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
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