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A Decade of Increased Oil Recovery in Virtual Reality
November/December 2007 (vol. 27 no. 6)
pp. 94-97
Endre M. Lidal, Christian Michelsen Research
Tor Langeland, Christian Michelsen Research
Christopher Giertsen, Christian Michelsen Research
Jens Grimsgaard, Norsk Hydro
Rolf Helland, Norsk Hydro
In the early '90s, VR was still in its infancy, but the Norwegian oil company Norsk Hydro saw the technology's potential. Still, there was no framework for developing VR for exploration and production. Working with the Norwegian research institute Christian Michelsen Research (CMR), Hydro began work on a proof-of-concept demonstration. The goal was to show that, by using VR technology, a company could perform critical E&P operations "more efficiently, with better quality, and at lower costs." In 1997, Hydro invested in a CAVE laboratory and CMR began developing the HydroVR application. The HydroVR project both changed work processes and increased revenue for petroleum E&P in general. Here, we describe the project's major application milestones and summarize how and why the project has sustained its extensive activity over the past 10 years.

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Index Terms:
virtual reality, petroleum industry, oil exploration and production
Endre M. Lidal, Tor Langeland, Christopher Giertsen, Jens Grimsgaard, Rolf Helland, "A Decade of Increased Oil Recovery in Virtual Reality," IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 94-97, Nov.-Dec. 2007, doi:10.1109/MCG.2007.141
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