Álvaro Maia says: What is, in fact, a numerical method, a simulation method? It is trying to represent a physical phenomenon based on a very small part of the whole you are analyzing.
Carlos Levi says: The oceanic technology laboratory is a Rio de Janeiro Federal University lab. Its purpose is to simulate, on a reduced scale, the actual conditions brought about by the action of the waves, the wind, and the marine currents. That is what allows you to have confidence and precision quality in the results.
Álvaro Maia says: But as you reach higher levels of complexity, it is harder for you to only use... the physical simulators. And today, with the computer graphics programs, these methods are much easier to generate.
Ismael dos Santos says: The idea of...of telescopy is that you project on the screen sequential images, you know? One image of the left pole and another of the right pole. You do that so the user can see the image in three dimensions. Based on that, we started to invest in producing interactive videos. These little balls form a configuration in space, and their movements in the scene allow me to have different viewpoints and, thus, explore my model better. You can stop the scene in the middle and go in a different direction, assess the model, as if you were in fact inside the environment.
Álvaro Maia says: Twenty years ago I would divide the entire block of rocks into six thousand elements, and that already formed a huge mesh. Today, I use a million elements. So, I believe that in the future we will go on to work on a nearly molecular level.
Ismael dos Santos says: I believe we are moving towards telepresence, the idea of which is for you to assemble a virtual environment that brings these images to this virtual environment, and the user can operate this robot in a virtual environment, but sending the information remotely to the robot beneath.
Carlos Levi says: This is a typical example in which the coupling between theoretical studies, based on numerical simulations, and physical studies, can produce rather promising results.
Álvaro Maia says: The results of these simulations are applied to an engineering project, and with this Petrobras can have... courage or feel comfortable to face a new challenge. Because it knows there is a consolidated technical subsidy at the company that will make it feasible to produce that prospect, that reservoir. And in a few years you will see a one-hundred twenty thousand ton platform floating and producing one-hundred eighty thousand barrels, and you remember the models... the models you used to design that platform. That also brings satisfaction by seeing the reality after all of the modeling process.
Ismael dos Santos says: And then things go far.
Álvaro Maia says: Don't you think it turned out well? I think I talk too much.Back to Energy and Technology