Sales, contracts and deployments

IDS for Petrofac SPD, Amalto for Chevron, BASF’s virtualization, Panasas and WellPoint Systems.

IDS is to provide reporting tools to Petrofac’s SPD unit, a UK headquartered well services provider, in support of its southern North Sea Chablis operation. SPD is to deploy IDS’ DrillNet, a WITSML-enabled drilling data service that offers analysis and reporting tools and an integrated search engine. SPD operations manager Neil Robertson said, ‘DrillNet is the perfect solution for us as a company with globally dispersed operations. The system enables all types of operational data to flow freely through our Partner Portal and the secure web link allows full transparency in a safe environment. The system allows our engineers and clients in Aberdeen, London and Johannesburg to have up-to-date information 24/7 which is essential for multiple operations across the world.’

Chevron USA has selected Amalto Technologies’ ‘b2een’ e-commerce solution to enable electronic transactions with its suppliers. Amalto b2een combines a light web 2.0 client, encrypted document exchange between trading partners and a software as a service (SaaS) paradigm that validates and routes transactions. Amalto CEO, Jean-Pierre Foehn, said, ‘Amalto offers mid-size companies a new way to exchange purchase orders, invoices and field tickets with their larger clients. With Chevron’s support, we have demonstrated that the benefits of electronic transactions are accessible to trading partners of all sizes.’

Chemical giant BASF is AspenTech’s first client to use Microsoft’s Application Virtualization (MAV) technology to improve compute performance of its AspenOne process modeling suite. BASF uses AspenOne to simulate its chemical processes to improve plant design and optimize production. Virtualization decouples applications from operating systems and runs software as network services, making applications available whenever and wherever they are needed, even when disconnected from the network. Peter Michael Gress, senior VP Engineering at BASF said, ‘We run some of the largest and most complex process simulations in the chemical industry and need the right IT infrastructure and applications. Virtualizing AspenOne has improved the speed with which we can investigate plant and equipment behavior, letting us optimize decision making, reduce costs, and accelerate time-to-market.’ Blair Wheeler, AspenTech senior VP marketing added, ‘This initiative will make our software easier to deploy and use across the enterprise. The world’s leading process manufacturing companies rely on the powerful optimization functionality of AspenOne and our partnership with Microsoft enables us to deliver more value to industry-leading manufacturers such as BASF.’ According to Microsoft’s Chris Colyer, virtualizing AspenOne has increased the speed of deployment by more than 50%, reduced software conflicts and the risk associated with migrating to new versions.

Polish seismic contractor Geofizyka Krakow (GK) has deployed a Panasas AS3000 parallel storage system to support its seismic processing jobs. The company reports a six fold speed up in turnaround times as a result. GK runs WesternGeco’s Omega seismic processing package. Leszek Boryczko, GK computer systems manager said, ‘The Panasas AS3000 parallel storage solution has made our IT workflow more manageable.’

International crude oil marketer Masefield Canada has selected WellPoint Systems’ Energy Broker to manage its crude oil marketing business and enhance its trading business. WellPoint’s integrated oil and gas software solution is built atop Microsoft’s Dynamics AX ERP system. WellPoint Energy Broker provides contract and price building, logistics, marketing and settlement in a multi-commodity, currency and language environment.

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