Brisbane Event: Open Source + Private Cloud = Big Data + Big Benefits, Wed 17 October 2012


OSIA is pleased to announce its forthcoming networking forum event on Wednesday 17 October 2012. Members and friends are invited to attend this free event.

Title: Open Source + Private Cloud = Big Data + Big Benefits

Hosted by QUT's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
and the newly established QUT Open Source Forum.

Owen J. Wordsworth Room,
Level 12, S Block
QUT Gardens Point Campus
Queensland University of Technology

[Please note that parking is very limited on campus. Campus information may be found here: ]

Time: 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm start.


1. Presentation by Andrew Moore

2. Update on OSIA activities

3. Networking opportunity

Presentation Details

Australian energy company Santos is sponsoring the VirtualGL Open Source
software project to improve its geoscience application delivery whilst
reducing data management and support overhead. The project's TurboVNC "thin
client" software runs on standard-issue laptops and connects Santos'
geoscientists across Australia and SE Asia to compute-intensive subsurface
interpretation systems and centralised databases via a private cloud. A web-
based session management system manages bandwidth utilisation and allows
multiple users to collaborate on geoscience data models in 3D from any network

Performance, collaboration and data management benefits, coupled with capital
and operational savings of AU$2.5m over 5 years, were recognised by RedHat, OS
suppliers of Santos' Linux server farm, who awarded the Santos TurboVNC
project global "Innovator of the Year" for 2011. However, beyond these
immediate benefits, the real value in the private cloud approach is the ability
to centralise data into one large database. This not only delivers added
benefit in economies of scale for support and data quality procedures but also
means that new insights and value can be derived from the consolidated "Big
Data" gathered from the full exploration & production spectrum. The hypothesis
is that access to larger, integrated data sets supports better reservoir
modelling, reduces uncertainty in exploration and optimises production.
This application delivery strategy proves the effectiveness of cloud computing
in an industry where few companies have realised its potential due to the
massive volumes of data involved. Traditionally, oil and gas companies
distribute geoscience data in "bite-sized chunks" on high-powered user
workstations, each running a local copy of the interpretation software. The
centralised data approach allows a company to mitigate the impacts and cost of
upgrading hundreds of individual workstations and positions it to take full
advantage of the exponential growth in technology performance resulting from
Moore's Law. For example, Intel has recently announced the "knight's Corner"
chip which is capable of 1 teraflop - something the US government paid $55M and
used 10,000 chips to achieve just 14 years ago.

In another example of how new technology changes the way we can work, Santos
has demonstrated viewing a full 3D seismic image of the earth's subsurface on
a mobile phone. With quicker access to larger data volumes from smaller user
devices there will be a commensurate increase in opportunity to reveal more
value from data supporting better business outcomes. Exponential growth in
storage, network and processing performance will provide the platform to build
much bigger data models in memory and search for attributes using "Big Data"
analytics. The industry needs change the way it thinks to realise the
potential in making massive volumes of integrated data available and derive
orders of magnitude more value through innovative thinking and applied

About the Speaker:

Andrew Moore holds a BSc (Hons)degree in geography from the London School of
Economics. Andrew is a certified MSP Programme Manager and Prince II
Practitioner. He has 31 years? experience in exploration systems design,
integration and management with numerous oil and gas companies. This includes
senior positions with Occidental, Elf and Petro-Canada in the UK, plus 15
years? experience as an independent consultant, including two years with BP in
Stavanger and long-term contracts with Norsk Hydro, Enterprise, Chevron and
Amerada Hess in London. He developed and presented Unix-system training
courses with Cambrian Consultants, including Unix for geoscientists to more
than 1,000 geoscientists worldwide. He has been an instructor at Sun
Microsystems for the Unix, TCP/IP and E10000 server curricula and at Learning
Tree International for Unix/Linux user and administrator courses, including
five years as a technical editor. Andrew is the information systems manager for
subsurface with Santos Ltd and has accountability for all geoscience
applications, data management and spatial information systems. Member: PESGB
and PESA.

Refreshments available.

Following the event, you are also invited to join others for dinner.

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The above event will follow an OSIA Board Meeting earlier on the same day. If there is anyone who would like to meet the Board Members, and cannot attend the above event, please contact the Secretary :

If you have any enquiries regarding this event, please email

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 18:00 to 21:00