Kuwait Oil Co.’s Visual Reality Center

Schlumberger is to equip Kuwait Oil Co. with a state-of-the-art ‘Visual Reality’ center.

The Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has awarded a contract to Schlumberger Oilfield Services for the supply of a ‘next generation’ 3D ‘Visual Reality’ Center. The center will be located in Ahmadi, Kuwait. The 3D Visual Reality Center is a collaboration and virtual-reality facility that integrates computing and communications with collaborative workflows.


KOC Information Systems team leader Miriam Al-Ajmi said, “This facility will be an integral part of the effort to transform KOC into a ‘digitally intelligent’ company. The 3D Visual Reality Center will provide a collaborative environment where our multidisciplinary teams can view and manipulate information, facilitating decision-making in the areas of well planning and real-time drilling.”

Reservoir management

KOC specialists will use the center to solve reservoir problems and to advance the company’s real-time reservoir management initiative. By assembling expertise and combining technologies, the facility will help KOC geoscientists and engineers advance their interpretation and visualization capabilities. The first such center in Kuwait will feature the latest virtual-reality technological developments, including an 8 by 2.3-meter curved screen with a three-channel back-projected system using six projectors.


Schlumberger Information Solutions (SIS) will provide full-time collaborative expert consultancy services to ensure optimal utilization of the facility. This includes information technology (IT) support and software and domain science experts.


In a separate announcement, KOC signed with WesternGeco for a Q-Technology based seismic reservoir project in Kuwait. WesternGeco’s high multiplicity Q acquisition is said to have ‘great potential’ for resolving some of Kuwait’s unsolved geophysical challenges.

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