Emerson Automation Solutions has launched the Roxar API (Application Programming Interface), its extensibility solution for reservoir modeling and, in particular, for Roxar RMS. The Roxar API is designed to help operators customize their workflows to achieve specific goals; improve data management capabilities; preserve vital reservoir information across multiple-stage workflows; and enable users to analyze and visualize their models in different ways.
Using Python, the Roxar API enables operators to integrate their own intellectual property into reservoir modeling workflows. In addition, applications can be written or extended to access RMS project data, offering interoperability to facilitate communication and information exchange between different software packages.
“Too often in the past, reservoir modeling has been a fragmented and proprietary-dominated process with a lack of flexibility and interoperability,” said Kjetil Fagervik, vice president of product development and marketing of Roxar Software Solutions, Emerson Automation Solutions. “Vital data was often overlooked if it didn’t fit comfortably within the existing workflow. The Roxar API opens new possibilities for subsurface workflows, enabling users to build innovative geoscience, reservoir engineering and oilfield technology applications, adding company-specific goals to generic workflows, and unleashing new creativity in how we interpret our reservoir models.”
Complementary to RMS’s shared earth model - a single model viewed by all disciplines - the Roxar API can be used in an open environment to expand the capabilities of existing software or used within the RMS environment to create solutions. It is designed to be accessible to novice programmers as well as professional software developers, and can be accessed from within RMS using the Python Job. This allows Python scripts, which may be shared across multiple projects and throughout organizations as needed, to be saved with projects and used with other jobs to create repeatable RMS workflows.
The Roxar API can also be used to build customized, standalone programs called Roxar Apps, which share project data and models with RMS and give extensibility to the software. An App can be developed and customized to achieve specific goals, with the Roxar API acting as a software platform on which operators can develop proprietary, commercial, or open solutions. These solutions can then be shared within the organization or with the wider community of Roxar API application users and developers.