The oil and gas industry is historically one of the first industries generating actionable data in the modern sense. For example, the first seismic imaging was done in 1932 by John Karcher. Since that first primitive image, seismic data has been digitized and has grown exponentially in size. It is usually represented in monolith data sets which may span in size from a couple of gigabytes to petabytes if pre-stack. The long history, large amount of data, and the nature of the data pose unique challenges that often make it difficult to take advantage of advancing cloud technology. Here is a high-level overview of the challenges of working with oil and gas data and some possible solutions to help companies take advantage of the latest cloud technologies.
As the use cases of IVAAP grow, the implementation of the data backend evolves. Past releases of IVAAP have been focused on providing data portals to our customers. Since then, a new use case has appeared where IVAAP is used to validate the injection of data in the cloud. Both use cases have a lot in common, but they differ in the way errors should be handled.
One of the most challenging data management problems faced in the industry is with seismic files. Some oil and gas companies estimate that they acquire a petabyte of data per day or more. Domain knowledge and specific approaches are required to move, access, and visualize that data. In this blog post, we will dive deep into the details of modern technology that can be useful to achieve speed up.
INT has been working with the Open Subsurface Data Universe™ (OSDU) consortium since the beginning of the OSDU forum in 2019. INT made IVAAP available as part of the Demo release of the OSDU platform. The OSDU is a standard data platform for the oil and gas industry which will reduce silos and put data at the center of the subsurface community.
This release confirms IVAAP as a leader in the subsurface data visualization space, supporting Data Visualization and Data Management for Subsurface, Exploration, Drilling, or Production Applications in the cloud. Houston, TX — INT is pleased to announce the newest release of its HTML5 upstream visualization platform, IVAAP™ 2.6, accelerating the pace of our release cycle […]
Weatherford International plc (OTC Pink: WFTLF) announced a strengthened collaboration with upstream data visualization provider INT to provide next-level, real-time well visualization in both 2D and 3D. Weatherford will embed INT’s IVAAP framework into the Weatherford Centro™ digital well delivery software, advancing its data visualization capabilities.
Despite the advantages of 3D rendering and the trend of migrating applications to web browsers, there are various obstacles that developers have to face and overcome. The steep learning curve, the insufficient cross-platform support, and the difficulty of maintaining make WebGL a beast to work with. In a way, we want to keep the obstacles away from web developers, so INT provides Carnac3D, a subset of GeoToolkit, as an industry-leading graphical product.
Recently, INT announced our partnership with Bluware and our integration of Bluware’s OpenVDS format into IVAAP, our enterprise data visualization platform. We are very excited about this partnership, as well as our collaboration with OSDU. This new format was designed to empower users to browse seismic data in the cloud with high performance and lower cost.
IVAAP on OSDU R2 supports seismic visualization, data aggregation with unparalleled performance in the cloud to serve large seismic volumes using IVAAP’s HTML5 technology combined with OpenVDS format.
Interactive Network Technologies, Inc. (INT) a leader in advanced domain visualization in digital exploration and production (E&P) and Bluware Corp., the digital platform that enables the oil and gas industry to accelerate digital transformation initiatives and adopt cloud computing for subsurface data, are pleased to announce the integration of Volume Data Store (VDS), a data format with adaptive streaming technology for seismic data storage, into IVAAP, an upstream data visualization platform.
When doing demos of IVAAP, the wow factor is undeniably its user interface, built on top of GeoToolkit.JS. What users of IVAAP typically don’t see is the part accessing the data itself, the IVAAP backend. When we designed the IVAAP backend, we wanted our own customers to be able to extend its functionalities
INT is pleased to announce the latest release of its enterprise upstream visualization platform, IVAAP™ 2.5.
This version includes new production dashboards to enhance analysis and monitoring. Support for curve dictionaries and aliases makes it easier to build powerful log templates. IVAAP now fully supports the display of raster logs in well and correlation views (with support for TGS SmartRASTER® format).
As a non-developer living in a developer world, I wanted to understand more about why we develop our software to work with Kubernetes. So I sat down with INT’s Senior Product Manager Steven Reynolds and Senior Architect James Velasco to learn more about Kubernetes and the advantages of working with it.
2019 has been a year full of milestones. INT celebrated its 30 years and has made IVAAP available to all members of the OSDU consortium as part its demo release. But this year has seen many more achievements, and among them is the consolidation of INT products as a complete ecosystem, an ecosystem centered around geoscience data, built for the cloud.
Bluware Corp., the digital innovation platform for seismic data, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Interactive Network Technologies, Inc. (INT), a leader in multi-domain visualization in exploration and production (E&P). Bluware and INT are early members in the Open Subsurface Data Universe (OSDU), a forum focused on developing a standard that creates a common data platform for all exploration, development, and well data. The standard will transform the way subsurface data is captured, analyzed, and operated.
Working at INT for 10 years, what has made me show up every morning has been the deep technical aspects of the job, the products I have been able to work on, and the people I interact with. Frankly speaking, these 10 years were also possible because developers at INT are seen as an investment, not a cost. Unlike other companies, INT has a strong will to weather tough economic cycles without shrinking its staff. I have grown with INT, and we both keep growing together.
Cloud storage connectors, ArcGIS and PPDM integrations are part of the many new features of the latest release of IVAAP (2.3) which pushes the limits of what’s possible in Subsurface Data Visualization in web applications. This version has significantly developed support for visual-based data discovery using map-based search, and is fully integrated with ArcGIS, allowing explorers to search structured and unstructured data in a data lake or any other file repository. IVAAP supports elastic search as well as other search engines and is able to index and read any subsurface data types.
One of the unique features of the IVAAP backend SDK is that you can develop your own data connectors and services with the IDE you are already familiar with. The data backbone of IVAAP is meant to be deployed in a cluster made of multiple nodes for scalability and reliability. However, despite the distributed nature of such a deployment, our SDK requires no particular plugin to compile or execute your code. The tools needed to develop a plugin for IVAAP’s backend are identical to the tools you would need to develop classic Java Servlets: a Java SDK (Oracle, OpenJDK), an IDE (Eclipse, NetBeans) and an application server (Tomcat, Glassfish).
Over the last few months, there have been a lot of activities and discussions with upstream majors on how to make subsurface data easier to search and discover and how to automate some of the geophysical and/or petrophysical workflows. This process has typically been very challenging. From a user experience perspective, the ideal scenario would be to do this from one system versus doing this very manually from current siloed applications. We’ve been able to do this successfully here at INT.
IVAAP was not just meant to be a web application “built for purpose”—we wanted it to be a platform that customers can extend on their own. With this goal is mind, the first component that we picked for IVAAP’s architecture was a “lookup” system. This system makes IVAAP easy to learn, yet versatile, and devops appreciate that they can leverage it when a fast turnaround is needed.
It’s been two years since Oracle announced the donation of the NetBeans source code to the Apache software foundation. This move was much more than a licensing change — it was a bit of a new beginning for NetBeans. With the release of NetBeans 10, now is a good time to look back and recognize the changes that this transition to Apache brought.
The purpose of IVAAP’s backend is to access data from many data sources and present this data in a unified manner to the IVAAP HTML5 client. Performance is key, and some data stores are faster to access than others. In a web service configuration, a smart caching strategy is required so that the same web/HTTP calls are not made to the same data store twice while a service request is being fulfilled, regardless of its complexity. This is where the concept of scope comes in.
As a new member of the software development team, I had no prior experience with development on IVAAP, INT’s HTML5 visualization framework for upstream E&P solutions. My first task was to add a data connector, so to gain knowledge of IVAAP and to understand more about the IVAAP software development kit, I used the IVAAP developer’s guide. I found this guide quite useful as it made the key points behind IVAAP easily understandable. Coding with IVAAP is actually easy, and I was surprised by several features of the platform and SDK that make it quite simple to learn.
With the explosion of storage capacity, cloud computing, and bandwidth availability, a trend has emerged in the oil and gas industry over the last few years. Data that was previously aggregated and discarded is now maintained and stored, creating an opportunity for the industry. Coupled with new advancements in machine learning and Al, this data availability is poised to drive more data driven decision making in well planning, drilling & completions, and well operations.
In our latest Tech Talk, E&P Visualization in the Cloud, we featured IVAAP, our cloud-enabled visualization and analytics development platform. We showed how it can be used to monitor and analyze well data as a critical part of your digital transformation. Thierry Danard, our VP of Core Platform Technologies, presented some of the technical aspects of IVAAP, so we asked him a few questions after the talk to dig a bit deeper.