Digitalization & Information Standards
Identifying and driving adoption of information standards and supporting the introduction of digitalization technologies
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:
- To identify and progress new industry wide digitalization solutions
- To drive adoption of existing solutions and standards
- Understanding the standards landscape
- 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.
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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.
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.
Product Lifecycle Management Task Force
Working to establish the suitability and applicability of PLM strategies within the Oil & Gas industry
Company: Chevron – Asset Engineer
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.
Company: ExxonMobil – Global Projects Data Foundation Supervisor
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.
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.
Company: Equinor – Digitalization Project Manager Technical Information
Robert coordinates the SDO Influencing & Alignmentworkstream on the DISC leadership team.
Robert is currently engaged in a Norwegian digitalization JIP for making algorithmic requirements for technical information, make technical information interoperable and artificial intelligent. He’s member in both IOGP DISC task forces and CFIHOS working groups. His experience includes enterprise architect, project manager, engineering, construction, installation and commissioning, planning and digitalization.
Robert’s passion is digitalization, as the fourth industrial revolution, which he has been working on since 2012. Agreeing on which standards will enable digitalization is a part of that passion, that came from leading the project that made ISO 15926/13.
He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and have several postgraduate qualifications within strategy, economy, IT and legal subjects. He resides on the west-coast of Norway with his family, chess board and books. His slogan for his international engagement is: “Working together – to achieve more – by doing less.
Company: bp – Transformation Lead, Innovation & Engineering
Daniel is a passionate visionary for transforming the way in which capital projects are delivered, harnessing digitalisation, and introducing step change efficiencies and competitiveness to how our industry functions. He is also a strong advocate for integration: seeing cross-company and cross-industry standardisation as a driving force for data democratisation and interoperability.
Daniel has 17 years’ experience working across four countries and spanning the lifecycle of multiple greenfield and brownfield projects; with his recent years focussed on standards, requirements, digitalisation, and integration.
Daniel holds a Master’s degree in chemical and process engineering from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. He lives in London with his wife and two young sons.
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.