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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!).

The Calgary community came together for the Spring Data Management Luncheon on April 26, 2017. Noah Consulting provided the venue and CWD Inc provided a tasty lunch while attendees enjoyed Dr. Prashanth Southekal’s presentation “Effective Data Engineering for Data Science (Analytics).” The presentation highlighted key elements of Data Engineering and why it is the foundation for Data Science. The presentation is available now on under Past Events. The next Calgary luncheon will be in September 2017 (we are currently looking for sponsors and speakers), followed by the 2017 Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM October 23-25, 2017.

The 2017 Oklahoma City Data Management Workshop was held on May 2, 2017 at the Sam Noble Museum in Norman, OK. Attended by more than 80 people from Oklahoma City and beyond, this Workshop featured a day of plenary presentations and networking breaks followed by tours of the museum...

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CALGARY, Alberta, April 12, 2017 - The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association announces that TARGET Energy Solutions has achieved Gold Compliance with their MEERA™ Master Data Repository product, version 3.5. The official Compliance Score is: TARGET, MDR, 3.5: CRC V3.9 – 321:154:145 GOLD 100%.

The MEERA™ Master Data Repository (MDR) is an integrated, extensible, master data management service. MDR is targeted at oil and gas regulators and operating companies who need to manage master seismic and wells datasets at regional, national and international scales. It is designed to provide a complete end-to-end online service for regulators and operators to implement a robust platform for data management and governance.

Within the PPDM Association, the term ‘Compliance’ defines a level of conformance between a database or software product and the published PPDM Standards. Gold, or structural compliance, measures the conformity of a product (software, data) to the technical relational DDL provided for a PPDM data model. More information on compliance is available on under Standards.

TARGET is a professional services and technology company developing and providing industry leading online solutions for the Oil & Gas industry. You can learn more about TARGET at

The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association is a global, not-for-profit society within the petroleum industry that provides leadership for the professionalization of petroleum data management through the development and dissemination of best practices and standards, education programs, certification programs and professional development opportunities. Learn more here.

For more information contact:
Trudy Curtis

PPDM Association
Tel: +1 403 660 7817

Rachel Blackman
Communications Director
TARGET Energy Solutions
Tel: +44 1483 762816

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!