Very Powerful Software, Steep Learning Curve
Updated April 07, 2019

Very Powerful Software, Steep Learning Curve

Pablo Lacerda Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Petrel E&P

Petrel is used only by my research group within the Department of Earth Sciences at the university. There are currently three users of Petrel. We use it to map various geologic horizons from well tops obtained through third-party software, perform basic petrophysical analyses and prepare surfaces for basin modeling in Petromod.
  • Petrel handles multiple coordinate systems better than competitors.
  • The object tree organization in Petrel is intuitive and user-friendly.
  • Easy to handle data across multiple UTM zones by allowing geodesic coordinates.
  • When importing files from external sources, the format selection is often confusing and doesn't seem as flexible as competitors.
  • I find the organization of modes and functions in the tabs, cluttered and often overwhelming for occasional users.
  • Hard to handle large well data sets with multiple well names and UWIs due to the lack of a database link.
  • It allowed us to handle datasets across the entire basin.
I use Petrel and competitor products for different functions. If I didn't have Petrel, it would be a lot more difficult to work with my aerially extensive dataset and manipulate my data with geographic coordinates.
Petrel is very well suited if working with a few wells and using as part of a workflow which includes another Schlumberger application, such as Petromod. It is also the most viable option if working with datasets extending across multiple UTM zones. It has a steep learning curve for occasional users who just want to manipulate surfaces.