Fiatech and the POSC Caesar Association (PCA) have endorsed
unifying all industry-wide ISO 15926 interoperability
initiatives under the name iRING. The iRING name represents the
solution architecture and best practices for achieving global
information interoperability based on the ISO 15926 reference
data standard, and it includes documentation, methodology,
certification, services and technology solutions (both
commercial and open-source).
The ISO 15926 standard has evolved through the work of many
collaborative efforts supported by Fiatech, PCA and the
industry at large. These projects have converged on a broad,
unified set of ISO 15926 (iRING) guidelines, specifications,
solutions and services.
Architecture will provide owners and operators, contractors and
equipment suppliers the capability to exchange information
between different applications and technologies without the
need for costly, error-prone data interpretation and
translation. Information can be shared accurately in the
context of each phase of the lifecycle, from planning, design,
procurement, construction and commissioning to
operations, maintenance and eventual
iRING provides the opportunity for huge value and
benefits across the lifecycle of capital projects. We encourage the industry
to embrace the iRING Solution Architecture and to
collaboratively engage to further the systems, tools and
processes needed for global information interoperability,
said Ray Topping, director of Fiatech.
Industry interoperability initiatives and projects are accelerating the
development and adoption of the iRING solution architecture.
iRING implementation solutions are becoming available as a
result of ongoing industry collaborations such as Proteus,
dot15926 editor and iRINGTools.
Software service providers today are advancing both commercial
and open-source technology solutions to support the
wide range of business demands.
In February 2010, Fiatech and PCA agreed on a single
Joint Operational Reference Data (JORD) project
plan and have been working since then to create a stable,
scalable and commercially viable operation of the ISO 15926
reference data system and associated services.
Phase 1 of the JORD project has recently been completed. Key
An internet endpoint to serve core library
reference data and host sandboxes of reference data created by
user businesses and development projects
Compliance guidelines to support interoperable uses
from simple schema-based exchanges to full semantic technology-based integrations
The mapping methodology for compliant mapping of
information interfaces using template signature patterns
adopted by all companies deploying or planning to deploy iRING
The strong industry support for JORD, both in the form of
funding and in-kind contributions, is evidence of how far the
industry has come. Completing Phase 1 is a significant step
forward in realizing the benefit of interoperability of
facility operations and projects," said Nils Sandsmark,
General Manager, POSC Caesar Association.
For more information and to learn more about iRING
advancements, visit www.iRINGToday.com, a web
site supporting the iRING community with thought-leading
content and management-orientated best-practice insights.