Reference Data

ISO 15926 Reference Data Libraries hold technical class descriptions of all of the main equipment items, pipe, instruments, buildings, activities, and anything else used in engineering, constructing, procuring, operating, and maintaining process facilities. Reference data libraries are accessible online and can be extended by industry participants.

By providing reference data to establish common vocabularies and definitions of all information resources, companies can:ambiguity_scale

  • Minimize the ambiguity of information within and between interoperating organizations, business operations, and software applications
  • Simplify the exchange, mapping, and integration of information between interoperating organizations, business operations, and software applications to such a degree that the cost, effort and complexity of maintaining those mappings is significantly lowered
  • Maximize the potential for interoperability and integration
  • Reduce the potential risks of suboptimal operations (or worse)

Reference Data Services

To create a stable, scalable, and commercially sustainable operation of core iRING reference data and services, PCA (POSC Caesar Association) and Fiatech established the JORD (Joint Operational Reference Data) project. The project mission is to establish a core set of services and capabilities that will enable the evolution, management and compliant use of reference data by all participants in the capital facilities supply chain.

The JORD project began in May 2011 on phase 1 of a 3 year project.  Funding for the Phase 1 implementation was  provided by the charter members (PCA and Fiatech), full sponsors (BP, EPIM, RosEnergoAtom, Black & Veatch, CCC, and VNIIAES) and supplementary subscribers (Woodside, Bechtel, and Hatch).

Phase 1 of the project was completed in 2012. During this phase, the JORD Mapping Methodology and Compliance Specification were finalized. Users can now publish ISO 15926 Reference Data on the PCA Reference Data Service (RDS) that is accessible over the internet and semantic-web technologies – a facility known as an “EndPoint”. The Phase 1 RDL also supports “Sandboxes”, where users may immediately create, use and publish their own interim reference data extensions, in advance of the PCA and ISO validation processes.

 The JORD-enhanced PCA RDS Operation delivers comprehensive, scalable and sustainable iRING Reference Data management and implementation services. All that is imposed by the iRING RDS operation is the valuable process of validating the compliant use of reference data.

Realizing Industry-wide Interoperability, Requires Your Participation!

JORD continues to deliver the core needs of the scalable and sustainable PCA RDS operation and requires additional funding to complete the other phases of the project. Companies joining the project will not only see the cost benefits of industry-wide interoperability, but will also see realize company specific benefits from PCA RDS.  Interested parties should enquire for a participation package that provides detailed fees, terms and specific benefits to sponsors and subscribers.

For additional information please see contact:

  • Julian Bourne – JORD Project Manager –
  • Nils Sandsmark – PCA General Manager
  • Ray Topping – Fiatech Director