The enterprise that started in 1990, under the name Petrotechnical Open Software Corporation (POSC), has seen many eventful changes across the industry over the 30 years of its existence.
One aspect of the quest has however remained unchanged: the need for standards in order to drive efficiencies and improve trust-in-data across an increasingly collaborative and digitalized industry. More than ever, there is a need for flexibility to adapt workflows to a fast-changing environment, and a need to feed innovation at every step along the process from data acquisition to decisions and action. Any and all the time spent trying to disentangle or qualify un-recognized or poorly labelled data is a wasted opportunity that takes resources away from the high-grading and refining of that information. Visionary companies support this effort, contributing expertise and business guidance to the long-term work that is involved in providing truly relevant standards.
The adoption of the standards developed by Energistics has empowered the development of vital digital infrastructure within the industry. For example, the use of WITSML to transfer drilling and related data from active rigs to remote monitoring centers made possible the centralization of numerous responsibilities, greatly increasing the amount of expertise and the depth of technical resources that can be brought to monitor and direct drilling activities.
PRODML has grown from the initial scope of sharing production data to a number of vital data types related to the monitoring and analysis of producing or injection wells.
RESQML now covers the very rich diversity of subsurface data from structural and petrophysical interpretation all the way through to reservoir simulation and history matching. It is slated to play a central role in the OSDU initiative in which Energistics and our community are very active.
The Energistics Transfer Protocol (ETP) is the answer to the need to manage with no lag and for high volumes the flow of data from active data producers such as drilling rigs to consumers such as central monitoring centers, and also offer an application-to-application interoperability process.
Starting with the joint v2.0 release of WITSML, PRODML and RESQML in 2016, all Energistics standards are built on a shared Common Technical Architecture (CTA), making it possible to put together data transfer capabilities with a combination of any data type from any standard.