CDA has been shortlisted in the 2017 UK Association Awards, for the development of the RGU Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Data Management. The “Best eLearning / Online Education” award recognises virtual learning, information, or education delivery which benefits members or the sector. The Graduate Certificate course will be judged on criteria including the background and purpose of the project, innovation, collaboration with service providers, member engagement, marketing, and achievement of objectives.
The Association Awards is open to any membership organisation, and is organised by The Association of Associations Executives, which recognises and promotes excellence in associations.
Winners will be announced at the UK Association Awards Ceremony, taking place in Manchester, UK, on 14 December.
Common Data Access (CDA) notes that the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has today started consulting on its proposal to transform UKOilandGasData.com from a member-funded platform provided by CDA into a key component of a new central UK National Data Repository (NDR). The service would continue to be delivered by CDA under contract to the OGA.
The new NDR will build on the current UKOilandGasData model, which has been in operation since 1995. The on-line platform allows the industry to meet its statutory obligations to share data on wells and seismic research on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) as well as providing a range of valuable collaborative data sharing and management services for industry.
Chief Executive of CDA, Malcolm Fleming, said:
“The NDR is a natural and very positive development for UKOilandGasData and for CDA. Incorporating UKOilandGasData.com into a new repository under the regulator’s control is, ultimately, an effective and efficient means to support MER UK – maximising economic recovery of the UK’s remaining oil and gas.”
The new service, agreed conditionally in principle by the Board of CDA and the OGA, would be delivered by CDA under contract to the OGA for two years with effect from 1 January 2019. The consultation reveals that OGA intends to fund the contract with CDA from January 2019 through an increase in the annual Industry Levy, which would be offset by the payments made directly by members to CDA being discontinued from the end of 2018.
Malcolm Fleming added:
“While in many respects, it will be business as usual for CDA over the coming months, we believe the industry needs to maintain a strong interest in the ongoing governance of the platform in the longer term in order to preserve the value it has delivered for the sector over the years as well as to develop it to meet industry’s needs in the future.
“CDA will have these principles very much in mind as it negotiates the arrangement with the OGA of the details of the transformation of UKOilandGasData. The longer-term implications for CDA and its members, will become clearer as we work together over the next few months. We shall consult our members and with Oil & Gas UK stakeholders and respond to the OGA in due course with our views on the nature of this relationship and its funding going forward.”
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Note to Editors:
CDA (Common Data Access Limited) 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.
The CDA web portal is at www.UKOilandGasData.com.
Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its members are companies licensed by the Government to explore for, and produce, oil and gas in UK waters and those in the industry’s supply chain.
The University of Aberdeen formally launched its Petroleum Data Management MSc programme at an event held at the Sir Duncan Rice Library yesterday. Industry leaders, academics, and potential students gathered to hear about opportunities to increase business value through effective stewardship of data and CDA’s ongoing initiatives in professionalising data management, as well as details about the programme and content that will be taught.
The programme is being developed in partnership with CDA and funding sponsors Chevron, Shell, and Total, to address the industry need for skills in this disicpline. It will commence in September 2018, providing postgraduate education and training for those currently in petroleum data management roles as well as those aspiring to this career path. Students can choose to study full-time or part-time, on campus or online.
Malcolm Fleming, Chief Executive, CDA, said:
“As an industry we are aware that the true value of data lies not in acquiring it but in using it effectively, across technical disciplines. It is therefore crucial that businesses are equipped with the skills and competencies to ensure these valuable data resources are professionally stewarded, accessible to users, and that they meet increasingly complex business needs and opportunities.
“CDA and its 58 member companies consider this Masters programme to be a significant element within initiatives to improve and increase the contribution of data management to business value, and are delighted to be offering two partial scholarships in 2018 to support individuals in attaining this qualification.”
Programme Director, Dr Colin North, said:
“Petroleum Data Management is crucial to the oil and gas industry and there is an increasing demand for individuals with an expertise in this area.
“I am delighted that the University has teamed up with CDA, and our sponsors, in order to create this programme. Developing it alongside industry partners ensures that the course will be tailored to the needs of the industry and I look forward to welcoming students onto the course.”
A successful partnership between CDA and the Robert Gordon University (RGU) has delivered the very first graduates in Petroleum Data Management. Fourteen students from across the globe, including Brazil, Ghana and the Netherlands, were awarded a Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Data Management from RGU at its summer graduation ceremony yesterday.
The course was developed to meet industry demand for practitioners skilled in managing the geological and geophysical data vital to the sector’s operations. Comprising four modules covering all aspects of the subsurface exploration and production lifecycle, the course supports CDA’s wider agenda for the professionalisation of data management, enabling geoscientists and engineers to deliver more timely decisions with greater accuracy.
CDA Chief Executive Malcolm Fleming, said:
“The value generated by exploration and production activities relies on accurate information, the key to which is a high quality of data management.
“Staff armed with the knowledge and competencies to drive the best value from data will play a key role in supporting critical business activities, decisions and ultimately successful operations.”
The course was designed with significant input from across industry, providing an entry point to a recognised discipline and career path. Applications are now open for the next student intake in September 2017, for which CDA is offering two fully funded scholarship places.
Jo Royle, Head of the School of Creative and Cultural Business, said:
“We have been delighted with the success of the first cohort of the Graduate Certificate Petroleum Data Management. Feedback tells us that the course has been well received by students and employers.”
Kerry Blinston, Global Commercial Director, Data Management Services, CGG, said:
“As a global exploration and production data services and solutions provider, we welcome this new professional qualification that teaches the value of petroleum data management to upstream oil and gas businesses.
“Several members of our team have reported enjoying the course and appreciating its convenient online delivery that helps to balance work and study. We are already beginning to see how they benefit from the knowledge they have gained to better understand our customers’ needs and this can translate into real business value on all sides.
“We plan to encourage other team members to participate in the next iteration of this successful and beneficial course.”
The data packages, which encompass roughly 140 relinquished discoveries, include:
- Released well and seismic data and documents
- OGA / BGS well tops
- Selected seismic images from CGG, PGS, and WesternGeco
Sixty technical montages will also be made available. All together, these provide industry with the discovery history, static and dynamic information and subsurface data in digital formats for use in interpretation software. The data packages may be downloaded for free or ordered on media (a media and handling charge applies) from CDA’s UKOilandGasData.com.
6 – 8 June 2017
A global meeting focused on the challenges of managing national oil and gas data repositories, this will be the 13th conference bringing together government regulators and petroleum industry participants to exchange ideas and collaborate on business processes.
CDA is delighted to be part of the executive committee of this conference, supporting the development of the data management community and best practice.
Registration is open at: http://www.ndr2017.org/registration/registration-info
Over 70 delegates attended CDA and ECIM’s joint workshop on the application of modern data science and analytical techniques to sub-surface data, as demonstrated through CDA’s first Unstructured Data Challenge.
Delegates heard from nine challenge participants, each sharing the results of their work on the same 3.5Tb of sub-surface data made available to them (in confidence) over the summer of 2016.
The results were remarkable, beginning with insights into how to deal with the issues encountered in processing the many types and formats of data and documents acquired over 50 years of UKCS exploration activity, and moving on to show real examples of the value that can be unlocked once data and documents are analytics-ready.
Participants presented on a wide variety of data science techniques, including how machine learning can be used to address fundamental data management issues in a scalable manner, how linguistic analysis alone may be used to identify formation analogues, and how, if a number of these techniques are used together in concert, a prototype end-to-end workflow may be realised for the automated creation of petrophysical models.
For more information on the Unstructured Data Challenge, and the outcomes presented in this workshop, please contact Daniel Brown.
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 and gas shows; and using machine learning to create petrophysically consistent models of the subsurface, to name a few.
Join CDA, ECIM, and the Data Challenge participants from 12pm on Wednesday 30th November at the Village Hotel in Kingswells, Aberdeen, to learn more about the value of data science in the subsurface; and to share your thoughts on how this might be maximised.
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 recovery of significant remaining resources from the UK Continental Shelf.
The MSc programme has been set up through an agreement between the University and CDA, and will be sponsored by leading multinationals including Shell, Total and Chevron.
Currently under development, the MSc will be delivered on a multi-disciplinary basis across the departments of Geography, Geology, Computing Science and Law. Among the subjects that will be covered include data governance, data quality management, information security management, and service and project management.
The programme will launch next year on a part-time basis, with distance learning and full-time options to follow in 2018.
Programme coordinator Professor Judith Masthoff said: “Data management is vitally important to the oil and gas sector and the demand for skills in this area has led to the creation of this Masters programme, set up through an agreement with CDA and our sponsors.
The course content is being developed with input from our industrial partners to ensure the programme is tailored to the needs of industry. This will provide graduates with job-ready expertise that will allow them to meet a growing demand for skills in this area.”
Danny Bush, Unit Manager Subsurface Workflows, Chevron Energy Technology Company, said: “Good data management is key to unlocking the real value of technical and analytical applications. As an industry we are experiencing a tremendous growth in data and to manage it successfully we will need a pipeline of talent with strong earth science and engineering skills. The Masters programme at Aberdeen University, as well as other strategically located programs, will enable the next generation of skilled data managers to advance their careers in the oil and gas industry.”
George Rorie, Operational Lead for Technical Data Management, Shell said: “We are delighted to support the development of the Petroleum Data Management MSc from Aberdeen University. Shell recognises technical information and data as a discipline within our company, and we play an active role in promoting the professionalisation of these skills across the industry. Courses such as this provide a strong academic foundation for the data management professionals that we need today and in the future.”
On behalf of Total E&P UK, Olivier Mairal, Senior Data Management Advisor, said: “The exponential growth of data volumes and available information has made data management, data architecture, data analysis and geomatics cornerstones in the exploration and production industry. Total has recognised geoinformation as a key discipline to support these trends and skilled and talented people are necessary to fulfil these challenging tasks.
Total fully supports the Petroleum Data Management Master programme at the University of Aberdeen that will allow the next generation of data managers to build on existing skills to develop the expertise required for future career development.”
CDA is delighted to announce its commitment to provide four fully funded scholarship places for the newly launched, pioneering petroleum data management course being delivered by Robert Gordon University (RGU).
Commencing in late September, the Graduate Certificate Petroleum Data Management has been developed in partnership with CDA, and will promote the understanding of subsurface exploration and production data management, recognising its importance to upstream oil and gas businesses.
RGU welcomed the scholarships, noting that individuals completing the course will gain an accredited qualification providing new entrants with a direct route into the profession, and presenting a career development opportunity for existing practitioners.
Malcolm Fleming, CDA Chief Executive, said:
“The value generated by exploration and production activities relies on accurate information, the key to which is a high quality of data management. It is therefore crucial that the industry recognises the importance of promoting the professionalisation of petroleum data managers.
“It is all the more apparent in the current economic environment that a high quality data management function underpins efforts to reduce risk, meet regulatory compliance, and increase exploration and production success”.
The CDA Scholarships will be available for the academic year 2016/17, open to any student worldwide who has been accepted onto the Graduate Certificate Petroleum Data Management course, and who is in genuine financial need.
An awarding panel made up of representatives from RGU and CDA will assess applications, awarding two scholarships based on academic merit to new entrants to the industry, and two scholarships based on employment history and career development to those with industry experience.
The closing date for applications is 31st August 2016.
Queries can be directed to Terry Alexander