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resqml v2 orientation video

Big Data Transfers are Getting Easier Thanks to RESQML
Moving massive data sets into multiple applications has always been time consuming and difficult.  Today with the use of Energistics’ RESQML open format standard, this task is becoming easier.  Click here to view video 
This demonstration features:
  • Francis Morandini from Total
  • Alice Chanvin-Laaouissi and Laurent Deny from Paradigm
  • Jana Schey and Jay Hollingsworth from Energistics 


NOTE: v2.0.1 is the stable version of RESQML, recommended for implementation in production. 


V2.0.1 adds the new data objects and capabilities listed below to RESQML v2.0 (published in September 2014). Note, the v2.0 model is exactly as published previously; the new data objects have simply been added. As such, the new objects are contained in their own packages of the RESQML UML data model (EAP file) and documented in appendices of existing RESQML documents.


New objects include:

  • Activity Model. Its purpose is to capture:
    • Tasks or actions that occurred to create and edit a subsurface model
    • How the activities relate to the data being exchanged.
  • Property Series. Makes it possible to capture the evolution of property values through time or for multiple realizations generated during stochastic processes.
  • Streamlines. In a reservoir engineering context, streamlines are a way to visualize and represent fluid flow. They have many applications; for example, they have been used as a basis for fluid flow simulation, sweep management, well rate optimization, and infill well placement.
Browsable Files
Data Schema Specifications and supporting documentation - Sept 2015
RESQML Editor/Validator for v2.0.1 and Command Line Validator plus Documentation and Examples - October 2017   btn-download-standards

resqml editor/validator for v2.0.1

The RESQML Editor/Validator application was created to assist adoption of RESQML. This tool enables users to explore, edit and validate RESQML v2.0.1 data objects and EPC files (the "container" file used to gather related RESQML data objects and other files for exchange among software packages).


Also available is a Command Line Validator, which may be integrated with RESQML-enabled software, to run automatically when RESQML data is imported.


The following may be downloaded from Download Standards (link above).

  • RESQML Editor/Validator Tool
  • Examples and related files (explained in User Guide)
  • Documentation
    • Chapter 2: Installation for the Editor/Validator Tool
    • Chapter 6: Installation for the Command Line Tool


Unless otherwise noted, the resources listed below are located in the RESQML V2.0 zip file.


  Document/Resource Description
RESQML:XSD files. Complete set of RESQML V2.0.1 XSD files. The RESQML package includes a ReadMe file that details the contents of this package.
The entire UML data model that developers and architects can explore for better understanding of data-objects, definitions, organization, and relationships.
Developed using Enterprise Architecture (EA) modeling software, the UML model exists as an EA project (EAP) file. Information about EA, including a free EA Lite reader, is available at the Sparx Systems website,
The UML model (EAP file) is included in the package when you download the RESQML standard.
An introduction to RESQML for both domain/petro-technical professionals and software/IT professionals. Provides an overview of the business value, workflows, key technologies, model organization, and key concepts.
4. RESQML Technical Usage Guide Detailed explanation of RESQML key concepts and design intended for software/IT professionals.
Lists and defines all packages, data-objects, elements, including related business rules. This document also identifies relationships between/among data-objects and highlights significant information about relationships (if any).
Generated from the RESQML UML model.
6. Energistics commonv2 Technical Reference Guide

The commonv2 package contains elements that will be shared by all Energistics standards (e.g., RESQML and other MLs in the future) as part of the Energistics Common Technical Architecture.


This document lists and defines packages, data-objects, elements, and relationships for the subset of commonv2 published in support of the current version of RESQML.

RESQML examples
Example files to help developers understand RESQML.
Examples will continue to be updated during the public review period. Check back for updates.
Specifies the Energistics Packaging Conventions (EPC), which is the set of practices to store multiple files as a single entity for data transfer; this single entity is referred to as an Energistics package. EPC is based on the Open Packaging Conventions (OPC), a container-file technology standard. EPC is used to group any collection of files from the Energistics standards (RESQML, WITSML, PRODML, etc.). Other related files, for example, SEGY, PDF, graphics, or video, may also be included in an EPC file.
Energistics Coordinate Reference System Usage Guide
(Under development)
Explains how coordinate reference systems (CRS) work in Energistics data-exchange standards. Based on work and standards from the European Petroleum Survey Group (EPSG).
Energy Industry Profile of ISO 19115-1 (EIP)
An open, non-proprietary exchange standard for metadata used to document information resources, and in particular resources referenced to a geographic location, e.g., geospatial datasets and web services, physical resources with associated location, or mapping, interpretation, and modeling datasets.
It is an ISO Conformance Level 1 profile of the published international standard ISO 19115-1:2014, which is the latest version of the mature conceptual specification ISO 19115:2003.
Energistics Unit of Measure Standard
A dictionary, grammar specification and related documentation, which provide a consistent way to define, exchange, and convert between different units of measure. All Energistics standards (RESQML, WITSML, PRODML, etc.) must use this dictionary; other industry groups are also using it.



RESQML V2.0 includes use of a standard binary file format called HDF5 for transmission of large amounts of data. This standard is developed and maintained by HDF Group.


HDF5 libraries compatible with the RESQML standard may be downloaded from HDF Group.


NOTE: It is important to use versions 1.8.9 or higher. Java, .NET and Python users should check wrapper for an appropriate version.


Use of HDF5 for RESQML is authorized by HDF Group under their license agreement.