The evolution of technology in oil and gas is producing an increasing number of data sources, massive data volumes, and discipline-specific software programs to analyze those data. Powerful software packages support the needs of geologists, geophysicists, drilling teams, and reservoir and production engineers, providing critical insight into the planning and operations associated with oil and gas fields. However, the value and benefit of these software packages are limited by the inability to easily share the data and insight among the various disciplines.
Making the Case for the Open Subsurface Data Universe
Operators readily acknowledge that limitations imposed by software solutions and the data formats or types hinder productivity. The industry is keenly aware of the inefficiencies and the problems they create for asset management teams.
- Data incompatibility among applications results in the majority of data collected by oil and gas companies rarely achieving its full value.
- The inability to discover and access all available/relevant data for a project, especially when there are teams working the project across time zones, departments, and disciplines, leads to sub-optimum decisions.
As a result, an initiative to overcome these limitations was launched in 2019 by The Open Group. The Open Subsurface Data Universe (OSDU) Forum is a group of more than 100 oil and gas industry stakeholders—operators, services, technology, software, and academia—focusing on the use of cloud technology to transform the current complex data and application environments that characterize the industry into a far more efficient means of accessing and using data.
Support From Major Cloud Providers
- Reduced data silos: subsurface and wells data are integrated and accessible via a single data platform
- Universal data access: anyone from a big software vendor to a university graduate student can access data in the same way
- Metadata searches: data loading and ingestion steps will provide rich metadata to expedite finding the right data for a project, e.g., search through wells by geographic polygons, available log data, various dates, and other key attributes
- Workflows: taking advantage of cloud-native solutions, are seamlessly executed across the OSDU data platform
- Innovation: competition between and cooperation among operators, software vendors, suppliers, and academia accelerate platform enhancements and functionality.
Pioneering Work Regarding Subsurface and Well Data Integration and Access
CoViz 4D includes significant features that facilitate rapid, integrated, quantitative analysis and statistical comparison of diverse 3D and 4D data sets.
DGI Actively Contributing to the Design of the OSDU Platform
CoViz 4D, a data visualization analytics software from Dynamic Graphics, Inc., gives professionals the ability to easily integrate and access all relevant data associated with petroleum assets. Powerful visualization capabilities enable asset teams to explore data relationships and analyze how data changes over time to optimize decisions that positively impact profit and reduce operational risk. To learn more about CoViz 4D, contact our team.