Oil and Gas

Forum for subsurface data access launched

The Open Group, a vendor-neutral technology consortium, launched the Open Subsurface Data Universe (OSDU) Forum is designed to bring together exploration, development, and wells data.
By The Open Group March 21, 2019
Courtesy: Steve Rourke, CFE Media

The Open Group, a vendor-neutral technology consortium, launched the Open Subsurface Data Universe (OSDU) Forum, a Forum of The Open Group. This Forum will be focused on developing a standard data platform – initially for the oil and gas industry – that will bring together exploration, development, and wells data.

The OSDU data platform enables secure, reliable, global, and performant access to all subsurface data. This will accelerate the deployment of emerging digital solutions to support better decision-making. It will result in faster delivery of capabilities and reduce the implementation and lifecycle costs across the subsurface community.

Formed towards the end of 2018 by several leading oil and gas operators, the OSDU Forum promotes and utilizes technology standards, new digital technologies, and best business practices to address the business and technical issues related to subsurface data. The platform will create an open, standards-based ecosystem in which suppliers compete with each other to provide the best applications and services. This will deliver flexibility to the customers, who will be able to select the best of breed services, and further differentiate themselves by developing proprietary applications on top of the OSDU data platform.

There are currently over 35 operators and suppliers actively participating as member organizations of the OSDU Forum, including Equinor and Shell as two of the founding members and supplier organizations such as Bluware.

Harald Laastad, VP and Program Lead Subsurface Analytics, Equinor said, It is our belief that the foundation of a digital energy company is to make data available to our users at any time and place. The OSDU Forum supports this ambition by enabling standardized access to subsurface data, separating lifecycle data management from the applications enabling innovation and creative use of subsurface data.”

While Johan Krebbers, GM Digital Emerging Technologies/VP IT Innovation at Shell added, “Having worked with The Open Group to launch the OSDU Forum and contributed several of our own developments, Shell is very pleased with the acceptance in the market to date. We believe in putting data at the center as an industry, and that offering a broad API-driven platform for application development is crucial to support organizations in this sector.”

– Edited from an Open Group press release by CFE Media.


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