Schlumberger InterAct (September 1997)

Schlumberger have improved on the video-conference paradigm with the introduction of InterAct, a combination of software and communications technology that enables near real-time transmission of well log image data from the well site to the office.

With a delay of a few minutes, geologists and engineers (not to mention stockbrokers!) can follow the progress of mission critical wellsite operations such as testing or geosteering. As well as displaying the logging data on the computer screen in the office, InterAct allows for two way voice communications and the transmission of other data types such as Word or Excel files. While the system is intended for high end wells, it has been used to allow one engineer to cover several simultaneous operations in the far east, all from the comfort of his downtown Houston office.

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