Jerry Hubbard
NDR Executive Sponsor Energistics, President & CEO   




Tirza van Daalen
NDR2014 Steering Committee Chair



Stewart Robinson





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NDR2014 is almost here. All the planning is nearly complete and we are looking forward to an exciting and interesting conference in the wonderful city of Baku. Jerry Hubbard and I recently visited Baku to meet with the onsite team to ensure a smooth and successful event. Overall, we were delighted with the venue and we know you will be too!


The final version of the programme is posted on the NDR2014 web site. We believe that the mixture of breakouts, country reports and short plenary talks makes this the most exciting programme yet. Thank you to all our speakers who have so graciously volunteered their time. The web site also contains a lot of useful information about Azerbaijan.


Registration starts at 0800 on Monday, 29 September but we are working to have a desk open on Sunday evening to allow people to register early. Dress code for the conference is business casual.


Finally, I look forward to seeing you in Baku. If you have any questions, please contact either  myself, Jerry Hubbard or Stewart Robinson.


Tirza van Daalen

NDR2014 Chair






Conference Report

There are around 130 delegates that have registered for the NDR2014 conference. We are nearing the number of attendees that were at NDR11.

The NDR2014 Committee Members are working hard to put the finishing touches on the event to ensure your experience is an informative and memorable one.

For delegates from countries that do not require a VISA to enter Azerbaijan, you still have time to register. To register, contact Melissa Ray.

We would like to thank SOCAR for their hospitality and for hosting NDR2014!




Breakout Sessions


At NDR2014, there is going to be a more focused approach to the breakout sessions. We will have only five breakouts but we believe that these are of general interest. The sessions are listed below. It would be helpful for the discussions in some of these sessions if delegates could do a little preparatory work prior to the conference. This is noted below where applicable.


  • Using Regional Groups to Enable Regulator Collaboration       

In Europe, a few Regulators meet regularly to discuss and resolve common challenges. This breakout session will try to explore whether this can be replicated in other regions. Bring with you what the major problems are in your region for discussion. Are there any blockers to Regulators collaborating and what help would they need to get open discussions going?


  • Defining and Measuring Data Quality

This is a follow up to the successful breakout held in NDR11. Since then, a few people have been working through some of the challenges that were identified. The actual content of this breakout session has not been finalized but it is likely that the objectives will be deliberately limited in order that some progress can be made and a sound basis established for the work to continue.


We may work on the Data Quality rules for a specific area, trying to define a generic Data Quality process. We will look at any barriers that may exist to Regulators collaborating across regions. When we have finalized the specific areas of discussion, we will circulate these to allow you time to gather your specific validation and data quality rules.                                   

  • Standardized Reporting and Data Submission Standards

All Regulators do more or less the same business processes; running licensing rounds, issuing permits, monitoring activity and releasing data. To do this, they collect and store data and set up NDRs. They all do it differently, collecting more or less the same data and at NDR meetings report the same problems with the data. There are some simple standards pervasive in the oil industry that satisfy most of the data any Regulator needs but they are not routinely used by Regulators. This breakout session will explore the scope necessary for Regulators to collaborate and it will try to identify a potential set of data. One suggestion is the well data collected at well completion time -- the Well Completion Report. Please bring along your specific requirements to this session.


  • Significant Issues Managing Seismic Data       

Managing seismic data has been discussed at almost every NDR meeting. In the breakout session on this topic at NDR11, it was suggested that a document produced by the NDR Regulatory community (endorsed by Energistics), setting out the recommended policies and best practices for management of field data would carry substantial authority. BUT HOW DO WE ACHIEVE THIS? This is the work that we will take forward in this session. Think about why you keep seismic data and what standards you have for survey names, line names, labeling tapes, etc.


  • Recognize that People are Key to Success      

People such as Data Managers, business staff, IT staff, clerical and administration staff are the most important components of a successful NDR, but this is not always recognized by executive management. Staffing is often a problem. The main purpose of this breakout session will be to share experiences and discuss what Regulators can do to help each other.


Each of these topics will be introduced in a plenary session by a subject matter expert and then everyone will break into groups to discuss that topic in parallel sessions. This will allow everyone to contribute and hopefully generate an active group for each topic that allows work to continue after the conference.


The subject matter experts will then chair the feedback in a plenary session along with the individual facilitators. The purpose of this will be to provide feedback on the MAJOR issues identified in the individual breakout sessions and identify any opportunities for future work.




Country Reports

We have changed the way that country reports are delivered at NDR2014. We have asked countries to focus on specific topics from their province and in parallel to send in a high level overview version of their province. There is an option for new delegates at NDR meetings to give an overview. A look at the programme shows that this approach has been embraced. What has been delayed is the production of the high level overviews. This is our fault as we do recognize that you are busy and just haven't pursued it. We apologize in advance for putting you under pressure to deliver these to us for publishing. They will be added to the web site when they are available.


As a reminder, when you have produced the slides for your presentation, please email them to Jerry Hubbard.



Weather, Currency, & Visas

The region around Baku averages 24 in (600 mm) of rainfall a year and it is very breezy year round. During the conference, the average high temperature should be in the mid 70°F (21°C) and the average low temperature should be in the low 60°F (15°C). 


The local currency in Azerbaijan is Manat and the economy is cash-based. Travelers Cheques are not widely accepted. Arrive with cash. Credit cards are accepted at banks in Baku, in a few major hotels and only some restaurants. 


Most visitors to Azerbaijan will require visas. Please determine whether you will require a visit to enter Azerbaijan before planning your trip. The deadline has past for submitting your passport and information to obtain a visa support letter.



Spouse Programme


On Monday, 29 September, the spouse programme kicks off with a walking tour of the city of Baku. The tour starts at 10:00 and details on where to meet will be provided at a later date.  A self-paid lunch is planned in the café on Fountain Square.

Tuesday, 30 September will be a walking half-day historical tour of Old Baku. Wednesday, 1 October is a free day. Thursday, 2 October is half-day bus tour of Yanar Dag. On the last day of the conference, Friday, 3 October, there is a full day bus tour planned for Gobustan & Bibi-Heybat. The spouse programme also includes both cultural evening events. 




Delegate Tours

If you are interested in participating in the delegate tours programme and have not yet signed up, visit the Spouse Programme & Delegate Tours Web page. Please complete the registration form and send it to Melissa Ray.




Energistics is a global, not-for-profit, membership organization that serves as the facilitator, custodian and advocate for the development and adoption of technical open data exchange standards in the upstream oil and gas industry.  Uniquely designed to unite upstream industry professionals in a neutral and collaborative facilitation environment, Energistics membership consists of integrated, independent and national oil companies, oilfield service companies, software vendors, system integrators, regulatory agencies and the global standards user community.  


Questions? Comments? Contact Melissa Ray.