Paradigm 15.5

Further Extending Productivity through High-Definition Workflows

Paradigm 15.5 is an extended version of the Paradigm 15 high-definition platform of excellence.  This release reinforces and extends the productivity gains established in Paradigm 15, and further extends our interconnectivity with other vendors’ platforms. Paradigm 15.5 is designed to help users maintain and improve profitability through enhancing efficiency while lowering risk and cost.  In particular, Paradigm 15.5 enables customers to:
  • Re-rank and re-qualify known prospects
    • Paradigm 15.5 incorporates more data and automates interpretation, modeling and characterization processes, for a more representative model achieved in record speed. 
  • Refine older assessments of recoverable volumes, for a more accurate evaluation of your assets’ worth
    • Don’t dismiss assets with limited data from qualification. Gain insights on asset producibility through early review of rock properties using enhanced QSI and fracture detection.
  • Recover, process and visualize all available data from seismic for better imaging and property distribution
    • New seismic imaging enhancements focus on reservoir formation fabric and properties, including Orthorhombic and Q (De-absorption) modeling and migration.

How does Paradigm 15.5 help users increase workflow productivity and efficiency?


Integrated G&G High-definition Platform 

  • Increase efficiency and cut costs without compromising the safety and sustainability of assets
  • Introduce on-the-fly seismic interpretation to accelerate prospect identification and development
  • Position your reservoir in depth with higher accuracy to reliably plan wells
  • Advance from seismic to simulation in hours or days, not weeks or months
Critical capabilities
  • Improved structural modeling
  • Enhancements in quality of velocity models
  • Enhancements in interpretation efficiency
  • Improvements in imaging performance and quality
  • Enhancements to QSI workflow

Advanced Interdisciplinary Workflows

  • Make better development decisions with Quantitative Seismic Interpretation by embedding rock, fluid and fracture characterization in daily workflows
  • Increase productivity by integrating geological modeling and depth imaging in a model-centric velocity modeling workflow
  • Drill with confidence through multi-domain pore pressure prediction
Critical capabilities 
  • Input SKUA® models to grid and model-based GeoDepth® Tomography (via pencils and volumes) for structural and stratigraphic constrained velocity models
  • Increase knowledge by integrating seismic and reservoir production data
  • Enhance understanding of the 3D architecture of reservoirs through 3D visualization and mapping of Geolog results
  • Tighter integration between interpretation and modeling applications
  • Real-time pore pressure prediction with Geolog® + OpsLink®

Expanded Third-Party Data Interoperability

  • Extend the efficient exchange of data, interpretations and models with third-party applications, for more effective communication and cooperation among geoscientists, data administrators, and third-party software users.

"The Paradigm-Petrel link is literally a few clicks.  It allows easy bulk transfer of a variety of interpretations, and most importantly, it rapidly migrates large, complex well databases for immediate use in the Paradigm suite."   (Click here for full quote.)

Tim Rady, London-based Oil & Gas Company  
Critical capabilities
  • Support for two-way seismic data transfer between Paradigm Epos® and Petrel
  • Interpretation, well and reservoir data transfer from/to Petrel through RESQML standard format
  • Support for raster logs from IHS Petra
  • Support for multiple input formats
  • Connectivity between SKUA-GOCAD™ and Tibco Open Spirit

New Features

Seismic Processing and Imaging


New Feature Why It Matters
Broadband seismic workflow improvements targeting recovery of the full range of seismic signal for high-definition imaging 
  • Time-variant Deghosting 
  • Amplitude Only Q-compensation
  • Improved recovery of the full range of seismic signal for high-definition imaging
  • Improved handling of low frequency components, providing clearer imaging of deeper data and improved stability and confidence in subsequent seismic inversion.
  • Improved wavelet resolution of broadband processing workflows, enabling high definition of shallow features such as thin beds and small sedimentary traps
  • Updated support for HPC platforms
  • Improved throughput, turnaround and quality
  • Section Window now available to Echos users
  • Common set of shared applications for Echos, GeoDepth and  SeisEarth ensures a consistent user experience and functionality across disciplines


New Feature Why It Matters
Velocity model-building enhancements
  • Multi-line velocity section creation
  • Volume smoothing for specific formation(s)
  • Enhanced usability in GeoDepth 2D
  • More flexible workflows (e.g. for smoothing velocities below the water bottom)
  • New tools for viewing and manipulating 3D Gathers
    • Rapid on-the-fly, GPU-based 3D gather sectoring and directional stacking to quickly view and analyze azimuthal dependent changes in data
  • Visualization of any type of 3D gather in unique 3D Gather Viewer
  • Provide more information from 3D gathers than previously possible
  • Generate geologically constrained velocity models.

EarthStudy 360®

New Feature Why It Matters
  • Orthorhombic model support and workflows
  • Faster results while maintaining high imaging quality
  • Q-Compensation
  • Improves resolution, amplitude balancing and image quality by compensating for dissipation and attenuation effects resulting from gas hydrates or gas clouds
  • AVAZ Enhancements
    • Access to more multi-azimuthal data, and automated tools
      • Interactive mute based on continuity criteria to assist users and help keep highest quality data
  • Improved AVAZ robustness for fracture analysis (fracture direction and intensity)



New Feature Why It Matters
  • Multi-volume attribute extraction and blending with geometric attributes in 3D Canvas
  • Greatly enhances capabilities for stratigraphic and QSI interpretation workflows
  • Better support for regional interpretation workflows
  • Memory-efficient, multi-volume, multi-horizon, multi-survey flattening in 3D Canvas
    • Extends flattening functionality to multi-volume, and to flattening-from-disk 
    • Create strata-sliced displays on many volumes for rapid reconnaissance of seismic data, to identify stratigraphic features between interpreted horizons
  • Significantly improves stratigraphic interpretation capabilities in SeisEarth
  • Horizon-fault contacts calculated and editable on-the-fly as interpreters pick horizon and faults in SeisEarth
  • Enables users to generate and update fault-horizon contacts as they interpret and propagate, additionally 'on demand'
  • Seismic Propagator QC attributes:  Heredity, correlation and amplitude attributes are generated on-the-fly as propagation is performed in 3D Canvas
  • Provides a QC and audit trail for propagated horizons
  • Enhanced orthogonal line interpretation workflows
  • Creates new panels in Section Window for line selections made in BaseMap, Section and 3D Canvas
  • Improves support for “traditional” line-based interpretation workflows and eases migration from legacy interpretation platforms
  • Time-stamped production data loading and animated display in Basemap and 3D Canvas
  • Improved workflows for integration of seismic and reservoir production data


New Feature Why It Matters
  • Global Velocity Model Builder
    • Use well marker data directl
    • Advanced formula calculator: Include any empirical function as velocity source
  • Multi-2D velocity section creation
    • Batch creation of velocity/residual sections
    • On-the-fly transformation of vertical velocity sources 
  • Vertical function extraction from volume/section
    • Easy selection of multiple files and multiple attributes for extraction
    • Easy comparison between different volumes and original functions (extract at displayed CMP location)
    • Easy comparison between seismic and well velocity functions (extraction at well location)
  • Enhanced usability

Quantitative Seismic Interpretation

New Feature Why It Matters
  • New Wedge Modeling tool for Quantitative Seismic Interpretation (QSI)
    • Analyzes the effect of bed thickness on seismic amplitude, based on:
      • Thickness variation
      • Water saturation perturbation
      • Porosity perturbation
    • Enables users to generate synthetic traces of thinning events 
  • Gives users the option to play the “what if” game (structure, fluid and porosity), and accurately assess their prospect


New Feature Why It Matters
  • Improved multi-volume loading in VoxelGeo
  • Improved support for read/write of Epos interpretation objects
  • Higher productivity

Seismic Data Attributes

New Feature Why It Matters
  • Coherence Cube is included in the Seismic Attributes interface
  • For many attributes: Option to calculate on-the-fly on the active block and update as the user moves the block
    • Time slice option to calculate on-the-fly and display in a time slice block in 3D Canvas
  • Dip-steered enhancement:  Automatic calculations of dip and azimuth input volumes
  • More attributes can run on GPU
  • Evaluate/use attributes with no need to compute the full volume

  • Significantly faster compute time


New Feature Why It Matters
  • New Well Header editor
    • Easily populate with well data from the Epos repository
  • New Well Zone Calculator
    • Quickly create reservoir property maps from log cutoffs within user-defined zones, then save to Epos for gridding in BaseMap
  • Vastly improves usability and enables more users to build custom headers



New Feature Why It Matters
  • New structural modeling tools
    • Data quality per stratigraphic sequence
      • A new horizon control dialog allows specification of varying horizon modeling parameters for each sequence
  • Helps fine-tune modeling parameters based on data reliability
  • New structural modeling tools
    • Improved modeling in fault blocks
      • Automatic display of independent blocks to control fault network accuracy
      • Extracting relevant information about missing data from neighboring blocks, such as dip, azimuth or sedimentation rate
      • User notifications about the location of such blocks to provide additional control
  • Maximizes knowledge in areas with sparse or missing data 
  • New structural modeling tools
    • Advanced reservoir compartmentalization
    • Use fault surfaces to delimit compartments, with no need to rebuild the structural model
  • Improved accuracy when computing reservoir compartments in areas of complex faulting
  • Comprehensive geological trend analysis
    • Tools to extract and capture trends from petrophysical and velocity data 
  • Extract appropriate statistics for use in geostatistical algorithms
  • Enable integration of geological trends in the reservoir model 
  • Constrained microseismic fracture network
    • Connect microseimic events to simulate fracture propagation using:
      • Known principal fracture directions
      • Varying fracture heights to account for microseimic attributes such as magnitude and distance to perforations
  • Fracture networks that honor local geological trends are more accurate 
  • New Well Zone Calculator
    • Enables geologists to quickly create reservoir property maps from log cutoffs within user-defined zones
  • Advanced integration with GeoDepth
    • Pencil files generated in SKUA are used as input to grid and model-based Tomography (via pencils and volumes) for structural and stratigraphic constrained velocity models
  • Improves accuracy of the velocity model by limiting artifacts due to incoherent geology.
  • Enhanced automation through new Macro functionalities
    • Additional tools to improve the creation and sharing of custom workflows between team members using Macros
    • Easily generate multiple Macro results for sensitivity analysis
  • Faster and smoother work
  • Extended connectivity
    • Support for Petrel 2015 in addition to Petrel 2014
    • Additional data supported including 2D seismic, well constants and symbols and stair-step grids
  • Tibco OpenSpirit data link
    • Import of well and interpretation data
  • Improved performance

Formation Evaluation


New Feature Why It Matters
Engineering modules
  • Well schematics
  • Allows users to visualize wellbore mechanicals in conjunction with all other data gathered from the wellbore
  • Well integrity
  • An independent means of assessing the mechanical condition of casing in a wellbore, critical to ensuring safe operation
  • Production log interpretation
  • Allows users to process and interpret spinner and fluid tools to identify volumes of fluid produced in their wells
  • Working with this data directly alongside open hole datasets can enhance interpretation and understanding of the producing reservoir
  • Independent pre-drill validation of pore pressure within the familiar Geolog environment, providing input for other geomechanics workflows
  • Workflow consolidated into one integrated Loglan, for added efficiency
  • Dynamic and static elastic properties
  • Provide critical input to completions planning
  • Unconfined compressive strength
  • Provides critical input to completions planning and in-situ stress assessment
  • In-situ stress estimation (multiple methods)
  • Provides critical input to wellbore stability workflows
  • Wellbore stability plots
    • Mud window
    • Stress plot:
    • Stereonet plot: 
  • Allows drillers to plan safe mud program
  • A rapid, interactive plot to investigate wellbore conditions that could lead to failure
  • A rapid, interactive tool to investigate how stable the wellbore will be for any given drilling direction
  • New reservoir characterization plots
  • Allow petrophysicists and engineers to identify specific flow units within reservoirs and estimate their flow capacity
  • Geolog for Geologists package provides full mapping and 3D visualization capabilities in 3D Canvas 
  • Improved understanding of the 3D architecture of the reservoir

Data Connectivity and Management


New Feature Why It Matters
  • Improved data transfer between Schlumberger Petrel and Epos
    • Support for 2D seismic
    • Support for area of interest polygons
    • Improvements to the Petrel data tree for Paradigm data
  • Easier data sharing between disciplines for improved reservoir modeling workflow efficiency
  • A single User Interface and single RESQML file export facilitate the transfer of data from Epos to Petrel
  • Performance improvements when writing reservoir grids to RESQML files from SKUA 
  • Increases the usability of SKUA-to-Petrel transfer
Additional data connectivity updates
  • Support for OWX well data import (Kingdom, other applications
  • Support for IHS 98f and 98c production data format
  • Multi-survey ASCII export of interpretations
  • Allows users to access Paradigm technologies while maintaining value of investments in other software platforms
  • Support raster logs from IHS PETRA®
  • Easier transition of wells from Petra to Paradigm

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