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New software release Petrosys PRO 2021.1 – Next level connectivity

New software release Petrosys PRO 2021.1

Petrosys PRO 2021.1 takes connectivity to the next level with the addition of the new Petrosys add-in for ArcGIS Pro.

Petrosys is pleased to announce the release of the highly anticipated Petrosys add-in for ArcGIS Pro in our major new software release, Petrosys PRO 2021.1. Building on the strong collection of innovative and improved features in the PRO 2020 series across Connectivity, Mapping, and Surface Modeling, Petrosys PRO 2021.1 delivers the latest functionality whilst the enhanced development of existing features continues to add value to our client’s software investment.

Find out more about the development work being carried out with Esri and see videos of the Petrosys add-in for ArcGIS Pro – Petrosys in partnership with Esri or view the Petrosys PRO 2021.1 release notes in full

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Explore and Evolve with Confidence

Explore Evolve CEO Message

Petrosys has a well-established history of playing well with others, we have long recognised the value to our clients in having our software and data management solutions work across multiple platforms and operating systems. From ZMap, CPS, GeoFrame, and PPDM in the 1990s, OpenWorks, Kingdom, Petra & ESRI ArcSDE in the 2000s, Petrel, DUG, Seisware and EPOS in the 2010s and PaleoScan, Rescue, and REP to date in the 2020s, to name but a few.

Petrosys has significant plans to explore and evolve continuing to invest in data integration, open standards, and modern platforms, and have joined our sister company Interica this year as committed members of OSDU.

ArcGIS Pro

We have similarly been very pleased to further partnerships with AWS and ESRI. In our latest newsletter, you can read more about the rapid creation of OSDU data connectivity, learn about the Petrosys add-in for ArcGIS Pro coming in Petrosys PRO 2021.1 and discover the forward-looking strategy for our ongoing commitment to data exchange and management. Petrosys has a clear aim for leveraging our open and collaborative technologies and frameworks to serve our industry’s demand for workflow and data integration, along with driving efficiencies and better decisions.

We are excited that the 2021 release streams are receiving the final polishing touches. With Petrosys PRO 2021.1 due for release imminently it is worthwhile to take a look back at some of the highlights in the PRO 2020 series. With so many new features being brought out you would be forgiven for having missed a few.

There is a lot to come over the course of the dbMap/Web 2021 series releases – here are just a few of the highlights to expect.

  • Brand new well test data screens – supporting the capture of more detailed information and tailored screen for, RFTs, DSTs, Pressure Tests, Gradient Surveys, Sonologs, LETs & MPLTs.
  • Improved sample analysis capture – more flexibility for routine core analysis.
  • Greater well production chart functionality
  • Fracture Stimulations Database and Statx corrections for near surface seismic effects – significant enhancements for FracDB & Statx supporting ease of use.
  • PPDM Data types Advances – important developments being made to datatypes such as Stacking velocities; Oil & Gas shows; Completion conduits and Production strings; Seismic 2D water depths and Elevations; Storing drillers and loggers depths.

The GLOBEClaritas™ team too have completed Sprint 142 and made the latest Beta release install available to users on the client portal. This release includes the updates to SMAP to facilitate qc of 3D statics solutions, as well as new source/receiver re-datuming modules based on Kirchhoff imaging solution. Look out for more to come in the V7.3 development cycle.

GPinfo Sponsors

GPinfo are in the process of finalising the 2021 release of the iconic and respected Petroleum Permits of Australasia Map – as so many customers have commented, the map continues to be a ‘must have’ in their office and we encourage you to stay tuned for news of the release and get your orders in. Thank you again to our sponsors for their on-going support.

Our gurus are frequently sharing tips and answering common software questions read more in the latest Dear Steve, Ask Andy, or PRO TIP articles, and follow us on LinkedIn to keep up to date with new videos.

Ensuring that we are in a strong position to fuel our continuous technological advancements requires an investment in our team and as such Petrosys has several open positions in our software R&D and services groups. Feel free to recommend to your colleagues or connections that they consider joining our well respected, agile, innovative, and globally distributed team. Details can be found at Petrosys Careers and Interica Careers 

I was recently reading an article on the respected US women’s soccer program and the coach of their first world title in 1991, Anson Dorrance. He is quoted as making an observation about what makes their program different which struck a chord with me – “…talent is common; what you invest to develop that talent is the critical final measure of greatness”.

I know that time and budgets are limited – but are we as an industry making the commitments required to develop our talented teams and staff? We at Petrosys have successfully developed and delivered virtual training courses providing a comprehensive trainer led environment suited to the world we live in today.

As a happy client recently commented, ‘Thank you Ebelio and rest of technology team for well-organized smooth delivery of Petrosys course. It was the first virtual delivery and proved to be excellent.’

I encourage you to browse through the varied options and services we have available.

We are continuing to invest in a mix of in-person and virtual sessions to share our insights, learn from our peers and connect with our valued user community and it is with pleasure that I invite you to join us at some upcoming events.

PPDM Europe Event
Paul Gibb, Petrosys and Jonathan Smith, Interica will be attending the upcoming PPDM Associate’s Europe Virtual Data Byte to present, ‘Linking structured data to unstructured data: An E&P industry collaboration to improve future decisions’. Registration is open and free to attend.

While the Petrosys team in Australia are hoping to catch up with many colleagues, customers, and partners at our first live in person event for over a year at the APPEA Conference & Exhibition from 14-17 June in Perth. We are very much looking forward to seeing you there.

We thank you for your continued support and would like to remind you that the Petrosys Team are here to support you in return. Your thoughts, comments, and suggestions are both welcomed and encouraged. Feel free to reach out and contact me directly if I can assist you in any way.

Scott Tidemann, Petrosys C.E.O.

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Exploring the OSDU Universe

OSDU Petrosys R&D

Exploring the OSDU Universe?

Since the first well was drilled it has been necessary for the oil industry to evolve and adapt to change. As a solutions provider, Petrosys has sustained its focus on the development of its technology and connections to industry leading data stores and applications.

Petrosys investment decisions include internal development programmes together with the acquisition of complementary technologies to help achieve our strategic goals as set out in our development roadmap.

Petrosys Software Evolution

The Petrosys R&D Roadmap has a commitment to OSDU™; as members of the Open Group, we participate in networking and best practices discussions. In 2021 we have developed a connector that enables the extraction and visualisation of Well data from OSDU™.

This year Petrosys will release the first commercial version of the Wells connector on OSDU™ Mercury R3, enabling mapping, modelling and exchange “connected workflows” in Petrosys PRO, however, the direction of our development programme for OSDU™ is open to broader collaboration.

How do we explore the OSDU universe?

We are seeking guidance from clients and partners on what they consider to be their near term priorities, quick wins, as well as longer term, joint development engagements. Our initial thoughts based on recent engagement include:

Petrosys Exchange

  • Enhance and expand our OSDU™ ingestion of data into PRO.
  • Enhance our existing connections to support vendor neutral connectivity, Exchange and integration, which would focus on the migration of legacy data into OSDU™.
  • Search and ingest OSDU™ data leveraging our ‘Intelligent Search’ capabilities through Records Management.
  • Assessing the potential to be a data publisher, providing data as a service.
  • Providing CRS [Coordinate Reference Systems] as a service, for example from an EPSG repository.

If you are searching for a solution to an OSDU challenge we’d be keen to hear from you; perhaps we could prioritise and collaborate our development programmes to help you explore the OSDU Universe?

For more information please contact us on:

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Displaying OSDU and subsurface data inside ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro

Displaying OSDU and subsurface data inside ArcGIS Pro

Petrosys are no strangers to working with partners and developing 3rd party connections that allow our customers to bring together the data they need with ease. With the highly anticipated Petrosys add-in for ArcGIS Pro coming soon we take a look back at how the story developed, from initial discovery and enthusiasm for the OSDU with colleagues at Interica to now, where we have the ability to put the powerful mapping functionality of Petrosys PRO inside ArcGIS Pro.

The Story so far…

Kevin Ward, Petrosys Europe

I always find it rewarding when months (or even years) of working towards a goal reaches a point where you start to see some tangible outcomes. In March this year (2021), I was rewarded by seeing not 1, but 3 seemingly separate items all come together on the same day to create this map:

ArcGIS Pro

The map itself is not the most detailed or impressive technical map I have ever made, but it is one of the most significant maps I’ve ever made during my time at Petrosys.

The map shows some wells stored in an OSDU platform on Interica’s AWS cloud environment being displayed inside an ESRI ArcGIS Pro map. All of these items have been several years in the making, bringing together many hours of hard work by my talented colleagues:

  • Interica
    • In early 2020 (I think my last trip before the COVID-19 pandemic) I was fortunate enough to travel to Lewes, near London, to welcome Interica to the Petrosys family. I’ve spent the last year getting to know my new colleagues and their powerful data management products and learning more about data management challenges in the Oil and Gas Industry. In particular, Interica’s knowledge and enthusiasm for the OSDU initiative has been fantastic and a real eye-opener to a new way of thinking about data and software applications and I’m very grateful to them for that.
  • OSDU
    • This knowledge sharing about OSDU led to Petrosys becoming OSDU members in early 2021. We have become committed to supporting the initiative and learning to follow fast in the footsteps of Interica. By building on their R&D efforts, and with the good people at AWS allowing us to access Interica’s cloud hosted environment, we were able to develop functionality to ingest, exchange and display OSDU data into other software applications in a remarkably short space of time.
  • ArcGIS Pro
    • One such application is ESRI’s ArcGIS Pro.
    • I recognised some time ago from speaking to geoscientists at many E&P sites globally that there is a need (and a difficulty) in displaying subsurface technical data live on GIS systems.
    • When ESRI announced that they were developing a powerful new product (ArcGIS Pro) to replace ArcMap, I started to get involved in conversations internally about the difficulties I had seen.
    • This seemed to be the main sticking point for me: That E&P systems (like Petrel, Kingdom, Paleoscan, etc.) have very nice tools for interpretation/modeling but when it comes to presenting the data in a meaningful, technical way, geoscientists have to request their data be converted to formats compatible with ArcGIS PRO. I was tasked with being the product champion for a new add-in that would aim to facilitate the display of E&P data onto the mapping canvas and give geoscientists instant access to the powerful mapping functionality inside ArcGIS Pro.

In March 2021 our developers got access to Interica’s AWS environment and successfully added OSDU wells as an input data source to our long list of connections. At the same time, our GIS developers were making progress on our ArcGIS Pro add-in and already had wells displaying inside the ArcGIS Pro canvas from multiple sources (e.g. Petrel, Paleoscan, Kingdom, etc.).

Bringing both together we can now display OSDU wells inside of ArcGIS Pro.

The link to OSDU wells and the first release of the ArcGIS Pro add-in will be released in the near future but both are nearing the stage of being ready for pre-release testing if anyone is interested?

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Petrosys & Interica presenting at PPDM Europe Virtual Data Byte

PPDM Linking Structured & Unstructured Data

Petrosys & Interica presenting at the PPDM Association’s Europe Virtual Data Byte

The Petrosys and Interica teams are looking forward to presenting ‘Linking structured data to unstructured data: An E&P industry collaboration to improve future decisions’ at the upcoming PPDM Association’s Europe Virtual Data Byte on 19th May 2021.

Presenters Jonathan Smith and Paul Gibb will provide an educational talk on G&G project data which includes the process that combines Interica OneView™ and Petrosys dbMap® cataloguing both project data and unstructured files for quicker search and confident usage.

Registration closes on 18th May 2021.

Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association

Europe Virtual Data Byte – Sponsored by SWORD ENERGY

Abstract: Linking structured data to unstructured data: An E&P industry collaboration to improve future decisions

Businesses frequently make strategic decisions based on their analysis of structured data. Underpinning this is a large volume of unstructured data so ultimately an understanding of both is necessary – for example, in reviewing previous decisions there needs to be knowledge of the inputs that were used in the interpretations.

To achieve this, an in-depth understanding of the project data across the G&G application portfolio is needed in the first instance. This can be achieved by using connectors to extract detailed metadata from all geoscience applications regardless of vendor. Interica has practical experience in this area and will provide some insights into this technique in the E&P industry.

This insight can be coupled to some practical work done by sister company Petrosys to discover and categorise unstructured data using a Machine Learning approach which leverages the power of Elasticsearch. The unstructured data can then be catalogued in a database using the PPDM model and physical data such as, well data, logs, seismic data, core samples and images, and reports can be associated with the structured data.

Through collaboration, Interica and Petrosys have developed routines to associate the classified and categorised unstructured data with the audited structured data. This collaboration allows data managers to retrieve a full inventory of their data, plan initiatives to improve data quality, remove duplicates, or archive older and unused data where appropriate. By combining structured data to its underlying unstructured data, companies can therefore better understand their historic decision making and make future decisions safe in the knowledge they have all the information available.

Jonathan Patrick Smith (Senior Project Consultant, Interica)

J Smith IntericaJonathan is a highly experienced Geoscience consultant, specialising in E&P data management. He has twenty-five years of oil industry experience working in the UK, Norway, and the Middle East, where he has extensive experience in workflow analysis, G&G application support, project management, Data Centre design, NDR reporting, and QA procedures along with OSDU and cloud solutions.

Paul Gibb (Business Development Manager, Petrosys)

P Gibb PetrosysPaul has worked for E&P Operators and Subsurface Consultancies as a geologist and business development manager extensively in the geoscience interpretations and technology sector, where he has focused on application deployment, training, and project management. Paul holds a Masters in Petroleum Exploration Geology from the Oxford Brookes University.

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GPinfo working in partnership with Geognostics OZ SEEBASE

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GPinfo working in partnership with Geognostics OZ SEEBASE

GPinfo has been working in partnership with Geognostics to make available these updated Geognostics OZ SEEBASE images for Australia to GPinfo users. The area of coverage now includes Papua New Guinea.


Geognostics SEEBASE®

SEEBASE NZOZ SEEBASE® 2021 and New Zealand ECS SEEBASE® 2013 are regional, depth-to-basement models that are developed and licensed by Geognostics with the input and support of government and industry.

OZ SEEBASE 2021 is based on Frogtech Geoscience’s OZ SEEBASE® (2005) and OZ Proterozoic SEEBASE® (2006) Studies. In this update, basement is defined as the top of igneous or metamorphic crust at the base of undeformed sediments, regardless of age. Note that in deeper parts of some basins, such as the greater McArthur Basin, the deepest section may be metasedimentary.

Additional background, supporting datasets, and contributor acknowledgements are available at: and

More information is also available from the Geognostics website or by contacting

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GPinfo Thank Sponsors of 2021 Permits Map

GPinfo_ Sponsors 2021

Get ready for the GPinfo 2021 Petroleum Permits of Australasia Map

A ‘must have’ in the office for many of our key sponsors, the GPinfo 2021 Petroleum Permits of Australasia Map will soon be released at the upcoming APPEA Conference in June. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our map sponsors for once again supporting the Permits Map in its 32nd year.

A reminder of just how valuable the Permits Map is to some of our sponsors.

“The Permit Maps are spectacular, with clear definition and annotation. The maps have been very useful for assessing new areas of opportunity. All maps and digital information were provided in a timely manner and certainly worth the sponsorship and having our company brand prominent.”

Jeromy DePledge, Manager Exploration Australia, Woodside Energy Ltd
Sponsor since 1991

“EnergyQuest has been using the GPinfo Permits Map ever since we started over 15 years ago. It’s an invaluable resource.”

Graeme Bethune, Chief Executive Officer, EnergyQuest
Sponsor since 2020, user since 2005

“GPinfo maps are always in Carnarvon offices and used daily. COVID meant many took them home as a point of reference. In conjunction with the GPinfo GIS database and email alerts on permit changes, GPinfo and its maps are an integral part of daily life at Carnarvon over previous years, and we expect to continue this for many years to come.”

Stephen Molyneux, Exploration Manager, Carnarvon Petroleum
Sponsor since 2016

“GPinfo Permit Maps have been part of Finder’s success since the company’s beginnings. They are on the walls of everyone’s office and continually remind us of the scale and potential of the Australian petroleum basins. Thanks GPinfo.”

Aaron Bond, Exploration Manager, Finder Energy
Sponsor since 2011

“The GPinfo Permits Map is a great product. It’s something I refer to almost on a daily basis and of course, it is an extremely useful reference in a whole range of forums, including Joint Venture and Board meetings.”

Neil Gibbins, Managing Director, Vintage Energy
Sponsor since 2018

“Copies of the 2020 GPinfo permit maps arrived this week and are already sprinkled around the office, including the boardroom and meeting rooms. The maps provide an excellent reference to petroleum permit and pipeline locations for Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea and are of a quality that Bridgeport is proud to support.”

Barry Smith, Chief Technical Officer, Bridgeport Energy
Sponsor since 2013

Visit for more details on the GPinfo Petroleum Permits Map of Australasia 2021

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Can I use a web map service as my location map?

A couple of years ago Petrosys PRO introduced the ability to use a dbm file with WMS layers as a location map. Not only that but location maps can also be included within the map template and displayed in your map by selecting the relevant style template at any time.

There are a couple of ways to display a WMS layer as part of your Location Map:

  • As a layer within a dbm file.
  • As part of a ‘Location map template’.

Display location map

Truth be told, both options are very similar. The main difference is that a ‘Location map template’ represents a dbm file saved in a particular location: a folder within the Petrosys local directory called ‘location_basemap_templates’

Note: for more info on how to set and the importance of local directories, check the Petrosys Help, accessed via the software, the topic called ‘PS_LOCAL CONFIGURATION DIRECTORY’.

So, how do we create a dbm with a WMS layer that we can use as a location map?

First, we need to consider if we would like to have additional info besides the WMS layer in this dbm file, i.e., a shapefile. In our experience, it’s better to keep things simple. And considering a web map service points to a raster image with lots of features, most of the time a dbm file with a single WMS layer will do the trick. But there may be cases when additional features need to be highlighted by other spatial datasets, hence the flexibility of this tool allows you to use more than one layer.

Once we have settled on the number of layers, we then proceed to display the WMS data in a Mapping window as normal. To display WMS data, go to Display\Web Map Service… and connect to the relevant service by entering the relevant Url or, if previously defined, choose one of the options within the Catalog.

Proceed to connect to the service, choose the relevant layer, and display it on your map.

display web map service

If we are using only a WMS layer, then it is important to set the extent using an Extent Template or the tools available within Map Template. This is important as, contrary to other types of data, WMS data will not allow you to set the extent using the dynamic mode.

Tip: don’t worry about the style as this will not have an impact on the location map.

World satellite image

Once the relevant data and extent are set, you are ready to save the map as a dbm file. As mentioned above, if you decide to save this dbm file within the Petrosys local directory, you’ll be able to select it as part of your ‘Location map templates’. The advantage of doing it this way are:

  • No matter the project you are working with, it will always be available to you.
  • And if the local directory has been set in your site as a ‘shared’ one, every user will have the option to choose the same location map.

Now that the dbm file has been saved in the local directory, this location map template should be part of the list of templates available, as seen in the below screenshot.

display location map 2

Furthermore, if the location map is being made part of the template, as a user you’ll only have to select the relevant style template to display it. This is accomplished by enabling the ‘Include in map template’ box.

An example of how a location map would look like can be seen below in this map where a location map with WMS data has been included as part of the style template.

Location Map

More about this functionality can be read in the Petrosys Help or several workflows in pdf or short video format available to the users in the Client Portal.

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