Join us for the OEUK Data and Digital Conference – The Value of Data!


We will explore the evolving role of data in the oil and gas industry, and our increasing recognition – starting with CDA’s seminal 2011 ‘Value of Data’ paper – of the importance of extracting the most from our data in making good decisions.

From subsurface to topsides, from seismic to photogrammetry to plant and process information, we will examine how data and the work of data managers have transformed from being a back-room, out of sight activity to being at the core of the modern, lean and efficient energy industry, and a critical capability in tracking, reducing and eliminating carbon emissions offshore.

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11 Nov 2021
OGA’s new NDR marks end of an era for industry organisation

The OGA’s launch of its new NDR on 1st July marks the end of an era for CDA, the wholly owned subsidiary of OGUK that focusses on data services to the geoscience community.

CDA was founded over 25 years ago to aid sharing of geoscience data between oil and gas companies by creating UKOilandGasData, a hugely successful collaborative online data sharing platform that is conservatively estimated to have saved industry over £250m during its lifetime. provided the foundation for the OGA’s launch of the UK NDR in 2019, building on the geoscience data contributed to the system by CDA’s operator members over the prior two decades, and re-purposing its existing technology platform to reduce the time and cost required to launch.

Daniel Brown, CDA’s Executive Director said, ‘CDA is a leading example of what can be achieved when operators and industry groups work collaboratively on a common goal. CDA’s efforts to support data sharing between operators laid the foundations of a massively successful industry project that not only saved well over a quarter of a billion pounds during its lifetime, but was also key to the creation of the UK NDR, of which the UK oil and gas industry can rightly be proud. CDA wishes the OGA and Osokey well as they launch this next generation of UK NDR, which will be a key resource for oil and gas, for the carbon capture and storage industry, and for geoscience researchers worldwide for many years to come.’

01 Jul 2021
Building Digital Maturity in Oil and Gas – 2020 Insights and 2021 Plans

OGUK, TLB, OGTC and ONE launched the first ever UKCS Data and Digital Maturity Survey in 2020. So what happens next? How should industry turn the findings of that survey into actions? What should be oil and gas digital priorities for 2021 onwards? Join us for a free online webinar on Thursday 4 March from 14:30 to hear about the progress made since the survey was launched, and to share your thoughts on what next.

In this free 90-minute event, OGUK, TLB, OGTC and ONE will share insights gained from detailed operator and supply chain engagements following on from the survey, programmes to build digital fluency and entrepreneurship within oil and gas, and set aspirations for a more digitalised industry benefitting from advances in everything from data and digital infrastructure through to robotics and autonomous systems. The panel will examine the path to greater data and digital proficiency, supporting a critical UK industrial sector and its ongoing transition towards net-zero.

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22 Feb 2021
UKCS Data & Digital Maturity Survey 2020 – Report Launch

The results of a major collaborative research project assessing the pace and extent of digitalisation across the oil and gas sector will be revealed at a free OGUK webinar on 1 September.

In a first for the industry, the UKCS Data and Digital Maturity Survey was launched in June 2020 in partnership with the Technology Leadership Board (TLB), the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), and Opportunity North East (ONE) with support from Deloitte.

Over 70 organisations responded to the survey, providing in-depth information on aspects including digital strategies, use of technology, data practices, training and innovation. This new report will provide invaluable insight into the current digital and data landscape while highlighting areas where the industry has opportunities to accelerate the digital transformation required to become more competitive and meet its emissions reduction targets.

Tuesday 1 September 2020 | 2.00 – 3.30 pm | Free to attend

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21 Aug 2020
Rethinking IT and Cyber in a post-lockdown world

Lockdown has transformed most people’s experience of working within the oil and gas industry. IT teams have been critical in enabling a broader shift to home working, and long-standing barriers to digital adoption have melted away in the need to keep businesses running. At the same time, cyber teams continue to protect us from any new opportunities for cyber-crime.

How do we build on the digital momentum created by the experiences of lockdown? And how do we make the most of the new ways of working that have appeared for people working remotely, both from home and offshore? Join us for an OGUK Webinar to hear about the role IT and cyber have played in keeping our industry running during lockdown, and what the longer-term impact may be.

Speakers from the following companies: Microsoft, Repsol, Wood, Premier Oil and more

  • Gain valuable insights from industry experts, with advice on how to shape your business strategies for an increasingly digital age
  • Understand the challenges and opportunities facing your remote-working teams
  • Connect with peers and identify potential business solutions for your organisation

Date: 29 July

Time: 3-4.30pm

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14 Jul 2020
Updated Guidelines for Managing Information at the Time of Asset Sales

OGUK is pleased to release the latest version of its Guidelines: Best Practice for Managing Information at the Time of Asset Sales. Fully refreshed to account for recent changes in UK law, the guidance covers both high level principles and detailed best practice for how oil and gas companies working in the UK should approach the information management challenges of asset sales.

The Guidelines consider how legal requirements for the transfer of information between parties may most efficiently be met, avoiding unnecessary delay to deal closure. They emphasise the critical importance of involving information management staff – and in particular, the organisation’s statutory Information and Samples Coordinator – to make sure that the scope of information to be transferred is well documented and agreed by all. This includes submission to the OGA of a formal Information and Samples Plan, which, if required by the Energy Act 2016, must be agreed by the OGA before associated licence changes can take place.

The Guidelines were developed with the support of industry licensees and the OGA Information and Samples Team, under the auspices of the OGUK Information and Sample Coordinators’ Special Interest Group, and is available to download from the OGUK website.

08 Jun 2020
CDA Achieves ISO Certification

CDA is delighted to have achieved the ISO9001:2015 quality certification for the provision of data management services.

ISO9001 certification gives us the assurance that our data management services are well managed and well documented, that risks to delivery are understood and properly mitigated, and that we have a solid foundation for service delivery and service improvement.

04 Mar 2020
OGUK Data and Digital Day – D3 (25 February 2020)

Technology and innovation are key to delivering industry’s Roadmap 2035: A blueprint for net zero, enabling a competitive industry that realises its full potential within the energy transition.

Join us for OGUK’s first data and digital day, exploring current themes in information technology, data, digitalisation and the digital skills and competences required to bring it all together in an increasingly competitive industry landscape, helping to meet UK energy needs while earning our place in the low carbon economy.

Further event information can be found here.

24 Jul 2019
CDA to fund scholarships for Data Management Course at Robert Gordon University

Scholarship opportunities are available for RGU’s pioneering Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Data Management – which was designed specifically for the energy industry in partnership with Common Data Access (CDA), the wholly owned subsidiary of OGUK, and was the first of its kind in the world.

Through the RGU Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the university, CDA have funded two full scholarship opportunities for the course, open to any student, worldwide, who has been accepted onto the course and is in genuine financial need.

The course provides an access route to education in the field of petroleum data management – an industry growth area – but has also been designed for those with relevant work experience in the energy sector who would like to have their skills and knowledge developed.

Jo RoyleHead of the School of Creative and Cultural Business at RGU, said: “The course aims to support the industry by providing it with a steady stream of qualified data managers with specific knowledge of the subsurface environment and it is fantastic that CDA is offering two full-funded scholarships to help support this.”

Wonuola Scott, who has just completed the course was awarded the CDA Scholarship last year. He will graduate in the summer and said the course filled the gaps in his knowledge and it helped him explore the discipline beyond his immediate experience of it.

“I have experience working with upstream oil and gas data, although most of this was gained in an unstructured format from years of working in the industry. This Petroleum Data Management course was my attempt to fill the gaps in my knowledge in order to become a well-rounded professional in the data space, as well as get recognition from an institution that is aligned and endorsed by the oil and gas industry.

“I believe my employer will find the new knowledge and skills I have gained very valuable, and could potentially create opportunities for me higher up on the career ladder.”

The Common Data Access Ltd Scholarships will be open to any student, worldwide, who has been accepted onto the course and who is in genuine financial need.

28 Jun 2019
Join the Society for Petroleum Data Managers

The Society for Petroleum Data Managers (SPDM) is now accepting membership registrations. SPDM has been jointly founded by CDA and ECIM, to provide a community for individuals involved in Petroleum Data Management, through member-driven services in support of lifelong learning, advanced knowledge, and career development. Currently led by an interim Board, the Society aims to hold its first elections in late 2019 to establish a fully elected Board. All individuals with an interest in Petroleum Data Management are invited to join SPDM.

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29 Apr 2019