Leading Collaboration

in E&P data management best practice and shared services in the UKCS

Common Data Access Limited (CDA) is a not-for-profit subsidiary of Oil & Gas UK, set up in 1995 to provide data management services to its members and to the UK oil industry.

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CDA holds a growing collection of information for more than 1,250 2D and 3D UKCS surveys. Files can be downloaded over the Internet or taken on a range of modern media by users affiliated with participating member companies. The public ('Third Parties') may licence released post-stack seismic data on media (as provided for under the joint DECC/Oil & Gas UK Seismic Data Release Guidelines). More information


CDA holds a collection of various types of digital well information for more than 11,500 UKCS wells and a handful of wells on the Faeroe Islands continental shelf. Data can be browsed and downloaded over the Internet by users affiliated with participating member companies from anywhere in the world. It is not available to the public. More information


Metadata for UKCS wells, seismic surveys, production infrastructure and licences, searchable through forms and a map-interface and available to the public. More information


The Well Data Collection, the Seismic Data Collection and UKOilandGasData are CDA's mainstream services however CDA does other important work in the area of data standards, guidelines and best practices and industry initiatives such as E&P Data Management Competency. More information

UKOilandGasData Members

Production licensees meet their obligations to DECC by submitting well data and seismic data to the UKOilandGasData.  They also enjoy low cost and rapid access to released well and seismic data. Find out more about CDA Membership

CDA and the UKCS NDR

CDA is a significant and vitally important component of the private/public partnership that constitutes the NDR (National Data Repository) for the UKCS.

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In May 2016, CDA launched its first Unstructured Data Challenge, to demonstrate the value of applying modern data science and data analytics techniques to one of the largest sub-surface data sets in the world. Nine companies took up the challenge, and the results were remarkable: identifying¬†formation analogues through linguistic analysis; speeding¬†the hunt for under-explored oil […]

13 Oct 2016

The University of Aberdeen is teaming up with key players from the UK oil and gas industry to offer a new Masters degree in Petroleum Data Management. The degree will address a growing skills demand from the sector for professional petroleum data managers, possessing expertise recognised in the Wood Review as critical to maximising economic […]

30 Aug 2016