Colin Hulme VP of Reservoir Software for GeoQuest presented the official rollout of the GeoFrame 4 (GF4) integration platform. GF 4 ‘lets users work the way they think.’ The integration suite has been repackaged into Geology Office, offering geological workflow tools and Modeling Office for model-centric earth modeling. Geology Office for instance, lets a user flip between working on a cross section to edit a well. Users can click and fire-up the editor and when through, return to the cross section workflow where they left off.
A new application, Rock Cell, uses neural net technology to predict rock properties across the reservoir. Reverse faulting can now be handled throughout the interpretation. New in GF 4 is a data management tool allowing for the manipulation of Interpretation Models. Users can now recall ‘the right interpretation at the right time.’ New tool data types can also be managed. Web links allow for the hook-up of the logging truck to the interpretation environment. GF 4 is Open Spirit Enabled for geophysical workflows - GF 4 seismic applications can access data in Open Works. Working the other way round, GF 4 seismic applications are also OpenSpirit-enabled allowing data access from Landmark’s OpenWorks.
Hulme said “GF 4 offers a step change in productivity. Shared data access and instantaneous updates within applications give asset teams the real-time interpretive collaboration that is essential in today’s competitive environment.”
GF 4’s new project data management capabilities, allow updates to be seen in real-time in all applications. The new GF 4 interpretation Model Manager organizes user-created models which can be deployed over the Web. Hulme commented, “Time and time again we’ve seen geophysicists perform interpretations on assets that are then put on the back burner for development. Years go by and the company is ready to move on this asset again often causing the geophysicist to repeat the interpretation work. The interpretation models in GF 4 allow users to capture the essence of interpretations and archive for future use. This saves time when the project is revisited.”
Intriguingly, when many speak of software rationalization, GF 4 boasts over 100 applications, including discipline-specific software for project data management, geophysics, geology, borehole geology, mapping and modeling and petrophysics. GeoFrame, first introduced in 1992, is now used by “more than 90 % of the world’s top 20 oil and gas companies.” Our math makes that 19!
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