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dGB Earth Sciences says 2,600 students used its software

Thursday, January 24, 2013

dGB Earth Sciences of the Netherlands says that in 2012 over 2,600 students in 300 universities used its open source software.

Universities can have free access to dGB's OpendTect seismic interpretation software (which is available open source to anybody).

They can also get free use of commercial plugins developed by dGB, ARK CLS, Earthworks and Sitfall (which people normally pay for).

To provide data to run in the software, dGB has also founded the "Open Seismic Repository", a database of seismic datasets with interpretations, which can be used freely under the Creative Commons License Agreement.

The Earth Sciences Department of Tennessee Tech University (TTU) in the United States makes extensive use of the software.

Students taking TTU's "Sedimentation and Stratigraphy" module can use the OpendTect software to interpret the seismic data, rather than doing 2D line exercises.

They can use OpendTect's SSIS (Sequence Stratigraphic Interpretation System) plugin.

The software can help understand the depositional history of sedimentary packages and helps find stratigraphic traps.

They can also use HorizonCube, a new OpendTect plugin that auto tracks a dense set of mapped 3D stratigraphic surfaces and significantly increases the number and density of mapped horizons.

The results of this new educational approach are to be presented by TTU at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)'s Annual Conference & Exhibition 2013 in a poster with the title: 'A New Era in Seismic Sequence Stratigraphy: Computational Seismic Stratigraphy in the Undergraduate Classroom.'

"The OpendTect platform and OSR are exciting new educational tools, and it's been a pleasure to bring them into an undergraduate classroom at TTU," says Jeannette Wolak, Assistant Professor at Tennessee Tech University.

"The skills that students are learning - 2D/3D seismic interpretation and sequence stratigraphic correlation - are ones that they will use as early career geoscientists."

OpendTect has been downloaded over 100,000 times. Academic licenses of OpendTect have been adopted in universities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Asia Pacific, and the Americas, dGB says.

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