Petrel is the go to tool for geological 3D subsurface modelling
March 30, 2018

Petrel is the go to tool for geological 3D subsurface modelling

Manuel Aguilar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Petrel E&P

Petrel is used in our geology and geophysics department. I currently don't use it in the company I work for, however, I used it several times in the Institute for Reservoir Characterization at OU and also in Attribute Assisted Seismic Processing and Interpretation, and in those times it was the most used geologic modelling tool, it helped us in every seismic exploration project we were working on.
  • Petrel is a complete tool, it can help with almost all of the areas needed for oil exploration. From well log interpretation to seismic processing and interpretation.
  • The mathematics involved in all the simulation processes is really accurate so the geological models are extremely detailed, which allows us to grow apart from the usual layer cake stratigraphic models.
  • Once you get the hang of the program, it is really intuitive, and all the workflows are easy to handle.
  • Petrel is extremely expensive, working with it in a small company is almost impossible. This shouldn't be an issue for a large company or for a big university with a large budget for investigation.
  • Since it has so many functions it can be overwhelming once you begin using it, so I highly recommend to pay for a Schlumberger instructor.
  • The seismic attributes could be improved since they are not entirely accurate.
  • Working at the University of Oklahoma the investment is well paid since geoscientist are formed with the best tool available.
  • Keeping in mind that the software is really expensive, for the product to have an economic positive impact the project's revenue has to be large.
Petrel is an extremely powerful tool and for geological 3D modeling is the go-to tool, it's Sequential Indicator Simulations, Object-Based modeling or multiple point statistics modeling workflows are top notches and I highly advise its use. I wouldn't recommend using it for seismic interpretation based on seismic attributes since it can be a little bit limited in this aspect.