SCIENCE & ENGINEERING NEWS
Houston, TEXAS — Magic Earth sees “no dry holes” in its future – or the future of its customers. The young company announced the unveiling of its newest and largest, state-of-the-art visualization facility, the Erik D. Geisler Visualization Center.
Located in Houston’s new high-tech corridor, Magic Earth plans to use the new facility to further its mission to eliminate dry wells in oil and gas exploration, just as it is eliminating maps and cross sections from the desks of geoscientists and business managers.
Walking through the front doors of the 7,000 square feet facility, visitors are met with the techno-color brilliance of the purple and red walls. Glass panels offer a view of the SGI graphics supercomputers – the central nervous system of Magic Earth’s revolutionary facility – designed to tackle the most demanding visual computing challenges. The space is dominated by the metallic gray “pod” – named for its dome-like structure – that houses the next generation immersive display system and collaborative work environment. Inside this room, Magic Earth and its clients explore billions of bytes of data and interpret the 3D images of complex geologic structures that are projected onto the panoramic screen.
Michael J. Zeitlin, Chairman and CEO of Magic Earth, was enthusiastic about the center’s opening and the company’s technological capabilities. He said, “Magic Earth’s vision is no dry holes. To achieve this we continue to innovate and ‘eat our young’. What we developed three months ago is obsolete as we further improve our capability and product offering. We marry speed and precision. We are eliminating dry holes in the energy industry.”
“The visualization center, with its fully immersive environment, was built to accommodate the new economy which is all about quality decisions at lightning speed,” said Yin Cheung, Executive Vice President and Director of Technology. “Magic Earth and its software, GeoProbe, is the fastest in the world. When clients enlist the support of our geophysical interpretation team for a project, they gain the advantage of a fast yet thorough analysis by experts in exploration and production workflows.”
The center is named in honor of the late Erik D. Geisler (1959-1998), one of the original developers of Magic Earth software. Geisler’s passion and ingenuity in computer graphics helped create the most powerful volume visualization software in the oil and gas industry.
Magic Earth, LLC, headquartered in Houston, is a privately held company that specializes in state-of-the-art volume visualization and interpretation solutions including GeoProbe software, interpretation services and large screen immersive visualization centers. For additional information about Magic Earth, visit the company’s website at http://www.magic-earth.com .