of their project or check billing details at any time and can reduce overheads with electronic invoicing electronically. Virtual TeamWorking processes can provide responsive geographical and domain coverage with a relatively small number of consultants. It also allows overhead costs to be kept to a minimum whilst providing exceptional working flexibility. More from and

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Web showcase for INT’s Java (September 1999)

Free Java graphics software and consulting from new website

INT- the supplier of widgets (software components) used in much of the software on your workstation is offering a free download of its Java-based graphics toolkits J/Carnac and J/View3D. A new website also offers product information, demos, and tutorials . The new tools are aimed at broadening INT’s user-base to industries such as satellite imaging, telecommunications, industry, medical and defense. INT claims that these toolkits will become the de facto standard in the scientific data visualization markets. For a limited period, INT are offering free consulting to ‘make this happen.’ The Java website is on For the consulting offer email

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Mobil climbs Everest (September 1999)

Mobil’s worldwide deployment of SAP software, ‘Project Everest’, is well underway. Everest is made up of SAP R/3, the Oil and Gas Solution and decision support and training modules.

SAP’s Oil and Gas Solution is to be deployed as part of Mobil Corp’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) SAP implementation "Everest". Mike Brown, Program Manager for Mobil said "Everest focused on the North American E&P, marketing and refining businesses. We have replaced more than 300 applications in the total suite of systems that run our North American business. We also implemented SAP solutions at our global petrochemicals and specialty chemicals operations, replacing the legacy systems."

4,500 users

SAP’s R/3 ERP solution has gained 4,500 new users over the past 10 months and is to add the SAP Business Information Warehouse for decision support, and SAP Knowledge Management. "The SAP Knowledge Management database became the holding place for all our training tools and for maintaining the current roles and responsibilities documentation and specific role-based training for our users," Brown said.


SAP America’s president and CEO Kevin McKay added "With the successful completion of these critical phases of the Everest Project, Mobil has reached a milestone in its business transformation. By consolidating legacy applications and streamlining business processes on a global basis, the SAP implementation was an important contribution to Mobil's business strategy."

Y2K issue

A driver for the Everest Project was the need to comply with year 2000 requirements.

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PDM Interview - Dieter Raphalsky and Prashanth Narasimha (September 1999)

PDM talks to SAP’s VP for Oil and Gas Dieter Raphalsky and Prashanath Narasimha, Director of marketing. SAP is moving into e-commerce big-time and is convinced that this will impact the upstream.

PDM SAP is all fired up about e-commerce, and is announcing a new internet portal What will this mean for the oil industry?

Narasimha - was announced at this month's SAPPHIRE’99 (SAP's big US trade show – with over 14,000 delegates). The new e-commerce portal has specific components for the oil and gas industry. There is an oil and gas community home page with up-to-date information and E&P-specific content such as the latest analysts reviews and articles on industry trends. We are actively seeking business partners to collaborate on the content of The community will consist of a business directory with over 2000 company entries - an aggregate of our existing SAP clients – using SAP’s existing products and collaborating on the development of new products. We plan to offer buyers direct links to sellers through an auction or tender process and will provide tools for validating purchase orders and shipment. Different oil companies will be able to trade or swap raw materials – say 40 thousand gallons of gasoline to be delivered to the Asia-Pacific market – and to have automated account reconciliation. Similar functions will be offered such as web-based ordering in the service station business.

PDM – e-commerce is understandable in this downstream context, but as you move back up the supply chain, such functionality may begin to look rather esoteric. Is there really an e-commerce market in the upstream?

Rafalsky – The Oil & Gas sector already has a very high profile in e-commerce. External procurement, and the sheer size of transactions mean the scope for improved business processes through e-commerce is enormous. Annual spend in the upstream on materials and capital expenditure has been estimated as around $100 billion. No, E&P is a focal point for SAP today, and believe me, we are very well positioned to develop solutions here with the help of our large customer base. As an example of enthusiastic client take-up, Statoil has acquired 18,000 procurement licenses for its employees. The whole organization has been affected and is now using on-line catalogues and preferred processes for procurement.

PDM – and what is the role of the new SAP Portal, in all this?

Narasimha – with, the workplace has become an electronic space and we no longer are concerned as to where the data actually is. A manager can access key financial indicators, pricing, can read newspapers and analyst reports – in short has all business critical information on screen and in real time.

PDM – It sound as though SAP is going head-on with Microsoft’s Digital Dashboard concept.

Rafalsky – Actually SAP has developed a very symbiotic relationship with Microsoft over the years. We operate in the specific Business to Business sector – our target is not the consumer. We also have an eclectic attitude to best of breed software. We replaced our own, integrated mail system with Microsoft Outlook – we are not competing with Microsoft, neither on office applications or over the start screen. The use of a web browser offers generic technology for presentation, while using all the functionality of R/3 for access transactions.

PDM – We’re still some way from E&P

Rafalsky – We currently supply our software to 29 of the top 30 oil and gas companies. We are working with them and our business partners, to expand the footprint of R/3 to optimize business process throughout the industry. Specifically we are working with our partner Landmark Graphics and with the COM for Energy Foundation – who are presenting a demonstrator of this technology at the current SAPPHIRE’99 conference.

PDM – how does the direct Landmark to SAP link relate to COM for Energy?

Rafalsky – the partnership with Landmark has a focus on graphical configuration and is an attempt to standardize the interface between R/3 and Landmark’s Oilfield Workstation. COM for Energy has a broader scope and will offer non-GUI based data transfer through XML.

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Will the real energy e-commerce org please stand up? (September 1999)

There is some overlap between COM and BizTalk. The latter’s clear positioning in e-commerce could push COM for Energy into a corner.

It all depends on your viewpoint. For geotechnical users, worried that C4E is impinging on their business, it is OK to describe C4E as being ‘at the frontier of geotechnical and financial computing’. At a safe distance as it were. But if you are in the thick of e-commerce, looking at C4E from the standpoint of the BizTalk Framework for Energy, then C4E needs a bit of a shove in the other direction, hence its new categorization as allowing for ‘the integration of disparate geotechnical and business applications used in the exploration and production sector of the energy industry’. So if C4E is to be shunted out of its e-commerce role what is it to be used for?


The proposed rebaptism of C4E as "Objects for Energy" rename may be the key. Despite denials and various position statements, C4E is a head to head competitor with Open Spirit – with a twist. To position C4E squarely in the midst of geotechnical computing, you have to imagine a world where the integration platform for the decision maker is neither GeoFrame nor OpenWorks, but rather the tentacular SAP R/3.

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People on the move (September 1999)

Clay Harter has joined PrismTech as line manager for the OpenSpirit business unit. Harter is on a two-year assignment from Chevron.

Richard D. Fritz has been named Executive Director of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, succeeding Lyle F. Baie, who recently resigned to pursue other interests. Paul Cleverley has moved from Exprodat to take up the position of Director at Flare Consultants.

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e-commerce protagonists (September 1999)

For the record, here are the protagonists and technologies proposed in the different groups working at the geotechnical, financial, and business to business coal-front.

Biztalk Framework for Energy

The players

Cambridge Management Consulting

Commerce One



J.D. Edwards


and others...

The tools

Microsoft - enhanced XML-based asynchronous messaging, EDI.

COM for Energy

The players







Price Waterhouse

The tools

Demonstrator uses vanilla XML, future developments described as ‘agnostic’ - to use COM, XML and Java as appropriate.

SAP Energy Integration Platform

The players


Landmark Graphics

Price Waterhouse


The tools

SAP R/3—proprietary.

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API endorses BizTalk (September 1999)

While COM for Energy debates the sex of angels, the influential American Petroleum Institute goes for Microsoft’s BizTalk.

Microsoft’s BizTalk Framework XML-based data exchange has gained enthusiastic endorsement by the American Petroleum Institute (API). The API’s Kendra Martin explained "We chose to be on the BizTalk steering committee since it had the best collection of founding organizations and the best commitment to standards for vertical markets. With BizTalk, we believe we can work with energy companies and other standards bodies to quickly and effectively reap the greatest potential of XML for e-commerce."


At this month’s Petroleum Industry Data Exchange (PIDEX) Conference, Microsoft Corp. announced "broad energy industry support" for the BizTalk Framework for e-commerce and application integration. The American Petroleum Institute (API) and leading energy technology providers have declared the BizTalk Framework their e-commerce integration guideline for the future. Other organizations who endorse the BizTalk Framework include Cambridge Management Consulting, Commerce One, Compaq, ESRI, J.D. Edwards and Tobin.

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Subscription Prize to Oil IT web surfer (September 1999)

Petroleum Data Manager’s website has recorded its 50,000th hit. Was it you?

On Saturday 24th September 1999 the Petroleum Data Manager website recorded its 50,000th hit from the following DNS - If this was you, and if you can remember what you saw on the OilIT website tell us and win a years subscription to Petroleum Data Manager.

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BizTalk starter kit (September 1999)

Microsoft are offering a free starter kit to would be BizTalk developers The website is destined become a repository for domain specific schemas.

By its own admission, Microsoft’s initiative to create XML-based standards within different industries is above all a great name! In last month’s PDM we saw how XML – the extensible markup language – allows for new tags to be defined to describe domain - specific objects. For these to have any currency, their meanings must be agreed upon by the participants, which is where the various BizTalk initiatives come in. BizTalk may not be much more than a meeting ground - or, according to XML Guru Mark Wilson as a "document repository".


Wilson further warns "Biztalk’s potential to provide a platform for business-to-business exchange is enormous. But as XML travels across this sea of information it may become more like a modern day Gulliver rather than a Christopher Columbus. While Columbus discovered the New World, Gulliver became tied down by thousands of bit part players. The same could happen to XML if poorly defined Schemas become prevalent and are used in document repositories such as BizTalk." You can download the very informative BizTalk Jumpstart kit, including Wilson’s white paper from

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CTC Pulsonic gets Mobil’s 3D (September 1999)

Calgary based CTC Pulsonic, (now part of the Core Laboratories Group) has been awarded a 600 sq. km. 3D survey off Canada’s Sable Island.

CTC Pulsonic Canada, which joined the Core Laboratories fold last July, has been awarded a large seismic processing contract for a 3D marine survey. Mobil Canada’s "Intrepid" survey of 600 sq. km. survey is located south of Sable Island off the Canadian Atlantic seaboard.

7 terabytes

A previous survey in the Sable area for Mobil - the Arcadia survey contained over 7 terabytes of raw data. Mobil Canada’s technical services manager Graham Millington said "We were very pleased with the technical services we received on the Arcadia project, the excellent technical expertise, involvement of our staff and the early delivery of the product".

8 gigabytes

CTC’s president Vasudhaven Sudhaker is adding 8 gigs of main memory to CTC’s computer center to cater for the new workload.

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Open Spirit delivers (September 1999)

Open Spirit has shipped V1.0 Beta middleware to 70 E&P companies and has got the go-ahead for phase 2.

70 E&P companies in the OpenSpirit Alliance and OpenSpirit Special Interest Group (OSIG) have received copies of the Beta software for E&P application interoperability. These companies include leading oil and gas companies, software vendors, systems integrators, standards bodies and research organizations.

Version 2

PrismTech has also announced that work has started on Version 2 of the middleware. This next release of the Framework will add support for interpretation objects, 2D seismic, as well as enhanced coverage of well data. In addition, Version 2 will include new features such as the capability to persist objects, as well as project and session management facilities. Shell, Chevron and Schlumberger GeoQuest have underscored their continuing support for the OpenSpirit Framework by sponsoring the Version 2 development.


To help developers deploy the new software PrismTech has launched the OpenSpirit Newsgroup. More from the website on

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Free CD from Wavetech (September 1999)

Latest CD-ROM of Russian seismic data from Wavetech incorporates seismic viewer.

Seismic Data broker Wavetech's digital catalog of data on CD-ROM was first released earlier this year. The CD is in Adobe Acrobat format and runs on any computer platform. The CD contains maps of data sets in the Russian Far East, Pre-Caspian Basin and South Caspian Basin and information on Wavetech’s products and services. The new Data CD (Release 2) will be integrated with SeisManagement, Wavetech’s seismic data access and management system that allows users to view, scale and scroll through seismic sections directly off of the CD. More from Wavetech on 

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Western Scientific’s new tape duplicator (September 1999)

Western Scientific’s ‘AcceleRAIT’ tape duplicator automates copying of DLT, DAT and 8mm tapes.

SAN Diego-based Western Scientific, a manufacturer of data storage, networking and workstation solutions, has released the AcceleRAIT. AcceleRAIT creates up to five duplicate tapes copies of AIT, DLT, 4mm DAT and 8mm tapes at a time.

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New Montaj from Geosoft (September 1999)

Geosoft’s latest release of Oasis Montaj offers a synergistic approach to near-surface data analysis.

Canadian Geosoft's products span environmental, mining and oil and gas exploration. They apply a combination of generic image processing technologies with domain specific know-how such as gravity and magnetics for oil and gas. The latest release v4.3 of the flagship OASIS Montaj product offers shared capabilities, and specialized applications and tools that improve decision making and knowledge sharing.


The heart of OASIS montaj is the core Data Processing and Analysis (DPA) platform. This allows for rapid communication of results between decision-makers and technical professionals via "E-maps" and interactive interpretation using new CAD capabilities.


The new release also promises improved data access including ArcView connectivity and workflow and performance enhancements through new data compression formats. New tools are provided for geochemistry, geology and geophysics. Oasis Montaj now includes the Geosoft Executables (GX) Developer Toolkit and public domain API. More from

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PPDM member survey (September 1999)

PPDM has polled its membership and finds strong support for latest model version.

The Petroleum Data Model Association has completed a survey of its global membership. The main findings were: Over 50% of PPDM member companies have incorporated the most recent PPDM Model V3.4 in their operations. The main subject areas of interest in V3.4 are: wells, meta data and units of measure, business associates, production and production reporting, and fields, pools and facilities. Main areas of interest in the future V3.5 are: spatial enabling, stratigraphy, partnership and division of interest, projects and records management.

reference tables

For future model development, interest was strong for standardized reference table values followed by surface rights and facilities, seismic enhancements and joint interests. Other new areas deemed of interest include reservoir properties, well enhancements, reserves, business issues, pipelines and records management.


PPDM members consider that membership benefits most important to users are the industry standard model, cost reduction and time savings, access to industry contacts and networking, input into model development process, and name association/recognition. Strong initial interest was expressed in PPDM's work group funding sponsorship program destined to expedite specific portions of model development. More from

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VR for the granite city (September 1999)

Landmark’s Decisionarium offers interpreters a virtual reality environment in Aberdeen.

Landmark’s second Decisionarium has opened in Aberdeen. The Decisionarium is described as an "industry-leading immersive environment for the integrated asset team". The first Decisionarium opened last May in Landmark's corporate headquarters in Houston. Bob Peebler, Landmark President and CEO said "Bringing our Decisionarium program and services to the UK further enhances Landmark's commitment to transforming business processes in the petroleum industry." The Aberdeen Decisionarium, located in Halliburton's Reservoir Description Center, can accommodate up to 20 team members.


The center is available for lease in one, three, 10 and 20-day increments and will be configured with Landmark's integrated application and data management software as well as virtual reality hardware. To ensure maximum effectiveness, a Landmark collaboration expert will be available to facilitate sessions. "Our goal is to enable collaboration between geophysicists, geologists, drilling and reservoir engineers, and service company personnel, so they can more efficiently solve their business problems," explained Bob Fedorciow, operational vice president, Landmark EAME, Ltd. To lease the Decisionarium call Deboragh Humphreville on +44 1932 829999.

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AVO capability from de Groot-Bril (September 1999)

The latest version of deGroot-Bril Earth Sciences’ dGB-GDI boasts an amplitude versus offset (AVO) module developed in collaboration with BG Gas Research Technology.

dGB-GDI version 2.7 was released in last month. New with this is an AVO modeling capability developed in cooperation with BG Gas Research Technology Center. The new module generates full-waveform pre-stack gathers and stack responses. With the new release the software has been repackaged into three parts, aimed at different groups of users.


GDI-START is a stand-alone software package to perform stratigraphic analysis and reservoir characterization. It is aimed at users who are interested in quick-look evaluation of exploration prospects or reservoir description. GDI-START supports free-format integration of seismic data, well logs, geology and production data, extraction of well- and seismic features such as waveforms,  and single and multi-trace attributes. Non-linear inversion using supervised and unsupervised neural networks is also supported. The software can be used in rock-physics studies and for 2D, 3D and 4D seismic lateral prediction, and facies/pattern analysis.


GDI-SIMULATE is aimed at more detailed reservoir characterization and stratigraphic modeling through modules including a stochastic pseudo-well simulator, a Markov chains-based sequence analyzer and model builder, Gassmann fluid replacement module, a stochastic inversion module and the capability for quantitative analysis of neural network generated seismic patterns. GDI-SIMULATE is used in areas with low well coverage and/or to quantify the uncertainties of the results produced by GDI-START.


GDI-PRESTACK contains the new AVO modeling capability and is used in combination with GDI-SIMULATE's pseudo-well simulator for AVO modeling and prestack data analysis to predict reservoir fluid type, saturation and lithology.


Version 2.7 functionality includes one-touch modification of seismic and grid displays, to toggle between different color maps, or stretch and squeeze the color bars. Seismic wavelets can now also be viewed and loaded from an ASCII file directly in the GDI software. dGB’s development team is currently working on the link to SeisStrat-2D, a Statoil research project and last but not least the OpenSpirit link. More from

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Green Montain Geophysics’ MESA (September 1999)

Version 5.0 of GMG’s Mesa survey design software optimizes acquisition geometries for cost and imaging.

Green Mountain Geophysics, a subsidiary of Input/Output, Inc. has released MESA 5.0, described as ‘the industry-leading survey design software’. MESA is designed for 2D and 3D land, transition zone and marine acquisition projects. Bud Pope, GMG’s General Manager says "MESA 5.0 provides substantial new features focused on maximizing acquisition geometries for cost and imaging objectives. Direct data links to the I/O System 2000 will improve productivity and reduce errors." Enhancements to MESA include: support for vertical geometries, auto-repelling exclusion zones to move stations/shots, geometry spreadsheets for editing designs, flex binning capabilities, numerical template editing, graphical layout of shot and receiver lines, and marine output, along with optional array and migration aperture functionality. MESA 5.0 is fully integrated with the I/O System 2000 and runs on both PCs and workstations. GMG of Boulder, Colorado, is celebrating its 20th year as a geophysical software provider to the petroleum industry.

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Petris to clean up MMS data (September 1999)

The Mineral Management Service has awarded Petris Technology a data management contract for 44 thousand wells and over 6 million documents from the Gulf of Mexico

The Mineral Management Service (MMS), based in New Orleans, has awarded a contract to Petris Technology of Houston, for the validation and clean-up of data from the Gulf of Mexico. The MMS manages the mineral resources of the Outer Continental Shelf, and collects, verifies and distributes mineral revenues from Federal and Indian lands.


The project's objective is to clean up inaccurate or missing data problems that may exist in the MMS’ Technical Information Management System (TIMS) well database and associated well data such as directional and velocity surveys from operations in the Gulf of Mexico Region. This project involves an estimated 44,000 well bores and over 6,000,000 documents.

Petris Connect

Petris will use its web-based PetrisConnect Data Auditing and Correction System to link all available information sources (both digital and scanned paper documents) to the existing TIMS database for comparison by an experienced geo-technician for correction. The software will keep track of who is nominating a change and why, giving MMS personnel the ability to confidently make changes to the online TIMS database. The project will begin this year and is expected to be complete in 2003. More from

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Conference news (September 1999)

Some more dates for your diary



Internet Strategy for Oil and Gas

First Conferences

1 800 814 3459



PPDM Fall Conference & AGM


1 403 660 7817



Geonetix ‘99 - Integrated Petroleum IT


1 713 963 6252


The Woodlands

Geophysics 2000 & Beyond


1 281 364 6088



SEG Annual Conference & Exhibition


1 918 497 5557



Smart Petroleum Management

First Conferences

44 171 400 9595



Data Management 2000


44 181 749 3701

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