Software, hardware short takes

LandWorks, Trimble, Aveva, Blue Marble, Beicip, ObsPy, Seismic Utensils, SeisWare, Optify, CMG, DNV-GL, Exprodat, Fraunhofer Institute, Hexagon Geospatial, ThingWorx, Petrosys, PetroWeb, Progea, Pegasus Vertex, Safe Software, Red Hen Systems, SAP, WellDog.

The 5.5 release of LandWorks suite offer full support for the Esri ArcGIS platform in both Online and Portal flavors.

Trimble’s GasOps solution for natural gas utilities is a cloud-based, mobile data collection solution that supports capture to systems of record and streamlined reporting to US PHMSA rules. A barcode scanner auto-populates form fields, reducing input errors.

Aveva’s engineering information management Aveva Net Gateway 5.0 has achieved certification to run with SAP’s ERP application.

Blue Marble’s Geographic Calculator 2016 SP1 provides an improved interface for working with seismic survey conversions, a new online geodetic database update tool and support for reading coordinate systems from a Petrel database.

Beicip’s TemisFlow 2016 introduces a new lithospheric approach for the modeling of basins with complex thermal history. Also new is a drainage area and trap analysis model for rapid estimation of reservoir potential.

ObsPy, an open source Python package from Munich University, gets the thumbs up from Matt Hall as a useful tool for reading Seg-Y seismic data files.

Seismic Utensils has released AVO-Detect, an ‘affordable’ AVO tool that adds functionality to existing workflows. The solution is available under a non-exclusive agreement with SeisWare.

Scott Schneider’s startup Optify is working with Landmark, Schlumberger and IHS Markit to deliver plug-ins and connectors for geotechnical data exchange. First out of the blocks is a plug-in for DecisionSpace to connect with the IHS Enerdeq data library.

The 2016.10 release of CMG’s ‘Results’ reservoir simulation post-processing and visualization tool integrates 2D and 3D functionality for quick comparison of simulation outputs with field history data. A new SR3 file format supports large, memory intensive data operations for navigating thousand well datasets.

A joint industry project led by DNV-GL has validated its Helica software for stress analysis of umbilicals and flexibles. JIP partners included Ultra Deep, Exxon-Mobil, Oceaneering, Shell, Technip and ABB.

Exprodat’s Data Assistant v222 is now compatible with ArcGIS Desktop 10.4 and 10.4.1 and includes new data formats for unstructured grids in SeisWorks, IHS Kingdom, IESX and Charisma. Also new are ‘beach ball’ representations of fault type. The company has also released Exploration Analyst Online, an ArcGIS-based application for web-based play assessment.

Fraunhofer Institute has released XtreemView for Windows with ‘all the features of the Linux edition.’ XtreemView is terabyte-scale 3D visualization software for post-stack seismic data. The single node only Windows edition requires a 64 bit edition of Windows 7 up and ‘as much RAM as you can afford.’

Hexagon Geospatial has launched M.App Enterprise a privately-hosted solution that enables organizations to share their dynamic location-based information services. Hexagon’s ‘SmartM.Apps’ (maps - geddit?) are lightweight mapping applications. M.Apps can be marketed on the Hexagon M.App Exchange.

The 5.21 edition of Kepware Technologies KEPServerEX expands interoperability with the ThingWorx IoT platform, adding over 150 communication drivers to provide real-time, bi-directional industrial controls data to the ThingWorx platform.

New Century Software’s Gas HCA (high consequence areas) Analyst 5.0 offers improved Esri integration (with file geodatabase loading) and more analytical rigor to meet changing regulations.

Petrosys v17.8.1 adds a ‘powerful new’ grid editing capability that updates surfaces as the nodes or associated contours and faults are edited. Connect-ivity is enhanced with direct import of DEM, ArcGrid binary and other raster files and objects can be dragged and dropped from Petrel session on to a Petrosys map.

The 16.1 edition of PetroWeb’s Enterprise DB/Navigator brings enhanced and administrable query tools. A new elevation tool provides the ability to get an elevation profile for a line drawn on the map and support for checkshots, time/depth data and more well metadata. Data management has been enhanced with international UWIs and bulk load of well aliases and reference value management.

Progea has announced Movicon.NExT V3.0 with new iOS and Android apps for smartphones/tablet access to scada and HMI data. NExT is based on Microsoft .NET and on WPF/XAML vector graphics rendering.

Pegasus Vertex has announced PlugPRO, a cement plug placement model that calculates under-displacement volumes and optimizes fluid volumes to balance slurry and spacer levels after pull out of the hole. PlugPRO also models the displacement hydraulics of fluids.

Safe Software has added the RCaller transformer to its FME statistics calculator, giving users the ability to run any R script in the middle of an FME workflow. Users can now perform (inter alia) fast Fourier transform, non-linear regression, matrix algebra and Monte Carlo simulations.

Red Hen SystemsisWhere 3.1.0 media mapping add-on tool for geotagged imagery brings a 10x speed up an represents a ‘breakthrough’ in video track recording to Google Earth.

SAP has announced SAP Hana ‘express edition,’ a downloadable version of its in-memory database optimized for data-driven applications.

Following successful field trials with industry partner Shell, WellDog has announced a new ‘Shale Sweet-Spotter’ (SSS) service for unconventional operators. SSS uses lasers and sophisticated detectors to pinpoint hydrocarbon-rich zones and optimize development plans. SSS (a.k.a. the reservoir Raman system) was originally developed for coalbed methane development. WellDog claims that the SSS is the industry’s only downhole Raman spectrometer.

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