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  • Last chance to join the Perth Workshop
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    July 27, 2021

    There’s still time to register for the Perth Data Management Workshop, August 11 & 12, including a full day of presentations and activities, and an optional one-day field trip to the Lake Clifton Thrombolites. The full agenda is available on our website, including a variety of presentations and our keynote presentation “The Energy Transition – Challenges and Opportunities for the Oil and Gas Industry and its Professionals” by Dr. Peter Moore. Sign up now to save your spot!

  • Job Market Survey Coming!
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    July 27, 2021

    The new Compensation (Job Market) Survey has been expanded to provide you with more information related to the state of our industry employment and unemployment landscape. We will also explore relevant competencies for future employment opportunities for energy data professionals. The committee will launch the new survey in September of 2021.

  • We are recruiting members to participate in the “What is a Well” Evergreen. The technical publication of “What is a Well” is being updated and we could use your participation. Please send an email to if you like to participate or sign up to join our Kick Off Meeting on August 9

  • Register Now for the Denver Symposium
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    July 27, 2021

    The Denver Petroleum Data Symposium is coming on August 31, 2021, on the theme “Navigating Change: How to Survive and Thrive.” The half day event includes a great hands-on workshop on Change Management, a talk by Krisha Tracy from Google, a networking happy hour, and more. Register now!

  • Oklahoma City Workshop
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    July 27, 2021

    The agenda for the Oklahoma City Petroleum Data Workshop on September 9, 2021, is coming soon! Talks on the agenda include presentations by Brad Sheriff, John Satterfield, Ian Yingling, Jack Pashin, and more, on our theme “Beyond the Well.” Register now for this half day workshop.

  • We have a new look!
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    June 28, 2021
    Our applications, such as our Rules Repository, have been refreshed and were released last week! You will now notice this is more standardized to look like the other IPDS applications for consistency. Continued upgrades are happening, and if you are interested in being part of these changes, please consider joining one of our volunteer groups. Check them out now:

  • Join a Regional Leadership Team!
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    June 28, 2021
    Did you know that we have Regional Leadership Teams all over the world helping to create events and programs that work for each region? Many of our Leadership Teams are recruiting. If you have a passion for data and the community and would like to have a say in the events happening near you, consider joining a Leadership Team now! Learn more by contacting

  • EXPOSED – check out our new Podcast!
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    June 24, 2021
    Join Andy Garrett from our Houston Leadership Team for our new podcast EXPOSED, featuring speakers from our upcoming Houston Expo – October 25-26, 2021. In our first EXPOSED, Andy is joined by Steve Cooper, VP Digital Strategy with Quorum, to discuss his upcoming talk “Data Intelligence Based Business Intelligence.” Tune in now either on our website or on our YouTube channel!

  • Professional Development Committee Certification Committee Contact: Our Professional Development Area is seeking volunteers to help with two committees, our Professional Development Committee (PDC) and Petroleum Data Management Certification Committee (PDMCC or Certification Committee).

    • PDC: Don’t miss your chance to be a part of something BIG. The PDC offers opportunities to get involved in multiple activities. If you are an experienced data management professional, lend your skills to competency writing, developing professional job-related surveys, or participating in community outreach. Join our global team of professionals who working hard to advance our professional discipline and secure our future in energy data management.
    • PDMCC: The CPDA Certification Committee is seeking CPDA-certified candidates to join our team to ensure the governance of the CPDA is solidly upheld. This is a great opportunity to advance your CPDA PDU count, and contribute to the growth and development of the CPDA community. Now is your time to be an influencer and help others who desire to follow in your footsteps.

    For more information, or to make a difference by volunteering now, please contact

  • 30th Anniversary Celebration
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    May 26, 2021

    On June 10 the Calgary Leadership Team has coordinated a virtual celebration for the Association’s 30th Anniversary. Learn more about how the PPDM Association started, hear from our volunteers around the world, and spend some time meeting with We hope that you’ll join us to celebrate this milestone.

  • CPDA On-Demand Exams Are Here!
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    May 26, 2021

    The moment you’ve been waiting for is here – you can now book your CPDA Exam on a date that works for you! This new program will be coming in the next couple of weeks/is available now. Check out our certification page for more information on the new CPDA On-Demand Exams!

  • Career Tools Now Available
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    May 26, 2021

    Members of the PDC have been working hard to develop resources to aid individuals, managers and HR professionals in understanding and managing careers and career paths under the petroleum data management umbrella. This month we’ve refreshed out web pages to better reflect the work of the professional development committees and make some committee outputs available to you as a resource. Visit our website to access six job role descriptions that can help you better define positions across your company.

  • IPDS Calling for Volunteers
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    May 18, 2021
    The International Petroleum Data Standards (IPDS) team are calling for volunteers to help with three different groups:

    • Our Rules Committee is being re-launched and seeking interested volunteers. This role is a commitment for an extended period up to two years including attending weekly one-hour meetings. Visit the Rules Committee Page for more information.
    • The What Is A Facility group is also recruiting volunteers for this longer term committee, similar in duration to the Rules Committee. This team will be working on the semantic definitions in the Facilities area. Learn more in the What Is A Facility page.
    • The Reference Values Team is looking for Committee members and volunteer Subject Matter Experts. This commitment ranges from 6-8 hours to two years depending on the interest level. You can learn more about the work done already on the Reference Values List Page.

    For more information, please contact

  • The Reference Values Committee is part of the global PPDM Association program to develop practical resources (IPDS) for data systems – you can learn more and visit the lists that already are available on our website. The Reference Values Committee is currently looking for members who can:

    • Support as SEISMIC DATA subject matter experts for a short-term commitment (2 – 8 hours) to help us develop new reference value lists
    • Join the Committee that is leading this initiative. This will require a few hours each month

    Please contact if you would like to learn more or get involved.

  • Last chance for Training Survey!
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    April 23, 2021

    On April 20 we held our Train For Your Future Town Hall to discuss development of new learning opportunities. Thank you to everyone who attended and shared their feedback. A report on the feedback we collected will be available soon, but the survey is still open for your voice to be heard, which you can access here:

    It is our mission to provide you with data learnings to support you through M&As, increase efficiencies, and preserve data quality. If you are passionate about this, please contact our PEAC Committee through

  • On Demand Exams are Coming!
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    April 23, 2021

    Have you been considering taking the CPDA Exam but the timing hasn’t worked out? We are launching On Demand exam scheduling in mid-May 2021. This gives you the power to pick your exam date to match your lifestyle.

    Visit our certification page for more information!

  • Calling for Abstracts
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    April 23, 2021

    The PPDM Association has many events between August and October, and we are calling for speakers:

    • Perth Data Management Workshop – Aug 11-12 - Data Management and the Energy Transition
    • Denver Petroleum Data Symposium – August 31 - Navigating Change: How to Survive and Thrive
    • Oklahoma City Petroleum Data Workshop – September 9 - Beyond the Well
    • Calgary Data Management Symposium – October 21-22
    • Houston Expo – October 25-26 - Adapting, Surviving, and Thriving with Data

    Please visit the event pages or email for more details!


  • As we prepare for our 30th Anniversary Celebration, we are looking for interesting and fun artifacts from our history. If you have an artifact to share, please email it to

  • As our professional development team focuses on developing new learning opportunities, we need to hear from you to get it right. What do you need to learn? What skills do you wish to develop in order to best manage the demands of the industry today? It is our mission to provide you with data learnings to support you through M&As, increase efficiencies, and preserve data quality. Be a Part of the Conversation - We are hosting a Town Hall on April 20, 2021, to have a conversation with our community on current and future training needs so that we can match them. Please visit our website to register to attend the town hall. If you are unable to attend this Town Hall, please complete our short survey:

  • The PPDM Association announces that the Reference Values Lists (RVL) Application Upgrade is now completed and available on our website. The application will contain more than 160 lists by the end of this week from a variety of sources, including several developed for the OSDU. This resource will be continually updated with new Reference Value Lists, so if you have lists you’d like to donate so they can be included, please contact our IPDS team at The PPDM Data Model Documentation Application Upgrade is also now available and links to the Reference Value Lists. We would like to thank the volunteers from this team for all their dedication and hard work. Please plan to attend the 27 Data Byte to hear the RVL team discuss development of this critical resource and demonstrate the process using polling questions. Register now to attend!

  • Biennial Compensation Survey
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    March 29, 2021

    Breaking News! We are advancing our PowerBI dashboard to make the 2019 survey results more easily accessible to you and providing a new view with additional filter capabilities.

    The 2021 Compensation Survey will look familiar, but we will dive into questions related to our shifting industry, and jobs. We will also provide real-time updated results that you can track weekly.

  • H1 PPDM Remote Rendezvous
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    March 29, 2021

    On April 13, 2021, the Houston Leadership Team has organized a three-hour virtual event – the H1 PPDM Remote Rendezvous - over the lunch hour with a variety of presentations and a panel of our Board of Directors. Presentations include “Transition in Remote Operations: the Benefit and Challenges of Developing an Integrated Operations Center” with Chelsea Skidmore, “2020 is the Black Swan” with Siti Zubaidah Abu Bakar, “10 Things I hated about Subsurface Data Management – Until OSDU” with Jane McConnell, and our Keynote “TBD” by Greg Leville who retired from ConocoPhillips. Register now to save your spot!

  • OSDU March 24 Launch Event
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    March 22, 2021

    The Open Group, the vendor-neutral technology standards consortium, is hosting its upcoming OSDU™ event virtually on March 24, 2021, to learn about the release of the new Open Source Data Platform, code named Mercury. The PPDM Association and our volunteers have been working hard with the Open Group OSDU™ Forum teams towards this release and we encourage you to register for this launch to learn more. For those who have not yet read about the collaboration between the two organizations, you can download our Whitepaper now.

    Tailored for the energy industry, the event will announce the launch of a new Open Source Data Platform, developed by The Open Group OSDU™ Forum, which is set to stimulate innovation, industrialize data management, and reduce time to market for new solutions. The event will bring together vendors and end-user organizations from across the globe to explore how best to embrace transformational technologies in order to revolutionise their digital strategies, accelerate innovation and ultimately reduce costs in the energy sector. The Open Group invites interested individuals to attend highlighted sessions hosted by a range of high-calibre industry experts. There are two 2-hour events, the first scheduled to start 9am CET, for attendees from Europe/Africa/CIS/ME/APAC, and the second at 8am CDT for those in North and South America. You can learn more and register here:

  • The PPDM Association Welcomes Megan Hunter
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    February 23, 2021

    Megan Hunter has joined the PPDM Association team in February 2021, in the Professional Development Area. As Program Coordinator, Megan will be working in the Certification and Training areas. Megan brings her energy and enthusiasm from previous roles with Peak+Prairie Co. Health Promotion, Alberta Blue Cross, ASEBP and City of Edmonton. Megan is currently completing a Master of Science in Health Promotion & Sociobehavioural Studies, along with a Bachelors of Kinesiology, Active Living, Health and Wellbeing from the University of Alberta. Trudy Curtis says: ”We are thrilled to welcome Megan as we build out new products and programs to support our community of data professionals in an era of digital transformation.”

  • The PPDM Association Welcomes Linda Bragg
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    February 23, 2021

    The PPDM Association would like to announce that Linda Bragg has joined our team as Project Manager and Technical Lead. Linda will be leading the International Petroleum Data Standards (IPDS) area of the PPDM Association. Linda brings with her a wealth of Oil and Gas experience working with CNRL and AKITA Drilling in various disciplines. Linda is working on her Business Administration and Management, General, Diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Please join us in welcoming Linda to the PPDM Association community. Trudy Curtis says: “Linda’s rich background in the petroleum industry will support the work being done by committed volunteers in the creation of International Petroleum Data Standards and Best Practices. We are very pleased to welcome Linda to the PPDM team”.

  • It is your last chance to register for the two-half day virtual February Forum, February 24-25, 2021, featuring our first ever virtual mini hackathon, presentations, and some time to network and meet our Exhibitors! Presentations include “Automating Wireline Perforation and Frac Plug Set Depths into Wellsite Reporting System using a time synchronous digital platform and IIOT” by Chad Van Buskirk, “You want me to integrate what?” by Jim Crompton, and “From Sensor to Automated Reporting, Performance Analytics & Payment” by David Shackleton and John Hanson. Register Now at

  • Houston Expo moves to October 2021
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    February 8, 2021

    The PPDM Association has been reviewing the upcoming Houston Expo (April 13-14) and with the many travel restrictions, vaccination delays, etc, and the safety of our community being of the highest importance, the decision has been made to postpone this event to the fall. We do have new dates with the hotel, October 25 & 26, 2021. Sponsors, Exhibitors and registrants will be notified about the new date, and are invited to contact if they have any questions. We thank you for your patience with us, we truly had hoped to bring the data management community together in Houston this April but are looking forward to seeing everyone in person this October.

  • Volunteer Opportunities Available
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    February 4, 2021

    Are you interested in getting involved with the PPDM Association and our global activities? We have volunteer opportunities available in all three areas of the Association including our Professional Development Committee and several Regional Leadership Teams. Learn more in our Volunteer Opportunities handout or contact

  • February Forum Agenda Now Available
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    February 4, 2021

  • February Forum Agenda coming soon!
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    January 20, 2021

  • CPDA Exam Deadline Approaching
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    January 20, 2021

  • Our Online Training is Evolving
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    January 20, 2021

    The Professional Development Committee (PDC) has been working with external training providers to advance training options for our petroleum data management community. We are also working with Basecorp to make all PPDM courses available through our new online training platform. Online training is the best way to keep your skills current and relevant in today’s ever-changing environment. We are looking for partners to support us as we move our Online Training to a more sophisticated and useful online learning tool. If your organization is interested in supporting data professionals and their career growth, please contact

    For those interested in accessing the current online training, you can get it at a 50% discount now using the promotional code: 50OnlineSale2021.

    Other initiatives of the PDC include advancement of the competency framework, developing critical surveys to keep you informed about our professional discipline and keeping our community engaged through various outreach projects. If you are interested in joining this dynamic team as a volunteer, we are currently recruiting. Please email to learn more.

  • IPDS Team Announcement
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    January 18, 2021

    The PPDM Association would like to thank Ingrid Kristel, Senior Project Manager and lead for the International Petroleum Data Standards (IPDS) area, for over seven years of service to the PPDM Association and its members. On Friday, Ingrid will leave PPDM for new adventures. Through the years, Ingrid has been an important member of the PPDM Association Team as she worked tirelessly with members on programs that make a huge impact on how petroleum data is managed, and how data professionals are certified. Ingrid’s energy, wisdom, and ability to organize and multi-task on many ongoing projects and programs have been invaluable and will be deeply missed. We wish her happiness on her next adventures, and thank her deeply for her time spent with us. We hope you will join us in thanking Ingrid for her contribution to the Association and the data management community.

    For IPDS questions and concerns, please contact Questions regarding Certification can be sent to for our Registrar and new oncoming program coordinator.

  • Thank You
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    December 17, 2020

    As the holidays approach, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation for every member of the community, whether you purchased a membership, volunteered on a team, attended an event, or even simply subscribed to our newsletter or visited our website.

    Here at the PPDM Association, it has been a year of tremendous experiences. We wanted to take this time to thank our volunteers in all three areas of the PPDM Association, our Community, International Petroleum Data Standards (IPDS) and Professional Development. It is through these amazing and dedicated individuals we continue to grow.

    We would also like to acknowledge our Board of Directors, without whom we could not have navigated this challenging year. Their guidance, support and direction has been invaluable to the Association.

    We wish every one of you happy and healthy holidays. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.

  • Professional Development Catalogue Expanding
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    November 26, 2020

    The PD Catalogue is proving to be a valuable resource for our membership as we round the corner of the end of 2020. With so many working from home, there seems to be more time for, and interest in online learning. Thanks to our PD Catalogue workstream volunteers for growing this valuable resource to accommodate this demand.

  • Call For Abstracts: February Forum
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    November 26, 2020

    February 24-25, 2021, will be our two-day February Data Management Forum, focused on a theme of “Using Data to Optimize Efficiency with the Internet of Things” Organized by the Dallas/Fort Worth Leadership Team, this event will feature virtual tours along with other interactive elements. If you or your organization is interested in putting forward an abstract or would like to sponsor, please check out our event page. We’d also like to thank everyone who attended our virtual events in 2020, we are looking forward to 2021.

    Last reply on December 17, 2020 by Chad Ryan Van Buskirk, P.Eng, SPEC, CPDA

  • The IPDS groups have been busy with its many initiatives and building for the future of the interactive PPDM applications over the last month. If you would like to discuss any of the existing work or have thoughts on where you would like to see more focus in the future, we would appreciate hearing from you –

  • Calling All Photobugs!
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    November 5, 2020

    We need you! Each month in the Data Examiner we are profiling great photos taken by our community! We want to see your snapshots and profile them in the Data Examiner and our website, We also want people to get on and vote for their favourite photos. Upload your photo now or vote for your favourites at

  • Have you read the Examiner?
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    November 5, 2020

    In July 2020, the PPDM Association launched our new Data Examiner – a newsletter filled with Guest Editorials, updates on the PPDM Association, our Volunteer of the Month, the Photo Contest and more! Many of these articles and stories are available here on the website, and our Data Examiner Page. If you have a Guest Editorial or Article you’d like to share with the global data management community, or any feedback on the Examiner, please send it to our Editorial Team at If you haven’t seen your copy of your Data Examiner, be sure to check your junk mail and your Communications Preferences under your Account at the top of this screen!.

  • PPDM Association welcomes new Board Members
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    October 28, 2020

    The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association would like to welcome six new or returning Directors to the Board of Directors, following the October 27, 2020, Annual General Meeting.

    We would like to welcome back David Hood (geoLOGIC systems), Jamie Cruise (Schlumberger) and Ali Sangster (IHS Markit) who were re-elected for another term. We would also like to extend our congratulations to Sue Carr (Katalyst Data Management), Kolleen Kidd (retired), and Daniel Perna (EPAM) on their election to a first term with the Board.

    “I would like to extend my personal thanks to all those who stood for election at yesterday’s AGM, and my congratulations to those candidates who were elected by the voting membership. I’m sure I speak for all of the current Directors when I say that I look forward to working with each of you to continue to advance the sustainability and strategic direction of the PPDM Association.” Allan Huber, Chair of the PPDM Association Board of Directors.

    Our sincere thank you and appreciation goes out to the Directors who will continue in their terms: Allan Huber (Shell-Retired), Robert Best (EPAM Systems), Tarun Chandrasekhar (Riversand), James Soos (Infosys) and Curley Thomas (Chevron). We would especially like to thank Kevin Brunel (Brunel Analytics), Emile Coetzer (Chevron), Paloma Urbano (Conoco Phillips), and Peter MacDougall (retired) for their hard work and dedicated service as they retire from the Board.

  • Join the Denver Leadership team on November 17 for our November Data Management Forum, featuring a half day of talks on the theme ‘Adapting Data Management to a New Cost Focused Reality.” Presentations include “The Role of PPDM in the Digital Transformation” and “The Art of Data Possible.” Register now to save your spot –

  • Over the last month the various Committees and Work Groups that make up the IPDS stream have been busy moving things forward. Here are a few highlights for you.

    • The Reference Values List Work Group has kicked off and is already hard at work establishing an objective process of evaluating Lists and working through an initial set to be readily accessible to you. If you are interested in participating in either the primary work group or have specific subject matter expertise that you would like to assist with, please let us know.
    • Through some of the great events that have occurred over the last month, we have been able to learn more about the Well Status and Classification v3 that was released over the summer as well as the What is a Facility, Feasibility Study that is hot off the press. You can check out both presentations on the Past Events area at
    • In our conversations and with members we have started to capture information on what is important to you and would be most supportive as next best effort by PPDM. Is there a term that you would really like to have disambiguated? Do you need us to go farther on work previously done, like the symbol set for WSC v3? Maybe you feel like it is time to refresh What Is A Well? Your voice is important to us so that we can make sure we are supporting you in the best way possible


  • PDC Presentation at the September Forum
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    October 27, 2020

    The Professional Development Committee was very happy to present at the September DM Forum in September. Heidi-Lynne Balasch and Susan Hopkin walked the virtual group through an update on the work of the PDC and enjoyed a great response to the Mentimeter. Thank you to all who attended and provided their feedback.

    We also extend our thanks to our Corporate member companies who reviewed the draft job descriptions and provided feedback throughout the month.

  • Haven’t heard from us in a while?
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    October 23, 2020

    As you know, there’s always a lot of activity going on at the PPDM Association, and we want to make sure that you don’t miss out on great communications including our Data Examiner, event invitations, announcements and more! If you haven’t seen an email from us in a while, please be sure to check your Junk Folder, update your communications preferences in your ‘My Account’ at the top right of your screen to subscribe to communications, and add and to your email safe list. If you need any help making sure that you are up to date on what’s going on at the PPDM Association, please contact

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.”

  • 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

  • Professional Development Committee
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    July 29, 2020

    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.

  • Well Status & Classification
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    July 29, 2020

    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.

  • Post Your Positions
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    July 13, 2020

    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

  • Certification Site Gets a New Look!
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    June 18, 2020

    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 –

  • Training Survey Closing Soon!
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    June 3, 2020

    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.

  • The PPDM Association hopes everyone in our community is safe and healthy during these challenging times. With so many people isolated, we are utilizing virtual opportunities to connect everyone in our industry not only across organizations, but also around the world. PPDM has moved many of our events to virtual platforms, bringing together regional and global attendees, including our recent Virtual Expo. Working with our sponsors and Leadership Teams, many of the events, including several upcoming luncheons, will be free or very low cost for our members to attend – please visit our Events List to see what events might interest you. Programs such as our CPDA Certification are already offered in a virtual environments, so continue to be accessible no matter where you are working (and our virtual events are still eligible for CPDA Professional Development Units). We look forward to keeping connected with you.

  • Oklahoma City Workshop Going Virtual
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    April 30, 2020

    Join the Oklahoma City Leadership Team as they host their first Virtual Workshop on June 9, 2020. This half day virtual workshop features eight speakers along our theme of ‘Driving Digital Transformation Through Traditional Data Management,” and include topics on cost savings and improving operations. Thanks to our tremendous sponsors, including our Platinum Sponsor geoLOGIC systems (, and Workshop Plus sponsors WellDrive ( and IHS Markit (, we have been able to reduce the cost for this event to start at only $25 for members! Register now to save your spot.

  • We would like to sent out a big 'Thank You' to those who visited and provided feedback on the compensation survey at the Professional Development Booth during the Virtual Expo. PPDM Members, you can explore the compensation survey interactive analysis here

  • Certification Committee Needs You!
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    April 8, 2020

    PPDM's Certification Committee needs YOU! We are looking for volunteers to help this great committee continue to grow our CPDA program. Contact for more information on how you can make a difference!

  • Virtual Expo a Success
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    April 8, 2020

    Thank you to everyone who attended our first ever Virtual Expo! On March 12, 2020, we committed to transforming the April Expo to a virtual experience, while simultaneously rebooking the physical event for the end of September (New dates: September 29-30, 2020). PPDM was fortunate to have a strong, five-track agenda in place, thanks to the Houston Leadership Team. The event saw 326 registrations, from nine countries and a variety of companies, along with two days of great presentations, networking and visits to our Exhibitors. Going forward, our plans for a physical conference on September 29-30 are in progress. We look forward to seeing everyone in person at the end of September for what is certain to be a great Expo!

  • As many of you will have heard, we have investigated options for moving forward with the 2020 Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo in light of the current pandemic COVID-19 crisis. For March 31-April 1, 2020, the Houston Expo will still take place as a virtual event. Virtual conferencing offers us the opportunity to move our entire event to an online environment. Our conversations with several of you so far indicate that you are very supportive of this opportunity. Through this environment, you will have an opportunity to participate in the conference talks, see our exhibitors, and recognize our sponsors (who make it possible for you to attend at an incredibly low price).

    As a virtual conference, we can offer participation opportunities to many international members, who otherwise may struggle for approval or funding to travel. We have already heard from some who are hoping we will move forward this way. More information will be available soon on the event page for how our attendees can attend the conference, so stay tuned.

    We now have the new dates for the physical event – September 29-30, 2020. Registration is now open. Note, anyone previously registered will be transferred to this event automatically..

  • If you are planning to sit the May 13, 2020, Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA) Exam and have not yet submitted your application, you will have a bit more time. The deadline to submit your exam has been extended to April 3, 2020. More information is available on our Certification website or contact our registrar.

  • The PPDM Q1 luncheon was held in the Devon Energy Conference Center on Tuesday, February 18th. Cynthia Hazard, Senior Manager for EPAM Systems, captivated a crowd of nearly 80 as she presented a talk entitled “Just Because You Build It, Doesn’t Mean They’ll Come.” She discussed adoption challenges organizations are facing around digital and technology implementations. She reviewed why it’s important to have a ‘people’ strategy along with a digital strategy and provided examples of implementations that had positive results and those that didn’t and why. Cynthia concluded by providing steps to implement key change management principles on any project to drive user adoption and value realization.

    Cynthia has spent more than 20 years partnering with executives and senior leaders to drive strategy, innovation, business process improvements, and transformation. She is an effective coach and mentor to client teams and colleagues, and a subject matter expert in organizational change management, strategic communications, process improvement, and human capital engagement.

    Many thanks to Devon Energy for a beautiful venue and a delicious meal. Watch for details on our upcoming OKC Petroleum Data Workshop which will be held May 12th at Gulfport Energy. Our theme this year is “Reducing Costs and Increasing Revenue with Data Maturity”. We are accepting abstracts for this event with a submittal deadline of March 10th and you may use our abstract submission form.

  • Sam Cook with Esri packed the house at our Denver Q1 Data Management Luncheon held at BPX Energy. Sam presented a talk entitled “An Introduction to Geospatial Intelligence: Context, Content, and Value.” Spatial analysis provides individuals and organizations a scientific approach to uncovering the relationships between places, objects, people, and activities relevant to their goals. With the emergence of effective and scalable artificial intelligence (AI), spatial machine learning has emerged as an incredibly valuable mechanism to automate and enhance existing workflows. This session discussed the key components of geospatial AI, the case for its distinction, and the value it provides.

    Sam Cook is a geospatial analytics professional with a background in defense and intelligence. His current role emphasizes the development, deployment, and evangelizing of a spatial machine learning and artificial intelligence body of knowledge to help Esri’s clients achieve greater success.

    EnergyIQ whetted everyone’s appetite with a wonderful spread made up of Chicken Milanese, Pesto Pasta, Caesar Salad, Bread Sticks, and Homemade Desserts. Not a soul went away hungry!

    Thanks so much to our event sponsors, BPX Energy and EnergyIQ as well as our Luncheon Series Sponsors, Stonebridge Consulting and WellDrive, and our Platinum Sponsor, geoLOGIC stystems. Without the support of companies like these, our events would not be possible!

  • First Luncheon of 2020 Held in Houston
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    February 6, 2020

    The PPDM Q1 2020 Petroleum Data Luncheon was bursting at the seams when Jon Snyder with OspreyData delivered a compelling talk entitled “Real Time Data In Oil and Gas, How to Prepare for It”. Occidental Petroleum hosted the 94 attendees in their awesome conference facility and EnergyIQ satisfied everyone’s appetites with a delicious barbeque spread. During Jon’s talk, he delved into issues and challenges producers have with real time data in Oil and Gas. He focused in on how organizations need to prepare for building a strong data backbone by examining the collection and storage of this critical data. Jon discussed steps and metrics that should be considered when evaluating the quality of the real time data a producer has. Jon ended by introducing exciting opportunities that can be developed with advanced analytics and machine learning from real time data.

    Jon is a Petroleum and Reservoir Engineer with over 10 years of experience with large and small producers such as Encana, Venoco and Burlington Resources. Jon turned his interest and affinity for analytics and is now using his extensive field expertise to help develop Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning solutions for OspreyData as Director of Client Engagement.

    Don’t miss our upcoming Petroleum Data Expo which will take place at the Westin Memorial City on March 31-April 1. This year’s theme is “Using Digital Transformation to Transform your Future” with over 70 speakers and panelists presenting materials in five different tracks. There will be over 20 exhibitors as well so be sure to register for this amazing event by going to If you register by March 3rd, the member rate is $219 and non-member rate is $399 for two full days of excitement and great content. Individual membership is available for only $100 so if you aren’t a member, you can become one and attend the Expo for only $319. Hope to see you there!!

  • Facilities Training Survey
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    January 27, 2020

    In our continued drive to understand how we can best serve our industry, we are testing the need to expand our Professional Development portfolio to Facilities Data. Below is a survey link which we would appreciate if you could take a 10 minutes to fill out and share in your network, it's only a few minutes from your day to give back your industry. Thank you in advance.