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  • 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!
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    Jasleen Virdi
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    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!
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    Jasleen Virdi
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    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!


  • Were you unable to attend the 2017 Houston Data Management Symposium & Tradeshow? We have you covered! The Event Summary is now available to read about all the presentations and activities. Members can also access presentations on our Past Events Page at any time. Thank you to our Sponsors, Exhibitors and Attendees for this year’s great event!


  • There is only one week left until the 2017 Houston Data Management Symposium & Tradeshow – taking place February 28 to March 1, 2017 at the Houston Marriott Westchase.


    The agenda is available and features panel discussions on both the Future of Data Management and Well Identification, presentations and updates. There is still time to register – www.ppdm.org/houstondms2017. Thank you to our sponsors: geoLOGIC systems, Stonebridge Consulting, EnergyIQ, SigmaFlow, Informatica, DrillingInfo, EnergyMatrix and Southwest Precision Printers, for making this event possible especially at the discounted rates!

     


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    Well Milestone Dates
    By
    Jasleen Virdi
    on
    February 21, 2017

    This message is for our experts on well data. If that’s you, please read on! As you know, PPDM has done some useful semantic work, including “What is a Well” and “What is Well Status”. Right now, PPDM members are working on “What is a Completion?”. Once this is done, PPDM will begin to work on other well milestone dates that are confusing or ambiguous.

    To help us prioritize and scope out this work, we need your help. The PPDM Regulatory Data Standards Committee has developed a short questionnaire that lists several date milestones. It’s online here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WellMilestone. If you have a few minutes, we would very much appreciate you helping us out by reviewing the list for us. Your responses are confidential, and we promise not to harass you more (unless you agree that we can ask questions).


  • The latest edition of Foundations – Volume 4 Issue 1 – is now available! This edition's features include:

    • "Ready in Advance" by Ted Wall
    • "From National Data Repository to Digital Energy Cloud" by Jamie Cruise
    • "Data Storytellers" by Jim Crompton
    • "Q&A" with Joseph Seila
    • "Achieving Success in Developing Regulatory Standards" by Yogi Schulz
    • "Global Technology Trends" by Guy Holmes
    • "Electronic Data Interchange" by Joseph Suarez
    • And more!
    Visit our Publications page – www.ppdm.org/publications to get your free copy!

     


  • Members of the PPDM data management community gathered on February 7th at QEP Resources in Denver and attendees were provided a delicious Italian Buffet by Katalyst Data Management. Ken Cavner, CEO of Origin Energytech Services, gave an interesting talk on PPDM and Data Warehousing in the Cloud. Teresa Sehgal was the drawing winner, taking home a free PPDM membership for one year.

    The next luncheon in Denver will take place on May 11th at the USGS offices at the Denver Federal Center.


  • Interested in learning about the Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA) program? The PPDM Association is holding two free Information Sessions in the Houston and Woodlands on March 2, 2017 to provide information on the program, what’s involved and why it’s time for you to earn your CPDA. These popular Information Sessions will fill up fast, so register quickly. Visit our events page to learn more and save your seat now.


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    It’s a Win/Win
    By
    Jasleen Virdi
    on
    February 6, 2017

    We all know that doing something with a friend/colleague is always more fun, and that’s why we invite you to recruit a friend to volunteer with PPDM. Any current volunteer who successfully recruits a new volunteer to a PPDM Committee, Work Group, or Leadership Team by February 17 will have the chance to enter into a draw for a UE Boom 2 Speaker. We have multiple immediate opportunities available, including various roles on our Professional Development and Certification Committees. Please email volunteer@ppdm.org for more information on how you, and a friend, can make a difference.


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    Learn about PPDM
    By
    Jasleen Virdi
    on
    February 2, 2017

    PPDM’s CEO Trudy Curtis recently presented at the CGG Data Management Services User Meeting to provide an introduction to the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association. CGG has kindly donated the video to PPDM and it is now available for anyone interested to watch and learn more about the vision, mission, goals, products and services of the PPDM Association. This video is ideal for anyone who is new to the industry, curious about what the PPDM Association does, and even those who think they know PPDM already. Please visit our About Us page to view the video now.


  • The Strickland Group hosted the Q1 Data Management Luncheon in Fort Worth on January 26 where attendees listened to presentations by Amy Seeling with Jetta Operating and Brad Nickle with The Strickland Group. Amy is our very first Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA) in the DFW area and she walked the group through the process of becoming a CPDA. Brad Strickland presented an informative talk on Intelligent Metadata and it was amazing to learn about the significant strides which have been made in the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) arena. Thanks, also, to Business Intuition for providing a delicious hot lunch.

    Two of our attendees went home with a free online class of their choice when their numbers were drawn, Adam Ruthford with RigData and Derek Garland with WellDrive.

    Our next DFW luncheon will take place on April 25th at the Schlumberger offices in Frisco.


  • The attendees at the January 12 Oklahoma City Data Management Luncheon enjoyed the chance to be trained on the Social Media website LinkedIn by Kari Mirabal of JuMar Services. Ms. Mirabal took the time to review the LinkedIn Top 10 Profile “Must-Haves,” including helpful examples and tips. Our Sponsors, Continental Resources, Oseberg and Land Information Services made this exciting luncheon possible – thank you to them.

    Amy Johnston (Chesapeake Energy) and Joan Sullivan (Continental Resources) won free online classes, while Lucas McGuire (Endatus) received a free individual membership. Kari Mirabal of JuMar Services also donated a free LinkedIn Assessment, which Robin Warnecke of Oseberg was fortunate enough to win.

    The next Oklahoma City Data Management Luncheon will be on September 19, and we hope to see you at the 2017 Oklahoma City Data Management Workshop on May 11, 2017.


  • Today, the PPDM Data Model is widely used throughout the oil and gas industry. PPDM 3.9 is a vendor neutral, industry developed standard that contains nearly 60 different subject areas, each developed by a team of subject matter experts. The model is robust and complete, but it’s size and complexity can be overwhelming to some. Interested members approach us with suggestions about how the model can be made more understandable and consumable. Using member input, we have developed a few things that we think will help.

    Roadmaps: A simple, high level representation of the data model that focusses on the core subject areas. This booklet is available to anyone, and is a helpful resource when you are trying to understand the coverage of the data model and plan your project.

    NEW!! Key Subject Area Relationships: This booklet focusses on the major subject area relationships in the data model. It gives you a simple, high level idea of which subject areas you are likely to need for your implementation. For example, if the scope of your project is Production Volumes, you can look at the diagram for production volumes to see which other subjects you may also need to consider.

    NEW!! Well Implementation by Life Cycle Phase: This booklet is based on the five high-level life cycle stages of a well (Planning, Drilling, Completing, Producing, Disposing) and the major subject areas that you might need to manage important information at each stage. At each level, a very short example of the kinds of information you will need to capture is included.

    Check out these and other resources on here.


  • The final luncheons of the year kicked off with the Oklahoma City Q4 Data Management Luncheon on November 8, presenting Jerrod Stutzman from Devon Energy on “Geospatial Awareness: Increasing the Value of your Data.” Thank you to Devon Energy for sponsoring this luncheon. We know the attendees enjoyed this interesting presentation.

    Across the globe, the Perth Data Management Luncheon was also held on November 8, 2017, featuring Christopher Hudson of Inpex on “GDA2020 – What does it mean from the Operators Perspective.” This luncheon was made possible by Inpex and GeoCom Services Australia, and event summary is available for members under the “Past Events” Tab.

    December 6 was the Houston Q4 Data Management luncheon. Madelyn Bell (Data Gal LLC) and Cora Poche (Shell) had a look back in their presentation “So the Price of Oil is Down – 18 Months Later”. Thank you to SigmaFlow and Wood Mackenzie for making this luncheon possible for the attendees. Congratulations to Vinay Murli (Katalyst Data Management), Amber Charboneau (Noah Consulting) and Bernard Ajiboye (Wood Mackenzie) on winning the free online classes and an individual membership.

    On December 13, 2016 in Denver, attendees were treated to a presentation by Ray Obuch of the US Geological Survey presenting “Metadata Management Implementation in a Large Federal Organization.” DrillingInfo and Noble Energy treated this group to the final luncheon of the year. Sam Heller from USGS was also lucky enough to take home a complimentary Online Class.

    Thanks to everyone who attended luncheons in 2016, we look forward to seeing you in 2017. To find out when events near you are running, visit www.ppdm.org/events.


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    Thank You Volunteers
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    Jasleen Virdi
    on
    December 5, 2016
    Today is International Volunteer Day.

    Did you know, each year about 170 volunteers participate in over 20 committees and work groups?  These wonderful people have dedicated their time, knowledge, skill and expertise to work with the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association. 

    Together, we collaborate with our global community to organize events and publications that connect the data management community, develop standards and best practices, drive long-term programs for professional development, and achieve industry harmonization.

    Volunteers contribute to our knowledge bank, benefiting everyone. Thousands of hours of volunteer collaboration have resulted in success stories for all of us to celebrate.

    We truly appreciate our fantastic volunteers for being a part of the PPDM.

    Thank You for volunteering.

  • Check out the November Newsletter to learn about all the exciting happenings! Highlights include our Volunteer of the Month, Mike Skeffington, Pioneer Award Winners, Volunteer Opportunities, Work Group and Committee Updates, and more! Click here.

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    Keep in Touch
    By
    Jasleen Virdi
    on
    November 9, 2016
    In order to keep in compliance with CASL (Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation), the PPDM Association is asking all our account holders, members or guests, to please be sure to log into your account and update your preferences so that you will continue to receive our communications including Foundations, newsletters and more!

    To update your account please follow these steps: - Visit www.ppdm.org
    - Log In using the button at the top. Email helpdesk@ppdm.org if you are unable to log in
    - Once logged in, visit your profile by clicking your name in the top right hand middle of the screen
    - Under your profile, visit the “Preferences” Tab
    - Select the Communications you’d like to continue to receive, or you can unsubscribe from our Communications here.
    - Select “Save” to save your selection.
    - Take some time to confirm and update your contact details.

    Account Holders who do not update their preferences before the middle of December will be removed from communications lists. You can subscribe or unsubscribe from our communications at any time by visiting your profile or emailing info@ppdm.org.

  • Join the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association for the 2017 Houston Data Management Symposium & Tradeshow – February 28 to March 1, 2017 at the Houston Marriott Westchase.

    We are currently accepting Abstracts for speaking slots, Sponsors and Exhibitors. Abstracts are due December 5, 2016, and interested parties can fill out our Abstract Submission Form (link). Sponsors and Exhibitors have until January 23, 2017 to finalize their spot, though the sooner you are a sponsor/exhibitor, the more exposure you’ll receive. We also have two special Sponsorships available for Gifting and the Tradeshow Reception.

    Registration is also now open for In-Person or Virtual Attendance. For more information, please visit the event page – www.ppdm.org/houstondms2017. We look forward to seeing you there!


  • The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association would like to extend our sincere appreciation and congratulations to the winners of the PPDM 25th Anniversary Pioneer Award for Dedication. The winners of this special award were announced on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, as a part of the 2016 Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM.




    Winners of this award were selected based on their contributions to the PPDM Association from its early days and their dedicated and sustained involvement over our development years. The award recognizes their pioneering role during the journey from near the start to where we are now.

    Congratulations to:

    Wes Baird – Wes started off at a technical school in Edmonton way back in the 1970’s with a specialization in geology, and today is Chief Product Architect at geoLOGIC Systems. Wes has been involved with PPDM since the early nineties as a Board Member (off and on), a contractor, a modeling group member and where ever else he can contribute.
    Art Boykiw – Art is Vice President – Information Services, at Alberta Energy Regulator. He has been involved as a PPDM work group participant in the development of the PPDM Data Model, on the Board of Directors including as Chairman for 10 years and treasurer, and continues to play a role in Committees.
    Dave Fisher – Dave is a retired geologist whose career began in mineral exploration and then oil exploration in Canada. The latter part of his employment was in data management and in that role he was director of the PPDM Association from 1993 to 1999.
    Mel Huszti – Mel was a part of what eventually instigated the PPDM Association in 1991, coming out of his work as the coordinator of exploration mapping systems with Gulf Canada. Mel Huszti became PPDM’s first paid Executive Director in January 1995 and the rest is history!
    Pat Rhynes – Pat started work in the Oil industry in 1973 and has nearly 40 years of experience. Pat was part of the committee that designed the first version of the PPDM Data Model, as member of the Data Model Sub-Committee.
    Yogi Schulz – Yogi has over 40 years of Information Systems experience of which over 30 has been spent as a consultant. Yogi served as a member of the Board of Directors of the PPDM Association for twenty years, and is a vocal advocate of PPDM, never hesitating to share his wisdom and knowledge to ensure we are all achieving the best possible end result.
    Chuck Smith – Chuck has been part of the oil industry for decades, and has expertise in data, data management and Geographic Information Systems. As a long-time supporter, Chuck became involved with the PPDM Association as one of the original founding and executive committee members.

    We applaud these individuals for their tremendous commitment and dedication to PPDM, and extend a heartfelt thank you for helping the PPDM Association get to the point where we are now.

    Read Winners Complete Biographies Here >


  • The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association would like to Welcome six new Directors to our Board of Directors, following the October 25, 2016, Annual General Meeting as a part of the Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM.

    We would like to welcome back David Hood with geoLOGIC systems, Peter MacDougall with IHS Markit, Christine Miesner with Devon Energy and Paloma Urbano with ConocoPhillips who were re-elected. We would also like to welcome Amii Bean, an individual member, and Shashank Panchangam with Landmark-Halliburton to their first terms with the Board of Directors.

    Our sincere thanks goes out to our current Board of Directors members, Allan Huber with Shell Canada, Brian Boulmay with BP, Jeremy Eade with BP, Lesley Evans with Chesapeake Energy, Trevor Hicks with Stonebridge Consulting and Robert Best with Noah Consulting. We would like to thank Joseph Seila with Concho as he steps down from the Board, for all his hard work these past years.

    You can learn more in our Press Release. We look forward to the continued growth of the PPDM Association under the new Board of Directors.


  • Extra Extra! Read All About It! Foundations, the Journal of the Professional Petroleum Data Management Association, Volume 3, Issue 3, is now available on the www.ppdm.org/publications page. This edition's features include:

    • “Getting to the Next Level of Interoperability” by Harry Schultz
    • “Voluntarily Taking An Exam! Am I crazy?” by Alex Ross
    • “Leveraging PPDM for Well Log Validation” by Brian Richardson
    • “Collective Action” by the Regulatory Data Standards Committee
    • “Hands On With the PPDM Board of Directors” by Paloma Urbano
    • "More on Ontologies And Databases" by Mara Abel, Joel Carbonera, Michel Perrin and Luan Fonseca Garcia
    • And more!

  • The Candidate Profiles for the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association Board of Directors are now available. Please visit our Board of Directors page under “About Us” to learn more about the candidates who are seeking election. This year’s Annual General Meeting will be a part of the 2016 Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM, and will take place at 3:55pm on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the Telus Spark Science Center. Remember to ensure that your Corporate Membership has been renewed for the 2016-2017 year – please contact accounts@ppdm.org for more information on Corporate Memberships.


  • This year’s Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM will also host celebrations in honour of the PPDM Association’s 25th Anniversary. With two days of plenary and break out sessions, two networking receptions, the Annual General Meeting and special anniversary elements, this year’s Symposium is going to be exciting. Thanks to our sponsors, geoLOGIC systems, Stonebridge Consulting, EnergyIQ, Noah Consulting, Nimble Storage, Expert Systems, Informatica and McAra Printing, we have also dramatically discounted the registration rates. Learn more about this event on our event page – www.ppdm.org/calgarydms2016.


  • August and September have seen the Brisbane, Dallas and Houston communities come together for luncheons.

    The Brisbane Luncheon on August 9, 2016, featured Stephen Tyson, Chair of Subsurface Modelling at the School of Earth Sciences and Centre for Coal Seam Gas at the University of Queensland present a talk entitled “Forensic Reservoir Data Analysis – Lessons from the Golf Course.” Thank you to The Department of Natural Resources and Mines and Schlumberger for making this luncheon possible for the Brisbane community.

    The Dallas/Fort Worth community came together August 23rd for a talk by Scott Cooper, Data and Analytics Manager with Pioneer Natural Resources who presented a talk entitled “The First Steps in a Data Management Journey.” In addition to a delicious lunch and interesting presentation, Jordan Easley of Range Resources won a complimentary individual membership to the PPDM Association. Thank you to Pioneer Natural Resources for making this lunch possible.

    “Maximizing the Benefits of WITSML Data in the Well Lifecycle” was the presentation by Greg Lee Chee, Murphy Oil, and Curley Thomas, Noah Consulting, at the Houston Luncheon on September 20, 2016. This luncheon was at a new location, Houston Community College, which was a beautiful location. Riley Niles with Digital Intelligence Systems and Kim Dolfi with Repsol E&P USA both won free PPDM online classes for attending. Our sponsors, the Houston Community College and Noah Consulting, made this luncheon possible for attendees.

    Upcoming luncheons include:

    • Calgary Q3/4 Data Management Luncheon – October 4, 2016
    • Brisbane Q4 Data Management Luncheon – October 27, 2016
    • Oklahoma City Q4 Data Management Luncheon – November 8, 2016
    • Perth Q4 Data Management Luncheon – November 8, 2016
    • Tulsa Q4 Data Management Luncheon – November 17, 2016
    • Houston Q4 Data Management Luncheon – December 6, 2016
    • Denver Q4 Data Management Luncheon – December 13, 2016

  • Membership in the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association comes with a host of benefits:

    • Looking for the chance to meet industry colleagues or prospective clients? PPDM hosts events around the globe, many free for members to attend.
    • Want to save some money? Members save on PPDM events, training, certification programs and more.
    • Need to access the wealth of petroleum data management knowledge? PPDM Members have access to interactive tools like the Rules Repository, the outcomes from expert work groups such as What is a Well, and more.
    • Searching for Professional Development Opportunities - why not earn your CPDA or take a training class?
    • And so much more!
    Become a member now, it is only $100

     


  • Join the PPDM Association at our 2016 Denver Data Management Workshop, on September 29 at the US Geological Survey located in the Denver Federal Center. Speakers include Jim Crompton (Noah Consulting), Adam Chrisman (QEP Resources), Greg Gunther (US Geological Survey Energy Resources Program), Chris Eisinger (COGCC) and more! TO register, please visit our event page. Members pay only $50 for this full day workshop, which will include tours of the Federal Laboratories. This year will also include a small tradeshow to find out what’s new in the industry. Register early to save your spot!


  • Nominations for Board of Directors

    Calgary, AB, Canada, August 25, 2016 – 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 26, 2016.

    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/PPDM_BOD2016. Please ensure that you also send your high resolution photograph when submitting your candidacy, per the instructions in the survey.

    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.


  • On 4-Aug, PPDM ran the Perth Data Management Symposium, in a new format and in a new location for the Australia-West petroleum data community. Acknowledging the downturn and restrictions in travel and budget, we limited the Symposium to one day, reduced attendance costs, and used the Curtin University Graduate School of Business facility in the city as a low cost venue. We were rewarded with attendance at over 80% of last year, an admirable recognition of the importance of data management in a downturn. Special thanks to all of our sponsors and to Curtin University for supplying the venue and student help with logistics. Read more in this Perth DMS Recap document.


  • The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association is so much more than just a data model. Visit our Infographic to learn more about what we do! Be sure to get your membership now to be a part of our community.

  • PPDM has grown considerably over the past 25 years and accomplished a lot to advance the data management community, best practices and standards, education/training, professional development opportunities, to name a few. These initiatives have been successful thanks to the hard work and dedication of our many volunteers. As we move towards professionalizing data management within the petroleum industry, we also endeavor to support our volunteers in a more robust way.

    This 5 to 10-minute survey has been created to help us develop our volunteer management plan to serve you better and enhance our global volunteer experiences. We encourage you to participate and have your say related to volunteer activity. Thank you to all of our current and past volunteers for all of the work you've contributed to the PPDM.

    You can access the survey here >


  • As we celebrate our 25th Anniversary this year, this is the best time for you to become a member – and access a variety of benefits including:
    > Full access to PPDM Standards
    > Access to data model support
    > Ability to build the body of knowledge by joining work groups and committees
    > Discounts on PPDM Training
    > Discounts on Event registrations for Symposia, Workshops and now Luncheons - New after August 1, 2016, PPDM is introducing a non-member rate to attend Data Management Luncheons. This new charge is to help cover the costs associated with creating, running and maintaining our community events, not for the venue, food and beverage as they're generously sponsored. Note, if you purchase a membership within 10 business days of a luncheon, we can apply the cost for the luncheon to your membership - please contact our membership team to get your credit.
    >Discounts when earning your Certified Petroleum Data Analyst credentials
    > Access to Foundations, the Journal of the Professional Petroleum Data Management Association.

    Individual Membership is only $100 until the end of July – so sign up now! NOTE: If you are an employee of a corporate member, recently let go by a corporate member or a student, you are entitled to a complimentary 1 year membership. Please contact our membership team for more details.

  • For individuals passionate about improving the global data management community - nominations will soon be open for the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for the overall strategic management of the PPDM Association. It is expected to provide 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.

    To learn more about the Board of Directors including eligibility, visit our Board of Directors Page, and keep an eye out for the Call for Nominations. Thank you to the hard working Board Members who are currently serving and have served in the past. We hope to see you at our Annual General Meeting during the Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM - October 24-26, 2016.


  • PPDM’s Special 25th Anniversary Issue of Foundations, Volume 3, Issue 2, is now available!

    This edition’s features include:
    • - "Riding the Wave" by Trudy Curtis
    • - "The Early Years" by Dave Fisher
    • - "Things Every Petroleum Data Manager Should Know" by Fred Kunzinger
    • - "The Information Relay Race" by Jim Crompton
    • - "Hands On With the PPDM Board of Directors" by Robert Best
    • - Student Articles by Jordan Tucker and Charles Mathes
    • - And more!
    This edition is now available live for free on our website after logging in – www.ppdm.org/publications.

  • Don’t miss your chance to save big on PPDM Online Training. From June 13 to July 22, members can access online training courses for reduced rates:
    > $99 USD – 1 class
    > $149 USD – 2 classes
    > $199 USD – 3 classes

    Benefits of PPDM training extend well beyond data analysts. Managers and senior leaders use our training to arm new recruits with foundational industry knowledge, and to share a common language and understanding amongst different groups. What are you waiting for? Be your own catalyst for change and growth. Visit our online training sale page to sign up.

  • The PPDM Association held the last USA Data Management Luncheon for the fiscal year in Houston on June 14, 2016, featuring John Jacobs, Chief Consultant for Jacobs Consulting, presenting a talk entitled “MDM Integration: Past, Present and Future.” Thank you to Anadarko and CommerceLink, our Luncheon hosts, our Titanium Sponsor, geoLOGIC systems, and Platinum Sponsors Stonebridge Consulting and EnergyIQ for making this free event possible for attendees. Two lucky winners at the luncheon, Derek Garland (WellDrive) and Matt Becker (Slalom Consulting) won free online classes, and Greg Foley (Entrance Consulting) took home a free individual membership to PPDM. The next Houston luncheon is planned for September 13, 2016, please keep an eye on www.ppdm.org/events for events in your area!

  • PPDM looks forward to bringing the Asia-Pacific Community together at the 2016 Perth Data Management Symposium on August 4, 2016. This year’s one-day Symposium features deeply discounted rates of only $85 USD for members (early-bird), making it easier for attendees to join and find out what is new in the industry.

    There is a limited number of spots available, so register early to save yours! More information on this event is available at www.ppdm.org/perthdms2016.


  • The PPDM Association held the Denver Q2 Data Management Luncheon on May 3, 2016, featuring Patrick Meroney, Director of Geologic Solutions for Katalyst and Cindy Cummings, Information Management Manager for Repsol, jointly presenting "Seismic Data Management in a PPDM Compliant Database." Thank you to Katalyst Data Management and Encana, our Luncheon hosts, our Titanium Sponsor, geoLOGIC systems, and Platinum Sponsors Stonebridge Consulting and EnergyIQ for making this free event possible for attendees. Two lucky winners at the luncheon, Cliff McQuigg of Whiting Petroleum and Jenny Redmond of QEP Resources, took home free individual memberships to PPDM. The next Denver luncheon is planned for August 2, 2016, please keep an eye on www.ppdm.org/events for events in your area!

  • The Midland Q2 2016 Data Management Luncheon was held on April 21, generously hosted by Halliburton-Landmark. Shashank Panchangam, Senior Industry Solutions Advisor for Halliburton-Landmark presented an interesting talk entitled ‘Latest Trends in the Information Management Life Cycle.’ His presentation will be available for members on the PPDM website soon under Past Events. Lori Smith of EOG Resources was the lucky winner of a free individual membership.

    PPDM events are designed to educate and inform our community members. Are you interested in attending, sponsoring or speaking at an event in your local area? Be sure to keep an eye on our Events Page or email events@ppdm.org.

  • Three lucky attendees at April 19th’s Dallas/Fort Worth Data Management Luncheon took home individual memberships to the PPDM Association. Sergey Reid (XTO Energy), Atsu Atakpa (Range Resources) and Aaron Seeling (Business Intuition) will enjoy all the benefits of PPDM membership including discounts rates for events, training, certification, access to data model support and more!

    April 19th’s luncheon featured Eileen Mahlow, IT Applications & Data Supervisor, WIQI Project Delivery Manager at XTO Energy, presenting a talk entitled “Lessons Learned from an MDM Implementation”. Made possible by our event sponsors XTO Energy and EnergyIQ, attendees enjoyed the talk, presentations from our sponsors, and the opportunity to network with peers.

    The next DFW luncheon will be August 23, 2016. Keep an eye on www.ppdm.org/events to register.

  • The PPDM Association’s Asia Pacific Representative, Jess Kozman, will be attending and chairing a panel discussion at the Big Data Analytics Summit in Riyadh later this month. http://bigdata-saudi.com The panel includes Big Data experts from tourism, healthcare, petroleum, and shipping logistic, and will address some of the following

    Big Data Key Challenges and Best Practices:
    > Understanding key business objectives of a Big Data program
    > Determining the right data for a business use case
    > What data processes need to be in place to produce better results
    > Infrastructure needs (hardware & software)
    > How does analytics turn raw data to actionable insights


    I plan on highlighting:
    > Aligning a Big Data program with business growth strategy by selecting high level data types
    > The need for governance, data quality, and security processes to support Big Data analytics
    > Meeting challenges of regulatory restrictions in cloud services
    > Use of condition-based monitoring for critical equipment in the field

    Mr. Kozman has also agreed to include questions or comments from PPDM members in the dialogue – please email events@ppdm.org if you have any you’d like to include.


  • The PPDM Association Board of Directors has approved two new charters - Regulatory Data Standards (RDS) Committee and the ‘What is a Completion?’ Work Group. PPDM will be looking for any assistance member organizations can commit to with regards to business analyses, marketing, communications and logistics expertise.

    Regulatory Data Standards Committee – We will continue working to fill the committee seats. As you may know we are looking for an international balance of Senior Executives: 6 Regulators, 4 Operating Companies and 2 standards focused Data Vendors. We have already begun gathering interest in participation and will extend invitations where gaps exist in the structure we have laid out above. If you and your organization are interested in participating, we welcome hearing from you.

    ‘What is a Completion?’ Work Group– What a wonderful place to be for our first tactical work group under the RDS Committee - Initial funding is already in place and we have started to assemble a fine group of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to tackle this question. We do need a few more SMEs from the Regulatory and Operator perspective to round out this group.

    If you would like to participate in any of these opportunities, please contact projects@ppdm.org.

    I am sure that you are all celebrating alongside us now as we mark this milestone and we look forward to bringing together the committees and work groups to begin work in May / June 2016.