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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?”

  • Following years of hard work by the What Is A Completion Work Group, PPDM is proud to announce the release of What Is A Completion to our members. Using the methodology developed in launching What Is A Well, What is A Completion was developed by industry to disambiguate the term ’completion’ and provide supporting materials that can be deployed to help achieve better clarity and communication at all levels and stages of the life cycle.

    “PPDM is proud to release the latest in our disambiguation toolkits. We sincerely appreciate the hard work of the Work Group in pulling this together – it is through their efforts that we have created this toolkit for all members of industry,” said Ingrid Kristel, Senior Project Manager, PPDM Association.

    PPDM Members can visit our Technical Publications Page to get their digital copy now (Members Preview until October 2019).

  • The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association would like to welcome six new and returning Directors to our Board of Directors, following the October 23, 2018, Annual General Meeting as a part of the Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM.

    We would like to welcome back David Hood (geoLOGIC systems), Peter MacDougall (IHS Markit), Paloma Urbano (ConocoPhillips) who were re-elected. We would also like to welcome Kevin Brunel (Devon Energy), Emile Coetzer (Chevron Canada) and Jamie Cruise (Target Energy Solutions) to their first term with the Board of Directors.

    Our sincere thanks goes out to our current Board of Directors members, Allan Huber (Shell Canada), Ali Sangster (Drillinginfo), Jeremy Eade (BP Lower 48), Lesley Evans (Chesapeake Energy), Robert Best (Infosys) and Trevor Hicks (Stonebridge Consulting). We would like to thank Amii Bean, Christine Miesner and Shashank Panchangam as they step down from the Board, for their hard work these past years.

    We look forward to the continued growth of the PPDM Association under the new Board of Directors.

  • Join the PPDM Association at our Denver Petroleum Data Symposium on November 7, 2018 at Anadarko Petroleum. The Agenda is now available on the website and includes talks on a variety of subjects, networking happy hours, and a panel discussion. Cost is only $75 for members for the full day. Thank you to our Sponsors & Exhibitors for making this event possible. More information is available on our website.