A Professional Society: Results of the Online Survey

CDA has published a report on the online survey regarding a Professional Society for E&P Data Managers. Analysis of 407 responses reveals that there is strong support for the formation of a society.

The report can be accessed here, and the survey remains open for further participation.

12 Sep 2013
Competency Mapping

CDA completed the maps for well and geophysical data management last year and published them earlier this year as a pilot which allows data managers to construct their own competency profiles and to comment on the content of the maps. Although the pilot is still live, this episode is now drawing to a close. We have learned that the content is pretty robust but that we needed to provide a new solution which was functionally richer and easier to use. We have now signed a licence for a commercial application and are currently importing content from the pilot into this new system, which we expect to go live in the middle of September.

01 Aug 2013
CDA’s role in Education

We have agreed in principle with Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen to build a graduate certificate in Petroleum Data Management. The course will comprise four modules, each with 15 credits recognised under SCQF Level 9 (see The course will be offered entirely on-line and would therefore be available internationally. We know this is ambitious, but we are hoping to take the first student cohort in September 2014. We are currently at the early stages of building the curriculum for the first ‘foundation’ module.

CDA is also working with several major oil companies to explore the feasibility of building a post-graduate Masters course in Petroleum Data Management. We are completing an outline proposal, on the back of which we intend to invite more companies to get involved and then to approach a number of candidate universities to ascertain their interest (and conditions).

01 Aug 2013
A Professional Society

The establishment of a society lies at the heart of our professionalisation model. The society would take over the competency maps from CDA and would be the governing body for accredited education and commercial training in Petroleum Data Management. It would also perhaps be the certifying body for competency.
We have conducted an online survey on this topic (the survey is still open – see and we will publish the analysis at the end of August.
We are currently working with one of the strong candidates which wishes to be this professional organisation in order to satisfy ourselves that it is a good home for the competencies we have developed. This work is on-going but it’s something we’re pursuing with some urgency.

01 Aug 2013
New Seismic DataStore Member

Addax Petroleum and Statoil UK Ltd are the latest Members to join the CDA Seismic DataStore and a warm welcome to them.

01 Aug 2013
DataStore Training

CDA carried out two successful training sessions for DataStore users in London and Aberdeen during June for 51 users. The sessions covered both standard and new functionality which have been added to the system as part of a programmed series of enhancements. For further information about training please contact Raye McRitchie ([email protected]).

01 Aug 2013
Society of Data Managers Survey

Today CDA has launched a Survey to establish the level and nature of support of an independent professional society for data managers. This is an integral part of our general programme to gain professional standing for data management and data managers.

We would be most grateful if you could please complete the survey launched today by using the link shown below as soon as you can – it will take no more than 10 minutes of your time.

Thank you very much in advance for your support.

01 May 2013
CDA Competency Portal Pilot

The new CDA Competency Portal Pilot is now live. Please see for more information.

15 Feb 2013
New Seismic DataStore Members

InfraStrata plc, Perenco UK Ltd, Trap Oil Group plc and University of Edinburgh are the latest Members to join the CDA Seismic DataStore, a very warm welcome to them.

17 Oct 2012