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  • Learn about The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association and the many projects, events, and activities that happened over our 2016/2017 fiscal year in our Annual Report!


  • Thank you to everyone who attended our 2017 Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM. We hope that it was a valuable experience for everyone, and were delighted to hear positive feedback on this event. Highlight presentations included Gartner’s Keynote Presentation “Data Moves Beyond Hope & Hype,” the “Executive Panel Q&A: Disruptive Technologies, Data Management and Operational Strategies,” “Marathon Oil’s Master Data Management Journey – One Year After Go-Live” and “Leveraging Information/Data Governance Within Disparate Environments.” For those who were unable to attend, members can access presentations on our Past Events Page at any time. We’d like to extend our sincere appreciation to the members of the Calgary Leadership Team who worked hard to bring together this exciting and popular agenda.

    Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors for making this event possible: geoLOGIC systems, Stonebridge Consulting, EnergyIQ, Gartner, CBN Commercial Services, Noah Consulting, Katalyst Data Management, RS Energy and the Calgary Geoscience Data Managers Society. We couldn’t have done it without you!


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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

     

     

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS

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

    ELIGIBILITY

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

    HOW TO PROCEED

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

     

    Questions posed to the panel included:

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

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

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

    Last reply on September 5, 2017 by Brian Tuplin

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


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    You Are Invited!
    By
    Jasleen Virdi
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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
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    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
    By
    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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  • 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.


  • April 11 & 12, 2016, the PPDM Association hosted the 2016 Houston Data Management Symposium & Tradeshow at the Westin Houston Memorial City. This year’s Symposium was a success with 154 attendees in person and virtually, with thanks to our amazing sponsors for making the discounts rates available this year. Attendees came from Operators, Vendors, Consultants and also included several students this year (including our Student Contest winner). Thank you to all those in the data management community who attended the 2016 Houston Data Management Symposium & Tradeshow. We hope that you enjoyed the experience, met some new people and took home some new knowledge from our various presenters.

    We would like to thank our Sponsors for not only making this event possible, but for also helping us to bring down our prices dramatically during these challenging times. Thank you to: geoLOGIC systems (Titanium), Stonebridge Consulting (Platinum), EnergyIQ (Platinum), Noah Consulting (Gold), Microsoft (Gold), DDC Ltd (Silver), Seven Lakes Technologies (Bronze), PDS Energy Information (Bronze), SigmaFlow (Bronze) and Informatica (Bronze). We would also like to thank PDS Energy Information for donating tickets for some of our attendees to join the Symposium. In addition, thank you to the members of the Houston Leadership Team for all their hard work on this event.

    The presentations are now available for members on our website – www.ppdm.org – under the Events Tab – Past Events.

    We hope to see you at our upcoming luncheons and at the 2016 Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM (October 25 & 26, 2016). We also hope that you’ll join our LinkedIn Group and like our Facebook page to keep up to date on what’s happening in the industry.


  • In the field of data management, most of us have never heard of Fiatech before, or if you’ve heard the name in passing, you’re not exactly sure who they are. Fiatech is a global community of capital facilities stakeholders working together to drive productivity and efficiency improvements by advancing technology and innovative practices. Launched in 2000 by the Process Industry Owners Forum and the UT Austin based Construction Industry Institute, over 70 companies participate in this not for profit group.

    Image Credit: www.FIATECH.org
    It’s not just motherhood and apple pie, either. Fiatech has worked with its members to find out where the primary risks facing capital projects are, and is actively working with its industry members and standards bodies to resolve them. Eight separate initiative areas have been identified, ranging from Project Management, to materials management, to the handover to operation. Within these, a family of 12 specific and measureable goals have been set.

    Annually, Fiatech organizes a conference somewhere in the U.S. This year, I happened to be on vacation quite close to the conference, so I attended. The wide range of speakers covered solid technology and process talks and the softer (but ever so much more difficult) topics of change management and the pace of change in industry. We heard that at least 65% of mega projects fail to meet their goals, are over time or over budget. The reasons for these failures are complex and many faceted, so the solutions are similarly complex and many faceted.

    Technology is advancing across the planet. Farmers spend days reviewing data fed from aircraft, self-driving tractors, and sensors in the fields. Lidar imaging has become so accurate and affordable that in some situations it can be used instead of traditional field surveys, or to defer the survey. In one pipeline project, location data was received in 11 weeks instead of the projected 11 months.

    Building Information Modeling (BIM) is widespread in some sectors. A federated model in early 2015 collated information from 80 models created by 18 different companies to consolidate 1.4 Gb of information every week. This integration, done early in the life cycle, improves quality and efficiency, allows the supply chain to be monitored, site logistics to be planned, and useful comparisons between planned and actual construction.

    The Internet of Things is coming swiftly in the construction industry, and will be a game changer for many. As access to real time sensor data becomes common place is facilitated, the definition of what data corporations view as a non-ephemeral asset will change. Collecting, organizing and using this data to identify and mitigate risks, improve efficiencies and improve operations is becoming common place.

    What we do in the Oil and Gas industry is reflected in the construction industry. The world is changing. As data managers, we need to understand what is happening, and be prepared to handle it. The train has left the station. Are you on it or under it?

  • The Asia-Pacific Representative for PPDM attended the British Chamber of Commerce Energy Debate 2016 in Singapore, entitled "Energy Challenges in a Changing World". The event was moderated by Dr. Philip Andrews-Speed, a Principal Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute at National University of Singapore, and featured Christoph Frei, the Secretary General of the World Energy Council, and Lord Oxburgh, a former Chairman of Shell Transport and Trading.

    The session opened with an observation that the energy industry can probably be characterized in the same way that the military characterizes many parts of a battlefield, with the acronym VUCA; Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. In this environment, access to real time intelligence and data about hydrocarbons and other energy resources becomes even more critical. The panel then discussed new technologies that each panelist thought might have an impact on the energy mix in a post-COP21 Paris climate change conference world. The discussion on alternate energy sources is of interest to technical data managers finding their jobs threatened by the current pricing downturn. For those of us now gaining experience with facilities, equipment and engineering data, growth in alternate energy fields may give us an opportunity to apply our data management knowledge in some of the same geographic areas or even for some of the same companies, but in the service of developing other energy sources. The panel mentioned many of the “usual suspects” in a future energy mix such as solar and wind, but they also mentioned some that present unique opportunities for oil and gas data managers looking to broaden their career experience, including:

    Of special interest to data managers, Mr. Frei noted at one point that the new Smart Grid electric technology was more about access to customer data than it was about technology, meaning that data management and data privacy concerns will be at the forefront. The panel also noted that China, India and Africa are looking to use data technology to leapfrog other areas in meeting energy demand that is growing at 1.5 times their population growth rates. A good example was telecommunication companies who found that cell phone usage in rural India was limited not by the cost of data plans, but by the lack of reliable facilities to recharge the phone’s batteries. The companies ran analytics on demographic, climate and infrastructure data to determine the best place to become not only suppliers of bandwidth, but of small scale solar power supplies to enable recharging of phones, boosting their core sales.

    The panelists also noted that one of the challenges in the energy industry is that “geology is idiosyncratic” and refuses to follow political boundaries, meaning that open standards for sharing data between administrative functions will also become more important. One panelist noted that it is also likely that new business models will be seen in the energy market based on the use of analytics from equipment; his prediction was that energy for home appliances may be sold by the energy unit (i.e. you would lease XX cu. ft. of refrigeration space from your local utility, instead of buying a refrigerator, and they would provide the equipment) in much the same way that GE in the aerospace market went from selling engines to selling thrust. As noted by GE, this requires a robust and reliable performance data history from multiple sensors on remote equipment (http://www.fastcompany.com/3031272/can-jeff-immelt-really-make-the-world-1-better). GE currently has an oil and gas vertical market that delivers these kind of predictive analytics for offshore oil and gas power generation equipment. One of the examples given of how data could be used to support alternative energy development was North Sea rigs that use produced gas to generate power and then use the existing infrastructure from offshore wind farms to deliver excess energy to onshore markets. One of the aspirations of the panel was that Singapore could use open format and publically available data sets to become an incubator for new technologies applied to energy development and delivery in the same way that they became a hub for new water technologies.


  • Forty-six attendees took part in the Denver Q1 Data Management Luncheon on February 16, 2016, featuring Jennifer Major from SM Energy. The presentation including a brief history and outlook of technical data governance at SM Energy as an update to a presentation at a 2014 Workshop, emphasizing the roles of Data Owners, Stewards, Custodians and Champions that would most impact the critical business issues.

    Ms. Major used a version of the data management maturity model to show the present and future state of data governance at her organization, but noted in the Q&A session that SM Energy had used it only as an internal tracking tool, not to compare to other peer companies. At SM Energy, the need for data governance was highlighted and triggered by an enterprise level decision to move to SAP. The data requirements for SAP meant that source system data cleanup and cross system data dependencies would have to be addressed with executive support for a culture where data is treated as a strategic asset. Jennifer described an implementation program that included education, identification of owners and stewards with clear RACI roles and responsibilities, onboarding, and definition of key terms and processes. She used a metric of the number of data issues raised through the new data governance tracking tool, very similar to what Origin Energy presented at the 4Q2015 Australia-East Data Management Luncheon, and working in a similar geologic environment (coal seam gas). Jennifer’s metric was that over 40% of the issues raised in 2016 had already been resolved and closed as of the time of the presentation. Some of the challenges highlighted included making sure that data owners and stewards had time to dedicate to data governance tasks in and around their regular business demands, enforcing consistency in data standards across disciplines, and the SAP IT project being focused on finance data types. Jennifer used the Data Governance Institute framework to show how future deployment would focus on data quality, automated business rules, and a data source inventory. Both the Denver and Australia-East presentations are available on the PPDM website for members under the Past Events tab.

    A view from the onboard camera on Professor Caprock of Jennifer Major presenting at the PPDM Denver Data Management Luncheon


    Unique at this luncheon, PPDM debuted the use of telepresence robotic technology (with thanks to David Beers of SM Energy for providing onsite assistance with the technology and to our speaker, Jennifer Major, who agreed to have the robot in the audience). The use of “Professor Caprock”, a telepresence robot jointly operated by PPDM and CLTech Consulting in Singapore, allowed PPDM members from Calgary, Asia, and even across town in Denver, to participate virtually in the session. This new technology is being tested as a way to keep the data management community engaged around the world at PPDM events, especially with travel budgets being so significantly cut. 

    Thank you to our Sponsors for this luncheon including geoLOGIC systems (Titanium), Stonebridge Consulting (Platinum), EnergyIQ (Platinum and Co-Host), and SM Energy (Co-Host) for making this event possible.

  • Have you registered yet for the 2016 Houston Data Management Symposium & Tradeshow - April 11-12, 2016, at the Westin Houston Memorial City?

    Agenda
    The Agenda for the two day Symposium is now available on our website – www.ppdm.org/houstondms2016.

    Registration
    Be sure to register for the Symposium before the late registration starts on March 28!
    If you are not a member, you may want to consider purchasing an individual (membership is only $100 right now!) to save even more. If you are not able to attend the full Symposium, we do have one-day rates available, or you can purchase tickets to the Cocktail Reception to still have a chance to network with your colleagues in the industry.

    Hotel Room Block
    If you are planning to stay at the hotel for the Houston Symposium, be sure to book your room before March 21, 2016 to secure the discounted room block rate.

    Student Contest
    Are you or do you know a student interested in attending the Houston Symposium? We have a student contest running now for a free delegate pass!

    Thank you
    Thank you to our Sponsors including geoLOGIC systems, Stonebridge Consulting and EnergyIQ, for making it possible to deeply discount our registration rates. Without generous Sponsors like these, this event wouldn’t be possible.

    Questions?

    For more information, please feel free to contact us at events@ppdm.org.


  • The Early Bird Deadline is approaching for the 2016 Houston Data Management Symposium & Tradeshow - April 11-12, 2016, at the Westin Houston Memorial City for two great days of sessions.

    Agenda
    The Agenda for the two day Symposium is now available on our website – www.ppdm.org/houstondms2016.

    Early Bird Registration

    The Early Bird Registration deadline is Friday, March 11, 2016. Be sure to register before this deadline to save now! If you are not a member, you may want to consider purchasing an individual (membership is only $100 right now!) to save even more.
    If you are not able to attend the full Symposium, we do have one-day rates available, or you can purchase tickets to the Cocktail Reception to still   have a chance to network with your colleagues in the industry.

    Hotel Room Block

    If you are planning to stay at the hotel for the Houston Symposium, be sure to book your room before March 21, 2016 to secure the discounted room block rate.

    Student Contest

    Are you or do you know a student interested in attending the Houston Symposium? We have a student contest running now for a free delegate pass!

    Thank you

    Thank you to our Sponsors including geoLOGIC systems, Stonebridge Consulting and EnergyIQ, for making it possible to deeply discount our registration rates. Without generous Sponsors like these, this event wouldn’t be possible.

    Questions?

    For more information, please feel free to contact us at events@ppdm.org.


  • On March 1, 2016, the data management community came together for the 2016 Oklahoma City Data Management Workshop at the Vast Restaurant in the Devon Energy Centre. Sponsored by geoLOGIC systems, Stonebridge Consulting, EnergyIQ, Noah Consulting, SigmaFlow and Land Information Services, this one day workshop featured several presentations and updates, a cocktail networking hour and, new this year, a tradeshow.

    Oklahoma City Data Management Workshop on March 1, 2016
    Presentations included: The Process of Becoming a Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (Daniel Perna & Ty Myers), Spatial Representation – The Fruit of Effective Data Management (Daniel Wortham), E&P Information and Success (Bell Tesarek), Making Others Care: Strategies to Promote Data Integrity Within Your Organization (Alison Jacobs) and Well Logs: Do you know what you have? Do you have what you paid for? (Robert Best & Jenifer Wick). Attendees also enjoyed the opportunity to interact with our roaming Professor Caprock Telepresence Robot, operated by Asia Pacific Representative Jess Kozman from Singapore and Web Developer Jasleen Virdi from Canada.  

    Three attendees also enjoyed a special bonus, Kellie Lwelling (Oklahoma Corporation Commission) won a free individual membership and Joshua Miles (ConocoPhillips) and Samuel Oyeleye (Stonebridge Consulting) took home free online classes.

    It was wonderful to see so many community members coming together to share knowledge and experiences.



  • Our Oklahoma City Data Management Workshop is coming up on March 1, 2016 at the Vast Restaurant. This one day workshop will feature plenary presentations, and new this year, a tradeshow so that our attendees can find out what is the latest and greatest in industry. This workshop is a great way to keep connected with colleagues and continue to build our data management community. We have discounted our prices to support our members and make it more affordable to attend.

    Oklahoma City Data Management Workshop on March 1, 2016
    Thank you to our Sponsors for making this event possible: geoLOGIC systems, Stonebridge Consulting, EnergyIQ, Noah Consulting, SigmaFlow and Land Information Services. We are also excited to welcome our 10 exhibitors: Stonebridge Consulting, EnergyIQ, SigmaFlow, Land Information Services, OCGS, OERB, IHS, GWPC/IOGCC, Wipro and WellDrive.

    More information, and how to register, is available on our OKC DMW event page >


  • 2016 kicked off to a great start with two PPDM Association Data Management Luncheons in Oklahoma City and Dallas. Oklahoma City attendees enjoyed Jim Marlatt, Geologist and Oil & Gas Specialist at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, presenting his talk “The OCC and Seismicity”, on January 12, 2016. In Dallas, Alison Jacobs, Production Workflows Engineer for Schlumberger Software Integrated Solutions (SIS) presented on “Making Others Care: Strategies to Promote Data Integrity Within Your Organization” at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute on January 19, 2016.


    Winners this month for free online classes at these luncheons were: Stephanie Wilkin (Noah Consulting), Sarah Massucci (American Energy Partners), Edward Takamura (Continental Resources), and Richard Crounse (EnergyIQ).

    Thank you to our Sponsors, Stonebridge Consulting (Dallas Data Management Luncheon), Sandridge and Noah Consulting (OKC Data Management Luncheon), for making these events possible for our community.


  • Are you considering becoming a Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA)? There is less than one month remaining to apply to take the March 16, 2016, Examination - the deadline to submit your completed application is Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

    As a part of our January Sale, you can also save $50 off the Administration Fee if you apply before the end of this month!

    To submit your registration, please visit our website (www.ppdm.org/certification) to review the materials and then click the "Register Now" button. This will take you to the application form to fill out which will include information about your education and work experience. All information, including the reference checks, must be submitted prior to the February 3 deadline. Be sure to mention the January Sale to save.

    The Certification exam has been constructed upon the competencies expected of a petroleum data analyst with 3-5 years of combined education and experience. Certification as a Petroleum Data Analyst demonstrates to employers, clients and colleagues your established level of expertise in the petroleum data management domain, and your unique skill set to bring success to data management projects.

    Apply Now at www.ppdm.org/certification.



  • December 10th saw the PPDM Association’s last Data Management Luncheon of the year in Houston, Texas. Attendees were treated to Cindy Cummings with Repsol USA presenting on “Data Management in a PPDM Compliant Database.” Jose Garcia from Katalyst Data Management, Juan Alvarado from Repsol E&P and Mason Powers from MarkLogic were the lucky winners of free online PPDM classes. PPDM would like to thank the hosts for the luncheon, energyIQ and Repsol, along with our Titanium Sponsor geoLOGIC and Platinum Sponsors EnergyIQ and Stonebridge Consulting.



  • The Denver Data Management community came together on December 8, 2015, for the Denver Q4 Data Management Luncheon, sponsored by USGS and Informatica. Attendees were treated to presentations from USGS, PPDM and Informatica, follow by a tour of the USGS Bureau of Reclamation’s Hydraulic Laboratory. The lab features 65,000 ft2 of indoor floor space with up to 33 feet of vertical clearance, and a 240,000 gallon water reservoir located beneath the lab floor. Water is moved through the lab and the various models using a network of piping and a variety of pumps, including four 100-150 hp pumps, a high-head pump (650 ft), a high-flow (25 ft3/s) pump, and multiple smaller (10-30 hp) pumps. Hydraulic data is collected using a variety of meters and instrumentation, including venturi meters, acoustic-doppler velocimeters, water-level sensors, and pressure transducers, in combination with state-of-the-art data acquisition and analysis equipment. Permanent facilities such as a 44,000 lb weight-based calibration tank, a low-ambient pressure chamber (0.1 atm), a 3-ft-wide adjustable-slope (-2% to 8%) flume, a 4-ft-wide glass-walled flume and a 330-ft-long canal automation and training model further enhance the lab’s physical modeling and testing capabilities. The lab also utilizes complex numerical modeling and computational fluid dynamics simulations as well as field measurements as part of its hydraulic evaluation and testing program. The tour was very well received.

     Attendees enjoyed a lunch and two lucky winners came away with an extra special way to end the year. Chris Bevilacqua of QEP Resources and Kristi Stumm of Bonanza Creek Energy each won a free online class through the PPDM Association.

     We look forward to seeing everyone in Denver at the Q1 luncheon planned for February 9, 2016.


  • Be sure to mark April 11-12, 2016 in your calendar, and plan to join us at the Westin Houston Memorial City for two great days of sessions. We wanted to alert you about some upcoming opportunities:

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    This event is a great opportunity to showcase your brand to the data management community. Benefits of sponsorship include branding on presentations and communications, 10 minute presentations to attendees, post-conference attendee lists and more. We anticipate between 125-150 attendees at this year’s Symposium, coming from a variety of operators, consultants, vendors and regulatory organizations. Past attendees have ranged from CEO’s to Data Analysts. You can find a copy of our 2016 Sponsorship Kit on the event webpage – www.ppdm.org/houstondms2016 - which includes the various Sponsorship Levels for the Houston DMS on Page 6. The deadline to be a sponsor is March 7, 2016.

    Exhibitor Booths

    Exhibitor opportunities will be available at this year’s show in a similar format to previous years. The Tradeshow Exhibitor Map is still in development, and will be posted to the website as soon as it is ready. Interested Exhibitors can contact us to be alerted when the map is available. Information on the pricing and benefits is in the Sponsorship Kit. Spots are on a first come, first served basis, and are subject to change should it be required. The deadline to be an exhibitor is March 7, 2016.

    Speaking Opportunities

    We are currently accepting abstracts for speakers at the Symposium. The event will feature two days of plenary presentations, interactive discussions and breakout sessions. More information on how you can apply to present at the Houston Symposium is available on the event webpage. A draft agenda will be published as soon as it is available. The deadline to become a speaker is January 14, 2016.

    Questions?

    For more information, please feel free to contact us at events@ppdm.org.



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    Texas A&M GIS Day
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    November 18, 2015

    If you are near Texas A&M today, be sure to stop by the PPDM booth, manned by our wonderful volunteers from Integrashare, Ellen and Gus.

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  • The Professional Petroleum Data Management Association is pleased to announce that EnergyIQ has joined the organisation as a Platinum Events Sponsor.

    “EnergyIQ has been a long-time sponsor of PPDM Events and activities, and we are pleased to welcome them to the Platinum Events Sponsor family,” said Trudy Curtis, CEO of the PPDM Association. “We have enjoyed working with EnergyIQ for many years and are excited to continue to build our momentum in developing the data management community.”

    EnergyIQ delivers E&P Data Management Solutions that enable companies to exploit complex plays with less risk. The company’s Trusted Data Manager (TDM) application suite is PPDM Gold compliant, and gives exploration teams easy access to a trusted repository of comprehensive subsurface data through sophisticated Web-based tools. With TDM, EnergyIQ customers gain an immediate competitive advantage by valuing, acquiring, and producing assets with greater certainty, speed, and collaboration. Learn more about EnergyIQ here .


  • The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association is proud to welcome new and returning directors to the PPDM Board of Directors following the AGM on October 20, 2015.

    The elections at the 2015 AGM saw Trevor Hicks, Robert Best and Allan Huber re-elected, and new Board members Lesley Evans, Brian Boulmay and Jeremy Eade join the Board of Directors.

    Trevor Hicks, Stonebridge Consulting and Chair of the PPDM Board of Directors, has worked for more than 20 years building software and information systems for the oil and Gas Industry.
    Robert Best, Noah Consulting and Vice Chair of the PPDM Board of Directors, has worked with upstream E&P for over 20 years with an emphasis on geology, well logs and data management.
    Allan Huber, Shell Canada Limited, is Regional Corporate Well Data Lead for Shell in the Americas region and is a 35 year veteran of the Canadian oil and gas industry.
    Brian Boulmay, BP, has over 17 years’ experience in the upstream industry with diverse experience across Shell, Esri, OpenSpirit, Devon and BP.
    Jeremy Eade, BP Lower 48, has more than 18 years of experience with E&P Data management software and solution development and implementation for major oil companies.
    Lesley Evans, Chesapeake Energy and now Secretary of the PPDM Board of Directors, is the Director of Petrophysics, Geoscience and Technology at Chesapeake Energy.

    Current Board Members include Peter MacDougall (IHS Energy), David Hood (geoLOGIC systems), Joseph Seila (Concho), Christine Miesner (Devon), Paloma Urbano (ConocoPhillips) and Trudy Curtis (PPDM Association).

    We would also like to thank Adam Hutchinson, Janet Hicks, Paul Haines and Rusty Foreman for all their hard work this past year. We look forward to working with the new and returning Board members to continue the hard work that PPDM is doing in building the Data Management Community, Body of Knowledge and Professional Development opportunities.


  • In an information centric economy, good analytics depend on data sources that are integrated, accessible, trusted and unambiguous. They cannot be hampered or misled by regional data constraints or local dialects. Industry standards are a solid foundation upon which regulators, operators, and other key stakeholders can establish technology solutions that are fit for purpose and robust. The legacy of legislative and technical architecture in most regulatory agencies was developed specifically to fit the social, economic and environmental needs of their constituency; in many cases, rules of primacy may determine where this authority resides. The cost and effort required for each agency to independently develop the systems and administrative infrastructure to manage these processes is expensive, and can add operational risk to regulatory processes as custom systems age.

    Operators must address the complexities of managing variable applications and compliance processes for every agency they deal with. Creating policies and procedures to conduct operations in each region, training staff and developing the systems to respond to each regulator is costly and time consuming.

    Information architectures based on industry standards support the development of processes and systems that could be shared by regulators. These would allow industry to plan and permit operations more efficiently and with greater certainty of the outcome. This project proposal addresses those elements of the project that relate to the PPDM Association.

    Your participation in this project is invited. We will interview you or your team to obtain your thoughts on the plans and views in this document. Please visit our Regulatory Data Standards Workgroup Page for more information and to join now.


  • The 4Q2015 Edition of Foundations, the Journal of the Professional Petroleum Data Management Association is now available! Articles in this great resource include:

    > “CPDAs highly recommend certification programs” by the members of the Petroleum Data Management Certification Committee
    > “Data to Maps: A Simpler Workflow” by Andrew Zolnai
    > “The Golden Record is Not Enough: A Case for Data Orchestration” by William Cummings
    > “Broken Windows and Data Management” by Jim Crompton
    > “Reserve Hierarchies in PPDM 3.9” by Trudy Curtis and Robert Best
    > "Digital and Raster Working Together" by Gordon Cope and the Foundations Editorial Staff
    > The winners of this month’s photo contest
    > And more!

    Download your copy now at www.ppdm.org/publications (login will be required, free guest accounts are available).


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    Thank You!
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    Jasleen Virdi
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    October 22, 2015

    The 2015 Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM has come to a close, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our attendees, sponsors and exhibitors for being a part of this event. First, thank you to our Titanium Sponsor, geoLOGIC systems, and our Platinum Sponsor, Stonebridge Consulting, for supporting all our programs. Thank you to our new Platinum Events Sponsor (energyIQ), Silver (Noah Consulting), Bronze (TGS), Media Partner (JuneWarren-Nickles Energy Group) and Print Materials Partner (McAra) for being a part of this event and making it possible for our attendees to enjoy. Thank you as well to our exhibitors for sharing your knowledge and updates. Lastly, thank you to our Speakers and Attendees – we truly appreciate you joining us and hope that it was a valuable couple of days. Presentations from the Symposium will be available on the website soon, but we hope that the memories and knowledge will stay with you. We look forward to seeing you in Houston in April 2016.


  • The Charter for the Compliance with Teeth Work Group is now available.

    Today, members who implement the PPDM data model spend a great deal of time and energy making individual decisions about core best practices for use of the data model. The opinion of many of these companies is that making a series of collective decisions about best practices would help accelerate their uptake of the data model, and ensure that different implementations of the data model can communicate with each other as easily and clearly as possible.

    If successful, we expect that these rules will help operators to more easily share one PPDM data repository amongst multiple software application vendors and to exchange data with other PPDM repositories. Success will be measured based on the ability of participating implementations to use the data in a compliant PPDM implementation “out of the box”.

    To learn more about this long term Work Group or to participate, please visit our Compliance With Teeth Work Group Page. Please note that participation in this work group is only for Members.


  • Have you registered yet to attend the 2015 Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM, taking place Oct 20 & 21, 2015 at the Telus Spark? Registration is still open to come and take part in two days of sessions including talks on the Low Price of Oil, Big Data and Analytics. 

    The current agenda and pricing are available on our event page. We will also have great Tradeshow exhibitors to come and find out what's new in industry, along with the PPDM Association's AGM. Our Gala Dinner will be a great way to connect with colleagues in a less formal setting. We hope to see you there! More information is available on the event website - www.ppdm.org/calgarydms.

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    PPDM at the SPE ATCE
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    Jasleen Virdi
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    September 25, 2015
    The Professional Petroleum Data Management Association is pleased to be a part of the SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, taking place September 28-30, 2015 at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. PPDM will have a booth as a part of the Exhibition (number 3729) and will be showcasing our model and certification programs. We hope that if you are going to be at SPE ATCE, you will stop by to say hello!

  • September 15 saw nearly 40 people attend the Denver Q3 Data Management Luncheon, hosted by Noble Energy and EnergyIQ. Attendees were treated to a presentation by Madelyn Bell, President of Data Gal LLC, on “The Price of Oil is Down: Now What?”. David Arbaiza (Warren Resources), Kathy Maher (IHS Energy) and Jeremy Funk (Seven Lakes Technologies) were also the lucky winners of free individual memberships and online classes. We look forward to seeing attendees at the next Denver Data Management Luncheon, Q4, at the beginning of the holiday season - planned for December 8.


    Winners from the Denver Q3 DML: David Arbaiza (Warren Resources), Kathy Maher (IHS Energy) and Jeremy Funk (Seven Lakes Technologies)




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  • Following months of work by the ‘What is a Well? Phase 2” PPDM Workgroup, PPDM members are now invited to comment on the recommended revisions to the Well Status and Classification standard. The two documents, 2015 Regulatory Life Cycle Phase Proposal and 2015 Well Status Facets Review, are available for all members through login on the PPDM Website.



    In this revision, our objectives were to provide better support for information derived from regulatory agencies and to update facet values for clearer usage. The comment period is open until October 1, 2015.

  • The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing 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.

    Through the support of our corporate and individual memberships, we are able to continue building our data management community, improve our body of knowledge and grow our professional development programs. Programs such as our Workgroups, CPDA, Online and Classroom training, and popular Luncheon, Workshop and Symposium events are only possible through our member’s continuing support.

    There are many benefits to being a part of the PPDM Association. Members have exclusive access to a variety of perks including discounts on training and events. If you have not yet become a member, now is the time to join and help us continue to make our programming available, relevant and beneficial for our community.

    For our current Corporate Members, we want to remind you that renewals are due in order to qualify for incentives. Individuals working for Corporate members and students are currently eligible for free individual memberships.

    As a not-for-profit association, we rely heavily on membership renewals to fund many of our activities including model maintenance, standards, events and work groups. Help us keep our standards and community strong by becoming a member now.


  • Through the joint effort between Energistics and PPDM, and under the banner of the Standards Leadership Council (SLC), we are pleased to announce that the Raster Well Log Depth Registration data objects are now available for review and comment. The evaluation instructions are available on the Energistics website and comments can be submitted no later than August 31, 2015 using the feedback form on the web.

    The Raster Well Log Depth Registration set of data objects provides a common industry-standard depth calibration format that improves on and replaces existing proprietary standards. The new data objects allow service companies, data vendors and customers to more readily associate depth registration information with the correct log and move well logs and registration information between software systems. The new data objects are an add-on that is compatible with Energistics WITSML™ v1.4.1.1 standard.



    For more information, please visit the Energistics website.

  • The Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM is a great opportunity to showcase your brand directly to the Data Management Community. Becoming a Sponsor and/or Exhibitor at the Calgary DMS allows special branding opportunities including 10 minute presentations to highlight your products and services to the attendees, full page advertisements in the Agenda and logo placement on all materials. For more information, including our Sponsorship Kit, please visit our website.

  • The PPDM Association has now released our July 2015 Newsletter!
    Find out what’s happening at the PPDM Association and learn who our Volunteer Of the Month is!

  • The 2Q2015 edition of Foundations, the Journal of the Professional Petroleum Data Management Association, is now available! Featuring a variety of articles including Beauty and the iBeast, this edition is packed with interesting articles and updates. Visit ppdm.org to download a digital copy or email foundations@ppdm.org to get a hard copy.


  • Are you looking to upgrade your skills or get your staff on the same page? Public Classroom Training Dates have just been announced for Calgary (Sept 22-23), Oklahoma City (Oct 6-8) and Houston (Nov 16-18). Classes now posted on the training page.


  • Are you interested in being a part of our 2015 Calgary Data Management Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM? We are now accepting Abstracts, Sponsors, Exhibitors and Registrations through our website ppdm.org/calgarydms. It is shaping up to be an exciting conference, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone this fall at our exciting new venue - the Telus Spark.


  • Congratulations are due to Rusty Foreman, who today has retired from BP and the PPDM Association Board of Directors to pursue new adventures. Over the years, Rusty’s vision and leadership skills were instrumental in his many significant contributions to the recognition and creation of data management as a recognized career in the oil and gas business at BP, with the PPDM Association and in our industry. His expertise and leadership have been instrumental in the development of industry standards with PPDM and Energistics.

    The PPDM Association truly appreciates the time Rusty has taken to help PPDM continue to grow and develop internationally. We wish him the best in his future plans!


  • The PPDM Association is returning to Australia for the upcoming 2015 Brisbane Data Management Workshop and the 2015 Perth Data Management Symposium. The theme for this year’s Australian events is ‘Keep Calm and Manage your Data: aligning data management with a low price environment’.

    The PPDM Association is returning to Australia for the upcoming 2015 Brisbane Data Management Workshop and the 2015 Perth Data Management Symposium

    This year’s Brisbane Data Management Workshop will take place July 30, 2015, at the Sofitel Hotel. The morning will be filled with presentations on topics related to the theme, followed by an interactive field trip. The field trip will be a short excursion specifically tailored for technical data managers, and other IM and IT Staff who work with geo-technical and petro-technical data types. This will provide a great opportunity for data managers who may not have had the opportunity to see the geology that they describe and analyse from the field. The field trip will visit outcrops of Triassic and Jurassic sandstones from the Moreton basic, and is certain to be interesting an informative.

    The Perth Data Management Symposium will follow a week later, August 5-6, returning this year to the Parmelia Hilton. This Symposium will include two days of presentations on a variety of topics and skills, and interactive workshops for attendees. The first day will also host a networking Cocktails and Canapés event following the session.

    The draft agendas for these exciting events are available on the event websites, and early-bird registration rates are currently in effect. We hope to see you there.


  • The data management communities in Denver and Calgary were treated to free-to-attend luncheons this week

    The Denver Luncheon, held on June 2nd and sponsored by SM Energy and Katalyst Data Management, featured Mike Skeffington from EnergyIQ and Robert Best from Noah Consulting. Two attendees also won free online classes, Kristen Snyder and Samantha Stugar from Stonebridge, and Natalie Cutsforth from Field Squared won a free membership.

    The Calgary Luncheon, held June 3 and sponsored by IHS Energy, featured Lou Monahan from Core Laboratories. Attendees enjoyed learning about where the information in a Heavy Oil Sands Report comes from, and the presentation is available on our Past Events page. Aaron Balasch from IHS and Marla Jurek from Nexen CNOOC also won free online classes.

    We hope to see everyone at the Q3 luncheons starting up again next quarter!


  • PPDM is proud to announce a new online eLearning course that is now available for the data management community. Identifying Wells in Saskatchewan in an online course that provides useful information to anyone working with wells in the province. The PPDM Association has worked closely with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Economy (ECON) to provide curriculum that is timely, relevant, and useful for any person or organization completing business activities and regulatory reporting with the Government of Saskatchewan through IRIS (Integrated Resource Information System), its oil and gas business portal.

    The Government of Saskatchewan is responsible for attracting investment and encouraging exploration in the province’s natural resource sector, along with regulating industry to ensure conservation, public safety, and environmental sustainability. Key to those efforts is transparent, consistent and accurate data. That’s why Saskatchewan’s Regulator adopted PPDM’s What is a Well (WIAW) terminology and the PPDM’s Canadian Well Identifier System (CWIS) in 2015 when it implemented IRIS.

    This course takes users through the global differences and similarities of defining what exactly is a Well and PPDM’s solution to commonly misunderstood terminology. Course users will review the What is a Well? (WIAW) interactive tool, baseline definitions, representative diagrams, and baseline comparisons. In addition, users will be introduced to PPDM data model mapping. The course includes original WIAW content as well as additional details on how WIAW terminology and concepts are applied in Saskatchewan.

    The course is currently being offered to PPDM Members at a price of $176 USD (+ applicable taxes/person) and to Non-PPDM Members at $251 USD (+ applicable taxes/person). Online classes are currently being discounted, and Group rates are available. Please contact online_training@ppdm.org for more details and information.