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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:



Jerry 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.


I 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 vision.


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 newsletter. 


If anyone wants to make announcements that may be if interest to others, I will always include these. 


Stewart Robinson, Energistics





The Executive 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.


Jerry 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 newsletters.








The 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.


Flood 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 problem.




NDR2014 Feedback

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 valuable.


The overall summary is:

  • Make the meeting more formal
  • Sort out the IT
  • Think about the venue etc. in terms of improving networking
  • Improve communications before and during the conference
  • The keynote speech (by Malcolm Fleming) was a good idea
  • Use breakout topics to stimulate collaboration
  • Build on enthusiasm for regional meetings
  • Improve the feedback from breakout sessions
  • Continue with themed country reports
  • Review contribution from sponsors.



Regional Meetings

There was 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 issues!). 


In Baku, 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

Special 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 Baku. 




Data Quality

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 these are:        

  • Well header and other meta data
  • 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.  


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