CDA and ECIM host workshop on maximising the value of Data Management

On 30th June, data management leaders from UKCS operators, service providers, and consultancy organisations met at a workshop hosted jointly by CDA and ECIM to identify the role data management can play in increasing cost efficiency in the North Sea environment.

Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s economics director, provided delegates with insight into the current challenges the industry is facing and what the sector is doing to tackle its cost base and effectively improve efficiency. Speakers from Shell U.K Limited, Venture Information Management, New Digital Business, and Maersk North Sea each shared examples of how timely access to quality data, when effectively integrated into the oil and gas business value chain, yields step change improvements in cost efficiency.

Malcolm Fleming, Chief Executive of CDA, said: “Industry is doing all it can to ensure the sector is safe, competitive, and sustainable in a world of $60 oil, and collaborative data management plays a key role in increasing cost efficiency. Over the past 20 years, CDA estimates it has already saved its members over £250 million through providing a central resource for sharing, distributing and releasing sub-surface information. We must now look to extending this collaborative model to realise even greater cost savings across the full E&P lifecycle.”

Proceedings of the workshop are available for download.

21 Jul 2015
Greenland has a new National Petroleum Data Repository

Greenlandic oil and gas related seismic and well data, previously managed by GEUS, will from the 15th June 2015 be managed by CDA on behalf of the Ministry of Mineral Resources of the Government of Greenland.

The Department of Geology at the Ministry, together with CDA and its subcontractor, Schlumberger Software Integrated Solutions (SIS) have worked closely to set up the criteria for the new Greenland National Petroleum Data Repository. The outcome is the new portal found at

Within the portal stakeholders can easily browse the site, choose, and purchase data for wells or geophysical data using an extensive search function or a GIS-based map, providing an overview of all the Greenlandic oil and gas related onshore and offshore data available.

General information about the new Greenland National Petroleum Data Repository can also be found on the Ministry’s homepage

16 Jun 2015
UK Technical Issue: Resolved


Please be advised that is now back online and normal service has resumed.


Please be aware that there are currently technical issues with accessing the repository, which will be resolved as soon as possible.

For any urgent enquiries please contact the Helpdesk on 01224 755555

Thank you.

09 Jun 2015
Origo Exploration joins CDA

It’s a pleasure to announce that Origo Exploration UK Limited is the latest Associate Member to join as a well and seismic participant.

30 Mar 2015
CDA – Industry’s Shared Data Management Service Marks Twenty Year Milestone

Common Data Access (CDA) celebrates its twentieth anniversary in Aberdeen today (25 March 2015).

Malcolm Fleming, CDA’s chief executive, said: “CDA manages and provides shared access to UKCS subsurface data which helps the industry to realise cost efficiencies and maintain competitiveness. The economic benefit of these services is all the more relevant as the industry tackles its current challenges of rising costs and declining production – a situation recently exacerbated by the drop in oil price.

He adds: “Over the past 20 years, CDA has evolved to deliver a valuable range of online services via an integrated web portal,, providing exploration and production companies with a comprehensive and easy-to-use source of quality data on UKCS wells, seismic surveys, production licences and infrastructure.

“We welcome the recent Government announcement in the Budget that it will fund a £20 million programme of geophysical surveys to boost exploration in under-explored areas of the UKCS. CDA will continue to play a key role in the industry’s collaborative efforts by providing the data and information that enable companies to extend their knowledge and understanding of UKCS geology. Ultimately, our work helps firms to reduce risk and uncertainty, increasing their chances of exploration and production success.”

Further information on the unified service is available from CDA at [email protected]

25 Mar 2015
CDA UKOilandGasData Enhancement

A further enhancement from the 2014 Service Improvement Programme has now been released on the website. Working with the UK Onshore Geophysical Library (UKOGL) a web service link has been enabled which will allow users to display onshore seismic surveys on the UKOilandGasData GIS and vice versa enable the display of offshore seismic on the UKOGL GIS. Users will be able to select and display metadata for each survey or seismic line and a direct link is provided to the source if further information is required.

For further information please contact either CDA ( at [email protected] ) or UKOGL ( at [email protected] )

09 Mar 2015
CDA’s Competency Management System Enhancement Announcement

Common Data Access Limited (CDA) is proud to announce some exciting new enhancements to the E&P Petroleum Data Management Competency Management System.

The system now enables you to map job profiles to Well and Seismic data management competency matrices – of particular use in recruitment, and in identifying areas for professional development towards target job roles.

Please note that this new functionality is only available to CDA members (based on email domain). If you can’t see this feature but think you should be able to then please check the email domain you used to register (must be your work email address) or email [email protected]

The CMS also enables you to invite specific individuals to view your profile – ideal when job hunting or when benchmarking your profile against your data management team.

Other changes include newly cleaned up ‘Help’ and ‘About’ sections, and a new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) area – all conveniently found under the ‘Help’ tab.

03 Feb 2015
Actis Oil and Gas Limited – New Member!

It give us great pleasure to announce that Actis Oil and Gas has recently joined CDA as a Well and Seismic Associate Member. A very warm welcome to them.

06 Jan 2015