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PLDB™ Focus Group – Creating a Roadmap for 2019 & Beyond

The recent PLDB™ Focus Group Meeting in Adelaide has proven to be a successful meeting of expert minds who made great strides to shaping the direction of the Petrosys Prospects and Leads Database into 2019.

The focus group was the ideal forum to encourage the sharing of experiences from our user community and fully showcase recent developments in PLDB™ such as; Web mapping of portfolio data; New computational methods; How to better manage scenarios and how the Petrosys PRO world has been bridged with stochastic volumetrics. A highlight for many who attended, was the sharing of the cultural implementation of PLDB™ within different organisations, which allowed people to gain a deeper insight into the ever-expanding capabilities of the PLDB™ software and improve business best practices.

Our 2019 roadmap really began to take shape however, when we gave our focus group attendees faux ‘Petrosys development dollars’ and asked them to come up with their favourite ideas in which to invest. One of the most dynamic and enjoyable parts of the day, our participants had the freedom to explore the possibility of what could be next in 2019 and beyond while being guided and advised by some great input from our panel of experts.

While a lot of fun the purpose of the activity was for Petrosys to gain a better understanding of the wants, needs and requirements of our user base, so that we can continue to build and develop our software to meet these.  Stay tuned in 2019 as we up-date and share with our wider user community the outcomes and conclusions established during the forum.

For those who want to learn more about PLDB™ and what it could do to help your business we have a look at our ‘Exploring PLDB™’ webinar on our website.

Thank you once again to those who took part on the day, Petrosys as a company find the feedback provided by these events invaluable as we continue to strive to provide the best possible software that offers high value to our customers.


Spreadsheet Looping in Surface Modeling

It is common in the Oil & Gas industry to store data in Excel spreadsheets. The way the data is stored in these spreadsheets varies between sites: multiple attributes can be stored in a single spreadsheet, in multiple sheets in the same file or across multiple files.

Introduced in Petrosys PRO 2017.1 to help users save time and streamline their workflows, tasks in Surface Modeling containing Excel spreadsheets can now be scripted and looped. This considerably reduces the length of workflows, as it can replace many steps.

To have a better understanding how this works, let’s look at 2 examples where scripting and looping might be useful. In one, we have a single excel file with many formation tops in 5 worksheets, see  Graphic 1.

Graphic 1.  Spreadsheet file containing multiple formation tops across several sheets.

Previously, if we wanted to grid the tops of each formation in Surface Modeling, we had to create individual gridding tasks, all of them using the same input file but pointing to a different sheet.

Now, with the new scripting and looping enhancement introduced in Petrosys PRO 2017.1, you have the benefit of having to create a gridding task only once and then script and loop the relevant input/output parameters as you would normally do it.

The added benefit of this enhancement is the ability to script the parameter of the sheet name, in our example below (Graph 2) the parameter is named, GDS_POINTDATA[1].TableSheet.

Graphic 2. Task Scripting Parameters panel. The scripted sheet parameter is highlighted.

Note: Set the Loop input type to ‘Strings’ in the accompanying looping task (Graphic 3). The Input strings to entered are taken from the names of the sheets, as seen in Graphic 1. Once the task is run, it will loop over the different sheets and will grid the data accordingly for each formation top.

Graphic 3.  Input strings should match the sheet names.

Another case where scripting and looping can lead to the streamline of workflows is where multiple attributes are stored in different columns in a single spreadsheet and you want to grid each of these attributes (Graphic 4).

Graphic 4. Spreadsheet with multiple attributes to be gridded.

Once again in previous versions you had to set individual tasks to grid each of these columns. Now you can set a similar task as the one described above. In this example, instead of scripting the sheet name, the relevant parameter to edit will be the input column (Graphic 5).

Graphic 5. Task Scripting Parameters panel. The scripted column parameter is highlighted.

When you have finished with the script editing, you can save this task in a task file. Now whenever the input data stored in the excel spreadsheet is updated, all you need to do to cascade these updates into your grid is to run the looping tasks (Graphic 6).

Graphic 6. Task list. Save it to run the task again whenever the input data gets updated.

If you want to find out more about workflow scripting and looping workflows, there are several “How to” presentations and short videos under the Learn section in our Client Portal.  These resources are available to all users at currently maintained sites. If you have not previously logged into the portal, enter your email address and click where it says ‘I have forgotten or I don’t know my password’. A temporary one will be sent to you.

A longer video on this topic can also be found in our Videos Library. It is called ‘Workflows and Looping in Petrosys’, you can watch it by clicking here.

If you would like to learn more advanced techniques in scripting, we recommend our ‘Workflow Automation and Analysis’  course. This advanced training is a  ½ day course which will help to give you a better understanding about scripting and looping in Petrosys!

Alternatively for additional assistance, you can always reach us at



Petrosys to Meet with North America User Community

The Petrosys user community in Houston and Calgary will join Petrosys staff in a series of Executive and user meetings being held throughout March.

For the first time, Petrosys will provide users with an unique opportunity to learn about Petrosys, our strategy and our commitment to our valued partners and clients. The meetings will be presented by Dr. Volker Hirsinger, Managing Director of the Petrosys group.

Hotel Sorella CityCentre, 800 Sorella Court, Houston TX 77024
Thursday, 21st March 2013
2.00pm registration for 2.30pm start. Concludes at 4.00pm
Hotel le Germain Calgary, 899 Centre Street SW, Calgary AB T2G 1B8
Tuesday, 2nd April 2013
2.00pm registration for 2.30pm start. Concludes at 4.00pm

Click here for full details and instructions on how to register.

Users will also be able to join Petrosys for informative presentations and networking opportunities during our half day seminars. Key topics on the agenda include what’s new and upcoming in Petrosys Mapping, multi-connection and third party partnerships, as well as an introduction to Petrosys’ web based data management application, dbMap/Web.

Hotel Sorella CityCentre, 800 Sorella Court, Houston TX 77024
Monday, 25th March 2013
8.30am registration for 9.00am start. Concludes with lunch at 12.00pm
The Westin Calgary, 320 4th Avenue SW, Calgary AB T2P 2S6
Thursday, 4th April 2013
8.30am registration for 9.00am start. Concludes with lunch at 12.00pm

Click here for full details and instructions on how to register.

Dear Steve

We often edit and share data as Excel spreadsheets. How can I display this type of data on my map?

In the new release of Petrosys (V17.3), we have added support on Windows and Linux for Excel spreadsheets – both XLS and XLSX – and ASCII text files. It means this type of data – including point, line and polygon – can be directly displayed in Mapping or used as a data source in Surface Modeling. Additionally, you can exchange the data into various files, for example shapefiles, using the Petrosys Spatial Data Translator.

To display data from an Excel spreadsheet you use the Display/GIS option, choose Excel as your data source and then define the format of the data. Alternatively, you can simply drag and drop your Excel spreadsheet directly onto your map and Petrosys will automatically display the data. As simple as that!


If you need further details and assistance, please send an email to


International Rollout for dbMap/Web Based Catalogue System

The next generation of Petrosys’ solution for managing unstructured data – digital seismic and log records, scanned well completion reports, electronic copies of maps and sections, core photographs, etc. – is now being rolled out for international users from our Calgary office.

The user interface for this database application has been built on the dbMap/Web platform, which allows easy access to anyone on a company intranet. Petrosys’ thorough implementation of user roles ensures that visibility and editing access can be reliably controlled per user, data type, and business team. Whilst the core of the dbMap/web product is built in our Adelaide head office, the architecture allows front line staff – such as Susan Hopkin and Zohreh Nejadian in Calgary – to tailor the user interface along with the links to the digital data stores to meet the specific needs of individual clients.

If you have been looking at web based solutions in the past but have found the user interfaces too restrictive then you should check out dbMap/Web. It sets a completely new standard for user control over screen layouts and interactive performance, combining the flexibility and speed of a desktop application with the extended information content that can be delivered through the richer text rendering options of the web interface.

A wide range of strategies can be supported for storage of the digital records themselves, including access to mirrored stores of static data. This makes dbMap/Web an ideal platform for globally distributed teams, with work in progress being shared through the centrally hosted PPDM master, whilst background reports and data files are rapidly accessible from local copies.

Use of the PPDM 3.8 records management (RM) module gives clients who are PPDM members full ownership and control of their knowledge base and allows clients to leverage best of breed tools from other PPDM vendors.

Excel Inputs and PDF Outputs Get Enthusiastic Reception

In our rollout of Petrosys 17.3 the two features that have probably shown the broadest appeal are the dramatically improved ability to map and analyse data directly from Excel spreadsheets, and the superb layered and georeferenced PDF output.

Being accessed as another data source through Petrosys’ flagship multiple connectivity, it’s easy to miss the Excel connection. (Hint: a good reason to follow Petrosys webinars and lunch and learn events).

Using spreadsheets has become second nature to most of us with a technical or financial background, and the Petrosys link lets us use map posting and surface modeling in a wide range of workflows

  • Rapid overview and quality control of ad hoc collections of well data
  • Well tie of a seismic derived depth surface where no well database has been established
  • Posting of short term computations related to well data such as engineering parameters
  • Surface modeling of velocity fields from research applications for use in depth conversion
  • Coordinate conversion of Excel data and output to an Arc shape or Google Earth KML file
  • Geostatistical analysis of stream sediment and other surface sample data

Excel input is currently available as a point data source in Mapping – Display/GIS, Exchange – Spatial Data Translator and Surface Modeling, where the point data can be used for grid creation and other processes requiring point data such as well tie.

On being shown the Excel connectivity a long term Petrosys user from Oklahoma saw this as having the potential to give him back a lot of time for more valuable tasks. “I spend a lot of time and concentration creating ad hoc text files from Excel and then having to go through complex input operations to work with them. This will really streamline my operations.”

Layered and georeferenced PDF’s, created using Export/PDF from mapping, use a completely new PDF generating technology accessible on Windows and Linux. The layered georeferenced PDF’s are a particular favourite of Petrosys CEO, Volker Hirsinger, who sees them as the ultimate in digital map publication.  “An investment in designing a really high quality map layout can now be recovered many times over when it is implemented as a template in an exploration or reserves cataloguing workflow,” Volker notes. “The PDF format rewards attention to detail by allowing zooming to the finest level, whilst the Adobe Reader accessible layering makes the results universally accessible.”

Petrosys staff at the recent CMP12 convention in Mexico City noted that when they drilled through multiple Petrosys map layers of a reservoir structure in Adobe Reader it ‘put a smile on the faces of seasoned geoscience managers’.

Information that might formerly have required lengthy Powerpoint sequences or cumbersome collections of files can now be provided to joint venture partners, regulators and investors as one elegant high resolution document which can be opened using one of the most ubiquitous document viewing tools available.

Following the PDF demonstrations we have had numerous queries on 3D PDF generation. A working prototype of this has been developed, but we have chosen not to release a 3D PDF at this stage owing to licensing, IP and performance issues.

Petrosys Workshop Adelaide

PETROSYS will be showcasing its leading mapping and surface modeling software in Adelaide in December. Catch up with Petrosys staff and find out how we can enhance many subsurface workflows.

The workshop will detail and demonstrate two workflow areas:

Part 1: Advanced modeling, depth conversion and volumetrics workshop

Part 2: An introduction to the latest features in the new Petrosys v17.3 release

Location:    Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, 55 Frome Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Date:           4th December 2012

Time:           1:00pm arrival for 1:15pm start. Finish by 4pm

If you are intending to come please send a confirmation email BY TUESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER to letting us know you will be attending. There are limited spaces available; these will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you are a current user who wants a deeper understanding of advanced modeling capabilities or would like to gather some insights into the latest features and workflows for your organisation then we look forward to seeing you.

This event is free to attend and open to current and prospective Petrosys clients. Afternoon tea will be served between Part 1 and Part 2 of the workshop.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Dear Steve

I have an existing Map with layers I would like in my new map – how can I achieve this?

There is an easy way to do this now: just click on File > Merge… from the mapping window which will allow you to select an existing DBM file – this will place all the items into the list of the new map for you!

The layers will even come in with the current display activity.

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