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SPDM Mid-Year Conference

Introduction and overview

The Society for Professional Data Managers is delighted to announce its 2022 Mid-Year Online Conference, from Tuesday 21st to Thursday 23rd June, fully online. Free to members, the Conference Programme includes speakers from Katalyst, PPDM, Flare, dataVedik, and CGI, amongst many others.

Conference sessions are scheduled at 11am and 3pm UK time each day, to be accessible to as many Society members as possible worldwide. Recordings will be available to registered participants for later viewing where permitted.

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Registration Information

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Registration and attendance at Mid-Year Conference is available only to members of the Society. You can join online for just €40 here.



Program Details

------------------------ Tuesday June 21st. (UK time) ------------------------

11:00 Data Governance and the Shared Energy Data Ecosystem - Ed Evans, Open Data Institute. Energy regulators role in creating a trustworthy data set.

11:30 Panel session on the role of governance in a thriving data ecosystem, including:

  • Stephan Gruijters, TNO

15:00 Managing Live data from renewables - Steve Aitken, Intelligent Plant. How renewable clients are managing their realtime data from their equipment with a description of EMEC, and Invinity’s Vanadium flow Batteries.

15:30 OSDU Onboarding – the Role of Data Governance and AI - Sunil Garg, dataVediK

------------------------ Wednesday June 22nd. (UK time) ------------------------

11:00 Data Governance for Low Carbon Projects - Jess Kozman & Angus Craig, Katalyst. Working with New Energy Data

11:30 The Role of Data in Finance and ESG - Francesca Bell, Offshore Energies UK

15:00 Embracing Change - Pat Meroney, Alex Ross and Cindy Cummings, PPDM. Guiding personal development in a changing world through PPDM competencies and training.

15:30 Panel session on the Value of Data Management Education, including:
- Lewis Faryma, BP
- Fionnuala Cousins, Robert Gordon University
- Randell McNair, Graduate, Robert Gordon University

------------------------ Thursday June 23rd. (UK time) ------------------------

11:00 Beyond the Theory: Data Meshes with OSDU Applied - Michael van der Haven, CGI. The application of OSDU in a Data Mesh Architecture.

11:30 Gaining Value and Insight from Unstructured Data - Lee Hatfield, Flare Solutions. Making unstructured data work for you and your organisation.

15:00 The Importance of Seismic Data Quality and Standards - Jill Lewis, Troika International. The SEG and the OSDU have signed a MOU the finalization of SEG-Y_r2.1 is underway, learn about improvements and capturing your knowledge enabling auto-read of data.

15:30 Panel session on the Role of Standards in Good Data Governance, with panelists including:

- David Lecore, Head of Compliance and Data Services, North Sea Transition Authority


Presentation Abstracts

------------------------ Tuesday June 21st. (UK time) ------------------------

11:00 Data Governance and the Shared Energy Data Ecosystem - Ed Evans, Open Data Institute.

There is increasing pressure and increasing need for the energy industry to share more data. The ODI has been working with organisations from every sphere that have delivered increased value from sharing data, for themselves and for others. The energy industry can learn from this experience.  Regulators often demand, hold and manage data to be shared and they may use that data to form industry policy. The regulator in this way is acting as a ‘data institution’ and is responsible for creating or at least encouraging a data sharing ecosystem. The quality and value of the data ecosystem depends on appropriate governance,  to ensure that the data and data processes can be trusted. 

Data governance, whether collecting, using or sharing data is about a comprehensive understanding of the data assets, clear accountabilities, policies and processes and the application of appropriate standards and technologies. 

This presentation will discuss recent, openly published, work by the ODI and others that leads to improved data governance in data sharing and how this applies to energy data now and the likely impact  in the future.  

I will share information about:   

  • Role of regulators and industry bodies  - soft and hard influence 
  • Data institutions - characteristics and  the role they play 
  • Open standards - when is a standard an open standard? 

I will provide Industry examples … 

  • OFGEM - data best practice for data sharing 
  • Energy Data Task Force - recommendations 
  • Open Energy - standards implementation 

The questions we can then ask ourselves …  How might better governance from the regulator increase the value of data? Why share data collected and curated at great cost and why should operators want to play?

11:30 Panel session on the role of governance in a thriving data ecosystem

  • including: Stephan Gruijters, TNO

15:00 Live, Secure Control Data in Support of the Energy Transition - Steve Aitken, Intelligent Plant

How renewable clients are managing their realtime data from their equipment with a description of EMEC, and Invinity’s Vanadium flow Batteries.

15:30 OSDU Onboarding – the Role of Data Governance and AI - Sunil Garg, dataVediK

As Oil and Gas Operators adopt OSDU, there will be a need to migrate data from hundreds of existing software systems/repositories. This will require application of Data Engineering, Master Data Management and Software Engineering principles and concepts. As OSDU evolves, new data types and APIs will get added and this will require continuous integration and deployment, necessitating the use of Agile Software Practices. In addition to populating data from structured repositories, operators can utilize this opportunity to add value from Unstructured data sources by extracting additional data and augmenting the existing data with it. Based on lessons learnt from our experience in past data migrations, data governance will be the key to success of OSDU based deployments. This presentation will focus on the various aspects of data governance best practices in the context of OSDU including Master and Reference Data Management, DQM, Data Lineage and enrichment, Golden records creation and so on. It will present some practical ways of applying and enforcing data governance processes both during the data migrations to OSDU as well as using OSDU as the system of record for feeding applications in future. It will also highlight the role that Data Analytics and AI will play in data ingestion as well as data consumption workflows and in exponentially improving the value/knowledge that can be derived out of data.

------------------------ Wednesday June 22nd. (UK time) ------------------------

11:00 Data Governance for Low Carbon Projects - Jess Kozman & Angus Craig, Katalyst

This presentation will share how key facets of successful field-validated data governance frameworks can be adapted for new energy data types including renewable energy, carbon mitigation and environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) embedded data flows. Considerations include responsibilities and accountabilities for data stewards in the areas of metadata, units of measure, system of record, applicable standards, retention periods, and custody handoffs. Additional takeaways will be deployable guidelines for the role and accountability of a data asset sponsor in reviewing new data types for contractual, legal and regulatory access and delivery, including entitlements and obligations requirements.

New Energy projects and data subject areas to be considered include:

  • Geothermal energy
  • Hydrogen exploration and storage
  • Carbon capture, utilization and storage
  • Offshore wind and solar site surveys
  • Carbon offsets and ESG emissions reporting
  • Time series sensor data from remote facilities operations

11:30 The Role of Data in Finance and ESG - Francesca Bell, Offshore Energies UK

This presentation will explore the role of data in securing the billions of dollars of financial capital needed to deliver the energy transition.

Access to capital decision-making has always been data driven, and ESG data – covering environmental, social, and governance aspects of how an organization operates – are becoming increasingly important in lender decision making. For example, interest rates on loans may be linked to an organisation’s ability to credibly set, measure, and then hit emissions targets.

Good management and governance of data is no longer a niche concern, but now key to securing international investment – and key to reaching net zero by 2050.

15:00 Embracing Change - Pat Meroney, Alex Ross and Cindy Cummings, PPDM.

The Professional Development Committee has developed a foundational competency framework for petroleum data analysts that span many roles within petroleum and broader energy competency requirements. This ground-breaking body of work combined with our 2021 Career Survey results set the stage for the future state of the industry and what you need to thrive.

  • Brief introduction to the Professional Development Committee and updates on each workstream: Surveys, PD Catalogue, Outreach and Job Families.
  • Deep dive into competency framework demonstrating the value and use in guiding personal development in a fast-paced changing environment, and alignment with the Job Market Survey Results.
  • Learn how the PDC approached the expansion of the CPDA competencies and how updates to the credential may impact the exam.

15:30 Panel session on the Value of Data Management Education, including:

  • Lewis Faryma, BP
  • Fionnuala Cousins, Robert Gordon University
  • Randell McNair, Graduate, Robert Gordon University

------------------------ Thursday June 23rd. (UK time) ------------------------

11:00 Beyond the Theory: Data Meshes with OSDU Applied - Michael van der Haven, CGI

Late 2021 several presentations were given on the Data Mesh concept as a viable architecture to unleash data. One of those presentations was provided by yours sincerely on how OSDU can play a pivotal role in a data mesh architecture.

In this presentation a follow-up is given on a real live implementation of a data mesh. We’ll show how OSDU does indeed unleash data in a standard format, and how its application in a data mesh prevents organizations from getting into disruptive migration strategies.

Get ready for a real hands on approach where it is shown what the added value of OSDU is, how it works in a data mesh, what components were used to realize the data mesh and what process was followed.

Hands on also means showing what pitfalls to avoid and how projects for data mesh implementations can be organized (hint: collaboration is key)

11:30 Gaining Value and Insight from Unstructured Data - Lee Hatfield, Flare Solutions

Companies hold millions of unstructured data items and often fail to maximise the value of this huge resource. There are ways in which this data can be better understood and utilised to manage it better and extract more value so your organisation can benefit through reduced costs and better decision making.

This presentation will show you how to extract additional value from unstructured datasets. Utilising classification, intelligence search, OCR and analytics underpinned by taxonomies to allow you to make better understand your unstructured data  and gain significant business benefit.


15:00 The Importance of Seismic Data Quality and Standards - Jill Lewis, Troika International

Troika International has spent the last 20 years suppling domain experts to the SEG Technical Standards Committee on a voluntary basis. This has been with the sole intent of improving the SEG exchange standards. The latest SEG-Y_r2.1 format is now going through a final ratification which will lead to the ability of automatically read historic seismic data without any information loss. The SEG have recently signed an MOU with the OSDU to bring the SEG exchange standards into their platform for use in the cloud and for exchange to and from the ODSU platform. This update ensures that the industry at last has a format fit for purchase in the world of AI and ML. This talk will take you thought a high level of how this Knowledge Capture works and why it could make such a difference to Seismic Data Management into the future.

15:30 Panel session on the Role of Standards in Good Data Governance, with panelists including: - David Lecore, Head of Compliance and Data Services, North Sea Transition Authority


Presenters Bios

Ed Evans, Consultant Open Data Institute, NED New Digital Business. 

Ed Evans joined the Open Data Institute (ODI) in April 2021 to pursue an interest in how open and shared data supports the energy transition and NetZero. Ed is leading the delivery of projects to develop data ecosystems in the UK energy industry and the delivery of ESG data amongst other data projects. 

Ed is engaged as an advisor, as a member of the steering group, to a number of energy data programmes sponsored by BEIS/Innovate UK and North SeaTransition Authority. These programmes share common goals in the energy transition and share a common recognition of the criticality of data to achieving these goals. 

Prior to joining the ODI, Ed had a 30-year career in the ‘systems and data industry’ within utilities and oil and gas. Ed was co-founder and managing director of New Digital Business, a consulting organisation dedicated to helping clients become more effective in using their data, systems and technical support teams.  New Digital Business established offices in the UK, Norway and Australia to deliver consulting services and benchmarking, becoming a recognised authority in this space. Ed retains a Non-Executive Director role with New Digital Business.

Jill Lewis, Managing Director and CEO, Troika International Ltd.

Voluntary post – Past Chair for the Technical Standards of the SEG having led the team that bought about the ratification of SEGY Rev 1, SEGD 2.1, SEGD 3 and SEGD 3.1 and SEG-Y_2 all of which are now in use. Jill is also liaison between the SEG, Energistics and IOGP.

As Managing Director and CEO of Troika International Ltd, she has been able to drive a new approach to data management supplying the industry with the systems to automate contract and format compliance.

Michael van der Haven, VP Consulting Expert Energy, CGI

As VP Consulting Expert in Energy, Michaël takes the lead in tackling IT, Integration and Domain challenges in Oil and Gas for CGI and CGI’s customers. The past 15+ years have been spent as a Solution Architect building various massive data and integration platforms for the Oil and Gas industries. Making mistakes, celebrating success and backed by not just an IT, but also a domain based Reservoir Engineering background. In the last few years this has culminated in a very active contribution to the OSDU forum and the development of CGI’s Pivot: a Platform as a Service Solution based on the emerging standards for OSDU.

Sunil Garg, CEO, dataVediK

Sunil Garg is the founder and CEO of dataVediK, a Houston based startup building a Hyper-Converged Data and Analytics Platform for Oil & Gas industry. Prior to this, he spent 20+ years establishing and growing Data Management, Big Data and Analytics business for Schlumberger. Sunil has deep understanding of Oil and Gas data, Data Science & ML and uses the combination to build end user centric solutions. He is a member of several industry organizations and forums like SPE, AAPG, PPDM, SPDM, OSDU and Rice Alliance. Sunil is a sought-after speaker at various industry conferences and conducts Big Data, Machine Learning and Blockchain trainings for the Industry, the Government, and the Academia. He is also an active angel investor and a charter member of TiE, an organization whose mission is to foster entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, funding, and incubation.

Jess Kozman, Senior Principal Consultant, Katalyst Data Management

Jess Kozman has worked with energy and resource industry data since the early 1980’s. His experience includes exploration geophysics, IT management, and consulting roles for national and international petroleum and minerals organizations, government agencies, and service providers. He maintains professional qualifications in earth sciences, data quality, and project management. Jess is currently based in Perth as a Senior Principal Consultant at Katalyst Data Management, where he leads Southeast Asia consulting services and collaborates on digital transformation in the energy and resource sector.

Angus Craig, VP International, Katalyst Data Management

Angus Craig, VP International with Katalyst Data Management since 2014. He is an Electrical & Electronics Engineer and worked in seismic acquisition, processing support, computer technology and upstream applications solutions delivery in the energy sector for most of his career. Angus is located near London and the UK Data Centre with a brief to drive Katalyst solutions, delivering digitalisation, data management services and support to the international sector and national solutions.

Lee Hatfield, Senior IM Consultant, Flare Solutions

Lee started in the E&P industry in 2001 and has undertaken a number of roles with Schlumberger, Paras, BG Group and since 2014, Flare Solutions.

During my time at Flare, I have completed projects covering standards development, huge data migrations, taxonomy and data tagging, Information Management training, developing Digital strategies and working with regulators to enhance data quality.

Patrick Meroney , Operations and Professional Services, Katalyst Data Management

Pat is VP US Operations and Professional Services at Katalyst Data Management. He has worked in and around Information Management in Exploration and Production for over 24 years and has written and presented on various topics over the years including GIS, Information Delivery, Data Governance, and IM Organizations.

Prior to joining Katalyst, Pat worked at Conoco and then ConocoPhillips for 21 years before moving to Repsol E&P to lead their US Information Management organization in 2011.


Cindy Cummings, Exploration Digital and Physical Data Coordinator, Repsol

Cindy Cummings has over 35 years of work experience in the oil and gas industry in areas of exploration, development, production, and information management.  Cindy worked for Conoco, IHS, Energy IQ and is currently in Exploration Technical Services at Repsol in the Woodlands, Texas.  Cindy has authored and presented papers on Oil and Gas Data Management, Data Governance, Technology and various other topics over the years at PNEC, PPDM, and ARMA conferences. Cindy is on the PPDM Houston Leadership Team and also participates in several PPDM work groups. Cindy is also a certified Project Manager which helps to keep the many data management strategies, programs and projects synchronized and moving forward in this ever changing industry.

Francesca Bell, Senior Investor Relations Advisor, Offshore Energies UK

Francesca is passionate about a managed transition to achieve net-zero and the role of strong E,S&G performance as a value driver for businesses.

She is a motivated member of a number of cross-discipline industry taskforces focused on scaling investment in low carbon opportunities throughout a finance transition. She has a particular interest in the development of green and sustainable taxonomies and the importance of local content in scaling businesses and economies.

Outside of work she’s a keen rower and rugby coach.

Steve Aitken, Founder, Intelligent Plant

Steve Aitken is the founder of Intelligent Plant - a company with the mission to accelerate the use of industrial data for the benefit of the planet. He is a Mentor of startups through Tech X, and students The University of Aberdeen - His company Intelligent Plant hosts the inform prize for the best student presentation in 3rd year and he is a Royal Society Entrepreneur in residence at the University. He likes to talk real about actual delivery and is open to chat to anyone on the subject.

Alex Ross, Co-chair, PPDM Professional Data Management Certification Committee

Alex is an oil & gas and mining IT professional with a geoscience technical background and more than thirty years experience working in the UK, USA and Australia for Shell, Schlumberger, Santos, Beach Energy, SA Department of Energy and Mines and SRA IT - optimising the development, management and delivery of data and information systems.

Alex is a PPDM Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA) and also co-chair of the PPDM Professional Data Management Certification Committee.

Organising committee

Alan Smith, Luchelan

Conference Committee Chair

Alan graduated as a geophysicist and spent time working on exploration and production projects globally for BP. After leaving BP he helped set up Paras Limited, one of the first boutique consultancies to specialise in data and information management. Alan was instrumental in setting up CDA in the UK and worked on several other national data repositories around the world. He has worked across the industry for multiple E&P companies and contractors and has held interim management positions including CIO. His more recent roles have included helping move companies to use cloud technologies for storing and using their data. All his work has been based around the need to define and adhere to agreed standards and to learn from others.

Dan Brown, OGUK

Conference Committee Deputy Chair

Daniel is the Data and Digital lead for OGUK, the representative body for the UK offshore energy industries. He is chief executive of OGUK's two subsidiaries - CDA, and LOGIC - which have delivered data and digital services to industry for more than two decades - and is the Chair of the Society for Professional Data Managers (SPDM). He has been working in data and information since 1998, and in oil and gas since 2004.

Sunil Garg, dataVedik

Sunil is the founder and CEO of dataVediK, a Houston based startup building a Hyper-Converged Data and Analytics Platform for Oil & Gas industry. Prior to this, he spent 20+ years establishing and growing Data Management, Big Data and Analytics business for Schlumberger. Sunil has deep understanding of Oil and Gas data, Data Science & ML and uses the combination to build end user centric solutions. He is a member of several industry organizations and forums like SPE, AAPG, PPDM, SPDM, OSDU and Rice Alliance. Sunil is a sought-after speaker at various industry conferences and conducts Big Data, Machine Learning and Blockchain trainings for the Industry, the Government, and the Academia. He is also an active angel investor and a charter member of TiE, an organization whose mission is to foster entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, funding, and incubation.

Gianluca Monachese, Kadme

Gianluca is the Founder of Kadme and its Director for Business Development. He has a Master in Geoscience from Italy and one in Computing for Geoscience awarded by the Nottingham Trent University and the British Geological Survey.

He is also Operations Manager for DISKOS Trade module.


Stephan Gruijters, TNO

Trained as an engineer, Stephan started at TNO - Geological Survey of the Netherlands in 2000, after almost 10 years of project management in consultancy. He is involved in projects aimed at creating geo-information used in soil, groundwater and mineral resource management, risk assessments and spatial planning. In 2002 he moved into (international) projects on data management, data dissemination and standardization. Since 2009 he has been is involved in the transition of the Dutch NDR to a fully automated, web service based system for upload, storing and download of all subsurface data in the Netherlands.

Kerry Blinston, Oasis Group

Kerry holds a degree in Geological Sciences from Leeds University and a masters in Petroleum Geology from the University of Aberdeen. He commenced his career as a sedimentologist working for Robertson Research. Advancing into various business development and managerial roles Kerry now manages the Smart Data Solutions team, acquired by OASIS Group in January 2022. As an active member of the international petroleum data management community he has been part of the organising committee for the NDR conference, sits on the advisory group for the RGU Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Data Management and, during 2020 co-lead the Data Security, Entitlements and Obligations team working on the Open Subsurface Data Universe initiative.

Mark Anderson, Harbour Energy

Mark has over 20 years industry experience in information and data management. He started his career in 2003, working for a geophysical survey company in West Africa. From there Mark moved to Landmark, working in their Petrobank team, then on to Hess and latterly to Premier Oil (now Harbour energy), heading up their information and data management team. Mark holds an MA degree in Geography from the University of St Andrews.

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