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Tecplot has released a new version of its data visualization and plotting solution for reservoir simulation. Tecplot RS 2007 now supports Landmark’s VIP and includes options for viewing cell data in 3D grid plots, such as arbitrary vertical slices. Techplot RS 2007 was developed with input from reservoir management consultants International Reservoir Technology.

WellPoint Systems has signed a $800,000 contract with an unnamed Calgary-based oil services company for the deployment of its Microsoft Dynamics AX-based oil and gas ERP package. The software will be used to monitor budgeting, job costing, time tracking, payroll and equipment use. WellPoint has already sold the package to HSE Integrated, Innicor Subsurface Technologies and Technicoil Corp.

PetroAnalyst has entered into a joint venture with Interpretive Software Products (ISP) for real time data streaming, via WITSML, of drilling data into ISP’s pore pressure and fracture gradient analysis models for monitoring by shore-based personnel.

Baker Hughes unit Inteq has announced ‘CoPilot’, a real time drilling optimization service. Copilot is a downhole data acquisition and diagnostic tool that samples 14 sensor measurements for real-time assessment of downhole drilling parameters. CoPilot data can be integrated with INTEQ’s RigLink and BEACON services for remote, real time information sharing and control.

Decisioneering has announced Spanish, German and French versions of its Crystal Ball decision analysis package. The localization targets Decisioneering’s oil and gas customers.

Intervera Data Solutions has just released Version 6 of its DataVera data quality toolset. Repetitive quality tasks can now be performed as scheduled jobs and new data quality rules and functions have been added, leveraging pattern matching to find common or standard values. Cross dataset drilldown is now available and the package has been enhanced to work seamlessly with public data stores.

Triple Point Technology has signed a co-development agreement with SAP for the delivery of ‘Commodity SL’, a NetWeaver-based package integrating TPT’s real-time portfolio and risk management technology with SAP’s logistical solutions. The package combines information on the physical supply chain with market-based financial valuations and costs, allowing for ‘opportunistic’ buy, sell or hedge decision making.

The Open Geospatial Consortium has just rolled out four ‘sensor web’ standards for interoperability of mobile devices such as airborne cameras, pollution ‘sniffers’, noise and temperature sensors. The backbone of the sensor web is the OpenGIS Sensor Model Language (SensorML) for ‘discovery and tasking’ of web-based sensors.

Carl Godkin (Dynamic Graphics) has posted a utility for web browsing of RESCUE formatted reservoir models on

de Groot-Bril has just released a beta version of OpendTect v2.5.0, available on The release includes the first version of the new Seismic Stratigraphy Interpretation System (SIS) plugin which offers chrono-stratigraphic horizon tracking, systems tracts interpretation and Wheeler transforms.

Earthworks Environments and Resources has added its MPSI Stochastic Seismic Inversion to the OpendTect framework. Modules include 3D model building, deterministic and stochastic inversion and the ‘probability cube’.

ZEH Software announced ZEH Montage Professional for Windows (ZMP). The package lets users combine CGM and raster graphics into a montage or PowerPoint slide.

Patents frenzy?

Rock Solid Images has been awarded US patents for ‘determining formation quality factor from well log data and its application to seismic reservoir characterization’, (No. 7,088,639) and a ‘method for detecting earth formation fractures by seismic imaging of diffractors’ (No. 7,085,195). The OPERA consortium in Pau, France contributed IPR to the latter.

WesternGeco has acquired the rights to the ‘Monk’ data whitening algorithm from Apache Corp.

Halliburton’s digital oilfield joint venture partner Pavilion Technologies has been awarded no less than fifteen new patents for modeling, optimization and control. The patents ‘bridge plant-to-enterprise gaps with robust model-based production performance metrics’.

Paradigm has announced that it has reached a settlement with French software house Techsia in relation to a patent infringement suite that it filed last year (OITJ Vol. 10 N° 4).

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