HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - Sep 30, 2014) - Energistics, the upstream oil and gas open standards consortium, has published the RESQML V2.0 standard. RESQML delivers an industry-defined common data format, which helps ensure data integrity, captures and preserves asset team knowledge, better manages uncertainty and improves subsurface workflow flexibility.

The previous commercial release of RESQML, V1.1, was the successor to RESCUE, an industry-defined data exchange standard based on binary files and used since the late 1990s. RESQML V1.1 leveraged newer technologies and established standards, such as XML and HDF, and had a primary objective of replicating RESCUE functionality.

RESQML V2.0 is an XML- and HDF5-based data exchange standard. It consists of a set of XML schemas (XSD files) and other standards-based technology, which developers implement into software applications. Software that has implemented RESQML can read and write the standard format for communicating across multiple disciplines, multiple companies and multiple software environments.

The benefits of RESQML V2.0 are to:

  • Deliver a "knowledge hierarchy" to organize data and transform it into knowledge
  • Increase workflow flexibility
  • Support traceability
  • Support uncertainty management
  • Define a rich set of subsurface data-objects and enable transfer of detailed models and more model types
  • Improve model completeness
  • Improve efficiency.

Jay Hollingsworth, Chief Technical Officer of Energistics, said, "RESQML V2.0 can read and write model data and the relationships among the data that defines how it 'goes together' as a model to a vendor-neutral, industry-defined, common data format. This allows you to easily move data from one software application to the next in your workflow."

"RESQML V2.0 will allow us to define more geologic and reservoir engineering scenarios and run a range of realizations to quickly and reliably transfer the results and interpretations between applications. This will help us to better capture the range uncertainty and quantify risk," said Chris Legg, Geologist at BP and RESQML SIG Leader.

For more information and to review the RESQML V2.0 standard, visit the Energistics web site.

Energistics is a global, not-for-profit, membership organization that serves as the facilitator, custodian and advocate for the development and adoption of technical open data exchange standards in the upstream oil and gas industry. Uniquely designed to unite upstream industry professionals in a neutral and collaborative facilitation environment, Energistics membership consists of integrated, independent and national oil companies, oilfield service companies, software vendors, system integrators, regulatory agencies and the global standards user community. For more information visit our website at www.energistics.org.

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