Data in motion, data at rest

Kwantis leverages Energistics’ Resqml format in major client’s central repository of reservoir models.

In 1494 Spain and Portugal carved up the new world at the Treaty of Tordesillas. Centuries later, Energistics and PPDM, carved up the oil and gas data world into ‘data at rest’ (PPDM) and ‘data in motion’ (Energistics). At the time it seemed to us* somewhat arbitrary in that once data in motion stops moving, as it inevitably will, it becomes data at rest. Why change the format?

Milan, Italy-based Kwantis appears to agree with us, and has developed (for an unnamed ‘major oil and gas client’) a central repository of Resqml files and a web-app for save/update/download operations. Files are indexed by company metadata such as ‘basin name’ or ‘business unit’. The working principle is simple, when a new feature is added a study is downloaded from the central repository as a Resqml file, the new feature is added locally in domain software and the study is updated in the central repository, along with an audit trail, a brief description of what has been added/modified and why. Kwantis’ software understands Resqml such that partial upload and download are also possible. The software is said to provide tangible benefits in terms of time saving and the assurance that the most up to date information is being used thanks to the traceability of data modifications.

* See for instance our 2015 interview with Energistics CEO Ross Philo.

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