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BCS 3.0 Automation & Alerting

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As described in Chapter 3. Of the BCS 3.0 Release Notes (see link) a sophisticated monitoring framework has been shipped with the latest CSP (BCS 30B-01 and BCS 30A-02) utilizing SAP CCMS Monitoring capabilities. Implementation of this framework requires expert knowledge of SAP CCMS.
Examples are described in our working paper (see link), which has now been published.

Standards Update: GPA 2172

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GPA 2172 has been reaffirmed and published as GPA 2172-19. QuantityWare confirms that BCG implementations for dry natural gas, that are based on the previous GPA 2172-09 version, comply with this new version.

Standards Update: API MPMS Chapter 12.2

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As described in our news item from July 2021, API MPMS Chapter 12.2, 2nd Edition, Calculation of Petroleum Quantities Using Dynamic Measurement Methods and Volumetric Correction Factors, has been released in July 2021. With respect to any impact on the supported QuantityWare BCS calculation models, this new edition of API MPMS Chapter 12.2 does not deliver any relevant changes.

Standards Update: ABNT NBR 5992

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ABNT NBR 5992 has been revised and published in November 2016 as ABNT NBR 5992 (2016). QuantityWare has carefully analyzed this latest version. The basic formulas for calculation of the alcohol densities and mass proportions did not change when compared with the 2008 version; however, the definition of the volume correction factor (VCF) changed between the 2008 and 2016 version. The 2008 version requires the multiplication of the densities related VCF with the expansion coefficient of stainless steel (0.000036 / °C). The 2016 version does not contain this storage device correction any longer. Thus, a new MQCI implementation of ABNT NBR 5992 (2016) will be delivered by QuantityWare as an Advanced Development (AD) in Q3 2022.

Security Breach Risk – “Complete Compromise of an SAP System”

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It is unfortunate but true, organisations are being exposed to greater risk of increasingly creative multi-level attack and such forms of attack are becoming more automated and available to a wider group of criminals. This article in the blog “Protect2S-SAP Security automation” succinctly describes the high risk that SAP Oil & Gas systems are exposed to if using “CALL SYSTEM” for their quantity conversions calculations. See this FAQ for more detail.

High Pressure Hydrogen Quantity Conversions

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QuantityWare will start development of a high pressure hydrogen quantity conversion solution on 01.03.2022. This implementation will be shipped as Advanced Development in Q3 2022 – all details can be found in our Hydrogen FAQ. With this solution in place, pipeline flow data (hydrogen volumes at any given flowing temperature and flowing pressure) can be converted to standardized volume and mass quantity values. Masses are the financial reference quantity value when trading hydrogen. Customers and consultants who wish to participate in the specification of this development are invited to share their requirements until 15.02.2022 with our development team.

Standards Update: ASTM D4311

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ASTM D4311 has been revised and published as ASTM D4311-21. QuantityWare has carefully analyzed this new version. No changes impacting quantity conversions of existing ASTM D4311-15 BCP implementations are present in this new standard version. Thus, customers utilizing ASTM D4311-15 BCP implementations are compliant with this new version. Documentation compliance updates for all relevant PMC functions will be delivered with BCS 30x Collective Note – Corrections & Enhancements II – Note number 000103 in February 2022.

Log4j2 – No Vulnerabilities Found

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On the 10th of December 2021, a major vulnerability in the Apache Log4j2 software was discovered, which has impacted a wide range of organisations.

Following a thorough review of our infrastructure, we have found no Log4j2 vulnerabilities in any of the QuantityWare systems or software.

QuantityWare does not run Log4j2 on any systems, including this website, the Service Portal, and QuantityWare itself.

If you are a QuantityWare customer and require any further information regarding this, please raise a ticket with us using the QuantityWare Service Portal.

Many thanks,

The QuantityWare Security Team