Tecplot Releases New Reservoir Simulation Tool, Improving User Productivity

Tecplot, Inc., the developer of Tecplot data visualization and technical plotting solutions, announces the release of Tecplot RS (Reservoir Simulation) 2008, an integrated plotting tool designed specifically for oil and gas reservoir modeling. Tecplot RS 2008 offers many new tools to enhance user productivity, a new data loader and user-created templates.

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 2008 manages data from multiple reservoir simulation software applications, as well as observed data such as production rates and formation tests.

In Tecplot RS 2008, project file functionality has been improved to provide users with one-step operation to reload all files and style information and return them to plotting and visualizing the results from a reservoir simulation case. The File menu has been modified to allow users to quickly open, save, and create projects. The project files include data and style files; well selection sets; equations used for derived variables; plot display options; multi-frame options; data comparison options; templates; and the details of the last plot created. A data loader enables users to load VIP and NEXUS simulator solutions that have been saved in the VDB database format. The loader allows users to select the desired VDB directory and load the grid solution, plot data, and observed data. This data loader is currently available for 32-bit Windows and Linux systems.

New functionality has also been added that enables users to create templates for specific plot type styles. Users can create a template based on a plot type, selected variables, and various style settings, and then save the template to be recalled in the future. These templates are not data-dependent, but are intended to provide the user with an easier way to recreate a specific plot for any appropriate data file.

According to Don Roberts, Tecplot RS product manager, these new templates should greatly increase user productivity. "The templates are very important because they allow the user to save the style for a specific plot type, which then becomes the standard for future plots," says Roberts. "These templates allow users to set up a bunch of specific plots once, then call back that template and immediately start plotting results. This new feature allows our users to focus on getting results, not on the process."

Tecplot RS 2008 also now offers users interactive plot editing. Users can now double-click on many of the plot style features and automatically pull up the appropriate dialog box to make desired changes. For XY Plots, users can double-click on the line, the axes, or the labels to make edits. For grid plots, users can double-click on the grid, the legend, or the axes. The variable associated with the double-click is automatically selected in the dialog box.

Roberts says interactive plot editing enables users to get their jobs done faster. "Users can double-click on various plot elements and it brings up a dialogue box that lets them change the style associated with that object," says Roberts. "It's just another way to assist the user in more quickly creating plots that look the way they want them to look."

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