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Solution: Standards

Data exchange standards provide the interoperability required so that Digital Oilfield technology can be fully implemented.


Electronic data exchange standards define the data types, what they will be called (naming conventions), how they will be formatted, and various other meta-data for the management and processing of the defined data types within various technologies and software applications.


Energistics standards, such as WITMSL, use XML to define the data types and information technology protocols (such as SOAP and HTTP/S) for data transfer.For a complete list of Energistics-supported standards, see Standards Portfolio.

Solution to Digital oilfield Barriers: Data Exchange Standards

Agreement among all stakeholders to use data exchange standards provides the interoperability between various DOF technologies, allowing data to be easily passed from one application or technology to the next.

Companies can use whatever proprietary algorithms within software and technology, but they must use the standard data formats.


Adoption of these standards by energy companies and support of these standards by service, supplier and software vendors will:

  • Allow energy companies to leverage their investment in highly instrumented fields to enable new capabilities for automation and optimization that would otherwise be impossible or difficult to achieve.
  • Reduce the cost of information exchange between software within an operating company and between operating companies, partners, contractors, and regulatory authorities.
  • Reduce the cost of replacing or substituting software to benefit from improved functionality.

Further value to vendors includes:

  • Simplified methods to provide software as plug-and-play components. With standards-based connectivity, tools from a vendor can be more easily integrated within the IT architecture of the operator companies, which will reduce the hurdles and potentially increase likelihood of adoption.
  • Lower costs of maintaining the vendor’s software suite. The vendor needs to maintain the standards-enabled compliant software components or at least standards-enabled connector(s), but is shielded from the need to develop and maintain components or connectors separately for each operator company.