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Petrosys Workshop Perth

PETROSYS will be showcasing its leading mapping and surface modeling software in Perth in November. 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:    Colonial Conference Room, Melbourne Hotel, 942 Hay Street, Cnr Milligan Perth, WA

Date:           Thursday 29th November 2012

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

If you are intending to come please send a confirmation email BY MONDAY 12TH 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.

Petrosys to Market FaultRisk™ Structural Geology Suite

Linking FaultRisk™ analysis and Petrosys maps for more confident fault interpretation

Petrosys and FaultSeal are pleased to announce a global reseller agreement for FaultRisk™ software. This will enable petroleum geoscientists to more confidently interpret the geometry and trap characteristics of faults through the combined clarity of Petrosys maps and advanced structural interpretation of the FaultRisk™ suite.

Both companies focus on helping geoscientists map their prospects and effectively incorporate faults in the surface modeling and volumetrics estimation process.

“Providing geoscientists with the opportunity to improve fault geometric resolution and quantify seal characteristics using FaultRisk™ products is a natural extension to our core value proposition”, commented Volker Hirsinger, Managing Director of Petrosys.

Titus Murray, FaultRisk™ CEO, highlighted geoscientists need for a collaborative approach. “We recognize that Petrosys is the industry leader in E&P mapping. The ability for geoscientists to bring together knowledge from a diverse range of sources, such as Kingdom, Landmark, Petrel, Paradigm etc., is vital to achieving the most effective interpretation. The ability to visualize, edit and tune fault interpretations from these sources is a core function performed in Petrosys and of great value to geoscientists”.

With commercial energy opportunities focused increasingly on fault dependent reservoirs, knowing which faults seal and which faults leak is critical to the effective evaluation of a prospect and defining trap volume.

FaultRisk™ takes into account uncertainty and calculates the probability of faults being sealed and the range of volumes trapped in a prospect. Understanding and quantifying traps and the quality of seals based on the properties of faults helps geoscientists to understand risk, quantify the size of hydrocarbon columns and optimize well positions to explore, appraise and develop resources.

Petrosys clients interested in evaluating or implementing fault risk analysis as part of their workflow should contact their Petrosys account manager or email for more details.

About Petrosys
Petrosys is the industry leader in mapping, surface modeling and data management software solutions integrated with a range of exploration, production and GIS data sources. The Petrosys® product suite produces high quality maps and manages, edits, and analyses underlying data including specialised seismic, well and other information that are used in the quest for oil and gas. Geoscience professionals, data managers and engineers at more than 300 sites worldwide use the Petrosys® suite as a natural tool for basin and field interpretation and as a central solution in enterprise data management to help make better decisions. For further information please email or refer to

About FaultSeal
The FaultSeal team is an international group of professional geoscientists, IT specialists, and support staff that are dedicated to providing the best consulting and software tools to analyse the impact of fault seal on reservoirs.

Petrosys Market Research

Petrosys is in the process of undertaking a global market research survey to gain a greater understanding of our customers’ needs, particularly in relation to training.

In thanks for your participation, Petrosys have teamed up with the global charity ‘Save the Children’ and will make a $25 donation for each unique, completed survey*.


Please click here to have your say about Petrosys Training and help us reach our ‘Save the Children’ donation target.

Thank you in advance for your assistance with our market research.
The Petrosys Training Team.

* The maximum donation has been capped at US$7500

Petrosys Has Gone Social

We are proud to announce the launch of our social media profiles. We’re now connected on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube which will allow us to engage with you directly.

We’ll be posting a range of information such as:

  • Company news
  • Demonstrations
  • Exhibition updates
  • Job vacancies
  • Training information
  • Webinars

So please follow and like us for this and much more:

Facebook Like
LinkedIn Follow
Twitter Follow @PetrosysInfo
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Streaming Input Speeds Contour and Fault Editing

The new version of Petrosys brings with it a big upgrade to the Contour Fault and Polygon editing toolkit. Past users will notice a new option to “enable stream edit mode” when editing contours, faults and polygons. Stream mode was designed to work with input devices such as the Wacom tablet, but you can just use a normal mouse as well. When you launch the tool to add/edit contours, faults or polygons you will see a new window that has some extra options. In this mode holding down the left mouse button and dragging the cursor draws a continuous line and allows you to easily add multiple objects.

Quickly draw smooth continuous contours by holding down the left mouse button and completing the contour by double clicking.

Hand editing contours is much quicker with fewer button clicks and less data entry. You can now easily add multiple contour lines without manually typing in contour increments. The contour level increases based on a pre-set contour increment (i.e. 10, 20, 50, etc.) and new contour lines can have the level controlled by this increment level.

Stream mode lets you set contour increments, current level, polygon names and fault details.


While drawing objects, double clicking finishes the current line or polygon. This makes adding multiple lines a breeze. Just double click to add the current contour and start up on the next contour, fault or polygon. You also have control over how smooth the lines end up: setting different compression levels will control interpolation between nodes.

Easily control the smoothness and contour level with the stream mode interface.



Contour, fault or polygon files edited in Petrosys can be used for a variety of tasks. It is possible to create grids that incorporate hand drawn faults and contours. This allows you to add control points to the gridding operation or to influence the final grid with your geologic interpretation of the structure. You can also clip previously created grids to new polygons or easily export these files directly to other applications or third-party data types such as shape files or file geodatabases.

If you want to see the new tools in action click here for a short video. Interested in learning more about the Contour Fault and Polygon editing tools? Be sure to attend the upcoming webinar “Editing Contours Faults and Polygons in Petrosys.” Remember you can always send questions to

Dear Steve

I have interpreted some seismic and well data in other software packages such as Petrel and IHS Kingdom. I now want to use this data in Petrosys. What is the best way to do this? Should I import the data into Petrosys data structures like SDF and WDF, or just use/display the data directly?

There’s no right or wrong answer here. Which option you choose to use depends on what you want to do, and perhaps what modules you have installed.

If you wish to import data into our data structures like SDF and WDF then this is easily achieved from the main Petrosys menu, using the Import option. You just select Import and chose from the relevant data source to get at seismic interpretation, well and culture data from a variety of sources, such as IHS Kingdom and Petrel. Once in a Petrosys data structure the user has the ability to make changes to the data before they display or grid this data.

Direct display or use of the data
The other option is to use the Petrosys direct connection ability. This allows you to display G&G data directly from other data sources or use this data directly in our surface modeling option. The advantage of this is that the user can very quickly create and view presentation quality maps using data from multiple sources (such as IHS Kingdom and Petrel), in multiple coordinate reference systems, without duplicating anything.

Another benefit of this technique is that if the interpretation is updated in the parent software package, then Petrosys will re-query it and display the new interpretation dynamically.

So Petrosys suggests that the ability to both import and work with data in our data structures, and also to directly use data from 3rd party data stores, compliment each other nicely. Please feel free to contact our excellent Support team if you would like any further assistance for recommendations to your workflows!

Petrosys plug-in for Esri

The latest version of Petrosys supports integration with Esri’s ArcMap 10 through the use of a plug-in which launches Petrosys surface modeling software and allows Petrosys data to be displayed as native Esri objects. This article looks at how to implement the plug-in within the GIS environment as well as what value it brings to your organisation.

What does the Petrosys Plug-in bring to the Esri environment?

The Petrosys plug-in adds a new dimension to the standard Esri environment by integrating Petrosys gridding, contouring and volumetric capabilities with GIS workflows. GIS users can use these tools natively within ArcMap 10 to access a wide range of data which is important for the creation of complex subsurface structures which may need to take into account faults and discontinuities. The resultant Petrosys grids, contours and faults can then be displayed as native objects within the ArcMap 10 environment.

What data does the plug-in open up to the GIS user?

The Petrosys plug-in allows users to interact with a wide range of E&P specific interpretive data sources for gridding and contouring such as Openworks, Seisworks, IHS Kingdom, Petrel, Geoframe and more. From these interpretive data sources you can directly grid 2D/3D interpretation, formation tops, faults and spatial data such as shapefiles and File Geodatabases. As well as interpretive data sources, the plugin allows access to E&P data management databases such as PPDM and Finder for surface modeling. The results of surface modeling workflows can be accessed by and displayed directly in the ArcGIS environment.

How will the plug-in help my organisation?

The Petrosys plug-in for Esri can bring a number of benefits to your organisation:

  • Organisations can integrate high quality subsurface geoscience models with their GIS environment.
  • Petrosys brings 20+ years experience in oil and gas exploration and surface modeling into the GIS domain.
  • Low learning curve as users don’t need to learn an entire piece of new software.
  • Effectively brings together a wide range of data types and data sources.

How do I access the plug-in?

When Petrosys is installed on a machine which already has the ArcGIS software then the plug-in will be included with the normal installation. If ArcGIS is installed after Petrosys then all you have to do is re-run the Petrosys installer and select the custom setup option to add the plug-in.

When the plug-in is installed you need to select Customize>Toolbars from the ArcGIS menus and then select the Petrosys tool bar and the gridding and contouring icon should appear like below:

Clicking on this icon will open the Petrosys Gridding and Contouring module which should already be familiar to most Petrosys users. The direct connection capabilities allow users to combine data from a number of applications including IHS Kingdom/Petrel/OpenWorks/SeisWorks/GeoFrame. Data from multiple sources can be combined in a workflow and all coordinate conversion is handled on-the-fly by the software.

After running your subsurface workflows from the Petrosys Surface Modeling module the outputs can be displayed using the Add Data + button within ArcMap 10 like below:

Grids, contours and faults can be added to the display along with any other file types ArcGIS recognises such as shapefiles and geoTiffs etc. This also applies to files created in the Linux version of Petrosys as the files are cross platform compatible.

Other ways Petrosys interacts with GIS

Did you know that Petrosys can also interact with GIS in a number of different ways including through the use of a Web Map Server (WMS), direct display of GIS layers and the Spatial data translator?

WMS gives users the ability to publish their Petrosys map layers to a server which then allows these layers to be accessed by other software including GIS systems. Because Petrosys allows you to connect seamlessly to a range of third-party data stores, these layers, which were previously unavailable to GIS users, can now become part of their workflow.

Petrosys map being served via WMS onto an Esri map canvas. The layers include a 3D bin grid and wells from IHS Kingdom’s application.

Direct display of GIS layers:
Petrosys will also allow you to directly display and grid a range of GIS data types, these include SDE layers, file geodatabases, shapefiles and MapInfo files. Whether you are surface modeling or mapping within Petrosys you can always have your GIS data at your finger tips.

SpatialData Translator:
This unique tool within Petrosys allows users to take a number of spatial file types (point, line or polygon data) and export it out to a different type of file whilst at the same time allowing for coordinate conversion to take place. For example, you could take a polygon object directly from Petrel and export it out to a File Geodatabase or shapefile in a different coordinate system from the input Petrel object.
As you can see Petrosys provides users with the ability to combine our knowledge of surface modeling and data access with the Esri GIS environment. By integrating Petrosys gridding, contouring and volumetric capabilities with GIS workflows you can get the most out of your subsurface data within you GIS environment.

Petrosys and geoLOGIC gDC link up via PPDM

Petrosys and geoLOGIC systems have released a direct link from Petrosys E&P software to the geoLOGIC gDC data store. After connecting from their desktop on a high speed internet connection to the Calgary hosted gDC, users can access well header, directional survey, tops, production and other data for direct display and querying on Petrosys maps and 3D visualisation, and for direct input to surface modelling operations.

The direct link provides gDC subscribers with a powerful range of desktop tools, allowing them to use the most up to date gDC data for Western Canada and the northern USA in conjunction with their own in-house projects and applications data stores.

Creation of the gDC link was undertaken in Calgary as a joint effort between geoLOGIC and Petrosys staff, and was made possible by both gDC and Petrosys being based on a PPDM well data model. “Our existing PPDM based data accessing required only minimal tailoring to work with the gDC data” Petrosys senior DBA Susan Hopkin commented, “much of the configuration time involved extending our interface into detailed production tables that we had not previously supported”. “Due to their extensive experience with PPDM standards, Petrosys required little technical support from geoLOGIC” added geoLOGIC’s gDC Manager Lori Adams. “This allowed for a smooth gDC link”.

About Petrosys
Petrosys is the industry leader in mapping, surface modelling and data management software solutions integrated with a range of exploration, production and GIS data sources. The Petrosys® product suite produces high quality maps and manages, edits, and analyses the underlying data, including the specialised seismic, well and other information used in the quest for oil and gas. Geoscience professionals, data managers and engineers at more than 250 sites worldwide use the Petrosys® suite as a natural tool for basin and field interpretation, as a central solution in enterprise data management and to help make better decisions. For further information please email or refer to

About geoLOGIC
Headquartered in Calgary, geoLOGIC systems ltd. has been creating and supplying data and integrated software solutions to the energy and production industry since 1983. The company’s market-leading decision support tool, geoSCOUT, is a fully-integrated, Windows-based exploration system that supports oil and gas professionals in their search for hydrocarbons by combining presentation-quality mapping and cross-section tools with data handling and analysis software. geoLOGIC also offers a range of data and data management solutions, including a robust data center (the gDC) which houses value-added government well and land data in an open Public Petroleum Data Model, as well as a proprietary data engine for all of your company’s data management needs. For more information, visit

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