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DEMO2000-Prosj.ret tekn.utv. petro.virk

Drilling Systems Interoperability Demonstrations

Alternativ tittel: Demonstrasjon av interoperabilitet for boresystemer

Tildelt: kr 3,7 mill.




2021 - 2023


The objective of this project was to develop a framework to enable semantic interoperability between drilling systems, encompassing monitoring, sensing or automation system. Semantic interoperability in this context means that those drilling agents can exchange information without relying on some human, manual configuration: they have the capability to understand the nature and functions of the real-time data provided by the other participants. In cooperation with some industry wide initiative (d-wis.org), such a framework was developed. It was based on semantic technologies such as semantic graphs and ontologies. A standard vocabulary was developed, as well as all the required infrastructure associated to its usage: real-time management of the semantics via OPC UA technologies, edition tools for different users, test benches so that interested users can experiment those new concepts. The entire framework was tested and validated during a demonstration involving several commercial actors, in a virtual environment. All of the development is open source, and available to the entire community. One of the main originalities of the project is that it merged successfully techniques developed in artificial intelligence research (knowledge graphs and representation, reasoning) and industrial considerations (facilitating workflows, removing ambiguities). Concretely the project managed to marry Semantic Web technologies and OPC UA ones (although other real-time systems such as messaging based ones are compatible). A significant effort was also made to ensure support from a large part of the drilling community: this was achieved via the participation and leadership in interoperability initiatives, which will hopefully help in gaining the expected acceptance.

The developed framework is part of a larger initiative that aims at achieving interoperability on the rig site, between drilling systems. As such, it should greatly facilitate the development, testing and deployment of new technologies. In particular it will facilitate and accelerate the ongoing digitalization process that the industry is ongoing. One of the most immediate benefits is that the different involved companies can now use a shared vocabulary to describe their process and data: this is clearly a facilitator when one considers the needs for collaboration and the potential for ambiguities using today's technology. Lastly, this project demonstrates that modern, advanced computer science techniques (such as the semantic technologies employed in this project) can be applied to complex, multidisciplinary industrial processes.

In order to enable and demonstrate interoperability between drilling systems, the project will evolve in parallel along two axes. First, an infrastructure will be developed to enable meaningful exchange of drilling data. We will build upon the work done by NORCE during the DDHub project, and involve several actors of the drilling industry in this activity. This will be achieved by close cooperation with existing initiatives (such a D-WIS) that will provide the appropriate context for this collaborative effort. Reference implementations will be developed to facilitate the adoption from the industry of those new technologies. Then, virtual demonstrations will be made that illustrate the benefits of using semantical integration of various systems. The different project partners will provide commercial applications that will be modified to account for the newly developed system, and several new applications will be developed to emphasize the advantages of including interoperability from the design phase. Those proof-of-concept demonstrations shall take place in a virtual environment, in order to facilitate the testing and validation work.


DEMO2000-Prosj.ret tekn.utv. petro.virk