RESQML is an industry initiative to provide open, non-proprietary data exchange standards for the reservoir life cycle, from initial structural interpretation and modeling, to reservoir characterization, static and dynamic simulation, and production monitoring.
The exploration and production (E&P) subsurface workflow is lengthy, iterative, and complex. It involves many people from different disciplines, sometimes different companies, and use of many different software packages for complex analysis, interpretation, modeling, and simulation.
This multi-discipline, multi-company, multi-software environment is iterative and requires users to move data back and forth between different software packages. Many of these packages use different data formats—often proprietary and incompatible.
This inherently complex process and inability to easily exchange data means E&P companies and their people face challenges that include: knowledge loss, rigid workflows, difficulty characterizing and sharing uncertainty, data loss, and productivity loss.
RESQML is an XML- and HDF5-based data-exchange standard that facilitates reliable, automated exchange of data among software packages used in subsurface workflows.
RESQML consists of a set of XML schemas (XSD files) and other standards-based technology, which developers implement into software packages. Software that has implemented RESQML can read and write the standard format.
RESQML is under the management of a dedicated Work Group, bringing together specialists from numerous member companies and organizations to chart the future of the standard.