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
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