Dynamic Graphics' users are skilled scientists whose time is limited and costly. We strive to maximize the use of client time by using real data and application-based, hands-on problem solving in our courses.


Dynamic Graphics’ users are skilled scientists whose time is limited and costly. We strive to maximize the use of client time by using real data and application-based, hands-on problem solving in our courses. As such, our introductory courses turn new users into more skillful and productive investigators quickly and efficiently, while our advanced classes progress experienced users to the next level. Our students learn about techniques and capabilities in EarthVision®, CoViz® 4D and WellArchitect®, that allow them to construct accurate structural models and 2D maps, visualize and interrogate multi-disciplinary temporal datasets, and plan and manage directional well paths and surveys.
Open courses are held at our training center in Houston, Texas. In addition to open classes, on-site private courses and customized training are also available. For additional information, or to discuss how we can customize training to meet your needs and objectives, contact Educational Services at +1-510-522-0700 or +1-713-952-2611.

To attend an open class, please register online by completing the Online Registration form.

Please contact Dynamic Graphics ( to confirm your registration if you have not heard back from us within two days of submitting your registration form. Our cancellation policy is described at the bottom of the Registration Form.


Introduction to CoViz 4D

1 day class

This class gives a complete, yet concise introduction to the CoViz 4D Viewer and the associated Data Registry. Data imports and procedures are explored, and a range of data types are interrogated and analyzed in the Viewer environment. Later exercises cover topics such as temporal animation, instant volumetrics, statistical tools, and creating vue files. The class is condensed into one day to provide a comprehensive overview in the shortest possible time.

Advanced CoViz 4D

1 day class

Quantitative Visualization and Analysis within CoViz 4D are the focus of the Advanced class. Hands-on exercises introduce in-viewer calculations such as summing, averaging, and back-interpolation of properties ⁄ attributes within simulation grids, seismic grids, seismic attribute files, and well logs; these calculations facilitate quantitative comparison and statistical analysis of spatially overlapping, but geometrically dissimilar data sets. Other more specialized features, such as Wellcentric viewing, data queries, and streamline visualization are covered.

CoViz 4D / EarthVision Integrated Well Designer

1 day class

Using 3D structure ⁄ property models as a basis, this class explores the CoViz 4D ⁄ EarthVision Integrated Well Designer program. Planning the location of entirely new well paths and locating sidetracks from existing wells are covered, along with planning in reverse, positional uncertainty and traveling cylinder visualization, and the creation of hard-copy outputs. The class includes lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises, so that students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the program in just one day. This training course requires a basic knowledge of the CoViz 4D ⁄ EarthVision software, particularly the 3D Viewer.

Introduction to EarthVision 2D and 3D Modeling

4 day class

An introduction to EarthVision, with a primary emphasis on the program’s WorkFlow Manager. The class uses 2D and 3D data and grids for faults and horizons as components in building 3D structure and property models. Class topics include: data visualization and validation, data editing in 3D, constructing fault hierarchies, building stratigraphic sequences, and constructing the final 3D volume model. The extraction of 2D maps and cross sections from the finished model completes the sequence of activities. Other topics include the calculation of precise volumes, Formula Processor operations for file manipulation, and exploring the program’s powerful Graphic Editor. Upon completion of the course, students will have a solid introduction to building three-dimensional faulted models and will be comfortable using the 3D visualization tools.

Advanced Structure Modeling and the WorkFlow Manager

4 day class

This class covers modeling of more complex structural geometries, as well as property distributions within the various containers defined by the structural components. Compressional or thrust faults as well as overturned surfaces are investigated. The class covers iterative refinement of the model, time-to-depth conversion, volume calculation, an introduction to well-bore planning, and extensive use of the program’s 3D Viewer for model analysis, validation, and understanding.

Introduction to WellArchitect

3 day class

Introduces students to Dynamic Graphics’ WellArchitect program to design, plan, visualize and manage directionally drilled wells and surveys. The class is organized into lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises covering the major components of the software. These include the Well Explorer (program interface), 3D Viewer, Well Path Designer ⁄ Editor, WellPath Survey Editor, Output Launcher, and the Graphic Editor. By the end of the course, students will have a good understanding and level of comfort with the interface and the various program functionality. WellArchitect has been designed in cooperation with Baker Hughes Company to offer professional drillers and well planners an easy to use, professional drilling engineering package. The program includes more than 40 tool types and corresponding positional uncertainty models for risk / collision avoidance calculations and uncertainty analysis and reporting.

Introduction to Reservoir Cellular Gridding

3 day class

This course introduces students to Dynamic Graphic’s Cellular Gridding (EVCELL) software. EVCELL enables users to quickly and efficiently build cellular reservoir grids that accurately portray the structure and ⁄ or property in an EarthVision 3D model. The course is organized into lectures and demonstrations, along with hands-on exercises. Activities include defining the cellular model space and aligning the grid with major structural feature(s), such as faults. Various fault treatment methods for building cells along faults, including I, J, IJ, and IJK stair-step are discussed, along with the definition of flow units based on stratigraphic geometry and lithologic character. Different property populating methods are examined, followed by export of the cellular grid to the industry standard simulation formats: GridGenr(GTF), VIP, ECLIPSE, CMG, FLOGRID, and RESCUE. By the end of the course, students will have experience building, examining, QC’ing, and exporting cellular grids.

Special Advanced Seminar 1—3D Volumetric Analysis

4 day class

A four-day course in advanced 3D modeling and volumetrics techniques. Students learn how to build complex geologic models incorporating fluid contacts as both 2D and 3D objects. Topics include how to use EarthVision to calculate, report, cross check, and map volumetric distributions using fluid contacts, the J-function water saturation formula, as well as other petrophysical criteria. Property indicator grids are introduced as a method for quick visual display of properties. Additional study is focused on calculating and mapping (via tornado plots) volume sensitivities by easily adjusting the fluid contacts and other petrophysical parameters.


BRIAN LYNCH   has worked in the Oil & Gas Industry since 1986. During that time he has traveled to the far reaches of the Oil World, teaching in far flung locations—Nigeria, South Africa, Oman, Indonesia, Brunei, Australia, to name a few. When not traveling Brian is based in The Netherlands and is a frequent visitor to our clients in Aberdeen, Scotland. “EarthVision itself is such a wonderful complete package that it is fun to use. Because of its robust nature and ease of use the step-by-step approach of the training classes make EarthVision enjoyable to learn and teach.” After graduating from the University of Wales with a degree in Mining Geology, Brian worked offshore in the North Sea as a Mud Logger and MWD hand. A return to college provided a masters in Computing. The combination of Geology and Computing works well in providing the users of EarthVison with technical support and training. Outside work, Brian likes to fish and is passionate about cutting the grass and gravy.

TRACY MASHIOTTA  joined Dynamic Graphics in 2006, after several years away from the oil and gas industry. Working in the Houston, Texas office, Tracy provides application support and CoViz 4D training for various clients. About teaching, she says, “teaching is exciting and a great opportunity to get to know our clients better, which helps us build a stronger relationship with them.”

Tracy’s experience also includes ice-core research at The Ohio State University, teaching Geology at Otterbein College, employment as a Senior Geologist with ExxonMobil, and graduate studies in Paleoceanography at UC Santa Barbara.

Outside of work, Tracy pursues yoga, makes jewelry, and collects fossils and minerals.

BILL HANSON,  our Houston, Texas instructor, has been with Dynamic Graphics since 1998. When wearing another of his DGI hats, he provides phone and on-site technical support for our user community, so he is very familiar with the every day problems for which EarthVision and CoViz 4D provide solutions. According to Bill, “bringing together different disciplines in a class is the best task in teaching our classes. EarthVision and CoViz 4D have tools that anyone from a technologist to geoscientist to reservoir engineer can easily use. It’s my job to find the common ground and then effectively communicate the material to the class.”

Previously, Bill was a teaching assistant and a Geology graduate student at San Diego State University. His thesis involved studying volcanology and structural geology in Eastern Oregon.

Bill’s other interests include sports of all kinds, especially baseball and soccer, and spending time with his kids.

JANE WHEELWRIGHT  joined Dynamic Graphics in 1987 after working in the G and G department at Exploration Consultants in Henley. Her introduction to DGI’s software was “a revelation” after her work with existing mapping and modeling packages and she remains a staunch fan and advocate of the software.

Her University training included Geology, Geography and Cartography and Jane is a strong believer in an interdisciplinary approach to work in the earth sciences; using all data available enables optimum decision making and better understanding within an organization. Jane is therefore a great CoViz 4D fan but enjoys her teaching of all DGI software, “being involved at the initial training stage ensures the development of good relationships with users which is backed up with effective technical support.” Away from the office Jane enjoys traveling, walking and reading.

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