Scaling 3D Seismic Data Analysis from Laptops to Visualization Centers

Multiple coordinated views of the same reservoir. Different reservoir attributes shown as well as 4D seismic and a 3D structural model showing the individual sand bodies.

Multiple coordinated views of the same reservoir. Different reservoir attributes shown as well as 4D seismic and a 3D structural model showing the individual sand bodies. Data used with permission of owner.

One of the essential aspects of visualization is the ability to view and analyze the data and information in many different platforms at varying scales. 2D, 3D, or 4D seismic data analysis involves the interpretation of a large volume of subsurface attributes. While a more complete analysis and visualization requiring collaboration may use visualization centers for better results, smaller platforms such as laptops can be sufficient when scaling 3D seismic data for visualization and analysis. The ability to integrate non-seismic data into the interpretation in its correct geospatial position, process, and scale them for any size visualization platform provides interpreters the unique opportunity to view the data in 3D or 4D while collaborating with multi-discipline asset teams.

Visualization of 3D Seismic Data in Multiple Platforms

Efficient seismic interpretation requires the inclusion and integration of seismic exploration data and models with a wide range of non-seismic geological and petrophysical data. Visualization enhances this analysis by converting these diverse ranges of data sets into 3D simulation models. Often, the integrated data sets are multi-dimensional and may require complex analysis and visualization. While smaller platforms like laptops are capable of visualizing large datasets via high-resolution displays, they may not be as sufficient for analysis.

Software platforms such as CoViz 4D provide geologists, geophysicists, and reservoir engineers with a wide range of data manipulation and analysis abilities, such as:

  • Importing processed seismic data and interpreted seismic cubes and co-visualizing them with other relevant reservoir data
  • Performing correlation analysis of well logs, reservoir simulations, gravity, and magnetic data
  • Comparing grids and models to see where data doesn’t align or where uncertainty exists
  • Computing time-step differencing to analyze the seismic response

Scaling 3D Seismic Data in Various Formats

In order to visualize a wide range of interpretations efficiently and in high-quality resolution, CoViz 4D is able to present data and models in different viewing configurations that show compatibility with a wide range of visualization and display platforms. CoViz 4D allows the processing and saving of data files in .vue or .vlist format which allows files to be displayed in a wide range of settings and parameters.

A .vlist format allows a series of specific views to be saved in a single file. This allows asset teams to present the files as a presentation with multiple slides or frames. Interpreters can also use annotations such as texts or images in these file types. Each frame in the file can be deleted or reinserted in a sequential format to allow teams to visualize data in a consecutive and interactive pattern.

CoViz 4D: Enhanced Collaboration and Interpretation

Dynamic Graphics Inc.’s CoViz 4D has the capability to incorporate multi-dimensional data in their correct geospatial position, into any scale computer platform and provide the user with a unique and complete ability to view a variety of data in 3D or 4D. CoViz 4D fosters information sharing and collaboration with teams by processing the data easily and quickly—which is especially helpful during team meetings and presentations. The software’s ability to scale 3D seismic data and other cross-correlated data enhances team communication allowing them to make effective and economic decisions.

CoViz 4D software from Dynamic Graphics Inc., gives geologists, geophysicists, and reservoir engineers the ability to easily integrate and scale 3D seismic data along with other non-seismic subsurface data. Powerful analytic and visualization capabilities enhance engineers’ ability to more accurately interpret data that support collaboration and decision-making that positively impact profit and reduce operational risk. To learn more about CoViz 4D contact our team.

FURTHER READING

Enhanced Monitoring of Subsurface CO2 Storage by Visualizing Volume Over Time

The above CoViz 4D image, taken at the 2010 timestep, depicts the CO2 plume (orange) in various layers of the Utsira Formation sliced open against a north-south seismic cross section, at the injection point along well 15/9-A16 (blue tube). The white vertical tower...

Advanced Technology for Microseismic Data Interpretation

When it comes to hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoirs, microseismic data are most useful when integrated with other subsurface datasets in the form of geological or petrophysical data.Thousands of shale wells throughout the United States have performed...

How the Visualization of Oil and Gas Production Data Enhances Field Development and Reservoir Management

Reservoir engineers build simulation models based on geological models, well logs, seismic data, oil and gas production data, and with a good dose of intuition. Engineers iterate the model building process to generate models that best match the production history,...

Enhancing Integrated Operations in the Oil and Gas Industry Through Visualization

When looking to enhance operations and maximize recovery, petroleum professionals need to integrate the disparate datasets for comprehensive visualization and analysis.Efficient oilfield development requires a multidisciplinary team that consists of geologists;...

Data Visualization to Guide the Recompletion of Oil and Gas Wells

Covisualization and analysis of fluid migration and depletion via 4D seismic along with production/injection values and geologic structure can enable better decision making when it comes to recompletion considerations.With easily recoverable oil either gone or...

Measuring the Impact of Proper Water Injection Well Design

One of the most common enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods is water injection to restore pressure and return an oilfield to producing worthwhile amounts of oil, or to help free oil from subsurface formations so that it can be extracted. Unlike hydraulic fracturing, or...

Seismic Reservoir Monitoring Through Visualization

An ideal design, development, and management plan for hydrocarbon asset development comes from having a better understanding of  all known geological and petrophysical aspects of the subsurface. But given the dynamic nature of the reservoir and its attributes, petroleum professionals can encounter some complexities in the process of in-depth analysis.

Quick, Accurate Relief Well Planning Using 3D Visualization Software

The crucial initial phase in the drilling of a relief well is the development of an extensive relief well plan. The planning requires geoscientists, drilling engineers, and well planners to have detailed information on the subsurface geology and its attributes as well...

Accessibility Tools
hide
XHot Key: CTRL-Q

Share on Social Media