Software, hardware short takes

Amphora’s AssayLocker. Arria NLG Studio for BI. Badley Geoscience ‘ORC’. Barco’s ‘Ideation’ wall. BHGE ‘EngageSubsea’. Billington Petroleum Technologies DOSS. Ikon Science RokDoc 6.6. Emerson/Roxar Tempest 8.3. Halliburton ‘Cerebro’. Interica EPShare. PDS Ava Clastics 2018. Intel Neural Compute Stick. Laser Technology and ProStar Geocorp. IntOp text analytics. Arundo/Dell IoT bundle for oil and gas. Drillinginfo OptiFlo Gas. SPEE surveys software. Schlumberger Concert welltest technology. Spectro Scientific FluidScan. Tatsoft FactoryStudio. Weatherford Vero. WoodMac Lens.

Amphora’s AssayLockeris a data warehouse and analytics tool for multi-commodity traders to analyze historical data, identify trends and optimize decision-making across quality attributes.

Arria NLG has announced release 2.0 of its Studio for BI with new functionality to transform business graphics into a natural language narrative. Arria also recently announced that its NLG Artificial Intelligence engine now powers Ernst & Young’s natural language generation global portal that allows EY employees ‘to make better and faster decisions’. On the downside, a report in the New Zealand National Business Review had it that mid-November 2018, Arria was ‘burning cash’ as it targeted an NZX listing, and that its late accounts showed ‘balance sheet strife’ at the software company.

Badley Geoscience has released ‘ORC’, its optimized resource calculator. ORC provides a rapid workflow for calculating volumetrics of structural and stratigraphic traps using mapped surface data and/or digital images of maps. ORC can be downloaded for free until May 2019.

Barco’s new ‘Ideation Wall’ is a hardware and software combo that offers an easy-to-install collaboration tool to support ideation sessions*. The Wall embeds Barco’s ClickShare CSE-800 wireless collaboration solution.

* Aka meetings!

BHGE has announced ‘EngageSubsea’, an asset lifecycle management solution that optimizes planning, execution and remote asset management. EngageSubsea is claimed to offer ‘up to’ a 20% reduction in maintenance costs and a 5% reduction in downtime through predictive analytics.

Billington Petroleum Technologies has announced DOSS, a digital operator support system that offers a real time data management platform in which first-principle thermodynamic tools such as Petro-Sim, LedaFlow, Olga, HySys and K-Spice can interoperate. The platform connects to existing asset infrastructure via OPC UA, Modbus, SQL and data historians to enable co-visualization of real time and simulator data. DOSS-generated data is written to the plant historian and made available to any endpoint. BPT DOSS promises adaptable, open data integration with ‘no future limitations’.

Ikon Science’s RokDoc 6.6 release adds new 4D reservoir monitoring functionality with support for corner point grid data that enables integration of static (geomodel) and dynamic (flow simulation) property models into 3D/4D shared earth models. These can then be used for 4D time lapse feasibility studies and ‘close the loop’ workflows. RokDoc can estimate reservoir elastic properties and their dependency on stress, temperature and fluid saturation. Ikon is also working to capture and aggregate rock property information and generate high-quality training data for machine learning.

The 8.3 release of Emerson/Roxar’s Tempest enhances automation and user productivity through greater compatibility with industry-standard reservoir simulators and easy embedding of simulation workflows and models within Emerson’s ‘big loop’ workflow.

Halliburton has announced ‘Cerebro’ a drilling bit with built-in sensors that captures key drilling performance data at the bit. Cerebro records vibration and motion data while drilling, to pinpoint where bit damage occurs and/or where optimal performance is not being achieved. The system identifies several common drill bit factors including lateral and axial vibration, torsional resistance, whirl and stick-slip which can negatively impact drilling speed and reliability.

Interica has announced epShare, a new Microsoft SharePoint platform to address subsurface data challenges. epShare leverages data lakes, virtual taxonomies, GIS and a PPDM database in a ‘fast, intuitive and flexible platform’ for subsurface data management.

Petrotechnical Data Systems has announced the 2018.10 release of Ava Clastics sedimentology and analogue database software, which now includes access to the Deep-Marine Architecture Knowledge Store (DMAKS). Developed by researchers at the University of Leeds, is now available to Ava Clastics subscribers.

Intel has announced the Neural Compute Stick 2 (Intel NCS 2) a USB thumb drive-styled component for designing AI algorithms and prototyping computer vision ‘at the network edge’. The NCS includes Intel’s Movidius Myriad X vision processing and the OpenVino toolkit.

Laser Technology has partnered with ProStar Geocorp to provide a digital mapping and data collection solution integrating ProStar’s PointMan with LTI’s TruPulse 360 professional-grade laser rangefinder.

IntOp is now offering its analytics for text-based data from the Microsoft Azure Marketplace with connectors to SharePoint and OneDrive. Flagship client DNO Norge uses IntOp’s tools on E&P data from the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Arundo Analytics and Dell Technologies have released an IoT Bundle for Oil & Gas, a hardened, maritime class-certified unit, purpose-built for advanced computing in remote, rugged environments. The Dell Edge Gateway 5100 computers come pre-loaded with Arundo Edge Agent software.

Drillinginfo’s OptiFlo Gas is a map-based front end, forecasting and modeling tool for the US natural gas market.

SPEE, the Society for Petroleum Evaluation Engineers, recently conducted a survey of software tools used in oil and gas property evaluation and reporting. The raw survey data is available along with a presentation on the survey results.

Schlumberger’s Concert technology brings real-time surface and downhole measurements, data analysis and collaboration capabilities to well testing. Concert integrates well test data via wearable technology, wireless sensors and video cameras. Real-time data collection and communication is said to accelerate testing operations while significantly reducing the personnel required.

Spectro Scientific has released a new generation of its FluidScan handheld oil analyzer. FluidScan uses transmitter infra-red light to analyze a fluid sample. Results are compared with a built-in fluid reference library for rapid, on-site analysis of in-service lubricants. The new analyzers have upgraded digital electronics and faster embedded processors with new software and calculation algorithms that speed the analysis process. FluidScan’s library includes almost 800 oils and greases of a wide range of chemistry and brands. A new water index parameter helps users track dissolved water trends in used grease. FluidScan can be deployed as a standalone unit or as part of a Spectro MiniLab configuration.

Tatsoft’s FactoryStudio 8.1 is a new version of the .NET-based rapid application development platform for scada, IIoT and other real-time system. The company has also announced EdgeHMI for local displays and an IIoT-gateway for remote data collection. FactoryStudio also supports mobile endpoints with an HTML5 client and an iOS native app.

Weatherford’s ‘Vero’ uses artificial intelligence to minimize tubular running safety risks and validate well integrity ‘with absolute certainty’. The solution employs two new proprietary features: AutoMakeup technology, which precisely controls the makeup of tubular connections automatically and AutoEvaluate software, which continually assesses torque against original equipment manufacturer specifications.

Wood Mackenzie has used a ‘cloud-native, open-source route’ to develop its new Lens platform. Lens exposes both WoodMac’s own data and clients’ in-house and third party data spanning oil, gas, chemicals, metals, mining, power and renewables. Lens leverages Amazon’s AWS services to provide a scalable and secure platform for the delivery of large industry datasets and analytics capabilities.

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