New Software Release

Petrel 2019.3 and Studio 2019.3 Now Available

Friday, 04 October 2019

Product overview

The 2019.3 releases of the Petrel E&P software platform and the Studio E&P knowledge platform continue to deliver collaborative workflows and lead innovation with the best-in-class technology. The Petrel platform seamlessly integrates geology, geophysics, petrophysics, reservoir and production engineering, and drilling in a single shared earth workspace. These releases continue to focus on usability—improving your everyday experience so you can focus on the interpretation, analysis, and simulation of data to make better decisions.

Release updates

Usability and efficiency

The Petrel 2019.3 release continues our focus on usability and efficiency. These improvements range from simple changes, such as “Go home” usability improvement and “Set home position” for map viewports. Smart searches are now available on operations tabs—users can type in the first few letters of an object to be used and relevant results will begin to appear. When dealing with complex workflows, we are enabling the collapse/expand options for all loops. For exporting multiple surfaces at once, users can now apply export parameters (local CRS definition, depth definition, rotation angle) to all exported surfaces at once.

Find and manage your data

The Studio Transfer Tool will now use the active 2D or 3D windows as filters to the repository to assist finding data in context. Well tops can now be deleted in the repository data table if the interpreter matches the user ID. This allows users of the Petrel platform to manage their own tops in the Studio platform and remove the burden from data managers. The TDR collaboration workflow is now improved in the Studio Transfer Tool with an “active” suffix added to the one-way-time logs which have been sent to the Studio platform as the active TDR for the well. A time zone comparison mode has been added to the Studio platform system settings to allow users to interact with projects in different time zones.

Loading and managing seismic data made easier

Petrel 2019.3 presents multiple improvements in terms of seismic loading with better handling of multi-SRD and improved 2D SEG-Y toolbox when importing large numbers of SEG-Y files.

Improved quantitative interpretation workflows

A large number of user interface improvements have been released for 2D forward modeling, rock physics models, seismic data conditioning, colored inversion, and time-lapse analysis workflows.

Reveal more details with mesh probe extraction

The extraction of geobodies from mesh has been greatly improved and allows to extract geological objects with a high-quality and smoother display which reveals more details of the geology.

Better wells experience

For projects with large number of wells, the saved search is showing improved performance when working across multiple windows. Wells can be sorted and colored easily according to multiple search criteria in 2D and 3D windows. Those multiple save searches can be used to quickly create a customized cross-section or re-arrange the order of wells in an existing cross-section. There are several changes to the Logs spreadsheet related to Multi-Index and Z-index added to the list of available indexes. When using the Make logs from property function, users can now associate all generated synthetic logs with a synthetic global well log. This new option enables the user to create a full synthetic global well log. This new option is also available through the Workflow Editor. When sending, or retrieving blocked or unblocked logs to or from the Studio platform or Reference Project Tool (RPT), the Petrel platform ensures full integrity and consistency of well log data with tracked history.

Improved structural framework modeling and structural and fault analysis experience

With the new auto welding option, users can activate the automation of the welding steps for a given fault framework. When activated, the fault welding operation will automatically run after each fault edition action, such as fault recalculation, relationships, modification of resolution, smoothing, tip loop, or extrapolation distance. Some operations on seismic horizon interpretations, surfaces, and point sets, including those accessed by the horizon clean-up process, utilize the seismic lattice and its CRS. Objects with an original CRS different to the project CRS are now consumed for all structural operations. The usability of fault properties generated on structural framework faults, by the Petrel Structural and Fault Analysis module, has been improved. It is now possible to rename properties and record history data.

Boost your geomechanics workflows

For faster and comprehensive plotting and quality checking of stress results across the geomechanical model and over time, the stress charting process now supports all material models for drawing the corresponding yield surface projections for the initial time step and for multiple time steps. The mud weight prediction process now allows the use of the VISAGE finite-element geomechanics simulator cases directly as input for the analyses, resulting in faster turnaround times for wellbore stability analyses, while working more effectively in the Petrel platform project. Setting up two-way coupled simulations with permeability updating on discontinuities is faster and more intuitive, as the definition of the initial opening of faults and fractures is now specified in aperture and functions related to displacement changes.

Petrel Geomechanics 2019.3—usability and performance

The Petrel Geomechanics module now supports logarithmic local grid refinement (LGR) as generated by the hydraulic fracture modeling (HFM) plugin, for example. These LGRs are recreated upon generation of the geomechanical grid. Discrete properties are now carried over to the geomechanical grid upon its generation alongside other continuous properties. The discrete fracture network (DFN) process now allows users to filter the cells to be considered in the mapping process with a selected discrete property. The export of the VISAGE simulator case can now be significantly accelerated by using a structure grid option (NOTE: This requires VISAGE 2019.2 or later).

Reservoir modeling made more efficient

Many improvements have been made to property modeling, volumetric and uncertainty, and optimization workflows. Now new fractions are displayed for trends applied in facies modeling using truncated Gaussian simulation or sequential indicator simulation, as well as for local kriging mean used in trend modeling. Discrete trend modeling accepts input data from a folder containing a suite of upscaled logs representing proportions of discrete properties. Discrete trend models can now output results as 2D probability maps or 3D probability volumes. Modeling processes listed in the base case tab will now have the same editing capabilities as if they were added as an extra process by editing the workflow. If facies type initially was enabled in the settings/facies tab of the volume calculation dialog box, the facies modeling process is now listed in the base case tab for uncertainty and optimization. The same applies to any region/segment property used in volume calculation.

Unlock the full potential of smart completions with the new model-based optimization workflow (ACO)

Advanced completions optimization (ACO) is a new model-based optimization workflow in the Petrel platform, powered by the INTERSECT high-resolution reservoir simulator. It is a reservoir-centric approach for rapidly optimizing wells with configurable downhole control devices. Several optimization options are available, including proactive, reactive, and hybrid, and users can choose the approach that best suits their reservoir management objectives. The optimization is performed at runtime, which means that the optimization engine is integrated at the time-step level with the INTERSECT simulator (NOTE: INTERSECT 2019.2 or later is required to run ACO and INTERSECT Connector 2019.2 (or later) for the Petrel platform must be selected).

Capture true reservoir behavior from dynamic downhole data with repeat formation tester (RFT)/production log tool (PLT) analysis

Using the RFT/PLT analysis process, users can now display observed and simulated RFT/PLT logs for multiple time steps simultaneously. This enables users to compare logs acquired at different dates in one well or multiple wells and capture true reservoir behavior in their models.

Petrel Reservoir Engineering 2019.3—usability and performance

Users can now import and export vertical flow performance (VFP) tables, enhanced oil recovery (EOR) fluid and rock physics models as IXF files into and out of Petrel RE. Users can now unload results of their simulation cases from Petrel RE. The simulation output files are not deleted from the case folder; this option just clears the results from memory. This improves performance for projects with a large number of simulation cases with hefty result sets. The editor for the INTERSECT simulator user-edits, accessed from within the define simulation case process or IXF viewer, is now non-exclusive, which means that it can be opened and worked on simultaneously with other processes in Petrel RE. Users can easily copy and paste IXF syntax in the editor and have multiple editors open at the same time. EOR fluid and rock physics models can now be transferred between projects using the Reference Project Tool.


Access the Petrel platform and the Studio platform in the DELFI cognitive E&P environment

Petrel 2019 and Studio 2019 are available as part of the Petrotechnical Suite in the DELFI environment.

Advantages include:

  • Instant access to the latest software via a personalized workspace
  • Cloud-enabled high-performance computing to optimize workflow execution
  • Greater collaboration through instant and seamless sharing of data and projects between teams in different locations
  • Enhanced science through the power of analytics, cognitive science, and automation.

Contact your local account manager for details and availability in your area.