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A 3D Graphical Interface for a Petroleum Systems Model

Senior Project: 1998-1999
Shamma Al-Ali, Adam Kaupisch, Veljko Krunic, Toshiko Noda and Derek Reiger

Platte River Associates, Inc. (PRA) is a leader in the development of petroleum systems modeling software. Since its establishment in 1985, PRA has developed one-dimensional (well) and two-dimensional (cross-section) petroleum systems modeling software that allows users to efficiently and cost-effectively identify and analyze prospects with significant hydrocarbon potential and economic viability.

PRA determined that existing data visualization techniques were inappropriate for building a 3D petroleum systems model. The goal of this project was to create an application that supports current and future needs in this area. The tool allows extensive user-interaction, including modifying the actual model data. It also allows the viewing of surfaces with other pertinent data, such as well bores and cross sections. 3D interaction includes rotate, zoom, pan, adjustable transparency for selected surfaces, and multiple, vertical, slicing planes. The software was developed in C++ using an object-oriented approach. The platform was Windows 95/98/NT along with MFC and OpenGL.

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