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  • CPDA Information Virtual Session
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    November 28, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Notes for Editors

    About DANR

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

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

  • PPDM Update
    Posted on
    October 27, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Rules Committee Needs Assistance
    Posted on
    October 26, 2022

    The Data Rules Committee needs your assistance. If you are specialized in Directional surveys or offshore and onshore facilities or Renewable Energy, we could use your help to create data rules. If you are interested, please email us at

  • Professional Development Opportunities
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    October 26, 2022

    Get involved with the CPDA professional community. Join our CPDA Information Sessions to learn more, and if you are a current CPDA, we welcome you to our CPDA Interactives that are scheduled throughout the year. Visit to sign up.

    Did you know the CPDA Governance Committee hosts CPDA Information Sessions? Join us on December 6 (11:30 AM – 12:30 PM MDT) to partake in this dynamic event. If you’re thinking about taking the CPDA Exam, come and “Ask a CPDA”.

    If you are a current CPDA, we invite you to attend our next CPDA Interactive. Join your peers to discuss work challenges and solutions, PDU maintenance, and all things CPDA. The next event is scheduled for December 13 (11:30 AM – 12:30 PM MDT).

  • Denver Energy Data Symposium – November 8
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    October 26, 2022

    The 2022 Denver Energy Data Symposium is coming up on November 8, 2022, at Occidental Petroleum. The theme this year is “New Energy and the Data Professional.” Some of the things you’ll learn in this event include:

    • The Value propositions behind data quality, some example data quality dashboards on top of a wide range of typical O&G software packages and a roadmap for implementation.
    • How traditional data management processes and technology feed directly into cotemporary data platforms to promote both data quality and data accessibility.
    • 10 key analytics observations that we expect to come to the forefront in 2023

    Register now

  • Annual General Meeting
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    September 23, 2022

    The Annual General Meeting of the PPDM Association will be held on Tuesday Oct 25th, 2022, at 3:00PM MDT. The meeting will be conducted entirely as a virtual meeting . Recent changes in Alberta Legislation governing not-for-profit societies allow for the AGM to be conducted virtually, allowing our members across the globe to participate. The AGM is open to all members, and voting members are strongly encouraged to attend. Members can register to attend the AGM through the PPDM website.

    Immediately following the AGM, a Special Meeting of the membership will be held. In April of 2022, the Board of the PPDM Association rolled out a revised strategy at the Houston Expo. Most of you should have seen the document entitled “Transition: Embracing the Future”. If you haven’t seen it, you can find it link. To effectively implement the expanded strategy, and set a foundation for future growth, the Board recognized the need to update the branding, objects of incorporation, and the bylaws of the society. The outcome of this strategy and rebranding work will be presented in three resolutions at a Special Meeting of the Association on Oct 25th, 2022 immediately following the AGM at 4:00 PM MDT. Formal notice of the meeting including the resolutions and supporting material will be published in early October.

    It is imperative that our voting members attend the Special Meeting as a vote of 75% of the membership is required to progress with the implementation of the changes noted above. I would ask you to reserve time in you’re your busy calendars for these important meetings. Please watch for this announcement, and review the materials included. The Board looks forward to your comments and questions, and especially to your participation in this critical event.

  • Orphaned Wells Project
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    September 23, 2022

    “Abandoned” is such a strong word. Critics often use the word when describing oil companies’ failure to take responsibility for cleaning up old well, but when oil companies use the same term, they mean precisely the opposite. They have cleaned up a well and left it in good shape. Both agree that there are millions of wells not plugged and that they require billions of capital, but before we can talk about how to resolve the situation, we must agree on terms.

    Truth be told, even among oil producers and regulators there is no complete, formal, or consistent set of terms to cover the range of possibilities. Plugging operations have been undertaken at some level for decades but in evolving ways. The remaining population of millions of unplugged wells imply the scope and variations of situations still facing the industry. We also need some future compatibility since our legacy wellbores will exist (and may adversely affect the public) not just before plugging for also for the centuries as plugged wells fail.

    Building off a momentum of private discussions, PPDM is stepping up to fill this terminology gap. If you would like to participate in the formulation of a consistent and complete set of terms, please reach out to to volunteer. After all, we can’t solve problems without discussions, and we can’t discuss without a shared language.

  • CPDA Information Sessions Available
    Posted on
    September 23, 2022

    We are seeing increased interest in the CPDA certification, with many companies adding this credential as a ‘preferred certification’ to new positions. If you and your colleagues are interested in learning more about the Certified Petroleum Data Analysis examination, join us on September 20th (5:00 PM – 6:00 PM MT)/September 21st (7:00 AM – 8:00 AM AWST) for the next session. The next one will be hosted on December 6th (11:30 AM – 12:30 PM MT/6:30 PM – 7:30 PM BST). To register, visit our Events page on our website.

  • Calgary Symposium Nearly Here!
    Posted on
    September 23, 2022

    The Calgary Energy Data Symposium is only a few days away – there’s still time to join this two-day event on the “Skills and Innovations of Tomorrow." Talks include our keynotes “Energy In Transition” by Steven Piepgrass or Green Impact Partners, and “Storytelling: Turn Your Data Into Compelling Insights That Inspire Action and Boost Your Career” by John Hetherington of We Deliver Your Vision. Register now on our website

  • Calgary Symposium Approaching
    Posted on
    August 23, 2022

    The Calgary Symposium has a new venue this year! We are excited to see you at the Calgary Tower Centre’s Amphitheatre. If you registered before, your registration carried over but if you’ve not registered yet, sign up now as space is limited! The Agenda is available on our website, and day one features talks on new innovations with day two focused on the skills of tomorrow.

  • CPDA Information Session – September
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    August 23, 2022

    The CPDA Exam is the only industry-specific certification, developed and governed by industry subject matter experts. Don’t miss this CPDA exam overview where you will review the application process and gain insight into the type of questions you can expect on the CPDA examination. The presentation is given by CPDA certified committee members who can answer your questions. Schedule your CPDA Information Session for September 21st (Asia Pacific) and sign up for the exam! What’s stopping you?

  • The PDC Needs You
    Posted on
    August 23, 2022

    The PDC is advancing the competency framework, which is a critical resource for individuals and companies for identifying professional competencies required for multiple roles in the industry. Our next phase involves writing competencies for emerging roles that will propel our professional discipline by recognizing the complexities of these roles.

  • Three Data Wise Guys 1-6 available
    Posted on
    August 23, 2022

    The PPDM Education Advisory Committee have published six podcasts over this past year. These podcasts explore many important topics related to industry data management that everyone must hear. If you haven’t listened to these three data wise guys, you can find the link at

  • PPDM Association Call for Nominations
    Posted on
    August 4, 2022

    Nominations for Board of Directors:

    Calgary, AB, Canada, August 4, 2022 –In accordance with the 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 2, 2022. 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 2022.


    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.


    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.

  • What is a Facility is a faceted taxonomy created by the PPDM Association to deal with the multitude of values describing facilities in the global energy industry. This is an evolving product, responding to changes in corporate data management needs and practices plus external reporting. Regulatory and ESG reporting require data arranged for a facility. A common language and data standard is vital for consistent reporting, analysis, decision-making, and interpretation for operators and external stakeholders.

    A facility is the collection of commonly owned or operated equipment at any life cycle stage that is located within a specific geographic boundary or surface site for the purpose of production, processing, transmission, storage, or distribution of products prior to the point of custody transfer.

    PPDM Association Members can access the new What is a Facility (Phase 1) booklet now on our website.

  • Antonie du Toit will be delivering a great talk on the CPDA Certification at the Perth Data Management Workshop on August 18th. Don’t miss this spicy tongue-in-cheek look at personality types and traits and how they line up with data management careers.

  • What is Seismic
    Posted on
    July 26, 2022

    PPDM is responding to member interest in a potential new work group called "What is Seismic?" If you are interested in discussing how such a project might help data professionals and improve data capability, contact us at

  • Perth Workshop Approaching
    Posted on
    July 26, 2022

    The Agenda for the 2022 Perth Energy Data Workshop is now available, featuring talks on a variety of topics from geoscience data transformation to new energy data. Check out the agenda now and register to save your seat.

  • Board of Directors Update
    Posted on
    July 26, 2022

    Many of our wonderful PPDM volunteers are heading into summer and rounding off some solid work on both data and professional resources. Now we are thinking about what is next for our members. Based on member interest and support, these projects provide opportunities to build on the first release of "What is a Facility," develop "What is Seismic," consider various aspects of orphaned wells and other assets, and examine how financial data and information are managed. Ongoing work on reference lists, data rules and data objects will continue and be supplemented in more learning materials. Member feedback has suggested that stronger development programs for the CPDA certification program be made available, and work will continue to enable this need.

  • Perth Workshop Agenda Coming Soon!
    Posted on
    June 22, 2022

    2022 Perth Data Management Workshop is approaching on August 18, 2022, including a special half day field trip to Pawsey on August 17, 2022. The agenda will be released shortly.Sign up now.

  • The CPDA Governance committee offers CPDA Information Sessions every quarter, and we also offer private corporate sessions. Contact For more information or view a recorded session visit the Professional Development tab on our website.

  • Reference Values New Features
    Posted on
    June 22, 2022

    The reference values work group has recently approved a new feature to the PPDM website. Members may now request via a fillable form to the work group to consider and publish a new reference list. Members may now also request that additional values be considered to an already published list via fillable form. Check it out! We would love some feedback.
    The reference values group is also looking for SME’s to help with Records Management reference lists.

  • PPDM Association Update
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    June 22, 2022

    A few weeks ago, in response to what we've heard from you, our community, the PPDM Board of Directors announced the Association's new Strategic Plan. If you have not yet read the Plan, you can download it now. As we bring the power of PPDM into new ventures, we are building on more than 30 years of experience and successful processes, including 'The PPDM Way.'
    PPDM Leadership Teams, committees and workgroups started us on this path several years ago. PPDM events cover many of the topics covered by the Plan, and workgroups in the Data Resources pillar have been developing products that support facilities and midstream activities. The What is a Facility committee endeavors to build materials to support better data capability through the life cycle. Learning opportunities cover topics such as Machine Learning and continue to expand as we support our Data community through this transition.
    If you or your organization would be interested in helping provide the knowledge and expertise in any of our programs, please contact

  • "Digitalization, Digitization, Datafication, Digital Engineering, Data Engineering, Digital just goes on and on and on, and it's constraining the effective deployment of sound data management principals in our companies. It's sorta like having a big bowl into which all these digital ideas and things digital have been toss to create a sort of chopped salad." ~ Matt Becker, Three Data Wise Guys.
    Join our Three Data Wise Guys + One for the sixth episode of their podcast on "Digitalization is not digitization, nor any of the plethora of terms we hear bandied about!". Listen now or check out our previous podcasts to get caught up -

    • The Data Objects Committee is developing data object designs for the faceted taxonomies described in What is a Well and What is a Completion. Key components of the data object structure are: Conceptual Clarity, Attributes, Rules, Relationships, Identity and Versioning & Learning.
    • The What is a Facility work group is working towards a technical standard for Industry like What is a Well. The key components include: Life Cycle, Equipment, Business Associates, Business Intentions. Location, Purpose, Products. Also included will be high level category around GHG and carbon emissions reporting.

  • CPDA Information Session
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    May 26, 2022

    Join the Certification Committee virtually on May 31 at 11:30am Mountain Time for an information session on the Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA) credential. Learn about this exam and why you need your CPDA now.

  • Visit our PPDM website (Professional Development – Resources) to access the Job Market Survey PowerBI and downloadable reports. This comprehensive view of compensation, benefits, future trends, and information related to data professionals who have been casualties to the unpredictable times are sure to intrigue you.

  • "I think we've broken Excel" ~Jim Crompton, Three Data Wise Guys.
    Join our Three Data Wise Guys + One for the fifth episode of their podcast on the Role of Data Management: The Way Forward. Listen now or check out our previous podcasts to get caught up -

  • Join the Oklahoma City Leadership Team for the 2022 Oklahoma City Petroleum Data Workshop on June 16, 2022, at the Chesapeake Maple Room. The theme this year is “The Era of Consolidation” and features talks like:

    • El Toro, Millennium Force, Kingda Ka, and Energy Consolidation - Adam Hutchinson (Stonebridge Consulting)
    • Fast-Tracking the Development and Deployment of Workflows and Data Lakes to Quickly Develop New Energy and ESG Operations - Susan Nash (AAPG)
    • Enablers for Consolidation - John Pomeroy (The FerVID Group)
    • Enterprise Data Management in the Era of Consolidation - Seth Tribbey (S&P Global)
    and our "Era of Consolidation" Panel Discussion. Visit our website to register now before the early bird deadline on May 25, 2022.


  • The PPDM Association is doing critical work to meet expanding data needs in an ever-changing energy industry landscape. Our Strategy Document is now available outlining how the PPDM Association is well positioned to lead the entire energy industry in defining data standards, developing data professionals, and accelerating adoption and consistency across the energy value chain. Walking through the Intent, Value and Impact in each area, this document describes our five-year strategic plan that guides the framework underpinning the PPDM Association’s three Pillars. ~ Curley Thomas, Chair, Strategy Committee, PPDM Association Board of Directors.Read it here now.

  • Last Chance for the Houston Expo
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    April 20, 2022

    The Houston Expo is nearly here! Join our speakers, including our keynote presentations by Ellen Neilsen (Chevron) and Arun Narayanan (AngloAmerican). Download the agenda or register now on our website.

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  • Register Now For the DFW Workshop
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    April 20, 2022

    Join the Dallas/Fort Worth Leadership Team for our May 3rd Workshop on "Data in Mergers and Acquisitions." The agenda is now available including great talks by Scott Cooper (Pioneer) and Abel Tan and Jonathan Tan (PetroGrid). Learn more.

  • Join the Professional Development Committee on April 27 at the Houston Expo for a walk-through of the newly published competency framework. One of our dream teams, Pat Meroney, Katalyst (Lead on the project) and Cindy Cummings, Repsol, will share highlights of the publication, how this information will be useful to you and your team, and how to utilize the PDC Competency Mapping Tool. You will have an opportunity to plot your progress using the mapping tool (privately) and engage in a Q&A session. We hope to see you there.

  • The Data Objects committee is focused on providing a clear understanding of Data Objects. The Data Objects Committee is developing data object designs for the faceted taxonomies described in What is a Well and What is a Completion. Some of the key components of the data object structure are: Conceptual Clarity, Attributes, Rules, Relationships, Identity and Versioning. The team is currently working on the Data Object of Directional Surveys, with many more data objects in the planning phase. If you would like to be a part of the Data Object team, please contact us at

  • "The silo way grew up, it’s hard to throw it away because it's a very natural and effective way to begin the process of managing data." – Jim Crompton, Three Data Wise Guys Plus One. Listen now to Episode 4 of the popular podcast on 'The Unfashionable Truths' or check out the last three podcasts available on our website.

  • On behalf of the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association's Board of Directors, and the Chair of the Board's Strategy Committee, I want to bring you a brief progress update on the strategy work we announced to you in November of 2021. Please visit the full update on our Data Examiner Page.

  • Driving our Objectives in IPDS
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    March 30, 2022
    • Every data manager understands the importance of building trusted data systems. Data governance and data quality programs build this trust locally, but it must be rebuilt each time data is presented to a new user group. This is expensive, slow and frustrating. Three PPDM International Professional Data Standards and Best Practices committees collaborate to create specifications that can build resilient trust and prevent data attenuation.
    • The Reference Values Committee is working on over 50 new reference lists that cover a variety of topics. They have completed the preparation of the PPDM Well Status and Classification contents for use in the OSDUTM forum, and are considering additional recommendations for improvement to the OSDUTM Platform.
    • The Rules Committee has published 227 new data rules and is reviewing another 221 rules. Methods for incorporating learning material into the library is being discussed.
    • The Data Objects Committee is developing data object designs for the faceted taxonomies described in What is a Well and What is a Completion.
    • If you are interested in supporting these programs, contact us at

  • Join our Three Data Wise Guys Plus One for Podcast #3. In this next episode, the Wise Guys will discuss the role of digital technology. Listen now , or catch up on previous episodes on our website.

  • Competency Framework Now Available
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    March 3, 2022

    A competency framework details performance metrics for specific roles within an organization. Each performance metric defines a benchmark or standard against which employees are assessed. Any individual metric may apply in multiple specific roles. The result is a comprehensive assessment structure which provides a common understanding of the expected performance standards for all roles within the organization.

    The PPDM Association Competency Framework was developed by a group of volunteer Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) serving on the Job Families Workstream of the Professional Development Committee. This group of dedicated volunteers met biweekly over the course of two years to develop the content contained within the framework. In some instances, additional SMEs were consulted for verification. The PPDM Association’s Professional Development Committee is excited to announce that the Competency Framework is now available for PPDM Association Corporate Members to view on our website. Thank you to the PPDM Association Professional Development Committee for their countless hours creating this valuable resource.

  • Houston Expo Agenda Available
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    March 3, 2022

    The agenda is now available for the 2022 Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo. This two-day event is filled with presentations on our theme "Embracing Change." We have multiple stages of presentations on a variety of topics including Seismic, Data Governance, Data Quality, LNG, and more. Download the agenda or visit our webpage to reserve your spot now.

  • Last Chance to Join the Denver Symposium
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    February 23, 2022

    There's still time to register for the Denver Symposium on March 2, 2022, on the theme "Navigating Change: How to Survive and Thrive." The agenda is now available and includes a hands-on workshop giving you tools and skills to navigate change. Register Now:

  • PPDM Strategic Plan Update
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    February 23, 2022

    As you heard on December 16, 2021, the PPDM Association Board of Directors has been engaged in a comprehensive strategy review and development of a new five-year plan. This plan will ensure that PPDM Association standards and professional development programs, supported by baseline data practices, are in place to support interoperability. Better data, stewarded by qualified data professionals, offers competitive advantages that include increased professional productivity, decreased operating costs, reduced risk, improved social responsibility, and better use of capital. Outcomes include consistent data definitions, standards and training which support better analytics and better data to make more informed business decisions in energy. Stay tuned for more information about how changes in our industry will impact the PPDM Association!

  • Two New Data Objects Published
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    February 23, 2022

    Many of you will have seen the PPDM Data Objects start to emerge (, including our two new Data Objects. These technology neutral definitions will help to inform design decisions for data in any technology. The committee continues to define data objects and anticipates more to be added by mid year, and are currently developing descriptions for the components defined in "What is a Well." If you are interested in helping, contact us at

  • The PPDM Association, supported by Dancy Energy, is delighted to announce the launch of the new Data as a National Resource (DANR) Hub. The hub is designed to support National Data Repositories, Regulators and National Oil Companies looking for ways to leverage, maintain and improve their data. The new global community includes a virtual hub, resources and information, virtual and potentially in-person events, professional development, a showcase, and more. Designed to bring together regulators and government representatives with potential operators and service companies, the hub will provide 24/7 resources to support data in these organizations, including topics such as the setting up of a national data store, monetizing data with licensing rounds, and beyond. Early announcements of licensing round opportunities will be delivered through the hub.

    Technical data is increasingly important as we move through from hydrocarbons to more sustainable forms of energy, and the Hub will encompass and embrace the transition, supporting all users in representing their requirements and solutions to subscribers.

    The initiative is powered by the PPDM Association and will be led by a volunteer Leadership Team comprising representatives from the community to see it grow moving forward. Membership of the PPDM Association is not a requirement, although PPDM Association members will receive a discount on subscriptions, sponsorship and advertising opportunities presented by the Hub.

    Interested individuals are encouraged to attend our launch event on February 23. For more information and to subscribe, sponsor or otherwise engage with DANR, please contact: or visit

  • Join our Three Data Wise Guys Plus One for Podcast #2 (Modern Myths). In this next must-hear episode, the wise guys tackle modern myths related to data and data management in the industry. Listen now here.

    If you missed Podcast 1 (Why Data Management is Still Important series introduction), it’s not too late and you can find it here.

  • Student Survey
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    January 27, 2022

    Students, we need to hear from you! We want to learn how we can support you better. Please fill out our student survey by February 18 for a chance to win a free online class!

  • New Rules in the Rules Library
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    January 27, 2022

    The Rules Committee is pleased to announce that our Rules Library increased by 250+ new rules in December. The work group continues to accept rules from members and has planned for 1000+ to be added by mid year If you’d like to be part of this Committee or donate your rules, please contact

  • Join the CPDA Committee
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    January 27, 2022

    The Professional Data Management Certification Committee (PDMCC) is currently recruiting CPDA-certified new volunteers to join this dynamic committee. If you would like to give back and help grow our CPDA community, earn PDUs, and enjoy the banter of a creative and fun group, this is the committee for you. Contact for more information.