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interoperability

Peer to Peer iRING

HOUSTON, TX, February 23, 2009 -- The US FIATECH construction industry consortium and the Norwegian POSC Caesar organization have announced a new standards-based interoperability infrastructure, the ISO 15926 real time interoperability network grid (iRING). The project is part of an ongoing effort from the standards bodies to ease information transfer from engineering contractors to owner operators and to ensure life cycle data management of plant and production facilities.

The iRING’s web-based infrastructure, accessible by any company, will facilitate full specification ISO 15926 data exchange. The iRING is designed as a peer to peer service run from member companies’ firewall ‘demilitarized zones,’ with no central iRING authority.

A demonstrator, code-named ‘Camelot’ has just been kicked-off to leverage ISO 15926 to model business objects, map legacy systems to the ISO 15926 Reference Data Set and to trial data exchange scenarios between member companies. Camelot components include web services, web clients and hosted applications. The demonstrator will provide interaction between the RDS, commercial applications and will include prototype mapping and transformation tools, browsers and editors. Software for the prototype tools will be managed in an open software source control service such as SourceForge. Along with the demonstrator, Camelot deliverables include an ISO 15926 Implementers Guide, a Software Development Kit (SDK) and a Wiki for developers. The iRING Components to be built by the Camelot subproject will be available as open source software under a BSD license allowing redistribution and modification under certain conditions.

Camelot’s ‘storyboard’ includes the following ‘actors’: a data modeler, an application administrator and an engineering end user. The data modeler will be using the RDF template mapping developed in earlier ISO 15926 work. The iRING mapping editor and RDS/WIP browser will be used to map and integrate legacy applications. More detail will be added to Camelot’s storyboard as members deploy their iRING components and authoring tools in their DMZ.

The iRING can be deployed within a company to enable data exchanges between internal applications. The components are the same for both deployment domains. The approach will also work for a mix of internal and external applications.

Camelot’s ‘King Arthur’ is Bechtel’s Engineering Automation Manager Robin Benjamins. Camelot members will include Bechtel, Bentley Systems, Chevron, DNV, Fluor, Hatch, NRX Global and Tata Consultancy Services. Preliminary results are to be presented at the upcoming FIATECH Technology Conference & Showcase, April 6-8, in Las Vegas.