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Katalyst to Present at Blue Marble User Conference

bmuc-logoDirector of research and development Debasis Chatterjee and chief architect of software development Corey Puffalt will jointly present at the 2017 Blue Marble User Conference on Thursday, March 23 at the University of Calgary.  The event has 75-100 geospatial professionals in attendance, representing a wide variety of industry sectors, government departments, and academic institutions that utilize Blue Marble’s geospatial tools.

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Global Technology Trends and Their (Potential) Impact in the Oil Industry

Contributed by Guy Holmes, written for the recently published Volume 4, Issue 1 of the PPDM Foundations Journal for 1Q2017.

The technologies that are changing the IT landscape around us often take time to get traction in the oil sector. Sometimes it appears we, as an industry, are so heavily invested in yesterday, that tomorrow is too much to think about. But sometimes revolution does not start within the disquiet, rather it starts next door and spreads into the open arms of disquiet as though it had been waiting for it all the time.

Some ground breaking disruptive technologies that are appearing on the landscape within an array of other industries will at some point seek to pass on their benefits in the oil sector. How long it takes to adopt them is up to us.

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Katalyst Presents New Webinar Series for Data Management, Beginning February 9th

Entitlement Essentials1Katalyst is excited to get the new year off on the right foot with a webinar series focusing on data ownership best practices and how to get the most value out of your seismic data.

The first webinar titled “Entitlement Essentials: Understanding Ownership” discusses how understanding data ownership is well worth the investment and can yield benefits with tremendous revenue potential while mitigating risk.  In addition, it opens up the door for opportunities such as license sales, divestitures/dispositions and joint ventures.

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Katalyst to Exhibit at 2017 NAPE Summit in Houston

20160212_115140_resizedWe’re excited to once again be exhibiting at the annual NAPE Summit on February 15 – 17 in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  Last year’s show had over 11,300 participants, including 700 exhibitors and 400 prospects across 35 countries.

Stop by Katalyst booth #2660 this to learn more about recent enhancements to the SeismicZone online marketplace, including improved query features and records management tools.

To schedule a live demo at the show, please contact us.

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Hadoop-de-do: Hadoop, cloud storage and processing, analytics and big data

big-dataContributed by Guy Holmes, featured in the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists’ Preview Magazine

There have been some real game changers that have hit the ground in the last few years. Big Data Analytics, Watson from IBM, IoT and Hadoop are among these. I hear that pockets of the industry are starting to adopt some of this technology, but it still feels like we are a little behind the times.

If there is one thing that the oil industry has it is a lot of data, and most of the technology that I have listed would be easy to adapt to our needs. As an industry we also tend to only use a small portion of our data, after we weed out what conventionally has been considered surplus to requirements – but nice to have.

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Giving Back in 2016

img_24022016 was a challenging year in many ways, and we are grateful to have been able to give back to some wonderful organizations that support our community and industry.

In December, our Calgary office teamed up once again to serve lunch at the Mustard Seed, an organization that provides basic services (shelter, food and clothing) and support services (including employment, health and wellness, and spiritual care), as well as housing to those in need.

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Katalyst Data Management to Exhibit at PROSPEX 2016 in London

PESGB PROSPEX 2015, LondonThe Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain will host their annual PROSPEX Expo in London this year on December 14-15, 2016. The aim of PROSPEX is to provide a venue for announced “Promote Licensees” and oil and gas companies to market prospects and meet with potential investors to facilitate the “deal making” process.

Katalyst is pleased to be exhibiting once again and excited to share our recent expansion beyond seismic into well and interpretation archive management and updates to our SeismicZone data library.

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Searchable interpretation archives are key to valuable data

projectsManaging interpretation project archives using an online ESRI map interface

As published in the Day 1 issue of the 2016 SEG Houston Daily News

Looking for a particular interpretation project archive can be a lengthy, challenging process. Typically at E&P companies, archived files are located somewhere within the daily disk-based backups of the computing environment.  While the data protection is beneficial, these backups often fall short of the geoscientist’s need to easily locate and access a project dataset.

The main issue is there is no context available on these backed up volumes of data, other than the disk locations from which they were backed up.  Even basic information such as what kind of data are on these backups is not captured.  The daily back-ups are merely system-based snapshots of technical disks and are designed to allow for a system restore or rebuild after a disk failure. The data are typically not easily searchable by geoscientists because none of the valuable metadata associated with their projects have been captured or indexed.

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New Booth and New Domains at SEG Dallas 2016

_rdp1869Katalyst Data Management exhibited at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Annual Meeting in Dallas on October 16-19, 2016.  We were excited to be featuring a new booth this year in addition to the new domains we have added to our subsurface data management solution iGlass.

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Katalyst Hosts Subsurface Data Management Forum for iGlass Users in Houston

img_1017Katalyst Data Management was pleased to host an iGlass User Meeting in Houston at the Hilton Houston Westchase on September 21st.  The half-day session featured the latest enhancements to iGlass as well was plans for the future and an interactive session.

Pat Meroney, Director of Geologic Solutions presented on ProjectDataStor, the new interpretation project module on iGlass.  Also on hand was Debasis Chatterjee, Director of Research and Development, who reviewed the current enhancements to iGlass as well as long term goals for the subsurface data management solution.  The group enjoyed a round table discussion over what our clients believe are the most important developments to focus on in the near future.

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