Community & News


  • Over the 2019 holidays, the petroleum data management community lost a valuable and well-respected member. Mark Priest, a Practice Partner with Wipro in Houston, participated in many PPDM work groups and committees, providing insight, expertise and a good sense of humour. Mark began his E&P Data Management career in 1988 at Maxus Energy in Amarillo, Texas where he helped Geoscientists and Engineers convert from paper to PC's and workstations. He served as project manger for E&P Data Management projects for Triton Energy and Burlington Resources before joining Schlumberger-GeoQuest in 1997. While with Schlumberger, he worked in numerous Data Management roles in Texas, Nigeria, and Angola. Margaret Barron, Chief of Professional Development and PPDM, shared some memories of Mark "Mark was a true visionary and one of the kindest people you'll ever meet. He made time for people. As a mentor, collaborator, educator and friend, Mark always went above and beyond to bring joy and positivity to the table. He joined PPDM as a volunteer in 2010 and we'll never forget that first group meeting in Houston when Mark turned up in a Hawaiian shirt! He set the tone for the rest of the day, which will go down in history as the most productive and fun committee meeting ever. Mark was loved and will be missed by so many, leaving the world void of one less extraordinary person.

  • The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association announces that the government of Indonesia is formally referencing the PPDM Association’s Data Model 3.9 as an industry open standard endorsed by the new Ministerial decree. In August 2019, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources promulgated Regulation No. 7 of 2019 concerning Management and Utilization of Oil and Gas Data and followed by regulation No.013 K/03/SJD/2019 issued in October 2019 by the Secretary General of Ministry of Energy and Minerals. The regulation is expected to make it easier for investors to access Indonesian oil and gas data and encourage the discovery of new oil and gas reserves. Read more in our Press Release.

  • Interested in reading about what happened at the National Data Repository (NDR) 2019 conference? Read our volunteer Vimbai Catherine Kurewa’s conference summary to learn more.

  • PPDM’s Professional Development Committee (PDC) is pleased to release the preliminary results from the Compensation Survey collected from the data management community in Q2. The results include interesting demographic and compensation information, with future iterations providing more detailed results. Full preliminary results are available to members, and while guests can also log in to see some of the results. This survey is planned to run every two years, and the PDC is looking for new members to continue the work on this and other projects. For more information, contact

  • The 2020 Dallas/Fort Worth Petroleum Data Workshop will take place on February 25, 2020, at Microsoft’s Las Colinas Campus, featuring the theme “Driving Digital Transformation Through Traditional Data Management.” This one day event features a variety of presentations and panel discussions, along with tours of the Microsoft Technology Center, and networking opportunities. Prices start at only $100 USD, but register early to save! Sponsor opportunities are still available.

  • Join the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association at our 2020 Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo March 31-April 1, 2020, at the Westin Houston Memorial City. This popular annual event has something for everyone with five stages of presentations, exhibitors, networking breaks and amazing plenary presentations. Our keynote speaker this year is Kentaro Kawamori from Rice Investment Group presenting “Using Digital Transformation to Transform Your Future.” Sponsor and Exhibitor opportunities are available and selling quickly – contact for more information. Registration is open now with prices starting at only $219 for members for two full days.

  • PPDM’s Well Status & Classification Group will be running an intensive workshop December 2-4 to work through the recommendations received from industry to up the work done in v.2 and add in some Regulatory Facets and their related values. All of the Facets will be tackled in 2 hour sprints over these 3 days so you anyone interested can participate in any (or all) as they choose. These meetings will be generously hosted by Chevron in Houston but we will be providing remote coordinates for each session so you can participate from anywhere. Interested volunteers can sign up for any of the facets that include: Trajectory Type, Well Role, Well Status, Regulatory Life Cycle, Fluid Type, Wellbore Status, Regulatory Reporting, Lahee Class, Outcome, Business Life Cycle, Business Interest/Business Intention & Fluid Direction, and Operatorships/Well Structure/Well Reporting Class. If you or someone you know are interested in participating in one of these two hour sprints, please contact before November 29, 2019.

  • Foundations, Volume 6, Issue 2 is now available free on our website. With a variety of topics from the Internet of Things to Data Warehousing and Data Quality, this edition has plenty of interesting articles. To contribute an article or advertise in Foundations, please contact us at

  • In October 2018, the new PPDM Best Practice “What Is A Completion’ was released at the Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM. The members-only review period is drawing to a close, and PPDM is looking for members to provide their feedback and suggestions for this exciting piece of work.

    If you are a member of PPDM and have some comments to share on ‘What Is A Completion’ please visit here and fill out the survey.

  • The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association would like to welcome six new and returning Directors to our Board of Directors, following the October 22, 2019, Annual General Meeting as a part of this weeks 2019 Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM.

    We would like to welcome back Allan Huber (Shell), Trevor Hicks (Stonebridge Consulting) and Robert Best (EPAM Systems) who were re-elected. We would also like to welcome Tarun Chandrasekhar (Riversand), James Soos (Infosys) and Curley Thomas (Chevron) to their first term with the Board of Directors.

    “On behalf of the Board of Director’s, I would like to extend a hearty welcome to the newly elected and returning Directors. I would also like to express the Board’s gratitude to the departing Directors, for their guidance and hard work over the past term. Their wise counsel and passion for the ongoing success of the PPDM Association will be deeply missed,” said Allan Huber, Chairman of the PPDM Association Board of Directors.

    Our sincere thanks goes out to our current Board of Directors members, David Hood (geoLOGIC systems), Emile Coetzer (Chevron), Jamie Cruise (Schlumberger), Kevin Brunel (Brunel Analytics), Paloma Urbano (ConocoPhillips), and Peter MacDougall (IHS Markit). We would like to thank Ali Sangster (IHS Markit), Jeremy Eade (BP Lower 48) and Lesley Evans (Chesapeake Energy) as they step down from the Board, for their hard work these past years.

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

    Last reply on October 29, 2019 by Mary Fernandez