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.

Find out more:

29 Apr 2019
Roll-Out of UK NDR to UKCS Licensees

The UK National Data Repository (NDR) is now available for use by UKCS licensee companies. During this pilot phase Regulatory (licensee) users will be able to access their own data as well as data that has been entitled to their company or disclosed by the OGA. They will also be able to fulfil their regulatory obligations by submitting data to the NDR, as well as facilitating data access and sharing of confidential data amongst joint venture groups using secure functionality within the NDR.

CDA operates the NDR on behalf of the OGA. Its launch is the culmination of many months of work to transfer CDA’s collection of well and seismic data from its UKOilandGasData platform, in support of the OGA’s objectives to make industry data available as freely as possible for the benefit of the UK oil and gas industry.

The full public launch of the NDR is expected to take place towards the end of March.

Further information about the NDR can be found on the OGA’s website.

20 Feb 2019
Key Role for CDA in Launch of first UK Oil and Gas National Data Repository

CDA has confirmed a deal with the Oil and Gas Authority to launch the UK’s first National Data Repository for offshore geoscience data.

Scheduled for release in Q1/2019, the heart of the repository will be the collection of technical well and seismic data established by CDA and its industry members over the past 25 years. Users will be able to obtain the majority of the information free of charge, gaining access to one of the largest quantities of geoscience technical data ever made available.

The wealth of data in the repository will give explorers and developers a deeper insight into UKCS geology, helping to encourage exploration by improving the chances of identifying potentially recoverable volumes. Increasing the number of discoveries is critical to assuring the future of the basin, and the role of data, and those experienced in interpreting it, are recognised as playing an increasingly important part in this effort.

CDA’s Chief Executive, Malcolm Fleming said, “For 25 years, CDA has been collaborating with industry to establish this unique collection of UKCS well and seismic information. We are delighted to be able to put this collection at the centre of the National Data Repository, for sharing between licensees and for disclosure to all under open licence conditions. The NDR will ensure use of the broadest range of information in the search for oil and gas, an activity for which access to extensive top quality data is key.

“The Repository is expected to provide an invaluable resource to technology innovators looking to apply new machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to the demanding task of locating oil and gas deposits deep in the subsurface.

“Critically, the National Data Repository supports the Oil and Gas Authority’s mission to ensure geoscience information is preserved and is shared for the benefit of all stakeholders in the UKCS, in line with a key recommendation of the Wood Review.”

CDA’s contract with the Oil and Gas Authority builds on CDA’s 25 year history of collaborating with industry to collect, preserve, and share the data arising from offshore wells and seismic surveys.

More information can be found on the OGA’s website.


16 Oct 2018
CDA Scholarships for Petroleum Data Management Courses

CDA has awarded scholarships to four petroleum data management students. Wonuola Scott from Aberdeen and Nora Ribera from Argentina are studying the Graduate Certificate course at Robert Gordon University while Patrick Kaczmarek from Canada and Jennifer Butler-Madden from Aberdeen are studying the MSc course at the University of Aberdeen.

Data management is of strategic importance to industry as it looks to maximise economic recovery of oil and gas from the UK Continental Shelf. The availability of recognised academic qualifications in this discipline gives employers confidence they are recruiting individuals with the skills and proficiency in managing vital data assets.

Jennifer, who has worked in the oil and gas industry for 15 years, is planning a return to the sector after taking a career break. Jennifer said: “The CDA scholarship is a fabulous opportunity. I have been out of the industry after starting a family, and the MSc Petroleum Data Management will help reignite my career. When I was awarded the scholarship I felt very privileged – it is an amazing feeling to know there are organisations willing to provide this kind of support to students.”

CDA, with the support of its member companies, has been instrumental in the creation of the award-winning Graduate Certificate course at Robert Gordon University, now in its third intake online, and the MSc course at the University of Aberdeen, welcoming its first intake of students both on campus and online this year. Supporting the development of education in petroleum data management and providing opportunities to study the subject is at the heart of CDA’s work to professionalise the discipline.

Malcolm Fleming, Chief Executive of CDA, said: “This year we have awarded four scholarships in total – two at each of Aberdeen’s universities. This marks significant further progress towards professionalising the discipline and provides a benchmark for professional development and recruitment. We’re delighted with the calibre of applicants from around the world and look forward to their progress in this rapidly advancing profession.

“The quality of almost all investment decisions taken by exploration and production companies depends on the availability of sufficient and reliable subsurface data. The role of data, and those experienced in assuring and enhancing its value plays an increasingly important role in improving exploration success. This is key to extending asset life, maximising oil and gas production and assuring the future of the sector.”


10 Oct 2018
Launch of Society for Petroleum Data Managers

The Society for Petroleum Data Managers was launched at the ECIM Conference in Haugesund today. The Society 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 recruit members and hold its first elections in 2019 to establish a fully elected Board. All individuals with an interest in Petroleum Data Management are invited to register their interest.

Find out more:


11 Sep 2018
Upcoming Dates for PPDM CPDA Examinations

PPDM has established the Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA) credential, which is achieved through an online examination and continuously renewed thereafter. The credential contributes to the development and professionalisation of petroleum data managers.

Upcoming dates are as follows:

• Application by 03 October 2018, for examination on 14 November 2018

• Application by 16 January 2019, for examination on 27 February 2019

Find out more: CPDA examination and credential


30 Aug 2018
CDA Launches Videos Highlighting Petroleum Data Management Careers

CDA has launched a series of short videos featuring petroleum data management professionals, aimed at highlighting the diversity and attraction of a career in this discipline.

Petroleum data managers play a crucial role in the industry, supporting cost effective exploration, development, production, and decommissioning of oilfield infrastructure through effective management of data. The videos are part of a CDA’s campaign, supported by industry and academic partners, to establish Petroleum Data Management as a recognised professional discipline.

Daniel Brown, Manager, CDA Projects, said: “These videos connect us to people in Petroleum Data Management roles and describe the opportunities available in this rapidly developing discipline.

“Petroleum Data Management is vital to exploration and production success, increasingly so as organisations create more data than ever and look to new techniques to derive the best value from their data assets. Skilled petroleum data managers have an exciting opportunity to contribute to this process by ensuring that data is accurate, accessible, and of assured technical and legal integrity

“We are grateful to the volunteers who participated and are delighted to be launching this series of short videos with the support of our academic and industry partners.”

Kerry Blinston, New Business Development Director with CGG Smart Data Solutions, and part of the team CDA works with to support education programmes in Petroleum Data Management, said: “With digitalisation increasingly delivering value to oil and gas companies, data management has never been more important.  Creating academic routes into the profession and supporting staff in their career development is critically important to both CGG and our customers.”

Watch the videos


25 Jul 2018