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This is the first newsletter leading up to NDR16.
First of all, I want to make
some personal comments about the tragic news over the New Year when
we learnt that Jerry Hubbard had passed away before I move
onto talking about our plans for the immediate future.
There are a number of
obituaries to Jerry. Here is one:
was my friend; if you had met Jerry then Jerry was also your friend.
Jerry was like that. He showed real interest in everybody and made
them feel special.
could not make his funeral but I am told it was attended by a large
number of people who had been touched by Jerry. There was real grief
at his passing but a joint joy at having known him and been his
friend. A number of us who live in and around London met on the same
day, We ate at his favorite restaurant and shared memories all night
of our friend.
Jerry was responsible for
turning the NDR meetings into what they are today. He genuinely
believed that Regulators had a major role to play in delivering
standards in the oil industry. We owe it to him to realize that
I could go on writing about a
really nice man whom I will miss but I'll finish on a personal note.
When I retired from work with the UK government, he was instrumental
in talking me into continuing to work with Energistics. In fact, and
you will all understand this if you dealt with him, he just assumed I
would do so and started to work out what I was going to do. There was
no real discussion; he had a way of getting people to do things.
The photo below (apologies - I
am in it) is my favorite of him -- there is mischief in his face.
In each newsletter, I try to
highlight one country and their NDR. In Baku, the talks from Tirza
and Rico about the Netherlands were well received and I have chosen
them this time. Their NDR is probably unique as it was built to
mitigate potentially catastrophic flooding. If you want to follow up
on anything there, let me know.
Planning has started on NDR16
and I have included as much as I know.
After NDR2014, we received a
large number of feedback forms. Thank you, they were very helpful. We
will take into account all of the comments when planning NDR16. I
have included a very high level summary of the comments and I will
refer to the other comments in future newsletters.
There was a real enthusiasm at
NDR2014 to get regional NDR meetings established. We have been a bit
slow on this, but I have included a short note on what we are
planning to do.
There were two breakouts that
suggested areas where we could all collaborate, possibly through the
regional meetings. These were Data Quality and Standardized Reporting
and Data Submission Standards; I have included some notes on these.
If we manage to start regional meetings, then I hope that these two
topics will be part of the agenda. Irrespective of that, we will try
and formalize the work on these two important areas and will continue
within the Energistics Regulatory Special Interest Group. Jerry Hubbard
spoke of this in Baku and I will repeat some of what he said in this
If anyone wants to make
announcements that may be if interest to others, I will always
committee have decided that NDR16 will be held in Houston, Texas in
2016. At the moment we have no dates, venue or anything booked, but
we have started thinking about the nature of the meeting.
Hubbard always wanted an NDR in Houston and he believed we could get
the oil companies involved. For the moment, we are establishing a
budget and are working toward a conference in early 2016, possibly
March or April, when it will not conflict with other oil and gas
events. When we design the programme, we will take into account the
comments from NDR2014 (below) and will share our thoughts in future
Netherlands' name literally means "Low Country", inspired
by its low and flat geography, with only about 50% of its land
exceeding one metre above sea level. Most of the areas below sea
level are man-made. Since the late 16th century, large areas have
been reclaimed from the sea and from lakes, amounting to nearly
17% of the country's land mass.
control is an important issue for the Netherlands, as about two
thirds of its area is vulnerable to flooding, while the country is
among the most densely populated on Earth. Natural sand dunes and
human-made dikes, dams and floodgates provide defense against
storm surges from the sea. River dikes prevent flooding from
water flowing into the country by the major rivers Rhine and
Meuse, while a complicated system of drainage ditches, canals and
pumping stations (historically: windmills) keep the low lying
parts dry for habitation and agriculture. DINO, the Netherlands NDR,
has been built in support of this major activity and its complexity
and unique features are a result of the critical nature of the
In the past, we have
used delegate's comments to improve the next conference. We recognize
that not everyone responded to the questionnaire and that often the
comments are contradictory. Nevertheless, there were a number of
suggestions worth considering and a number of comments that we found
The overall summary is:
- Make the meeting more formal
- Sort out the IT
- Think about the venue etc. in terms of
- Improve communications before and
during the conference
- The keynote speech (by Malcolm Fleming)
was a good idea
- Use breakout topics to stimulate
- Build on enthusiasm for regional
- Improve the feedback from breakout
- Continue with themed country reports
- Review contribution from sponsors.
lots of enthusiasm for NDR Regional Meetings in between the main NDR
meetings. Whilst this is a good idea, it requires some organisation
and we have only just started to think about it. As reported in Baku,
there is a template for such meetings in Europe, the North Sea
Managers Forum, where four of the Regulators meet regularly.
(Admittedly they are not constrained by significant travelling
we separated into regional groups for: Americas, Africa,
Asia and Middle East, and Central Asia. In the next few months, we
will look at these regions, identify a potential lead country,
produce a compelling agenda and try to get things rolling.
Energistics has regional leads who can help with this. Europe can
share their agendas. The work on Data Quality and Standardized
Reporting are potential work areas and these regional meetings could
help us design improved main NDR meetings.
Energistics Regulatory SIG
Interest Groups (SIGs) are a means of building communities of subject
matter experts and interested parties around industry standards and
best practices in a specific functional area. It is through SIGs (and
their work groups) that the work of defining requirements and
developing standards is carried out. Energistics has very active SIGs
for WITSML (well and drilling data), PRODML (production data) and
RESQML (reservoir data).
This could be the ideal way
for Regulators to start collaborating and importantly take forward
the running of the NDR meetings. Jerry Hubbard talked about this in
Summary of breakouts
at NDR2014 and possible future work
Data quality remains a common issue in E&P companies -
NOCs and IOCs alike. Therefore, any kind of solution and results that
are produced by the NDR community can be effectively used.
Transparency, governance and sustainability are important aspects
that keep surfacing.
There are common
issues of Data Quality for Regulators and Oil Companies. Some of
- Well header and other meta
- Data completeness
- Communications between parties
and helping new comers.
This was a key breakout at NDR11. Work had proceeded since then
and the intention was to take the work forward.
Energistics is a global, not-for-profit, membership
organization that serves as the facilitator, custodian and advocate for
the development and adoption of technical open data exchange standards in
the upstream oil and gas industry. Uniquely designed to unite
upstream industry professionals in a neutral and collaborative
facilitation environment, Energistics membership consists of integrated,
independent and national oil companies, oilfield service companies,
software vendors, system integrators, regulatory agencies and the global
standards user community.
Contact Melissa Ray.