TECHNOLOGY developed by Aberdeen-based music software company Soundmotion is being adapted for use in the quest for new oil.
Soundmotion revealed yesterday that a £135,000 development project – supported primarily by two unnamed oil majors – would transfer its music recognition expertise to the depths of an oil reservoir.
The oil and gas sector-led project was established by the Industry’s Technology Facilitator (ITF) and will investigate the use of Soundmotion’s proprietary technology in seismic image processing.
Soundmotion’s software was originally designed for automated music analysis and tuition.
Gordon Cowie, the firm’s chief executive, said: “The company’s core technology is designed to identify and examine the complex structures produced in music.
“However, given the flexibility of the technology there is nothing to stop the software being applied to other complex data sets.”
Mr Cowie added: “ITF’s support has really helped us move this project forward and we are excited to have secured support from the oil majors and additional funding from Scottish Enterprise.
“There are definitely further opportunities to explore in terms of applying this technology and our signal processing know-how to the oil and gas industry.”