The Importance of Vendor Neutrality in Data Fusion Software

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For oil and gas industry professionals looking to interpret data and understand the big picture, they must turn to data fusion software. No single software product serves all the needs of those involved in the exploration, development, and recovery of hydrocarbon assets. The different software packages—Petrel or GoCAD for characterizing reservoir and field properties, SeisWorks, GeoFrame, or SeisEarth for seismic models, and Eclipse, Nexus, or GEM for reservoir simulation models—support the special focus of the various disciplines of the asset management team.

Products offered by a diverse group of software vendors enable the processing and interpretation of a wide range of raw data generated by the oil and gas industry. Many of these products capture and convert raw data into proprietary formats for specialized analysis and interpretation. Others maintain data in industry-standard formats. Each vendor’s software may be optimized to work with specific data formats, and the proprietary nature of these data formats limits the true potential value of the data.
Data remains siloed within discipline-specific applications, unavailable to advise the decisions of other asset team members who could benefit. The geophysicist using Petrel can’t readily share their data or analysis with the drilling engineer who would like to incorporate it into the well planning project their developing. Production data can’t readily be integrated into a reservoir simulation model to verify its accuracy and make modifications if necessary. Siloed data prohibits sharing, minimizing the value of the data and the insight it would provide.

The Need for Data Fusion Software

Disparate types of oil and gas data provide significantly greater value when they can be integrated or fused into a single geospatial entity and collaboratively viewed, analyzed, and interpreted by members of an asset team. There’s a demonstrated need for data fusion software to integrate the data produced by these various software packages and combine them into a single coherent visualized model of a geospatial entity. Specifically, this data fusion software needs to:
  • easily integrate data from a wide variety of software products used by oil and gas industry professionals—satellite images, LiDAR data, field boundaries, geologic maps, seismic data volumes, 3D structural models, reservoir simulations, well and rig locations, and well logs
  • understand the various data formats used by software vendors, automatically incorporate the data, properly scale it, and accurately render data in context with other relevant data sources associated with reservoirs
  • incorporate time relevant data such as seismic volume and attributes, microseismic and monitoring data, well events, real-time drilling feeds, production tests, and microseismic and monitoring data that characterize evolving asset conditions
The ability to integrate a wide range of standard and vendor-specific data formats and create a geospatial visualization model maximizes the value of each dataset. Data fusion software that provides access to all data that characterize a reservoir gives geoscientists, engineers, and petrophysicists the ability to select the information relevant to the particular problem and analyze it in the context of other relevant data.

CoViz 4D Answers the Need for Data Fusion Software

Data fusion software enormously increases the understanding of hydrocarbon assets throughout their lifecycle. CoViz 4D answers the need for this capability, making it possible for multi-disciplinary users to simultaneously view and interrogate datasets, regardless of the software vendor or the data formats used. With CoViz 4D, asset teams can effortlessly access information from many sources and applications. There’s no need to know where the data are stored or how to use the software that originally generated the data.
Data fusion software enormously increases the understanding of hydrocarbon assets throughout their lifecycle.
CoViz 4D makes it possible for team members to simultaneously view and interrogate multiple time-variant data and displays and supports rapid, integrated, quantitative analysis and statistical comparison of diverse 3D and 4D datasets.
The capabilities of CoViz 4D maximize the inherent value of all datasets associated with oil and gas reservoir assets, enabling all members of the asset team to individually or collaboratively make well-informed decisions to maximize the potential exploration of producing assets.

CoViz 4D, a data visualization analytics software from Dynamic Graphics, Inc., gives oil and gas professionals the data fusion capability to easily access and combine all relevant data associated with reservoir assets. Powerful visualization capabilities enable teams to explore data relationships and conduct a quantitative analysis of 4D seismic data within a multidisciplinary data fusion environment. To learn more about CoViz 4D, contact our team.

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