October 05, 2012
Ongoing efforts to accelerate oil recovery in a number of latent fields within Egypt had been moving slowly in the past. However, recent technological advances have enabled prospectors to identify ways to recover the natural resource through sophisticated methods, the Oil and Gas Journal reported.
The role of GUI solutions in recovery
According to the news source, the efforts to recover oil in Egyptian fields require the integration of a variety of functions that would enhance the natural conditions in the region in such a way that lost oil reserves could be replenished. The first phase of this process has been made possible through an advanced graphical user interface.
The report explained that enhanced oil recovery methods are initiated by identifying the most suitable solutions for rebuilding the ecosystem. In the case of the project in Egypt, it had proved challenging to identify the right materials needed to make recovery possible. An EOR software system featuring a sophisticated GUI design made the process more efficient and enabled the recovery team to identify the best steps to take in the project.
This initial screening proved invaluable. When combined with experimental results and current research, the recovery team found that using carbon dioxide miscible flooding and micellar-polymer technology will likely provide the best possible method for recovering the oil supply in Egypt, the news source said.
The implications of the GUI functionality
From a broad oil and gas industry perspective, the use of the advanced graphical user interface design showcases the importance of making solutions accessible for users. This also serves as a lesson to traditional businesses and organizations developing applications for consumer use. Regardless of the industry that a solution is being developed for, or its target audience, it is vital that the user interface is designed in such a way that it supports ongoing operations.
A poorly designed GUI can prove to be a roadblock to innovation, as it can make users reticent to take full advantage of a program's capabilities. At the same time, a well-designed GUI can enable end users to get the most out of a solution, creating more value from the application. Considering the GUI as a secondary part of an application's functionality may seem tempting, especially in highly specialized sectors, but in the end, usability often proves the most important factor in a solution's success.