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Accelerate OSDU™ Adoption by Generating Actionable Insights Using Ikon Science


The rationale for bringing new digital technologies into any organization includes increased productivity and better, faster decision making. Ultimately, we are all looking to improve organizational efficiency, and digital transformation holds great promise in this regard. However, the adoption of new ways of working is often a challenge. Those of us who have worked through technology rollouts know that user engagement with new approaches is not always guaranteed. This misalignment between the nature of high-level technology rollout and the reality of day-to-day work often leads to a cumulative decrease in efficiency. This result is the opposite to that intended by the introduction of the new technology in the first place.

The adoption of new technology often hinges on the ability to plan for and perform a successful change initiative. One part of that success story is the ability for technology to help improve existing workflows experience. Therefore, the single most important factor in technology adoption must be end user experience and the ability to positively impact workflow. We must put the user at the center and consider the impact on their day-to-day work.

Focus on the OSDU™ Data Platform Adoption

So, let’s apply these thought processes to the OSDU™ Data Platform initiative. The platform is intended as a repository for the entire subsurface community, which covers a variety of disciplines from drillers, engineers, geoscientists, and beyond. As the scope of the community grows, so do the number of data types and the relevance to a wider range of disciplines. What becomes critical to its adoption goes beyond purely the data and becomes focused on the user experience, which includes aspects such as workflow accessibility and other elements of how users interact with the technology day-to-day. With all these complexities to consider it should be no surprise that many operators, particularly those of mid to small size, find the implementation of the OSDU™ Data Platform a daunting task. So, do we have the means of realizing the potential of the OSDU™ Data Platform to drive business decisions?

Workflow Insights on the OSDU™ Data Platform using Curate

The key focus here is how the collaboration between Ikon Science, an AWS Partner Network (APN) member, and AWS is resulting in the adoption of the OSDU™ Data Platform to feed advanced value-add workflows to enhance end user experience and generates actionable insights from complex subsurface data. The key focus is to show how this solution directly helps the ease and efficiency in which a user can connect to and make use of the OSDU™ Data Platform in a ready-to-deploy solution, and how these two systems work seamlessly together.

The OSDU™ Data Platform implementation on AWS helps operators by providing a single repository for all subsurface data. AWS provides the cloud infrastructure, scalability, performance, and security of the platform, the OSDU™ Data Platform provides the API’s standards, governance, and ingestion, and Ikon Science’s latest cloud-based solution Curate adds value on top of these APIs to deliver the data and insights to end users in an easily consumed manner. The technology gives the breadth, scalability, and depth required to perform any number of workflows thus optimizing costs and operation time.

So, what are the key benefits of Curate using the OSDU™ Data Platform implementation on AWS, which will specifically accelerate user adoption:

  • Empower users though scalable access to all data, limitless performance of workflow iterations, and unique ability . In a very broad sense, information, and our interpretations, are what we refer to as knowledge over data, whatever that is, and wherever it comes from (for example petrophysical interpretation, rock physics models, or perhaps facies-cubes from seismic inversion).
  • Increased confidence that industry data standards, governance, and security protocols are adhered to and future proofed.
  • More satisfied customers by simplifying the process both of deployment of the technologies and the workflows that can be performed.

The subsurface is incredibly complex. We know this, and we know from experience that we need to look to many different disciples to form a good understanding of the subsurface, and ultimately be successful in the subsurface. The products of different disciplines need to be accessible, our projects today need to be informed by what has been done before, and we need to build our understanding rather than start from scratch for each new project.

Curate allows us to do this.

The collaborative workspace brings all users, workflows, data, and information together in a shared, intuitive environment with additional, project audit providing clarity on project status for team members. This is key, accessibility to data, but also to information and knowledge that goes with the data. This ensures that current work is informed about what has been done before: breaking down the barriers between disciplines and helping us enhance our understanding of the subsurface by overcoming the common issue of siloed subsurface workflows.

The apps in Curate

The apps in Curate allow us to deep-dive into the data, do things with it, and build on the knowledge.

The following screenshot of Dynamic well viewer showcases how it provides quick access and visualization of all well bore data in an easy-to-use framework. It makes all the relevant wellbore data and interpretation, rapidly accessible and allows users to come together to make informed decisions.

Dynamic well viewer

Ikon Science’s existing desktop applications RokDoc and iPoint are fully integrated within Curate. The following screenshot shows the seamless integration with cloud-hosted versions of RokDoc. This allows users to get the most out of full featured packages like RokDoc. They can access all the relevant data and information, and they can leverage all the benefits of running in the cloud such as scalability of compute power. Here we see typical rock physics type work, which is performed in order to better understand the link between well and seismic response. This highly complex work relies on a number of different disciplines for success; petrophysical, fluid analysis, core description and more. Therefore, Curate is the perfect place for an application such as RokDoc to live.

The integration with cloud-hosted versions of RokDoc

We have new technologies available to us today, often associated with this concept of digital transformation. Curate allows us to take advantage of those technologies today to positively impact our workflows.

Reference Architecture and ServicesReference Architecture: Curate Integration with OSDU

Reference Architecture: Curate Integration with the OSDU™ Data Platform

Ikon Science’s latest cloud solution is designed to be able to integrate into the OSDU™ Standards, in addition to any existing data infrastructures that operators may use. The flexibility of the system allows for any data to be consumed (for example seismic data, wells and wellbore data, logs, markers, fluid data, core data, lithofacies, surfaces, 3D Grids, biostrat data, etc.) and distributed to any application leveraging a true open-nature infrastructure. The technology is delivered through AWS services and utilizes microservices and data-centric architecture with open APIs.

The platform uses Amazon EC2 to host Curate, iPoint and RokDoc, Amazon S3 for seismic data storage, Amazon FSx for raw documents, Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) for digital data, Amazon Cognito for identity management and equipped with an intuitive and friendly user-interface allowing for users to become more productive and efficient. Existing desktop applications such as RokDoc and iPoint are fully integrated within Curate through Amazon AppStream 2.0 and are compliant with the OSDU™ Standards. Amazon AppStream 2.0 allows accessing desktop applications RokDoc and iPoint Curate allows users to access these applications securely whenever more specialist, granular insights into data interpretations are required, from anywhere, at any time, and from any supported device.


Ikon Science’s latest cloud-native, user-centric, solution provides additional context and value from data so that knowledge can be communicated to a wider multi-disciplinary user-base, allowing actionable insights from complex subsurface data. Ultimately, this allows the power of the OSDU™ Data Platform implementation on AWS to be fully realized in a much easier consumed way by the diverse nature of the user community. The importance of user adoption cannot be overemphasized in playing a key role in the adoption of new solutions.

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Alex Edwards

Alex Edwards

Alex is the Product Manager for Pore Pressure and Geomechanics Applications at Ikon Science, having joined in 2009. He has been involved in all aspects of regional pore pressure and stress analysis, pre- and post-well analysis, and the real-time monitoring of wells. Alex received an MESci in geology (2005) from the University of Liverpool and a Ph.D. in Experimental Rock Deformation at the University of Manchester.

Nick Huntbatch

Nick Huntbatch

Nick joined Ikon Science in 2008 and is the Product Manager for QI Applications. During his time at Ikon he has held various roles from software Support, as a Senior Geoscientist and Team Leader within the Quantitative Interpretation (QI) team, and as the Technical Sales Manager for Europe and Africa. Nick received a MSci in geology (2007) and a MSc in remote sensing (2008) from UCL.

Dhruv Vashisth

Dhruv Vashisth

Dhruv Vashisth, a principal solutions architect for Global Energy Partners at AWS, brings over 19 years of deep experience in architecting and implementing enterprise solutions, with a 15-year tenure specifically in the energy industry. Dhruv is dedicated to helping AWS energy partners in constructing upstream and decarbonization solutions on AWS. Since joining AWS in 2019, Dhruv has been driving the success of energy partners by leading solution architecture, solution launches, and joint go-to-market strategies on AWS.