Standards stuff

PODS’ InfoGraphic. OPC Foundation, Energistics cooperate. IOGP on site survey. XBRL glossary. CEN, CENELEC and ’single standard' policy. US NIST’s million pound-force calibration machine.

PODS, the pipeline open standards association has published an ‘Info Graphic’ schematic of its next generation pipeline data model.

The OPC Foundation is working with Energistics to enhance interoperability between Witsml/Prodml and OPC UA. The collaboration will result in a ‘companion specification’ mapping the Energistics protocols to the UA information model. OPC UA servers will be able to consume or produce standard Witsml or Prodml documents in drilling and production workflows. Jay Hollingsworth (OPC and Energistics) chairs the workgroup. Other UA companion specs have been developed for the ISA-95 and PLCopen process control standards. Another upstream companion is under development for the MCS-DCS interface for subsea to topside integration.

IOGP has published the technical notes (IOGP No. 373-18-2) to its guidelines for the conduct of offshore drilling hazard site surveys.

The XBRL best practices board has published a glossary of ‘clear and simplified terminology’ for XBRL concepts, aimed at business users rather than software developers. XBRL also reports the first use of its Inline XBRL standard in a form 10-Q SEC filing.

The American Petroleum Institute has published a new onshore safety standard for tank measurement of crude oil. API MPMS Chapter 18.2 covers safe and accurate options for custody transfer from production lease tanks. In particular, how measurements made without opening the tank hatch protect workers from gas and hazardous vapors.

The EU CEN and CENELEC standards bodies welcome the EU Commission’s commitment to a ‘single standardization policy.’ This ‘should encompass all economic fields of activity including digital technologies, which until now have been addressed separately.’

A little off topic but… The US NIST has just completed a 16-month overhaul of its one million pounds-force deadweight machine, the largest in the world. The machine is used to calibrate load cells used to measure large forces such as the thrust of a rocket or (maybe) hook load sensors. Watch the fascinating video of the overhaul.

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