HOUSTON TX – Marathon’s headquarters houses their Visionarium – a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment in which up to 50 geologists, geophysicists, engineers and drilling experts review data that includes seismic, well and other critical information on a giant curved cylindrical projection screen measuring 8′ high by 27′ long.
One of Marathon’s core activities is exploring key geologic resource basins for oil and natural gas. Marathon seeks to apply cutting edge technological innovations to gain the most accurate readings of seismic data gathered from these resource basins with a goal of continually improving exploration success. Its Visionarium, located at its headquarters in Houston, is the high-tech heart of a suite of workrooms that are used for evaluation and planning sessions, partner meetings, training and management presentations.
Marathon says, “Oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) is an expensive endeavor — and technology is critical in solving challenges throughout E&P efforts. To determine where oil and gas deposits are located and how to extract them, we must first assess vast quantities of data. Our visualization center helps evaluate data in a more collaborative environment; it’s the high-tech heart of a suite of workrooms used for evaluation and planning sessions, partner meetings, training and management presentations. Geologists, geophysicists, engineers and drilling experts review all types of data in the Visionarium.”
The company has used Christie imaging products since switching from CRT to DLP displays several years ago. In the Visionarium upgrade, it moved from a three-projector system featuring Christie Mirage projectors that delivered 2,000 ANSI lumens each at 1280 x 1024 resolution with 3-D active stereo to the brighter, two-projector Mirage HD6 system that offers up to 12,000 ANSI lumens and 1920 x 1080 resolution with 3-D active stereo. The Vista Systems Spyder caps the blended, 1×2 front-projection display by offering limitless windowing capability and seamless switching from a wide array of video inputs.
“The Christie Mirage HD projectors deliver exceptionally bright, high resolution images. This is a critical consideration when imaging seismic data,” said Sharon Crawford, senior technical consultant, Worldwide Geoscience, Upstream Technology. “Brighter images also mean we can increase the ambient lighting in the room to provide guests with a more comfortable viewing space for their own work, and to better view our over-sized, printed maps on the wall.”
Many companies are discovering how advanced visualization solutions enable more efficient and higher quality business decisions.