Petroleum industry pushes for compatible upstream software

An alliance of petroleum companies, exploration contractors, and software vendors has stepped up efforts to develop a software specification that makes a wide range of upstream applications compatible. The Open Spirit framework software is anticipated to become the first implementation of the Petrotechnical Open System Corp. (POSC) standard, currently being developed across all sectors of the international oil and gas exploration and production industry. Oil company members of the Open Spirit alliance, which was formed 2 years ago, include Royal Dutch/Shell, Elf Aquitaine, Chev- ron Corp., Statoil AS, and BG plc. Exploration contractors in the alliance include France'...

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