Explor, Halliburton and AWS Collaborate to Achieve Breakthrough with Cloud Seismic Data Processing

Demonstrates the benefits of processing seismic data in the cloud to reduce costs, shorten lead times and enable global collaboration

CALGARY, Alta., September 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Working with Halliburton and AWS, Explor has reached a key milestone with processing seismic data in the cloud.

Explor successfully ran Seismic Processing, a DecisionSpace® 365 cloud application powered by iEnergy on AWS, leveraging a range of different elastic compute instances to optimize key seismic processing workflows. In the first phase of a proof of concept, several benchmarking tests were run which demonstrated:

  • An 85% reduction in CDP sorting order times: Tested by sorting 308 million traces comprising 1.72 TB from the firing domain to the CDP domain, completing the stream in one hour.
  • An 88% reduction in CDP FK filter times: Tested with a data subset of 57 million traces comprising 318 GB, completing the stream in less than 6 minutes.
  • An 82% decrease in pre-stacking time migration times: Tested on the full 165 million trace dataset comprising 922 GB, completing the stream in 54 minutes.

For this project, Explor provided the 3D seismic dataset, data science and geophysical expertise. Landmark, a business of Halliburton, provided seismic processing, an iEnergy-powered DecisionSpace® 365 cloud application and technical expertise, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) provided cloud computing resources and a team of technical experts and solution architects.

By working together on the project, Explor, Halliburton, and AWS were able to optimize the cloud solution to reduce total processing times by 90%.

“This result will drive a step change in seismic data processing and is a key stepping stone in the digital transformation of the global seismic industry. By reducing both lead times and the CapEx load on seismic data processors, the industry will be able to scale on demand as we acquire ever-increasing seismic trace densities.” – Allan Châtenay, President, Explor

The challenges driving this project were the need to process ever-increasing sizes of seismic data while providing higher quality results at lower cost. In recent years, the seismic industry has dramatically increased 3D seismic trace densities, with several companies (including Explor) exceeding 100 million traces/km2 threshold. Readings exceeding one billion tracks/km2 are now in the works. This exponential growth in acquired seismic trace densities poses new challenges for seismic data processing, as processors must process data volumes of several hundred terabytes for small to medium-sized surveys, with large, high-density surveys producing petabytes of data every month. Tough and volatile market conditions make capital investments in high-performance computing infrastructure difficult and risky for processors.

“Explor is committed to working with industry partners to create an ecosystem capable of supporting ultra-high density acquisition. Seismic data processors will access on-demand cloud computing to support supports increases in demand, helping processors reduce costs and lead times in these very challenging situations. We look forward to working with a range of industry partners to support this effort.” – Allan Châtenay, President , Explore

Halliburton’s seismic processing, a DecisionSpace® The 365 cloud application powered by iEnergy, based on SeisSpace’s proven software technology, is one of the industry leaders, providing a flexible, extensible and user-friendly seismic processing application/foundation. This project delivered the first scalable seismic processing engine deployed in the cloud as part of Halliburton’s strategy to deliver the lowest total cost of ownership in the age of digital transformation.

“The collaboration with AWS and Explor demonstrates the power of digital investments Halliburton is making, in this case to bring high-density surveys to market faster and more cost-effectively than ever before. By working with industry thought leaders like Explor and AWS, we have been able to demonstrate that digital transformation can bring dramatic improvements to the seismic processing market.” – Philip NorlundGeophysical Domain Manager, Halliburton, Landmark

To achieve the desired scale and reduce seismic processing times by 90%, different stages of the project required access to a variety of compute instances (total of 38K cores) and high-speed storage, which teams were able to provision on demand as needed. AWS provides the most elastic and scalable cloud infrastructure to run these types of HPC applications. With virtually unlimited capacity, engineers, researchers, and HPC system owners can innovate beyond the limits of on-premises HPC infrastructure.

“This industry transformation project with Explor and Halliburton is a great example of the value delivered by AWS’ comprehensive set of cloud services. HPC on AWS eliminates the long wait times and lost productivity often associated with fixed on-premises capacity. Flexible compute, storage, and networking allow users to scale infrastructure environments up or down as needed based on business needs. Plus, with access to cloud-based services like data analytics and machine learning (ML), users can redefine traditional HPC workflows and innovate faster. – Barry BoldingHPC Director, Amazon Web Services, Inc.

A diverse multidisciplinary team of 20 completed the project during the COVID-19 pandemic, with team members working primarily from home in three different cities in two different countries, further proving the value of cloud computing in minimizing risk , drive innovation, support collaboration and reduce costs.

About Explorer:

Explor is a privately held Canadian company that develops innovative geophysical technologies and methodologies to acquire and deliver high quality geophysical data with minimal environmental impact. Explor employs a diverse team of qualified scientists in a range of scientific disciplines as well as project teams and logistics experts to achieve its goals through a rigorous and relentless continuous improvement process. Explor specializes in stimulating and extraordinary projects.

If you would like more information on this, please contact Allan Châtenay at 403-263-5950 or by email at [email protected] Explor is also available on www.explor.net and on LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

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