Software, hardware short takes

New releases from Schlumberger, geoLOGIC, Mathcad, ABB, Dresser Masoneilan, Exprodat, Kappa, Safe Software, ExperTune and KSS Fuels.

Schlumberger has rolled out Merak Peep 2010 with 165 ‘transparent’ fiscal models and a new plug-in development API for clients’ workflows. 15 oil and gas companies provided input to the new release—

Geologic has added new features to its GeoScout flagship in an exclusive partnership with whose property information is now available to GeoScout Land users. Property listings can be clicked-through for more information on a property—

Mathcad 15.0 includes new design of experiment methods, embedded engineering reference materials from Knovel’s 4,000 reference works and integration with Kornucopia’s algorithms for finite element analysis—

ABB and Dresser Masoneilan are to collaborate on a monitoring and testing solution for emergency shutdown valves. The solution combines ABB’s safety instrumented system with Masoneilan’s emergency shutdown device and partial stroke test (PST) controller ‘to improve safety and increase availability in an emergency’— and

The 202 release of Exprodat’s Team-GIS Segment Analyst includes support for raster and contour datasets as inputs, the ability to apply weightings to input layers and a data extraction tool for integration with third party applications—

The 2.6 release of Kappa’s Emeraude production log interpretation toolset includes a new ‘continuous’ interpretation technique, streamlined workflows for multi-probe tools, a temperature model for energy balance studies and open hole permeability corrections from production logging results—

Safe Software has added a Tibco/OpenSpirit interface to FME 2010 for integration of geotechnical applications and data. FME’s data transformation engine can now move GIS, CAD and E&P data in and out of oil and gas applications and data stores. Safe claims support for over 250 spatial and non-spatial data formats including OpenWorks, Seisworks, GeoFrame, Iesx, Charisma, Petra, PPDM, ‘managed’ SEG-Y, Finder, SMT, Epos/Geolog, SDE and Recall—

ExperTune has added a capability to tune cascade control loops from a web browser to its PlantTriage Loop Performance Monitor. Founder John Gerry noted that ‘Most cascade loops in plants are poorly tuned, resulting in oscillations and interactions between the inner and outer cascade loops. These tools make it simple to tune loops right and will help stabilize plant operations’—

KSS Fuels has introduced a pricing performance management (PPM) service for users of its PriceNet and RackPrice fuel price management solutions. PPM lets clients ‘strategically and proactively’ monitor and adapt their software configurations to changing market conditions and competitive influences’—

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