Digitalization & Information Standards

Identifying and driving adoption of information standards and supporting the introduction of digitalisation 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. Digitalisation 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 digitalisation technologies.

Digital transformation project reaches first milestone

An IOGP initiative to enable cost-effective digitalization has reached a key milestone with the publication of its first list of supported information standards.

Workstreams

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.

DISC is working on 4 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 that need an industry foundational approach and data standards underpinning them.  Our objective is to progressively address both the foundational architecture, as well as the individual solution areas.

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 will work 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 guide 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 to be more aligned and by co-operation get more alignment of the standards. 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 foundation for the other workstreams of DISC.  The focus is on quantitative analysis of increasing detail and focus.  Taken together, these studies serve to inform the focus of the other workstreams. To date, the industry demand has been analysed by the DSOS survey, and a first review of the available supply via the DSDA study.  It is intended to further refine and expand this work into 2021.

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.

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 digitalisation technologies.

Currently there are many Standards Development Organisations developing Oil & Gas industry standards without the support from the Oil & Gas companies.  The DISC is the Oil & Gas gateway for SDO’s to make sure the standards are required, relevant and complete.  Standards supported by the DISC are recommended for Oil & Gas industry adoption.

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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

Ken Dunn

Company: bp – Principal Data Manager, Information and Data Architecture

Role: Chair of DISC

Ken is a founding member of IOGP’s Digitalization and Information Standards Subcommittee (DISC) and has been chair since January  2019.

Ken has had a distinguished career in Information and Data Architecture across both Australia and the US.   He has been involved in driving information standards for over 10 years.  In addition to his current role with IOGP he was on the board of MIMOSA for 4 years and president of the Houston chapter of DAMA International for 5 years.

Ken’s currently works for bp in their Innovation and Engineering entity.  He specializes in everything data – which he believes is the fuel that drives the digitalization revolution.

Vic Samuel

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

Role: Vice-Chair of DISC

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.

Robert Skar

Company: Equinor – Digitalization Project Manager Technical Information

Role: SDO Influencing & Alignment

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.

Emile Coetzer

Company: Chevron – Asset Engineer

Role: Standards Analysis and Usage

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: Digitalization and Standards Adoption

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.

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