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dGB announces collaboration with OMV and Joanneum Research

Thursday, April 17, 2014

dGB Earth Sciences has announced an agreement with the Austrian-based Research Institute, Joanneum Research, and Austria's leading oil & gas company OMV Aktiengesellschaft, to extend both the capabilities and utilization of dGB's OpendTect software.

As part of the agreement, OMV and Joanneum will expand their use of OpendTect, the only available open source seismic interpretation platform used in the oil & gas industry today, as well as contribute to its future development through the sharing of their jointly owned texture attribute code, thereby increasing control and interpretation options.

'We have no doubt that this multi-faceted relationship between dGB, Joanneum and OMV is of enormous value to not only the three organisations involved but our entire OpendTect user base.' said dGB Earth Services CEO, Kristofer Tingdahl.
'Through the development of closer ties, OMV and Joanneum will enjoy the continued benefits of OpendTect's seismic interpretation capabilities but also play a major role in its ongoing development. The result is a win-win for all involved.'

The collaboration will see OMV and Joanneum extend their use of OpendTect in their ongoing operational and research activities.

OMV is to purchase an additional OpendTect Seismic Interpretation Platform and plugin license suite as well as upgrade all existing licenses to full global licenses. Joanneum is to double its number of OpendTect licenses and plugins. Software that will be purchased include OpendTect's HorizonCube, Sequence Stratigraphy Interpretation System (SSIS), Well Correlation, Neural Network, Seismic Spectral Blueing and Seismic Coloured Inversion plugins.

As part of OMV's commitment to training and to grow their number of trained OpendTect users, OMV has also scheduled another week-long training course which will be run by dGB. The course will take place at OMV's Vienna site and will involve 10 OMV interpreters. dGB has also successfully completed several case studies on behalf of OMV.

On the R&D side, Joanneum and OMV have agreed to donate their jointly-owned texture attribute code as a contribution to OpendTect's open source capabilities with the code being made available to all OpendTect users at no cost.

The texture attribute provide a step forward in the level of control of a number of directions. Additionally, a higher number of grey levels can be defined and further GLCM (Gray-Level Co-occurrence Matrices)-based attributes made available. Joanneum is also to continue to provide support and enhancements to this code as part of a three-year partnership with dGB.

OMV is also an established member of dGB's Sequence Stratigraphy Interpretation System (SSIS) consortium, a multi-client sponsored effort to improve OpendTect's SSIS capabilities and which also includes, among its members, Wintershall, Marathon, Aramco, RocOil, MOL and Woodside.

dGB's flagship seismic interpretation solution, OpendTect, is the only available open source seismic interpretation platform used in the oil & gas industry today, allowing the visualization and interpretation of multi-volume seismic data. Since September 1, 2009, there have been over 140,000 downloads of its free OpendTect software direct from the dGB web site and the development of a flourishing user community.

dGB and its partners have also developed a wide variety of commercial plugins for customers (companies are also encouraged to develop their own customised plugins). These include plugins relating to attribute and processing analysis, sequence stratigraphy, fluid migration, rock property predictions, and velocity modelling. A full list of commercial plugins can be found at

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