New virtual reality and visualization technology defines a new work environment both for individual experts and for larger groups or multidisciplinary asset teams. With this technology, data can be combined and presented in more intuitive ways and new methods for data interaction can be developed. The technology has the potential of improving quality and reducing turnaround for different work processes in the E&P industry. In 1997 Norsk Hydro installed a virtual reality CAVE laboratory and started the development of an integrated software system for seismic interpretation, reservoir modeling and well planning in virtual environments. Since late 1998 the system has been in active use on the Troll oil field for well planning and monitoring of wells during drilling. This paper summarizes the early experience from this activity.


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