CDA & RGU Launch New Petroleum Data Management Course

Robert Gordon University and CDA today launched a Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Data Management. This pioneering course has been developed with the support of a broad, cross-industry steering group led by CDA, to promote the understanding of subsurface exploration and production data management, and to progress the recognition of its importance to upstream oil and gas businesses.

The event took place at the RGU campus in Aberdeen, and was well attended by representatives from oil and gas operators and service providers, academia, prospective students, and the OGA. Jeremy Cresswell, Energy Editor at the Press and Journal hosted the proceedings.

Malcolm Fleming, Chief Executive of CDA, gave a keynote address on the value of petroleum data management, followed by Simon James, OGA Chief Information Officer, who presented on the contribution of well managed data to the UKCS. Professor Simon Burnett of RGU’s Aberdeen Business School spoke about new frontiers in Information Management, and Professor Rita Marcella, Dean of Aberdeen Business School, gave a final address on the benefits of industry and academic collaboration. The programme ended with a panel Q&A session.

The course will be available from September, and will be delivered fully online over four modules.
More information and application details are available at the course website.

Find out more about CDA’s professional development initiatives.

24 May 2016
CDA Unstructured Data Challenge – 2016

Can you make sense of the documentation describing over 11,000 wells, and 2,000 seismic surveys? Do you have the tools to extract value from the reports, log images, and other unstructured data arising from over 50 years of oil and gas exploration?

If so, the CDA Unstructured Data Challenge may be for you! Over the next three months, CDA is seeking to work with a small number of data and information analytics tool vendors to demonstrate how their tools may be used to enrich one of the world’s largest collections of subsurface oil and gas data.

Through analysis of the documents, images, and other unstructured data arising from a half century of UKCS exploration activity, CDA hopes to achieve two goals:

  • To demonstrate the value that current data and information analytics tools can add to a large corporate collection of unstructured subsurface data, such as the well and seismic data held in; and
  • To support vendors in communicating that value to industry – through case studies, presentations, and articles in industry journals.

To find out more about the CDA Unstructured Data Challenge, please contact Daniel Brown, Manager, CDA Projects, by email at [email protected], or by telephone at +44 20 7802 2463.

13 May 2016
Release of Government-Funded Seismic Data

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has announced that it has begun the release process for the data arising from the 2015 Government-funded Seismic Programme.

The data is now available through the UKOilandGasData system as a set of data packages comprising the main geophysical data sets and supporting documentation. Data packages less than 20 GB in size may be downloaded, and all data packages are available for order on physical media.

The OGA has decided to release as much of the data as possible, as early as possible. More data remains to be released, and updated versions of certain products may also be published. Notification will be provided within UKOilandGasData when new and updated packages become available.

Malcolm Fleming, CDA’s chief executive, said:
“CDA was set up by industry in 1995 as a collaborative initiative to provide on-line services for the secure storage, controlled sharing and release of UKCS well and seismic data. CDA’s UKOilandGasData portal provides the ideal platform for delivering the OGA seismic data packages to exploration companies and other parties, swiftly and cost-effectively, anywhere in the world.”

Oil & Gas UK also welcomed the release of the data.

The following documentation and guides are available within UKOilandGasData to assist with access to the data:

  • A Getting Started Guide to the system;
  • Advice on the use of the Download Manager to download large packages;
  • The media and handling charges that will apply to order for data on physical media; and
  • A high level description of the content of each data package



01 Apr 2016
UK Government-funded Seismic Programme: Survey Details & Acquisition Parameters

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has produced two documents providing more detail on the surveys acquired over the Rockall Trough and Mid North Sea High, and the range of data expected to be made available.

The data will be published under the Open Government License, and will be available for download and to order on media from UKOilandGasData.
Data packages under 20 GB in size may be downloaded for free, while larger data packages will be available to order on media only, for which a charge will be made to cover media, handling, and delivery costs.

The data is expected to be available from 1st April 2016.

Rockall Trough Data (PDF)

Mid North Sea High Data (PDF)

31 Mar 2016
CDA and ECIM host workshop on Data Science and Analytics in oil and gas

Data management leaders gathered in Aberdeen on 10th February 2016 for the second joint ECIM / CDA workshop, investigating the role new data science and analytics techniques can play in increasing the profitability of the North Sea oil industry.

Steve Harrison of Scottish Enterprise got the workshop started with a thought-provoking and challenging overview of the value reaped in other industries from the creative application of data science and analytics, setting the scene for presentations from industry experts from Maersk Oil, EMC, Tessella, CGG, and Teradata on progress that has already been made towards reducing downtime, increasing productivity and improving decision-making in oil and gas.

Malcolm Fleming, Chief Executive of CDA, said: “Data science and analytics techniques have been shown in other industries to dramatically reduce costs and to increase work efficiency. Now, we must take these techniques and apply them in the North Sea, so that lifting costs and overheads may structurally be reduced and marginal fields returned to profitability, leading to a brighter future for oil and gas in the UK.”

Proceedings of the workshop are available for download


03 Mar 2016
Government Funded Seismic Programme – Register of Interest

The data collected during the recent OGA-funded geophysical surveys of the Rockall Trough and the Mid-North Sea High is expected to be available via at the beginning of April 2016. To register your interest in the data, and to be notified by email when it is available for download or order, please complete this form, available at:

Any personal information you provide will be used solely for the purpose of notifying you when the data becomes available.

05 Feb 2016
Government Funded Seismic Programme – Access to Data

Data packages arising from the 2015 OGA-funded geophysical surveys performed over the Rockall Trough and Mid North Sea High are expected to be available from at the beginning of April 2016.

The data packages will be available for all to download, where practical, or to order on media. Smaller packages will be available for immediate download, while larger data packages (e.g. pre-stack and field seismic data, and other data sets over approx. 20Gb in size) will only be available to order on physical media, for which a charge will be made to cover the cost of media and handling.

Further information on the range of data available and how to access it will be published in early March. If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact [email protected]

04 Feb 2016
CDA & ECIM Joint Workshop: Improving Industry Efficiency: Real Opportunities from Data and Analytics

Registration now open!

Many oil and gas companies have invested in data management and analytics, and some are now reaping the benefits through improved exploration, drilling, and operational effectiveness.

ECIM and CDA jointly present an interactive half-day workshop, bringing together UKCS participants and technology providers to share recent successes, lessons learned, and forthcoming developments in the application of data and analytics to improve decision making, increase cost efficiency, and identify innovative business opportunities across the oil and gas value chain.

Join us at the Village Hotel, Kingswells, Aberdeen, at 12:15pm on Wednesday 10th February 2016. A light sandwich lunch will be served.

Speakers include:

  • Steve Harrison, Project Manager for Digital Oilfield, Scottish Enterprise
  • David Holmes, Chief Industry Executive, Oil and Gas, EMC
  • Mark Claxton, Energy Sector Director, Tessella Limited
  • Henri Blondelle, Business Development Manager, CGG Data Management Services
  • Alan Pointing, Global Data and Information Management Delivery Manager, Maersk Oil
  • Niall O’Doherty, Director Business Development, Manufacturing and Energy, Teradata

Cost: £50 per attendee + VAT. View the Full Workshop Programme, then visit to register, and join us for an informative, engaging, and constructive workshop!

ECIM-CDA February Workshop - Save the Date

19 Jan 2016
CDA Annual Members’ Workshop – 16th November 2015

The Energy Bill 2015/16 – Context and Consequences for Data Managers

CDA held its Annual Members’ Workshop on Monday 16th November 2015, on the subject of the Energy Bill 2015/16, and its consequences for data managers.

Representatives of CDA member companies and the Oil and Gas Authority spent an intense but rewarding day discussing the data management aspects of the bill, and identifying those actions that should be taken in 2016 to ensure its effective implementation.

Proceedings of the workshop are available to CDA members on request by email to [email protected].

10 Nov 2015