Projects

Partners and advisory board

An oil platform receiving supplies in stormy weather
An oil platform receiving supplies in stormy weather ©

SIMORC brings together major oil and gas companies who own the data sets and partners who are skilled in oceanographic data management, made up of

  • Mariene Informatie Service (MARIS)
  • The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP)
  • British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC)
  • Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-IODE)

Currently, data sets owned by six major oil and gas companies (Shell, TOTAL, BP, Hydro, Statoil and Chevron) will be made available, but others may join during the project's lifetime. 

An Advisory Board has been set up to review and advise on the achievements and orientation of the project.  This panel is made up of experts from seven international bodies, national organisations and user groups.  These include

  • European Association of Agencies to further the goals of the Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS)
  • European oil and gas innovation forum (Eurogif)
  • Mediterranean Forecasting System Towards Environmental Predictions (MFSTEP)
  • European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology (EurOcean)
  • Marine Environment and Security for the European Area (MERSEA project)
  • Met Office
  • National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS)

Partner roles in SIMORC

Partner

Work Package

MARIS OGP BODC IOC
WP1: Project Management Project coordination.
Liaison and rapporteur to EC.
Coordination group member. Coordination group member. Coordination group member.
WP2: Definitions, specifications, procedures Definition metadata format.
System Specifications.
Import Procedures.
Definition of data survey approach to industry members. Definition data format.
QC standards and procedures.
QC advisory support.
WP3: Data gathering, QC, and Compilation of harmonised Metocean data sets and metadata Metadata production of qualified data sets. Gathering data sets and additional documentation of industry members. Screening and QC of data sets and conversion to standard formats, including QC documents.  
WP4: Development of Internet database, retrieval and shopping/ordering facilities

Development and testing of:

  • Internet metadatabase and database system
  • User interfaces
  • Import/Export routines
  • Loading of metadata and related data sets
Evaluation and testing. Support and advice. Evaluation and testing.
WP5: Promotion, Dissemination and Exploitation Promotion and dissemination to industry and scientific communities.
Formulation of access protocol.
Establishment of exploitation agreement.
Promotion and dissemination to industry members.
Formulation of access protocol.
Establishment of exploitation agreement.
Promotion and dissemination to scientific communities.
Formulation of access protocol.
Establishment of exploitation agreement.
Promotion and dissemination activities to scientific community and educational sectors.
Formulation of access protocol.
System of Industry Metocean data for the Offshore and Research Communities      European Commission