Natural Resources Framework (NRF) for Process Manufacturing - Activity and Ecosystem
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Operational safety is a multi-faceted risk management challenge that has a direct impact on a company’s health and performance. By utilizing advanced information management techniques across multiple data sources within the enterprise, organizations are able to establish the conditions and processes that optimize the safety of their workers and the surrounding communities in which they operate. Those companies that effectively implement and manage operational safety in this manner enjoy advanced practice results that can lead to greater market differentiation, an improved company brand image and increased operating margins.
Whether driven by regulatory, operational or a company’s financial goals, operational safety is a complex and challenging process for any organization. When you use the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1.119) as a reference guideline for process safety management (PSM), it becomes easier to understand how challenging it is for any industrial company to develop, implement, track and manage the individual elements of the PSM regulations, much less all of the elements together. By applying advanced information management techniques such as predictive analytics, companies can manage process safety as an integrated and holistic continuum rather than as a series of individual programs allowing them to more accurately prevent the occurrence of undesirable events due to unforeseen or abnormal conditions while predicting future trends and outcomes. This approach results in a more robust risk management process for the company as a whole.
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IBM launches refresh of Natural Resources Framework (formerly Integrated Information Framework) at 2012 Natural Resources Symposium
The Natural Resources Framework (NRF) has been refreshed and was announced at the 2012 Natural Resources Symposium. The Natural Resources Framework defines use cases and solutions specific to process manufacturing industries including chemicals, petroleum, metals and mining. The key themes for the refresh are the addition of solutions for the metals and mining industries, the addition of new projects to the framework that include new software capabilities based on partner solutions as well as additions to the IBM portfolio, and enhancement of existing framework projects with extended capabilities designed to drive greater alignment with IBM's industry blueprints.
Systems Integration Specialists Company, Inc. (SISCO) and IBM have reconfirmed their partnership in process manufacturing by re-validating the interoperability of currently supported releases Sisco's Utility Integration Bus software with IBM's Integrated Information Core offering. Validation is a pre-sales activity which tests the ability of the software to exchange and use information. Validation testing increases client level of confidence in selecting and implementing the combined Sisco/IBM solution.
Sisco is a privately held company founded in 1983 that is dedicated to applying standards to address real-world problems in the electric utility, manufacturing, and automation industries. The Utility Integration Bus has been a framework component since the initial launch of the Integrated Information Framework in 2008.
SISCO’s Utility Integration Bus (UIB) provides a model-driven integration environment for C&P and E&U applications using IBM WebSphere ESB and the IBM Integrated Information Framework (IIF) for C&P. The UIB supports the use of the standardized data models like CIM (IEC 61970/61968) for power system data, ISA S.95 for production control data, and ISO 16926 for oil/gas production data with standardized interface services based on IEC, OMG, and OPC standards to provide a platform that eases the integration between disparate real-time systems and business systems using off-the-shelf WebSphere adapters.
SISCO’s UIB provides a set of tools for distributing a data exchange model and enabling real-time and historical data access to data in legacy systems based on that data exchange model. The model-driven approach of the UIB manages the complexity of disparate real-time systems by simplifying the mapping of legacy data to the exchange model coupled with model aware interface services that interoperate with hundreds of existing industry applications using OPC.
The UIB and IIF offers off-the-shelf integration for real-time automation and control systems. The result is a dramatic increase in the level of integration between operations and business at a much lower cost. The UIB with WebSphere and IIF uniquely addresses the inherent complexity of real-time systems by providing semantic meaning to real-time data in the context of the business applications using a common data exchange model based on international standards.
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Natural Resources Framework helps harness the power of information through Integrated Environmental Monitoring
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Integrated environmental Monitoring (IEM) is a consortium-based project to help oil exploration companies meet operational and environmental challenges. The project monitors the health of the environment around oil & gas facilities to improve environmental management capability and operational performance specifically in challenging areas like:
IBM’s role in IEM project is to correlate environmental monitoring data and events generated from sensors and monitoring systems and deliver operational intelligence via other critical applications such as analytics and visualization portals. IBM’s Integrated Information Core (IIC) is the proposed integration framework to handle the data access and management for IEM. IIC will provide the interface to the communication infrastructure real-time data through web services or OPC. IIC uses the Reference Semantic Model (RSM) to provide the context of the integration.
IBM Advance Condition Monitoring (ACM) assets support the production, maintenance, operations, condition monitoring, measurements, data collection, diagnostics, and early warning.
IEM will monitor the health of the environment (both under and above water) around oil & gas facilities. Environmental monitoring of water, seabed and fauna is needed in order to map, and display, any changes due to oil and gas activity. The monitoring occurs in all phases of the lifetime of an oil field: 1) in the preparation phase – Before any oil & gas activity takes place, and during exploration & drilling; 2) in the production phase – when a fixed installation is in place and production commences; and 3) in the demobilization phase – after production has commenced.
The monitored entities are environmentally sensitive areas affected by exploration and drilling activities.
Sensors and Measurements:
– Light intensity
– Currents [intensity]
– Water temperature
– Wave [Intensity/ Height]
– Wind [Speed]
– Salinity levels
– Camera – Motion sensor and images of moving fish, mammals, etc.
– Sonar – Detects underwater objects and their motion
The IEM solution will be built on an existing IBM framework that enables operational business intelligence capabilities such as:
Situational Awareness – to understand what is happening
Sense-and-Respond – to quickly sense and respond to threats and opportunities, and
Track-and-Trace – to track and trace important items as they go through their life cycles.
A key enabler for harnessing the power of information is the Reference Semantic Model (RSM) which provides a much needed context for integration, interoperability, & analytics.
Through the RSM the framework will integrate (bring together) all types of information including not only Measurements and sensor data, but also other reference data including engineering specifications for the sensors and equipment used in IEM, and geographical data from a GIS (Geographical Information System) information source. It brings together all relevant data from various information sources in the IEM project landscape.
The framework will enable IEM to harness the power of information to greatly improve decision making – enabling the stake holders:
Access the following link to view the presentation on Environmental Monitoring presented at the Semantic Days conference.
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Who are the established software partners that have collaborative offerings with the IBM Natural Resources Framework
Software and hardware providers achieve framework partnership status through validation. Validation is a pre-sales activity which tests the ability of the solution components to exchange and use information. Clients have an increased level of confidence in selecting and implementing the combined Chongqing/IBM solution since it has been pre-tested.
System Integrators and Resellers achieve framework partnership status by certification testing combined with a completed first transaction.
Does your company have capabilities that complement the IBM offerings defined in the NRF Framework?