OSDU Update

Emerson connects Geolog to OSDU for TotalEnergies, contributes RESQML/Open ETP code and plugs EPOS in to OpenVDS. Ikon Science and AWS team on Curate-based OSDU front end, targeting SMEs. Multi-level certification from OSDU Forum. Accenture weighs the cost/benefits of deployment.

Emerson’s Paradigm E&P Software unit has been working with the OSDU* data platform to support multi-disciplinary integrated reservoir workflows, from interpretation and geomodeling to flow simulation. Emerson joined OSDU in 2018 and is a ‘major contributor’ of code and subject matter expertise to the reservoir data management forum. Emerson’s existing and future software portfolios will be connected to OSDU, both desktop and cloud-native. Already Geolog, Emerson’s flagship well log data management solution is registered in the OSDU catalog and can consume and ingest well data from OSDU. Geolog 21 now supports read-write connectivity to OSDU R3 with searchable access to data for display, editing and processing. Output such as a petrophysical analysis can be written back into OSDU making the results available to other applications. More on Emerson’s work on the OSDU Geolog connector for flagship client TotalEnergies here. For the geophysicist, Emerson’s seismic interpretation suite can read and write OSDU post-stack seismic volumes in the OpenVDS format. Seismic volumes can be directly streamed from the OSDU platform, avoiding duplication. New volumes created in Epos native format are fed back into OSDU in OpenVDS.

Emerson is also working on OSDU metadata definition, contributing code to the reservoir domain data management service. Reservoir DDMS supports input of reservoir data generated in the Energistics RESQML earth modeling standard with data stored in a relational database. The code contribution includes an Open ETP Server in C++ to communicate with the relational backend. Emerson’s code contribution can be accessed on Gitlab. Watch the video here.

An Amazon/Ikon Science blog explains how Ikon’s upstream knowledge management solution Curate now integrates the OSDU platform. For mid to small size operators, implementing the complex OSDU data platform is likely a ‘daunting task’. In partnership with AWS, Ikon has connected Curate to OSDU in a ‘ready-to-deploy solution’ that ‘delivers data and insights to end users in an easily consumed manner’. Curate on OSDU promises ‘scalable access to data, performant workflow iterations and confidence that industry standards and security protocols are adhered to’. Curate, along with iPoint and RokDoc are now all available as hosted software in the Amazon cloud. The desktop editions of RokDoc and iPoint integrate with Curate through Amazon AppStream 2.0 and are ‘compliant with OSDU’.

Last year Oil IT Journal reported that there were no ‘OSDU-certified’ apps, and that ‘solutions that claim to be OSDU-compliant or OSDU-certified have not been verified or endorsed by The Open Group’. It appears that the situation has evolved with the announcement of the OSDU Forum’s certification program that is to ensure ‘consistent, conformant implementation of the OSDU platform’. Certification will be at three levels, platform provider (for cloud providers), external data provider (data service companies) and application provider. The latter will ensure that all OSDU-certified application software can be used across platform provider implementations. OSDU has also published guidelines to help software vendors interact with native OSDU platform services. More from OSDU.

A new position paper from Accenture extolls the merits of the OSDU platform as helping oil and gas companies ‘overcome their legacy data challenges’ and ‘dramatically improve application interoperability, accelerate workflows and drive operational efficiencies’. Accenture warns however that ‘the decision to adopt the OSDU platform cannot be made lightly’. Accenture shares five prerequisite actions prior to OSDU deployment that will ‘ensure a smooth transition’. Overall Accenture claims that operators can achieve a ‘5 to 15% increase’ in return on capital employed.

* OSDU, previously the open subsurface data universe, is an Open Group-backed initiative to provide universal access to upstream data. More from the OSDU Forum.

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