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VR in oil & gas

HPC/V closely cooperates with the Dutch oil & gas company NAM on various applications of Virtual Reality and 3D visualization. A HPC/V consultant helped NAM set up their own VR installation, known as the Namfitheater, which is a curved 3D screen comparable to our own Reality Theatre. At NAM, this VR setup is used for many applications. Experts from different fields use 3D visualizations of seismic layers to cooperatively plan drilling for oil, to investigate complex chemical installations, and even to gain new insights into large amounts of financial data. Another popular application is the visualization of planned drilling sites in the landscape for informing the public about NAM's plans.

 

 


A proposed drilling rig in a Dutch landscape
A proposed drilling rig in a Dutch landscape

Visualizing drilling sites

To communicate the visual impact of a drilling installation, NAM makes extensive use of interactive 3D visualizations produced by HPC/V. These visualizations show civilians in the area surrounding the planned site what the rig will look like, fore example from their own backyard. Such landscape visualization can be generated semi-automatically based on aerial photographs, height maps and Geographical Information Systems.

Virtual office design at NAM
Virtual office design at NAM

Virtual office design at NAM

Recently, the NAM office floors have been transformed from many small rooms into larger, more open areas, improving internal communication and organizational flexibility. During the design phase, HPC/V's virtual office design software was used to discuss the plans with the employees.

An interactive demo CD for NAM
An interactive demo CD for NAM

Interactive demo CD

HPC/V has developed an interactive demo CD for NAM called 'A 3D journey beneath the earth's surface'. This CD, aimed at secondary school students, explains how oil is formed beneath the earth's surface, how tectonic plate movements have changed the continents over millions of years, and how NAM uses 3D seismic data to find better ways to drill for oil. »

Visualisation of a gas treatment installation
Visualization of a gas treatment installation

Gas treatment installation

This gas treatment installation was modelled in 3D and visualized in the Reality Cube. Visualizing such complex chemical systems in VR, before actually building them, is very useful when assessing ergonomic and safety aspects, for example.

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