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Jerry Hubbard
NDR Executive Sponsor Energistics, President & CEO
jerry.hubbard@energistics.org

 

Tirza van Daalen
NDR2014 Steering Committee Chair
tirza.vandaalen@tno.nl 

 

Stewart Robinson
Energistics
stewart.robinson@energistics.org 

 

 

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26th February 2013
Standards Leadership Council Forum
London, England 

 

 

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Welcome to the new Energistics Regulators Newsletter. It is a direct result of the very successful NDR11 meeting in Kuala Lumpur. I am very pleased that NDR meetings are a venue where Regulators can do business with each other and I hope to welcome many more of you as members of Energistics.

It is our intention that these Newsletters will be issued regularly in advance of the next NDR meeting.
Stewart Robinson is helping us produce these newsletters so if you have any comments, want to help or contribute please contact him directly. 

Jerry Hubbard

 

 

This newsletter is for Regulators. Initially it will centre on following up issues, actions and suggestions that came from NDR11 in Kuala Lumpur but it can and will be used for other items. If you want to advertise what you are doing, announce that your NDR has gone live or you are thinking of re-tendering let me know and I'll put it in. We can expand away from NDR activities to other regulatory activities but the intention of this newsletter is for it to be for the workers, i.e. the people who do the work, who do the data management.

 

In this first issue I have introduced Energistics and other standards type organisations. Although Energistics is funded by major oil, service and software suppliers, the Energistics board recognise that Regulators are potentially real beneficiaries from standards. That is why they have supported the NDR efforts. The NDR meetings would not go ahead without Energistics but few of the attendees are members. The Board wants to feel some commitment from Regulators, effectively by more of them becoming members. I will be contacting all of you who are not members in the near future. The membership fees will be pitched very low to try and encourage wide involvement.

 

In this first issue I have included a report on NDR11, the follow up actions and what is happening with the Production Reporting work. Next time I will highlight one NDR, I will ask them first. 

 

Stewart Robinson, Energistics

 

 

Who Is Energistics?

Energistics is the 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.  

In my words they are the people who are developing the digital data exchange standards that Regulators and NDRs need. They have three flagship standards WITSML (for drilling data), PRODML (for production data) and RESQML (for reservoir data). These standards contain almost all any Regulator would want.

WITSML TM      

 

 

Standards Leadership Council

Together with Energistics there are a number of other organisations developing standards that are useful to Regulators, often in niche parts of the business, some of these are: Mimosa, PIDX International, POSC Caesar, PPDM, OGC, OPC, PODS.

 

Earlier this year the executive leaders from each of these organisations met with Energistics to form the Standards Leadership Council (SLC).

The nine members of the SLC are Energistics (Jerry Hubbard), MIMOSA (Alan Johnston), Open Geospatial Consortium (Carl Reed), OPC Foundation (Tom Burke), PIDX International (Tony Aming), PODS (Janet Sinclair), POSC Caesar Association (Nils Sandsmark), PPDM Association (Trudy Curtis), and Society of Exploration Geophysicists (Jill Lewis).

I will keep you up to date with the actions from these meetings. At the first meeting they all agreed that collaboration was essential, that they need to tell each other what they are doing and importantly do not work on the same thing producing competing solutions.
  

 

 

NDR11 Report

Managing the growing volume of oil and gas data is a major problem for all governments. That is why we started the NDR meetings many years ago. The 11th meeting of Government Regulators responsible for the management of this data was hosted recently by Petronas in Kuala Lumpur. 180 delegates from 25 different countries gathered for three intensive days of work taking forward issues from previous meetings, bringing each other up to date with what is happening in their countries and, in particular, identifying areas where they could collaborate.

 

A full report of the proceedings will be published on the NDR11 website and also on the Energistics website. A full list of delegates is included but without their email addresses. (If anyone wants individual ones please contact me.)

 

  NDR11

 

Country reports continue to be interesting and a valuable source of information for delegates. The experiment to have a detailed template and a short country report seems to have been well received. There have been more comments on how we deliver country feedbacks at these meetings and how we further improve this part of the meeting will be a topic for the new committee. The proceedings contain a summary of the country reports but there were a few common themes.

  • There are many common issues that arise that need to be addressed in the planning stages to improve the deployment of any new NDR. These issues are in the areas of : Administrative procedures, Staffing and Data.
  • Countries are rightly proud of what they have achieved. The deployment of an NDR is a major achievement in itself but the following success areas were also mentioned: Introduction and development of Standards, Links to portals an improving Legislation.
  • There are still problems, with the two most common being Data quality and Standards.

A major objective of these meetings is to learn lessons from each other and to establish collaboration between governments on non-competitive issues such as data quality and data exchange standards. As a consequence we run breakout sessions to address issues and problems. All the breakout sessions run were well received, some more than others and very detailed reports on the sessions are included in the proceedings. A significant time was spent in planning these sessions. We can do better and we will take account of the comments made in the feedback.

 

A theme that emerged from this year's conference is that while NDR's are fast becoming a vital aspect of an exploration project, there is a wide variety of regulatory expectations and equally, of requirements by operators. There is need for a directory of regulatory requirements to assist both regulators and operators. Energistics has agreed to consider supporting an index of all NDRs, including as much information that will be useful, on their website. They will maintain a Total Index of all Regulatory Bodies and against this index the following information:

  • Template and reports from NDR11 and before.
  • A list of standards and guidelines that they use and publish, url links.
  • Main website addresses.

This will all be public. In parallel I will maintain lists of contacts in specific jobs such as Head of Exploration, main NDR contact etc. This list will be kept secure and not made public. 

 

The meeting was not all work and included a visit to the impressive, newly opened Petronas Core Store and a trip up the iconic Petronas Tower. Overall a very enjoyable and useful meeting.

 

 

 

Production Reporting

NDR11 included a report back from the Production Reporting Work Group, which was formed at NDR10. They presented a proof of concept daily production report developed from requirements gathered from six countries and based on the Energistics production standard, PRODML. 

 

Using PRODML, the two teams working independently were able to demonstrate how production data can be moved digitally and seamlessly from an operator direct to a National Data Repository without manual intervention. The data specification has now been verified by twelve countries and two operators. I will be circulating this widely, probably in early 2013, and then work will start to produce an XML standard for this data. NDR Production Meeting 2012

 

This is a very positive outcome from NDR meetings and it is hoped that similar efforts will arise from NDR11.

 

 

What Happens Next?

One of the aims of NDR11 was to perpetuate collaboration and, as a result, a number of work groups will be set up as a follow-up to the breakout sessions. These work groups will be:

  • Policies and best practices for managing seismic field data
  • Policies and best practices for managing cores and samples
  • Guidelines for managing data ownership and IPR in an NDR environment
  • Data quality and data validation
  • Training an recruiting data management staff for an NDR
  • Commercial and business models for an NDR
  • NDR tendering and re-tendering options for an NDR - produce a cookbook

There are volunteers to run these collaborations. The collaboration facilities provided by Energistics will be used and they will be kicked off in early 2013. If you want to take part in any of the collaborations please contact Jerry Hubbard at Energistics.

 

We are looking to organise the next meeting which we are calling NDR2014. There is a new chairperson, a committee and a possible venue at Baku in Azerbaijan. More news to follow.

 

Lastly, we will try to improve the communication and collaboration between Regulators between meetings. This Newsletter is a part of that, improving the Energistics website and setting up an index of Regulators is another and, importantly, encouraging more people to join in is vital.

 

 

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.

Energistics is 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, hardware and software vendors, system integrators, regulatory agencies and the global standards user community.

 

Questions? Comments? Contact Melissa Ray.