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USPI Chairmans letter 2024

Dear USPI members and interested parties,

Hereby our annual update on the activities and plans of USPI. It starts with a summary of data standardization developments in the process industries and in USPI. It subsequently moves on to our plans for the coming period, in which more will be published on our website in due course.

Developments in process industries & USPI

Efforts to put in place data standards for the process industries are progressing, despite cost pressures that affect resource availability for such work. The response of the standardization bodies has been greater cooperation on the development of data standards across the sub-sectors of chemicals, oil and gas, nuclear and power generation.

To illustrate, hereby an update on some of the many positive developments. This year DEXPI is organising another Process Industry Data Model Integration Conference (PIDMIC) in June to drive alignment between the different data standards. IOGPs’ Information Standards Sub-Committee will deliver a guideline document on the various Data Standards available later this year. CII has completed the work on its data model for Advance Work Packaging, as an extension of the Capital Facilities Information Hand-Over Specification (CFIHOS) data model. And CFIHOS is currently finalizing its next release, which includes JIP33 and spare parts data requirements.

USPI is continuing to serve the process industries with relevant new standards related to 3D Models and Tagging requirements, and activities such as Safaris and the convenorship of ISO 15926 to integrate with and support our sister organisations, of which a few are mentioned above. 

Recent USPI Deliverables

A key recent deliverable of the Facilities Lifecycle 3D Model Specification (FL3DMS) project is a"3D Model Lifecycle Guide”, which helps owner operators understand the activities and decisions needed to specify and manage 3D Models in Projects and Asset such as to derive full value from them from cradle to grave. You can download the guide free of charge here
It is easy to read and does not require any specialist 3D Modelling knowledge. If you find it useful, please distribute it within your network.

The first deliverable of the Tagging Philosophy Requirements project was also released, it is a "Tagging Requirements Matrix" listing tagging use-cases against objects, highlighting what needs to be tagged in support of each use case.  This matrix is intended to serve as a baseline for writing and tagging philosophy for a project or an asset.

We also held a number of popular Safaris to create awareness about other relevant standards: 

  1. Plant Design using ISO15926 at Pallas Nuclear Plant -  Leo van Ruijven & Paul van Exel
  2. Process design using Dexpi & Dexpi+ – Gregor Tolksdorf & Reiner Meyer-Roessl
  3. Equipment information exchange w. Asset Administration Shell / IEC61987 – Björn Höper
  4. Requirements writing best practices based on IOGP guide – by Eric Schreiber
  5. Information handover with CFIHOS – status & latest developments by Peter Townson
  6. Green-House Gas (GHG) estimation based on design data – by Ian Cornwell


Planned deliverables for the coming period


The FL3DMS project is set to introduce version 1.2 of the standard later in the year. The update includes feedback from users and requirements numbering not only in the specification document but also in the 3D requirements spreadsheet. 

We are working on the subsequent release which will include an implementation guide for the FL3DMS standard and a positioning document on 3D model catalogues, including the use and terminology. We decided to rebrand the FL3DMS project to "Lifecycle 3D EXchange” (L3Dex) to simplify the name.  The standard will get its own website, using this name.


The tagging project will seek to identify and document other relevant standards for Tagging Philosophy Standard. We will also develop a baseline tagging philosophy document, containing guidelines on minimum tagging requirements to support basic projects and asset management requirements.

ISO 15926 / ISO TC 184/SC 4/WG 3

The ISO 15926 standard will publish a new data model “properties model” to accommodate the connection with the equipment to which the property belongs. It will also publish an update to Part 4, edition 3 Reference Data and launch a future architecture. TC 184/SC 4/WG3 will also publish a new standard called ISO 18136 Nuclear Digital Ecosystem Framework.

Upcoming Safaris

  1. Lessons learned from large capital facilities by Leo van Ruijven and Paul van Exel
  2. Standard Cost Coding system for O&G Facilities- ISO 19008 by Andree van der Veen
  3. Construction using Advance Work Packaging with CII, by Eric Dechoz & Mikitaka Hayashi
  4. Asset Administration Shell (AAS) with IDTA


First of all, we welcome a new member to the USPI Executive Committee (EC), Hugo Belder.  Hugo works for Shell and has a background in Information Management on large projects and assets.  He will replace Anders Thostrup as Chairman of USPI and allow Anders to spend more time on the data standards work, especially FL3DMS. The other members of the EC are Peter Paul Pruijn who is responsible for finance and the Tagging Requirements Specification, and Leo van Ruijven who is responsible for education and serves as the ISO 15926 Sponsor.   

The operational management team includes Vincent Grondman, who serves as the administrative lead, and is responsible for communication, members admin, planning of meetings, events, IT, and finance. It also counts Paul van Exel, director of standards and convener of ISO 15926, and Martin ten Lintelo, director of the FL3DMS standard.

Members Meeting on 6 June

As in previous years, we will hold our Members Meeting in Q2, on 6 June from 14.00-16.00. Contrary to its name it is in fact an open meeting, meaning that everyone is welcome. We have an interesting program including guest speakers on the new CII AWP data standard and on the planned updates to the ISO 19008 Cost Classification standard which are both seeing strong uptake in the process industries currently. For more information see this link.

Closing remarks from Anders

I would like to express my gratitude for the last 10 years I have served as chairman of USPI; especially to all those people involved in USPI who have been instrumental in progressing our key deliverables.  The main results are CFIHOS and FL3DMS, which have addressed standards gaps as evidenced by their active and increasing use today. Without the effort of all these passionate sponsors and volunteers, we would not have been able to achieve this excellent result. Thank you for your continued support!

Outgoing Chairman, Anders Thostrup
Incoming Chairman, Hugo Belder