Data Examiner


  • Article Written By By the PPDM Association

    The PPDM Association Board of Director’s Strategy Committee is pleased to present our new five-year strategic plan at this year’s Houston Expo. Attendees will enjoy both a discussion with PPDM Association Board Members and a more interactive break out session on the afternoon of April 26... Read more >

  • Article Written By Allan (Al) Huber, Chair – Board of Directors, Curley Thomas III, Chair – Strategy Committee, Professional Petroleum Data Management Association

    On behalf of the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association’s Board of Directors, and the Chair of the Board’s Strategy Committee, I want to bring you a brief progress update on the strategy work we announced to you in November of 2021... Read more >

  • Article Written By Jess Kozman, Katalyst Data Management

    A Data Fit Organization (DFO) is one where:

    • data culture is a ubiquitous part of work, like safety is today,
    • all employees have data competencies and capabilities,
    • all employees demonstrate behaviors that deliver strategic value from data, and
    • data roles and responsibilities are measured and...
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  • Article Written By Jonathan Tan - PetroGrid

    Shared data used by consumers are often copied into their respective data silos. Revisions to the data in these data silos are only made locally resulting in inconsistent values across other data silos. This creates data reliability issues for consumers and a high maintenance overhead for data administrators... Read more >

  • The PPDM Association; A Brand for the Future
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    December 16, 2021
    Article Written By Allan (Al) Huber, Chair - PPDM Association Board of Directors

    The past two years have without doubt been among the most challenging years of our industry’s existence. The global COVID pandemic has wrought havoc on the health and well being of the entire planet’s population, and the resulting economic turbulence has been felt universally. In addition to the global socio-economic climate, the energy industry has been engulfed in a business paradigm transformation driven primarily by climate change and environmental accountability concerns. Oil and gas companies are re-evaluating their base business premise, and environmental activism is engaging the industry in the boardroom and courtroom alike... Read more >

  • WITSML to PPDM Data Mapping
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    November 17, 2021
    Article Written By Jonathan Tan, PetroGrid

    • PPDM 3.8 is a relational data model standard. It has clearly defined entity-attribute and cardinality relationships based on business definitions of these entities and attributes. Relationships between entities are defined using foreign keys or linking attributes. This data model provides the basis for a physical data model implementation or table... Read more >

  • Student Trip Review
    Posted on
    October 21, 2021
    Article Written By Jess Kozman, Katalyst Data Management

    In early October 2021, following the success of the Perth Data Management Workshop Field Trip in August, the Australia-West Leadership Team were able to coordinate a special return Field Trip to the Lake Clifton Thrombolites for an updated discussion of “Touching the Rocks” for a group of local students. The October student edition of the field trip was made possible through the sponsorship of the PPDM Association and Cegal, a trusted global digitalization partner for Oil & Gas, Renewables and Ocean Industries. The trip was coordinated with the assistance of the SPE Student Chapter at Curtin University, and included students from years 1-4 in both petroleum and chemical engineering. Sebastian Jones from Salt & Bush Ecotours again provided local geological... Read more >

  • Article brought to you by the PPDM Association

    1. Participation in events and other PPDM Association programs broadens the experience of data professionals by providing them with exposure to new ideas and the experiences of others.
    2. Leverage PPDM Association standards and best practices to support the development of a trusted data platform that can be leveraged for analytics... Read more >

  • How do you compete with Free?
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    July 28, 2021
    Article Written By Jim Crompton, Reflections Data Consulting LLC

    Marketers know that the word free gets people’s attention. How many ads have you seen that has the word Free is large font and repeated all over the advertisement? How do you compete with free stuff when you have bills to pay and the competitor gives away a similar product for nothing? Here is an example of that challenge from the Internet Explorer lawsuit in 1998.

    “The suit began on May 18, 1998, with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Attorneys General of twenty U.S. states (and the District of Columbia) suing Microsoft for illegally thwarting competition in order to protect and extend its software monopoly. In October 1998, the U.S. Department of Justice also sued Microsoft for violating a 1994 consent decree by forcing computer makers to include its Internet browser as a part of the installation of Windows software. Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issued his findings of fact on November 5, 1999, which stated that Microsoft's dominance of the x86-based personal computer operating systems market constituted a monopoly... Read more >

  • Article brought to you by the Petroleum Data Management Certification Committee

    1. Certified professionals solve your real-world energy industry data management problems: the CPDA™ exam tests theoretical knowledge and practical experience.
    2. CPDAs add expertise in data management with foundational competencies including knowledge of E&P, geodetic accuracy, information security, confidential processes, and more.
    3. CPDAs are recognized subject matter experts with transferable skills... Read more >