Community & News


  • The goal of this series is to inspire community collaboration where professionals working in petrotechnical data management or related fields have access to experienced advisors. Join PPDM for the first in this virtual series on October 14, 2020, featuring a deep dive into the PPDM Association programs. Learn more on our event page.

  • The Reference Value Listing of easily discoverable resources is growing. This work group is now underway bringing together the comprehensive listing, whether they are developed by the PPDM Association or another authority. If you are interested in participating in this work at either a full listing criteria review level or as a subject matter expert, please contact

  • The PDC has been working hard throughout the summer. Here are the highlights: The Job Families group are collaborating with member companies to review six Job Descriptions. A big thank you to those who are contributing. The PD Catalogue team have also been busy recruiting new training providers - visit our website to learn more. Outreach presented a very active session at the Australia DM Workshop and are already planning for their next presentation (PPDM September Forum). The Surveys group are leaning into a second survey for our membership, which you will have access to early in the new year. We can always use new recruits, so if you’re interested in participating, please email

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    Register Now For the September Forum
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    September 28, 2020

    There is still time to register for the first Data Management Forum, September 29-October 1, 2020. This three-morning event has a different theme for each day: OSDU, Master Data Management and the Cloud. Registration starts at only $25/day for all this fantastic content. Thank you to our Calgary Leadership Team for all their hard working making this event happen, and to our sponsors: geoLOGIC systems, Infosys, WellDrive, Snowflake, IHS Markit, Viqtor Davis, Katalyst Data Management and Osprey Data.

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    Data Forums are Coming!
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    September 2, 2020

    In July 2020, the PPDM Association announced the launch of our Data Management Forums for late 2020. These three half-day forum events feature presentations on a variety of themes including the Cloud, Master Data Management, Cost Savings and more. Hosted on our virtual platform, and made possible by our sponsors, the agendas for these workshops will be available shortly. Thank you as well to our Leadership Teams in Calgary, Midland and Denver for all their hard work pulling these Forums together.

  • For more than 30 years, PPDM has been collaborating with its members to develop and maintain Reference Values for the PPDM Data Model. In Q2 2020, we created a master library of easily discoverable Reference Values.

    The working group, chaired by Phil Cremer, plans a comprehensive resource that will help members find reference values, whether they are developed by the PPDM Association or another authority.

    You can access Reference Lists here. Opportunities to contribute to this work are located on the website. If you would like to be a member of the working group, please contact us at

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    PD Catalogue Update
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    August 14, 2020

    The PDC is actively seeking new external training provider courses to be added to our professional Development (PD) Catalogue. New course options will begin to be available in August 2020. Keep your eye on the PPDM Website to review new classes.

  • 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
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    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.”

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    What is a Facility
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    July 29, 2020

    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