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Indonesian Petroleum Association


29th Annual Convention Proceedings (Volume 1), 2003
Pages 1-7

Collaboration, Integration, and Interpretation Through Immersive Visualization in Exploration and Development

Jun Zhu, Debnath Basu


Companies in today's oil and gas industry are facing phenomenal challenges to meet the strong demand for energy while constantly improving financial, operational, and social/environmental results. The persistent pursuit for new ways to conduct business to improve the bottom line has brought about great technological innovations in the industry. Over the past decade, the technology of 3D visualization has rapidly evolved. Recent advancement has provided collaborative immersive visualization systems to facilitate prompt and accurate decision-making and allow managers, engineers, and geoscientists at rig and office locations to transfer and view log and other rig data in real time.

The new technological power improves and accelerates collaboration between members of asset teams that share data when making real-time decisions, particularly in a collaborative "decision center" environment where fast immersive graphic rendering of multidimensional data sets offers unprecedented opportunities to explore data intuitively and test what-if scenarios. These decision centers provide a secure networked environment for broad collaboration, integration and interpretation of geoscientific data across the entire range of exploration and development business. This encompasses seamless real-time data delivery and high-resolution visualization, interactive motion-tracking enabled data interpretation and modeling, collaborative well planning and design, and production surveillance and optimization. Their highly immersive environment, with virtual reality enabled 3D stereo graphics, is ideal for not only the visualization of large and complex data sets but also the utilization of a wide variety of technologies that allow natural interaction with data.

The rapid development and application of visualization technology has fundamentally changed the way business is conducted in both upstream and downstream segments of the oil and gas industry. The emergent requirement for global communication, connectivity and reduced travel will further accelerate the need and growth of the decision center solution.

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