We’re excited to share that Petrolink has joined The Open Group Open Subsurface Data Universe™ (OSDU) Forum, an international group of Oil and Gas operators, technology providers, service companies, universities, and standard organizations that is developing an open data platform for the Oil and Gas industry.

What is The Open Group?

The Open Group is a global consortium that enables the achievement of business objectives through technology standards. Its diverse membership of more than 740 organizations includes customers, systems and solutions suppliers, tool vendors, integrators, academics, and consultants across multiple industries. The Forums of The Open Group aim to drive the creation of technologies that further collaborative innovation.

What is the objective of the OSDU Forum?

The Open Group OSDU Forum is working to build a single platform for all subsurface and wells data, which will eliminate silos and democratize data – empowering the Oil and Gas industry to make faster, better informed business decisions.

The OSDU Forum data platform aims to:

Why has Petrolink joined?

Enabling collaboration across operators, business divisions, and joint venture partners is at the heart of what we do. In an industry which has historically been limited by proprietary systems and languages, open standards have been proven to break down data silos and facilitate interoperability between systems and operators.

Petrolink has a proud heritage of advocating, developing, and implementing data standards. From POSC in the 1980’s, through to WITS and WITSML in the 90’s, nowadays we are a recognized real-time data management leader within the community. Today, we offer a wide range of WITSML and ETP-enabled real-time drilling solutions, spanning data management, visualization, and analytical needs.

We identify the OSDU Forum initiative as a key step in the journey towards true collaboration across the industry. While the Energistics standards (WITSML, RESQML, and ETP) have successfully combated vendor lock-in, the OSDU Forum offers the potential to improve the adoption of standards. By providing software implementations of several carefully selected standards, the OSDU Forum will, in turn, reduce deployment delays for operators.

The objective of the OSDU Forum is to deliver a standardized subsurface and wells data platform, which is easy to deploy and enables application innovation. Based on our successful implementations of the Energistics data standards, and as a recognized leader in the real-time drilling data management domain, the OSDU Forum initiative is a promising next step for Petrolink to further improve user collaboration and facilitate application innovation.

Jort Koopmans - Product Manager, Petrolink and Focal Point OSDU

Petrolink has extensive expertise in the deployment of real-time data solutions and the management of wellsite data within the Oil and Gas industry. The fact that it has chosen to join the OSDU Forum in its mission to create a data platform that is scalable, agile and flexible and that retains the quality, provenance and lineage of information is significant. Importantly, through the active collaboration of the industry, we can open up and expand the access and use of data to enable successful digital transformation projects, streamline processes, and encourage greater innovation. We’re glad to have Petrolink on board!

Johan Krebbers, GM Digital Emerging Technologies / VP IT Innovation, Shell