This technology created by Repsol can process information 15 times faster than other companies in the industry. This is possible thanks to a new generation of computer chips capable of handling complex mathematical algorithms. These chips create seismic images with which the Earth’s interior can be ‘seen’ and analyze whether there are hydrocarbons without drilling into its crust. It increases the reliability of the seismic images, boosting the chances of finding oil and gas thousands of meters beneath the subsoil. This technology has established Repsol at the forefront of the exploration of complex zones and large reserves, such as the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil. It has been estimated that the equivalent of 100 million barrels of oil is hidden there.
To make this tangible, Repsol has employed the services of some of the best geophysicists, mathematicians, geologists and engineers in Spain and the Unites States. The Kaleidoscope project was designed by Repsol in conjunction with 3DGeo, a leading company in obtaining seismic images, and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, which has the Marenostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe. Repsol has also worked on this advanced program with IBM, the Higher Center for Scientific Research, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and Stanford University.
Kaleidoscope has been named one of the five most innovative projects worldwide by the American Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the renowned body for monitoring new technologies. Computer World magazine also gave recognition to Repsol for this project, and we have been named finalists in the Annual Creativity in Electronics Awards and in the Innovation Award presented by the journal Petroleum Economist.
"A new generation of chips can create seismic images to see the Earth’s interior."