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In this chapter i will review the interface of petrel with the several comments on how to make certain

The way i will structure the manual is the following i will only give you guidelines and hints , everything
else you need to do by yourself using petrel manual. Also i will give same web links or links to materials
for advance reading.
Before start, download data set from
I would recommend in parallel to start also reading books on VBA Excel - it is powerful tool which can
help you short you work time consumption several times .
For example now for me to load Ressum table as discreet logs to petrel using my macros takes
approximately 5 minutes for 100 wells, while manual load of data for each well can take much more
During the course i will supply simple excel spreadsheets with macros which will help you to prepare
data for loading, but if you want to understand them and go advanced you need to learn.

the VBA samples link ( Russian English)
The VBA book link (English)
The VBA book link (Russian)
Also i will recommend to following sources
Coordinates systems -will give you general understanding of projection
Geostatic software library till 2008 all Petrel petrophysical algos are describe here)
Source code of kriging and SGS
All other handout will come as books and will be putted to the following folder

So let review petrel interface





Below is a standard petrel window

Below you will find description of each panel

Program menu which contents standard menu factions and specific petrel function. Standard you can
find in petrel manual for specific useful functions are
Reference project tool

Reference project tool , this tool is for copy from one project to another with following restrictions,
-you can not copy from newer version background project( let say 2009 version) to older master project
let (say 2008 version)
-you can not copy data within different coordinates system, the only data you can copy in this case is a

Project settings

Coordinate system - this one you need to link your well coordinate systems and for example seismic
coordinates , also this stuff is required when you work with Google petrel pluging, which will be covered
in plugin section.

Free memory

When you work with big models there is problem with allocation of memory and as a result Petrel
halted. To avoid this try to use this button- its free reserved program memory.


The most useful form my point is

1.Center view of you displayed data
2. Point of camera view
3. Vertical scale
all others explore by yourself)

Custom tool bar dedicated to each process we will cover it in other chapters

In the window you can display following data
3D window - all 3d data
2D window - all 2D data
Function window - function you build in petrel
Histogram window - statistics
Map window - maps
Well section window
Cross section window - cross section of 3d propety
to add new window

Keep in mind that having many windows in project can result to slow Petrel work - try to minimize
number of you windows

- the actual data base of all input data you loading in project which is
1. Well data - well head , deviation, logs, core data, pictures, comment data , event data , production
2. Seismic data - 2D, 3D seismic and interpretation, note that Petrel do not store the Seismic as own
binary , unless you make attributes, its seismic link file to project . So if you copy project do not forget
to copy seismic data
3. Surface or points - grid surfaces or points data , usually seismic interpretation of created surfaces
4. Tops data - geological interpretation of you horizons or faults
There are other type of data but we will focus on this 4 , because this is the minimum set to able you
make valid model and reserve calculation.

- the cornerpoint property grid repository . Place where petrel stores all 3D Models

- the results window .

- the place where petrel stores all data templates .Here by 2 clicking you can change
template of any existing or add your templates .

- the workflow repository. The place where petrel stores user workflows . This is advance
part of Petrel , and as far as i know non of the existing programs has the same variety and flexibility of
user commands or macros like petrel does . So if you want to be faster than people around pay a lot of
attention to the chapter where we will cover basic macro programs.

- the processes menu. If you want to know what petrel can do in terms of task just open
the menu and what is there
1. Importing data
to list all available formats petrel can talk to just click

for 2009 it is 125 but be very open to ASCII format

2. Stratigraphic modeling - make edit tops and well correlation
3. Geophysics - seismic interpretation and attribute analysis , velocity modeling
4.Structural modeling - fault modeling, making grid
5.Property modeling - or modeling properties in inner well space
6.Upscaling - process where you change transform property values from one geometrical scale to
7.Fracture modeling - tool to model fractures , as its related to double poro or perm models i will not
describe it as it is advance tool.
8. Well engineering - tool to model well construction , but where and how to put project wells it will not
say you, this is something i will explain you in separate chapter
9. Simulation - having license of eclipse you can run simulation case va Petrel - i will pass this cause i
running simulation in Tnavigator, the tool is more advance in terms of interface than eclipse but giving
the same results , so if you will have question ask but there will be no dedicated chapter for this process
10 Utilities - All utilities you need to run you gmodel, will be covered in detail later
11. Plugins - user programs if i will find plagins fro 2009 i will make brief overview of them . In order to
create them you need to have Ocean API license and be advance in with Visual Basic

- the place where all you result cases are stored like volume calculation

- Windows management window. you can switch here between your windows add or
delete the one you do not need