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ARK CLS Launches GeoDataSync

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ARK CLS has released a new data collaboration technology called GeoDataSync (GDS) at the SEG 2013 Annual Conference this week.

At a time when many seismic interpretation workflows are characterised by multiple geoscience interpretation systems and data storage and duplication challenges, GeoDataSync brings order to the workflow, allowing interpreters to use multiple interpretation systems within the same unified workflow. Data can also be accessed without the need to copy it, removing the need to make copies of large seismic 3D data volumes and dramatically reducing storage costs.

The initial implementation of GeoDataSync has been developed as a plug-in to Petrel* seismic to simulation software. Through a separate plug-in, GeoDataSync will also allow users access to 3D seismic data volumes and other data stored within dGB Earth Sciences’ seismic interpretation system, OpendTect.

“Seismic interpretation today is complicated by so many different geoscience software packages and – through the popularity of large 3D seismic cubes – so much data that it’s easy for seismic interpreters to become overwhelmed,” said ARK CLS’s Managing Director, Adrian Bennetton.

“GeoDataSync unifies the seismic interpretation workflow and enables interpreters to focus on their number one priority – accurately characterising the subsurface.”

The GeoDataSync plug-in for Petrel software showing direct access to 3D seismic data stored in dGB's OpendTect.

GeoDataSync comes with a number of features and benefits. These include:

  • Collaborative working and Easy synchronisation between multiple data sources: GeoDataSync enables easy collaboration, access, copying and synchronisation between multiple data sources and software packages and is ideal for a heterogeneous geoscience software environment. GeoDataSync also works well with smaller datasets, such as interpretative horizons, faults or well data.
  • Improved data management and reduced storage costs: GeoDataSync is simple to install and manage, and provides access to huge 3D seismic data sets without requiring the copying of that data. This removes the need to make copies of large seismic 3D data volumes and dramatically reduces storage costs.
  • Increased asset team productivity: GeoDataSync ensures that all asset team members have access to the right data as and when they need it, increasing team productivity and turning data into high-value information.
  • Leveraging previous investments: GeoDataSync supports data access from legacy systems and can easily access and incorporate historical data into the current interpretation workflow, leveraging previous investments that might have been otherwise forgotten.
  • Easy migration and reduced data corruption risks: GeoDataSync facilitates migration to newer technologies with the minimum of disruption and also significantly reduces the risks of data corruption and data versioning errors.




*A mark of Schlumberger.


Adapted from a press release by David Bizley

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