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Appealing to the younger geoscientist by LMKR

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Developing software which supports the needs of younger geoscientists by harnessing gaming technology into interpretation is a focus for petroleum technology company LMKR

LMKR, the global licensor and developer of GeoGraphix geological and geophysical interpretation software, is placing an emphasis on making its products friendly to the needs of the younger geoscientists, said Ali Ramady, geophysicist and European sales manager, LMKR.

He was speaking at the Digital Energy Journal Stavanger forum on May 6, 'Doing more with Subsurface Data'.

The younger generation, raised on video games, has different expectations to what subsurface interpretation software should look like, and software companies should bear this in mind, he said.

People expect high performance (speed) from their applications, and they expect them to be visually impactful. Meanwhile younger generations of people do not expect to understand how computers work. 'The new generations know a lot less about computers than people did in the 80s. Generally, we don't upgrade our gadgets we throw them out and buy new ones,' he said.

Younger geoscientists expect software tools which are more interactive and support communication and collaboration, with many people working on the same project. They expect to be able to work on their data from home. They also expect software tools which are very fast to learn, so they can start interpreting data in minutes, and have lots of automated tools for processes such as picking horizons and faults.

With staff shortages, oil and gas companies need to be able to support geoscientists to be as productive as possible. 'The number of students graduating with geoscience is very small, the number of jobs is large compared to the number of applicants,' he said.

This means that younger geoscientists are likely to have to deal with much larger amounts of data.

'At LMKR, our aim is to keep younger and older geoscientists alike happy with using our software - - so that work is enjoyable and each geoscientist is as productive as possible using technologies and tools which they are comfortable with and find intuitive' he said.


LMKR's GeoGraphix interpretation software has been in production for 30 years - it was actually the third software application ever developed for Microsoft Windows.

'GeoGraphix is the most cost effective interpretation software in the market', Mr Ramady claimed.

It often proves popular with small and midsized E&P companies and independent geoscience consultants.

LMKR's GeoGraphix software originally started as a mapping application. It still runs on the geographic information system ArcGIS.

The software can be used to make 3D earth models, perform stratigraphic analysis and log correlations. You can do velocity modelling and depth conversion also.

A new module was launched in 2014 for creating field plans, allowing the user to lay out a drilling plan and to optimize the spacing of the wells to ensure the best coverage with the least number of wells. You can create 'what-if' scenarios, with different pad locations and different bottom hole locations. 'The emphasis is on speed and flexibility,' he said.

'You can see subsurface models and wells together on a 3D visualisation', he said.

In future, the software will be developed to support advanced interpretation and geomodelling (including engineering / rock physics data), having better tools to support field operations, do more for well data, have enhanced GIS (geographical information system) capabilities, streamline the workflows, and have more tools for reporting and data mining.

'There will also be more tools to connect the software with other geoscience data and software in use', he said.

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