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Modeling and Conformance Testing for the Engineering Information Integration Standard ISO 15926



Peter O. Denno, Mark E. Palmer


The process and power industries and their suppliers have invested in multiple initiatives to develop and deploy a new information exchange and integration standard, ISO 15926. Although the potential benefits of this standard have been demonstrated in pilot projects, improved methods, tools, and testing are needed to enable cost-effective deployment. This paper identifies requirements for successful implementation of ISO 15926-based information exchange. Currently there exists a draft methodology for information modeling with ISO-15926, documented in a patchwork of ISO approved and draft status documents, and supplemented by documents produced by the JORD project (POSC Caesar Association, 2012). However there are numerous variations and no consensus as to the criteria for achieving interoperability. There are reasons to believe that successful implementation of ISO 15926-based exchanges will require substantial refinement of the methodology. Further, there are many more requirements for successful implementation – matters of technical sufficiency and organizational responsibility – that have received very little attention. This paper summarizes our assessment of the current landscape and provides recommendations for addressing challenges.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7917
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system integration, interoperability, conformance testing, ISO 15926, information modeling


Denno, P. and Palmer, M. (2013), Modeling and Conformance Testing for the Engineering Information Integration Standard ISO 15926, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 30, 2024)


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Created March 5, 2013, Updated November 10, 2018