PetroVisor can import and execute R scripts. Each script must contain one or more function definitions. Each function may be used as an activity in a workflow.
The R activity
An R activity is a function adhering to a special scheme:
#definition of the function’s name and the input parameters
functionName <- function (inputSignal1, inputSignal2, inputSignalXY)
# source functions from other files
# take care to use the correct path to the function’s file!
# load libraries
# create the result variable (has to be of type list)
result <- list()
# convert input parameters to matrix
input1 <- as.matrix(inputSignal1)
# Your calculations here
# assign the return parameters to the result variable
# (if needed convert them to matrices)
result$output1 <- variable1 # as.matrix(variable1)
result$output2 <- variable2 # as.matrix(variable2)
# return the result to PetroVisor
Creating R activities in PV
PetroVisor’s Workflow Automation tool features a basic R editor to create R activities.
- Open the PetroVisor Workflow Automation tool
- Navigate to the R scripts module
- Enter your function’s code. You can use the console to create test data sets, source scripts on your local machine, etc.
- Extract the activity using the extract button (each function given in the script will be extracted as an activity)
Running R activities in PV
R activities can be run from the R scripts module in PetroVisor. Make sure that the activity is extracted from the code. All available R activities are shown in the settings flyout. Please note that the R scripts module is like a sandbox, i.e. running an R script will not save the results to the database. Once the activity has been implemented and tested, it can be used as a workflow activity. Running an activity in the workflow will save results to the database.
- Select one of the shown activites
- Click the run button. A new window will show up allowing to map PetroVisor signals to the input arguments and to specify the context for the run
- Specify the desired settings and click the run button
- PetroVisor will execute the function and return the output in separate tabs per output signal
Importing existing R activities
Using the Server Configuration tool, it is possible to import already existing scripts into a workspace. Keep in mind that each script must adhere to the scheme stated above.
- In the Server Configuration tool, navigate to the workspaces module and select the workspace the activity shall be imported to
- Select Custom Activities from the group Content on the right side
- In the new window, navigate to the R activities tab. All existing R activities will be shown in a list
- Click new
- Select a provider and specify the respective settings
- Click connect to r server to get a list of scripts available at the specified location
- Select the desired script from the dropdown. All functions defined in the script will be extracted
- Select the desired function from the dropdown
- Optionally, specify a name for the R activity (the name of the selected function will be used as activity name by default)
- Check the source code, input and output arguments
- Select add to import the activity
PetroVisor uses providers to communicate with R. The following providers are available:
- “RNET”: provider to connect to an R instance on the local machine using R.NET component (this provider is used by the client automatically)
- Rserve: provider to connect to any R instance (on the local and remote machines) running Rserve on top of it.
Extracting activities in the R-module automatically creates activities using the provider “RNET”