SOURCE: Energistics


November 08, 2011 09:13 ET

ExxonMobil Develops Software Standards DevKit

Energistics Will Manage Open Source Program for Oil and Gas Industry

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Nov 8, 2011) - The Energistics Consortium announced today at the Energistics Special Interest Group Leadership Summit that ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company has provided an open source developer tool for the oil and gas industry.

The Standards DevKit (developed by ExxonMobil Technical Computing Company) is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0, and leverages Microsoft .NET technology to provide the WITSML™ Standard and the PRODML™ Standard (both developed and licensed by the Energistics Consortium, Inc.) to developers without requiring the developers to learn the extensive XML structure. It allows them to quickly and easily work with objects directly in .NET and seamlessly translates those objects into XML that can be saved as files or transferred to web servers.

"We're excited about leveraging open source models and learnings to promote uptake of data exchange standards in the oil and gas industry. These standards will help drive efficiencies in our business processes," said Cindy Reece, Upstream Technical Computing Manager, ExxonMobil Technical Computing Company, and the current Board Chair of Energistics, an industry consortium working on open data exchange standards.

The release of the Standards DevKit is intended to encourage the use of WITSML™ and PRODML™ standards across the oil and gas industry by lowering the learning curve and reducing custom development efforts. Additionally, it brings the library support for these standards up to the current level of formats like Excel and ASCII.

"The digital oilfield is moving forward with more efficient technologies associated with open data exchange standards," said Randy W. Clark, president and CEO of Energistics. "This open source development tool kit from ExxonMobil is a very positive stride towards greater adoption of standards in the industry."

About ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company is the Upstream research affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), a leading global oil, natural gas, and petrochemicals company with operations in nearly 200 countries and territories worldwide. ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company is charged with developing an industry-leading array of proprietary technologies that support the Corporation's continued leadership position in exploration, development, production and gas commercialization. For more information, visit

About Energistics

Energistics is a global, not-for-profit consortium uniquely designed to unite upstream oil and natural gas industry professionals in a neutral and collaborative facilitation environment to develop and deploy open data exchange standards and to address E&P information challenges. Membership consists of integrated, independent and national oil companies, oilfield service companies, hardware and software vendors, system integrators, regulatory agencies and the global standards user community. For more information visit our website at

License notice
Standards DevKit, version 1.0
Copyright 2011 ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

The following Energistics (c) products were used in the creation of this work:

  • WITSML Data Schema Specifications, Version 1.4.1
  • WITSML API Specifications, version 1.4.1
  • WITSML Data Schema Specifications, Version
  • WITSML API Specifications, version 1.3.1
  • PRODML Data Schema Specifications, Version 1.2
  • PRODML Web Service Specifications, Version 2.0

All rights in the WITSML™ Standard and the PRODML™ Standard, or any portion thereof, which remain in the Standards DevKitshall remain with Energistics or its suppliers and shall remain subject to the terms of the Product License Agreement available at

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