WesternGeco rolls-out global data discovery solution.

Schlumberger’s seismic unit demos Gaia, an impressive map-based interface to a vast array of third party data sources. Gaia is ‘built on’ Schlumberger’s Delfi E&P environment and a new ‘high performance’ digital map – but no, it’s not Esri!

Since WesternGeco went ‘asset light’ in 2017, you may have been wondering what the geophysical behemoth has been up to. Turns out that it has been busy reinventing itself as a software provider. At the 2019 EAGE Conference & Exhibition in London (report in our next issue), Schlumberger’s WesternGeco unit unveiled ‘Gaia’ a combination of a high-performance digital map for global data discovery and 3D visualization of basin-scale subsurface data. Gaia currently provides access to some 3 million km2 of 3D seismic surveys, 3 million km of 2D seismic lines, wells and other exploration data types from a partner network of seismic and well data providers.

Gaia is said to be ‘powered by Delfi’ Schlumberger’s ‘cognitive’ upstream data environment. But what impressed at the EAGE demo was the integration and delivery of well data from third parties, we spotted IHS Markit wells, TerraMetrics, Google and INEGI imagery. While map-based access to data in hardly revolutionary, the demo was certainly compelling both in terms of the diverse data providers that are contributing to the Gaia ecosystem and indeed the ‘high performance’ digital map. This multi-endpoint mapping technology comes from MapLarge. MapLarge exposes a JavaScript API and pre-configured components for customizing map design. The API provides access to MapLarge’s redundant data center infrastructure and is claimed to enable the imports of billions of records per second as well as performing ‘trillion record aggregate queries in milliseconds’.

WesternGeco has added functionality for streaming seismic data from the cloud into a ‘UX-infused’ knowledge management system designed to span the upstream opportunities pipeline. At the EAGE, Gaia was demoed with a zoom in and drill-down into the current Egyptian licensing round. 2D and 3D seismic data sets can be inspected in the viewer. In future editions, natural language processing technology will enable intelligent access to relevant reports and news articles (so far, only the seismic data viewer is available). Gaia comes at three access levels, Gaia Earth (look what’s there), Gaia Viz (check it out) and Gaia Pro (with full functionality of Schlumberger’s Delfi SaaS portfolio). Test drive Gaia here (registration required) or visit the Gaia homepage.

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