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  • The PPDM Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Matt Becker as the new Chair of the PPDM Education Advisory Committee (PEAC). The PEAC is a new committee launching in the Spring of 2020 to help guide and develop training opportunities for our professional discipline. The PEAC will advise on the role of existing courses for professional development, identify and define new courses or curricula, methods to test and measure knowledge and work with other committees and work groups to recommend a full suite of credentials/certification programs. The committee will also collaborate with external training providers and engage in other activity related to the advancement of our discipline.

    We are excited to have Matt lead up this key PPDM initiative over the coming months. A bit about Matt: Matt serves as the Managing Director of Sullexis’ Enterprise Data Management practice. He has spent 20+ years implementing strategies that drive client performance through technology adaptation in areas ranging from big data, enterprise data management to business intelligence and analytics. Matt enjoys delivering the value gained by implementing solid information management principles, thereby reducing inefficiencies and gaining insight into overall operational performance.

    If you are interested in volunteering for this committee (2-year commitment), please contact

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    Reference Values
    Jasleen Virdi
    July 29, 2020

    The PPDM Association is pleased to announce Phil Cremer as the new chair of the PPDM Reference Values Project. Conducted as part of the PPDM Body of Knowledge program, the reference values project aims to help data professionals identify and use useful lists of values. Many of these lists have been created or identified by PPDM work groups over time; they are being compiled and published here. “Industry leadership for PPDM projects is critical, and we are delighted that Phil is prepared to offer his time and expertise to this work”, said Trudy Curtis (CEO).

    Phil Cremer has many years of experience with operating companies and as a consultant. Phil’s long experience with PPDM standards, seismic data, data management and data systems development position him as an effective and knowledgeable leader for this project. Phil sees this work as critical and is looking forward to moving this work forward. “Without standards, industry reference lists soon become the Tower of Babble where everything has to be translated. Many times, out of necessity, data professionals have to come up with something out of nothing to match their needs. Hopefully, these reference lists can be a start to industry standardization.”

  • PPDM Association members responded to critical business challenges in the Facilities data space by conducting a ‘What is a Facility’ feasibility study.

    • Emerging data needs (digital twin, data warehouses, integrated analytics)
    • Emerging demands from regulators
    • Increasing pressure on companies for internal efficiency
    • Enhanced support to existing standardization efforts to address specific issues efficiently


    The group considered whether The PPDM Association should launch a disambiguation workgroup. This dedicated team of SMEs focussed on understanding the different stakeholder perspectives and based their recommendations on their findings. The final report will be published for member review in the next few weeks.

    Work done by the What is a Facility Feasibility study team sets a strong foundation for an ongoing workgroup (if approved and resourced by members). Initial work done includes a facet framework and baseline definitions, regulatory analysis and comparisons, reference material, and methodology. The submitted package is currently under review by the PPDM Association internal resources and board of directors.

    If you would like to be one of the first PPDM Association members to have an opportunity to discuss ‘What is a Facility’ with us, please contact

  • The Professional Development Committee (PDC) has developed six baseline job descriptions, which can be used as foundational material to develop or augment existing job descriptions of similar roles and responsibilities. Recognizing that one size does not fit all, the PDC has drafted six widely-recognized roles: Data Analyst, Data Manager, Chief Data Manager, Data Steward, Petrotechnical Business Analyst, and Petrotechnical Data Scientist.

    These have been distributed to all PPDM Association Leadership Teams for the first level of review.

    We look forward to interviewing member companies for the second level of feedback on these roles prior to publication. Thanks to all who have contributed to this major body of work.

  • We are very pleased to announce that the 3rd release of Well Status & Classification is complete. In this version of the work you will find examples, clarifications, and illustrations to support user understanding. As with all PPDM Standards and Best Practices, we look forward to hearing your feedback and comments; please reach out to us at

    We would also like to acknowledge the very dedicated group of volunteers who spent countless hours expanding and refining the facets, values, and definitions and our sponsor, Chevron, for supporting and initiating this work throughout.

  • Be sure to put in your calendar the Australia Virtual Data Management Workshop is coming up August 26 & 27, 2020. This two morning workshop will feature presentations, interactive discussions, networking time and more, on the theme “Navigating the Future of E&P Data Management Beyond 2020.” The Agenda will be out mid-July, and you can save your spot now on our website. Training opportunities on August 25 is also in progress. Thank you to our sponsors including geoLOGIC systems and Sword Venture for making this event possible.

  • In recognition of the challenging times in the industry, PPDM will offer any organization wishing to post industry/data related jobs on our Career Page complimentary access. To have your organization’s open position posted, please send the information to

  • The Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA) website has a new look. This fresh and easy to navigate site holds information for potential and current CPDAs, highlighting helpful tools such as ‘Who Should Certify,’ ‘CPDA Library’ and more. Check it out now –

  • We want to hear from you! PPDM and our External Training Providers have a variety of training courses available, but we want your feedback to ensure that you are getting the training you want and need, especially in these challenging times. If you have specific training needs, now is a great time to be heard. Take this two-minute Survey to tell us more. .

  • With industry focused on digital transformation, the PPDM association has never been more critical than it is today. Integrated digital data platforms like the OSDU Platform depend on the collaborative efforts of the PPDM association and its members. Together, we will enable the digital transformation of the industry and the effective deployment of the OSDU Platform, and true interoperability will be delivered. Read more in a Message to the Members of the PPDM Association from the Board of Directors.