The Digital Oilfield

Trends in Oil and Gas and the Planar Visualization Tools that Make it Possible

The majority of the earth's fossil energy resources have already been discovered. The world’s experts know where the deposits are located, but most of the easy-to-access resources have already been tapped (think oil rush days in Texas with oil gushing out of the ground!). So nowadays, the trick is to extract it in a cost effective way that complies with the ever increasing safety and environmental regulations.

Getting the most from their assets – often referred to as “the digital oilfield”, is one of the key trends in the oil and gas industry today. Allowing companies to harness computing power and visualization systems shortens their time to production. For instance, there are processes for crunching the increasingly large sets of seismic data, enabling geoscientists to identify the best places to drill as well as reservoir modeling in order to achieve the maximum output with the minimal effort. The business drivers behind these activities referred to as Digital Energy, Field of the Future, Smart Field, or i-Field, include optimizing hydrocarbon production, improving operational safety, protecting the environment, improving oilfield ROI, enhancing decision making, and maintaining a competitive edge.

Interpreting seismic data is as much an art form as a science and requires experience. With fewer and fewer qualified geophysicists and geologists coming on to the workforce there is increasing incentive to provide tools that allow the current workforce to be as efficient as possible. This has resulted in a greater need for collaboration tools, so that remote teams and experts can work together without having to meet on-site.

Using Planar Displays and Video Walls in Oil and Gas Exploration

Upstream exploration is where most of the high end, large format displays come into play - primarily by geoscientists for viewing, interpreting and modeling seismic data. Some example applications include Schlumberger's Petrel, Halliburton|Landmark's GeoProbe, ffA's GeoTeric, and Dynamic Graphics CoViz 4D.

The industry is watching with interest as displays become higher resolution (including 4k and Ultra HD displays, as well as tiled video walls), 3D enabled for immersive visualization, and are beginning to use touch interactivity as more of the seismic viewing applications add that functionality. Of course, the displays also need to be bright and have vivid colors.

For these upstream applications, the Planar® UltraRes™ 4K display family is a great fit. Available in single sizes ranging from 84” to 98” or in simple tiling configurations, these displays pack 3820 x 2160 pixels onto the display and offer great pixel-per-inch clarity.

For production, customers are also installing video walls at an increasing rate for control room solutions to monitor wells, rigs, and pipelines in real-time. These nerve centers of upstream operations utilize Clarity® Matrix for thin-mounting depth or the Clarity® LED 3 Series of rear-projection displays for seamlessness. For use in the field. displays tend to be more rugged and smaller - in this case they are used to view data onsite when working on the wells, pipes, rigs and other equipment. Planar’s custom display capabilities are utilized here as more visualization technologies are ruggedized and put on oil rigs in the field.

Why should an oil and gas company consider doing business with or standardizing on Planar displays?

Our long history, of over 30 years, building reliable and mission-critical displays applies well to this market. With products rated for 24 x 7 operation to long product lifecycles to the high quality demonstrated in our award-winning products, the Planar line-up is perfect for these demanding applications. As a US company, with local support and expertise, Planar understands the needs of its customers in this market and stands at the ready to provide exceptional products and support.

For more information about what Planar is doing in the oil and gas industry, see the Oil and Gas Solutions page.

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