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OpenWorks to Petrel and Studio - Migration and Deployment

Thank you for wanting to know more about how we can help you move to, deploy or support the success of your Petrel and Studio environment. The following case study highlights some recent work we've been performing with a customer to implement the Petrel - Studio software into certain regions of their business that had primarily been using OpenWorks as their core geoscience suite. 


Customer Case Study - The Situation

Our Customer was in the process of implementing Petrel as their primary geoscience interpretation software suite, eventually replacing the Landmark suite of applications. It was a busy period for the operator, with a number of tight exploration deadlines to be maintained simultaneously, whilst completing the migration in parallel.

The customer sought out the support of an independent consultancy, with extensive Petrel Studio implementation experience to help provide technical advice on the project plan, migration architecture and post implementation workflows and governance to support successful operations

Our Solution

Venture worked with the Customer’s Project Manager to deploy both a Technical Lead Consultant and an experienced Data Management Expert, to undertake all aspects of the data migration and software deployment. Initially Venture were asked to develop a deployment recommendations report. This included a detailed current state assessment, and an overview of Petrel and Studio covering High Level workflows, key considerations including specifics around data storage, management, log curve and CRS handling.

Our Advisory Consultants went on to build a migration and implementation plan that was subsequently adopted by the customer. Following this, Venture deployed technical migration experts across multiple customer sites to undertake the pre-migration QC and conversion of existing OpenWorks data and projects, and subsequently build and check the projects in the new Petrel – Studio environment.

The project was successfully completed, with all 'live' projects created and ready for use by the G&G user community within the timeframe proposed, and importantly, the budget allocated. 


  • Venture has extensive experience in migration projects, acquired over 25 years of Oil and Gas Data and Information Support

  • As the leading independent OW to Petrel/Studio Manager migration consultancy, Venture were able to draw on lessons learned, best practice and Subject Matter Expertise via our Learning Centre and Communities of Excellence

  • Venture took a consultative approach, working with the business to identify their priorities and then designing an approach that would match the customer’s objectives

  • Venture recognises that any software deployment is dependent on behavioural change, and our consultants were able to use this knowledge to collaboratively build an environment that was effective for all users.

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