Danomics Petrophysics and DCA Express software are powered by the cloud so that they can scale to massive project sizes and help you get the best results in your subsurface interpretations. Read the Danomics FAQ below to learn more.
Functions & Features
Q. Who are your competitors and why should I use your software?
A. Traditional petrophysics packages such as Techlog and IP have a lot of functionality overlap with Danomics. For example, we all off options for calculating things like clay volume, porosity, and water saturation via many different methods. Our software has been bench-marked against their’s and the results are the same in most cases (except for mineral inversion where we all use slightly different methodologies, but even then the key outputs like grain density are almost exactly the same). The main technical difference is that traditional petrophysics packages were designed to interpret wells one-by-one in extreme detail, and as such do not scale out to 1000s of wells. Danomics was designed from the start to be multi-well, and as such has features designed to help you make these types of interpretations and do the calculations fast (for example, you can run a full model with ML-based curve repair and a full mineral inversion in Danomics in about 10-12 minutes, while in IP or Techlog this same evaluation will take 24+ hours, assuming it doesn’t crash in the middle). We have used IP and Techlog for years, and they likely have a place in your subsurface technology stack, but they should be used what they were designed for, because they don’t do petrophysics at scale the way Danomics does.
Mapping packages like Petra and Geographix are also competitors as they can do bulk calculations. However, they weren’t designed to do petrophysics. They don’t offer the zone-by-zone, well-by-well customization that many users need. They don’t have good visualizations with drag and drop parameters. They don’t make it easy to have a fully integrated analysis and doing something like a mineral inversion is impossible. They are good at doing mapping, which is what they should be used for… not for doing petrophysics, which they are sometimes abused into doing.
Finally, a real difference is developmet pace. Danomics released 68 updates from August 1, 2019 – August 1, 2020. You get them all automatically.
Q. What is your standard workflow?
A. We navigate users through a workflow that includes: data prep and conditioning, curve normalization, badhole ID and repair, Clay Volume estimates, TOC analysis, Mineral Inversion, Porosity interpretations, Sw interpretations, Cutoff evaluations + additional modules for Volumetrics, Geomechanics, Pore Pressure, and Shear Log Modelling.
Some steps are of course optional depending on your lithology (e.g., TOC, Inversion, Volumetrics, etc), but they are included with all licenses so you have access to them when needed)
Q. Why do you have mineral inversion at the core of your workflow? Can I really use this?
A. Mineral Inversion (our equivalent of Techlog’s ELAN or IP’s Mineral Solver) allows you to calculate the mineral volumes at every depth step, which in turns means that you have a grain density curve that can be used in your density porosity equation. This gives superior resolution, especially in mixed or complex lithology intervals than just using a fixed matrix density over a zone.
Typically this technology has only lived inside specialist packages, which has meant that petrophysicists can’t fully integrate their work with that of their geoscientists. This was historically driven by how slow the solution was, often taking 10-30 seconds per well, which may not sound like much, but adds up when you want to run it across 1000+ wells. Danomics figured out how to make this take about 0.1-1 second per well. This means we can do it at scale and fast enough so that you aren’t waiting for days on end for a run to finish.
Q. How do you handle “real” data?
A. Real data (not clean demo ready data), can be a real headache. You might have logs that are from operated logging jobs, non-operated logging jobs, vendors, data reported to the state, digitized data, etc. Your logs may be in one file/well or multiple files/well with different depth steps, logging runs, overlaps, and mnemonics. It may have data in percent or decimal. It may a density porosity curve vs. a bulk density curve. It may be in different lithological references such as a neutron logged in sandstone vs. limestone units. And you’ll have logs from different vintages and logs that suffer from washouts. And when you are dealing with projects of 1000+ wells you can’t go through and do this manually.
That is why Danomics puts a real emphasis on data prep and conditioning. We have a built-in alias table (user expandable) that has over 7500 curve mnemonics. We auto detect units from from headers and from data statistics and perform conversions as needed. We evaluate the lithological reference and convert everything to a common reference frame. We have optional curve normalization that can be applied across the entire dataset with a single-click or applied on a well-by-well basis so that you can handle variations that are unrelated to changes in the subsurface. We automatically composite logs from different runs/files together to ensure you get maximum data coverage.
For washouts/badhole we have tools to flag washouts via several criteria, but more importantly we have built-in machine learning models that automatically train/test every permutation of model to determine the best way to repair washed out curves. This takes < 0.1 seconds per well in most cases, which is about 100x faster than our nearest competitor.
This is useful to you because it means after just a few minutes you will know that all of your data is “interpretation ready” after just choosing a few quick options. A lot of our clients will run data through our platform to do just the prep, conditioning, and repair before they have their geologists do any work inside their mapping packages because it is just the easiest way to clean data from several thousand wells.
Q. How big can projects really be?
A. We have had clients work on projects as large at 20,000 wells, and there is no real theoretical limit. Projects of this size do require a bit more diligence and thought into when you want to run mapping jobs or export results (think 10 minutes/1000 wells), but the software can handle this without issue. More commonly though we see clients running projects of 1000-5000 wells, which is just par for the course, so to say.
Q. Okay, what about the licensing and cost? What does SaaS and subscriptions mean for me.
A. We operate on an annual subscription and named user basis. This means that you get a license for a user for a year for the quoted price. We give you tools to change who the user(s) is, so it could be Bob and Jane using it today, and Tim and Sue using it tomorrow, for example. You will get to name someone as a dedicated company admin and they can re-assign licenses (the admin doesn’t need a license to administer them).
In terms of cost because we are a subscription we offer much lower upfront costs. For example, let’s say a traditional petrophysics package might be $50,000 + 15% annual maintenance (many charge 20-25%). This means you’d pay $50k in year one, and $7.5k every year thereafter. With Danomics your license might be $10k/year, so you’d pay $10k every year. This means if you didn’t pay any maintenance Danomics and the traditional package would cost the same amount after 5 years (although that’s not accounting for present value or the fact that with Danomics you’d get full support and all upgrades for those 5 years and not just in year one)… and if you keep support on the traditional software Danomics is less expensive until year 18.
Also, as of 2020 Danomics is “all-in-one”. This means you get access to our Petrophysics, mapping, and decline curve analysis. You get all the modules we develop, all upgrades, everything. This is quite different from our competitors who often upsell you on each add-on. For example, we know one of our competitors charges you extra for TOC, extra for Mineral Inversion, extra for Volumetrics, extra for geomechanics, extra for pore pressure, etc. This means that the sticker price for the functionality you want and need can go up fast with other solutions.
Q. Tell me about updates. Are these included? What do I install?
A. We regularly release updates and these are all included. between August 2019-2020 we released 68 updates. You don’t have to install anything – they are just automatically there. This is one of the main benefits of the cloud. We install the update in the cloud data center and then when you log in through the web browser the update is just there for you. This is why our users get to see improvements in the software week after week instead of only once a year.
For example, a user reported a bug related to loading LAS files on August 3rd. We identified the problem as being related to certain depth steps having values that ballooned out to 27 decimal places. We put in a fix on the evening of August 3rd, tested it internally, and released it to all our users on the morning of August 4th. We emailed the affected user and let them know. The file they loaded then worked. Of course, not all bugs are fixed in 24 hours, but the point is that you don’t wait 3-6 months for version 2020.v1.2 to come out, then have to ask IT to download and install it for you.
Q. Where is the software going strategically? What more will it do in the next few months or year?
A. We are developing on three fronts. With respect to petrophysics we are adding new methods and options regularly. For example, we just added the Waxman-Smits method for water saturation and Vasquez & Beggs oil property calculations to help with volumetrics (written in August 2020). We are also adding more functionality to crossplots, histograms, and well log displays to make them more useful. So, we are going deeper into petrophysics. However, our workflow meets the needs of 90% or more of our users 99% of the time, so we balance additional methodologies with user experience to make sure we don’t make the software inaccessible to new users or non-petrophysicists.
We are also building out more advanced G&G capabilities. We want users to have the ability to make presentation ready maps and cross-sections in the platform. Currently our maps are more “working” maps that are used for QC work and understanding spatial variability. However, we are actively building out options to make the maps more aesthetically pleasing and to give users more control. We also already have cross-sections, but want to give the user more options on well selection.
The third front is on our DCA tool and integration. We want users to be able to display rich maps that may have, for example, an OOIP map from the petrophysics overlain by a production bubble pie map of EURs generated in the DCA module. We also intend to make the DCA tool more sophisticated and with more options on controlling production forecasts, especially late in well life.
Where can I get help?
At Danomics we believe that cloud is the future of software. It gives you access to your projects anywhere you have an internet connection and removes the need for high-end workstations. You shouldn’t have to carry around software dongles or log into virtual machines to access your work – and with Danomics’ cloud software you don’t.
Cloud also means that you get access to all updates in real-time. You don’t have to wait on a big once a year update, which your IT group then has to test before you get access. Since the calculations are ran in a cloud data center all you have to do to receive it is refresh your web browser.
How do I know my data is safe?
Danomics uses the most up-to-date methods and tools to make sure that your technical data and personal details stay safe. We only use proven technologies from the top vendors in our software.
Can I get a demo?
Absolutely! Just use the contact form on the home or contact pages and we can get you set up with login credentials and a demo project in short order.
Do you offer customer support?
Yes. We can provide customer support to everyone who licenses are software. We can help you by phone, email, or screen share. We do custom on-boarding sessions for all new customers and make sure that you have the tools and support you need to get the job done.
How can I get training?
Danomics can help you regardless of the type of training you need. We offer one-on-one training sessions to all new users to help get you up and running as fast as possible, all delivered via screenshare so we can do it right away. We also offer in-house training and petrophysics courses. Contact us to find out more.