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    Haven’t heard from us in a while?
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    October 28, 2020

    As you know, there’s always a lot of activity going on at the PPDM Association, and we want to make sure that you don’t miss out on great communications including our Data Examiner, event invitations, announcements and more! If you haven’t seen an email from us in a while, please be sure to check your Junk Folder, update your communications preferences in your ‘My Account’ at the top right of your screen to subscribe to communications, and add and to your email safe list. If you need any help making sure that you are up to date on what’s going on at the PPDM Association, please contact

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    PDC Presentation at the September Forum
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    October 26, 2020

    The Professional Development Committee was very happy to present at the September DM Forum in September. Heidi-Lynne Balasch and Susan Hopkin walked the virtual group through an update on the work of the PDC and enjoyed a great response to the Mentimeter. Thank you to all who attended and provided feedback through the Mentimeter.

    We also extend our thanks to our Corporate member companies who reviewed the draft job descriptions and provided feedback throughout the month.

  • Over the last month the various Committees and Work Groups that make up the IPDS stream have been busy moving things forward. Here are a few highlights for you.

    > The Reference Values List Work Group has kicked off and is already hard at work establishing an objective process of evaluating Lists and working through an initial set to be readily accessible to you. If you are interested in participating in either the primary work group or have a specific subject matter expertise that you would like to assist with, please let us know.

    > Through some of the great events that have occurred over the last month, we have been able to learn more about the Well Status and Classification v3 that was released over the summer as well as the What is a Facility, Feasibility Study that is hot off the press. You can check out both presentations on the Past Events area at

    > In our conversations and with members we have started to capture information on what is important to you and would be most supportive as next best effort by PPDM. Is there a term that you would really like to have disambiguated? Do you need us to go farther on work previously done, like the symbol set for WSC v3? Maybe you feel like it is time to refresh What Is A Well? Your voice is important to us so that we can make sure we are supporting you in the best way possible.

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    October 26, 2020

    Register Now for the November Data Management Forum

    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 –

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    We Are Updating Our Privacy Policy
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    May 25, 2018

    You’ve likely received several emails from companies notifying you of update to privacy policies because of changes to EU data protection laws – specifically the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). To keep compliant and continue to safeguard your information, PPDM has also updated our privacy policy. You can read our Privacy Policy here, but some highlights include:

    > Give you more clear and detailed information about your personal data rights.
    > How PPDM protects your data
    > Who else may have access to your information through us
    > How consent is handled within PPDM

    The updated Privacy Policy automatically comes into effect for all PPDM users on May 25, 2018. So, your continued use of the PPDM sites from that date will be subject to it. At any time you can update your personal information, including communication preferences (subscribe/unsubscribe), by logging into your profile.

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  • Monday May 21 is the last day for members to submit comments on the ‘What Is A Completion’ toolkit. As you know, our ‘What Is A Completion’ Work Group has been hard at work disambiguating the term ‘Completion’ over the past year. This team has hit a significant milestone in completing the toolkit and is currently seeking member reviewers to provide feedback and respond to a survey. All contributions, feedback, and suggestions are appreciated as this toolkit will be for a broad audience (note, any reviewer must be a PPDM member due to intellectual property concerns). Once we have everyone’s feedback, the Work Group will review and update the toolkit as appropriate prior to finalizing, with an estimated release mid-2018.

    Excitement for this piece of work is building and appreciate the hard work of the ‘What Is A Completion’ Work Group and our volunteer member reviewers. Learn how you can become a sponsor of this group now in our Sponsorship Kit. For more information, please contact

  • Join PPDM's Certified Instructor Pat Rhynes for a two and a half day special edition of Business Life Cycle of the Well, Levels 1 and 2 – May 29, 30 and 31 at geoLOGIC systems. This course will start with Business Life Cycle of the Well 1.1: Introduction (Level 1), followed by Level 2, which takes a more in depth look at asset life cycle stages planning, drilling, completing, producing and disposing. You will also review key objectives, business processes and activity, groups involved in each stage and decisions and data categories for each activity. More information on the class is available in the attached sample, or on our website.

  • The Dallas/Fort Worth Data Management Community convened at XTO Energy on April 26, 2018 and enjoyed a presentation by Steve Cobb with CB Technologies entitled “The Refinery of the Future: A Real-Time Use Case”. His talk described how recent evolutions in the technology industry are allowing the Oil and Gas Industry to alter the way they tackle current business problems. Edge computing, IIoT, Digital Twin, field augmented reality and remote virtual reality have become the foundation for a new wave of Digital Transformation initiatives. They seek to capture the tribal knowledge of experienced professionals as they leave the workforce, allowing companies to work smarter and enable companies to capture and use the vast amounts of data that they possess today for better decision making. Seizing this business inflection point and the opportunities it offers, CBT has teamed with multiple technology partners to integrate the latest information sciences into “The Refinery of the Future” at Texmark Chemical, providing use cases supported by real operational needs. We will discuss five solutions for a chemical plant: Predictive Maintenance, Video Analytics, Worker Safety, Connected Worker, Asset Maintenance & Integrity. Many thanks to Stonebridge Consulting for providing a delicious lunch and XTO Energy for a fabulous venue. Drawing winners, Andrew Belschner of XTO Energy and Brooke Granger with Jetta Operating, each won a free one-year membership to PPDM. Our next luncheon is planned for September 12th at Pioneer Natural Resources.

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    May 3 Virtual CPDA Information Session
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    April 26, 2018

    The CPDA designation is a globally recognized achievement, unique to the petroleum data management industry. Certification demonstrates to employers, clients, and colleagues that a CPDA professional possesses data management knowledge, experience, and skills to navigate the unique challenges of data management specific to the exploration & production industry.

    We are holding a CPDA Information Session virtually May 3, 2018 at 1:15pm Denver, USA, local time, for those interested in learning more about the CPDA Program and how they can take the next steps to earn this credential. We will walk through the application process, provide tips to study for the exam, and present information concerning taking the exam and becoming certified. You can also visit our Certification page at Details on how to join the GoToMeeting will be distributed upon receipt of registration. This session is free, so that we can track interest, please ensure that all attendees register. Register now to attend on our website.

  • The PPDM Association is delighted by the tremendous turn out at our first Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo, which took place at the Westin Houston Memorial City on April 17 & 18. Nearly 300 folks joined our speakers, sponsors and exhibitors for two days of presentations, interactive discussions, networking luncheons, cocktail reception and more. Presentations ranged from very technical to very interactive, with something for everyone in attendance. Highlights included our Keynote Speaker, Jim Claunch, the Well Status & Classification Training with Trudy Curtis, Bollywood dancing with Abhijeet Narvekar and more. This new style created a lot of energy and excitement, and the team is excited already for the 2019 Houston Expo. Thank you to all our sponsors and exhibitors for making this event possible. Presentations from this event will be available on May 1st on our Past Events page.