A Cloud Based System for Interactive Collaboration and Management of Integrated Geothermal Subsurface Models and Data
Janina ELLIOTT, Brennan WILLIAMS, Jeremy O'BRIEN, Bastien POUX, Robert PODGORNEY
[Seequent Ltd, New Zealand]
There are many issues with integrated sub-surface geothermal studies; different disciplines are involved (geophysics, geochemistry, geology, reservoir engineering), alternative models and scenarios need to be investigated, new (sometimes conflicting) data are collected and interpreted to update the models, multiple organisations and people working in different locations and time zones may also be involved. When data and models are housed in siloed file structures and on individual computers finding the most up to date version of the information required can be cumbersome and often leads to repetition of work or the wrong version of information being used to make interpretations/decisions. The paper describes a cloud-based solution that tackles this challenge including powerful visualisation and collaboration whilst providing the “one version of the truth”. A case study from the FORGE project, sponsored by the US Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technology Office encompasses all these issues. This highlights the challenge of how a multi-disciplinary distributed team can work together in a coherent way on a day to day basis and at the same time be able to present their work to inform a wider audience. In this paper we present a workflow and a software system for providing an integrated environment that supports multiple users and disciplines, model management, audit trails, visualisation and collaboration.
|        Topic: Software for Geothermal Applications||Paper Number: 33042|