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Other Resources for Learning About ISO 15926

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  1. Abstract
  2. RDS/WIP Browsers
    1. rdlfaçade
    2. POSC Caesar Part 4 Browser
    3. DNV Reference Data Browser
  3. Camelot Download Page
  4. Business Interfaces Definition Guide (BIDG)
  5. ISO 15926 Development Documents
    1. ISO 15927-7 Template Specification
    2. Characterization Methodology
    3. Compliance Guide
  6. Information Modeling Resources
    1. The Archives of Dr. Matthew West
    2. Modeling Guide #1
    3. Modeling Guide #2
  7. Infrastructure Technology
    1. XML
    2. RDF
    3. OWL
    4. SPARQL
    5. Gellish
  8. Next


As of this writing, summer 2009, there is no one place a prospective user can go to get a definitive curriculum to follow to learn all there is to know about ISO 15926. This is partly because it uses existing technology developed for the Semantic Web, and partly because it is still in its infancy.

What follows here is a collection of resources that describe the individual pieces that together make up ISO 15926.

RDS/WIP Browsers

The classes that make up Part 4, the dictionary of ISO 15926, is stored in what is called the RDS/WIP (Reference Data System/Work In Progress.) To search the classes you use a RDS/WIP browser.

There are a number of browsers for the RDS/WIP:


The RDS/WIP Search, otherwise known as the "RDL Façade" was created during the early development of ISO 15926.

For instructions on how to use it:

POSC Caesar Part 4 Browser

POSC Caesar has its own library of reference data:

DNV Reference Data Browser

Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has also created its own browser:

Camelot Download Page

The Camelot project was a proof-of-concept demonstrated in mid 2009. It demonstrated several data flows that used the full ISO 15926 specification. Its deliverable was open source software called iRING 1.0. Since it is open source it is free for anyone to use.

Business Interfaces Definition Guide (BIDG)

The Business Interfaces Definition Guide was formerly known as the Process Industries Data Handover Guide. This was issued, in two parts, by EPISTLE in the late 1990's. BIDG is becoming the basis for determining the future developement of the classes that make up Part 4 and the templates that make up Part 7. It is worth reading to understand the direction the developement of ISO 15926 will take.

  • Part 1 consistes of guidelines for establishing the requirements for the exchange of facilities information between engineering contractors and owner/operators.
  • Part 2 consists of guidelines for the types and formats of handover information.

Recently, FIATECH has taken on the task of updating both parts.

ISO 15926 Development Documents

ISO 15927-7 Template Specification


Characterization Methodology


Compliance Guide


Information Modeling Resources

As discussed elswhere in this Primer, the barriers to digital interoperability are no longer hardware and technology issues, but rather information modeling. To truly develop upbiquitous digital interoperabiltity, we will need robust information modeling that describes plant objects from their inception, through operation, to demobilization. This is not something very many users of ISO 15926 will ever have to get involved in, but does provide a distinct growth opportunity for plant engineers.

The vision of ISO 15926 is machines talking to machines without human intervention. To this end we have computers with enough processing power, software to do the information exchanges, and enough software engineers to make the tools work. What we need is domain experts, people who know and understand plant objects, to extend the knowlege base. Without a large knowledge base, classified accuratly, we will never be able to exchange worthwhile information without human involvement in each transfer.

The Archives of Dr. Matthew West



Modeling Guide #1


Modeling Guide #2


Infrastructure Technology













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