December 09, 2005
Finetooth, Inc. has announced its formation as a company, offering the oil and gas industry 3D visualization software designed specifically for viewing and interacting with prestack data. Finetooth is the first commercially available solution in the industry to make use of GPUs (graphical processing units) on graphics cards for raw processing power. By utilizing the GPUs on a cluster of PC nodes, Finetooth is able to visualize large amounts of data, and can apply geophysical algorithms to the datasets with real-time results for interactive visualization.
3D visualization has traditionally been a tool for the interpreter and the reservoir analyst, yet the very features that make it such a powerful tool for poststack analysis are directly applicable to prestack workflows: the ability to view huge amounts of data very quickly, to move through a volume and get a sense of the quality of the data in seconds, to calculate and display attribute information over the seismic data, and to interpret geological events.
Finetooth brings interpreters and data processors into the same environment. Linking poststack volumes to prestack gathers gives interpreters new insight into their data. A common environment in which the data processor and the interpreter can easily move back through and compare successive steps in the processing history allows problems to be uncovered quickly.
"With Finetooth, visualization volumes are no longer static objects," explained Alex Krueger, Finetooth's VP of Research, Development and Marketing. Users can apply algorithms directly to the data and see the results in real time. The time spent setting up data processing job runs is reduced, and the QC of their outputs is enhanced". By utilizing the GPUs in addition to a cluster's CPUs for interactive visualization, Finetooth allows users to analyze data in such ways as applying filters and gains, adjusting velocities, stacking and comparing datasets. In addition, Finetooth's native multi-dimensional, multi-resolution data format allows datasets to be viewed in different sort orders without physically resorting.
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