Community & News


  • Have you been considering taking the Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA) Exam? The 2020 Dates have been announced. This is a good time to start building them into your 2020 professional goals.

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  • The 2018-2019 fiscal has seen continued growth in the area of Professional Development at PPDM. Our public and private trainings, taught by PPDM’s CEO Trudy Curtis, were held in 8 different cities with more than 400 attendees, not including those who enjoyed the brand new ‘What Is A Completion’ training at the 2019 Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo as a part of their registration. This was also the first year that we offered a Machine Learning Workshop with Lewis Matthews and the West Texas Data Science Institute team, which was delivered in three cities.

    PPDM’s Certification program continued to grow momentum in the 18-19 fiscal, with 20 new CPDAs earning their credential, from regions including Norway, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, South Africa, Australia and Indonesia. As demand increased additional sitting options were put in place and the CPDA Credential Maintenance program was enhanced to support this community.

    The Professional Development Committee (PDC) also achieved several milestones this fiscal. The Job Families Grid and the 7 sample high-level Role Descriptions have been well-received. The Compensation Survey was also launched and completed by more than 500 community members from around the world, providing valuable information for the Professional Development Committee. They also launched the new Professional Development Catalogue – – with information on the many classes available at both PPDM, with a growing selection from external training providers.

    Thank you to our many volunteers in both the PDC and Certification Committee for all their countless hours making these important programs possible.

  • Have you earned your Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA) or looking to learn more about the credential maintenance portion of the CPDA program? We have a new video on the CPDA Credential Maintenance and Professional Development Units. This 42 minute recording of a live webinar with PPDM’s Ingrid Kristel, Senior Project Manager, walks through what happens after you earn your credential, what PDUs are and how to keep on top of them. Visit the Credential Maintenance page for more information!

  • The International Petroleum Data Standards (IPDS) segment of the PPDM Association saw some fantastic milestones achieved in the 2018-2019 fiscal. The first milestone was the change from ‘Best Practices & Standards’ to the new terminology of ‘International Petroleum Data Standards’ or IPDS that more clearly describes the depth and breadth of work that is begin done in collaboration with our membership stakeholders. We look forward to seeing this term grow in usage along with our programs.

    After years of subject matter expert volunteer’s hard work, the release of ‘What Is A Completion’ was announced at the 2018 Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM. The aim of What Is A Completion is to develop a best practice that is globally applicable, and that can both support and be independent of any specific organization type or individual job function. The What Is A Completion material was constructed to help you translate the vocabulary that is used by different disciplines into a common vocabulary. Start with the illustrations and discover what words and definitions each user group associates with that illustration; map these into What Is A Completion. As you do this, your user groups will develop an understanding and appreciation of the different needs that others have; this facilitates better cooperation and collaboration. This toolkit is available on the PPDM website for members only now with hundred of downloads already and thousands of paper copies distributed at PPDM events. After October 2019, the member review period will be completed and this work will be widely available. Thank you to that amazing group of volunteers for all their hard work in creating this valuable disambiguation toolkit.

    We also had the pleasure of launching and revitalizing several areas of work with our dedicated volunteers around Data Rules (updated library application, faceted classification, framework and compliance measures to support our journey to Business Rule Collections), 3.10 Data Modelling (adding in Coordinate Reference Systems, Units of Measure, Hydraulic Fracturing / Water Management and also managing any changes that have been submitted since our last release) and Well Status & Classification (with a focus from the Regulatory lens.) Our volunteers have put tremendous effort into these different areas of work with upgrades, updates and improvements. We look forward to the outcomes as these different pieces are driven forward by membership.

    In 2018-2019 we also launched the Standards Support community, available for any member to access. Feel free to log in and check it out under the ‘IPDS’ tab. We look forward to continued growth, milestones and achievements in the areas of IPDS over the next fiscal – but we need you to make them happen! These projects are only possible through funding and volunteers – contact for more information.

  • Calgary, AB, Canada, August 7, 2019 – 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 Friday, September 13, 2019. In 2018, the PPDM Association Board of Directors formed a Nominations Committee to support the nomination process. The committee will speak to every nominee and provide an assessment to those who will be voting at the AGM later in 2019.


    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.


    In order to submit your candidacy for the PPDM Association 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 of Directors Candidate. Thank you for your time and consideration; this important role is crucial to the direction and development of the PPDM Association.

  • PPDM Luncheon events are an essential part of the PPDM Association’s mandate to keep the data management community strong, and are hosted around the world. With luncheon events happening in 12 regions globally, attendees are able to come together to network, expand their knowledge and grow their expertise. In 2018 we had more than 1,400 attendees at the luncheons, of which nearly 40% were operators.

    Our luncheons are only possible through sponsors, and we have four ways that your organization can support the data management community while gaining valuable exposure to this growing niche group. The newest sponsorship option, the USA Luncheon Series Sponsorship, enables your organization to be highlighted at all USA luncheon events in one agreement, getting you a host of benefits with less time and effort for your team.

    2020 dates for PPDM events are going to be coming soon, so now is the time to connect in. Our Sponsorship Kit with more information on the different types of sponsorships is available and our Events team welcomes the chance to work with your organization.

  • As our fiscal year end comes to a close, the PPDM Association is delighted to have seen continued growth in our global community. Since August 2018, PPDM has brought together nearly 2,500 attendees at 37 PPDM events in 14 cities around the world. More than 75 volunteers on 9 Leadership Teams alone made these events both possible and relevant for attendees. We also broke attendance records at our Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo, along with luncheons in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Midland, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Brisbane and the United Kingdom. We would like to thank our amazing volunteers, sponsors, speakers and supporters for another great year – we look forward to continued growth around the world.

  • August is a busy month for PPDM in Australia, with multiple events and training in different regions. The fun starts in Perth on August 12 and 13 with four different half day training classes, taught by PPDM’s CEO, Trudy Curtis. Following that on August 14 & 15, be sure to attend our largest regional event – the Perth Data Management Workshop & Field Trip, which includes a day and a half of presentations, discussions and activities, along with an option field trip the morning of August 14. Adelaide is our next stop, with our luncheon featuring CEO Trudy Curtis discussing “The Future of Data and Data Disciplines’ and an afternoon of training on both ‘What Is A Well’ and ‘What is A Completion’. Brisbane is next on August 21, with our first regional Mini-Workshop led by the Australia East Leadership Team, with five different presentations. The next day, August 22, we have our Brisbane Training class ‘Introduction to Master Data Management,’ followed by a luncheon presentation to PESA. With so many ways to connect in with PPDM, we look forward to seeing you at one of these great events. Register now to save your spot.

  • PPDM’s Denver Leadership Team is currently accepting abstracts to speak at the November 13th Denver Petroleum Data Symposium. The theme for this one day Symposium is ‘Does Your Data Fuel Value?’ and more information is available in our Call For Abstracts. Thank you to our sponsors geoLOGIC systems, Stonebridge Consulting, Schlumberger and IHS Markit for sponsoring this popular event, sponsor opportunities are still available. Learn more at

  • The agenda is now available and registration is open to attend the 2019 Perth Data Management Workshop & Field Trip. This year’s Workshop features an optional Field trip to the Pawsey Supercomputer Centre, along with a day and a half of presentations, discussions and activities. The agenda features talks on a variety of topics including strategy, professional development and technical topics. Register now to save your spot at this popular event. Sponsorship opportunities are also available – please visit our website for more information – or check out our infographic.