Megan Hunter has joined the PPDM Association team in February 2021, in the Professional Development Area. As
Program Coordinator, Megan will be working in the Certification and Training areas. Megan brings her energy and
enthusiasm from previous roles with Peak+Prairie Co. Health Promotion, Alberta Blue Cross, ASEBP and City of
Edmonton. Megan is currently completing a Master of Science in Health Promotion & Sociobehavioural Studies, along
with a Bachelors of Kinesiology, Active Living, Health and Wellbeing from the University of Alberta. Trudy Curtis
says: ”We are thrilled to welcome Megan as we build out new products and programs to support our community of data
professionals in an era of digital transformation.”
The PPDM Association would like to announce that Linda Bragg has joined our team as Project Manager and Technical Lead. Linda will be leading the International Petroleum Data Standards (IPDS) area of the PPDM Association. Linda brings with her a wealth of Oil and Gas experience working with CNRL and AKITA Drilling in various disciplines. Linda is working on her Business Administration and Management, General, Diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Please join us in welcoming Linda to the PPDM Association community. Trudy Curtis says: “Linda’s rich background in the petroleum industry will support the work being done by committed volunteers in the creation of International Petroleum Data Standards and Best Practices. We are very pleased to welcome Linda to the PPDM team”.
It is your last chance to register for the two-half day virtual February Forum, February 24-25, 2021, featuring our first ever virtual mini hackathon, presentations, and some time to network and meet our Exhibitors! Presentations include “Automating Wireline Perforation and Frac Plug Set Depths into Wellsite Reporting System using a time synchronous digital platform and IIOT” by Chad Van Buskirk, “You want me to integrate what?” by Jim Crompton, and “From Sensor to Automated Reporting, Performance Analytics & Payment” by David Shackleton and John Hanson. Register Now at https://ppdm.org/FebForum21
The PPDM Association has been reviewing the upcoming Houston Expo (April 13-14) and with the many travel
restrictions, vaccination delays, etc, and the safety of our community being of the highest importance, the decision
has been made to postpone this event to the fall. We do have new dates with the hotel, October 25 & 26, 2021.
Sponsors, Exhibitors and registrants will be notified about the new date, and are invited to contact email@example.com
if they have any questions. We thank you for your patience with us, we truly had hoped to bring the data management
community together in Houston this April but are looking forward to seeing everyone in person this October.
Are you interested in getting involved with the PPDM Association and our global activities? We have volunteer opportunities available in all three areas of the Association including our Professional Development Committee and several Regional Leadership Teams. Learn more in our Volunteer Opportunities handout or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Agenda for the February Forum is now available! This two half-day event is taking place February 24 and 25th on the theme “Using Data to Optimize Efficiency with the Internet of Things” and includes presentations, time with our virtual exhibitors and even a mini-hackathon to participate in. Learn more on our website and download your agenda today – www.ppdm.org/FebForum21.
The Agenda for the February Forum will be released soon, keep an eye on our website!
Was one of your New Years Resolution to enhance your resume? Have you considered earning your CPDA in 2021? The deadline to submit your application for the March 3, 2021, Exam is coming up on January 20, so be sure your application is in now!
The Professional Development Committee (PDC) has been working with external training providers to advance training
options for our petroleum data management community. We are also working with Basecorp to make all PPDM courses
available through our new online training platform. Online training is the best way to keep your skills current and
relevant in today’s ever-changing environment. We are looking for partners to support us as we move our Online
Training to a more sophisticated and useful online learning tool. If your organization is interested in supporting
data professionals and their career growth, please contact email@example.com
For those interested in accessing the current online training, you can get it at a 50% discount now using the
promotional code: 50OnlineSale2021.
Other initiatives of the PDC include advancement of the competency framework, developing critical surveys to keep
you informed about our professional discipline and keeping our community engaged through various outreach projects.
If you are interested in joining this dynamic team as a volunteer, we are currently recruiting. Please email
firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
The PPDM Association would like to thank Ingrid Kristel, Senior Project Manager and lead for the International
Petroleum Data Standards (IPDS) area, for over seven years of service to the PPDM Association and its members. On
Friday, Ingrid will leave PPDM for new adventures. Through the years, Ingrid has been an important member of the
PPDM Association Team as she worked tirelessly with members on programs that make a huge impact on how petroleum
data is managed, and how data professionals are certified. Ingrid’s energy, wisdom, and ability to organize and
multi-task on many ongoing projects and programs have been invaluable and will be deeply missed. We wish her
happiness on her next adventures, and thank her deeply for her time spent with us. We hope you will join us in
thanking Ingrid for her contribution to the Association and the data management community.
For IPDS questions and concerns, please contact email@example.com. Questions regarding Certification can be sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org for our Registrar and new oncoming program coordinator.
As the holidays approach, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation for every member of the community, whether you purchased a membership, volunteered on a team, attended an event, or even simply subscribed to our newsletter or visited our website.
Here at the PPDM Association, it has been a year of tremendous experiences. We wanted to take this time to thank our volunteers in all three areas of the PPDM Association, our Community, International Petroleum Data Standards (IPDS) and Professional Development. It is through these amazing and dedicated individuals we continue to grow.
We would also like to acknowledge our Board of Directors, without whom we could not have navigated this challenging year. Their guidance, support and direction has been invaluable to the Association.
We wish every one of you happy and healthy holidays. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.
The PD Catalogue is proving to be a valuable resource for our membership as we round the corner of the end of 2020.
With so many working from home, there seems to be more time for, and interest in online learning. Thanks to our PD
Catalogue workstream volunteers for growing this valuable resource to accommodate this demand.
February 24-25, 2021, will be our two-day February Data Management Forum, focused on a theme of “Using Data to
Optimize Efficiency with the Internet of Things” Organized by the Dallas/Fort Worth Leadership Team, this event will
feature virtual tours along with other interactive elements. If you or your organization is interested in putting
forward an abstract or would like to sponsor, please check out our event page. We’d also like to thank everyone who
attended our virtual events in 2020, we are looking forward to 2021.
The IPDS groups have been busy with its many initiatives and building for the future of the interactive PPDM
applications over the last month. If you would like to discuss any of the existing work or have thoughts on where
you would like to see more focus in the future, we would appreciate hearing from you – email@example.com.
We need you! Each month in the Data Examiner we are profiling great photos taken by our community! We want to see your snapshots and profile them in the Data Examiner and our website, www.ppdm.org. We also want people to get on and vote for their favourite photos. Upload your photo now or vote for your favourites at photocontest.ppdm.org.
In July 2020, the PPDM Association launched our new Data Examiner – a newsletter filled with Guest Editorials,
updates on the PPDM Association, our Volunteer of the Month, the Photo Contest and more! Many of these articles and
stories are available here on the website, and our Data Examiner Page.
If you have a Guest Editorial or Article you’d like to share with the global data management community, or any
feedback on the Examiner, please send it to our Editorial Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you haven’t seen your
copy of your Data Examiner, be sure to check your junk mail and your Communications Preferences under your Account at the top of this screen!.
The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association would like to welcome six new or returning Directors
to the Board of Directors, following the October 27, 2020, Annual General Meeting.
We would like to welcome back David Hood (geoLOGIC systems), Jamie Cruise (Schlumberger) and Ali Sangster (IHS
Markit) who were re-elected for another term. We would also like to extend our congratulations
to Sue Carr (Katalyst Data Management), Kolleen Kidd (retired), and Daniel Perna (EPAM) on their election to a first
term with the Board.
“I would like to extend my personal thanks to all those who stood for election at yesterday’s AGM, and my
congratulations to those candidates who were elected by the voting membership. I’m sure I speak for all of the
current Directors when I say that I look forward to working with each of you to continue to advance the
sustainability and strategic direction of the PPDM Association.” Allan Huber, Chair of the PPDM Association Board of
Our sincere thank you and appreciation goes out to the Directors who will continue in their terms: Allan Huber
(Shell-Retired), Robert Best (EPAM Systems), Tarun Chandrasekhar (Riversand), James Soos (Infosys) and Curley Thomas
(Chevron). We would especially like to thank Kevin Brunel (Brunel Analytics), Emile Coetzer (Chevron), Paloma Urbano
(Conoco Phillips), and Peter MacDougall (retired) for their hard work and dedicated service as they retire from the
Join the Denver Leadership team on November 17 for our November Data Management Forum, featuring a half day of talks
on the theme ‘Adapting Data Management to a New Cost Focused Reality.” Presentations include “The Role of PPDM in
the Digital Transformation” and “The Art of Data Possible.” Register now to save your spot –
Over the last month the various Committees and Work Groups that make up the IPDS stream
have been busy moving things forward. Here are a few highlights for you.
The Professional Development Committee was very happy to present at the September DM Forum
in September. Heidi-Lynne Balasch and Susan Hopkin walked the virtual group through an update on the work of the PDC
and enjoyed a great response to the Mentimeter. Thank you to all who attended and provided their feedback.
We also extend our thanks to our Corporate member companies who reviewed the draft job descriptions and provided
feedback throughout the month.
As you know, there’s always a lot of activity going on at the PPDM Association, and we want
to make sure that you don’t miss out on great communications including our Data Examiner, event invitations,
announcements and more! If you haven’t seen an email from us in a while, please be sure to check your Junk Folder,
update your communications preferences in your ‘My Account’ at the top right of your screen to subscribe to
communications, and add email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org to your email safe list. If you need any help
making sure that you are up to date on what’s going on at the PPDM Association, please contact
The goal of this series is to inspire community collaboration where professionals working in petrotechnical data management or related fields have access to experienced advisors. Join PPDM for the first in this virtual series on October 14, 2020, featuring a deep dive into the PPDM Association programs. Learn more on our event page.
The Reference Value Listing of easily discoverable resources is growing. This work group is now underway bringing together the comprehensive listing, whether they are developed by the PPDM Association or another authority. If you are interested in participating in this work at either a full listing criteria review level or as a subject matter expert, please contact email@example.com.
The PDC has been working hard throughout the summer. Here are the highlights: The Job Families group are collaborating with member companies to review six Job Descriptions. A big thank you to those who are contributing. The PD Catalogue team have also been busy recruiting new training providers - visit our website to learn more. Outreach presented a very active session at the Australia DM Workshop and are already planning for their next presentation (PPDM September Forum). The Surveys group are leaning into a second survey for our membership, which you will have access to early in the new year. We can always use new recruits, so if you’re interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is still time to register for the first Data Management Forum, September 29-October 1, 2020. This three-morning event has a different theme for each day: OSDU, Master Data Management and the Cloud. Registration starts at only $25/day for all this fantastic content. Thank you to our Calgary Leadership Team for all their hard working making this event happen, and to our sponsors: geoLOGIC systems, Infosys, WellDrive, Snowflake, IHS Markit, Viqtor Davis, Katalyst Data Management and Osprey Data.
In July 2020, the PPDM Association announced the launch of our Data Management Forums for late 2020. These three half-day forum events feature presentations on a variety of themes including the Cloud, Master Data Management, Cost Savings and more. Hosted on our virtual platform, and made possible by our sponsors, the agendas for these workshops will be available shortly. Thank you as well to our Leadership Teams in Calgary, Midland and Denver for all their hard work pulling these Forums together.
For more than 30 years, PPDM has been collaborating with its members to develop and maintain Reference Values for the PPDM Data Model. In Q2 2020, we created a master library of easily discoverable Reference Values.
The working group, chaired by Phil Cremer, plans a comprehensive resource that will help members find reference values, whether they are developed by the PPDM Association or another authority.
You can access Reference Lists here. Opportunities to contribute to this work are located on the website. If you would like to be a member of the working group, please contact us at email@example.com.
The PDC is actively seeking new external training provider courses to be added to our professional Development (PD) Catalogue. New course options will begin to be available in August 2020. Keep your eye on the PPDM Website to review new classes.
The PPDM Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Matt Becker as the new Chair of the PPDM Education Advisory Committee (PEAC). The PEAC is a new committee launching in the Spring of 2020 to help guide and develop training opportunities for our professional discipline.
The PEAC will advise on the role of existing courses for professional development, identify and define new courses or curricula, methods to test and measure knowledge and work with other committees and work groups to recommend a full suite of credentials/certification programs. The committee will also collaborate with external training providers and engage in other activity related to the advancement of our discipline.
We are excited to have Matt lead up this key PPDM initiative over the coming months. A bit about Matt:
Matt serves as the Managing Director of Sullexis’ Enterprise Data Management practice. He has spent 20+ years implementing strategies that drive client performance through technology adaptation in areas ranging from big data, enterprise data management to business intelligence and analytics. Matt enjoys delivering the value gained by implementing solid information management principles, thereby reducing inefficiencies and gaining insight into overall operational performance.
If you are interested in volunteering for this committee (2-year commitment), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PPDM Association is pleased to announce Phil Cremer as the new chair of the PPDM Reference Values Project. Conducted as part of the PPDM Body of Knowledge program, the reference values project aims to help data professionals identify and use useful lists of values. Many of these lists have been created or identified by PPDM work groups over time; they are being compiled and published here. “Industry leadership for PPDM projects is critical, and we are delighted that Phil is prepared to offer his time and expertise to this work”, said Trudy Curtis (CEO).
Phil Cremer has many years of experience with operating companies and as a consultant. Phil’s long experience with PPDM standards, seismic data, data management and data systems development position him as an effective and knowledgeable leader for this project. Phil sees this work as critical and is looking forward to moving this work forward. “Without standards, industry reference lists soon become the Tower of Babble where everything has to be translated. Many times, out of necessity, data professionals have to come up with something out of nothing to match their needs. Hopefully, these reference lists can be a start to industry standardization.”
PPDM Association members responded to critical business challenges in the Facilities data space by conducting a ‘What is a Facility’ feasibility study.
Work done by the What is a Facility Feasibility study team sets a strong foundation for an ongoing workgroup (if approved and resourced by members). Initial work done includes a facet framework and baseline definitions, regulatory analysis and comparisons, reference material, and methodology. The submitted package is currently under review by the PPDM Association internal resources and board of directors.
If you would like to be one of the first PPDM Association members to have an opportunity to discuss ‘What is a Facility’ with us, please contact email@example.com.
The Professional Development Committee (PDC) has developed six baseline job descriptions, which can be used as foundational material to develop or augment existing job descriptions of similar roles and responsibilities. Recognizing that one size does not fit all, the PDC has drafted six widely-recognized roles: Data Analyst, Data Manager, Chief Data Manager, Data Steward, Petrotechnical Business Analyst, and Petrotechnical Data Scientist.
These have been distributed to all PPDM Association Leadership Teams for the first level of review.
We look forward to interviewing member companies for the second level of feedback on these roles prior to publication. Thanks to all who have contributed to this major body of work.
We are very pleased to announce that the 3rd release of Well Status & Classification is complete. In this version of the work you will find examples, clarifications, and illustrations to support user understanding. As with all PPDM Standards and Best Practices, we look forward to hearing your feedback and comments; please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would also like to acknowledge the very dedicated group of volunteers who spent countless hours expanding and refining the facets, values, and definitions and our sponsor, Chevron, for supporting and initiating this work throughout.
Be sure to put in your calendar the Australia Virtual Data Management Workshop is coming up August 26 & 27, 2020. This two morning workshop will feature presentations, interactive discussions, networking time and more, on the theme “Navigating the Future of E&P Data Management Beyond 2020.” The Agenda will be out mid-July, and you can save your spot now on our website. Training opportunities on August 25 is also in progress. Thank you to our sponsors including geoLOGIC systems and Sword Venture for making this event possible.
In recognition of the challenging times in the industry, PPDM will offer any organization wishing to post industry/data related jobs on our Career Page complimentary access. To have your organization’s open position posted, please send the information to email@example.com.
The Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA) website has a new look. This fresh and easy to navigate site holds information for potential and current CPDAs, highlighting helpful tools such as ‘Who Should Certify,’ ‘CPDA Library’ and more. Check it out now – https://ppdm.org/certification.
We want to hear from you! PPDM and our External Training Providers have a variety of training courses available, but we want your feedback to ensure that you are getting the training you want and need, especially in these challenging times. If you have specific training needs, now is a great time to be heard. Take this two-minute Survey to tell us more. .
With industry focused on digital transformation, the PPDM association has never been more critical than it is today. Integrated digital data platforms like the OSDU Platform depend on the collaborative efforts of the PPDM association and its members. Together, we will enable the digital transformation of the industry and the effective deployment of the OSDU Platform, and true interoperability will be delivered. Read more in a Message to the Members of the PPDM Association from the Board of Directors.
The PPDM Association hopes everyone in our community is safe and healthy during these challenging times. With so many people isolated, we are utilizing virtual opportunities to connect everyone in our industry not only across organizations, but also around the world. PPDM has moved many of our events to virtual platforms, bringing together regional and global attendees, including our recent Virtual Expo. Working with our sponsors and Leadership Teams, many of the events, including several upcoming luncheons, will be free or very low cost for our members to attend – please visit our Events List to see what events might interest you. Programs such as our CPDA Certification are already offered in a virtual environments, so continue to be accessible no matter where you are working (and our virtual events are still eligible for CPDA Professional Development Units). We look forward to keeping connected with you.
Join the Oklahoma City Leadership Team as they host their first Virtual Workshop on June 9, 2020. This half day virtual workshop features eight speakers along our theme of ‘Driving Digital Transformation Through Traditional Data Management,” and include topics on cost savings and improving operations. Thanks to our tremendous sponsors, including our Platinum Sponsor geoLOGIC systems (www.geologic.com), and Workshop Plus sponsors WellDrive (www.welldrive.com) and IHS Markit (www.ihsmarkit.com), we have been able to reduce the cost for this event to start at only $25 for members! Register now to save your spot.
We would like to sent out a big 'Thank You' to those who visited and provided feedback on the compensation survey at the Professional Development Booth during the Virtual Expo. PPDM Members, you can explore the compensation survey interactive analysis here
PPDM's Certification Committee needs YOU! We are looking for volunteers to help this great committee continue to grow our CPDA program. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can make a difference!
Thank you to everyone who attended our first ever Virtual Expo! On March 12, 2020, we committed to transforming the April Expo to a virtual experience, while simultaneously rebooking the physical event for the end of September (New dates: September 29-30, 2020). PPDM was fortunate to have a strong, five-track agenda in place, thanks to the Houston Leadership Team. The event saw 326 registrations, from nine countries and a variety of companies, along with two days of great presentations, networking and visits to our Exhibitors. Going forward, our plans for a physical conference on September 29-30 are in progress. We look forward to seeing everyone in person at the end of September for what is certain to be a great Expo!
As many of you will have heard, we have investigated options for moving forward with the 2020 Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo in light of the current pandemic COVID-19 crisis. For March 31-April 1, 2020, the Houston Expo will still take place as a virtual event. Virtual conferencing offers us the opportunity to move our entire event to an online environment. Our conversations with several of you so far indicate that you are very supportive of this opportunity. Through this environment, you will have an opportunity to participate in the conference talks, see our exhibitors, and recognize our sponsors (who make it possible for you to attend at an incredibly low price).
As a virtual conference, we can offer participation opportunities to many international members, who otherwise may struggle for approval or funding to travel. We have already heard from some who are hoping we will move forward this way. More information will be available soon on the event page for how our attendees can attend the conference, so stay tuned.
We now have the new dates for the physical event – September 29-30, 2020. Registration is now open. Note, anyone previously registered will be transferred to this event automatically..
If you are planning to sit the May 13, 2020, Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA) Exam and have not yet submitted your application, you will have a bit more time. The deadline to submit your exam has been extended to April 3, 2020. More information is available on our Certification website or contact our registrar.
The PPDM Q1 luncheon was held in the Devon Energy Conference Center on Tuesday, February 18th. Cynthia Hazard, Senior Manager for EPAM Systems, captivated a crowd of nearly 80 as she presented a talk entitled “Just Because You Build It, Doesn’t Mean They’ll Come.” She discussed adoption challenges organizations are facing around digital and technology implementations. She reviewed why it’s important to have a ‘people’ strategy along with a digital strategy and provided examples of implementations that had positive results and those that didn’t and why. Cynthia concluded by providing steps to implement key change management principles on any project to drive user adoption and value realization.
Cynthia has spent more than 20 years partnering with executives and senior leaders to drive strategy, innovation, business process improvements, and transformation. She is an effective coach and mentor to client teams and colleagues, and a subject matter expert in organizational change management, strategic communications, process improvement, and human capital engagement.
Many thanks to Devon Energy for a beautiful venue and a delicious meal. Watch for details on our upcoming OKC Petroleum Data Workshop which will be held May 12th at Gulfport Energy. Our theme this year is “Reducing Costs and Increasing Revenue with Data Maturity”. We are accepting abstracts for this event with a submittal deadline of March 10th and you may use our abstract submission form.
Sam Cook with Esri packed the house at our Denver Q1 Data Management Luncheon held at BPX Energy. Sam presented a talk entitled “An Introduction to Geospatial Intelligence: Context, Content, and Value.” Spatial analysis provides individuals and organizations a scientific approach to uncovering the relationships between places, objects, people, and activities relevant to their goals. With the emergence of effective and scalable artificial intelligence (AI), spatial machine learning has emerged as an incredibly valuable mechanism to automate and enhance existing workflows. This session discussed the key components of geospatial AI, the case for its distinction, and the value it provides.
Sam Cook is a geospatial analytics professional with a background in defense and intelligence. His current role emphasizes the development, deployment, and evangelizing of a spatial machine learning and artificial intelligence body of knowledge to help Esri’s clients achieve greater success.
EnergyIQ whetted everyone’s appetite with a wonderful spread made up of Chicken Milanese, Pesto Pasta, Caesar Salad, Bread Sticks, and Homemade Desserts. Not a soul went away hungry!
Thanks so much to our event sponsors, BPX Energy and EnergyIQ as well as our Luncheon Series Sponsors, Stonebridge Consulting and WellDrive, and our Platinum Sponsor, geoLOGIC stystems. Without the support of companies like these, our events would not be possible!
The PPDM Q1 2020 Petroleum Data Luncheon was bursting at the seams when Jon Snyder with OspreyData delivered a compelling talk entitled “Real Time Data In Oil and Gas, How to Prepare for It”. Occidental Petroleum hosted the 94 attendees in their awesome conference facility and EnergyIQ satisfied everyone’s appetites with a delicious barbeque spread. During Jon’s talk, he delved into issues and challenges producers have with real time data in Oil and Gas. He focused in on how organizations need to prepare for building a strong data backbone by examining the collection and storage of this critical data. Jon discussed steps and metrics that should be considered when evaluating the quality of the real time data a producer has. Jon ended by introducing exciting opportunities that can be developed with advanced analytics and machine learning from real time data.
Jon is a Petroleum and Reservoir Engineer with over 10 years of experience with large and small producers such as Encana, Venoco and Burlington Resources. Jon turned his interest and affinity for analytics and is now using his extensive field expertise to help develop Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning solutions for OspreyData as Director of Client Engagement.
Don’t miss our upcoming Petroleum Data Expo which will take place at the Westin Memorial City on March 31-April 1. This year’s theme is “Using Digital Transformation to Transform your Future” with over 70 speakers and panelists presenting materials in five different tracks. There will be over 20 exhibitors as well so be sure to register for this amazing event by going to www.ppdm.org/hexpo20. If you register by March 3rd, the member rate is $219 and non-member rate is $399 for two full days of excitement and great content. Individual membership is available for only $100 so if you aren’t a member, you can become one and attend the Expo for only $319. Hope to see you there!!
In our continued drive to understand how we can best serve our industry, we are testing the need to expand our Professional Development portfolio to Facilities Data. Below is a survey link which we would appreciate if you could take a 10 minutes to fill out and share in your network, it's only a few minutes from your day to give back your industry. Thank you in advance. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PPDM_Facilities_Training
Over the 2019 holidays, the petroleum data management community lost a valuable and well-respected member. Mark
Priest, a Practice Partner with Wipro in Houston, participated in many PPDM work groups and committees, providing
insight, expertise and a good sense of humour. Mark began his E&P Data Management career in 1988 at Maxus Energy in
Amarillo, Texas where he helped Geoscientists and Engineers convert from paper to PC's and workstations. He served
as project manger for E&P Data Management projects for Triton Energy and Burlington Resources before joining
Schlumberger-GeoQuest in 1997. While with Schlumberger, he worked in numerous Data Management roles in Texas,
Nigeria, and Angola. Margaret Barron, Chief of Professional Development and PPDM, shared some memories of Mark "Mark
was a true visionary and one of the kindest people you'll ever meet. He made time for people. As a mentor,
collaborator, educator and friend, Mark always went above and beyond to bring joy and positivity to the table. He
joined PPDM as a volunteer in 2010 and we'll never forget that first group meeting in Houston when Mark turned up in
a Hawaiian shirt! He set the tone for the rest of the day, which will go down in history as the most productive and
fun committee meeting ever. Mark was loved and will be missed by so many, leaving the world void of one less
The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association announces that the government of Indonesia is formally referencing the PPDM Association’s Data Model 3.9 as an industry open standard endorsed by the new Ministerial decree. In August 2019, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources promulgated Regulation No. 7 of 2019 concerning Management and Utilization of Oil and Gas Data and followed by regulation No.013 K/03/SJD/2019 issued in October 2019 by the Secretary General of Ministry of Energy and Minerals. The regulation is expected to make it easier for investors to access Indonesian oil and gas data and encourage the discovery of new oil and gas reserves. Read more in our Press Release.
Interested in reading about what happened at the National Data Repository (NDR) 2019 conference? Read our volunteer Vimbai Catherine Kurewa’s conference summary to learn more.
PPDM’s Professional Development Committee (PDC) is pleased to release the preliminary results from the Compensation Survey collected from the data management community in Q2. The results include interesting demographic and compensation information, with future iterations providing more detailed results. Full preliminary results are available to members, and while guests can also log in to see some of the results. This survey is planned to run every two years, and the PDC is looking for new members to continue the work on this and other projects. For more information, contact email@example.com.
The 2020 Dallas/Fort Worth Petroleum Data Workshop will take place on February 25, 2020, at Microsoft’s Las Colinas Campus, featuring the theme “Driving Digital Transformation Through Traditional Data Management.” This one day event features a variety of presentations and panel discussions, along with tours of the Microsoft Technology Center, and networking opportunities. Prices start at only $100 USD, but register early to save! Sponsor opportunities are still available.
Join the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association at our 2020 Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo March 31-April 1, 2020, at the Westin Houston Memorial City. This popular annual event has something for everyone with five stages of presentations, exhibitors, networking breaks and amazing plenary presentations. Our keynote speaker this year is Kentaro Kawamori from Rice Investment Group presenting “Using Digital Transformation to Transform Your Future.” Sponsor and Exhibitor opportunities are available and selling quickly – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Registration is open now with prices starting at only $219 for members for two full days.
PPDM’s Well Status & Classification Group will be running an intensive workshop December 2-4 to work through the recommendations received from industry to up the work done in v.2 and add in some Regulatory Facets and their related values. All of the Facets will be tackled in 2 hour sprints over these 3 days so you anyone interested can participate in any (or all) as they choose. These meetings will be generously hosted by Chevron in Houston but we will be providing remote coordinates for each session so you can participate from anywhere. Interested volunteers can sign up for any of the facets that include: Trajectory Type, Well Role, Well Status, Regulatory Life Cycle, Fluid Type, Wellbore Status, Regulatory Reporting, Lahee Class, Outcome, Business Life Cycle, Business Interest/Business Intention & Fluid Direction, and Operatorships/Well Structure/Well Reporting Class. If you or someone you know are interested in participating in one of these two hour sprints, please contact email@example.com before November 29, 2019.
Foundations, Volume 6, Issue 2 is now available free on our website. With a variety of topics from the Internet of Things to Data Warehousing and Data Quality, this edition has plenty of interesting articles. To contribute an article or advertise in Foundations, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In October 2018, the new PPDM Best Practice “What Is A Completion’ was released at the Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM. The members-only review period is drawing to a close, and PPDM is looking for members to provide their feedback and suggestions for this exciting piece of work.
If you are a member of PPDM and have some comments to share on ‘What Is A Completion’ please visit here and fill out the survey.
The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association would like to welcome six new and returning Directors to our Board of Directors, following the October 22, 2019, Annual General Meeting as a part of this weeks 2019 Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM.
We would like to welcome back Allan Huber (Shell), Trevor Hicks (Stonebridge Consulting) and Robert Best (EPAM Systems) who were re-elected. We would also like to welcome Tarun Chandrasekhar (Riversand), James Soos (Infosys) and Curley Thomas (Chevron) to their first term with the Board of Directors.
“On behalf of the Board of Director’s, I would like to extend a hearty welcome to the newly elected and returning Directors. I would also like to express the Board’s gratitude to the departing Directors, for their guidance and hard work over the past term. Their wise counsel and passion for the ongoing success of the PPDM Association will be deeply missed,” said Allan Huber, Chairman of the PPDM Association Board of Directors.
Our sincere thanks goes out to our current Board of Directors members, David Hood (geoLOGIC systems), Emile Coetzer (Chevron), Jamie Cruise (Schlumberger), Kevin Brunel (Brunel Analytics), Paloma Urbano (ConocoPhillips), and Peter MacDougall (IHS Markit). We would like to thank Ali Sangster (IHS Markit), Jeremy Eade (BP Lower 48) and Lesley Evans (Chesapeake Energy) as they step down from the Board, for their hard work these past years.
We look forward to the continued evolution and growth of the PPDM Association under the new Board of Directors.
A record breaking 135 members of the Houston area data management community came together at EnerVest’s offices in downtown Houston on Tuesday, October 8, to hear about Schlumberger’s contribution to the Open Subsurface Data Universe, OSDU. Raj Kannan, DELFI Data Ecosystem Manager for Schlumberger was the presenter and explained that Schlumberger believes that a step change in performance in Upstream Oil & Gas requires taking an integrated approach; breaking down barriers:
To achieve the above, Schlumberger believes an integrated approach to data is necessary and that industry adoption is far more important than competing in this space.
On August 8th, Schlumberger announced that it would Open Source the data ecosystem developed for DELFI and contribute to OSDU. This talk introduced the philosophy and capabilities of the data ecosystem, describe the scope of the contribution and subsequent impact on OSDU ambition and process.
Many thanks to EnerVest and Enverus (formerly DrillingInfo), our event sponsors for providing a great venue and a delicious lunch.
Our next Houston event will be our Q1 luncheon on January 14th followed by a 2-day Machine Learning Workshop on January 21-22 at the offices of Petro.ai. Our annual Houston Petroleum Data Expo will take place on March 31-April 1 at the Westin Memorial City. If you are not receiving our invites and would like to receive them in the future, please contact email@example.com and we will add you to our distribution list.
Are you an employer looking for a great candidate for your data management related job? Are you looking for a new position? Did you know PPDM has a Careers Page. This page is free for our Corporate Members to post their jobs, and also includes volunteer positions available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get your job posted now.
Curious about some of the achievements PPDM and our community have achieved over the last fiscal?
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The PPDM Association would like to extend our sincere congratulations to one of our long time volunteers, Jim Crompton, on winning the ‘Management and Information Award’ at the 2019 SPE International Awards, which were presented at the Annual Banquet at SPE’s ATCE. Jim is currently a volunteer on the Foundations Editorial Team and the Board of Directors Nominations Committee, along with several previous volunteer roles including sitting on the Denver Regional Leadership Team. Congratulations to Jim on this award.
Have you been considering taking the Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA) Exam? The 2020 Dates have been announced. This is a good time to start building them into your 2020 professional goals.
Learn more at www.ppdm.org/certification.
The 2018-2019 fiscal has seen continued growth in the area of Professional Development at PPDM. Our public and private trainings, taught by PPDM’s CEO Trudy Curtis, were held in 8 different cities with more than 400 attendees, not including those who enjoyed the brand new ‘What Is A Completion’ training at the 2019 Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo as a part of their registration. This was also the first year that we offered a Machine Learning Workshop with Lewis Matthews and the West Texas Data Science Institute team, which was delivered in three cities.
PPDM’s Certification program continued to grow momentum in the 18-19 fiscal, with 20 new CPDAs earning their credential, from regions including Norway, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, South Africa, Australia and Indonesia. As demand increased additional sitting options were put in place and the CPDA Credential Maintenance program was enhanced to support this community.
The Professional Development Committee (PDC) also achieved several milestones this fiscal. The Job Families Grid and the 7 sample high-level Role Descriptions have been well-received. The Compensation Survey was also launched and completed by more than 500 community members from around the world, providing valuable information for the Professional Development Committee. They also launched the new Professional Development Catalogue – www.ppdm.org/training – with information on the many classes available at both PPDM, with a growing selection from external training providers.
Thank you to our many volunteers in both the PDC and Certification Committee for all their countless hours making these important programs possible.
Have you earned your Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA) or looking to learn more about the credential maintenance portion of the CPDA program? We have a new video on the CPDA Credential Maintenance and Professional Development Units. This 42 minute recording of a live webinar with PPDM’s Ingrid Kristel, Senior Project Manager, walks through what happens after you earn your credential, what PDUs are and how to keep on top of them. Visit the Credential Maintenance page for more information!
The International Petroleum Data Standards (IPDS) segment of the PPDM Association saw some fantastic milestones achieved in the 2018-2019 fiscal. The first milestone was the change from ‘Best Practices & Standards’ to the new terminology of ‘International Petroleum Data Standards’ or IPDS that more clearly describes the depth and breadth of work that is begin done in collaboration with our membership stakeholders. We look forward to seeing this term grow in usage along with our programs.
After years of subject matter expert volunteer’s hard work, the release of ‘What Is A Completion’ was announced at the 2018 Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM. The aim of What Is A Completion is to develop a best practice that is globally applicable, and that can both support and be independent of any specific organization type or individual job function. The What Is A Completion material was constructed to help you translate the vocabulary that is used by different disciplines into a common vocabulary. Start with the illustrations and discover what words and definitions each user group associates with that illustration; map these into What Is A Completion. As you do this, your user groups will develop an understanding and appreciation of the different needs that others have; this facilitates better cooperation and collaboration. This toolkit is available on the PPDM website for members only now with hundred of downloads already and thousands of paper copies distributed at PPDM events. After October 2019, the member review period will be completed and this work will be widely available. Thank you to that amazing group of volunteers for all their hard work in creating this valuable disambiguation toolkit.
We also had the pleasure of launching and revitalizing several areas of work with our dedicated volunteers around Data Rules (updated library application, faceted classification, framework and compliance measures to support our journey to Business Rule Collections), 3.10 Data Modelling (adding in Coordinate Reference Systems, Units of Measure, Hydraulic Fracturing / Water Management and also managing any changes that have been submitted since our last release) and Well Status & Classification (with a focus from the Regulatory lens.) Our volunteers have put tremendous effort into these different areas of work with upgrades, updates and improvements. We look forward to the outcomes as these different pieces are driven forward by membership.
In 2018-2019 we also launched the Standards Support community, available for any member to access. Feel free to log in and check it out under the ‘IPDS’ tab. We look forward to continued growth, milestones and achievements in the areas of IPDS over the next fiscal – but we need you to make them happen! These projects are only possible through funding and volunteers – contact email@example.com for more information.
Calgary, AB, Canada, August 7, 2019 – In accordance with the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association Bylaws, nominations are now open for the PPDM Association Board of Directors. The Board is looking for experienced executive thinkers who will provide strategic leadership and governance for the PPDM Association and act in the best interests of all the members of the PPDM Association by promoting the PPDM Association’s goals.
Nominations must be submitted to the PPDM Association office prior to Friday, September 13, 2019. In 2018, the PPDM Association Board of Directors formed a Nominations Committee to support the nomination process. The committee will speak to every nominee and provide an assessment to those who will be voting at the AGM later in 2019.
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.
PPDM Luncheon events are an essential part of the PPDM Association’s mandate to keep the data management community strong, and are hosted around the world. With luncheon events happening in 12 regions globally, attendees are able to come together to network, expand their knowledge and grow their expertise. In 2018 we had more than 1,400 attendees at the luncheons, of which nearly 40% were operators.
Our luncheons are only possible through sponsors, and we have four ways that your organization can support the data management community while gaining valuable exposure to this growing niche group. The newest sponsorship option, the USA Luncheon Series Sponsorship, enables your organization to be highlighted at all USA luncheon events in one agreement, getting you a host of benefits with less time and effort for your team.
2020 dates for PPDM events are going to be coming soon, so now is the time to connect in. Our Sponsorship Kit with more information on the different types of sponsorships is available and our Events team welcomes the chance to work with your organization.
As our fiscal year end comes to a close, the PPDM Association is delighted to have seen continued growth in our global community. Since August 2018, PPDM has brought together nearly 2,500 attendees at 37 PPDM events in 14 cities around the world. More than 75 volunteers on 9 Leadership Teams alone made these events both possible and relevant for attendees. We also broke attendance records at our Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo, along with luncheons in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Midland, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Brisbane and the United Kingdom. We would like to thank our amazing volunteers, sponsors, speakers and supporters for another great year – we look forward to continued growth around the world.
August is a busy month for PPDM in Australia, with multiple events and training in different regions. The fun starts in Perth on August 12 and 13 with four different half day training classes, taught by PPDM’s CEO, Trudy Curtis. Following that on August 14 & 15, be sure to attend our largest regional event – the Perth Data Management Workshop & Field Trip, which includes a day and a half of presentations, discussions and activities, along with an option field trip the morning of August 14. Adelaide is our next stop, with our luncheon featuring CEO Trudy Curtis discussing “The Future of Data and Data Disciplines’ and an afternoon of training on both ‘What Is A Well’ and ‘What is A Completion’. Brisbane is next on August 21, with our first regional Mini-Workshop led by the Australia East Leadership Team, with five different presentations. The next day, August 22, we have our Brisbane Training class ‘Introduction to Master Data Management,’ followed by a luncheon presentation to PESA. With so many ways to connect in with PPDM, we look forward to seeing you at one of these great events. Register now to save your spot.
PPDM’s Denver Leadership Team is currently accepting abstracts to speak at the November 13th Denver Petroleum Data Symposium. The theme for this one day Symposium is ‘Does Your Data Fuel Value?’ and more information is available in our Call For Abstracts. Thank you to our sponsors geoLOGIC systems, Stonebridge Consulting, Schlumberger and IHS Markit for sponsoring this popular event, sponsor opportunities are still available. Learn more at www.ppdm.org/denverpds19.
The agenda is now available and registration is open to attend the 2019 Perth Data Management Workshop & Field Trip. This year’s Workshop features an optional Field trip to the Pawsey Supercomputer Centre, along with a day and a half of presentations, discussions and activities. The agenda features talks on a variety of topics including strategy, professional development and technical topics. Register now to save your spot at this popular event. Sponsorship opportunities are also available – please visit our website for more information – www.ppdm.org/perthdmw19 or check out our infographic.
Are you interested in sharing your insights, knowledge and experience at PPDM’s Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM taking place October 21-23, 2019? The deadline to submit an abstract has been extended to June 28, 2019. Learn more on the Calgary Symposium website – www.ppdm.org/calgarydms19.
Have you seen the post from our volunteer Jennifer Jordan, CPDA about why you should connect in with the PPDM Association? You can see it now in our Video Gallery.
PPDM's Professional Development Committee (PDC) invites you to participate in our unprecedented petroleum data management job-specific Compensation Survey. This critical body of research is the first of two surveys, designed to capture important global data to help establish and support our professional discipline. Your participation is key to securing our future as recognized professionals, and enable us to provide current information to future generations of petroleum data managers. Contribute to something big and take the Survey. Thank you for participating and we encourage you to pass this Survey along to your petroleum data management colleagues.