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Emerson enhances reservoir modelling software

August 2015 IT in Manufacturing

Emerson Process Management has launched the latest version of its reservoir modelling software, Roxar RMS. The new version – RMS 2013.1 – comes with enhanced structural modelling tools that acknowledge realistic uncertainties in the data and improve volumetric sensitivities. This makes it faster and easier for modellers to build geological scenarios, investigate the full effects of structural uncertainty, and maximise the value of their reservoir assets.

“Too often in the past reservoir modellers have had to resign themselves to using best case estimates of faults and horizons, with the inherent uncertainty in these interpretations often neglected and thereby underestimating the actual uncertainty in reservoir volumes,” said Kjetil Fagervik, managing director of Emerson’s Roxar Software Solutions.

He continues: “With our new version of Roxar RMS and our tightly integrated structural modelling and gridding tools, users will be able to quantify uncertainty more effectively and increase confidence when it comes to crucial decisions on where to drill, what production strategies to adopt, and how to maximise recovery.”

As part of the new enhancements, RMS 2013.1 also sees fault uncertainty tools further integrated with structural modelling and 3D gridding. This enables users to build fault uncertainty models in full and investigate a wide variety of scenarios corresponding to the uncertainty in the input data.

In addition, horizon uncertainty modelling is significantly enhanced, allowing users to create horizons and zones based on uncertainty data and information derived from well picks, velocities, seismic travel times and isochores. Uncertainty modelling has also been extended with new parameters added such as the modelling of fault sealing effects and fractures.

The accuracy of the models can be further improved with the new tool for adjusting the 3D grid to well picks, and enhanced isochore modelling tools that provide users with full quality control over isochore input data.

The focus on the geophysical domain sees further enhancements to the new Model-Driven Interpretation (MDI) tools first released in RMS 2013 with improvements to MDI and velocity modelling through new tools for QC-ing the velocity model, providing input for horizon uncertainty modelling, and for well-ties.

Efficiencies and performance is improved through multi-threading (the ability for computing to take place in parallel), new SEG-Y importing functionality and RMS Data Explorer that allows users to manipulate large amounts of data with advances in well administration and fault grouping/sorting.

Finally Roxar RMS 2013.1 also comes with new predictive analytics tool for identifying sweet spots within unconventional fields.

Kjetil Fagervik concludes: “When it comes to strengthening operator confidence in their reservoirs’ economics, improving decision-making and increasing workflow productivities and efficiencies, Roxar RMS is changing the reservoir modelling landscape. RMS 2013.1 will be the first of a number of significant modelling advances over the coming months.”

Emerson’s Roxar RMS is comprised of 24 fully integrated software modules that form a seamless and fully integrated seismic to simulation workflow. This includes seismic interpretation, structural model building, 3D gridding, facies and petrophysical modelling, flow simulation, well planning and uncertainty modelling tools. RMS operates on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 64-bit versions 5 and 6 and on Windows 64-bit 7.

For more information contact Michael Eksteen, Emerson Process Management, +27 (0)11 451 3700,,


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