An Operations and Maintenance Information Open System Alliance

What is MIMOSA?

MIMOSA™ is a non-profit 501(c)6 industry association, focused on enabling industry solutions leveraging supplier neutral, open standards, to establish an interoperable industrial ecosystem for Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) solutions components provided by major industry suppliers. In order to accomplish this goal, MIMOSA (working in cooperation with other like minded groups) has facilitated the development of the Oil and Gas Interoperability (OGI) Solutions Process™, which includes the OGI Pilot™, the OGI Solutions Architecture™ and the ISO OGI Technical Specification. Collectively, these elements establish the basis for the OGI Ecosystem™, which is a true supplier neutral solutions environment enabling a major paradigm shift towards a solutions process providing lower cost, faster implementations and improved quality.

The OGI Solutions Process is driven by high value added industry use cases, developed, validated and managed by MIMOSA and industry partners. Current use cases span the full life-cycle of major classes of physical assets (plants, platforms and facilities) including true life-cycle management for the "digital asset" which must accurately reflect the physical assets being modeled, monitored and managed. The OGI Solutions Process leverages a portfolio of published international and industry standards and specifications, which are incorporated by reference into the various applicable use cases. Key standards in the portfolio include those associated with the OpenO&M™ Initiative (ISA 88/95, MIMOSA CCOM, OPC UA, OAGi BOD architecture and OpenO&M ws-ISBM/CIR), as well as ISO 15926. Other appropriate standards will be added as they may be required by use cases that are added to the OGI Pilot. The OGI Solutions Process seeks to avoid "re-inventing wheels" by leveraging a portfolio of existing standards purpose built for specific functions, with a focus on solving the business problems defined by the use cases, rather than on developing new standards. While a core team of owner/operators from the Oil and Gas industry were the initial stakeholders in this process, many of the use cases, standards, specifications and methods are applicable to a much broader cross section of industry sectors sometimes referred to as critical infrastructure. This is reflected in the breadth of industries represented by those contributing to or observing the OGI Pilot.

The OGI Pilot provides an industrial scale environment for use case development and improvement as well as establishing the proving grounds for interoperability within the OGI Ecosystem, which it defines based on the OGI Solutions Architecture. The OGI Pilot uses engineering data sets developed and managed by established industry EPC firms to be representative of the data sets required for real capital projects. These data sets are used as the basis for a "Continuous Handover", where topological, schematic and parametric data sets are managed through simulated capital projects, then shared, exchanged and handed over at appropriate times (defined by the use cases) in machine readable, supplier neutral formats based on the portfolio of included standards. This "Digital Asset" is then used to directly provision the major classes of Operations and Maintenance (O&M) systems in a synchronized fashion, establishing the basis for the O&M systems to participate in defined O&M use cases. Collectively, the set of use cases and the portfolio of standards and specifications which they leverage, defines the basis for an "Industry Foundation Architecture", which we now define as the OGI Solutions Architecture, upon which owner/operator specific business processes can be established through standardized methods for orchestration and governance.

Why MIMOSA is Necessary

Enterprises that are critically dependent upon complex physical assets have historically focused integration efforts on two major horizontal layers; Real-Time Control and Business Information Systems. Experts within these two areas seldom work directly with each other and do not focus on integration between the layers, which has resulted in a significant vertical information gap. This gap is compounded when O&M processes, systems and people are not efficiently integrated with each other, resulting in a corresponding horizontal information gap. Together, these gaps create an empty space in the very center of enterprise process and information integration.

In the past, operational inefficiencies coming from the lack of integration have been overlooked or minimized due to a general lack of interdisciplinary understanding. Overall optimization requires proper integration of O&M processes, systems and people. MIMOSA is working on effective solutions to eliminate these impediments to efficiency.

Historically, the O&M community has also lacked tight alignment with the Life-cycle Engineering community. This has led to a series of poorly connected activities with highly suboptimal results including data quality problems and the loss of configuration control for complex physical assets including plants, platforms and facilities. The effect has been a loss of integrity management for the digital asset which makes integrity management for the physical asset much more difficult. Working in close cooperation with groups such as POSC Caesar Association and Fiatech, MIMOSA is helping to establish the basis for a more integrated approach to Critical Infrastructure Management, holistically combining full life-cycle engineering with O&M activities. This supports more sustainable approaches to both integrity management and risk management.

Technical Information

MIMOSA provides a series of interrelated information standards. The Common Conceptual Object Model (CCOM) provides a foundation for all MIMOSA standards, while the Common Relational Information Schema (CRIS) provides a means to store enterprise O&M information. MIMOSA also manages and publishes the OpenO&M Web Service Information Service Bus Model (ws-ISBM) and Common Interoperability Register (CIR) specifications, while MIMOSA has aligned with POSC Caesar Association in the development of Reference Data Libraries and with OAGi in the use of its BOD architecture to support information exchange.

In addition, MIMOSA maintains strong industry ties with other formal standards groups. For example, MIMOSA standards are compliant with and form the informative reference to the published ISO 13374-1 standard for machinery diagnostic systems. MIMOSA is hosting the Oil and Gas Interoperability (OGI) Pilot which is managed by the joint MIMOSA/PCA O&M SIG and working as part of the US TAG in ISO TC 184/WG 6, which is developing the ISO OGI Technical Specification.

Board of Directors

Ken Dunn (chair) BP
Alan Johnston Assetricity, LLC
Dave Emerson Yokogawa
Deb McNeil Dow
Jay White Chevron
Jim Newman Bentley Systems
Mark Pyatt SAP
Markus Stumptner Data To Decisions CRC, Australia
Pak Wong PdMA


President, CEO Alan T. Johnston Assetricity, LLC
Vice President Pak Wong PdMA Corporation
Secretary Markus Stumptner Data To Decisions CRC, Australia
Chief Financial Officer Cliff Pedersen Retired O/O, ISO TC 184 TAG Chair, Canada
Chief Marketing Officer Gary Mintchell The Manufacturing Connection
Chief Technical Officer Avin Mathew Assetricity, LLC