SOURCE: Tecplot Inc.

October 16, 2008 09:27 ET

Tecplot Releases Tecplot RS 2009 Reservoir Simulation Software

Post-Processing Tool Offers Deeper Analysis Capabilities, Added Visualization Features, Further Support for VIP and NEXUS Users

BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwire - October 16, 2008) - Tecplot, Inc. today released Tecplot RS 2009, a major new version of the company's reservoir simulation post-processing tool for oil and gas reservoir modeling. Tecplot RS 2009 offers new features for deeper analysis and clearer visualization, new platforms, and added support for VIP and NEXUS simulator solutions.

As with past versions, Tecplot RS 2009 is a customer-driven product. A majority of the new and enhanced features were requested by customers like Chevron and International Reservoir Technology Inc. (IRT), a petroleum reservoir management consultancy.

"It's clear to me that customer suggestions receive high priority on the development task list, which is not true with some software companies," said Thomas L. Gould, Senior Consultant Reservoir Engineering, IRT. "The new Z-thickening feature, for example, is something we requested and it's my favorite. It stretches the grid without distorting everything else, and is immensely useful for looking at thin reservoir layers or zones in both 3D and cross section display. I have also been impressed by the support available from the Tecplot team. They are very responsive when issues arise."

Deeper analysis, clearer visualization

Tecplot RS 2009 offers new and enhanced features that allow users to analyze their data more deeply, visualize data more clearly, and optimize and streamline their workflow.

--  Analyze data more precisely. The addition of cross plots allows users
    to observe relationships between data, supplementing the information they
    already get from histograms. New "delta" features for grid solutions and XY
    plots improve the way users see the difference between simulation runs for
    grid solutions and well production data.
    
--  Visualize data more clearly. A new Z-thickening feature lets engineers
    stretch grid layers without distorting the topography, which is especially
    useful when examining reservoir models with very thin layers. RFT plot
    enhancements allow users to add geologic layers and annotations as
    background to their graphs, providing additional information for data
    analysis. Custom date and time formats let users present data more
    meaningfully.
    
--  Optimize and streamline workflow. Tecplot RS 2009 offers more input
    and output options. Grid data export allows users to quickly output data
    for defined sectors in formats ready for various simulators. FLEXnet
    License Manager also has been added for easier installation and license
    management.
    

New platform support

Tecplot RS 2009 now supports 64-bit Windows XP and 32-bit and 64-bit Vista platforms, in addition to the 32-bit Windows XP, 32-bit Linux and 64-bit Linux platforms supported in previous versions.

Comprehensive support for VIP and NEXUS users

New 64-bit compatibility, data loaders and property files will be especially beneficial for VIP and NEXUS users.

--  New platforms and 64-bit compatibility for VDB. In addition to
    supporting 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Vista and Linux, Tecplot
    RS 2009 now supports VIP/NEXUS VDB on all 64-bit platforms.
    
--  Data loaders for streamline data. The VDB data loader now includes the
    option to load streamline solution data from the VDB format. In addition,
    the RFT data loader now can load ASCII RFT files from the VIP simulator.
    
--  VIP property files. The Tecplot RS property modifier offers a new
    option for outputting modified grid properties in VIP format.  These
    properties can be read directly by a VIP simulator to quickly test changes
    to the reservoir model.
    

Pricing and Availability

Tecplot RS 2009 is available now. Pricing starts at $6,000 in the U.S. for a single-user perpetual license. Existing Tecplot RS 2008 users with current SMS agreements can upgrade to the 2009 version at no cost. Special pricing is available for qualified academic users upon request.

About Tecplot, Inc.

Founded in 1981 and based in Bellevue, Wash., Tecplot, Inc. (www.tecplot.com) delivers visualization software for engineers and scientists who need to analyze, discover, and communicate results. The company launched Tecplot, its first software product for the scientific visualization market, in 1988. Since then, Tecplot has been applying and influencing the latest advances in visualization technologies and plotting capabilities. With more than 35,000 users worldwide, Tecplot has become the trusted name in data visualization.

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