Woodside delivers seismic results in hours

Woodside has used large-scale computing on Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure to acquire seismic results “about 150 times faster” than normal.

The company successfully used more than 1 million virtual Central Processing Units (vCPUs) across three AWS regions in the US during November to perform a full-waveform inversion on 3,200 km2 of 3D seismic data from the Greater Sunrise gas resource, offshore Timor-Leste.

Woodside said the extra capacity provided by the AWS infrastructure allowed analyses to run in parallel and delivered results in less than two hours, compared with the industry standard time of weeks.

“Being able to get seismic results in hours – about 150 times faster – means that we can be decision-ready sooner,” said Woodside Chief Technology Officer Shaun Gregory.

The company said the computing power deployed was equivalent to a stack of standard laptops 4.2 km high.

AWS became Woodside’s strategic cloud provider earlier in 2020.

For more information visit the Woodside website.

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