Designing Snakey: A Tangible User Interface Supporting Well Path Planning

  • John Harris
  • James Young
  • Nicole Sultanum
  • Paul Lapides
  • Ehud Sharlin
  • Mario Costa Sousa
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6948)

Abstract

We present our ongoing design of Snakey, a tangible user interface (TUI) dedicated to the field of reservoir geosciences and engineering. Our design of Snakey emphasizes intuitive manipulation and interaction with 3D curves, common to underground well path exploration and planning. Snakey is not designed to replace the traditional CAD reservoir well path planning tools, but rather to augment them with tangible and collaborative interaction, facilitating spatial exploration during the multi-stage planning processes involved in well path design. Our short paper presents design goals and prototyping solutions relating to Snakey’s physicality, sensing technology, input/output mapping, and multi-modal feedback, as well as our findings from a preliminary evaluation of the latest Snakey prototype in a design critique session by experienced reservoir engineers.

Keywords

Well path planning Tangible user interfaces (TUIs) physical interaction real-time 3D curve manipulation interactive visualization techniques reservoir and geosciences engineering 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Harris
    • 1
  • James Young
    • 2
  • Nicole Sultanum
    • 1
  • Paul Lapides
    • 1
  • Ehud Sharlin
    • 1
  • Mario Costa Sousa
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CalgaryCanada
  2. 2.University of ManitobaCanada

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