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Geological interpretation software using Petra

Advance your E&P workflows to find more oil and gas.

Petra from IHS Markit is a cost-effective software solution for managing, manipulating and visualizing integrated geological, geophysical and engineering data. Geologists, engineers, technicians and analysts use Petra for exploration, exploitation, infill drilling, reserves analysis, unconventional plays, production analysis and more. With Petra, you can quickly visualize results using mapping, cross-sections, seismic interpretations, log plots, cross-plots, production and reservoir analysis, and 3D visualization. To maximize your subscription, IHS Markit offers technical support as well as Petra training courses at select locations and on site, by request.

Ranked high in the upper right quadrant of the Welling Report for easy-to-use geological interpretation software, Petra enables you to:

  • Expedite drilling decisions with shorter cycle times
  • Integrate large IHS Markit well, production and log datasets
  • Quickly define reservoirs and prospects
  • Focus on analysis rather than map-making
  • Analyze mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • Access enhanced data management with Petra Sidekick to load data into one project while working in another

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Petra Online User Community

When you become an IHS Petra® user, you gain access to so much more than just software. With our Petra Online User Community, you have access to a one stop portal for support from our experts as well as your peers. See what the Online User Community has to offer.


Choose the best option for your company’s financial goals.

  • Subscriptions help to manage short term cash flow constraints and capital budget limitations
  • Perpetual Licensing helps maximize total cost of ownership
  • Standalone when you do not need to collaborate with a wider team, or are a consultant
  • Network for companies who need to collaborate across asset teams
  • Short Term Subscription for one month or longer usage
  • License Trade – Ready to move to Kingdom EarthPAK, you can trade your Petra license today

Customer testimonials

“Petra offers such functionality (as store and access data and share in a network environment), coupled with easy data loading routines. The wide range of functionalities, including the incorporation of depth-calibrated raster logs and digitizing capability, is an additional plus.”

– A small, international independent oil and gas producer in Turkey uses Petra as a cost and manpower efficient database system to store and access various types of data which is shared in a network environment

“Our clients include many of the largest oil companies in the world and they are always satisfied with the final products obtained directly from Petra (i.e. very little professional drafting is needed in the final reporting phase). All this makes Petra a simple yet versatile software package to use in time/budget-constrained projects where quick yet precise results are needed.”

– A reservoir modeler who uses Petra in regional and site-specific studies

“One of the most wonderful aspects of the Petra product is the support that is behind it…Many times, I’ve gone in and requested changes be made, and sometimes they are made within a couple of weeks…That’s amazing to me – to be a single user and to have an impact."

– An engineer for an energy consulting firm

“Petra software has everything the geologist would need to build and to do the workflow. The way that it works, the modules, how they fit together, how easily you go from one module to another, from the map to the cross section to the database, how you continue to build out the story within the program—that is very exciting.”

– The president of an upstream development firm

Is Petra right for you?

Who uses Petra?How?
  • Identify area of interest
  • Integrate well, log and seismic information
  • Target drilling and recompletions
Drilling Engineers
  • Derive surface and profile plans
  • Analyze planned borehole paths
  • Perform cost estimates and analysis
Reservoir Engineers
  • Identify recompletion and drilling opportunities
  • Optimize production and recovery
  • Analyze reservoir trends
Completion Engineers
  • Model completion performance
  • Provide technical specifications and operating instructions
  • Optimize completion and workover designs and operations
Production Engineers
  • Evaluate separation of produced fluids
  • Monitor downhole flow control
  • Maximize profitability
  • Load information
  • Verify and quality check information
  • Collaborate on project development
  • Understand reservoir properties
  • Perform well, core and log analysis
  • Build reservoir models
  • Evaluate reservoir models
  • Assess strategy
  • Manage risk
  • Ensure compliance

Build your project with direct access to Energy E&P information from IHS Markit

Well Information
  • 4+ million current and historic well records
  • Continuously updated well header, formation top, logs run, completion, production test information and more
Raster & Digital Well Log Information
  • Enhance research and log interpretation capabilities with a continuously updated database of depth-registered raster images
  • Define geological models faster with digital log curve data
Production Information
  • Production information within days of receipt from the regulatory authorities
  • Fluids, operation hours, injection records, ratios and cumulative values
Directional Survey Information
  • Surveys for determining potential productivity, pressure, permeability and extent of oil or gas reservoirs or formations in open well bores
  • Information to understand the wellbore path from surface to reservoir, particularly for unconventional plays
Interpreted Formation Tops Information
  • Information for mapping gross geologic structures within a consistent stratigraphic framework for an entire basin, increasing depositional environment understanding, and validating new or existing prospects

Integrate Petra with Energy analytics for extended analysis

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