Overview of an Insight Project
An Insight project, fundamentally, is the collection of all data (surveys, volumes, horizons, wells, faults, polygons, etc) that the team may wish to view and interpret in a single Insight instance.
Each invocation of Insight operates on a single project, so if you want to work with two objects at the same time, they must, by definition, be in the same project.
Insight projects are independent and do not share information. If one project is having problems, it is isolated from other Insight projects.
As Insight projects are independent, each Insight project is stored in its own directory. Therefore projects can be upgraded independently of one another.
Within the project directory, the structure has been considerably simplified. A standard project directory now contains:
In addition, projects upgraded from previous versions of Insight will contain an "archive" directory, into which all of the flat files previously associated with the Insight project are moved.
It is important to note that once these files are imported into the Insight 4 project database, Insight will no longer reference the data in the archive directory and does not monitor it for changes.
Coordinate Reference System
A given Insight project must contain data referenced to a single cartesian (rectangular) coordinate reference system (CRS). Although you are not required to do so, providing the details of exactly which CRS is being used will enable Insight to perform conversion between coordinate systems when importing data.
An Insight session merely contains references to which project data is in the current working set, along with the state of the application when it was saved (the sizes and locations of open windows, display settings, line colours, etc).
Unlike in previous versions of Insight, sessions contain no actual data. Polygons, faults, arblines and other objects that were previously stored in the session are now first-class project objects, stored in the database and shared between sessions.
Multiple users can access the same project in their own session, which are now stored inside the project database.
All Insight project data is completely independent of the operating system on which it was created, and can be used by any version of Insight for Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X simultaneously. No special consideration is required when moving users or data between operating systems.