Digitalization & Information Standards

Identifying and driving adoption of information standards and supporting the introduction of digitalization technologies

DISC: Driving digitalization

IOGP created DISC (the Digital & Information Standards Subcommittee – formerly known as the Information Standards Subcommittee – ISSC) in 2015 to address the lack of common industry data and information standards relevant to the Oil & Gas industry.  In late 2019, the Sub Committee expanded to include a focus on digitalization. Digitalization opportunities rely on consistent and foundational standards throughout the Oil & Gas supply chain partners.

DISC’S objectives are to identify and drive adoption of information standards to improve the efficiency of integration between Supply Chain partners, and to support the introduction of digitalization technologies.

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Tackling the Digitalization Challenge

Digitalization is a vast and dynamic area.  Our efforts are focused on the foundational elements that need to be driven at the industry level.

The DISC is working on four theme areas in parallel:

  1. To identify and progress new industry wide digitalization solutions
  2. To drive adoption of existing solutions and standards
  3. Understanding the standards landscape
  4. Working closely with Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) to fill gaps and drive out overlaps

Digitalization Solution Seeding

The DISC has identified several digitalization solution areas for enhancing capabilities that need or would benefit from an industry foundational approach to data standards; driven by the industry digitalisation road map produced by the DISC in 2020.  Our objective is to progressively address both the enabling foundational architecture and solutions they support.

High-level themes:

  • Common definitions
  • Common taxonomies
  • Common lists of properties

Digitalization & Standards Adoption

The adoption of digital transformation standards workstream focuses on understanding and overcoming barriers to widespread adoption of the data and information standards that provide the foundation for digital transformation.  The working group works to develop metrics to consistently evaluate the level of adoption across the industry, provide recommendations on ways for owner operators to resolve adoption delays, facilitate feedback to the standards on way to resolve issues, and guides the IOGP in ways to support and promote the standards effectively.

SDO Influencing & Alignment

Our vision for the SDO influencing and alignment area is to develop an understanding for the need standardised standards; born of inter-organisational co-operation. Removing contradiction, duplicity, and ambiguity while driving consistency. Globally aligned, open access requirements consumed though automated interactions driven by empirical value requires standardisation: This unlocks value.

Standards Analysis & Usage

The standards analysis and usage workstream focuses on an increasing understanding of the data and information standards domain that provide the focus areas for the other workstreams of the DISC. The emphasis is on quantitative analysis of increasing detail. To date, the industry demand has been analysed by the data standards opportunity survey (DSOS), and a first review of the available supply via the data standards domain analysis (DSDA) study. It is intended to further refine and expand this work into 2021.

Fundamentally, there is an initial need for the ability to master standardised data. While the majority of the perceived value is derived from the enhancing capabilities (digital twins, product lifecycle management, seamless data exchange, and the wider digital transformation landscape) those capabilities, and therefore the value, is unlocked by solid enabling foundations: Common standards.

These foundational needs are further supported by the data standards opportunity survey which showed the need for engineering reference, project, and operational information standards. See Standards Analysis & Usage below.

Overall, the five key themes of the industry digitalisation roadmap report (see Digitalization solution seeding below) serve well to collate the finding of the other DISC activity to date.

The Digitalization and Information Standards Subcommittee

IOGP created DISC (the Digital & Information Standards Subcommittee – formerly known as the Information Standards Subcommittee – ISSC) in 2015 to address the lack of common industry data and information standards relevant to the Oil & Gas industry.  In late 2019, the Sub Committee expanded to include a focus on digitalization. Digitalisation opportunities rely on consistent and foundational standards throughout the oil & gas supply chain partners.

The DISC’S objectives are to identify and drive adoption of information standards to improve the efficiency of integration between supply chain partners, vertically and horizontally, and to support the introduction of digitalisation technologies.

Currently there are many Standards Development Organisations (SDOs) developing oil & gas industry standards; often without sufficient support from oil & gas companies.  The DISC is the oil & gas gateway for SDOs to validate the standards are required, relevant, and complete.  Standards supported by the DISC are recommended for oil & gas industry adoption. The selection of these standards is with a bias for open, international, inter-industry standards.

DISC Task Forces

The DISC has initiated 3 Task Force teams to assist Oil & Gas companies with strategies to support the drive for the introduction of digitalization and associated tools:

Industry Digitalization Roadmap Task Force

Working to determine which of the numerous Digitalization opportunities are the most relevant to the industry considering a wide range of aspects.

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Global Equipment Hub Task Force

Working to design and gain support for the development of an equipment hub which would enable the efficient delivery of common equipment information required by the Oil & Gas industry.

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Product Lifecycle Management Task Force

Working to establish the suitability and applicability of  PLM strategies within the Oil & Gas industry

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Want to get involved?

The Digitalization and Information Standards Subcommittee includes experts from IOGP Member companies. If you want to help shape the future in your field, visit the DISC Members area.

DISC leadership

Emile Coetzer

Company: Chevron – Asset Engineer

Role: Chair

Emile coordinates the Standards Analysis and Usage workstream on the DISC leadership team.

His 35+ years career in Asset Management has seen him on 4 continents in both Operations and Major Capital Project environments.  In that time, he worked as technician, engineer, manager, executive, consultant and advisor. His experience includes more than 6 oil majors, and time in the mining and nuclear sectors. He was involved with the development of ISO 55000, is on the Board of Directors of PPDM and is a published scholar of data quality economics.  He is passionate about real and sustainable improvement in our industry’s safety, environmental and economic performance.

Emile holds degrees in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and a postgraduate management qualification.   He resides in California with his family, a motorcycle and a fly-fishing rod.

Erin Jones

Company: ExxonMobil – Global Projects Data Foundation Supervisor

Role: Vice-Chair

Erin coordinates the Digitalization and Standards Adoption workstream on the DISC leadership team.

Erin has seventeen years with ExxonMobil having served in roles across the upstream value chain from concept design through construction, commissioning, start-up and operations.

In her current role, Erin is stewarding the governance of projects data to enable process improvement and meaningful information curation across the lifecycle.  Most recently she has been working to integrate isolated data efforts, advise numerous projects in how to set up for successful delivery of a CFIHOS-compliant information set, and working with industry efforts around improved data delivery such as JIP33, CFIHOS, and DISC.

Erin holds a Mechanical Engineering B.S. and Materials Engineering M.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. She lives in Houston, TX with her husband and twin daughters.

Vic Samuel

Company: Regional Capital Projects IT/IM – EEME – Chevron Energy UK

Vic joined Chevron 34 years ago following a graduate engineering program with a major EPC contractor. Vic has served in numerous roles in both Downstream and Upstream during his Chevron career, both internationally and domestically. Vic’s current role, which he has held for the last 8 years, provides a consulting advisory service to Capital Project teams and is focused on the standardization of IT systems, business processes and information data standards, requiring a delicate balance of rigid standardisation vs project delivery flexibility.

Vic is a founding member of the IOGP DISC and currently holds the Vice Chair role. He has participated in several IOGP projects including the recently introduced JIP36 – CFIHOS standard.  As a result Vic is familiar with several of the Standards Development Organisations and is enthusiastic to introduce  foundational industry standards into the O&G industry

Vic holds a BSc in Computer Science and lives in St. Albans, Hertfordshire with his wife and 2 children.

Milenija Stojković Helgesen

Company: Equinor (formerly Statoil) – Advisor for Operations and Maintenance

Currently holding position of Advisor for Operations and Maintenance in Equinor.

Milenija has a Master degree in Mechanical engineering and have a background from engineering and project management. She is currently involved in diverse aspects of information management in project and operational phases of Equinor’s assets and she is  the responsible publisher of part of Equinor’s technical requirements related to technical information.

Milenija is also:

  • Member of Expert Group (EG Z-TI) of NORSOK Technical Information standards
  • Chair of Information network in IOGP JIP33
  • Member of core team in READI Initiative
  • Equinor’s representative in POSC Caesar association steering committee

Olga Gleason

Company: bp – Global Business Data Portfolio Discipline Manage

Olga has 26 years in BP of combined experience in Supply chain, Major Capital Projects and Operations. Olga is an agile working principles and scrum methodology pioneer and held a number of process implementations/ optimization and master data management leadership roles throughout her career.

She is very passionate about the challenges in data and has been actively advocating for the master data focus throughout her career. In her recent role she led cross functional agile master data improvement teams across all BP upstream geographies with the focus on resolving data integration and quality gaps. The program delivered the improvement in transactional efficiency from 5% to over 60% in under two years.

In her current role, Olga is leading a newly established business led data team stewarding all of BP Production and Operations master data. The remit covers Engineering, Maintenance and Reliability, Materials/Spares and Procurement/pricebooks master data. The team defines and manages data management processes, governs and defines the standards/taxonomy and mitigates controls, is accountable for data quality and drives the data integration and standardization.

She lives in Leadville, CO with her husband and four children and periodically commutes to Houston, TX.

Mark Wrzyszczynski

Company:  Shell – IT advisor

Mark is an IT advisor supporting Shell Projects and Engineering in Houston, Texas.

Mark served in the Navy as a submarine officer for 5 years and qualified as the Engineering Officer of a nuclear-powered ship.  He joined Shell in 2001 and has worked a variety of positions at Shell, building infrastructure and Oil and Gas developments in the western hemisphere.  He is the inventor of record for a patented subsea structural clamp and coordinated Shell’s recovery in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

He earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Tulane University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

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