Abstract

Today's reservoir simulators handle millions of cells with fast turnaround, providing large amounts of information that must be analyzed quickly. High performance 3-D visualization may not be sufficient to optimize the engineers' productivity during large-scale simulation studies.

A new environment integrating a voice advisory system with "multi-modal" visualization has been built for our in-house reservoir simulator. The new environment provides stereo-capable 3-D visualization, force feedback via haptic devices and sonification. Thus engineers can simultaneously visualize oil saturation, hear changes in reservoir pressure and feel rock permeability interactively as they move a 3-D mouse throughout the reservoir.

Engineers can also provide operational and surveillance rules so that the computer automatically checks conditions on any variables. The system can take a number of actions, such as using sound synthesis to speak directly to the engineer, when these conditions occur. The system runs on a Windows XP-based PC with dual cpus.

Introduction

New generation reservoir simulators capable of handling millions of cells imply that geological detail can be handled without intensive up-scaling. This paves the road for direct seismic integration with reservoir simulation. Unfortunately, our ability to analyze information has not fully kept pace with these advances. Recently, devices that function as a "3-D mouse" with haptic (i.e. "touch") capabilities have appeared. These devices have the ability to navigate and probe inside earth models.

We will discuss MuSE (Multi-modal Simulation Environment), a new environment integrating a voice advisory system with "multi-modal" visualization. This environment provides stereo-capable 3-D visualization, force feedback via haptic devices and data sonification for our in-house simulator (Ref. 1). Thus engineers can simultaneously probe multiple variables, such as visualize oil saturation, hear changes in reservoir pressure and feel rock permeability interactively as they move a 3-D mouse throughout the reservoir.

Engineers can also provide operational rules for checking conditions on any variables. MuSE uses various means, such as speech generation and pop-up messaging, to communicate with the engineer when these conditions occur.

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