August 31, 2006 at 11:22 AM EDT
Tecplot, Inc. Announces the Release of Tecplot RS 2007
Software Now Offers Support for VIP Reservoir Simulation Software

Tecplot, Inc., the developer of Tecplot data visualization and technical plotting solutions, announces the release of Tecplot RS (Reservoir Simulation) 2007, an integrated plotting tool designed specifically for oil and gas reservoir modeling. Tecplot RS 2007 offers many new user-requested enhancements, as well as support for VIP(TM) reservoir simulation software from Landmark Graphics Corp. (a wholly owned business unit of Halliburton).

First released in 2003, Tecplot RS is the result of collaboration between Tecplot, Inc. and Chevron. The software was developed specifically to meet the needs of reservoir engineers and allows data from multiple sources to be loaded and displayed in plots ranging from XY graphs to complex 3D renderings. Tecplot RS manages data from multiple reservoir simulation software applications, as well as observed data such as production rates and formation tests.

Tecplot RS 2007 includes numerous user-requested enhancements including new options for viewing cell data in 3D grid plots, such as arbitrary vertical slices. Users create arbitrary vertical slices by clicking on two locations to connect injectors and producers. Other 3D grid views include IJK slice, XYZ slice, IJK blanking, and well blanking.

To create the new functionality in Tecplot RS 2007, Tecplot developers worked closely with existing customers such as International Reservoir Technology Inc. (IRT), Inc. IRT, a petroleum reservoir management consultancy, has used Tecplot for a myriad of projects from simple 10-well fields to multimillion-dollar studies.

"Tecplot's multiple simulator support makes us more efficient in applying the right technical simulation tools to the various projects in our shop and effectively analyzing those runs in a single fully featured, highly flexible post-processing environment," says Joseph A. Dozzo, president of IRT Inc. "We find Tecplot much more cost effective -- for ourselves and our clients -- on projects and in distributing simulation results files for independent QC or analysis than the tools currently available from the major simulation software vendors."

Significant new features of Tecplot RS 2007 include:


--  Translate and Rotate Grid -- Translate and rotate grid and convert to
    UTM coordinates to align with the real map view.

--  Comparison tool enables users to calculate and display the difference
    between two solutions for the same grid in order to illustrate how various
    scenarios impact the simulated results.

--  Dynamic loading of selected variables enables users to interactively
    change the working set of variables they are using to create plots,
    eliminating the need to reload the files. This feature is especially
    valuable to users working with very large models.

--  Input Trajectories for Survey Wells enable users to load files
    containing the node coordinates that define the trajectory of user-
    specified survey wells so they can visualize the well in the simulation
    grid and extract the cells along the well path for further analysis.

--  Modify or Create well paths. A tool that enables users to
    interactively modify the cell indices for the completions of an existing
    well and observe changes in the display. It also enables users to create a
    new survey well by entering a set of completion cells that define the well
    path.

--  Paper size and orientation. Allows users to orient the paper in
    Portrait or Landscape as well as the size and color of the paper. This is
    very useful when preparing presentation quality plots.

--  Color Axes by Variable. The color of the axes in XY plots can now be
    associated with the color of the line assigned to the variable being
    plotted, which provides a clear relationship between the line and the axis
    when multiple axes are used.

--  Branch data for multilateral wells. For multilateral wells in Eclipse
    summary files, users can create branch entities from the supplied data for
    branch segments, which enables them to plot the combined data for each
    branch as opposed to viewing each segment separately.
    

Pricing and Availability: Tecplot RS 2007 is available now. Pricing for an annual network license is $4,000.00. Special consultant and educational pricing is available upon request.

About Tecplot, Inc.: Founded in 1981, privately held Tecplot, Inc. (http://www.tecplot.com) delivers visualization software for engineers and scientists to analyze, discover, and communicate results. In 1988, the Bellevue, WA-based company launched Tecplot, its first software product for the scientific visualization market. Since then, Tecplot, Inc. has been applying and influencing the latest advances in visualization technologies and plotting capabilities. With more than 30,000 users worldwide, Tecplot has become the trusted name in data visualization.


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