7:00 a.m. – 8:25 a.m.


Continental Breakfast – Salon E-H

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.



David Paganie, Conference Director, Offshore magazine Chief Editor; PennWell, USA

ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR'S OPENING REMARKS: Cynthia Schwendeman, 2017 Advisory Board Chair, Data Management Advisor; Hess Corporation, USA

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Peter Aiken, Founding Director, Data Blueprint; Associate Professor of Information Systems, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU); Associate Director, MIT International Society of Chief Data Officers

For full bios, CLICK HERE.

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m



10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


Why the Analytics Potential is Not Being Delivered in E&P
Duncan Irving, Practice Partner; Teradata, UK
Jane McConnell, Practice Partner; Teradata, Norway

There are cultural, economic and technical inhibitors on the uptake of analytics in E&P. Chief among them is the industry’s preference for outsourcing technical capabilities and buying them back in as solutions. This doesn’t work with analytics and here’s why.

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.


The Membership Economy – Opportunities for the Energy Industry and Information Management
Ray Wall, Coach/Mentor; USA

Connections and community are concepts in today’s economy that cannot be overlooked. This is especially true in a mature industry such as energy. This paper will overview these concepts and address the keys to building a powerful information management community.

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


A Disciplined Approach to Corporate Data Management
Cora Poche, Principal Technical Data Management Advisor; Shell International Exploration & Production Inc., USA
Venkatesh Babu, SSW Process Excellence Manager; Shell Shared Service Center, Chennai, India

This presentation will outline the setting up of the delivery of non-proximity process elements for corporate technical subsurface data & geo-information management through an in-sourced cost-optimized partner.

11:45 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.


LUNCH – Exhibit Hall (ticketed - CLICK HERE to see if lunch is included with your registration)

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.



1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.


Regulatory Data Standards Support Better Data
Trudy Curtis, CEO; PPDM Association, Canada

Industry and Regulators face complex social issues. They must answer to their stakeholders in the areas of water quality, waste management, air quality, public safety, and transparency. They must increase efficiency and effectiveness and develop mechanisms to enable transparent access to information. These issues are the “tipping point” for regulator collaboration in addressing the lack of standard definitions and expectations for data.

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.


“What is a Well?” in an Ontology-Based Standard
Mara Abel, Professor; UFRGS, Brazil
Joel Luis Carbonera, Researcher; IBM Research Center, Brazil
Luan Fonseca Garcia, PhD Student; UFRGS, Brazil

The presentation will formalize the concepts defined in the PPDM document “What is a well?” and presents them through a well-founded domain ontology. It also will explain the process of analysis and ontology development, taking as a starting point the document definitions and an expert able to disambiguate the hidden ontological meaning of the terminology.

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


From Data Transfer to Data Assurance: Trusted Data is the Key for Good Decisions
Jay Hollingsworth, Chief Technology Officer; Energistics, USA
Jana Schey, COO; Energistics, USA

The second generation of the Energistics family of standards (WITSML, PRODML and RESQML which are based on a common technical architecture) now supports data assurance capabilities. As a result, organizations are beginning to operationalize data assurance and governance using these standards. This paper will discuss how data management objectives are enabled by these data transfer standards with WITSML as the example.

2:45 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.


COFFEE BREAK – Exhibit Hall


3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.



3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


The Art of Curating Data for Data Scientists - How to Have Your Data and Use it Too
Joanna Reast, Lead Information Steward; ConocoPhillips, Alaska

New analytical and machine learning techniques are hungry for data - success may depend on an ability to identify and procure the data required. This presentation will describe the data curation processes that ConocoPhillips has established to accelerate the delivery of analytical products, and to make previously inaccessible data sources available for use by data science projects across the enterprise.

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Practical Applications of Data Science in the Sub-Surface: Lessons from the CDA Unstructured Data Challenge
Daniel Brown, Manager, CDA Projects; Common Data Access Limited, UK

In 2016, CDA challenged the data science community to demonstrate the value that could be realized in applying current data science techniques to the 50 years’ worth of well and seismic data CDA holds on behalf of the UK oil industry. Here we will share the results and discuss the lessons learned - for regulators, service providers, operators, and the industry as a whole.

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m


Evolution of a Subsurface Data Management Capability
Ron Clymer, Lead Subsurface Data Manager; Devon Energy Corporation, USA

Devon’s borehole data management capabilities have been rapidly evolving over the past two years since presenting “Accelerating the Access and Insight of Unstructured Unconventional Borehole Data” at PNEC in 2014. Devon has enabled automated indexing, intelligent versioning, and unprecedented source-context awareness, through an agile designed and developed solution. Results were achieved by defining interrelated data objects, thoroughly documenting data definitions, and defining best practices and processes. This solution delivers mass quantities of bested downhole data to multiple downstream disciplines and systems across the exploration and production value chain, while enabling a future of heightened data awareness and analytics at Devon.

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Networking Reception – Exhibit Hall

Join those you know and who you'd like to meet on the exhibit floor! Drinks and snacks will be provided throughout the hall. Don't miss this opportunity to CONNECT with industry colleagues and visit with exhibitors in a relaxed atmosphere! CLICK HERE for details on networking opportunities.


3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.



3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Killing Traditional Data Management: The Case for Intuitive Data Quality Design and Stealth Data Governance
Chris Josefy, Manager, Business Solutions; EP Energy, USA

This presentation will show you how to engage users, maintain data quality, and have robust data governance without a lot of overhead. Learn to break away from traditional ways of thinking and instead structure processes, rules and data quality scorecards into intuitive, business relevant dimensions. This enables immediate adoption and buy-in by business users with no training, and creates a sustainable, stealth data governance model that breaks away from the traditional models that choke many organizations.

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Turning Dust into Data: The Transcendence of Unstructured Archives in the Oil & Gas Industry
Reda Bedache, Project Manager; Schlumberger, Algeria
Farid Khelili, Solutions Delivery Lead & Alnaft Program Manager; Schlumberger, Algeria
Nahida Khelfallah, Information Management Technical Team Leader; Schlumberger, Algeria
Said Sali, Account Manager; Schlumberger, Algeria

This presentation will outline how to build an efficient physical asset management, from A to Z. It also will discuss how to integrate your physical asset archives into your digital information management legacy, including tips and tricks (what to do, and what to avoid).

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Solving the Drone Data Dilemma
Robert Albright Jr., Product Engineering Manager; HUVRData LLC, USA

Technological advances in several key areas have led to a global proliferation in small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS, UAV, or “Drones”). Because of the many potential benefits enabled by this technology, many energy companies are evaluating how to best make use of UAV (“Drone”) technology. This paper examines the process of data transfer, ingestion, storage and access for drone-based inspection and mapping.

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Networking Reception – Exhibit Hall

Join those you know and who you'd like to meet on the exhibit floor! Drinks and snacks will be provided throughout the hall. Don't miss this opportunity to CONNECT with industry colleagues and visit with exhibitors in a relaxed atmosphere! CLICK HERE for details on networking opportunities.

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