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Fiatech & PCA Unify Industry Interoperability Activities Under the iRING Name

Austin, Texas and Oslo, Norway, October 26, 2012 – Fiatech and the POSC Caesar Association (PCA) have endorsed unifying all industry-wide ISO 15926 interoperability initiatives under the name iRING. The iRING name represents the solution architecture and best practices for achieving global information interoperability based on the ISO 15926 reference data standard and includes: documentation, methodology, certification, services and technology solutions -both commercial and open source.

The ISO 15926 standard has evolved through the work of many collaborative efforts supported by Fiatech, PCA (POSC Caesar Association) and the industry at large. These projects have converged on a broad unified set of ISO 15926 (iRING) guidelines,

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specifications, solutions and services. Architecture will provide owners and operators, contractors and equipment suppliers the capability to exchange information between different applications and technologies without the need for costly, error-prone data interpretation and translation. Information can be shared accurately in the context of each phase of the life cycle – from planning, design, procurement, construction, and commissioning to operations, maintenance and eventual decommissioning.

“iRING provides the opportunity for huge value and benefits across the life cycle of capital projects. We encourage the industry to embrace the iRING Solution Architecture and to collaboratively engage to further the systems, tools and processes needed for global information interoperability” explains Ray Topping, Director of Fiatech.

Key Industry Milestones are Accelerating iRING Adoption
Industry interoperability initiatives and projects are accelerating the development and adoption of the iRING solution architecture. iRING implementation solutions are becoming available as a result of ongoing industry collaborations such as Proteus, dot15926 editor and iRINGTools. Software service providers today are advancing both commercial and open source technology solutions to support the wide-range of business demands.

In Feb 2010, Fiatech and PCA agreed on a single “Joint Operational Reference Data” (JORD) project plan and have been working since then to create a stable, scalable and commercially-viable operation of the ISO 15926 reference data system and associated services. Phase 1 of the JORD project has recently been completed, key deliverables include:

  • An internet end point to serve core library reference data and host sandboxes of reference data created by user businesses and development projects.
  • Compliance guidelines to support interoperable uses from simple schema-based exchanges to full semantic-technology based integrations.
  • The mapping methodology for compliant mapping of information interfaces using template signature patterns adopted by all companies deploying or planning to deploy iRING (ISO 15926).

“The strong industry support for JORD, both in the form of funding and in-kind contributions, is evidence of how far the industry has come. Completing Phase 1 is a significant step forward in realizing the benefit of interoperability of facility operations and projects”, said Nils Sandsmark, General Manager, POSC Caesar Association.

For more information and to learn more about iRING advancements, visit http://www.iringtoday.com/, a web site supporting the iRING community with thought leading content and management orientated best practice insights.

What’s next?
Continuation of the JORD project into Phase 2 is the cornerstone to industry-wide interoperability. Phase 2 will complete delivery of dependable ISO 15926 reference data services, including those for validating and certifying iRING compliant interfaces of competing products and services. Industry support continues to grow with funding and direction from many leading industry companies and organizations. For more information on how to support JORD visit Fiatech at JORD's project page at http://fiatech.org/information-management/projects/549-joint-operational-reference-data-for-iso-15926-jord.

The iRING solution architecture provides much-needed harmonization through the interoperability of shared reference data usage. We welcome the input, guidance, collaboration and engagement form industry stakeholders to advance, and eventually realize, global information interoperability.

What the industry is saying about the announcement
The following quotes are representative of the industry’s commitment to interoperability using the iRING Solution Architecture.

“The collaborative effort to develop and implement the iRING Solution Architecture demonstrates substantial progress towards realizing platform independent information exchanges.” - Rob Brawn, Director Automation Systems Integration, CH2M HILL.

“iRING embodies the efforts of a number of organizations across the industry collaborating on a vision of information interoperability that will deliver and operate the plants of tomorrow. For years, we’ve been a key participant in the development of iRING and the support of JORD to achieve this vision. With the ongoing shift to the cloud and the increasing importance of big data, we recognize that iRING is essential for the future of our business, and we encourage others to act in support.” - Peter Blake of Hatch, one of the world’s leading EPCM companies.

“Our research shows that poor interoperability remains a major challenge for organizations across the asset lifecycle. The collaborative work being done by the industry (Fiatech, PCA, iRING and others) is on a path to deliver interoperability solutions that will benefit all industry stakeholders. We applaud these efforts and the decision to consolidate future initiatives under one common banner.” - Sid Snitkin, PhD, Vice-President, Enterprise Advisory Services, ARC Advisory Group.

“As a committed member of both POSC Caesar and Fiatech for the past decade, I am delighted with the progress made over the past few years with the iRING Community of users. I applaud the bringing together of all things ISO15926 under the iRING umbrella solutions, and I look forward to the delivery of the much need validation and certification services. Bentley is 100% committed to delivering the highest levels of interoperability for ISO 15926 as required by the iRING community of users." - Santanu Das, VP Design, Simulation and Information Modeling, Bentley Software.

"iRING is the natural outcome of years of collaboration between CCC and fellow industry leaders in a continuous effort to deliver an Interoperability framework for the complete Capital Project Life cycle. Today we are thrilled to see our efforts consolidated under the iRING umbrella, and we are eagerly looking forward towards further collaboration and participation from our industry partners." -- Rayan Jreije of CCC, one of the world¹s leading EPC Contractors.

"As authoritative validation of ISO15926 Reference Data Services is brought under their Joint Operational Reference Data project, it is reassuring to see PCA and Fiatech also agree on the common iRING branding and iRINGToday channel for industry communication of all their ISO15926 activities." -- Bill van Butzelaar of Woodside, Australia.

"Dow is committed to pragmatic exploitation of ISO15926 for interoperability, and is a member of the JORD project to create authoritative core Reference Data Services. Given the number of different initiatives taking place, Dow welcomes the decision by Fiatech and PCA to bring coordination under the one iRING brand and iRINGToday as the business communication channel." – Barbara Migl, Dow Chemical, USA.

"Bechtel has been using ISO 15926 successfully on major projects globally since the early 2000s. We, along with other leading companies, participated in, and have deployed iRING to gain greater value from ISO 15926 and to push industry usage to higher levels of capability." -- Frank Matthewson, Engineering Manager, Corporate Engineering & Technology, Bechtel.

About Fiatech
Fiatech - is an international community of passionate stakeholders working together to lead global development and adoption of innovative practices and technologies to realize the highest business value throughout the life cycle of capital assets. See http://www.fiatech.org/.

About PCA
POSC Caesar Association (PCA) started as a Norwegian R&D project in 1993 to develop open standards for information integration and interoperability and became the international PCA members association in 1997. Having created ISO 15926, it continues to support its development and use, and currently operates the PCA Reference Data Service. See https://www.posccaesar.org/.

About iRINGToday.com
iRINGToday is an online community site dedicated to keeping the capital facilities industry up-to-date and informed about the latest developments, news, and events surrounding iRING. Endorsed by Fiatech and PCA, the site provides thought leading content and best practice insights to support the adoption and use of iRING to improve industry-wide interoperability. Visit http://iRINGToday.com.

For further information contact:

Nicole Testa Boston
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Austin, TX
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Nils Sandsmark
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Oslo, Norway
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Rick Berzle
Editor-in-Chief, iRINGToday.com
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+1 (858) 271-4351
San Diego, CA