RGU launches new course aimed at Energy Industry

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Ken Russell, Associate Dean of ABS, Peter Reid, Head of the Dept of Information Management at ABS and Malcolm Fleming, Chief Executive of CDA.

Robert Gordon University (RGU) and Common Data Access Limited (CDA) have launched a new pioneering petroleum data management course for the energy industry.

The oil and gas industry continues to be a major provider of energy and employment globally and needs fresh talent on an on-going basis in order to maximise current and future opportunities. In response to these needs, RGU has partnered with CDA to develop a Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Data Management.

Supported by a broad cross-industry steering group led by the Chief Executive of CDA, Malcolm Fleming, the course will promote the understanding of subsurface exploration and production data management, and recognise its importance to upstream oil and gas businesses.

The course, which will be available online from September, has been developed by experts from the Department of Information Management at RGU’s Aberdeen Business School, and is aimed at individuals looking to begin a career in data management in the energy industry or to formalise knowledge they have already gained on the job.

Peter Reid, Head of the Department of Information Management at RGU, said: “Demand for qualified and competent Petroleum Data Managers is growing as the success of the business becomes increasingly dependent on information, and the volume, variety and complexity of that information is growing rapidly.

“This course aims to support the industry by providing it with a steady stream of qualified data managers with specific knowledge of the subsurface environment.

“Individuals completing the course will gain an accredited qualification which will provide new entrants with a direct route into the profession, as well as present a career development opportunity for existing practitioners.”

Mr Fleming added: “The value generated by exploration and production activities relies on accurate information, the key to which is a high quality of data management. It is therefore crucial that the industry recognises the importance of promoting the professionalisation of petroleum data managers.

It is all the more apparent in the current economic environment that a high quality data management function underpins efforts to reduce risk, meet regulatory compliance, and increase exploration and production success.”

The Petroleum Data Management Graduate Certificate will be officially launched at a seminar at RGU’s Sir Ian Wood Building on Tuesday May 24th.

The seminar will explore the value of Petroleum Data Management and will feature keynote talks from Mr Fleming, as well as Simon James, Chief Information Officer at the UK Oil and Gas Authority, and Professor Rita Marcella, Dean of Aberdeen Business School, who will speak about the new certificate from an academic perspective.

The seminar will take place from 11.00am to 12.30pm, with teas and coffees served beforehand. To register to attend please e-mail Stacey Horne on s.horne3@rgu.ac.uk

For more information, please visit; http://www.rgu.ac.uk/events/petroleum-data-management-seminar

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