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  • PPDM is collecting information about how industry feels about standards – do you use them? Want to use them, but find it too hard? Feel confused or frustrated? Tell us what you think, we need your input. Please visit our Survey to give your feedback – we appreciate it!

  • January and February are busy months for PPDM Association Training, with hundreds of seats filled in PPDM training around the globe.

    Training started off January 22-23 in the Woodlands, Texas, with thanks to Anadarko for hosting. Senior Instructor Pat Rhynes led four sessions including “What Is A Well” and “Well Status & Classification,” “Business Life Cycle of the Well,” “PPDM 3.9: Well Data,” and “PPDM 3.9: Well Test and Production.

    Next, Pat Rhynes was down in Houston for the January 24-26 training sessions at Marathon. Featuring the classes “What Is A Well” and “Well Status & Classification,” “Business Life Cycle of the Well,” “Introduction to Master Data Management,” “PPDM Data Management and Reference Lists,” and “PPDM 3.9: Data Model Overview.” Combined, the Woodlands and Houston training saw a record 109 training seats in one week.

    Meanwhile, across the globe in Indonesia, PPDM’s CEO and Instructor, Trudy Curtis, spent a week at SKK Migas training hundreds of seats on both introductory and technical classes. The next week, two hours away, Trudy trained another couple hundred seats at Pertamina, also introductory and technical in nature.

    Pat Rhynes will be back in Houston February 6-8 for the three-Day Business Life Cycle of the Well Level 2 course at EnergyIQ. For more information on this course and to register now, please visit

    For more information on how your organization can benefits from PPDM Training, please visit

  • The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association is excited to announce that the agenda for the upcoming Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo is now available. With five stages of presentations, more than 50 speakers, and a variety of themes, attendees will be able to create their own experience tailored to their goals. Registration starts at $79 USD for this must-attend event. Learn more on our Houston Expo page.

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    Jasleen Virdi
    January 16, 2018

    Have a keen eye for a good picture? Imagine your favourite photo on the front page of Foundations, The Journal of The Professional Petroleum Data Management Association – distributed globally in both print and digital formats to thousands of people in the data management community. Submit your favourite shots to our Photo Contest at, and be sure to vote for your favourites!

  • Join the growing number of Certified Petroleum Data Analysts (CPDAs) around the world as they demonstrate their skills and expertise in petroleum data management. The deadline to take the March 7, 2018, CPDA Exam is coming up on January 24, 2018. Please visit the Certification page to learn more about the program and to apply now.

  • On January 10th, Devon Energy hosted the PPDM Q1 Data Management Luncheon in Oklahoma City. Members of the data management community gathered to hear Matt Harper, Director of Information Security and Infrastructure at Devon Energy, and Donovan Farrow, CEO and Founder of Alias Forensics, talk about “Securing the Digital Oilfield”. The event was packed to capacity and took place at Devon’s Conference Center. Many thanks to Matt and Donovan for their excellent presentations and to Daniel Perna, Devon Energy and Chair of the OKC Leadership Team, for taking care of the many logistics involved in planning a meeting of this size. Congratulations to our drawing winners, Donovan Farrow for a one-year membership to PPDM and Blake Crawford, with Continental Resources, for a free online class.

  • A mandate of the PPDM Regulatory Data Standards (RDS) Committee is the disambiguation of terms and phrases, to help all users of petroleum data to be more efficient. The RDS identified Completions as a problematic term and championed a Charter to begin this work using the methodology from ‘What Is A Well’. The ‘What Is A Completion’ Work Group kicked off in September 2016 with the deliverable of creating a baseline to disambiguate between the different possible definitions and elements for a completion, for communication, comparison or translation purposes. The Work Group created resources that address these facets’ relationship to the life cycle, how the facets relate to each other, and instance management. Effort is needed to finalize the work for presentation to reviewers for feedback, and complete the final deliverables. Learn how you can become a sponsor of this group now in our Sponsorship Kit

  • The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association would like to extend a sincere thank you to all our volunteers for your hard work over the past year. PPDM is fortunate to have more than 190 volunteers on 22 different teams, helping to build community, develop standards and best practices, and grow professional development opportunities. Through your combined efforts, we have achieved tremendous results together, and we could not have done it without all of you. Thank you!

    We do currently need more volunteers on our Professional Development Certification Committee (PDMCC), Calgary Leadership Team and in our Professional Development Committee’s Career Path Work Stream. If you are interested in joining one of our volunteer teams, please contact

  • Learn about The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association and the many projects, events, and activities that happened over our 2016/2017 fiscal year in our Annual Report!

  • Thank you to everyone who attended our 2017 Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM. We hope that it was a valuable experience for everyone, and were delighted to hear positive feedback on this event. Highlight presentations included Gartner’s Keynote Presentation “Data Moves Beyond Hope & Hype,” the “Executive Panel Q&A: Disruptive Technologies, Data Management and Operational Strategies,” “Marathon Oil’s Master Data Management Journey – One Year After Go-Live” and “Leveraging Information/Data Governance Within Disparate Environments.” For those who were unable to attend, members can access presentations on our Past Events Page at any time. We’d like to extend our sincere appreciation to the members of the Calgary Leadership Team who worked hard to bring together this exciting and popular agenda.

    Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors for making this event possible: geoLOGIC systems, Stonebridge Consulting, EnergyIQ, Gartner, CBN Commercial Services, Noah Consulting, Katalyst Data Management, RS Energy and the Calgary Geoscience Data Managers Society. We couldn’t have done it without you!