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We are pleased to announce that Margaret Barron has rejoined the Association as Chief, Professional Development. Margaret, who holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education Studies and is a familiar face in PPDM circles, brings 25 years of combined academic and petroleum education experience to the Association. She managed cooperative education for the Faculty of Human Kinetics at Memorial University of Newfoundland for ten years, and went on to help establish the University of Alberta’s Calgary Centre as Director, Executive Education. Her work in petroleum has included leading curriculum development for the Centre for Energy Asset Management Studies (CEAMS) and navigating PPDM’s international Petroleum Education Task Force (PETF) in creating four discipline-specific competency frameworks. Margaret recently spent two years in the Middle East overseeing Professional Program Certification and Accreditation under the State of Qatar’s College of Technology Project. Her current work with PPDM involves leading Professional Development and overseeing Volunteer Management and Training. Welcome back Margaret!

PPDM has added another valued and seasoned Web Developer, Brad Hazel, to our professional staff. Brad, who holds a Bachelor of Computer Information Systems (BCIS), brings with him a wealth of experience in programming, website design/administration, and leadership. Through his 12 years in the programming industry, he has excelled at translating business needs into technical solutions. Previously, Brad had developed several systems including a custom CRM, new software development, custom reporting, custom API integrations, working with ERPs and updates to the company internet. His role with the PPDM Association includes working with our current web developer to keep the PPDM Website, applications, and networks running smoothly. Brad’s expertise and “think out side the box” mentality will ensure the PPDM Association will continue to provide a high degree of value to our membership users. We are excited to have Brad on board. Welcome Brad!

Were you unable to attend the 2017 Houston Data Management Symposium & Tradeshow? We have you covered! The Event Summary is now available to read about all the presentations and activities. Members can also access presentations on our Past Events Page at any time. Thank you to our Sponsors, Exhibitors and Attendees for this year’s great event!

There is only one week left until the 2017 Houston Data Management Symposium & Tradeshow – taking place February 28 to March 1, 2017 at the Houston Marriott Westchase.

The agenda is available and features panel discussions on both the Future of Data Management and Well Identification, presentations and updates. There is still time to register – Thank you to our sponsors: geoLOGIC systems, Stonebridge Consulting, EnergyIQ, SigmaFlow, Informatica, DrillingInfo, EnergyMatrix and Southwest Precision Printers, for making this event possible especially at the discounted rates!


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Well Milestone Dates
Jasleen Virdi
February 21, 2017

This message is for our experts on well data. If that’s you, please read on! As you know, PPDM has done some useful semantic work, including “What is a Well” and “What is Well Status”. Right now, PPDM members are working on “What is a Completion?”. Once this is done, PPDM will begin to work on other well milestone dates that are confusing or ambiguous.

To help us prioritize and scope out this work, we need your help. The PPDM Regulatory Data Standards Committee has developed a short questionnaire that lists several date milestones. It’s online here If you have a few minutes, we would very much appreciate you helping us out by reviewing the list for us. Your responses are confidential, and we promise not to harass you more (unless you agree that we can ask questions).

The latest edition of Foundations – Volume 4 Issue 1 – is now available! This edition's features include:

  • "Ready in Advance" by Ted Wall
  • "From National Data Repository to Digital Energy Cloud" by Jamie Cruise
  • "Data Storytellers" by Jim Crompton
  • "Q&A" with Joseph Seila
  • "Achieving Success in Developing Regulatory Standards" by Yogi Schulz
  • "Global Technology Trends" by Guy Holmes
  • "Electronic Data Interchange" by Joseph Suarez
  • And more!
Visit our Publications page – to get your free copy!


Members of the PPDM data management community gathered on February 7th at QEP Resources in Denver and attendees were provided a delicious Italian Buffet by Katalyst Data Management. Ken Cavner, CEO of Origin Energytech Services, gave an interesting talk on PPDM and Data Warehousing in the Cloud. Teresa Sehgal was the drawing winner, taking home a free PPDM membership for one year.

The next luncheon in Denver will take place on May 11th at the USGS offices at the Denver Federal Center.

Interested in learning about the Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA) program? The PPDM Association is holding two free Information Sessions in the Houston and Woodlands on March 2, 2017 to provide information on the program, what’s involved and why it’s time for you to earn your CPDA. These popular Information Sessions will fill up fast, so register quickly. Visit our events page to learn more and save your seat now.

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It’s a Win/Win
Jasleen Virdi
February 6, 2017

We all know that doing something with a friend/colleague is always more fun, and that’s why we invite you to recruit a friend to volunteer with PPDM. Any current volunteer who successfully recruits a new volunteer to a PPDM Committee, Work Group, or Leadership Team by February 17 will have the chance to enter into a draw for a UE Boom 2 Speaker. We have multiple immediate opportunities available, including various roles on our Professional Development and Certification Committees. Please email for more information on how you, and a friend, can make a difference.

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Learn about PPDM
Jasleen Virdi
February 2, 2017

PPDM’s CEO Trudy Curtis recently presented at the CGG Data Management Services User Meeting to provide an introduction to the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association. CGG has kindly donated the video to PPDM and it is now available for anyone interested to watch and learn more about the vision, mission, goals, products and services of the PPDM Association. This video is ideal for anyone who is new to the industry, curious about what the PPDM Association does, and even those who think they know PPDM already. Please visit our About Us page to view the video now.