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  • In October 2018, the new PPDM Best Practice “What Is A Completion’ was released at the Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM. The members-only review period is drawing to a close, and PPDM is looking for members to provide their feedback and suggestions for this exciting piece of work.

    If you are a member of PPDM and have some comments to share on ‘What Is A Completion’ please visit here and fill out the survey.


  • The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association would like to welcome six new and returning Directors to our Board of Directors, following the October 22, 2019, Annual General Meeting as a part of this weeks 2019 Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM.

    We would like to welcome back Allan Huber (Shell), Trevor Hicks (Stonebridge Consulting) and Robert Best (EPAM Systems) who were re-elected. We would also like to welcome Tarun Chandrasekhar (Riversand), James Soos (Infosys) and Curley Thomas (Chevron) to their first term with the Board of Directors.

    “On behalf of the Board of Director’s, I would like to extend a hearty welcome to the newly elected and returning Directors. I would also like to express the Board’s gratitude to the departing Directors, for their guidance and hard work over the past term. Their wise counsel and passion for the ongoing success of the PPDM Association will be deeply missed,” said Allan Huber, Chairman of the PPDM Association Board of Directors.

    Our sincere thanks goes out to our current Board of Directors members, David Hood (geoLOGIC systems), Emile Coetzer (Chevron), Jamie Cruise (Schlumberger), Kevin Brunel (Brunel Analytics), Paloma Urbano (ConocoPhillips), and Peter MacDougall (IHS Markit). We would like to thank Ali Sangster (IHS Markit), Jeremy Eade (BP Lower 48) and Lesley Evans (Chesapeake Energy) as they step down from the Board, for their hard work these past years.

    We look forward to the continued evolution and growth of the PPDM Association under the new Board of Directors.

    Last reply on October 29, 2019 by Mary Fernandez

  • A record breaking 135 members of the Houston area data management community came together at EnerVest’s offices in downtown Houston on Tuesday, October 8, to hear about Schlumberger’s contribution to the Open Subsurface Data Universe, OSDU. Raj Kannan, DELFI Data Ecosystem Manager for Schlumberger was the presenter and explained that Schlumberger believes that a step change in performance in Upstream Oil & Gas requires taking an integrated approach; breaking down barriers:

    • Among vertical silos;
    • Between planning and operations;
    • Between operators and suppliers; and
    • Past and future knowledge


    To achieve the above, Schlumberger believes an integrated approach to data is necessary and that industry adoption is far more important than competing in this space.

    On August 8th, Schlumberger announced that it would Open Source the data ecosystem developed for DELFI and contribute to OSDU. This talk introduced the philosophy and capabilities of the data ecosystem, describe the scope of the contribution and subsequent impact on OSDU ambition and process.

    Many thanks to EnerVest and Enverus (formerly DrillingInfo), our event sponsors for providing a great venue and a delicious lunch.

    Our next Houston event will be our Q1 luncheon on January 14th followed by a 2-day Machine Learning Workshop on January 21-22 at the offices of Petro.ai. Our annual Houston Petroleum Data Expo will take place on March 31-April 1 at the Westin Memorial City. If you are not receiving our invites and would like to receive them in the future, please contact events@ppdm.org and we will add you to our distribution list.


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    PPDM’s Careers Page
    By
    Jasleen Virdi
    on
    October 15, 2019

    Are you an employer looking for a great candidate for your data management related job? Are you looking for a new position? Did you know PPDM has a Careers Page. This page is free for our Corporate Members to post their jobs, and also includes volunteer positions available. Contact info@ppdm.org to get your job posted now.


  • Curious about some of the achievements PPDM and our community have achieved over the last fiscal?

    View our Infographic to learn more!


  • The PPDM Association would like to extend our sincere congratulations to one of our long time volunteers, Jim Crompton, on winning the ‘Management and Information Award’ at the 2019 SPE International Awards, which were presented at the Annual Banquet at SPE’s ATCE. Jim is currently a volunteer on the Foundations Editorial Team and the Board of Directors Nominations Committee, along with several previous volunteer roles including sitting on the Denver Regional Leadership Team. Congratulations to Jim on this award.


  • Have you been considering taking the Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA) Exam? The 2020 Dates have been announced. This is a good time to start building them into your 2020 professional goals.

    Learn more at www.ppdm.org/certification.


  • The 2018-2019 fiscal has seen continued growth in the area of Professional Development at PPDM. Our public and private trainings, taught by PPDM’s CEO Trudy Curtis, were held in 8 different cities with more than 400 attendees, not including those who enjoyed the brand new ‘What Is A Completion’ training at the 2019 Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo as a part of their registration. This was also the first year that we offered a Machine Learning Workshop with Lewis Matthews and the West Texas Data Science Institute team, which was delivered in three cities.

    PPDM’s Certification program continued to grow momentum in the 18-19 fiscal, with 20 new CPDAs earning their credential, from regions including Norway, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, South Africa, Australia and Indonesia. As demand increased additional sitting options were put in place and the CPDA Credential Maintenance program was enhanced to support this community.

    The Professional Development Committee (PDC) also achieved several milestones this fiscal. The Job Families Grid and the 7 sample high-level Role Descriptions have been well-received. The Compensation Survey was also launched and completed by more than 500 community members from around the world, providing valuable information for the Professional Development Committee. They also launched the new Professional Development Catalogue – www.ppdm.org/training – with information on the many classes available at both PPDM, with a growing selection from external training providers.

    Thank you to our many volunteers in both the PDC and Certification Committee for all their countless hours making these important programs possible.


  • Have you earned your Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA) or looking to learn more about the credential maintenance portion of the CPDA program? We have a new video on the CPDA Credential Maintenance and Professional Development Units. This 42 minute recording of a live webinar with PPDM’s Ingrid Kristel, Senior Project Manager, walks through what happens after you earn your credential, what PDUs are and how to keep on top of them. Visit the Credential Maintenance page for more information!


  • The International Petroleum Data Standards (IPDS) segment of the PPDM Association saw some fantastic milestones achieved in the 2018-2019 fiscal. The first milestone was the change from ‘Best Practices & Standards’ to the new terminology of ‘International Petroleum Data Standards’ or IPDS that more clearly describes the depth and breadth of work that is begin done in collaboration with our membership stakeholders. We look forward to seeing this term grow in usage along with our programs.

    After years of subject matter expert volunteer’s hard work, the release of ‘What Is A Completion’ was announced at the 2018 Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM. The aim of What Is A Completion is to develop a best practice that is globally applicable, and that can both support and be independent of any specific organization type or individual job function. The What Is A Completion material was constructed to help you translate the vocabulary that is used by different disciplines into a common vocabulary. Start with the illustrations and discover what words and definitions each user group associates with that illustration; map these into What Is A Completion. As you do this, your user groups will develop an understanding and appreciation of the different needs that others have; this facilitates better cooperation and collaboration. This toolkit is available on the PPDM website for members only now with hundred of downloads already and thousands of paper copies distributed at PPDM events. After October 2019, the member review period will be completed and this work will be widely available. Thank you to that amazing group of volunteers for all their hard work in creating this valuable disambiguation toolkit.

    We also had the pleasure of launching and revitalizing several areas of work with our dedicated volunteers around Data Rules (updated library application, faceted classification, framework and compliance measures to support our journey to Business Rule Collections), 3.10 Data Modelling (adding in Coordinate Reference Systems, Units of Measure, Hydraulic Fracturing / Water Management and also managing any changes that have been submitted since our last release) and Well Status & Classification (with a focus from the Regulatory lens.) Our volunteers have put tremendous effort into these different areas of work with upgrades, updates and improvements. We look forward to the outcomes as these different pieces are driven forward by membership.

    In 2018-2019 we also launched the Standards Support community, available for any member to access. Feel free to log in and check it out under the ‘IPDS’ tab. We look forward to continued growth, milestones and achievements in the areas of IPDS over the next fiscal – but we need you to make them happen! These projects are only possible through funding and volunteers – contact projects@ppdm.org for more information.


  • Calgary, AB, Canada, August 7, 2019 – In accordance with the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association Bylaws, nominations are now open for the PPDM Association Board of Directors. The Board is looking for experienced executive thinkers who will provide strategic leadership and governance for the PPDM Association and act in the best interests of all the members of the PPDM Association by promoting the PPDM Association’s goals.

    Nominations must be submitted to the PPDM Association office prior to Friday, September 13, 2019. In 2018, the PPDM Association Board of Directors formed a Nominations Committee to support the nomination process. The committee will speak to every nominee and provide an assessment to those who will be voting at the AGM later in 2019.

    RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS

    An outline of the responsibilities and expectations of PPDM Association Board membership has been prepared for the information of potential candidates. Please review and consider these items if you are contemplating standing for election.

    HOW TO PROCEED

    In order to submit your candidacy for the PPDM Association Board of Directors, please follow this link. Nominations must include the full name and contact information of the nominee, along with a 100-200 word biography and a high resolution portrait photograph (in business dress please).

    We value the dedication and commitment of our members who choose to participate in our nomination and election process as a Board of Directors Candidate. Thank you for your time and consideration; this important role is crucial to the direction and development of the PPDM Association.


  • PPDM Luncheon events are an essential part of the PPDM Association’s mandate to keep the data management community strong, and are hosted around the world. With luncheon events happening in 12 regions globally, attendees are able to come together to network, expand their knowledge and grow their expertise. In 2018 we had more than 1,400 attendees at the luncheons, of which nearly 40% were operators.

    Our luncheons are only possible through sponsors, and we have four ways that your organization can support the data management community while gaining valuable exposure to this growing niche group. The newest sponsorship option, the USA Luncheon Series Sponsorship, enables your organization to be highlighted at all USA luncheon events in one agreement, getting you a host of benefits with less time and effort for your team.

    2020 dates for PPDM events are going to be coming soon, so now is the time to connect in. Our Sponsorship Kit with more information on the different types of sponsorships is available and our Events team welcomes the chance to work with your organization.


  • As our fiscal year end comes to a close, the PPDM Association is delighted to have seen continued growth in our global community. Since August 2018, PPDM has brought together nearly 2,500 attendees at 37 PPDM events in 14 cities around the world. More than 75 volunteers on 9 Leadership Teams alone made these events both possible and relevant for attendees. We also broke attendance records at our Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo, along with luncheons in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Midland, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Brisbane and the United Kingdom. We would like to thank our amazing volunteers, sponsors, speakers and supporters for another great year – we look forward to continued growth around the world.


  • August is a busy month for PPDM in Australia, with multiple events and training in different regions. The fun starts in Perth on August 12 and 13 with four different half day training classes, taught by PPDM’s CEO, Trudy Curtis. Following that on August 14 & 15, be sure to attend our largest regional event – the Perth Data Management Workshop & Field Trip, which includes a day and a half of presentations, discussions and activities, along with an option field trip the morning of August 14. Adelaide is our next stop, with our luncheon featuring CEO Trudy Curtis discussing “The Future of Data and Data Disciplines’ and an afternoon of training on both ‘What Is A Well’ and ‘What is A Completion’. Brisbane is next on August 21, with our first regional Mini-Workshop led by the Australia East Leadership Team, with five different presentations. The next day, August 22, we have our Brisbane Training class ‘Introduction to Master Data Management,’ followed by a luncheon presentation to PESA. With so many ways to connect in with PPDM, we look forward to seeing you at one of these great events. Register now to save your spot.


  • PPDM’s Denver Leadership Team is currently accepting abstracts to speak at the November 13th Denver Petroleum Data Symposium. The theme for this one day Symposium is ‘Does Your Data Fuel Value?’ and more information is available in our Call For Abstracts. Thank you to our sponsors geoLOGIC systems, Stonebridge Consulting, Schlumberger and IHS Markit for sponsoring this popular event, sponsor opportunities are still available. Learn more at www.ppdm.org/denverpds19.


  • The agenda is now available and registration is open to attend the 2019 Perth Data Management Workshop & Field Trip. This year’s Workshop features an optional Field trip to the Pawsey Supercomputer Centre, along with a day and a half of presentations, discussions and activities. The agenda features talks on a variety of topics including strategy, professional development and technical topics. Register now to save your spot at this popular event. Sponsorship opportunities are also available – please visit our website for more information – www.ppdm.org/perthdmw19 or check out our infographic.


  • Are you interested in sharing your insights, knowledge and experience at PPDM’s Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM taking place October 21-23, 2019? The deadline to submit an abstract has been extended to June 28, 2019. Learn more on the Calgary Symposium website – www.ppdm.org/calgarydms19.


  • Have you seen the post from our volunteer Jennifer Jordan, CPDA about why you should connect in with the PPDM Association? You can see it now in our Video Gallery.


  • PPDM's Professional Development Committee (PDC) invites you to participate in our unprecedented petroleum data management job-specific Compensation Survey. This critical body of research is the first of two surveys, designed to capture important global data to help establish and support our professional discipline. Your participation is key to securing our future as recognized professionals, and enable us to provide current information to future generations of petroleum data managers. Contribute to something big and take the Survey. Thank you for participating and we encourage you to pass this Survey along to your petroleum data management colleagues.


  • A crowd of more than 60 data enthusiasts gathered at BP in Denver on April 30th to listen while Marty Davis, E&P Data Manager for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in Houston, presented a compelling talk entitled “Who owns Your Data? The Challenge of Maintaining Entitlement.” Marty explained that in our efforts to build systems to efficiently store, govern, blend and QC the data that we manage so that it is easily accessible to our customers, we often overlook, or at best, minimize the importance of tracking entitlement. His talk covered the challenges of tracking the source of the various types of data that we manage and some of the potential legal consequences if we don’t. EnergyIQ furnished a Mexican buffet which included street tacos, black beans and rice which was amazing and very much appreciated by the attendees. Our next luncheon will be held on August 1, so watch for the invite to this event. Many thanks to geoLOGIC Systems, our Platinum Sponsor, and Stonebridge Consulting, our Gold Sponsor, along with thanks to our event sponsors who were BP and EnergyIQ for the Q2 luncheon.


  • The new Data Modelling Committee has been assembled, launched and is now breaking into streams to tackle the various parts of the Public Petroleum Data Model that need to be updated. If you have any changes that you or your organization have collected to be made to the data model, be sure to send them to ppdm310@ppdm.org before May 31 so that they can be entered into the queue for review.


  • There’s still time to register for the 2019 Oklahoma City Petroleum Data Workshop. The great agenda is now available for this one day workshop taking place May 14, 2019 at Chesapeake Energy. This workshop features presentations on a variety of topics under the theme ‘Business Transformation In The Digital Revolution,’ networking opportunities and more. You can register now at www.ppdm.org/events. Don’t forget to sign up for the new ‘What Is A Completion’ training the day after, May 15. Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible, including: geoLOGIC systems, INT, Stonebridge Consulting, Blueprint, IHS Markit, Drillinginfo and Reservoir Data.


  • The 2019 Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo broke records set last year by the Expo with nearly 400 attendees registered. More than 75 speakers on six stages presented on topics ranging from Blockchain and Rules to Wikis and the people behind the processes, there was something for everyone to learn. We’d like to extend a tremendous thank you to our Houston Leadership Team and the many volunteers who made this event possible. Also we’d like to thank the many sponsors and exhibitors for making this event affordable to attend. We look forward to seeing you next year – March 31-April 1, 2020!


  • The 2019 Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo is nearly upon us – and we have record breaking attendance! This is the last year of Recession Pricing, making it easy for your whole team to come down. With six stages and 70 speakers over two days, there is plenty to learn and enjoy. PPDM is excited to have Stephen Brozovich from Amazon as our Keynote Speaker, among many other great speakers from around the world. The agenda and more information is available on our website www.ppdm.org/hexpo19! Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible.


  • PPDM’s new United Kingdom Leadership Team held PPDM’s first event in Aberdeen, a Luncheon and Mini-Workshop on February 26, 2019. Attendees at this event enjoyed three presentations followed by group discussion:
    • Dean Pereira De Melo, University of Aberdeen, Building Data Stewardship In Geological Data Management Context: Reporting From The Trenches
    • Fionnuala Cousins, Robert Gordon University, Community Engagement In The Graduate Certificate Petroleum Data Management
    • Chris Frost, DataCo, & Dave Pert, Shell UK, Unstructured Data Categorization Using Data Analytics

    Thank you to our sponsor DataCo for hosting this event. The next UK event will be in the London area in May, discussing regulatory issues.

  • Have you registered yet to attend the 2019 Professional Petroleum Data Expo? This is the last year of Recession Pricing, making it easy for your whole team to come down. With six stages and 70 speakers over two days, there is plenty to learn and enjoy. The agenda and more information is available on our website www.ppdm.org/hexpo19. Early bird rates will be ending on March 12, so register now to save! Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible.


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  • Nearly 90 members of the Houston data management community gathered at Anadarko Petroleum on January 15th to hear Marty Davis, Geoscience Applications Manager at Anadarko Petroleum, present a talk entitled “Who Owns Your Data? The Challenge of Maintaining Entitlement.” Marty relayed that when building systems to efficiently store, govern, blend and QC the data that we manage in order to make it easily accessible to our customers, we cannot overlook the importance of tracking entitlement. He discussed the challenges of tracking the source of the various types of data and some of the potential legal consequences if we don’t. EnergyIQ furnished a lasagna buffet that was quite tasty so special thanks to Anadarko, EnergyIQ, and Marty Davis for making this event very successful.

    Our next Houston event will be our annual Petroleum Data Expo on April 9-10 at the Weston Memorial City with a theme of “Digital Transformation – Is Your Data Strategy an Enabler or Disabler?” Last year, the format was changed where we run multiple stages simultaneously. This year will feature six stages with nearly 70 speakers presenting over the two days. Stephen Brozovich with Amazon Web Services has been named our keynote speaker talking about Amazon’s Culture of Innovation where he discusses two types of organizations in this world: ones that wait to be disrupted and ones that disrupt themselves and describes how to be the latter, companies have to embrace and unlock innovation. Registration is now open starting at $79 so go to our website at www.ppdm.org/hexpo19 and click on events to register for this amazing event.


  • Work is now underway to evaluate and assemble the enhancements to all the amazing feedback that we have received from our PPDM Community. As this group works through each of the facets, we will share their work with a second-tier review group for validation and additional feedback before we finalize. Would you be interested in participating in this review work? Please contact projects@ppdm.org.


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    Modelling Committee
    By
    Jasleen Virdi
    on
    January 16, 2019

    In 2019, the PPDM Association plans to publish a new version (3.10) of the Public Petroleum Data Model. This version will bring new capability to the data model, including:
    • Improved support for Well Completions and Hydraulic Fracturing operations
    • Water Management support
    • Coordinate Reference System integration with the EPSG dataset
    • Units of Measure harmonization with new standards and improved data management capability
    • Change management requests sent by members for consideration in PPDM 3.10. There are approximately 80 requests.

    Are you interested in participating in the Modeling Committee? You can find the Volunteer Posting on our website or contact projects@ppdm.org for more information.


  • 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 www.ppdm.org or email events@ppdm.org. 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 www.ppdm.org/calgarydms18.


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


  • More than fifty members of the Dallas/Fort Worth data management community gathered in the offices of Pioneer Natural Resources on September 12th to hear Tom O’Stasik talk about how to gain insight from documents and data by leveraging Artificial Intelligence. Pioneer’s venue was amazing and OSIsosft, LLC provided an awesome Mexican buffet that everyone enjoyed before hearing Tom’s talk which nicely explained what Artificial Intelligence (AI) is and included three case studies which demonstrated the improvements and savings reaped when AI was implemented and utilized. A drawing was held at the conclusion of the event where Jordan Bevers with Flowserve Corporation won a free one year’s individual membership to PPDM and Kevin Boudreaux with EnerVest won an online class. Our next luncheon in the DFW area will be held on November 13th at The Strickland Group’s offices in Fort Worth with food and beverages provided by Well Drive, featuring Lewis Matthews with CrownQuest Operating as our speaker. Watch for details on our website at www.ppdm.org


  • Please join us on October 25-26, 2018, for a two day Machine Learning Workshop with Lewis Matthews and his team from West Texas Data Science Institute.

    This class will focus on how to apply machine learning techniques to petrophysical and geological problems where students will walk away from the class with actual code and real data to start playing around with work-related problems. If you aren’t familiar with programming this is a great opportunity to learn and if you aren’t familiar with machine learning then you are about to discover it isn’t rocket science (when it works). There are limited spots available for this Workshop - book early to save your place at www.ppdm.org/events


  • 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 prices starting at only $99, register before September 21 to save. Sponsor and Exhibitor opportunities still available. Learn more and see the agenda at www.ppdm.org/calgarydms18.


  • In conformance with PPDM Bylaws and applicable legislation, this message is being sent to all PPDM Voting and Associate members in good standing. If you receive this message, you are registered in our system as a member in one of these two membership classes, as defined in our bylaws.

    NOMINATIONS FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
    Calgary, AB, Canada, August 24, 2018 – In accordance with the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association Bylaws, nominations are now open for the PPDM Association Board of Directors. The Board is looking for experienced executive thinkers who will provide strategic leadership and governance for the PPDM Association and act in the best interests of all the members of the PPDM Association by promoting the PPDM Association’s goals.

    Nominations must be submitted to the PPDM Association office prior to Friday, September 14, 2018. For 2018, the PPDM Association Board of Directors has formed a Nominations Committee to support the nomination process. The committee will speak to every nominee and provide an assessment to those who will be voting at the AGM later in 2018.

    The committee will not endorse or reject any eligible nominee.

    RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS:
    An outline of the responsibilities and expectations of PPDM Association Board membership has been prepared for the information of potential candidates. Please review and consider these items if you are contemplating standing for election.

    HOW TO PROCEED: In order to submit your candidacy for the PPDM Board of Directors, please follow this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WDSTS9T. Nominations must include the full name and contact information of the nominee, along with a 100-200 word biography and a high resolution portrait photograph (in business dress please).

    We value the dedication and commitment of our members who choose to participate in our nomination and election process as a Board of Directors Candidate. Thank you for your time and consideration; this important role is crucial to the direction and development of the PPDM Association.


  • More than sixty members of the Denver data management community gathered at BP Lower 48’s new offices to hear Tom O’Stasik with Business Imaging Systems (BIS) talk about how to gain insight from documents and data by leveraging Artificial Intelligence. BP’s venue was amazing, a glass building sitting on the banks of the Platte River in the River North Art District. EnergyIQ provided an awesome taco bar along with dessert that everyone enjoyed before hearing Tom’s talk, which nicely explained what Artificial Intelligence (AI) is and included three case studies which demonstrated the improvements and savings reaped when AI was implemented and utilized. A drawing was held at the conclusion of the event where Greg Grotke with Renovos won a one year PPDM membership and Leanna Gallagher with Katalyst Data Management won an online class. Our next event in Denver, our annual Petroleum Data Symposium, will be held on November 7th at Anadarko Petroleum and will include a full day of talks including an analytics panel followed by a happy hour. Watch for details on our website at www.ppdm.org.


  • Join the growing number of CPDAs around the world as they demonstrate their skills and expertise in petroleum data management. The dates for the 2019 Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDATM) Exams are now available on our Certification page.
    Upcoming Exams are:
    - November 14 (October 3 Application Deadline)
    - February 27 (January 26 Application Deadline)
    - May 22 (April 10 Application Deadline)
    - August 28 (July 17 Application Deadline)
    - November 13 (October 2 Application Deadline)

    Visit www.ppdm.org/certification for more information on how to apply.


  • The 2018 Perth Data Management Workshop & Field Trip is an event featuring plenary presentations, interactive discussions, and networking opportunities. Taking place August 8 and 9, 2018, at the Perth Town Hall, this annual event is attended by a variety of organizations and attendees from Analysts to CEOs. The Field Trip and Introduction to Master Data Management Training class are already full but there is still room to attend the Workshop on August 9. Already breaking attendance records set last year, this Perth Workshop is not to be missed. Learn more and register now at www.ppdm.org/perthdmw18. Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible.


  • Calling all PPDM Members – we are looking for volunteers to review Well Status & Classification V3 and provide feedback before this piece of work is finalized and published. If you are interested, please contact projects@ppdm.org to get on the list. Please note, this is for PPDM members only.


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    We Need You!
    By
    Jasleen Virdi
    on
    June 12, 2018

    Are you interested in furthering petroleum data management as a profession? PPDM has several volunteer opportunities available to get engaged with either the Professional Development or Petroleum Data Management Certification Committees. Contact us at volunteer@ppdm.org to learn more about how you can make a difference. Thank you to our many volunteers who make so many programs possible.


  • You’ve likely received several emails from companies notifying you of update to privacy policies because of changes to EU data protection laws – specifically the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). To keep compliant and continue to safeguard your information, PPDM has also updated our privacy policy. You can read our Privacy Policy here, but some highlights include:

    > Give you more clear and detailed information about your personal data rights.
    > How PPDM protects your data
    > Who else may have access to your information through us
    > How consent is handled within PPDM

    The updated Privacy Policy automatically comes into effect for all PPDM users on May 25, 2018. So, your continued use of the PPDM sites from that date will be subject to it. At any time you can update your personal information, including communication preferences (subscribe/unsubscribe), by logging into your profile.


  • Monday May 21 is the last day for members to submit comments on the ‘What Is A Completion’ toolkit. As you know, our ‘What Is A Completion’ Work Group has been hard at work disambiguating the term ‘Completion’ over the past year. This team has hit a significant milestone in completing the toolkit and is currently seeking member reviewers to provide feedback and respond to a survey. All contributions, feedback, and suggestions are appreciated as this toolkit will be for a broad audience (note, any reviewer must be a PPDM member due to intellectual property concerns). Once we have everyone’s feedback, the Work Group will review and update the toolkit as appropriate prior to finalizing, with an estimated release mid-2018.

    Excitement for this piece of work is building and appreciate the hard work of the ‘What Is A Completion’ Work Group and our volunteer member reviewers. Learn how you can become a sponsor of this group now in our Sponsorship Kit. For more information, please contact projects@ppdm.org.


  • Join PPDM's Certified Instructor Pat Rhynes for a two and a half day special edition of Business Life Cycle of the Well, Levels 1 and 2 – May 29, 30 and 31 at geoLOGIC systems. This course will start with Business Life Cycle of the Well 1.1: Introduction (Level 1), followed by Level 2, which takes a more in depth look at asset life cycle stages planning, drilling, completing, producing and disposing. You will also review key objectives, business processes and activity, groups involved in each stage and decisions and data categories for each activity. More information on the class is available in the attached sample, or on our website.


  • The Dallas/Fort Worth Data Management Community convened at XTO Energy on April 26, 2018 and enjoyed a presentation by Steve Cobb with CB Technologies entitled “The Refinery of the Future: A Real-Time Use Case”. His talk described how recent evolutions in the technology industry are allowing the Oil and Gas Industry to alter the way they tackle current business problems. Edge computing, IIoT, Digital Twin, field augmented reality and remote virtual reality have become the foundation for a new wave of Digital Transformation initiatives. They seek to capture the tribal knowledge of experienced professionals as they leave the workforce, allowing companies to work smarter and enable companies to capture and use the vast amounts of data that they possess today for better decision making. Seizing this business inflection point and the opportunities it offers, CBT has teamed with multiple technology partners to integrate the latest information sciences into “The Refinery of the Future” at Texmark Chemical, providing use cases supported by real operational needs. We will discuss five solutions for a chemical plant: Predictive Maintenance, Video Analytics, Worker Safety, Connected Worker, Asset Maintenance & Integrity. Many thanks to Stonebridge Consulting for providing a delicious lunch and XTO Energy for a fabulous venue. Drawing winners, Andrew Belschner of XTO Energy and Brooke Granger with Jetta Operating, each won a free one-year membership to PPDM. Our next luncheon is planned for September 12th at Pioneer Natural Resources.


  • The CPDA designation is a globally recognized achievement, unique to the petroleum data management industry. Certification demonstrates to employers, clients, and colleagues that a CPDA professional possesses data management knowledge, experience, and skills to navigate the unique challenges of data management specific to the exploration & production industry.

    We are holding a CPDA Information Session virtually May 3, 2018 at 1:15pm Denver, USA, local time, for those interested in learning more about the CPDA Program and how they can take the next steps to earn this credential. We will walk through the application process, provide tips to study for the exam, and present information concerning taking the exam and becoming certified. You can also visit our Certification page at www.ppdm.org/certification. Details on how to join the GoToMeeting will be distributed upon receipt of registration. This session is free, so that we can track interest, please ensure that all attendees register. Register now to attend on our website.


  • The PPDM Association is delighted by the tremendous turn out at our first Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo, which took place at the Westin Houston Memorial City on April 17 & 18. Nearly 300 folks joined our speakers, sponsors and exhibitors for two days of presentations, interactive discussions, networking luncheons, cocktail reception and more. Presentations ranged from very technical to very interactive, with something for everyone in attendance. Highlights included our Keynote Speaker, Jim Claunch, the Well Status & Classification Training with Trudy Curtis, Bollywood dancing with Abhijeet Narvekar and more. This new style created a lot of energy and excitement, and the team is excited already for the 2019 Houston Expo. Thank you to all our sponsors and exhibitors for making this event possible. Presentations from this event will be available on May 1st on our Past Events page.


  • Foundations, the Journal of the Professional Petroleum Data Management Association, Volume 5 Issue 1 is now available! Including great articles on Green Data Management, and several articles on the Professional Development topic. Foundations is free to access, simply visit the page and login to view your copy now! Hard copies will be available at PPDM events including the upcoming Houston Expo.


  • The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association announces that Katalyst Data Management has achieved Gold Compliance with their iGlass subsurface data management solution. The official Compliance Score is: KATALYST, PPDM3.8_300_159_iGlass5.8.X_159_Gold_100%. Read more in the Press Release


  • The Early Bird Deadline to attend the upcoming Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo is coming up on March 16! 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. The agenda and additional information about this event are available on our Houston Expo Page. Thanks to our wonderful Sponsors and Exhibitors, registration starts at $79 USD for this must-attend event.


  • The CPDA designation is a globally recognized achievement, unique to the petroleum data management industry. Certification demonstrates to employers, clients, and colleagues that a CPDA professional possesses data management knowledge, experience, and skills to navigate the unique challenges of data management specific to the exploration & production industry.

    We are holding a CPDA Information Session virtually March 27, 2018, at 10am Perth local time, for those interested in learning more about the CPDA Program and how they can take the next steps to earn this credential. We will walk through the application process, provide tips to study for the exam, and present information concerning taking the exam and becoming certified. You can also visit our Certification page at www.ppdm.org/certification.

    This information session will be taking place at 10:00am in Perth, Australia via our GoToMeeting conferencing system. Details will be distributed to you upon your registration. This session is free, so that we can track interest, please ensure that all attendees register. Register now to attend on our website.


  • As you know, our ‘What Is A Completion’ Work Group has been hard at work disambiguating the term ‘Completion’ over the past year. This team has hit a significant milestone in completing the toolkit and is currently seeking member reviewers to provide feedback and respond to a survey. All contributions, feedback, and suggestions are appreciated as this toolkit will be for a broad audience (note, any reviewer must be a PPDM member due to intellectual property concerns). Once we have everyone’s feedback, the Work Group will review and update the toolkit as appropriate prior to finalizing, with an estimated release mid-2018.

    Excitement for this piece of work is building and appreciate the hard work of the ‘What Is A Completion’ Work Group and our volunteer member reviewers. Learn how you can become a sponsor of this group now in our Sponsorship Kit. For more information, please contact projects@ppdm.org.


  • You’ve spoken and we’ve listened – we have had several members have questions about our standards and inquired about a forum to post their questions and get feedback from others who have been through it. This feedback has led us to create the “Standards Support Community” available under the “Standards” toolbar above. This Support Community has been designed for our members to post their issues and provide advice to each other on any of the PPDM standards, including the Data Model. We look forward to this opportunity to connect more with our members and provide you more support.


  • 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 http://www.energyiq.info/energyiq-ppdm-business-lifecycle-well-training-february-6th-8th-houston-tx/.

    For more information on how your organization can benefits from PPDM Training, please visit www.ppdm.org/training.


  • 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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    Have you entered yet?
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    Jasleen Virdi
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    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 photocontest.ppdm.org, 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 volunteer@ppdm.org.


  • 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!


  • The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association would like to welcome six new and returning Directors to our Board of Directors, following the October 24, 2017, Annual General Meeting as a part of the Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM.

    We would like to welcome back Allan Huber (Shell), Jeremy Eade (BP), Lesley Evans (Chesapeake Energy), Robert Best (Infosys) and Trevor Hicks (Stonebridge Consulting) who were re-elected. We would also like to welcome Ali Sangster with DrillingInfo to her first term with the Board of Directors.

    Our sincere thanks goes out to our current Board of Directors members, Amii Bean (Individual Member), David Hood (geoLOGIC systems), Christine Meisner (Devon Energy), Paloma Urbano (ConocoPhillips), Peter MacDougall (IHS Markit) and Shashank Panchangam (Landmark-Halliburton). We would like to thank Brian Boulmay as he steps down from the Board, for all his hard work these past years.

    We look forward to the continued growth of the PPDM Association under the new Board of Directors.


  • This edition’s features include:
    - “A (Not So) Brief History” by Jim Crompton
    - “Data Management: Job vs. Profession?” by Yogi Schulz
    - “Analytics as an Extension of Data Modelling” by Mishtu Banerjee
    - “CPDA Certification” by Terence Broughton
    - “Hands On With the Board of Directors” by Shashank Panchangam
    - And more!

    This edition is now available free to members and guests on our website: www.ppdm.org/publications. To access the complete “A (Not So) Brief History”, please visit our White Papers Page.


  • The PPDM Association is pleased to announce that Irene Dawe will be the new Co-Chair for the Regulatory Data Standards (RDS) Committee. Under the leadership of both John Broderick (Co-Chair from the US Bureau of Land Management) and Irene, the RDS will continue to focus on how PPDM data standards can be deployed and expanded to fully support the needs of regulators to create a standards based information foundation. The RDS has also become a forum for Committee members to collaborate on initiatives, meet with other associations, and educate each other on shared challenges and successes. Irene joined the RDS a few months ago and has agreed to take the Co-Chair spot that was left vacant following the passing of Art Boykiw. Irene, the Chief Data Officer & Director - Strategic Data Services at the Alberta Energy Regulator, brings energy and passion to this Committee. Irene has more than 25 years experience in Energy, Telecommunications, the Canadian Armed Forces, and more. Please join us in welcoming Irene to the Co-Chair position.


  • Linn Energy provided the venue for the PPDM Q3 Oklahoma City Data Management Luncheon in their amazing new facility and Business Imaging Systems (BIS) provided a delicious pizza bar. Josh Miller, Solutions Architect for BIS, walked seventy-six attendees through some of the challenges that oil and gas companies are facing with new acquisitions and the sparse data the divesting companies are providing. Information such as payment obligations or expiration dates may be provided, however, there is still a considerable amount of missing or hidden data. Energy professionals are utilizing technology and natural language processing to identify provisions hidden in their data. What once was a very manual process, is now being streamlined with automated efficiencies being put in place. Jenna Dickenson and Jacob Dressen, both with BIS, then provided some details on how BIS is assisting clients in overcoming these challenges through the use of Grooper, a transactional information processing platform designed using next generation capture technologies. The luncheon was wrapped up with a drawing where three lucky individuals won a free online class of their choice. Winners were (from left to right) Tricia Ruud, Warwick Energy and OKC Leadership Team member, Drew Hopkins, Land Information Services, and John Bostwick, Continental Resources. The next OKC luncheon will be held on November 15th on the campus of Chesapeake Energy with Cathy Tompkins, CIO for Chesapeake, as the speaker.


  • Dean Gale Sullenberger and Dr. Tim Coburn with the University of Tulsa hosted the PPDM Q3 luncheon on Thursday, September 21st, and Stonebridge Consulting provided an amazing turkey spread for attendees. TU faculty, students and Tulsa data management professionals were treated to an informative talk given by Dr. Tim Coburn on “Some Evolving Data Issues Associated with Assessing Unconventional Resources, with Examples from the Bakken Shale Play”. Dr. Coburn explained the challenges of calculating the “estimated ultimate recovery” (EUR) for horizontal wells as well as outlined other issues which come into play such as obtaining agreement about the geological evidence, lack of currency and completeness of data, insufficient granularity of data and many more. A lively question and answer period followed Dr. Coburn’s discussion. The luncheon was wrapped up with a drawing where two TU students, Zhenyu Guo and Ade Ayewole, were the winners of a PPDM online class of their choice.


  • Justin Gorton, Geoscience Manager for Petroleum and Gas at the Geological Survey of Queensland, addressed the 3Q Australia-East PPDM Data Management Luncheon on Friday, 15-Sep at the offices of the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines in Brisbane. His topic was the “Draft release of the new Petroleum and Gas Reporting Guideline - Improving the value of industry data in Queensland”. In his presentation, he emphasized that this is a draft release, now open for feedback before being released in December. The changes are based not only on regulatory needs but on the idea that collecting and managing petroleum and gas data assists Queensland in becoming a competitive destination for energy investment, in comparison with other Australian states or even international options. Justin briefly reviewed the state level legislative act which gives the state agency the authority to collect data, and then discussed the next level down of guidelines which deal with standardization across commodity types, and how they support the process of online submission which began in 2016. The new guidelines are designed to improve digital reporting requirements, and had been previously focused on well data. Justin noted that some legislative changes will be needed to accommodate the new guidelines. There was a brief discussion of three types of data being collected through submissions; Geoscience – spatially based, Operations – time based, and Engineering – measurement based, and it was explained that the designation of Scientific and Technical Survey is an area for potential fields, soil geochemistry, seeps, remote sensing, or basin surveys not associated with a particular well. Justin gave a brief explanation of one way to calculate the value of information, which was particularly interesting for those who might have attended a recent SPE presentation on the same topic, but with a much more rigorous approach based on decision trees: http://www.spe-wa.org/event/spe-wa-august-lecture/. It was acknowledged that the current Queensland Petroleum Exploration Data (QPED) extract contains perhaps 50% of the data a potential investor would want about a geographic area. The current data is checked against the quality facets of completeness, consistency and accuracy, and it is proposed that in the future Big Data and Machine Learning approaches might be applied to the data, to for instance answer QSHE questions about the use of a particular accelerator in hydraulic fracturing sands. A mention was made of the Council Of Australian Governments Gas Supply Strategy being supported by the new reporting guidelines as well (http://www.coagenergycouncil.gov.au/publications/coag-energy-council-gas-supply-strategy-december-2015).

    Under the new guidelines, production data will be reported cumulatively and monthly by well instead of tenure to align with similar reporting in South Australia, while testing data is reported in cumulative daily volumes. Detailed core analysis reports will also be provided in their native format. Key information will be extracted to submit in templates to streamline the capture and quality control process. Data will be QC’d at two levels, to determine that submitted files are loadable and not corrupt, and then that headers for file formats including LAS, LIS and SEGx are complete and accurate. The new digitally accessible submission template for well data uses PPDM column names with enumerated classes, enforced value ranges and units.

    During the discussion period, a representative from a local operating company asked if there could be a system for companies to provide remediated legacy data to the agency in geographic areas where it was no longer considered a competitive advantage, but where the data would potentially be of higher quality than that previously submitted. Other feedback from the group included requests for guidelines to consider sampling data, digital well test data, and coal seismic.


  • PPDM conducted their Q3 Data Management Luncheon in Midland on September 7th. The Petroleum Professional Development Center (PPDC) provided a wonderful venue and WellDrive, LLC catered a good ole Texas meal with chicken fried steak topping the menu. Craig Covey, Data Analyst, with Concho Resources delivered a compelling talk describing two of the oil and gas industry’s buzz words, Big Data and Machine Learning, which was very well received. Craig described in detail what Big Data is, where it comes from, and how Concho handles it using Hadoop. He also talked about Machine Learning and how it is commonly used by our industry. A copy of his slide deck can be found on our website under Past Events. A raffle drawing at the end reaped three winners. RJ Jenkins with SM Energy won a free individual membership to PPDM while Heather Sanders with Midland College and Brent Foster with Concho each won their choice of an online class. Thanks to all who turned out for this great event!! .


  • On Tuesday, August 22nd, the Dallas/Fort Worth Energy Community was treated to an eloquent and factual talk by Dr. Richard Strickland, President of The Strickland Group. The talk was centered around the Deep Water Horizon Blowout and what really happened. Members of the audience were riveted to their seats for over an hour while Dr. Strickland presented materials from the Chief Counsel’s Report, the BP Accident Investigation Report, and the Det Norske Veritas Report outlining the failures that took the lives of 11 people. His presentation, as well as each of these reports, can be found at www.tsg.net/Macondo as Dr. Strickland was involved in litigation support for the case. Following the luncheon, Bill Barna with Microsoft commented to Pam Koscinski, PPDM US Representative, “PPDM did a wonderful job today on the luncheon at XTO Energy. Dr. Richard Strickland was an exceptional speaker and I learned a great deal more about the Macondo accident. You and your team did a great job. Thank you.” .

    The luncheon was concluded with a drawing where Joseph Niemann, IT Director for Jetta Operating, and Sandra Bembenek, CFO for The Strickland Group, were awarded complimentary one year Individual Memberships to PPDM.

    The next DFW luncheon will be held at Pioneer Natural Resources on November 14, 2017.


  • Calgary, AB, Canada, August 21, 2017 – In accordance with the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association Bylaws, nominations are now open for the PPDM Association Board of Directors. The Board is looking for experienced executive thinkers who will provide strategic leadership and governance for the PPDM Association and act in the best interests of all the members of the PPDM Association by promoting the PPDM Association’s goals.

    Nominations must be submitted to the PPDM Association office prior to SEPTEMBER 15, 2017.

     

     

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS

    An outline of the responsibilities and expectations of PPDM Association Board membership has been prepared for the information of potential candidates. Please review and consider these items if you are contemplating standing for election.

    ELIGIBILITY

    You are eligible to stand for election to the Board if you are employed by a company that is a voting member of the PPDM Association in good standing, if you are an individual PPDM Association member in good standing or if you are an honorary member of the PPDM Association. We also ask that candidates have a minimum of three years of experience with the PPDM Association. (Special note: If you want to stand for election to the Board as an individual member, you do so as an individual. Your corporate affiliation will not be part of your nomination)

    HOW TO PROCEED

    In order to submit your candidacy for the PPDM Board of Directors, please follow this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PPDMBOD2017. Nominations must include the full name and contact information of the nominee, along with a 100-200 word biography and a high resolution portrait photograph (in business dress please).

    We value the dedication and commitment of our members who choose to participate in our nomination and election process as a Board Candidate. Thank you for your time and consideration; this important role is crucial to the direction and development of the PPDM Association.


  • Registration is now open for the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association Public Training in the Woodlands (October 2-3) and Houston (October 4-6).

    The Training in the Woodlands will take place at the Anadarko Conference Center and will feature the popular classes: What Is A Well/Well Status & Classification, Business Life Cycle of the Well, PPDM 3.9: Well Data and PPDM3.9 Well Test and Production. Visit the Woodlands Training Event Page to learn more about these classes and to register now!

    The Houston Training will take place at Marathon Oil Corporation and will feature: What Is A Well/Well Status & Classification, Business Life Cycle of the Well, Introduction to Master Data Management, PPDM Data Management and Reference Lists and PPDM3.9 Data Model Overview. Visit the Houston Training Event Page to learn more about these classes and to register now!

    Classes start at $250/class for members, and discounts are available for multi-class and groups of 5 or more. Please contact training@ppdm.org if you qualify for one of these rates in advance of registering. .


  • The Denver Q3 Data Management Luncheon was held on Tuesday, August 8th, at SM Energy with Stonebridge Consulting providing a delicious meal. The data management community was treated to a lively panel discussion with questions focusing on Innovation in Data Management. Mike Skeffington with EnergyIQ moderated the panel consisting of:

    Jim Crompton (Noah Consulting)
    Amy Giles Bhikha (Stonebridge Consulting)
    Brian O’Shea (Bonanza Creek Energy)
    Raj Sehgal (IHS Markit)
    Chris Skinner (USGS Energy Resources Program)

     

    Questions posed to the panel included:

    1. What are the biggest data demands from the business today, and how have they changed over the last 2 years (during the downturn)?
    2. What are the new / innovative technologies being used to address data management challenges today, and how are they effective / different
    3. How can you get the executives in Oil and Gas to recognize the value and accept a reasonable ROI in solid data modeling, governance, QC, visualization and analytics?
    4. Operators in our industry are embracing Analytics to help them in their decision-making process. How do Analytics and Data Management tie together? Could anyone provide some examples if possible?

    The panelists did a superb job of shedding light on these issues and feed-back from the audience was very positive requesting more events of this nature. The Denver Data Management Workshop to be held on October 18th in Denver will include two panel discussions: one on Data Analytics and the other on How Do We Manage Data Through the E&P Life Cycle.

    Winding up the event, two drawings were held where Jenny Jensen with SM Energy walked away with a book co-authored by Jim Crompton titled “The Future Belongs to the Digital Engineer: Transforming the Industry” and Julie Vallero with Laramie Energy was the recipient of a one-year’s individual membership to PPDM.

    Last reply on September 5, 2017 by Brian Tuplin

  • NEW VENUE! Please join us for the 2017 Perth Data Management Workshop on August 10, 2017. NEW VENUE - Thanks to our amazing sponsors, we have been able to move to a new venue - the Cliftons Perth - which will allow for more registrations. Spots are limited, so please register ASAP at www.ppdm.org/perthdmw17.


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    You Are Invited!
    By
    Jasleen Virdi
    on
    July 20, 2017

    You are invited to join the PPDM Association and the Calgary Leadership Team at this year’s 2017 Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM. This year’s event, taking place October 23-25, 2017 at the Telus Spark Science Centre, will feature keynote speaker Rich McAvey of Gartner, along with a more interactive presentations and activities. Registration is open, and sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are still available for what is certain to be an exciting event. The early bird member rate of $300 is currently in effect, and includes meals, receptions and more. Please visit www.ppdm.org/calgarydms17 for more information (and be sure to update your profile’s communications preferences to receive our event invitations and updates!).


  • Due to overwhelming demand, the 2017 Perth Data Management Workshop is now sold out. Virtual registration tickets are still available for those wishing to be a part of the action. This popular workshop will be at the Curtin University Graduate School of Business on August 10, 2017, with a field trip to the Perth Core Library taking place the day before. The theme of the workshop is Traditional vs Emerging E&P Data Management. As the first Workshop led by the Australia West Leadership Team, this event features an interesting agenda filled with presentations, an interactive activity and networking opportunities. Individuals who wish to be added to the Wait List for this Workshop can email events@ppdm.org. To learn more, and register virtually now, please visit www.ppdm.org/perthdmw17.


  • The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association is excited about the upcoming Perth Data Management Workshop, being held at the Curtin University Graduate School of Business on August 10, 2017. The Theme of the workshop is Traditional vs Emerging E&P Data Management. This year’s Workshop will be the first led by the Australia West Leadership Team, and has an interesting agenda filled with presentations, an interactive activity and networking opportunities. The Leadership Team has also organized a Field Trip to the Perth Core Sheds, which we know will fill up fast. Members are able to attend at the Early Bird rate for only $85 USD. Space is limited, so to learn more and register now visit www.ppdm.org/perthdmw17.


  • A record number of participants attended the Perth Autumn Data Management Luncheon hosted by Inpex on May 12, 2017, and featuring Katalyst Data Management’s Guy Holmes presenting on Global Technology Trends and their (Potential) Impact in the Oil Industry. Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to learn about IoT, Hadoop, BlockChain and Watson, and to network high above the magnificent Swan River. Attendees were also updated on what’s new at PPDM and introduced to the Australia West Leadership Team and their vision for PPDM in the region. Lunch was generously provided by Paragon Information Management Services. It was a pleasure to see new and familiar faces at this luncheon, and we look forward to seeing everyone on August 10, 2017 for the Perth Data Management Workshop (Abstract Deadline is coming up on May 19!).


  • The Calgary community came together for the Spring Data Management Luncheon on April 26, 2017. Noah Consulting provided the venue and CWD Inc provided a tasty lunch while attendees enjoyed Dr. Prashanth Southekal’s presentation “Effective Data Engineering for Data Science (Analytics).” The presentation highlighted key elements of Data Engineering and why it is the foundation for Data Science. The presentation is available now on www.ppdm.org under Past Events. The next Calgary luncheon will be in September 2017 (we are currently looking for sponsors and speakers), followed by the 2017 Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM October 23-25, 2017.


  • The 2017 Oklahoma City Data Management Workshop was held on May 2, 2017 at the Sam Noble Museum in Norman, OK. Attended by more than 80 people from Oklahoma City and beyond, this Workshop featured a day of plenary presentations and networking breaks followed by tours of the museum...


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  • CALGARY, Alberta, April 12, 2017 - The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association announces that TARGET Energy Solutions has achieved Gold Compliance with their MEERA™ Master Data Repository product, version 3.5. The official Compliance Score is: TARGET, MDR, 3.5: CRC V3.9 – 321:154:145 GOLD 100%.

    The MEERA™ Master Data Repository (MDR) is an integrated, extensible, master data management service. MDR is targeted at oil and gas regulators and operating companies who need to manage master seismic and wells datasets at regional, national and international scales. It is designed to provide a complete end-to-end online service for regulators and operators to implement a robust platform for data management and governance.

    Within the PPDM Association, the term ‘Compliance’ defines a level of conformance between a database or software product and the published PPDM Standards. Gold, or structural compliance, measures the conformity of a product (software, data) to the technical relational DDL provided for a PPDM data model. More information on compliance is available on www.ppdm.org under Standards.

    TARGET is a professional services and technology company developing and providing industry leading online solutions for the Oil & Gas industry. You can learn more about TARGET at www.target-energysolutions.com.

    The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association is a global, not-for-profit society within the petroleum 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. Learn more here.

    For more information contact:
    Trudy Curtis

    CEO
    PPDM Association
    Tel: +1 403 660 7817

    Rachel Blackman
    Communications Director
    TARGET Energy Solutions
    Tel: +44 1483 762816

  • We are pleased to announce that Margaret Barron has rejoined the Association as Chief, Professional Development. Margaret, who holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education Studies and is a familiar face in PPDM circles, brings 25 years of combined academic and petroleum education experience to the Association. She managed cooperative education for the Faculty of Human Kinetics at Memorial University of Newfoundland for ten years, and went on to help establish the University of Alberta’s Calgary Centre as Director, Executive Education. Her work in petroleum has included leading curriculum development for the Centre for Energy Asset Management Studies (CEAMS) and navigating PPDM’s international Petroleum Education Task Force (PETF) in creating four discipline-specific competency frameworks. Margaret recently spent two years in the Middle East overseeing Professional Program Certification and Accreditation under the State of Qatar’s College of Technology Project. Her current work with PPDM involves leading Professional Development and overseeing Volunteer Management and Training. Welcome back Margaret!


  • PPDM has added another valued and seasoned Web Developer, Brad Hazel, to our professional staff. Brad, who holds a Bachelor of Computer Information Systems (BCIS), brings with him a wealth of experience in programming, website design/administration, and leadership. Through his 12 years in the programming industry, he has excelled at translating business needs into technical solutions. Previously, Brad had developed several systems including a custom CRM, new software development, custom reporting, custom API integrations, working with ERPs and updates to the company internet. His role with the PPDM Association includes working with our current web developer to keep the PPDM Website, applications, and networks running smoothly. Brad’s expertise and “think out side the box” mentality will ensure the PPDM Association will continue to provide a high degree of value to our membership users. We are excited to have Brad on board. Welcome Brad!