POSC Interop update (September 1997)

The POSC/CAESAR Project, described as 'A joint industry project for creating standards for electronic data exchange and sharing' is to be extended for another year.

The CAESAR Offshore Project was initiated in 1993 by the Norwegian Research Council, Aker, Kværner, Det norske Veritas, Norsk Hydro, Saga Petroleum and Statoil. Subsequently, the Petrotechnical Open Standards Corporation (POSC) became involved, and the resulting collaboration became POSC/CAESAR and was joined by several other major North Sea operators and contractors. The purpose of the project was to develop a product data model for life cycle information of offshore production facilities. Today, a large part of the planned data model is completed and the class library contains more than 10,000 classes. The project has a close collaboration with other standardization initiatives in Europe and the USA and the ISO STEP community. BP, Shell and Brown & Root have decided to use the POSC/CAESAR Reference Data Library as basis for their data warehouse an offshore development project. Statoil, Norsk Hydro and Saga have also decided to use POSC/CAESAR technology in the development projects Åsgard, Visund and Varg.

One STEP too many?

POSC has never been short of an acronym or two, and the CAESAR project is highly charged in this respect. PDM readers who supply either a useful or amusing interpretation of the following will receive a prize of an autographed copy of the book, A Survey of Data Management in the E&P Business - or a bottle of champagne at the winner's choice. Here they are ETAP, ISO/STEP PIPPIN, Esprit IV, CIMIS, EPISTLE, AP221, VÅV STID and KEDAT.

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