Following the success of developing CTX, Simple Answers embarked on creating their own Oil and Gas platform. Using our vast experience of the O&G market, we had identified that the largest issue facing the sector was integrating workflows across current applications in order to support the industry movement towards the Digital Oilfield (DOF).

The aim of the Digital Oilfield is to maximise oil and gas recovery, eliminate non-productive time, and increase profitability. This will be achieved through the design and deployment of integrated workflows. Digital Oilfield workflows combine business process management with information technology and engineering expertise to streamline and, in many cases, automate the execution of tasks performed by cross-functional teams.

PetroNimbus is an application which can be deployed to run on mobile devices, laptops, desktops, servers or in the cloud. Its lightweight integration platform which can run on most devices, enables users to select and connect existing engineering engines in order to create workflows.

The application is managed through a market leading Enterprise Information Portal, allowing users to customise and share workflows they have created. Once defined, workflows can be customised to connect customer engines and data sources. Ultimately, the results of the workflow will be stored in the PetroNimbus database and displayed in customisable portlets.

Because of the distributed nature of the integration platform, engines can be executed locally (on a laptop, for example) or even in the cloud running as a service. We’ve taken great pride in designing an application which is totally scalable and works seamlessly in a distributed environment.

With cloud based services and engines, users will be able browse an “AppStore” styled repository for engines. This will essentially open the market to choice and allow engines to be rated and market priced individually.


After several months of market analysis, Simple Answers had an empirical understanding of the need for the product within the sector. Once this had been determined, the SA architects took to writing a comprehensive Business Scenarios document; firmly outlining the scope of each phase of the project and architecture. The document clearly emphasised the business uses cases which formulate the system boundary. In doing so, prospective partners could clearly understand what functionality the system would be delivering at each phase of the project.

Once signed off, a formal technical specification document was produced. Initially describing the logical components of the system it allowed the business to firmly understand the interoperability and distributed deployment ability of the application. In parallel to the progression of the logical architecture, a significant amount of time was spent identifying which third party components we would incorporate into the system and which ones we would need to create. Once chosen, the physical architecture was created, mapping the logical design to the third party and in house components available.

Currently in full development, the application has grown significantly over the last six months, built using Agile and iterative processes. The aim is to have a demonstrable version available by the end of March 2016.

technologies/ tools used

Sencha extJS, JavaScript, JQuery, Java EE, NetKernel, PostgreSQL, MVVM, REST Services, XML, CSS3, SASS.


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