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chevron supporting new petroleum data management masters programme

The University of Aberdeen is teaming up with key players from the across the oil and gas industry to offer a new Masters degree in Petroleum Data Management.

The degree will address a growing skills demand from the sector for professional petroleum data managers, possessing expertise recognised in the Wood Review as critical to maximising economic recovery of significant remaining resources from the UK Continental Shelf.

The MSc programme has been set up through an agreement between the University and Common Data Access Ltd (CDA), a not-for-profit subsidiary of Oil & Gas UK which provides data management services to the UK oil and gas industry, and will be sponsored by leading multinationals including Chevron, Shell and Total.

Currently under development, the MSc will be delivered on a multi-disciplinary basis across the departments of Geography, Geology, Computing Science and Law. Among the subjects that will be covered include data governance, data quality management, information security management, and service and project management.

The programme will launch next year on a part-time basis, with distance learning and full-time options to follow in 2018.

Programme coordinator Professor Judith Masthoff said: “Data management is vitally important to the oil and gas sector and the demand for skills in this area has led to the creation of this Masters programme, set up through an agreement with CDA and our sponsors.

“The course content is being developed with input from our industrial partners to ensure the programme is tailored to the needs of industry. This will provide graduates with job-ready expertise that will allow them to meet a growing demand for skills in this area.”

The programme is being supported by Chevron’s Energy Technology Company (ETC) in Houston. Danny Bush, ETC’s Subsurface Workflows Unit Manager, goes into more detail: "Good data management is key to unlocking the real value of technical and analytical applications. As an industry we are experiencing a tremendous growth in data and to manage it successfully we will need a pipeline of talent with strong earth science and engineering skills. The Masters programme at Aberdeen University, as well as other strategically located programs, will enable the next generation of skilled data managers to advance their careers in the oil and gas industry."

Chevron has a long-standing strategic partnership with the University of Aberdeen as part of the company’s University Partnerships and Association Relations (UPAR) group. Through UPAR, Chevron forms relationships with colleges, universities and associations around the world to provide scholarships, grants and contributions to help build tomorrow’s energy workforce.