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PPDM conducted their Q3 Data Management Luncheon in Midland on September 7th. The Petroleum Professional Development Center (PPDC) provided a wonderful venue and WellDrive, LLC catered a good ole Texas meal with chicken fried steak topping the menu. Craig Covey, Data Analyst, with Concho Resources delivered a compelling talk describing two of the oil and gas industry’s buzz words, Big Data and Machine Learning, which was very well received. Craig described in detail what Big Data is, where it comes from, and how Concho handles it using Hadoop. He also talked about Machine Learning and how it is commonly used by our industry. A copy of his slide deck can be found on our website under Past Events. A raffle drawing at the end reaped three winners. RJ Jenkins with SM Energy won a free individual membership to PPDM while Heather Sanders with Midland College and Brent Foster with Concho each won their choice of an online class. Thanks to all who turned out for this great event!! .

On Tuesday, August 22nd, the Dallas/Fort Worth Energy Community was treated to an eloquent and factual talk by Dr. Richard Strickland, President of The Strickland Group. The talk was centered around the Deep Water Horizon Blowout and what really happened. Members of the audience were riveted to their seats for over an hour while Dr. Strickland presented materials from the Chief Counsel’s Report, the BP Accident Investigation Report, and the Det Norske Veritas Report outlining the failures that took the lives of 11 people. His presentation, as well as each of these reports, can be found at as Dr. Strickland was involved in litigation support for the case. Following the luncheon, Bill Barna with Microsoft commented to Pam Koscinski, PPDM US Representative, “PPDM did a wonderful job today on the luncheon at XTO Energy. Dr. Richard Strickland was an exceptional speaker and I learned a great deal more about the Macondo accident. You and your team did a great job. Thank you.” .

The luncheon was concluded with a drawing where Joseph Niemann, IT Director for Jetta Operating, and Sandra Bembenek, CFO for The Strickland Group, were awarded complimentary one year Individual Memberships to PPDM.

The next DFW luncheon will be held at Pioneer Natural Resources on November 14, 2017.

Calgary, AB, Canada, August 21, 2017 – In accordance with the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association Bylaws, nominations are now open for the PPDM Association Board of Directors. The Board is looking for experienced executive thinkers who will provide strategic leadership and governance for the PPDM Association and act in the best interests of all the members of the PPDM Association by promoting the PPDM Association’s goals.

Nominations must be submitted to the PPDM Association office prior to SEPTEMBER 15, 2017.





An outline of the responsibilities and expectations of PPDM Association Board membership has been prepared for the information of potential candidates. Please review and consider these items if you are contemplating standing for election.


You are eligible to stand for election to the Board if you are employed by a company that is a voting member of the PPDM Association in good standing, if you are an individual PPDM Association member in good standing or if you are an honorary member of the PPDM Association. We also ask that candidates have a minimum of three years of experience with the PPDM Association. (Special note: If you want to stand for election to the Board as an individual member, you do so as an individual. Your corporate affiliation will not be part of your nomination)


In order to submit your candidacy for the PPDM Board of Directors, please follow this link Nominations must include the full name and contact information of the nominee, along with a 100-200 word biography and a high resolution portrait photograph (in business dress please).

We value the dedication and commitment of our members who choose to participate in our nomination and election process as a Board Candidate. Thank you for your time and consideration; this important role is crucial to the direction and development of the PPDM Association.

Registration is now open for the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association Public Training in the Woodlands (October 2-3) and Houston (October 4-6).

The Training in the Woodlands will take place at the Anadarko Conference Center and will feature the popular classes: What Is A Well/Well Status & Classification, Business Life Cycle of the Well, PPDM 3.9: Well Data and PPDM3.9 Well Test and Production. Visit the Woodlands Training Event Page to learn more about these classes and to register now!

The Houston Training will take place at Marathon Oil Corporation and will feature: What Is A Well/Well Status & Classification, Business Life Cycle of the Well, Introduction to Master Data Management, PPDM Data Management and Reference Lists and PPDM3.9 Data Model Overview. Visit the Houston Training Event Page to learn more about these classes and to register now!

Classes start at $250/class for members, and discounts are available for multi-class and groups of 5 or more. Please contact if you qualify for one of these rates in advance of registering. .

The Denver Q3 Data Management Luncheon was held on Tuesday, August 8th, at SM Energy with Stonebridge Consulting providing a delicious meal. The data management community was treated to a lively panel discussion with questions focusing on Innovation in Data Management. Mike Skeffington with EnergyIQ moderated the panel consisting of:

Jim Crompton (Noah Consulting)
Amy Giles Bhikha (Stonebridge Consulting)
Brian O’Shea (Bonanza Creek Energy)
Raj Sehgal (IHS Markit)
Chris Skinner (USGS Energy Resources Program)


Questions posed to the panel included:

  1. What are the biggest data demands from the business today, and how have they changed over the last 2 years (during the downturn)?
  2. What are the new / innovative technologies being used to address data management challenges today, and how are they effective / different
  3. How can you get the executives in Oil and Gas to recognize the value and accept a reasonable ROI in solid data modeling, governance, QC, visualization and analytics?
  4. Operators in our industry are embracing Analytics to help them in their decision-making process. How do Analytics and Data Management tie together? Could anyone provide some examples if possible?

The panelists did a superb job of shedding light on these issues and feed-back from the audience was very positive requesting more events of this nature. The Denver Data Management Workshop to be held on October 18th in Denver will include two panel discussions: one on Data Analytics and the other on How Do We Manage Data Through the E&P Life Cycle.

Winding up the event, two drawings were held where Jenny Jensen with SM Energy walked away with a book co-authored by Jim Crompton titled “The Future Belongs to the Digital Engineer: Transforming the Industry” and Julie Vallero with Laramie Energy was the recipient of a one-year’s individual membership to PPDM.

Last reply on September 5, 2017 by Brian Tuplin

NEW VENUE! Please join us for the 2017 Perth Data Management Workshop on August 10, 2017. NEW VENUE - Thanks to our amazing sponsors, we have been able to move to a new venue - the Cliftons Perth - which will allow for more registrations. Spots are limited, so please register ASAP at

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Jasleen Virdi
July 20, 2017

You are invited to join the PPDM Association and the Calgary Leadership Team at this year’s 2017 Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM. This year’s event, taking place October 23-25, 2017 at the Telus Spark Science Centre, will feature keynote speaker Rich McAvey of Gartner, along with a more interactive presentations and activities. Registration is open, and sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are still available for what is certain to be an exciting event. The early bird member rate of $300 is currently in effect, and includes meals, receptions and more. Please visit for more information (and be sure to update your profile’s communications preferences to receive our event invitations and updates!).

Due to overwhelming demand, the 2017 Perth Data Management Workshop is now sold out. Virtual registration tickets are still available for those wishing to be a part of the action. This popular workshop will be at the Curtin University Graduate School of Business on August 10, 2017, with a field trip to the Perth Core Library taking place the day before. The theme of the workshop is Traditional vs Emerging E&P Data Management. As the first Workshop led by the Australia West Leadership Team, this event features an interesting agenda filled with presentations, an interactive activity and networking opportunities. Individuals who wish to be added to the Wait List for this Workshop can email To learn more, and register virtually now, please visit

The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association is excited about the upcoming Perth Data Management Workshop, being held at the Curtin University Graduate School of Business on August 10, 2017. The Theme of the workshop is Traditional vs Emerging E&P Data Management. This year’s Workshop will be the first led by the Australia West Leadership Team, and has an interesting agenda filled with presentations, an interactive activity and networking opportunities. The Leadership Team has also organized a Field Trip to the Perth Core Sheds, which we know will fill up fast. Members are able to attend at the Early Bird rate for only $85 USD. Space is limited, so to learn more and register now visit

A record number of participants attended the Perth Autumn Data Management Luncheon hosted by Inpex on May 12, 2017, and featuring Katalyst Data Management’s Guy Holmes presenting on Global Technology Trends and their (Potential) Impact in the Oil Industry. Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to learn about IoT, Hadoop, BlockChain and Watson, and to network high above the magnificent Swan River. Attendees were also updated on what’s new at PPDM and introduced to the Australia West Leadership Team and their vision for PPDM in the region. Lunch was generously provided by Paragon Information Management Services. It was a pleasure to see new and familiar faces at this luncheon, and we look forward to seeing everyone on August 10, 2017 for the Perth Data Management Workshop (Abstract Deadline is coming up on May 19!).