Mapping modules for geoscientists (December 1996)

A new version of GeoQuest's CPS-3 mapping software incorporates new modules for reservoir characterization and visualization.

GeoQuest has been keeping up its flow of new releases and recently announced a new CPS-3 version with two new mapping modules to help geoscientists reduce cycle time. Framework 3D is said to be an innovative tool for the characterization and interpretation of complex geologic structural frameworks. Tightly coupled to Framework 3D, SurfViz supports the visualization and validation of these frameworks. When used together these modules are intended to give users the ability to better leverage fault and horizon interpretations and eliminate the need to perform complex manual operations each time new project data are available. 'Dozens or even hundreds of faults and in-fill horizons can be generated automatically with improved accuracy and in a fraction of the time it takes other mapping applications to provide a less complete solution' says Howard Neal, vice president of product development at GeoQuest. Framework 3D automatically establishes the major-to-minor relationship of faults and properly truncates them, resulting in a validated fault framework. Once the fault framework is built, fault-honored horizons can be generated automatically as in-fill surfaces at whatever resolution necessary to capture the proper reservoir detail. CPS-3 supports mapping, surface modeling and volumetric analysis. Contour maps, base maps, vertical profile displays and 3D views can be produced using this application.

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