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News this month from Madagascar, Aveva, CiDRA, Deloitte, EPS, Ikin, Innerlogix, RapidMind andInvensys.

A meeting of the Madagascar open source seismic processing community was held last month at the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin. Madagascar (originally RSF) is a comprehensive seismic processing infrastructure that was announced last year. The cross platform package supports C, C++, Python and MatLab programmers. A key facet of Madagascar is a ‘reproducible research component’ that integrates processing flows and reports through the use of SConstructs ( More on Madagascar from

AVEVA has teamed with INOVx Solutions to integrate INOVx’s RealityLINx product with PDMS, using AVEVA’s Laser Model Interface. RealityLINx renders laserscan point cloud data for use in 3D CAD plant models. These allow for real-world capture of ‘as-built’ facilities for subsequent virtualization of operations and maintenance.

CiDRA Corp.’s SONARtrac clamp-around process monitoring systems have received ATEX Class I, Zone 2 certification from UL International Demko A/S. The ATEX directive has been approved by the EU and is mandatory for electronic equipment use in explosion-hazard areas. SONARtrac systems can be retrofitted to existing flow lines without compromising the integrity of the production system.

Deloitte Petroleum Services has just released a new version of PetroScope, its Excel-based discounted cash-flow modeling framework, which includes some 80 fiscal regime models. PetroScope 2.0 new features include expected monetary value analysis, enhanced screening and reporting and incremental economics and an improved user interface.

Weatherford unit eProduction Solutions has announced WellFlo 4.0, a new release of its production optimization package. The package was redesigned to be more intuitive and to better match well models with reality. An enhanced GUI ‘empowers users to do more with models and data.’

Ikon Science has announced a RokDoc modeling plug-in for Schlumberger’s Petrel, adding rock physics-based predictions to the seismic interpretation workflow. The ‘Modeling while Picking’ plug-in leverages Schlumberger’s Ocean API to provide interpreters with ‘interpretational insight.’ Events in Petrel update the 2D RokDoc model in real time.

Innerlogix has released QCPro 3.7 for the assessment, correction and synchronization of upstream data. The new release adds parallel processing to improve compute capacity and performance. Innerlogix estimates that by year end 2007, QCPro will be processing over a billion business objects per day.

RapidMind has released an upgrade to its compiler for the Cell BE and graphics processor units. RapidMind is currently testing the system on IBM’s Cell Blades hardware.

Invensys’ Tricon controllers have achieved Achilles Controller Level 1 cyber-security certification from Wurldtech Labs. Security testing is increasing in importance as process control moves from proprietary communications to open protocols such as Ethernet, TCP/IP, and OPC to integrate safety systems with distributed control systems.

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