Seismic Exploration: Understanding the Importance of Data Integration

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Integrating seismic data with reservoir simulation results fosters a collaborative environment allowing asset teams to make better, more informed decisions in a shorter amount of time.
Efficient seismic exploration requires comprehensive data integration. When exploring mature or immature fields, the integration of production and geoscience data is one of the most important steps of the analytic process. The integration of such data will help team members understand the information presented to them, fostering a collaborative environment. With the ability to visualize the data in one environment, teams can spend less time sifting through the data and more time analyzing the risk-reward profile of small or large plays.

The Elimination of Outdated Methods

A coherent data integration strategy will reduce the risk of missing data—helping teams make better sense of the various datasets that derive from well or seismic data. Professionals would no longer need to assemble images, slideshow presentations, or physical maps to achieve data integration, which are often time-consuming endeavors that fail to depict an accurate showcasing of reservoir conditions. Rather, teams can rely on a single data visualization and analytics system that can merge spatial and non-spatial data into a sole viewing interface.
The ability to combine spatial data with non-spatial data types such as photos, schematics, reports, and well review docs into a visualization system can provide further context into seismic profiles. This ability also eliminates the need for multiple software types to separately visualize exploration data geospatially. Beforehand, explorers were forced to imagine an overall picture using different software packages—fostering the risk of interpreting the data incorrectly and negatively impacting the operational outcome of a project.
By using a comprehensive data visualization and analytics software package:
  • Users can incorporate different datasets without the assistance of software vendors.
  • Analysts can obtain the data they need regardless of formatting, lessening the risk of lost data.
  • Little room is left for guessing as the data is clearly displayed.
Data integration via a comprehensive software package also facilitates collaboration as each team member can access the particular dataset of their respective discipline, or analyze the data from other disciplines.

Condensing Data Volumes

When dealing with mature fields, operators need to be able to condense the large volume of data in an organized fashion. The same is true for newly discovered fields that produce low-density data, including situations where production is not a factor. Regardless of the data type or field profile, there is still a need to condense the data into one viewing environment to obtain the full picture.
For example, if working a mature exploration in California that has mass production data volumes, thousands of dry holes and producing wells, and 2D and 3D seismic data that stretch thousands of miles, a single data visualization and analytical software package can combine all of the varied information and merge them into one viewing system.
Mature fields are especially important since they yield mass data volumes that can span decades. Data integration can help explorers make use of old data—including data in outdated formats—and integrate them into new datasets, forming a central interface that’s easily digestible for team members and regulators who may not understand the particulars of the project.

Achieve Efficient Seismic Exploration with CoViz 4D

Data integration is one of the best tools that can help users identify potential dangers faster and pinpoint the most profitable areas of a reservoir. Regardless of a field’s maturity, CoViz 4D—an integrated software solution—can make sense of diverse data, regardless of the format or discipline.
Data integration is one of the best tools that can help users identify potential dangers faster and pinpoint the most profitable areas of a reservoir.
Users can further enhance seismic exploration data with other datasets that can add additional clarity to reservoir profiles, allowing teammates to understand the overall scope of the project. From there, managers can make the best decisions based on sound data buffered by a data integration system that presents crisp animations, impeccable imagery, and flowing sequences. This process will not only help users obtain a current profile of well and production strategies but will also help operators formulate new well-placement plans that will improve hydrocarbon extraction goals.

CoViz 4D, a data integration software from Dynamic Graphics, Inc., can help analysts merge and analyze datasets from a wide array of disciplines irrespective of format. Contact our team today to learn more about how CoViz 4D can enhance the scale of your energy projects.

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