Software, hardware short takes

Lime V2.0 outcrop viewer from Virtual Outcrop Geology Group. ‘CorePy’ core data viewer from MSRL. RMS 12 from Emerson/Roxar. GlobeClaritas V7.1. V 2020.06 of Isatis.neo Petroleum. Interica OneView. IHS Markit’s Data Lake. New RokDoc and iPoint releases from Ikon Science. OAG Analytics’ Raster Image Server. Sharp Reflections Pre-Stack Pro 5.8. Aucerna’s Enersight 2.14. Kappa Automate distributed microservices platform. Custom forms from Engage Mobilize. Optasense’s ODH4+ DAS. Aucerna PetroVR 2020. Rock Flow Dynamics’ tNav 20.2. ABB Ability Augmented Field Procedures. Add Energy’s AssetVoice. Emerson AR in Plantweb Optics. Gimmal Altitude. IT Vizion’s Config Machina. Seeq WITSML and CygNet connectors. Sphera adds P&ID to Control of Work. Brad Adams Walker control room audit service. Implico OpenTAS certified. KBC Maximus 7.1 and Petro-SIM 7.1.


The Virtual Outcrop Geology Group, a collaboration between the NORCE Norwegian Research Centre and the University of Aberdeen, has announced Lime V2.0, an update of its geological outcrop viewer. The new release includes a virtual field trips function and coincides with the recent launch of a new website and cloud storage solution, V3Geo with some 120 virtual 3D geoscience models.

MSRL, the mudrock systems research lab, a unit of the US Bureau of economic geology has created ‘CorePy’, a Python tool that uses principal component analysis and K-means clustering to integrate data analytics with graphical visualization. Data from the Eagle Ford Shale, Permian Basin, Vaca Muerta, Haynesville, Barnett and other plays was used to develop the tool.

Emerson has released of RMS 12 with ‘fast, fully automated workflows’ that improve both structural uncertainty modeling and ‘Big Loop’ solutions. RMS 12 includes new structural uncertainty technology, developed in a 3-year collaboration project between Equinor, the Norwegian Computing Center and Emerson. The technology offers a new method for capturing and modeling structural uncertainty that can handle complex faulted reservoir structures and large amounts of horizontal and deviated wells. Also new are Big Loop variables for running projects with external workflow orchestrators. The Roxar API has been extended with access to RMS project data and jobs in Python. Emerson/Roxar’s Tempest has also been upgraded. V 2020.2 adds a new display for Big Loop ensemble analysis along with more interoperability with third-party products.

GlobeClaritas, now a Petrosys unit, has released V7.1 of its seismic processing package with faster read and sort of HDF5 formatted data. 2D and 3D depth migrations now support VTI anisotropy, improving seismic imaging. An upgraded search function simplifies data file selection via embedded tags. Other enhancements target data munging in Excel, CSV or Ascii-formatted files, allowing spreadsheets supplied by third parties to be used directly in a project. More from GlobeClaritas.

Geovariances has released V 2020.06 of Isatis.neo Petroleum with new pluri-gaussian simulations of facies models, an unfolding tool to flatten geological structures for a more robust variography and a new 2D/3D SEG-Y file import. More in the release notes.

OneView from Interica, another Petrosys unit, now provides improved data exchange with Petrosys PRO Map and Project data landscape. Interica OneView delivers a single ‘pane of glass’ view across the entire petrotechnical application environment and provides out-of-the-box connectivity to 35 petrotechnical applications from companies such as Schlumberger, Halliburton, Petrosys, IHS, CGG, Paradigm, Eliis, and many more. OneView now works in harmony with the Petrosys PRO project crawler, a utility for extracting and collating summary information about large collections of Petrosys PRO files. Interica also recently released V 6.2 of OneView with a new data explorer for rich metadata browsing, automated rule-based actions and several new application connectors. More from Petrosys.

With a rather mixed metaphor, IHS Markit has ‘launched’ a Data Lake, uniting over 1,000 proprietary data assets. A catalogue and standard taxonomy provide ‘robust’ search across datasets from the financial services, transportation and energy sectors. The unstructured data capabilities will be further enhanced with the onboarding of over 1 million IHS Markit research reports, that will be catalogued and searchable by clients.

Ikon Science has released new versions of RokDoc and iPoint. The new RokDoc release includes tools for modelling 4D geomechanical effects, a multi-well saturation modelling workflow and new tools for rock-type labelling of log data. iPoint now offers improved mapping of attributes into RokDoc while new seismic data handling supports batch load SEGY files and seismic geometry on an ArcGIS map. Spatial search can now be used to download documents from iPointweb. The DLIS loader now supports importing of multi-dimensional array log curves. More from Ikon Science.

OAG Analytics’ new Raster Image Server accelerates data science collaboration between geoscientists and data scientists. The hybrid machine learning solutions deliver rapid innovation through extensible tools that deploy as stand-alone applications or integrate with data science workflows. The Image Server will be available on the AWS Marketplace real soon now. More from OAG.

Sharp Reflections Pre-Stack Pro 5.8 includes an upgraded edition of PCube+ that incorporates the latest developments from the Norsk Regnesentral GIG inversion Consortium.


The 2.14 release of Aucerna’s Enersight for late-stage asset development and operational planning brings new file-less data sharing with PlanningSpace and a new network solver that reduces non-linear elements of the planning process, brings significant performance improvement and enhances model confidence. Also new is an enhanced water recycling workflow. Aucerna’s PetroVR 2020 introduces PlanningSpace integration to provide synergies between asset and corporate planning teams. The new release also adds nested scenarios and memory management improvements and better well intervention and maintenance support.

Kappa Engineering gave a live preview of a new distributed microservice platform ‘Automate’ featuring next-generation cloud-based tools for data management and automated workflows. Watch the webinar. We will report on Automate in our next edition.

Engage Mobilize has added customizable E-forms to its eponymous cloud-based digital field management, procurement, and electronic ticketing platform for oil and gas. Operators can create digital versions of required documents such as EHS, Regulatory, SOP, Inspection & Evaluation or DOT to be filled out as part of the digital ticketing process. More from Engage.

Optasense’s new ODH4+ distributed acoustic sensing interrogator unit is said to deliver superior measurements in multiple applications with the flexibility of using high backscatter fiber cables. ODH4+ works with any fiber from any vendor to delivers higher signal-to-noise ration with variable spatial resolution. More from OptaSense.

The 20.2 release of Rock Flow Dynamics’ tNav fluid flow simulator improves on the use of GPU resources, with automatic fallback if insufficient GPU memory is available. The Geology Designer adds eight new seismic attributes and improved tools to tie attributes to well data. An early release of Fracture Simulator, a new hydraulic fracture module, is also included. More in the release notes and video.


ABB’s new Ability Augmented Field Procedures sets out to digitize the field operator experience and improve interaction between field and control room operations. Ability AFP uses ‘remote-enabled augmented reality technology’ to guide operators through an operation, digitally recording each step to ensure operational knowledge is captured and preserved for re-use.

Add Energy’s new ‘AssetVoice’ provides a single source of data for an asset’s location, state, and availability. The software and hardware solution tracks and analyzes the stocked, stored and fitted components of an operating asset throughout its lifecycle. The ‘smart app’ provides an accelerated path toward implementing artificial intelligence in the control room or on the plant floor with real-time anomaly detection presented in a context-aware display. AssetVoice represents £300,000 joint investment by Add Energy and Innovate UK. Watch the video.

Emerson has added an augmented reality functionality to its Plantweb Optics asset performance platform, delivering enhanced access to real-time diagnostics and analytics, as well as live remote assistance, to industrial plant workers. Plantweb Optics brings real-time analytics, equipment health status and technical support documentation into a technician’s field of vision. More from Emerson.

Gimmal Altitude lets operators manage and analyze unstructured data across the enterprise by discovering and analyzing content in corporate data sources and improve decision making. Altitude also helps identify redundant, obsolete and trivial information and classifies critical business content to ensure proper information governance. Gimmal has also announced ‘Cloud Drop Zones’ extending its cloud capability and SharePoint content governance.

IT Vizion has rolled-out a new tool, Config Machina, to simplify process model configuration and analysis. Config Machina provides a searchable configuration reference and can help identifying rogue configurations. Other functions include version control, solution auditing and testing and custom views and a table of contents display.

Manufacturing and industrial internet of things (IIoT) analytics specialist Seeq has expanded its support for oil and gas with WITSML and CygNet enterprise scada connectors. The new connectors allow oil country data to be processed in Seeq’s Workbench analytical engine and Python data lab. Houston-based Seeq partner and system integrator TIGA is available to help-out with deployment.

Risk management software house Sphera has added an Interactive piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) solution to its Control of Work solution. Interactive P&ID is delivered from the SpheraCloud, a SaaS-based and mobile platform. Users can upload PDF schematics and mark-up electronic document with actions, rules and isolation points. This data is then automatically carried into the integrated isolation planning process. More from Sphera.


Control room design specialist Brad Adams Walker is proposing a control room audit service to verify compliance with the ISO 11064 standard for ergonomic control rooms design, including layout and dimensions of workstations.

Implico’s OpenTAS tank farm management software is now certified to the EU EMCS (Excise Movement and Control System) version 2.4, allowing tank farms to handle loading automatically with simultaneous customs declaration.

KBC (A Yokogawa Company) has released of Maximus 7.1 a new edition of its flow assurance and life of field simulation software. Expanded multi-threading capabilities enable additional parallel scenario simulations. Automated workflows eliminate the need for multiple calculations. KBC has also announced Petro-SIM 7.1, now with the OLI Alliance engine inside. The new ‘digital twin’ technology is said to minimize process engineering waste.

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