January 2007


TechArts made by Techlog
4-7 June 2006, SPWLA in Veracruz

Newsletter first release Happy new year 2007!
We are very pleased to share with you our rst edition of TECHSIANEWS. Through this journal, we shall keep you updated on our latest technical and commercial developments to better inform you of our various activities. users on six continents, Techsia SA has begun a phase of expansion to bring our support teams closer to you, the users. Whether you are a power user, a starting user, a user-to-be or just an observer, we thank you for your comments and contribution to the development of Techlog. In this edition, we will report on Your inputs have helped us plan the recent expansion of Techsia and achieve a rate of product SA that puts us in the best posi- evolution that reects our comtion to support our growing international user-base, and we will also share the recent history of developments in the Techlog® product suite. mitment to provide an active Support & Enhancement Service that is second to none in the industry. With continued feedback from all of you we can be condent that our developments are focused and address real needs within the petrophysical community.

In this issue

Client feedback from the now several hundred-strong international user-base has been of inestimable value in helping to shape the growth of the company and the growth of the product. Now with many active

Worldwide expansion !

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Techlog V2006.2 & V2006.3! Technical focus!

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Expanding worldwide to be closer to you

Worldwide expansion
To better serve our client network we are expanding worldwide. Our subsidiaries’ main focus is to achieve three goals: to be closer to our clients, thus to enable better direct support of our regional customers; to provide training and consultancy in the use of our products; to further promote and introduce our latest developments and workows. Our local support teams provide on-going day-to-day support to our clients within similar time-zones and working weeks to ensure all users rapidly become procient in utilizing all aspects of the Techlog platform. Backed up by our global Techlog support team based in Montpellier, we provide 24/7 on-call assistance to ensure that our clients get the help they need, where they need it, as quickly as possible. When consulting assistance is requested or when training is called for to address those special projects or workows, our people can respond to your enquiries and requests promptly. We currently run courses on-site in client ofces dedicated to each client company and plan to expand our provision of training to include open-industry courses from our regional ofce bases. We regularly provide technical assistance in projects from database clean-ups to detailed reservoir rock-typing using the power of the Techlog suite to provide new and efcient workows to address age-old problems. Techlog is changing the way the industry is managing its petrophysical data. To these ends, Techsia Inc was launched in Houston, Texas on December 12, 2005, followed by our second subsidiary, Techsia Middle East LLC in Muscat, Oman on May 24, 2006. Further subsidiaries are planned for the near future, starting with our Asian subsidiary earmarked for Malaysia. We are actively recruiting petrophysicists with a variety of language and cultural backgrounds to assist our support teams to meet the demands of the international community.

Techsia Inc! Techsia Middle East LLC!

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Techsia Inc A multicultural winning team
Techsia Inc was launched in December 2005. The settingup phase was instrumental in preparing the ground for Aghogho Udi and José Silva to take over support of our regional client sites and perform demonstrations for future clients from July 2006. Richard Ellam has since joined the team in September 2006 as Techsia Inc’s General Manager and Executive Vice President, and we welcome him to the team. Let us introduce the team to you! Richard Ellam joined Techsia as Regional Manager, Techsia Inc., in September, 2006. Richard has over 12 year experience in the oil and gas industry with Schlumberger Wireline working specically in the petrophysical domain. After graduating from Bristol University with a rst class honours degree in Aerospace EngineerRichard Ellam Richard Ellam joined Techsia in Septeming, he embarked ber 2006 to be Techsia Inc General Manon a career in ager. the highly technical oil industry w i t h S c h l u mberger. With over 7 years experience as a Wireline logging engineer, having front line experience in a range of land and offshore environments in many locations around the world covering the Middle East, the North Sea, Russia, West Africa and the US., Richard has extensive experience of Wireline data and sample gathering. In particular, his experience in operations spans the application of all types of wireline and LWD data to petrophysical evaluation; he has worked on the acquisition of pressure and uid sample data, NMR, sidewall coring, seismic surveys, perforating technology, production logging and cement evaluation. After this broad base in “front-line acquisition work” Richard has a further 6 years’ experience in Operational Management with specic application to Service Quality, Service Delivery, Product Development and Operations Management. Richard is managing our Techsia Inc subsidiary, and we welcome him to the Techsia team. Aghogho Udi received his degree in Petroleum engineering from the University of Port-Harcourt, (Nigeria) in August 2000 and his Master of Science in Petroleum Geoscience and Management at Manchester University, (United Kingdom) in September 2001. He started working for Shell Petroleum Development Company, (Port Harcourt - Nigeria) as a Wellsite Engineer/ Geologist in February 1998. He followed that with a spell at BP Exploration Operating Company, (Dyce – Aberdeen UK), being employed as a geologist until June 2002 when

he took a position as a Drilling Service Engineer with Schlumberger Drilling & Measurement, (Louisiana). Four years later he joined Techsia Inc as a petrophysicist working on regional support and training based in Houston. Jose Silva entered his career in the oileld in 1998 studying Geophysical Engineering at the Simon Bolivar University, one of the most prestigious universities in Venezuela. He began his working career as a Geophysics Engineer in PDVSA in 2002 as an intern to do Seismic and Structural Interpretation in the Lake Maracaibo Catatumbo Area. After a successful internship in PDVSA he started working for Petrozuata (a joint venture between ConocoPhillips and PDVSA). In late 2004, he joined Schlumberger to work overseas in the Gulf of Mexico as a Field Engineer (LWD/MWD services). In July 2006 he joined Techsia Inc as a Petrophysicist based in Houston dedicated to regional support and training. We are very happy to count on both Aghogho and Jose at Techsia Inc. As a team they provide a very effective support operation and have quickly developed a ne rapport with their growing client base. We are delighted that they have joined us!

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Techsia Middle East LLC is open for business
Established on 24 May 2006, Techsia Middle East LLC, ofcially opened its doors for business in the region at the beginning of September. Operating out of the Knowledge Oasis Muscat, a compound of IT specialist companies in the Sultanate of Oman, Dr. Chris Chouker and his team will provide diverse petrophysical services to the oil industries in the Middle East region. The present staff consists of two petrophysicists and one Ofce Manager, Andrea Schuster. The current client list is increasing rapidly due to the quality of the product and the professional support provided out of Muscat. As more and more E&P companies throughout the Middle East Region become interested in implementing Techlog, the on-site support provided by Techsia Middle East LLC will spread to other countries throughout the Gulf. In keeping with the goals of Techsia subsidiaries, Techsia Middle East LLC also offers special case studies and trainings, both software and petrophysical, based out of the ofce here in Muscat. Dr. Chris Chouker has been appointed General Manager of Techsia Middle East LLC. Chris holds a diploma degree in Geophysics and a PhD in natural sciences. Before joining Techsia in 2005 Chris gained over 13 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. His career started as a wireline eld engineer in the Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe. Later he worked Chris Chouker as Senior PetroDr. Chris Chouker joined Techsia in physicist and August 2005 to be Techsia Middle East LLC General Manager. Lead Petrophysicist in two European oil and gas companies operating in both Central Europe and North Africa.

Michael Mayerboeck graduated from the Mining University of Leoben in 2004 as a petroleum engineer with a major in applied geosciences. Before joining Techsia in late 2005, he acquired experience with Siemens, RAG and OMV. Currently Michael is the support manager for Techsia Middle East LLC in Muscat, Oman. Andrea Schuster graduated from the University of Vienna with a Masters degree in International Business Administration and joined Techsia as Ofce Manager in September 2006. Prior to joining Techsia, Andrea gained experience with an Austrian oil and gas company operating in Central Europe and North Africa. TECHSIA LLC - OMAN Knowledge Oasis Muscat PO Box 32 Rusayl 124 Sultanate of Oman T +968 95 41 58 91


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A dedicated and multilingual team composed of top management members, advanced petrophysicists, IT engineers and international coordinators to introduce you to Techsia’s world

As we do each year, we had the pleasure to participate in the SPWLA International Symposium and Exhibition held from 4-7 June 2006 in Veracruz, Mexico. Following the habit of previous years, we installed a stand in the Exhibition area and welcomed clients, observers, and other interested persons to a series of presentations during the two and a half days of the exhibition. Visitors to the stand took the opportunity to catch up with us on our latest developments and to informally chat with our management and support teams. We provided 4 to 5 scheduled demonstrations each day lasting around 90 minutes each. Brian Moss, the senior petrophysicist present, led these events and was on hand to answer questions and perform more specic demos at client request in between times. The main demonstrations not only gave information on our current tools but also on our planned developments, many of these being based specically on clients’ feedback and requirements. Other members of the technical team were also engaged fulltime during the exhibition in discussions and small one-onone demonstrations for many interested enquirers. Each year the interest in our products grows and the number of attendees increases: over 200 people enjoyed the demonstrations this year! We are looking forward to meeting you all again at SPWLA 2007 in Austin, Texas (June 3-6, 2007)!

SPWLA 2006!

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SPWLA 2006 Veracruz
Our attendance at the Exhibition is a very important part of our calendar. The event provides an unparalleled opportunity to engage with existing clients and meet with new, prospective clients to showcase our pace of development, of which we are justiably proud. ciated for our distinctive way of thinking and the clear communication of our vision.

“Your Techlog platform is impressive; we can’t wait to see your Borehole Image processing module (BHI) in action”
Demo attendee

For instance, we were complimented at Veracruz on our TechArt pictures. Nobody had quite looked at petrophysical data in this way before. How did this set of pictures come about? Well, we had looked at many Techlog displays of modern logging and core data and thought “these images are strikingly beautiful”. We imagined an exhibition – an art exhibition - where the pictures on the walls were all derived from petrophysical data. So And we don’t just talk during the meeting; we lis- was born our campaign “The Art of Science”. ten hard to what our colleagues in the business are telling us are the main issues they face in their day- Numerous visiting petrophysicists tried to guess to-day tasks. All of this excellent information is fed whether the data displayed on the postcards were back to our development team, sifted, prioritized the work of artists or were produced by Techlog; and integrated with the plans in place. Key, repre- when it was revealed that all were produced in the sentative users from amongst our growing user- software, from real data, the common reaction was base are then involved each quarter in planning astonishment at the breadth of capabilities inthe next months’ main development tasks. In this cluded in the plotting features in the software. way we ensure no-one feels left out of the develTo better know the SPWLA host country and to opment process. support the local economy, we choose to work Our clients tell us that we have a different ap- each year with local companies to set up our proach compared to other vendors. We are appre- booth. This year was no exception, and our coor-

“TechArt everywhere”
We launched our TechArt campaign at the SPWLA during which visitors could enjoy the TechArt postcards, movies and art gallery.


dination and design team was very pleased to work with local contractors. Together we created an innovative, attractive and functional environment in which to offer our guests our dedicated attention whilst encouraging a free ow of ideas and exchange.

Watch this space for news of our imaging tools, our thin-bed-analysis module, our new contact management tools, our new saturation-height modeling capability and our new dataset splicing tools amongst other new ways of visualizing, managing and extracting the most from your data. Move to more, move to Techlog.

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We look forward to meeting with you all again at the next SPWLA to be held in June (3-6) 2007 in Austin, Texas.
The art of science


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“I believe Techlog is a third millennium package, robust, multifunctional and easy to develop/implement new applications.”
Shell senior petrophysicist

Techlog 2006.2 & 2006.3 The comprehensive and fully interactive multi-well petrophysical solution
It has been two months now since Techlog 2006.3 was launched. This release is considered as major by the petrophysics community and we are proud to introduce the new developments to our readers. To facilitate the understanding of the interaction between Techlog platform and its growing number of modules, a road sign has been designed. On the next page, you will nd the improvement list of both releases 2006.2 and 2006.3. We will have a particular look at the Quanti new properties editor, Techplot and Techdata new families editor CoreDB, the new way of managing core data has been delivered to Total. We will have a closer look at it.


Improvement list
RELEASENOTES November, 2006 Techlog 2006.2 & 2006.3

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> Import
Techlog 2006.2 • OpenSpirit 2.9 import now working from both Open Works and Recall. • Import from OW is working well and fast, good for starting a new project from scratch, but can also be used to clean up well header info. • DLIS import improvements (better management of the dataset names and properties, big les) Techlog 2006.3 • Possibility to load DLIS in two steps to make this you need to select “Selective DLIS import” inside the import type list. This method is especially interesting for the import of large les. During the rst step only the well/dataset/variable information is read, after that the user can select manually the data which should be imported (the user can also load a previously saved selection of data) • The LAS le and Geolog ASCII le load time improved (~10 times faster) • The import of a le from the Windows explorer can be done by simple drag and drop inside the Techlog workspace • Techlog OpenSpirit connection is working also with the 2.8 version of OpenSpirit • Better handling of operational daily updates (e.g. LWD). Now possible to append data to existing dataset from the project browser • ASCII data wizard: the dataset type can be changed even if the input le type is top bottom • Better management of the “innity” values (NaN, INF) during the import of ASCII les • New families are dened to be included inside the reference dataset: Loggers, Drillers Depth, Depth Below Mudline, MD Reference 1 Techlog 2006.3.6 • Creation of a Data Selection as a template directly from the project browser

> Properties
Techlog 2006.3 • In the properties window, a green bar shows which properties are editable. • The name of the current object is displayed in the property header Techlog 2006.3.2 • Possibility to have a quick property access (move the properties to the mouse cursor) using F4 shortcut

> Shortcut system
Techlog 2006.3 • A new shortcut system is available involving key sequences, more tools are available from this new system


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> Additional variable types
Techlog 2006.2 • Three blocked curve types are available (blocked, centered and inverted) • Two text curve types (simple and rich text) for better management of zone text in layout. Techlog 2006.3 • Added “dip”, “casing shoes”, “cumulative array”

> Additional dataset types
Techlog 2006.2 • “Variable group properties” (to cater for logging pass info from Recall) Techlog 2006.3 • Added dataset type of “wavelet” used by Geophi

> Families
Techlog 2006.2 • Additional options to dene line type + thickness and palettes by family. • Color, line style denition for most of the usual curves, Schlumberger standard taken as example • Family “tree” changes, less granularity, new main families. • Core data Routine (Core porosities and permeabilities were move to here) • Core data Special • Mud Logs • Production Logging • Pulsed Neutron • With a good number of new families in each and with relevant family assignment rules for a selection of standard contractor curve names. • 2 options to preview effect of family changes (e.g. such as the move to a new version): • A “Test only” button is added to the Family assignment interface. This will show all the changes in the message window in the bottom. • A script is available to create a CSV le (in “data” listing all the variables that will change family) Techlog 2006.3 • Added new families for BHI (dip, buttons…), Geophi, Geo-mechanics • Added several family assignment rules (Halliburton) • Speed improvements of the aliases loading

> Multi-user session
Techlog 2006.3 • Added new option to unlock the project at exit • Added possibility to dene a project to be opened directly in multi-user mode

> Unit system
Techlog 2006.3 • Update to POSC unit system version 2.2 (new units are available and some conversion factors are updated)


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> Workspace
Techlog 2006.3 • When the workspace/project are closed you have a dialog asking if you want to close with or without saving all the windows or select individually to close like in the old Techlog versions • Bi-screen: some dialogs are displayed in the middle of the particular screen where the cursor is present instead of in the middle of both screens • Possibility to enlarge vertically, horizontally or on the current screen (if you have bi-screen) using shortcuts (Ctrl+Shift+Click, Shift+Click, Ctrl+Click)

> Project browser
Techlog 2006.2 • Option to cancel opening of a project • Possibility to save/open depth plot, cross-plot, histogram at User, Project, etc. levels Techlog 2006.3 • The “delete” and “delete denitely” actions have better distinction of the text and visual aspect of the dialog • Most of the Techlog objects (palettes, Python scripts, layouts…) can be saved and loaded from the context menu from different levels (User/Project/Company/Techsia) • The “conditional selection” respects hierarchical order in its specication • The “conditional selection” and “hierarchical grouping” can be save, loaded as project objects • Speed improvement

> Resampling tool
Techlog 2006.3 • All the continuous data resampling methods have anti-aliasing lter added • New method is added for linear anti-aliasing with special management of the over and under sampling • The linear interpolation algorithm respects the original missing value samples • Point data shift now has maximum shift specied • Better detection of the logarithmic scale of the variable to dene the appropriate data transformation Techlog 2006.3.2 • Specic management of the resampling of variable with angle degree (dega) unit (management of the 360° wrapping)

> Harmonized dataset
Techlog 2006.2 • Now possible to “set to well alias” for multiple changes Techlog 2006.3 • Possibility to update existing harmonized datasets (add variables, overwrite variable, replace the missing values of existing variables) • The default resampling method for the continuous variable is the same as dened in the properties of the project browser (is no more the linear interpolation)


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> Inventories
Techlog 2006.3 • In the “Variable list”, there is now the possibility to access to the variables’ properties • Possibility to update existing harmonized datasets (add variables, overwrite variable, replace the missing values of existing variables) • Project browser automatic refreshing after deleting or renaming actions from the inventory window • In the variable list, possibility to access to the variable properties • Alphanumerical columns enhancements

> Data editor
Techlog 2006.3 • Possibility to dene conditions inside the equation, examples: “SW if 0 < SW < 1 else MissingValue”; “MissingValue if 1206.5 < MD < 1240.1 else SW”

> TVD computation
Techlog 2006.3 • The computation can now be done from a “tie” point • Added a new method “Radius curvature”

> Multi well zone editor
Techlog 2006.2 • The user can now change the reference (to e.g. TVDSS), edit tops in this reference, and “apply”, to save it as a new zonation. The tops are then saved in a new data-set (xxx_2) with the reference in the new system (TVDSS in this case), having the right family, so the tops will plot on depth automatically when taken from this set.. • Inserting a zone is now possible (was added at the back) • Adding “TD” is a new option to get the bottom zone meaningfully in depth plots, Quanti workows, etc. (RMB in tops editor to get the option). It will take the TD from the well properties, or otherwise the deepest data-set depth. • “Zonation_All” creation now possible on ltered project Techlog 2006.3 • New interface of the Zone Editor including the zones being displayed as rows and the wells as columns • Multiple occurrences of the zones can be displayed and modied • The top and bottom of each zone can displayed and edited • The zones and wells can be ordered by the user or sorted • All the tops and bottoms can be displayed and edited in different units and reference families • A contact can be added in order to split a zone using uid information • The display and save precision can be dened as a property of the Zone Editor • The table can be copied and pasted from/to Excel • Apply button is replaced with a Save icon button

> Export
Techlog 2006.3 • Fixed errors on the export of large dataset as CSV le • Petrel LAS export (the unit “m” is replaced by “M”) • Better management of the “innity” value during the ASCII le export


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> Zonation
Techlog 2006.3.2 • The default zone colour for zone "ALL" is setup to pale blue

> Database operations
Techlog 2006.3.2 • Speed and memory use optimisation (add/modify/delete variable or array operations; data properties information loading)

> Folder management
Techlog 2006.3.3 • Better folder management (possibility to have several project folders, easier switch between several company folders, enhanced conguration le management)

> Python
Techlog 2006.2 • Better management / availability of company library of scripts. Techlog 2006.3 • Version 2.5 of Python is used. New inside this version: memory and speed optimisation, conditional statement function • New folder is specied as the external folder for version 2.5 scripts (if .pyc les that were compiled with version 2.4 are present inside this new folder at the User, Project or Company level, these should be recompiled with Python version 2.5 • Better distinction between oat division “/” vs. “//” integer division • Better ASCII codecs management of scripts (for non Latin text present inside the script e.g. Russian les) {new Python scripts} • The scripts can be saved from Python editor as being compatible with the old Techlog version or only as new Python version. • Automatic indentation implemented on typing the “:” character followed by carriage return (and “LOOP” should now be written with “:” at the end (“LOOP:”) to conform with Python operators • Possibility to add or remove a “Tab” on selection of lines with “Tab” and “Ctrl+Tab” • More scripts are available inside the Techlog distribution package (including tutorial scripts and several different examples) • The script can be saved with description parameters (author, date, version, external documentation link) • Additional Python libraries are available with access to Techplot objects and/or dialogs (TechlogDialog, TechlogDialogAdvanced, TechlogPlot) • The sort operation of parameters is no longer automatic; you have an additional dialog to conrm or not this operation in order to avoid unwanted sorting of the parameters • The line numbers of those lines with errors are now correctly displayed Techlog 2006.3.2 • Duplicated variable detection script (speed and memory used optimisation)


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> Global
Techlog 2006.3 • Additional patterns/textures are present and the name of the existing patterns were harmonized • New standard lithology palettes • The user display boundaries are preserved by default

> Histogram
Techlog 2006.3 • The cumulative frequency grid is now the main grid and no more the relative frequency grid

> Chart
Techlog 2006.3.3 • Update of the neutron density charts

> Cross-plots
Techlog 2006.2 • Better recognition of what variables are x, y, lter, color etc in the left window. • Easy entry of y=x equation. • More intuitive management of xing slope / intercept • Better management of selecting points / polygons etc. Techlog 2006.3 • Fixed point regression with graphical control • Possibility to move all the points together for one custom regression • Multiple regression lines can be selected and modied at one time • The estimated condence interval about the line and the estimated prediction condence can be displayed on the cross-plot • Better management of the units in multi well: if the unit are not harmonized they are converted on the y if it is possible • The size of the markers can be dened by a variable • The prediction and condence intervals can be displayed • Possibility to apply the change of the modication of one equation and keep the dialog opened

> Printing
Techlog 2006.2 • Scaling / tting to page size now independent in horizontal and vertical directions • Saving from print module to CGM and other formats. This also allows easy “plot to one page tting CGM le, importable to word / ppt les. • Dashing still problematic to get on the print. Techlog 2006.3 • CGM: better management of patterns/textures • CGM: better management of the dashed lines


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> Depth matching
Techlog 2006.2 • New mode added that allows • depth shifting to outside the dataset • inserting depth pairs anywhere, also between core points (now, the “from” depth is snapping to core plug depths) • depth shift a whole dataset (applying this modies the reference curve in an inverse way, rather than shifting point data; the original depth reference is renamed and kept in the dataset) • Possible now to “load” an existing transformation to use as starting point, edit etc. Techlog 2006.3 • The depth match function uses the linear anti-aliasing data resampling • Simplication and clarication of the workow

> Depth plots
Techlog 2006.2 • Interactive changing of tops (of existing zonation; add/insert tops interactively will be available in the next version) • Old “single well” layouts can now be converted to “Multi Well” Layout (provided no tracks contain variables from different wells) • Move wells / change order / remove (select well in header and use arrows or delete) • Flipping scale can be done in property window • Palettes: possibility to ll with one colour, pattern. • Dual palettes now possible with patterns (before only colours) • Change the order of palettes that overlay (select the shading in the track header or the track - arrow up / down) • Database actions from the menu (delete variables, dene variable as well alias) • Set variable to any constant over the selection. Techlog 2006.3 • Variable editing (draw mode) • Graphical variable creation (spline or linear interpolation between user dened points) • Better display of the dashed lines • A new special display for dip data • A new special display for casing shoes • An image and/or text can be displayed as interval data or centred on one depth (description on single depth or thin-section image) • Histograms and cross-plots can be displayed inside dedicated tracks (by zone or by top and bottom) • Better management of the display of up going wells • Possibility to create automatically an array (example of multi-mineral) in a dedicated special track • Synthetic seismogram variables can be displayed as a seismic array if they are concatenated manually as an array • Generic variable (Alias or Family) can be inserted inside a track even if they are not present in the well (important functionality to create a generic template layout) • Track width can be dened in centimeters “cm” or inch “in” unit • The value used inside the processing dialogs are saved and used by default on the next use of the same processing • The main reference track have default different appearance • Single well layout is not present inside the tool bar • Possibility to use logarithmic transformation before smooth the data


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> Graphical zone edit
Techlog 2006.2 • Interactive changing of tops of existing zonation Techlog 2006.3 • Zones can be graphically created and edited (several modes of picking new zones are available)


> Global
Techlog 2006.2 • Multi zone entry: only the rst entry will be shown the top and bottom in the parameter table(s), but all subsequent penetrations will be processed now as well. This allows dening parameters by facies / uids etc. Techlog 2006.3 • Previously computed values outside the current zone can be now preserved • More computation parameters can be entered as variables • All the optional input parameters can be switched to zone constant values • Reorganisation of the properties of Quanti methods • The Quanti workow propagation into a new well is easier now: can be done by simply applying if all the parameters are well dened and the cascade mode is activated • Qv computation methods are added: QVn, QV function of CEC • Automatic recognition of output curve names in subsequent Quanti methods • Possibility to disable the output in the properties • Speed improvements of table manipulations • Better management of the “innity” values in the computations • TechMath method is available with some data processing options like smooth, spline, despike…

> Parameter management
Techlog 2006.2 • Parameter table now split into 4 parts: • Reservoir (or “project”) • Zones • Wells • Well/zones (the present Techlog parameter table) At the user request, the data from these 3 levels can be progress into the 4th part, which represents the present Techlog parameter table. The 3 new levels can each be hidden independently if so desired. Parameter sets from all 4 levels can be saved and retrieved independently The unit columns can be hidden Wheel motion is faster / more uent. Pressing CNTL with wheel motion only updates plot on mouse release (option for heavier Quanti workows or when user dened plot is used).

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Techlog 2006.3 • Fill down at zone level implemented


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> Porosity
Techlog 2006.3 • Remove the lithology input for the hydrocarbon correction • Addtitional parameters (inversion exponent, m, n) can be dened for hydrocarbon correction Techlog 2006.3.3 • The neutron-density porosity method propose the possibility to select the tool type (NPHI, BA2435, BA2420, APLS, TNPH)

> Volume of shale
Techlog 2006.3 • Calculation of unclipped VSH now added

> Saturation
Techlog 2006.3 • BVW output automatically computed • Correction to the Waxman-Smits B parameter

> Summation
Techlog 2006.2 • Summation in TVD / TVDSS is now possible • Other averaging techniques (harmonic and geometric) now also available for the additional variables. Techlog 2006.3 • Better distinction between the net, non-net and unknown values • Better display of the sensitivity plot • Better management of the threshold signs (<=, <, >, >=) • Better display of the results inside the depth plot • Additional output of the “Pay” outputs • Better output display and speed improvements • Include weight fraction (between 0 and 1) input variable

> Quanti custom - Python scripts
Techlog 2006.2 • Python scripts can be “organized” such that company standard scripts will be available from a pull down menu and do not have to be imported into the project anymore. • When calling a Python script in a workow, the user is now also rst presented with the family/alias selection dialogue box, just like with Techlog Quanti modules. This provides more unity and exibility in use. Techlog 2006.3 • Access to the Python script description and documentation link • The output variables now have automatically assigned any description dened inside the Python script • Monte-Carlo option is available


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> Pickett plot
Techlog 2006.2 • Pickett plot with “inverse” axes (porosity horizontal) is available (not the “ofcial” Pickett plot). • More interactivity between parameter sub-window and regression / selection of points. Techlog 2006.3 • The parameters “a”, “m”, “n” and “Rw” can be managed from the properties of the cross-plot – avoids losing the parameter window • The Pickett plot can be saved/loaded/duplicated as a normal cross-plot


> Global
Techlog 2006.2 • Sequential quadratic programming algorithm implementation. Techlog 2006.3 • Possibility to have a quick cross-plot display of the input data and graphical parameter selection • Better Waxman-Smits management of QV as input curve • Better management of a text variable as the partition input • SIGF variable with default constants is added to the default mineralogical system table • The dry clay points are used for the computation of PhitShale inside Dual-Water, Juhasz and Simandoux • Possibility to save the PHI, SXO and SW output curves directly • Fluid parameter have defaults in the mineral uid tables

> Neutron equations
Techlog 2006.3.3 • Management of non-linear equations (tool types: NPHI, THPH, SNP, APLS)


Techlog 2006.2 • Depth – Time tables using 4 methods: checkshot only, Sonic only, least square t and forced t • Depth to Time conversion including anti-aliasing ltering • Gassmann uid substitution • Butterworth trapezoid and Ricker wavelet lters • Impedance, reection co-efcient, RFC Synthetic and Run Sum Synthetic Techlog 2006.3 • Improvement of the Synthetics modules computations: impedance, reection co-efcient, RFC Synthetic and Run Sum Synthetic • Additional lters are available inside the well synthetic module: sync, Bessel, Chebyshev, wavelet • Graphical check shot editor is available to analyse the drift between the sonic and the check shot data


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> Global
Techlog 2006.3 • Speed corrections of FMI tool • Pad concatenation of FMI tool • Normalisation methods (windowed or not windowed): histogram equalisation or normal • Processing methods: edge detection, smoothing lters • Manual dip picking available graphically • Image attening tool Techlog 2006.3.2 • Improve management of large les

> Speed correction
Techlog 2006.3.2 • Default selection of speed corrected images

> Normalisation
Techlog 2006.3.2 • Speed and memory use optimisations


Techlog 2006.3 • Option to dene if you want to display only the result in the model datasets


> Global
Techlog 2006.3 • Small improvements to the Lambda method: possibility to use automatic weighting factors on the pressure axis • Relative permeability workow is added (resampling, draining and imbibitions computation using Buckley-Leverett, Corey, Brooks-Corey, Land, Killough equations)

> Resampling
Techlog 2006.3.5 • The application 'Angle interpolation' is extented for all variables compatible with unit "dega"

> Multiwell
Techlog 2006.3.3 • Possibility to extend the proposed reference family with the reference data present in the well


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> Array editor
Techlog 2006.3 • A new dedicated editor for array

User guide

Techlog 2006.3 • The folder of the user guide can be modied by the user (the advantage of this system is the possibility to update the user guide independently of the Techlog version and the possibility to add a lot of video explanation clips without requiring special network/ administrator permissions) • Improvements and updates of both user guide and existing tutorials • New tutorials: Quanti.min, Geophi, BHI Techlog 2006.3.2 • Geophi • BHI • Quanti.min : tutorial integration in online help. • Quanti updates • Flushed zone saturation (Archie, water, Juhasz, total shale, Waxman smits, dispersed shale, indonesia, Simandoux, shale) • QV function of CEC • Qvn • Summaries • Qceld updates • Well Editor • Inventory tools • Corrections • Data harmonization • Wells classication • Techplot • PCU-project browser • Curve Edition Logview • Printing • Techdata updates • Graphical zone editor - zonation editor • Zonation editor


"Only the foolish learn from experience — the wise learn from the experience of others."
Attributed to Romanian folk wisdom by Rolf Hochhuth

Focus Let’s have a closer look
This chapter aims at giving some specic information on Yasmina Kechida, a dynamic newly-hired petrophysicist and specic modules. All these articles are written by Techsia Vélizar Vesselinov will demonstrate how much precious user team members. time can be saved using Python with Techlog. In this rst TECHSIANEWS, Richard Ellam and Thomas Ribreau, a former CoreDB developer and now in charge of marketing, will show you how CoreDB can assist oil companies to secure and retrieve any core information.

CoreDB! Deeper with Python! Enhancements!

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CoreDB Import, view and manage
By Richard Ellam and Thomas Ribreau

“CoreDB has been designed with real Oil & Gas companies in mind, to adData is your company’s primary asset, and manag- dress a real need.”

The status quo.

ing its integrity is critical. Information can become dispersed, and without strict adherence to data storage standards companies can lose time and money retrieving and harmonizing data, as well as risk losing it at any time. In addition any data modication brings risk, and to mitigate that risk its key to keep track of where data is and how it was changed, and that is easier said than done. All of these issues prevent a company from making informed decisions in an efcient manner.

CoreDB Project manager

Your needs - storage, control and accessibility
Introducing CoreDB, a dedicated core information database system for the 21st century. Firstly a

robust and efcient data storage - that is the reason why CoreDB is based on an Oracle database and is able to manage huge quantities of core data. Secondly a clear and organized storage format, ensuring your coredata remains ordered, controlled, managed and fully traceable throughout its lifetime. Thirdly and not least, providing full access to your data through a common interface - using a standard web browser and an easyto-use graphical interface, anyone can search, visualize, generate inventories, export... any selection of the corporate data.

Core data is your primary asset, maximize its impact on your business
1 3 2 Filter Using an advanced query editor, CoreDB lets users lter any kind of core, geographical or user information. Inventory CoreDB provides mono or multi wellbore inventory by grouping core information on measurements and conditions. Locate user data within Countries, Fields, Wells, User-dened groupings, Curve types, Curve families, curve data, reports, photos, images... View user data Enhanced Plotting Ability full user access to pre dened standard plot templates to visualize your data, with full customization of plots, histograms and logs. Data Editor Depending on one's rights, a user can control and edit core data directly from a web browser. Export your plots and data to report formats, excel and full drag and drop export to Techlog. Core Picture browser A click on a sample to bring the corresponding core picture point vs, a click on the core picture sample icon brings the sample info. Traceability CoreDB keeps user activity history that can be accessed from the administrator console.

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Manage, organize and display your core data to your key users


further saved for reuse. Advanced query formula editor, to enable accurate and specic interrogaThe comprehensive range of CoreDB functional- tion of corporate data. ity is fully accessible through an IE session, enabling secure and controlled access to your corporate core database to any approved user at any time. CoreDB further offers a seamless integration of the CoreDB environment to Techlog, with simAdvanced query formula editor ple drag and drop data accessibility.


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Browsing information

A formula can use parenthesis with AND, OR and EXCEPT logical operator

Image Viewer
Company database Company’s File Migration

Full view access to core images, with ability to scroll, zoom in/out, switch resolution and through auto placement of ‘hotlink’ icons directly on the core image, quickly link from the core image to a experiment or a subsequent slice image from its relevant depth.

Any ODBC or SQL databases.

Based on Oracle® database

Excel® spreadsheets, CSV files...

Easy population of the CoreDB database from your existent databases or any formatted file media. Complete access to your core data from any standard web browser environment

Ease of data Import
Simple and efcient importation of your existing core data to the CoreDB environment with utilization of templates to further enable batch import workows. The CoreDB database structure can be Advanced Plotter and Report fully customized to manage any format of client Export data. Full control on import to cut, slice and concatenate images. Full user access to dene, create and save detailed custom Xplots, curev plots and histograms to fully CSV text format importation with the CoreDB loader. visualize your core data. These plot templates can be saved for reuse on a corporate level. Preloaded templates to visualize common industry standard plots. Full ability to export plot reports and data to common ofce applications.

Core picture importation with the CoreDB loader. Dual Grain Size Histogram display

Data Mining

CoreDB is generating a lot interest in the industry A fast and efcient ability to inventory or lter to due to its unique approach at solving a common problem. data of interest. Filters applied at log out are automatically reloaded on log in, lters can be


TECHSIANEWS January, 2007

Deeper with Python
By Yasmina Kechida and Vélizar Vesselinov

The objective of this article is to give some hints on how to create and run Python scripts. We will use examples with a range of useful structures to illustrate how to manage a script. For more details Techsia provide a tutorial dataset and example scripts during the training: “Techlog Advanced Course”. For a rst example, we will write a script to calculate water saturation from a choice of either a function of porosity class and height above free-water-level, or from an input log-derived curve. The rst step consists in specifying (“declaring”) the input and output variables: PHI, DEPTH, SWLOG and a parameter called “FWL”, together with a means to choose the “Method”, which we will dene with an input “String” (A “string” will be read as a literal collection of characters). We also need to dene our output curve. These inputs and the output are shown in the following table:
Fig 1: Variable and/ or constant specication of the Python script

We distinguish the written declaration in uppercase PHI as the variable name, and the system returns in lowercase the label “phi” as the value of the variable depth-by-depth. The order of the declaration lines in the list is not important, except for clarity of understanding the ow. The order can be adjusted by the script creator. For the script to process over all values present in a curve, the user simply invokes a pre-built function called “LOOP:” in the appropriate part of the code; there is no lengthy coding of data-housekeeping routines required.
Fig 2: The Python script

Remarks on line indentation
Each indented line after the LOOP statement will be considered as being “inside” the LOOP. When a line is typed for which the indents are all removed, this denotes the nish of the LOOP and the beginning of another segment of the script. The calculation phase inside the “if method” paragraphs is terminated by the statement containing “elif method”. The “if” and “elif” lines are indented by the same number of indents, so they are related as steps of the same conditional reasoning statement.

Note the clarity and simplicity of the Python script. This script can be run “stand-alone” on a specic well because an explicit identication has been incorporated in the declaration lines (see Fig 1), or it can be included within a Quanti Table (also known as a “Quanti Workow”) as a Quanti Custom object. The script then becomes available across multiple wells and multiple zones without the user having to create any detailed data-housekeeping routines. Other equations and/or scripts may be invoked in the same Quanti Workow.


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Fig 3: Inclusion of the Python script in a Quanti Workow via the “Quanti Custom” list.

In this rst example, when the script is included in the Quanti Table, the FWL input parameter and the choice of “Method” may be set zone-by-zone. Furthermore, the FWL parameter could be controlled by a graphical wheel tool available in the Quanti Table if its precise value needed adjusting. As a second example we will call directly a predened function library from within Quanti by using the Python function, “import”. We have the possibility to see all the functions of Quanti available in Python with the following script:
Fig 4: the Python script to call the Quanti functions that are available in Python.

What the above simple script does is to load our entire pre-dened petrophysical calculation library called “TechlogQuanti” into a newly created variable called simply “q”; it then invokes the in-built help function to list the contents of “q”. By way of example, we see how to call the function vshGammaRay(...) in our previous script. Below is shown the Python denition of this function: vshGammaRay(...) Return the computed shale volume vshGammaRay(! arguments: gamma ray (gAPI), ! ! ! gamma ray matrix (gAPI), ! ! ! gamma ray shale (gAPI), ! ! ! method {'Linear', 'Clavier', 'Larionov - tertiary rocks', 'Larionov older rocks', 'Stieber - variation I', 'Stieber - Miocene and Pliocene', 'Stieber - variation II'}) ) The “arguments” are the values you have to specify to execute the calculation: o gamma ray (gAPI) is the measured value corresponding to the variable GAMM o gamma ray matrix (gAPI)= 2 is the gamma ray value of the matrix o gamma ray shale (gAPI)=50 is the shale gamma ray value o method invokes the particular volume of shale method to apply: ‘Linear’, of course, corresponding to: (gamma ray ! gamma ray matrix ) Vsh = (gamma ray shale ! gamma ray matrix ) ! ! In our simple example (Fig 6), we dene input variables: PHIT, GAMM and a parameter called “Method” as an input string. VSH is the output result of the calculation. The “import” function can be inserted as a step anywhere in the calculations within the Python script, although it is good practice to make the call to “import” the rst line of the script.


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Fig 5: the Python script to use the Quanti library routine for VSH calculation from gamma ray.

The script can be run stand-alone or called via Quanti Custom to be applied easily over many wells and many zones (see Fig 6). Notice again how the input parameters in the script (Fig 5) have automatically become Zone-based (Fig 6).
Fig 6: the inclusion of the Python script in the Quanti Table.

An automatic layout appears by virtue of the Quanti workow, displaying the result of the script. Where the conditions are not realized, there are no values in the output curve (see Fig 7).
Fig 7: Quanti plots showing the result of the script calculation with the import function


Enhancements - two examples Little things make a good product
By Thomas Ribreau

TECHSIANEWS January, 2007

The Techdata family list has been improved. Now, not only can users set a min-max for log display independently of the min-max for crossplot display, change the scale (linear or logarithmic) and log view color, they can set a baseline and assign two different colors (one per side), set line type (dash, dot, mixed...), and line thickness, etc.

All available families can easily be listed and edited. Default attributes can be changed and overridden at a user- project- or company-level of application.

The workow design and parameterization screen has been improved. When handling multiple parameters across multiple zones, users can now choose to promote, demote or assign all the values at the same time, or they may wish to group the parameters by zone or well for efcient editing. These projectzone- or well-level defaults are then available for quick access in the next well in the operational sequence or the other wells in the study after the key-well parameterisation stage.

A Quanti table showing multiple wells with multiple zones and the designation of some parameter values as project-levl or zonelevel defaults.


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Rendez-vous with next TECHSIANEWS
The next edition of TECHSIANEWS will keep you informed as to the progress and developments within our company and products. On the organizational side, we will bring you news of our newly-designed client web portal… and of an internal corporate project called TIS, designed to manage the information ow both within our company and with our user-base. On the technical side, Techlog 2007.1 is getting ready for general release in March; this will be the rst major release of the year and will bring many new developments to the users: borehole image processing module, thin bed analysis, saturation height modelling, geophysics, splice tool, additional environmental corrections… Full details will appear in the next issue of TECHSIANEWS!

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