Join the Dallas/Fort Worth Leadership Team for our 2022 Dallas/Fort Worth Petroleum Data Workshop, featuring presentations on the theme "Data in Mergers and Acquisitions". Talks include "The Era of Consolidation and What is Means for Data Managers" by Scott Cooper, Pioneer Natural Resources, and more. Learn more and register now on our website.
The Data Objects Steering committee is focused on designing and implementing data objects within the PPDM Web. Rules committee is in the process of reviewing 400+ rules that are not yet published, we are looking for SME to help with this process. The reference values committee is focussed on reviewing and updating 20+ reference lists from the OSDU platform. SMEs are needed for seismic specific values. Volunteers for the Technical Standard "What is a Facility" are still looking for volunteers to help with this initiative.
The Professional Development Committee is counting on you. Complete the anonymous survey and be counted! Don’t miss your chance to access the final report and interactive results dashboard. Click here for access.
Save the date for these great 2022 upcoming events:
Learn more at www.ppdm.org/events
The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association would like to welcome six new or returning Directors to the Board of Directors, following the October 28, 2021, Annual General Meeting.
We would like to welcome back Robert Best (EPAM), Tarun Chandraskehar (Syndigo), Allan Huber (Retired, formerly Shell) and Curley Thomas (Chevron) who were re-elected for another term. We would also like to extend our congratulations to Tony Knight (Geological Survey of Queensland) and Steve Cooper (Quorum) on their election to a first term with the Board.
I would like to extend my personal thanks to all those who stood for election at the AGM, and my congratulations to those candidates who were elected by the voting membership. I look forward to working with each of you to continue to advance the strategic direction and sustainability of the Professional Petroleum Data Management Association.
Allan Huber, Chair of the PPDM Association Board of Directors.
Our sincere thank you and appreciation goes out to the Directors who will continue in their terms: Ali Sangster (IHS Markit), Daniel Perna (EPAM), David Hood (geoLOGIC systems), Jamie Cruise (Schlumberger), Kolleen Kidd (Retired) and Sue Carr (Katalyst Data Management). We would especially like to thank Jim Soos (Infosys) for his hard work and dedicated service as he retires from the Board.
The PPDM Association announces the launch of our new Marketplace, a new feature resource connecting our community of vendors with producers. You can check out our Marketplace under the Resources section, and organizations interested in being highlighted in our Marketplace are encouraged to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
PPDM Gold Compliance in the last few weeks. Check here to learn more about the compliance program and to see details about each compliance measure.
The reference values committee is currently focused on 13 Reservoir Preparation object reference lists. In collaboration with the OSDUTM Forum, the group is also reviewing and updating about 20 reference lists from the OSDUTM Platform. Including Seismic value lists. SME's are needed!
Subject matter experts who can participate and commit to a few hours each week are needed for the creation of the Technical Standard "What is a Facility".
The recording of our CPDA Information Session will be available soon! Get answers to your questions about the CPDA Certification now in our video, or email email@example.com for more information.
Big news! Our What is a Well online class has been updated with exciting new interactive features. As requested by our members, the class has been extended to cover the Global Well Identification best practices and more. What is a Well is essential for anyone using or managing well data, whether you are technical or non-technical staff. Check it out now.
The Midland Mini-Workshop is coming! This half day event includes a field trip around the Petroleum Museum, presentations and more. View the agenda and register on our website now.
We recently launched several new teams who are recruiting more volunteers including:
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Join the Houston Leadership Team at the 2021 Houston Expo, October 25-26, 2021. The theme this year is "Adapting, Surviving and Thriving with Data" and will still feature 5 stages of presentations and discussions. The agenda is available, save your spot now on our website.
The PPDM Association’s bi-annual Job Market survey is now open. This anonymous survey, covering topics from job roles, experience, benefits, compensation and more, is your opportunity to contribute to our industry. Participants will have access to a dashboard of results to see where they fit in with the rest of industry. This critical body of research is designed to capture important global data to help establish and support our professional discipline. Your participation is key to securing our future as recognized professionals, and enable us to provide current information to future generations of petroleum data managers. Contribute to something big and take the Survey. Thank you for participating and we encourage you to pass this Survey along to your energy data management colleagues.
Please note that due to current conditions, and the health and safety of our community being of utmost importance, the PPDM Association has postponed the 2021 Calgary Symposium to January 18-19, 2022, and the Dallas Fort Worth Luncheon to December 2, 2021. Thank you for your patience with our team during these challenging teams. We look forward to seeing everyone in person soon.
The PPDM Association is recruiting volunteer members within IPDS for the Data Objects Steering committee which will collaborate with the Reference Values Work Group and the Data Rules Committee. Areas of knowledge are needed from many technical and business domains. The main function of the volunteers in the steering committee will be to define data objects leveraging existing PPDM Standards and coordinate data objects publication. For more information, please contact email@example.com or visit our Volunteer Position.
Registration is open for the 2021 Calgary Symposium, September 21-22, 2021. This two-day event features talks on new innovations and the skills of tomorrow, including our keynote presentations “Energy in Transition” by Steve Piepgrass and “’I Don’t Know Why We Are Here?’ and Other Secret or Not-So-Secret Messages Your Teams Send During a Transformation, What They Really Mean and How to Break Through to Your Teams by Cory Bergh (Former Vice President, Technology & Innovation at NAL Resources). Register now at www.ppdm.org/cdms21
The What is a Facility work group is looking for new volunteer members, specifically those who currently or have previously worked in Operating companies, to share their knowledge and expertise to contribute in the writing of this Technical Standard. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Oklahoma City Workshop is coming up September 9 and there is still space for you to join! The theme of this event is "Beyond the Well" and features talks by Mike Stice, John Satterfield, Ian Yingling and more! Check out the agenda and register now.
If you are passionate about community outreach, writing competencies, designing surveys, analyzing data, and growing resources for our professional discipline, this is the committee for you. Please email email@example.com to learn more and get involved.
Register now for the CPDA Information Session on October 6, 2021. The Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA) designation is validation of your skills, knowledge, and experience. Learn more about how earning your CPDA can impact your career.
The Denver Symposium has moved to November 16, 2021. The agenda and location will remain the same, with the hands-on Navigating Change Workshop, but on the new date. Please visit our event page for the full agenda and more information.
Tune in to our second in the EXPOSED podcast series as John Thibeaux and Curley Thomas from Chevron join Andy Garrett
from the Houston Leadership Team to discuss their talk at the upcoming Houston Expo – October 25-26, 2021. Check it
out in our Video Gallery or learn more about the Houston Expo on our event page – www.ppdm.org/hexpo21.
In conformance with PPDM Association Bylaws and applicable legislation, this message is being sent to all PPDM
Association Voting and Associate members in good standing. If you receive this message, you are registered in our
system as a member in one of these two membership classes, as defined in our bylaws.
Calgary, AB, Canada, August 12, 2021 – 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 Wednesday, September 22, 2021. In 2018, the
PPDM Association Board of Directors formed a Nominations Committee to support the nomination process. The committee
will speak to every nominee and provide an assessment to those who will be voting at the AGM later in 2021.
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
In order to submit your candidacy for the PPDM Association Board of Directors, please follow this link
Nominations must include the full name and contact information of the
nominee, along with a 100-200 word biography and a high resolution portrait photograph (in business dress please).
We value the dedication and commitment of our members who choose to participate in our nomination and election
process as a Board of Directors Candidate. Thank you for your time and consideration; this important role is crucial
to the direction and development of the PPDM Association.
The PPDM Association’s "What is a Facility" initiative has been featured in the Daily Oil Bulletin!
Check out the article here https://www.dailyoilbulletin.com/article/2021/8/11/ppdm-launching-what-is-a-facility-initiative/
There’s still time to register for the Perth Data Management Workshop, August 11 & 12, including a full day of presentations and activities, and an optional one-day field trip to the Lake Clifton Thrombolites. The full agenda is available on our website, including a variety of presentations and our keynote presentation “The Energy Transition – Challenges and Opportunities for the Oil and Gas Industry and its Professionals” by Dr. Peter Moore. Sign up now to save your spot!
The new Compensation (Job Market) Survey has been expanded to provide you with more information related to the state of our industry employment and unemployment landscape. We will also explore relevant competencies for future employment opportunities for energy data professionals. The committee will launch the new survey in September of 2021.
We are recruiting members to participate in the “What is a Well” Evergreen. The technical publication of “What is a Well” is being updated and we could use your participation. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you like to participate or sign up to join our Kick Off Meeting on our new date of September 29.
The Denver Petroleum Data Symposium is coming on August 31, 2021, on the theme “Navigating Change: How to Survive and Thrive.” The half day event includes a great hands-on workshop on Change Management, a talk by Krisha Tracy from Google, a networking happy hour, and more. Register now!
The agenda for the Oklahoma City Petroleum Data Workshop on September 9, 2021, is coming soon! Talks on the agenda include presentations by Brad Sheriff, John Satterfield, Ian Yingling, Jack Pashin, and more, on our theme “Beyond the Well.” Register now for this half day workshop.
On June 10 the Calgary Leadership Team has coordinated a virtual celebration for the Association’s 30th
Anniversary. Learn more about how the PPDM Association started, hear from our volunteers around the world, and spend
some time meeting with We hope that you’ll join
us to celebrate this milestone.
The moment you’ve been waiting for is here – you can now book your CPDA Exam on a date that works for you! This new
program will be coming in the next couple of weeks/is available now. Check out our certification page for more
information on the new CPDA On-Demand Exams!
Members of the PDC have been working hard to develop resources to aid individuals, managers and HR professionals in
understanding and managing careers and career paths under the petroleum data management umbrella. This month we’ve
refreshed out web pages to better reflect the work of the professional development committees and make some
committee outputs available to you as a resource. Visit our website to access six job role descriptions that can
help you better define positions across your company.
The Reference Values Committee is part of the global PPDM Association program to develop practical resources (IPDS) for data systems – you can learn more and visit the lists that already are available on our website. The Reference Values Committee is currently looking for members who can:
On April 20 we held our Train For Your Future Town Hall to discuss development of new learning opportunities. Thank
you to everyone who attended and shared their feedback. A report on the feedback we collected will be available
soon, but the survey is still open for your voice to be heard, which you can access here:
It is our mission to provide you with data learnings to support you
through M&As, increase efficiencies, and preserve data quality. If you are passionate about this, please contact our
PEAC Committee through email@example.com.
Have you been considering taking the CPDA Exam but the timing hasn’t worked out? We are launching On Demand exam
scheduling in mid-May 2021. This gives you the power to pick your exam date to match your lifestyle.
certification page for more information!
The PPDM Association has many events between August and October, and we are calling for speakers:
As we prepare for our 30th Anniversary Celebration, we are looking for interesting and fun artifacts from our history. If you have an artifact to share, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As our professional development team focuses on developing new learning opportunities, we need to hear from you to
get it right. What do you need to learn? What skills do you wish to develop in order to best manage the demands of
the industry today? It is our mission to provide you with data learnings to support you through M&As, increase
efficiencies, and preserve data quality. Be a Part of the Conversation - We are hosting a Town Hall on April 20,
2021, to have a conversation with our community on current and future training needs so that we can match them.
Please visit our website to register to attend the town hall. If you are unable to attend
this Town Hall, please
complete our short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Train4Future
The PPDM Association announces that the Reference Values Lists (RVL) Application Upgrade is now completed and available
on our website. The application will contain more than 160 lists by the end of this week from a variety of sources,
including several developed for the OSDU. This resource will be continually updated with new Reference Value Lists, so
if you have lists you’d like to donate so they can be included, please contact our IPDS team at email@example.com. The
PPDM Data Model Documentation Application Upgrade is also now available and links to the Reference Value Lists. We would
like to thank the volunteers from this team for all their dedication and hard work. Please plan to attend the 27
Data Byte to hear the RVL team discuss development of this critical resource and demonstrate the process using polling
questions. Register now to attend!
Breaking News! We are advancing our PowerBI dashboard to make the 2019 survey results more easily accessible to you
and providing a new view with additional filter capabilities.
The 2021 Compensation Survey will look familiar, but we will dive into questions related to our shifting
industry, and jobs. We will also provide real-time updated results that you can track weekly.
On April 13, 2021, the Houston Leadership Team has organized a three-hour virtual event – the H1 PPDM Remote
Rendezvous - over the lunch hour with a variety of presentations and a panel of our Board of Directors.
Presentations include “Transition in Remote Operations: the Benefit and Challenges of Developing an Integrated
Operations Center” with Chelsea Skidmore, “2020 is the Black Swan” with Siti Zubaidah Abu Bakar, “10 Things I hated
about Subsurface Data Management – Until OSDU” with Jane McConnell, and our Keynote “TBD” by Greg Leville who
retired from ConocoPhillips. Register now to save your spot!
The Open Group, the vendor-neutral technology standards consortium, is hosting its upcoming OSDU™ event virtually on
March 24, 2021, to learn about the release of the new Open Source Data Platform, code named Mercury. The PPDM
Association and our volunteers have been working hard with the Open Group OSDU™ Forum teams towards this release and
we encourage you to register for this launch to learn more. For those who have not yet read about the collaboration
between the two organizations, you can download our Whitepaper now.
Tailored for the energy industry, the event will announce the launch of a new Open Source Data Platform, developed
by The Open Group OSDU™ Forum, which is set to stimulate innovation, industrialize data management, and reduce time
to market for new solutions. The event will bring together vendors and end-user organizations from across the globe
to explore how best to embrace transformational technologies in order to revolutionise their digital strategies,
accelerate innovation and ultimately reduce costs in the energy sector. The Open Group invites interested
individuals to attend highlighted sessions hosted by a range of high-calibre industry experts. There are two 2-hour
events, the first scheduled to start 9am CET, for attendees from Europe/Africa/CIS/ME/APAC, and the second at 8am
CDT for those in North and South America. You can learn more and register here:
Megan Hunter has joined the PPDM Association team in February 2021, in the Professional Development Area. As
Program Coordinator, Megan will be working in the Certification and Training areas. Megan brings her energy and
enthusiasm from previous roles with Peak+Prairie Co. Health Promotion, Alberta Blue Cross, ASEBP and City of
Edmonton. Megan is currently completing a Master of Science in Health Promotion & Sociobehavioural Studies, along
with a Bachelors of Kinesiology, Active Living, Health and Wellbeing from the University of Alberta. Trudy Curtis
says: ”We are thrilled to welcome Megan as we build out new products and programs to support our community of data
professionals in an era of digital transformation.”
The PPDM Association would like to announce that Linda Bragg has joined our team as Project Manager and Technical Lead. Linda will be leading the International Petroleum Data Standards (IPDS) area of the PPDM Association. Linda brings with her a wealth of Oil and Gas experience working with CNRL and AKITA Drilling in various disciplines. Linda is working on her Business Administration and Management, General, Diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Please join us in welcoming Linda to the PPDM Association community. Trudy Curtis says: “Linda’s rich background in the petroleum industry will support the work being done by committed volunteers in the creation of International Petroleum Data Standards and Best Practices. We are very pleased to welcome Linda to the PPDM team”.
It is your last chance to register for the two-half day virtual February Forum, February 24-25, 2021, featuring our first ever virtual mini hackathon, presentations, and some time to network and meet our Exhibitors! Presentations include “Automating Wireline Perforation and Frac Plug Set Depths into Wellsite Reporting System using a time synchronous digital platform and IIOT” by Chad Van Buskirk, “You want me to integrate what?” by Jim Crompton, and “From Sensor to Automated Reporting, Performance Analytics & Payment” by David Shackleton and John Hanson. Register Now at https://ppdm.org/FebForum21
The PPDM Association has been reviewing the upcoming Houston Expo (April 13-14) and with the many travel
restrictions, vaccination delays, etc, and the safety of our community being of the highest importance, the decision
has been made to postpone this event to the fall. We do have new dates with the hotel, October 25 & 26, 2021.
Sponsors, Exhibitors and registrants will be notified about the new date, and are invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
if they have any questions. We thank you for your patience with us, we truly had hoped to bring the data management
community together in Houston this April but are looking forward to seeing everyone in person this October.
Are you interested in getting involved with the PPDM Association and our global activities? We have volunteer opportunities available in all three areas of the Association including our Professional Development Committee and several Regional Leadership Teams. Learn more in our Volunteer Opportunities handout or contact email@example.com.
The Agenda for the February Forum is now available! This two half-day event is taking place February 24 and 25th on the theme “Using Data to Optimize Efficiency with the Internet of Things” and includes presentations, time with our virtual exhibitors and even a mini-hackathon to participate in. Learn more on our website and download your agenda today – www.ppdm.org/FebForum21.
The Agenda for the February Forum will be released soon, keep an eye on our website!
Was one of your New Years Resolution to enhance your resume? Have you considered earning your CPDA in 2021? The deadline to submit your application for the March 3, 2021, Exam is coming up on January 20, so be sure your application is in now!
The Professional Development Committee (PDC) has been working with external training providers to advance training
options for our petroleum data management community. We are also working with Basecorp to make all PPDM courses
available through our new online training platform. Online training is the best way to keep your skills current and
relevant in today’s ever-changing environment. We are looking for partners to support us as we move our Online
Training to a more sophisticated and useful online learning tool. If your organization is interested in supporting
data professionals and their career growth, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For those interested in accessing the current online training, you can get it at a 50% discount now using the
promotional code: 50OnlineSale2021.
Other initiatives of the PDC include advancement of the competency framework, developing critical surveys to keep
you informed about our professional discipline and keeping our community engaged through various outreach projects.
If you are interested in joining this dynamic team as a volunteer, we are currently recruiting. Please email
email@example.com to learn more.
The PPDM Association would like to thank Ingrid Kristel, Senior Project Manager and lead for the International
Petroleum Data Standards (IPDS) area, for over seven years of service to the PPDM Association and its members. On
Friday, Ingrid will leave PPDM for new adventures. Through the years, Ingrid has been an important member of the
PPDM Association Team as she worked tirelessly with members on programs that make a huge impact on how petroleum
data is managed, and how data professionals are certified. Ingrid’s energy, wisdom, and ability to organize and
multi-task on many ongoing projects and programs have been invaluable and will be deeply missed. We wish her
happiness on her next adventures, and thank her deeply for her time spent with us. We hope you will join us in
thanking Ingrid for her contribution to the Association and the data management community.
For IPDS questions and concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions regarding Certification can be sent to
email@example.com for our Registrar and new oncoming program coordinator.
As the holidays approach, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation for every member of the community, whether you purchased a membership, volunteered on a team, attended an event, or even simply subscribed to our newsletter or visited our website.
Here at the PPDM Association, it has been a year of tremendous experiences. We wanted to take this time to thank our volunteers in all three areas of the PPDM Association, our Community, International Petroleum Data Standards (IPDS) and Professional Development. It is through these amazing and dedicated individuals we continue to grow.
We would also like to acknowledge our Board of Directors, without whom we could not have navigated this challenging year. Their guidance, support and direction has been invaluable to the Association.
We wish every one of you happy and healthy holidays. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.
The PD Catalogue is proving to be a valuable resource for our membership as we round the corner of the end of 2020.
With so many working from home, there seems to be more time for, and interest in online learning. Thanks to our PD
Catalogue workstream volunteers for growing this valuable resource to accommodate this demand.
February 24-25, 2021, will be our two-day February Data Management Forum, focused on a theme of “Using Data to
Optimize Efficiency with the Internet of Things” Organized by the Dallas/Fort Worth Leadership Team, this event will
feature virtual tours along with other interactive elements. If you or your organization is interested in putting
forward an abstract or would like to sponsor, please check out our event page. We’d also like to thank everyone who
attended our virtual events in 2020, we are looking forward to 2021.
The IPDS groups have been busy with its many initiatives and building for the future of the interactive PPDM
applications over the last month. If you would like to discuss any of the existing work or have thoughts on where
you would like to see more focus in the future, we would appreciate hearing from you – firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need you! Each month in the Data Examiner we are profiling great photos taken by our community! We want to see your snapshots and profile them in the Data Examiner and our website, www.ppdm.org. We also want people to get on and vote for their favourite photos. Upload your photo now or vote for your favourites at photocontest.ppdm.org.
In July 2020, the PPDM Association launched our new Data Examiner – a newsletter filled with Guest Editorials,
updates on the PPDM Association, our Volunteer of the Month, the Photo Contest and more! Many of these articles and
stories are available here on the website, and our Data Examiner Page.
If you have a Guest Editorial or Article you’d like to share with the global data management community, or any
feedback on the Examiner, please send it to our Editorial Team at email@example.com. If you haven’t seen your
copy of your Data Examiner, be sure to check your junk mail and your Communications Preferences under your Account at the top of this screen!.
The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association would like to welcome six new or returning Directors
to the Board of Directors, following the October 27, 2020, Annual General Meeting.
We would like to welcome back David Hood (geoLOGIC systems), Jamie Cruise (Schlumberger) and Ali Sangster (IHS
Markit) who were re-elected for another term. We would also like to extend our congratulations
to Sue Carr (Katalyst Data Management), Kolleen Kidd (retired), and Daniel Perna (EPAM) on their election to a first
term with the Board.
“I would like to extend my personal thanks to all those who stood for election at yesterday’s AGM, and my
congratulations to those candidates who were elected by the voting membership. I’m sure I speak for all of the
current Directors when I say that I look forward to working with each of you to continue to advance the
sustainability and strategic direction of the PPDM Association.” Allan Huber, Chair of the PPDM Association Board of
Our sincere thank you and appreciation goes out to the Directors who will continue in their terms: Allan Huber
(Shell-Retired), Robert Best (EPAM Systems), Tarun Chandrasekhar (Riversand), James Soos (Infosys) and Curley Thomas
(Chevron). We would especially like to thank Kevin Brunel (Brunel Analytics), Emile Coetzer (Chevron), Paloma Urbano
(Conoco Phillips), and Peter MacDougall (retired) for their hard work and dedicated service as they retire from the
Join the Denver Leadership team on November 17 for our November Data Management Forum, featuring a half day of talks
on the theme ‘Adapting Data Management to a New Cost Focused Reality.” Presentations include “The Role of PPDM in
the Digital Transformation” and “The Art of Data Possible.” Register now to save your spot –