Work Groups are a means of building communities of subject matter experts and interested parties around industry standards and best practices in a specific functional area. It is through the Work Groups that the work of defining requirements and developing standards is carried out. Energistics members and staff facilitate Work Groups so that sets of agreed-upon best practices and recommendations are realized, published, and promoted periodically.

Energistics has guidelines for Work Group organization and operations, but individual Work Groups are free to create additional operational guidelines that do not conflict with existing Energistics’ procedures or guidelines as defined in the Energistics By-Laws and Energistics Membership Agreement.


Each Energistics Work Group has the same general objectives for its given domain or discipline: to set direction, drive issues and promote use of the standards. It guides the evolution of standards through the development and prioritization of use cases which are then worked by technical experts.

Specifically, the Work Groups work to raise new consensus needs and requirements, to review new and evolving forms of the standards, and to promote the adoption and use of standards by sharing experiences and lessons learned at Energistics and industry meetings and events.

Work Groups may also define additional objectives, specific to their domain area and the work they intend to do in a specific Work Group charter period.

Energistics supports several work groups to enable collaboration, knowledge sharing and standards development. Work Groups may include one or more sub work groups as needed to address specific issues.

Work Group collaboration sites are the repositories for working documentation, project plans, discussions, team rosters, etc. Member companies are encouraged to nominate members to each Work Group at which time active individuals will be provided access to the appropriate collaboration sites.

NOTE: Access to Work Group collaboration sites is for members only. If you are employed by a member company, are an active Work Group member and need access to a collaboration site, please see Energistics Onboarding Information.

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Find out more about the Work Groups

Drilling, Completions and Interventions Work Group – WITSML

WITSML Work Group

This is the longest-standing and most active Energistics Work Group, with WITSML reaching 85% adoption in the industry and recognized as a mission-critical component of deviated drilling, geosteering, remote drilling operation control and monitoring and many other applications. WITSML is also used to transfer data between repositories, to share data with partners and government agencies, and to archive the events related to drilling a well so that analytics can be applied to the data.

Reservoir Model and Interpretation Work Group – RESQML

RESQML Work Group

The RESQML Work Group addresses the need to work on reservoir models with different software systems. Making sure that the data retains its detail and metadata requires coordination between software development companies to address the use-cases described by operators and service companies. The universal nature of this Work Group standards also opens the door to new software products by lowering the cost of integration to existing platforms.

Production Data Work Group – PRODML

PRODML Work Group

The PRODML Work Group is working on realistically transferring the data from tens of thousands of sensors equipping a digital oilfield at high frequencies of measurement. The data is used to compile production volumes as well monitoring production equipment so as to anticipate maintenance needs

Members of the Work Groups have contributed to the development of common standards for Units of Measure (UOM) and metadata (Energy Industry Profile – EIP) that ensure that data is correctly referenced and qualified by subsequent users without recourse to any external information.