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New Software Release

Petrel and Studio 2022.3 Platforms Now Available

Friday, 18 November 2022

Product overview

The Petrel* E&P software platform offers geoscientists and engineers a single platform for collaborative workflows with best-in-class technology and leading innovation. From seismic processing to production, the Petrel platform enables seamless integration across all subsurface domains enabling you to deliver your best field development plan.
Petrel 2022.3 platform delivers the latest updates in domain workflows, functionality, and productivity. It also leverages the power of the DELFI* cognitive E&P environment’s data ecosystem to bring the latest advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics to the platform—even for those not using the DELFI environment.

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Release updates

Petrel 2022.3 platform is a quality and stability improvement release where we have focused on ensuring the platform is robust and easy to use. Please read the release notes to find the full list of improvements and fixes delivered.
Check out the latest technology updates on the Petrel platform web page.


A certain number of key bugs have been fixed  for the Petrel platform and the Studio* E&P knowledge platform, including the correct disposal of .lock files when running the Petrel platform transfers from a command line, and better usability for visualizing default completion sets when transferred from the Studio platform.


This release delivers two new operations available in the workflow editor. First, it is now possible to use the operation ‘Auto Color All’ that automatically colors all the items in an input folder. Second, ‘Sort by Name’ sorts objects by name A-Z. Previously, this functionality was only available by manually selecting each folder in the panes.


Petrel 2022.3 delivers a ZGY tool that enables conversion between OpenZGY and OpenVDS data. The tool is launched by right mouse button click on a ZGY file in the input pane and can be selected from the context menu ZGY tool.

In Live Collaboration, all information is now presented in a single pane and icons are used to launch tasks. A new 'Updated' column has been added that shows when a particular session was last accessed. There is also significant improvement in performance when creating and joining sessions that contain 3D interpretation data.

With quantitative interpretation (QI) machine learning (ML), it is now possible to use wellpoint data attributes as target or training inputs in the QI ML training and prediction dialog boxes. Wellpoint data and well logs can be used together within the same ML model. 


Petrel 2022.3 delivers a new option for exporting well surveys—Survey Export Manager. Now users can export surveys from multiple wells at the same time. A wider range of parameters and options are available to customize the export such as choosing the specific parameters you want to export and their order in the output file (interpolation of the data, depth index conversion, exporting calculated values, ASCII or CSV file extension, and setting up automatic file naming when you want to export a large number of files).

A new option for multilevel sorting has been added to the Well Data Browser Tops/Zone tab. This enables the user to sort Tops/Zone data inside Well Data Browser by more than one column at a time, combining different levels of sorting, enabling users to create a priority list of up to three levels.


This release includes two significant enhancements to the structural modeling workflow. With a new fault type available, it is now simple to preserve the expected geological throw sense for faults when running volume-based modeling. By specifying faults as normal or reverse, a correction will be applied where throw reversals occur. This will significantly improve quality and usability of the structural modeling workflow, particularly in low throw areas of the model.

An enhancement was made to optimize the performance of the stairstep gridding process. This will lead to very significant runtime reductions, particularly for large models. This improvement will greatly improve usability during modeling iterations and benefit uncertainty studies.

For reservoir modeling, users can now directly input nested variogram structures in the modeling dialogs to better match the empirical (sample/experimental) variograms. This enables better reproduction of spatial variance in the reservoir properties. Additionally, uncertainty analysis can be performed on the basis of nested variogram parameters.


With this release, the mud-weight prediction process now enables the user to define the tolerable breakout via failure arc or depth of damage with a function considering the well inclination. This means users can apply a stricter condition for breakouts in the deviated or horizontal section of the well where hole cleaning is more challenging. Simulation with the VISAGE* finite-element geomechanics simulator ensembles can also be used as an input for the mud-weight prediction process and compute stochastic breakout and breakdown limits such as P10 and P90. The stress calculator process was also enhanced to support percentile calculations for 3D results of VISAGE simulator ensembles.

The extraction and liberation of 1D mechanical earth models (MEM) from a 3D model for consumption in the DrillPlan* coherent well construction planning solution via geomechanics insights and the OSDU™ Data Platform is now moved into the subsurface. At the subsurface, it becomes part of the drilling integration process to provide a single starting point for all integration workflows with drilling.


The Petrel platform and Studio platform bring benefits to all geoscientists and engineers, including seismic processors, seismic interpreters, geologists, reservoir modelers, reservoir engineers, drilling engineers, production geologists, and data and information managers. They can be deployed by companies working in exploration, development, and production for either conventional or unconventional reservoirs.