Christie is proud to announce it has successfully completed China’s largest virtual reality (VR) system for Beijing-based China Petroleum and Chemical (Petrochemical) Corporation (SINOPEC), the country’s biggest producer and distributor of petrochemicals.
Known as Petro-One, the state-of-the-art installation is the first such system to be used in the local petroleum and related industry for oil exploration activities and research.
“Petro-One is the result of a coordinated team effort which seeks to seamlessly combine the different elements such as calculating equipment, graphic generator, audio-visual components, projection system, controllers and many more into a collaborative interdisciplinary working environment,” says Cao Xianghong, Senior Vice-President, SINOPEC. “By utilizing this system, we’ll be able to embark on more in-depth research activities for strategic planning. Industry geologists, geophysicists as well as drilling engineers can now gather to jointly discuss real-life cases such as the rock strata in Eastern China and the complicated geological structure of the Erdos Basin. In addition, we can also use it in oil well planning prior to drilling as well as display first-hand information through satellite transmission from field locations. All these will translate into savings and maximize our oil exploration investments in the long run.”
Forming the core of the system is three Christie 3-chip DLP™ Mirage 6000 projectors used for front projection. Suspended from a height of about four meters above ground in the 90-seat auditorium, they display high clarity, high brightness stereoscopic and 3D images as well as data sets generated by a SGI Onyx 3800 server operating on Landmark’s Geoprobe software. To complete the immersive experience, a 3.6-meter-by-13-meter Stewart Curve screen with a 135-degree field of view is used.
“As the oil and energy-related industry is getting more competitive, more companies are now studying the use of visualization and virtual reality techniques in their exploration effort to help increase efficiency and effectiveness of their research process,” remarks Duncan Deng, Sales Executive, Christie China. “As China is fast emerging as one of the world’s greatest oil producers, we are glad to be able to tap into our extensive VR and immersive experience to work on this prestigious installation and help contribute to the technological advances in the local oil exploration efforts.”