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A new control panel integrates five new modules


Each module runs independently but the display is instantaneously updated following all database changes. Users are therefore always viewing an up-to-date version of the data currently in the database, wherever and whenever changes are made. In a shared database, data may be refreshed with colleagues' updates.


The v1.8 chart plotting system is retained but with several significant improvements in v2.0, and the new Samples & Interpretations application offers some new on-screen charting options, which can also be output to a printer.



In the new Samples and Interpretations module, multiple wells can be opened simultaneously.


Each well has its own 'tab', which can also be detached from the main frame. Each well tab contains further tabs for the different categories of data within that well.


A scheme viewer can be opened alongside the well data. By double-clicking on a unit in the scheme, it can quickly be assigned to an interval in the selected well. Units which occur in the selected well are highlighted in the scheme viewer.



New XML-compliant file format and image storage


A smarter, more stable data exchange format reflects the new data model. Support for reading existing file formats is retained.




The new format supports exchange of specimen image data stored within the database. Multiple images can be linked to taxon occurrences and stored with caption text. Image thumbnails are displayed in the sample's occurrence list.




Interactive interval boundaries


The new standard chart allows 'drag-and-drop' manipulation of interval boundaries and sequence picks; boundary and pick samples can be altered quickly and visually without need to open dialogs.





 

Directional drilling display


A new chart displays deviation survey data (true vertical depth against incremental vertical offset). The bore path can be coloured to show the positions of interpreted units, as well as samples and faults. The display can be linked to a motherbore well to compare stratigraphy. Additions to the plot can include wireline logs, unit labels, and a planned well path from an additional deviation survey.


A moveable 'projected' node can be added at the end of the bore display to give positional details of the projected well path.




Deviated wells in a project which have the same geographical location can be plotted on a map to give a 'bird's-eye-view' of well paths relative to the spud point.





Interactive line of correlation


The new depth/age chart features an interactive tool for drawing and manipulating a Line of Correlation (LOC), to provide underlying depth/age conversion for chronostratigraphic diagrams. A simple 'drag-and-drop' mechanism allows the user to easily move nodes and automatically store new LOC data.





Inputting taxon occurrences


The Concept Keyboard is no longer supported but is replaced by a new on-screen display, which can be used with the mouse on a normal computer screen, or with a touch screen device. Taxon names or images can be arranged and ordered in a grid of any number of rows and columns. Attributes can be added to the taxon occurrence via buttons on the control bar. A panel in the control bar shows the full taxon name in a selected cell, which means that a large number of taxa can be displayed in one overlay which is still easy to use. Cells are highlighted to indicate that a taxon has been recorded.





Subsidence curves



Create a subsidence chart to compare subsidence histories of multiple wells using the age/depth curve against a stratigraphic scheme of your choice.






 

Store wireline logs in the StrataBugs database


Wireline logs can now be imported into and stored in the database. New charting in Samples module allows you to overlay wireline logs on interpreted lithology intervals.


 

 

 



Named surfaces


Sequence tracts replaced by named surfaces to allow picking and correlation of surfaces rather than just sequence boundaries. This also supports sequence schemes of either depositional or genetic type.











 

Browser-based online help and 'how-to's


Dialog "Help" buttons link directly to a set of web pages featuring full explanations, hints and screenshots. A package of the same pages can also be downloaded via the Updater and stored locally so that your system can access Help if you are offline. The help pages also feature tutorials, guidence on concepts and terminology and indexes to help you use StrataBugs more effectively.



New licensing


Licensing is simplified; independent of the database and reliant on a single licence file per installation.




Extended database support


Connect to Access, Oracle, MySQL or SQLServer databases, hosted locally or on external servers. The connection process is quick and simple, no additional downloads or add-ons are required, and you can change database at the click of a button.




Simplified installation and system dependencies


Requires the Java Runtime Environment, available free from java.com. For the demonstration release, StrataBugs v2.0 can be installed entirely from the new Updater application, which you can launch from this page.