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  • The 2019 Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo is nearly upon us – and we have record breaking attendance! This is the last year of Recession Pricing, making it easy for your whole team to come down. With six stages and 70 speakers over two days, there is plenty to learn and enjoy. PPDM is excited to have Stephen Brozovich from Amazon as our Keynote Speaker, among many other great speakers from around the world. The agenda and more information is available on our website! Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible.

  • PPDM’s new United Kingdom Leadership Team held PPDM’s first event in Aberdeen, a Luncheon and Mini-Workshop on February 26, 2019. Attendees at this event enjoyed three presentations followed by group discussion:
    • Dean Pereira De Melo, University of Aberdeen, Building Data Stewardship In Geological Data Management Context: Reporting From The Trenches
    • Fionnuala Cousins, Robert Gordon University, Community Engagement In The Graduate Certificate Petroleum Data Management
    • Chris Frost, DataCo, & Dave Pert, Shell UK, Unstructured Data Categorization Using Data Analytics

    Thank you to our sponsor DataCo for hosting this event. The next UK event will be in the London area in May, discussing regulatory issues.

  • Have you registered yet to attend the 2019 Professional Petroleum Data Expo? This is the last year of Recession Pricing, making it easy for your whole team to come down. With six stages and 70 speakers over two days, there is plenty to learn and enjoy. The agenda and more information is available on our website Early bird rates will be ending on March 12, so register now to save! Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible.

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  • Nearly 90 members of the Houston data management community gathered at Anadarko Petroleum on January 15th to hear Marty Davis, Geoscience Applications Manager at Anadarko Petroleum, present a talk entitled “Who Owns Your Data? The Challenge of Maintaining Entitlement.” Marty relayed that when building systems to efficiently store, govern, blend and QC the data that we manage in order to make it easily accessible to our customers, we cannot overlook the importance of tracking entitlement. He discussed the challenges of tracking the source of the various types of data and some of the potential legal consequences if we don’t. EnergyIQ furnished a lasagna buffet that was quite tasty so special thanks to Anadarko, EnergyIQ, and Marty Davis for making this event very successful.

    Our next Houston event will be our annual Petroleum Data Expo on April 9-10 at the Weston Memorial City with a theme of “Digital Transformation – Is Your Data Strategy an Enabler or Disabler?” Last year, the format was changed where we run multiple stages simultaneously. This year will feature six stages with nearly 70 speakers presenting over the two days. Stephen Brozovich with Amazon Web Services has been named our keynote speaker talking about Amazon’s Culture of Innovation where he discusses two types of organizations in this world: ones that wait to be disrupted and ones that disrupt themselves and describes how to be the latter, companies have to embrace and unlock innovation. Registration is now open starting at $79 so go to our website at and click on events to register for this amazing event.

  • Work is now underway to evaluate and assemble the enhancements to all the amazing feedback that we have received from our PPDM Community. As this group works through each of the facets, we will share their work with a second-tier review group for validation and additional feedback before we finalize. Would you be interested in participating in this review work? Please contact

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    Modelling Committee
    Jasleen Virdi
    January 16, 2019

    In 2019, the PPDM Association plans to publish a new version (3.10) of the Public Petroleum Data Model. This version will bring new capability to the data model, including:
    • Improved support for Well Completions and Hydraulic Fracturing operations
    • Water Management support
    • Coordinate Reference System integration with the EPSG dataset
    • Units of Measure harmonization with new standards and improved data management capability
    • Change management requests sent by members for consideration in PPDM 3.10. There are approximately 80 requests.

    Are you interested in participating in the Modeling Committee? You can find the Volunteer Posting on our website or contact for more information.

  • PPDM would like to take today to celebrate our volunteers around the globe who make our programs, standards, events and more possible. It is through our wonderful volunteer’s hard work that we are able to do so much. Thank you!

  • Over thirty of the DFW data management community gathered at The Strickland Group on Wednesday, November 28th, to listen to Lewis Matthews talk about the machine learning spacing-completion struggles framed as a classic portfolio optimization problem and the inevitable interplay between machine learning and blockchain technology in oil and gas which ultimately leads us to touch many domains outside of pure data science. A delicious lunch featuring Chicken Condon Bleu was provided by Well Drive. There were lots of new faces and a great lunch and learn was enjoyed by all.

    Our next event in the DFW area will be our first Petroleum Data Workshop which will be held on March 5th followed by a day of training on March 6th, both events to be held on the Microsoft campus in Irving, TX. The workshop will be an all-day affair with talks and activities following the theme of “Fueling Analytics with High Quality Data”. We are accepting abstracts at this time with an abstract submittal deadline of December 21st. Abstracts may be submitted through the PPDM website at or email Mark your calendars for this exciting event.

  • Nearly 100 Houstonians gathered in Equinor’s auditorium on Thursday, November 15, to listen to Rebecca Hofmann talk about “The Blockchain Movement”. Rebecca is currently starting up the OOC blockchain program where the oil and gas industry can come together to learn, lead and leverage blockchain technology to transform how we work externally with each other. She currently works for Equinor’s Operations Technology Excellence group and is responsible for ensuring the development and improvement of processes over governance, requirements and compliance to support domestic US offshore and onshore operations. She also leads the Blockchain digitalization strategy for Equinor United States and is the founder and visionary behind the US Oil and Gas Blockchain Forum for Operators. Stonebridge Consulting provided a Mexican buffet where attendees enjoyed enchiladas, black beans and rice. PPDM will kick off 2019 with another luncheon on January 15th at Anadarko Petroleum where Marty Davis will speak. Don’t forget to block April 9-10, 2019 off on your calendar to attend our Houston Petroleum Data Expo where the theme will be “Digital Transformation – Is Your Data Strategy and Enabler or Disabler?”