Create a 3D model of an oil reservoir for a “view & touch” knowledge experience to increase transparency and awareness on the environmental impacts of drilling projects on our territory: this is the aim of 3D-RES project (3 dimensional real reservoir www.3d-reservoir.com – www.giacimenti3d.it) and we are honoured to be part of it helping the team in the creation of the first 3D model of an oil reservoir.
Thi idea was born inside the Dipartimento di Ingegneria Chimica, Materiali e Ambiente of Università della Sapienza di Roma and thanks to the initiative of Ing. Francesco Napoli and the team founded with Prof. Paolo De Filippis and Prof.ssa Fedora Quattrocchi.
The current Italian situation is particularly complex for the general distrust of various stakeholders towards new exploration and drilling projects, production and storage of hydrocarbons and geothermal energy mainly for geological and seismic fears that have unfortunately characterized our land. 3D-RES team then thought that creating a true three-dimensional model of an oil field could become a powerful tool for disseminating knowledge: on one hand puts the O & G Companies in “transparency” and on the other it helps local governments and citizens to better understand how it is made the soil, allowing them to make more informed and conscious choices about their future.
But how is it possible to represent in detail what the human eye can not see? The team made his best with the data regarding exploration and geological scans to play as usual a digital model available via PC and screens, innovation comes the next step because this model is converted through CAD design software in a .stl file and it is perfectly in tune with the rapid prototyping machines. Some components of the model in fact have been made with one of our stereolithography machines and then assembled with all other decorative details for a best prototype context .
This kind of project is the first in the world of hydrocarbons research and mining, the team is ready to replay with a road-show in all Italian hot areas where a permanent exhibition could cliffs doubts regarding both the geological composition of the subsoil, both the possible negativity that could rage on groundwater or rocky composition in the immediate vicinity of the site.
New exploration activities in Italy are fixed at 2009, translating according to the team of researcher in a total absence in future years of the new production of hydrocarbons, new development and new royalties. Since in other European countries this public debate is much more active and evolved than our country they have seen in this 3D model a new resource capable of scientifically feed the subject and trigger a direct and constructive engagement with the public during the approval and development phases of drilling projects.