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Standards Leadership Council Formed for the Oil and Gas Industry

22 March 2012

Senior executives of the leading standards bodies in the oil and gas industry met recently to form a Standards Leadership Council (SLC) aimed at enhancing collaboration on standards for the benefit of the industry.

Standards Leadership Council Formed for the Oil and Gas Industry

Houston, TX - Senior executives of the leading standards bodies in the oil and gas industry met recently to form a Standards Leadership Council (SLC) aimed at enhancing collaboration on standards for the benefit of the industry.  Clif Triplett, CIO of Baker Hughes who hosted the event in Houston, opened the meeting by welcoming the formation of the SLC as a major and positive step forward for standards development and adoption in the industry.

The SLC will collaborate to identify areas of intersection to avoid development duplication, address mutual challenges like determining business value metrics for standards adoption, enhancing membership benefits and maintaining financial sustainability.   In addition, the SLC is considering joint industry events to deliver the standards adoption message.  The SLC agreed to meet twice a year with the next meeting planned for November 14th and 15th  in Oslo, Norway.

The participating standards organizations at the inaugural event were: Energistics (Jerry Hubbard), PPDM Association (Trudy Curtis), PIDX (Tony Aming), Open Geospatial Consortium (Mark Reichardt), OPC Foundation (Tom Burke), PODS (Janet Sinclair), POSC Caesar Association (Nils Sandsmark) and MIMOSA (Alan Johnston). 

“Our industry has long expressed an interest in strong collaboration between standards organizations and we believe formation of the SLC is a first step in the right direction,” agree the founders. “The SLC will focus on sharing information about plans each organization has to develop and publish standards, to identify and build on opportunities to collaborate, and to maximize the standards-based benefits to be realized by the oil and gas industry.”

“Hess is delighted to see these Industry Standards organizations working together. As an operating company, it’s difficult to comply with standards when there are so many separate organizations creating and driving those standards. We hope that the collaboration brought on by the new SLC will improve our ability to design strategies that use industry standards to their maximum potential,” says Fred Kunzinger, Senior Manager, E&P Global Data Management for Hess. 

Rusty Foreman, Global Subsurface Data Lead for BP, added, “BP has long advocated strong ties between the standards bodies in our industry; we are pleased to give this alliance our full support, and look forward to the improved clarity and transparency it promises.”

Energistics is a global consortium that facilitates the development, management and adoption of data exchange standards for the upstream oil and gas industry

MIMOSA, an operations and maintenance open systems alliance, is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to developing and encouraging the adoption of open information standards for Operations and Maintenance in manufacturing, fleet, and facility environments

PIDX International provides a global forum for delivering the process, information and technology standards that facilitates seamless, efficient electronic business within the oil and natural gas industry and its trading community.

POSC Caesar Association (PCA) is a non-profit global-standardization member organization that shall promote the development of open specifications to be used as standards for enabling the interoperability of data, software and related matters.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international industry consortium of over 400 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface standards.

The OPC Foundation is dedicated to ensuring interoperability in automation by creating and maintaining open specifications that standardize the communication of acquired process data, alarm and event records, historical data, and batch data to multi-vendor enterprise systems and between production devices.   

The Pipeline Open Data Standard Association (PODS) was created to develop and support open data storage and interchange standards to meet the specific data management needs of pipeline companies 

The Professional Petroleum Data Management Association (PPDM) is a global not-for-profit organization within the petroleum industry to promote professional petroleum data management through the development and dissemination of best practices

UPDATE: Since the formation of the Standards Leadership Council in 2012, three additional organizations have joined this effort:


The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers promotes safe, responsible and sustainable operations within the industry. The industry uses standards to enhance technical integrity, improve safety, enable cost reductions and reduce the environmental impact of operations worldwide.


The Object Management Group is an international, open membership, not-for-profit technology standards consortium. OMG standards are driven by vendors, end-users, academic institutions and govenment agencies.


The Society of Exploration Geophysicists is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the science of applied geophysics and the education of geophysicists. SEG fosters the expert and ethical practice of geophysics in the exploration and development of natural resources, in characterizing the near surface and in mitigating earth hazards.