Software, hardware short takes

News from ISS Group, Schlumberger, PRCI, WellEz, Paradigm, Roxar, Tecplot and WellPoint.

ISS Group has released a new version of BabelFish Verify (previously Operations Data Recorder) adding an enhanced GUI, a new installer and updated documentation. BFV is a data quality stage gate that checks operational data before it is distributed to production reporting, allocation and accounting systems.

The 2009.1 release of Schlumberger’s Ocean for Petrel development environment offers workflows in seismic, geological, modeling and simulation—all now accessing data types and functions in Petrel. The release includes best practices documentation, the first 64-bit implementation and ‘custom’ coordinate systems—described as the first step in the roadmap towards an ESRI implementation of Petrel.

The Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) has announced a new release of its Submarine Pipeline Stability Analysis and Design package, PRCI-OBS. The software was developed by KBR under contract to PRCI, and it is considered a world standard for the design and analysis of sub-sea pipelines. PRCI is a non-profit corporation comprised of 38 pipeline companies in the US, EU, Canada, South America and Middle East. PRCI-OBS V3.0 is available from PRCI’s marketing partner Technical Toolboxes.

WellEz Information Management has updated its eponymous flagship service that integrates field reports and third party applications. The upgrade serves information from the field to accounting and technical applications, positioning the WellEz reporting service as an enterprise-wide source of operational information. The WellEz reporting solution is provided as a hosted, software-as-a-service solution.

Engineering design and simulation software developer Ansys has installed a high performance computing solution from HP. Two systems with a total of 76 server nodes and 576 cores will support increasingly compute-intensive engineering simulation workloads. The systems include 28 HP ProLiant DL 165/160 server nodes in the US 48 HP ProLiant BL465c blade server nodes in Germany. The systems are based on quad-core processors from AMD and Intel.

Paradigm released Sysdrill 2009 at the SPE/IADC 2009 Drilling Conference and Exhibition this month. Sysdrill 2009 combines well planning and drilling engineering in a single application. The 2009 release eases data entry and third-party data load, adds ‘result-driven analysis for rapid identification of drilling problems and now incorporates geological data for improved planning and visualization.’ Sysdrill is now tightly integrated with Geolog forming a ‘real-time, contractor-independent geosteering solution.’

Roxar’s Tempest 6.5 release comes with extended parallel processing capabilities and speed improvements in both serial and parallel simulations. Improved visualization capabilities, streamlines for each phase and 3D cross sections make reservoir simulation accessible beyond the specialist reservoir engineering community.

Tecplot RS 2009 R2 now automatically determines history match factors for multiple simulation runs allowing objective assessment of the accuracy of a reservoir model.’

A new release of WellPoint Systems’ WellPoint Integrated Suite (WIS) heralds a port to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. WIS 5.0 leverages core AX capabilities including role based front end, business intelligence, workflow and requisitions. WIS integrates WellPoint’s Energy Broker and Energy Financial Management into a single package.

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