Software, hardware short takes

Advanced Geotech, Cyviz, Ernst & Yound, Pansoft, Safe Software, StoneBond, Badley’s, Caesar Systems, Energy Navigator, IES, SGI, Tibco, WellEz.

Advanced Geotechnology has announced the 3.8 release of STABView, its well planning package with new wellbore cross-section plots, spider and tornado plots for sensitivity analyses and borehole collapse mode comparisons. A quantitative risk analysis module is planned for later this year.

A survey by Cyviz and Kristensen Consulting found a high failure rate in oil and gas collaborative environments (CE) due to ‘poor reliability and poor usability in real life contexts.’ Better user interfaces, standardization and training are identified as key remedies.

Ernst & Young is to assist Chinese energy ERP solutions provider Pansoft with SOX 404 compliance.

Energy Solutions has released V 3.1 of PipelineManager with instrument analysis, data playback, a SCADA simulator for leak studies and a web service API.

Safe Software’s FME 2009 offers faster access to spatial data and optimized conversion of large volumes of spatial data. FME Server now natively supports 64-bit Windows, Linux and Solaris. New supported formats include Adobe Geospatial PDF, AutoDesk 3ds, CityGML, IBM Informix Spatial and OpenStreetMap (OSM) XML.

Stone Bond has added remote function call support for SAP inter-operability to its AppComm package. AppComm now supports bi-directional integration with SAP, RFCs, iDOCs and web services.

Badley’s has released Move2009.1 with a native 64-bit version on Windows and Linux and improved component consistency, cross-components workflows and data transfer. Badley’s is now working on 2d and 3d modeling of thrust belts and on direct links to Petrel and OpenWorks.

Caesar Systems’ PetroVR V6.3 will offer greater insight into the impact of completion activities on potential decisions, particularly important in deepwater projects. Drilling plans and schedules have been enhanced and wellbore drilling and completions are treated independently.

Energy Navigator’s Value Navigator application meets the new SEC guidelines for reporting of probable and possible reserves. The SEC’s new rules are the first revision in over twenty five years.

EnteroOne 2009 sees the introduction of a ‘single-source’ data architecture and a foundation for real-time sharing of business information. Entero’s interface can be customized to external systems.

Schlumberger unit IES’ PetroMod 11 petroleum systems modeler offers local grid refinement, seismic-derived facies analysis and improved fault modeling. Other enhancements target data exchange and a new 14-component phase kinetics module includes secondary cracking and automated fluid property calibration.

SGI’s Altix system now offers up to 8TB of global shared memory. A flagship Altix 4700 deployment at Ames facility ran a 2,048 cores, 4TB machine under a single Linux system image.

Transzap reports that its Oildex e-payable service has again achieved SAS 70 Type II certification for the design and execution of its operational controls. SAS 70 audit assures customers and their auditors that controls and procedures are in place to manage and protect their data.

Tibco Spotfire V 8.1 now embeds S-PLUS, Tibco’s integrated development environment that scales from desktop to ‘gigabyte class’ data sets. S-PLUS is a library of statistical and mathematical algorithms for portfolio management and business process modeling with Bayesian statistical methods. The package includes a Wavelets package for image, signal and time series analysis and a SpatialStats module for spatial data. A new Spotfire S+ Eclipse workbench offers compatibility with the open-source ‘R’ environment.

WellEz has upgraded its web-based oilfield operations reporting service with M2E, an Excel reporting and charting add on and a new helpdesk ‘WellEz on Demand.

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