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Kelman Becomes Katalyst, Rebrands Premier End-to-End Solution for Data Management


Kelman Data Management, the global geophysical data management firm, has officially changed its name to Katalyst Data Management, the company announced Wednesday.

Re-branding initiatives accompanying the Katalyst name feature a new positioning line (“Unleash Your Data's Potential”), a new corporate website (, and a marketing campaign launch in Las Vegas during the annual meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) on Nov. 4-9.

Founded in Canada as a geophysical seismic data processing firm based in Calgary in 1982, Kelman began offering data management services in 1996. The service was expanded to the United States in 2001 and currently has offices in Houston, Oklahoma City, and Denver.

In 2010, the company merged with the respected Houston-based Oil Data Transcription Service unit of Iron Mountain. The following year, the parent company, Kelman Technologies Inc., sold its seismic data processing business to Fugro, including the rights to the Kelman name.

As Katalyst, the company provides a complete line of data management services including data capture (tape re-mastering and scanning), navigation loading, metadata capture, quality control, database hosting, digital storage, and disaster recovery.

“The Katalyst name better represents innovative products such as iGlass, our fully integrated portal for accessing geophysical data. Going forward, Katalyst will become synonymous with cutting-edge offerings that customers can use to maximize their assets,” said Steve Darnell, the company's President. “Katalyst has an ongoing commitment to R&D to maintain its leadership position in the geophysical data management area. We have several exciting announcements to share in the coming months,” he added.

Katalyst is a leading E&P data management firm that can reduce the geophysical exploration cycle time by ensuring that all known data is accurately catalogued within days, not months, including even the oldest legacy formats. The company's popular “Touch Once” process is the industry's only end-to-end data management service.

For more information about Katalyst, visit or attend an iGlass demonstration Nov. 4-9 at the SEG Annual Meeting (Booth #1156) in Las Vegas.

About Katalyst

Katalyst Data Management provides end-to-end geophysical data management services. Katalyst specializes in the protection, management, organization and storage of geophysical assets for the oil and gas industry.

Katalyst Data Management
Steve Darnell, 281-529-3202
Patrick Peck, 281-529-3215
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Neil Baker, 1-403-294-5268
Vice President, Data Management

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