Description: Industrial Capital Project Engineering Design solutions are heavily dependent on large scale custom integration services efforts to hand over key information to the Operations and Maintenance application environment. Individual Owner/Operators must each redundantly bear the development and sustaining costs for these efforts. Large engineering design suppliers offer proprietary ecosystems making their own rules for technology enablement often setting high costs and onerous technology prerequisites. Often these artificial rules require owner operators to choose systems based on suboptimal criteria or worse require them to rip and replace existing systems. These barriers and artificial guidelines lock owner / operators into proprietary applications with very high initial costs and high ongoing costs. A new engineering data handover and ongoing operations and maintenance sustaining model is proposed in this paper advocating an Open Standard "system-of-systems" approach for engineering, operations and maintenance information. This Open Standards approach recommends an Interoperability Solution rather then custom service delivered "point-to-point" integration strategies for the general industry engineering eco-system. The Open Standards Approach is based on open, supplier neutral standards, enabling initial loading and incremental update of participating systems eliminating custom service based integration.

Application: IBM has been collaborating with industry standard bodies and key standards based suppliers like Assetricity LLC bringing proven Interoperability functionality. This approach enables enterprise service bus integration neutral exchange of information leveraging a standards-based common engineering register coupled with a reference semantic information abstraction model that provides a safe, reliable and replicable roadmap for interoperability. The solution has been adopted by several oil and gas companies as a basis for enterprise information exchange.

Conclusions: An IT design framework is offered for integrated operations and maintenance for oil and gas companies that is architecture centric, product neutral, operating platform neutral, enterprise service bus neutral, enabled by standards at all levels, supported with a practical implementation approach.

Significance of Subject Matter: The creation of a reference semantic information model and an Engineering Register based on in-depth understanding of industry standards coupled with Open Operations and Maintenance Web Services provides the establishment of a safe roadmap for interoperability that enables a industry paradigm change that significantly reduces the cost of initial information handover and sustained information change management for the Engineering, Operations and Maintenance environment for both the Upstream and Downstream and Process Unit Operations in general.

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