Community & News


  • 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.

  • Are you planning your schedules and budgets for 2019? Be sure to include PPDM’s major events so that you don’t miss out on valuable opportunities to connect with the data management community. More information is in our 2019 Major Events list.

  • Learn about the PPDM Association and some of our achievements over the last year in our 2017/2018 Annual Report.

  • Are you interested in attending the 2018 Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM? This year has a great agenda, field trip option available, and specially discounted rates making it easier to attend! With less than a month until the fun starts, Register now to save your spot. Sponsor and Exhibitor opportunities still available. Learn more and see the agenda at

  • PPDM has created an infographic to highlight some our successes in our last fiscal.