The purpose of the PipelineML SWG is to develop an open extensible standard intended to enable the interchange of pipeline data between parties, disparate systems and software applications without loss of accuracy, density or data resolution and without need for conversion between intermediate or proprietary formats.
In November 2013 the OGC and the PODS Association (PODS) agreed to work together to identify enhancement opportunities between the advanced geospatial interoperability concepts developed within the OGC's consensus standards process and the PODS Association's standard and data model. The PipelineML SWG is a result of this cooperation.
The initial membership of the PipelineML SWG will consist of OGC member representatives, who have extensive education and experience in oil and gas pipeline issues. The preliminary list issued by OGC includes names of John Tisdale, Enterprise Products; Terry Strahan, Morris P. Hebert; Eric Klein, Global Information Systems; and John Tisdale has been announced as the SWG Convener.