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Award win for CDA

15 December 2017

Common Data Access (CDA) is celebrating today after scooping a win at last night’s (December 14) UK Association Awards Ceremony in Manchester.

CDA – a subsidiary of Oil & Gas UK – won the Best eLearning/Online Education award for its innovative Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Data Management.

The online course – the first of its kind – is designed to be studied anywhere in the world while working full-time. The course is part of a collaborative programme led and funded by CDA and delivered by Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen to establish Petroleum Data Management (PDM) as a recognised professional discipline.

CDA Chief Executive Malcolm Fleming said: “We are absolutely delighted that our course has been recognised by this award.

“This course is a result of a fantastic collaborative effort between the oil and gas industry and our academic partner the Robert Gordon University. We are extremely grateful for the time and expertise contributed by everyone involved, and to their respective companies for the support. The valuable input we’ve received from so many key industry specialists to create the course will help ensure it delivers a generation of academically-qualified data managers that meets the needs of our membership and the wider industry.

“The course is a very significant step towards the recognition of petroleum data management as a professional discipline – it increases the status and standing of the individuals in the profession, providing for the first time, a benchmark for professional development and recruitment. Professionalised PDM will help achieve operational success through increasingly professional data management which could ultimately help operators and their partners maximise economic recovery and extend field life.”

Jo Royle, Head of the School of Creative and Cultural Business at RGU, added: “RGU is thrilled to see CDA gaining recognition for their support in bringing this course to life. The emergence and development of any new profession relies on pioneering individuals and organisations giving of their passion, expertise and resources. CDA and its members are such pioneers. From their initial approach to RGU, through a multitude of development stages, CDA and its members were committed and determined to deliver this course to an incredibly high standard. We are proud of our shared achievement and look forward to supporting this vital profession as it continues to mature.”



Notes for editors

  1. The Association Awards is an initiative established to recognize excellence in leadership, development and service in membership organisations, delivered by the Association of Associations Executives, which has been recognising and promoting excellence in associations since 2006, to its 15,000+ members.

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Communications Adviser Lucy Buglass on 020 7802 2404 / [email protected]

CDA supplies the UK oil and gas industry with shared services for managing UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) subsurface information. It provides a secure collection of well and seismic data, contributing to the industry’s collaborative efforts to maximise economic recovery from the UKCS.

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies

More information on the Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Data Management can be found here.

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