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  • Data Objects Committee Seeking Volunteers
    Posted on
    January 27, 2023

    The Data Objects Committee is looking for volunteers to help us create new data objects to add to our 7 newly published data objects. We are asking for member participation and feedback. If you are interested in participating in this committee, please contact us at

  • Join the Dallas/Fort Worth Leadership Team for a day of learning and training at our Energy Data Workshop on February 28. Training topics include Cloud Data Storage and streaming, Orphaned wells, What is a Facility Phase 1 training and workshop, and more. The Agenda is now available. Register now to save your spot.

  • Press Release: Blockchain for Energy
    Posted on
    January 27, 2023


    Calgary, January 2023

    The PPDM Association (PPDM) and the Blockchain for Energy (B4E) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that intends to support integration and harmonization of the work being done by both organizations.

    PPDM and B4E will collaborate to harmonize terminology, data contents and identify opportunities for best practices. B4E will leverage reference lists developed or supported by PPDM and will investigate the utility of the data rules library. Collectively, best practices for seismic data management will be investigated through PPDM’s project “What is Seismic.”

    PPDM focusses specifically on data capability through the development of best practices, standards, and professional development programs. Key deliverables include standardized reference lists, data quality rules, technology neutral data objects and learning programs to support data professionals. “Collaboration with organizations like Blockchain for Energy helps to bring a standard vocabulary and usage in the seismic space, an area that the PPDM Association has been exploring with our upcoming project ‘What is Seismic,’” said Trudy Curtis, CEO of the PPDM Association. “Seismic data management has been challenging for industry for decades and we believe this collaboration will help us move forward with positive, value add recommendations.”

    B4E leverages data and the power of blockchain to create a trusted data ledger that strengthens industry cooperation and data integrity. B4E is utilizing blockchain to develop a framework for seismic contracts and entitlements that will build rigor into seismic data management.

    “PPDM’s solid body of work in standardizing industry data has reaped important benefits over the years,” added Agustin Diz, Director of E&P Information Management at Repsol and Program Champion for the Seismic Entitlements at Blockchain For Energy, “Having PPDM as part of the team will be a big bonus to our project.”

    Both organizations look forward to the opportunity to collaborate and support each other.

    Notes for Editors

    About Blockchain for Energy
    Blockchain for Energy Inc. is a non-profit organization for oil and gas industry consortium that was founded to advance blockchain technology for the purpose of driving industry learnings, guidelines, frameworks, and capabilities around common industry pain points.

    About the PPDM Association
    The PPDM Association is the global, not-for-profit society within the energy industry that provides leadership for the professionalization of petroleum data management through the development and dissemination of best practices and standards, education programs, certification programs and professional development opportunities. PPDM represents and supports the needs of energy companies, regulators, software vendors, data vendors, consulting companies and data professionals around the globe.

    Download full press release here.


  • “I think that the ME centric time of data management is at an end and we must arrive at a WE centric method of data management, understanding that the totality of data management needs and data needs through the life cycle of that data.” Join the Three Data Wise Guys Plus one for the first episode of season 2 as they bring on guest speaker, Trudy Curtis, CEO of the PPDM Association. Listen now.

  • Through my long participation in the PPDM community I’ve heard many messages from members. Some want to see more events, practical technical products, or strengthened professional development programs. Some are here simply for networking and, of course, the chocolate. But overarching every conversation, every suggestion, every need is the simple expectation that members should see a positive return on their investment. You will have noticed that PPDM has published a revitalized strategic plan and has rebranded. The last months have been spent with the Board of Directors and members to make sure that PPDM will continue to provide practical, recognized value for the energy industry. As the calendar year draws to a close, we will have developed and delivered most of the foundation for the future.


    Here are some highlights:

    • PPDM’s strategic plan has been published.
    • PPDM’s name and brand have been simplified and modernized.
    • PPDM’s value proposition for corporate and individual members has been strengthened and clarified.
    • Our legal framework has been updated, including updates to PPDM’s bylaws, membership agreements and IP Policies.
    • Our websites have a clean, fresh look with easy navigation and clear messaging.


    The PPDM Board of Directors and support team are excited by the future and look forward to working with you in the coming year. This December, we send our heartfelt gratitude to each of our members and dedicated volunteers with wishes for a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Trudy Curtis,
    CEO PPDM Association

  • CPDA Information Virtual Session
    Posted on
    November 28, 2022

    The community of Certified Petroleum Data Analysts (CPDAs) is growing for good reason. Employers need qualified and experienced petroleum professionals to shepherd their data through a rapidly advancing technological environment. CPDAs provide an added level of confidence and capability to data teams, with much of the credentialed exam weighted on these four areas - Data Analysis (30%), E&P Life Cycle Processes (15%), Data Quality Management (15%) and Data Governance (11%). If you’d like to learn more about the CPDA, come and hear from these professionals and join in on the discussion on December 6th, 2022.

  • Mark your calendar – Our Dallas/Fort Worth Team are planning a special Workshop/Training day on February 28, 2022. The morning will feature three hands on classes, with an afternoon training and workshop. More information to come, keep an eye on our website for more details.

  • The North Sea Transition Authority (NTSA), which regulates and influences the oil, gas and carbon storage industries in the United Kingdom, has joined the Data as a National Resource (DANR) hub. DANR, launched in Spring 2022, is powered by the PPDM Association, and aims to be the go-to knowledge hub for regulators, National Oil Companies (NOC), National Data Repositories and technology and service providers. Subscribers to the hub have full access to a resource library, training, subscriber showcase, virtual events, and much more.

    The NTSA has joined the Petroleum Agency of South Africa and SKK Migas as early adopters and supporters of the DANR initiative, which builds on new and existing relationships between regulatory agencies, NOCs, and service providers. The hub serves to bring these organisations together, to collaborate and share experiences, provide training and freely available resources, and offers opportunities to network with providers of enabling technology and services at a programme of events. In particular, the hub seeks to support emerging economies in seeking and attaining inward investment through licensing rounds for oil and gas, renewable energy and carbon capture, utilisation, and sequestration.

    Andy Thompson, NDR Manager at NTSA, noted that the development of DANR and the NSTA’s subsequent involvement is very timely for the UK offshore energy sector, as they balance their commitment to ongoing hydrocarbon exploration and production with the Energy Transition. “We are working on a number of projects that are relevant to the content that DANR provides, and are anticipating working closely with the DANR community on learning from and providing support to, in particular, other regulatory agencies. We are are working to unlock value in petroleum related data that has application across traditional and emerging use cases. Our activities include digitising archived SEG-D, conditioning non-machine-readable legacy documentation, and enabling machine assisted content classification, all projects which we are sure will chime with other similar agencies around the world. As we move into the Energy Transition, it is vital that we work together to progress to more sustainable forms of energy generation, whilst acknowledging that hydrocarbon exploration and the associated data still forms a very large part of our energy future”.

    Trudy Curtis, CEO of the PPDM Association, is delighted that NTSA have joined DANR at this early stage. “It’s a pleasure to see a mature agency like NTSA join the DANR program. As the community continues to grow, mutually beneficial relationships between mature and growing agencies will remain a key focus and benefit. Our objective, to ensure that high quality data can be stewarded as a valuable national resource, depends on the expertise that participants bring to the table.”

    DANR is accessed through subscription, at minimal cost for NOCs, Regulators and NDRs. Sponsorship is invited from service providers, and a range of sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information visit


    Notes for Editors

    About DANR

    The Data as a National Resource Knowledge Hub provides resources for National Data Repositories, Regulators and National Oil Companies, including a resource library, training, subscriber showcase, virtual events and more. DANR is powered by the PPDM Association.;

    About NTSA
    NTSA regulates and influences the oil, gas and carbon storage industries in the UK. It helps drive North Sea energy transition, realising the significant potential of the UK Continental Shelf as a critical energy and carbon abatement resource. The NTSA holds industry to account on halving upstream emissions by 2030.

  • PPDM Update
    Posted on
    October 27, 2022

    The Professional Petroleum Data Management Association Announces Name Change to the “PPDM Association”

    Updated brand reflects the versatility of PPDM Association core pillars to serve the evolving energy industry.

    CALGARY, Alberta, October 26, 2022 – The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association, the global, not-for-profit society within the energy industry for data professionals and data capability, announced today that it has changed its name to the “PPDM Association.” Accompanying this new name is a new logo and tagline: The Global Energy Data Professionals.

    Announced shortly after the PPDM Association introduced a new strategic plan and celebrated more than 30 years of service to the energy industry, the new name and brand better reflect the breadth of the organization’s value to the diversifying energy industry.

    “This is quite significant,” said Curley Thomas, Chair of the Strategic Committee of the PPDM Association Board of Directors. “Today and into the future, our organization’s identity is expanding beyond ‘petroleum’ and ‘data management.’ Traditional oil companies are pursuing new energies and more environmental responsibility. Similarly, more and more people handle data and perform data analytics who are not strictly ‘data managers,’ but they benefit from solid data practices. ‘Energy’ and ‘data professional’ more fully reflect the value and service we provide.”

    Trudy Curtis, Chief Executive Officer, added, “Our organization started as the Public Petroleum Data Model (PPDM) in 1991, evolving to become the Professional Petroleum Data Management Association (PPDM) in 2008. The name ‘PPDM’ carries decades of value and goodwill built on our strong reputation in the data community. Our new brand celebrates those foundations, while emphasizing that our capabilities that produced that value serve expanding communities and solutions. It makes sense to apply our rigorous and successful methods to growing domains like carbon capture, greenhouse gas tracking, and wind turbine facilities through initiatives such as What is a Facility.”

    Board Chair Allan Huber added, “Make no mistake, the PPDM Association will not abandon its foundational petroleum data standards or our traditional customer base, rather we are embracing the future with open arms. Building on the expertise that our volunteers and staff have developed in establishing and maintaining our world-class petroleum data standards enables us to accelerate the creation of robust standards for these new energy domains. Our members and volunteers will continue to leverage these capabilities to diversify our community, deliver new standards, and create development opportunities to support our stakeholders in this transition.”

    The PPDM Association provides leadership for data professionals and capabilities through the development and dissemination of best practices and standards, education programs, certification programs, and professional development opportunities. The PPDM Association’s standards are implemented in various technologies across the energy industry, including key parts of the OSDU™ Data Platform. The work of the PPDM Association is largely volunteer-driven, and is grouped into three pillars (Data Community, Data Resources, and Data Professionals), executed by a methodology called the ‘PPDM Way.’ In the Association’s updated strategy, the data capability generated by these proven pillars and methodologies apply to additional domains, such as New Energy, Environment, and Technology.

    For additional information, contact:
    Trudy Curtis
    CEO, PPDM Association

  • The PPDM Association would like to welcome six new and returning Directors to the Board of Directors, following the October 25, 2022, Annual General Meeting.

    We would like to welcome back Ali Sangster (S&P Global), David Hood (geoLOGIC systems), Daniel Perna (EPAM Systems), and Jamie Cruise (SLB) who were re-elected for another term. We would also like to extend our congratulations to Melinda East (Focus Forward) and Jesus Rodriguez (Marathon) on their election to a first term with the Board.

    Our sincere thank you and appreciation goes out to the Directors who will continue in their terms: Allan Huber (Retired from Shell), Tony Knight (Geological Survey of Queensland), Curley Thomas III (Chevron), Steven Cooper (Informed Solutions), Robert Best (Microsoft), Tarun Chandrasekhar (Syndigo) and Trudy Curtis (PPDM Association). We would especially like to thank Kolleen Kidd and Sue Carr for their hard work and dedicated service as they retire from the Board.