Industry specific reference data libraries have been around for quite some time and are a key component of realizing industry-wide data interoperability. These 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 the industry participants.
By providing reference data to establish common vocabularies and definitions of all information resources companies can:
- Minimize the ambiguity of information within and between inter-operating 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)
A Bit of History
To create the iRING Reference Data Library, builders needed to have the right content, infrastructure and tools.
The content was created originally by many companies, starting around 1992. At some point it was divided up into Reference Data Libraries called STEPlib (of USPI) and PClib (of POSC Caesar Association). In 2005-2006 these libraries were merged again into the present content. About 10,000 classes of equipment items are now ISO certified. That set is called the core library. In the near future the content will be expanded by the POSC Caesar IDS (Intelligent Data Sets) project, with new classes and with Object Information Models.
The infrastructure was created by the POSC Caesar Association RDS (Reference Data System) project. It consists of Express-native and SQL Server databases which can be opened through multiple web-enabled screens. Some screens are targeted for engineers and some for modelers, and it is in operation for 24/7 access.
The tools were created by the POSC Caesar RDS project and the FIATECH ADI (Accelerating Deployment of ISO15026) project. More tools are under development.
The net result has been an exponential growth in ISO15926 usage across industries globally, increasing recognition of the dependence on reference data and ever growing demands on the PCA RDS services. In addition, there has been evolving definition of those service requirements as a result of the learning and experience of these wider ISO15926 implementations.
In 2009 PCA and FIATECH individually and then jointly committed to enhancing the RDS operational services available to industry. The joint commitment became the JORD (Joint Operational Reference Data) project, first publicly announced in February 2010.
The JORD (joint Operational Reference Data) project is a collaboration between PCA (POSC Caesar Association) and Fiatech to create a stable, scalable and commercially sustainable operation of core ISO 15926 Reference Data and Services. The JORD project is establishing a core set of services and capabilities, that will enable the evolution, management and validation of compliant use of reference data by your business directly and industry-wide via a federated web of reference data.
To learn more about the JORD project, download the JORD prospectus on the PCA (POSC Caesar Association) website.
How can I participate in JORD and what are the benefits?
Participation is available to industry participants through an annual subscription. To learn more about how to participate in the JORD project, download the JORD subcriber datasheet.
Subscribers receive the following direct benefits:
- Early access to the deliverables and services, and the enormous business lifecycle interoperability benefits described above. These deliverables include web-delivery of reference data content & services, industrial usage methodology & training resources for reference data usage & mapping, compliance validation & certification services.
- Influence over priorities in the creation and development of those services and resources, through participation in the project steering group, proportionate to the funding contribution.
- A package of pre-paid services as a short-term reward for early funding of their development. These services are proportionate to the funding contribution.
In May 2011, the Phase 1 implementation was kicked-off with committed funding from charter members, full sponsors (BP, EPIM, RosEnergoAtom, Black & Veatch, CCC and VNIIAES) and supplementary subscribers (Woodside, Bechtel and Hatch).
Thanks to these early charter members, the project has almost half of the required funding committed for the three years planned. And as of September 2011, since starting work in May 2011, Phase 1 work has resulted in tangible deliverables including:
- Prototype “end-point” implementation for web-publication of the existing PCA RDL content
- The first version of the JORD Methodology
- Extending access of the end-point content to iRING and other projects
- Work to ensure that the content & service delivery platform is neutral, cost-effective and fully scalable.
Look for opportunities to see continued progress at meetings and conferences that will be held 2012.