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  • More than sixty members of the Denver data management community gathered at BP Lower 48’s new offices to hear Tom O’Stasik with Business Imaging Systems (BIS) talk about how to gain insight from documents and data by leveraging Artificial Intelligence. BP’s venue was amazing, a glass building sitting on the banks of the Platte River in the River North Art District. EnergyIQ provided an awesome taco bar along with dessert that everyone enjoyed before hearing Tom’s talk, which nicely explained what Artificial Intelligence (AI) is and included three case studies which demonstrated the improvements and savings reaped when AI was implemented and utilized. A drawing was held at the conclusion of the event where Greg Grotke with Renovos won a one year PPDM membership and Leanna Gallagher with Katalyst Data Management won an online class. Our next event in Denver, our annual Petroleum Data Symposium, will be held on November 7th at Anadarko Petroleum and will include a full day of talks including an analytics panel followed by a happy hour. Watch for details on our website at

  • Join the growing number of CPDAs around the world as they demonstrate their skills and expertise in petroleum data management. The dates for the 2019 Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDATM) Exams are now available on our Certification page.
    Upcoming Exams are:
    - November 14 (October 3 Application Deadline)
    - February 27 (January 26 Application Deadline)
    - May 22 (April 10 Application Deadline)
    - August 28 (July 17 Application Deadline)
    - November 13 (October 2 Application Deadline)

    Visit for more information on how to apply.

  • The 2018 Perth Data Management Workshop & Field Trip is an event featuring plenary presentations, interactive discussions, and networking opportunities. Taking place August 8 and 9, 2018, at the Perth Town Hall, this annual event is attended by a variety of organizations and attendees from Analysts to CEOs. The Field Trip and Introduction to Master Data Management Training class are already full but there is still room to attend the Workshop on August 9. Already breaking attendance records set last year, this Perth Workshop is not to be missed. Learn more and register now at Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible.

  • Calling all PPDM Members – we are looking for volunteers to review Well Status & Classification V3 and provide feedback before this piece of work is finalized and published. If you are interested, please contact to get on the list. Please note, this is for PPDM members only.

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    We Need You!
    Jasleen Virdi
    June 12, 2018

    Are you interested in furthering petroleum data management as a profession? PPDM has several volunteer opportunities available to get engaged with either the Professional Development or Petroleum Data Management Certification Committees. Contact us at to learn more about how you can make a difference. Thank you to our many volunteers who make so many programs possible.

  • You’ve likely received several emails from companies notifying you of update to privacy policies because of changes to EU data protection laws – specifically the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). To keep compliant and continue to safeguard your information, PPDM has also updated our privacy policy. You can read our Privacy Policy here, but some highlights include:

    > Give you more clear and detailed information about your personal data rights.
    > How PPDM protects your data
    > Who else may have access to your information through us
    > How consent is handled within PPDM

    The updated Privacy Policy automatically comes into effect for all PPDM users on May 25, 2018. So, your continued use of the PPDM sites from that date will be subject to it. At any time you can update your personal information, including communication preferences (subscribe/unsubscribe), by logging into your profile.

  • Monday May 21 is the last day for members to submit comments on the ‘What Is A Completion’ toolkit. As you know, our ‘What Is A Completion’ Work Group has been hard at work disambiguating the term ‘Completion’ over the past year. This team has hit a significant milestone in completing the toolkit and is currently seeking member reviewers to provide feedback and respond to a survey. All contributions, feedback, and suggestions are appreciated as this toolkit will be for a broad audience (note, any reviewer must be a PPDM member due to intellectual property concerns). Once we have everyone’s feedback, the Work Group will review and update the toolkit as appropriate prior to finalizing, with an estimated release mid-2018.

    Excitement for this piece of work is building and appreciate the hard work of the ‘What Is A Completion’ Work Group and our volunteer member reviewers. Learn how you can become a sponsor of this group now in our Sponsorship Kit. For more information, please contact

  • Join PPDM's Certified Instructor Pat Rhynes for a two and a half day special edition of Business Life Cycle of the Well, Levels 1 and 2 – May 29, 30 and 31 at geoLOGIC systems. This course will start with Business Life Cycle of the Well 1.1: Introduction (Level 1), followed by Level 2, which takes a more in depth look at asset life cycle stages planning, drilling, completing, producing and disposing. You will also review key objectives, business processes and activity, groups involved in each stage and decisions and data categories for each activity. More information on the class is available in the attached sample, or on our website.

  • The Dallas/Fort Worth Data Management Community convened at XTO Energy on April 26, 2018 and enjoyed a presentation by Steve Cobb with CB Technologies entitled “The Refinery of the Future: A Real-Time Use Case”. His talk described how recent evolutions in the technology industry are allowing the Oil and Gas Industry to alter the way they tackle current business problems. Edge computing, IIoT, Digital Twin, field augmented reality and remote virtual reality have become the foundation for a new wave of Digital Transformation initiatives. They seek to capture the tribal knowledge of experienced professionals as they leave the workforce, allowing companies to work smarter and enable companies to capture and use the vast amounts of data that they possess today for better decision making. Seizing this business inflection point and the opportunities it offers, CBT has teamed with multiple technology partners to integrate the latest information sciences into “The Refinery of the Future” at Texmark Chemical, providing use cases supported by real operational needs. We will discuss five solutions for a chemical plant: Predictive Maintenance, Video Analytics, Worker Safety, Connected Worker, Asset Maintenance & Integrity. Many thanks to Stonebridge Consulting for providing a delicious lunch and XTO Energy for a fabulous venue. Drawing winners, Andrew Belschner of XTO Energy and Brooke Granger with Jetta Operating, each won a free one-year membership to PPDM. Our next luncheon is planned for September 12th at Pioneer Natural Resources.

  • The CPDA designation is a globally recognized achievement, unique to the petroleum data management industry. Certification demonstrates to employers, clients, and colleagues that a CPDA professional possesses data management knowledge, experience, and skills to navigate the unique challenges of data management specific to the exploration & production industry.

    We are holding a CPDA Information Session virtually May 3, 2018 at 1:15pm Denver, USA, local time, for those interested in learning more about the CPDA Program and how they can take the next steps to earn this credential. We will walk through the application process, provide tips to study for the exam, and present information concerning taking the exam and becoming certified. You can also visit our Certification page at Details on how to join the GoToMeeting will be distributed upon receipt of registration. This session is free, so that we can track interest, please ensure that all attendees register. Register now to attend on our website.