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SMi Group’s Oil & Gas Telecommunications conference will tackle the challenges the oil and gas sector faces in some of the most dangerous, harsh, and remote environments on earth requiring a range of means to communicate with and draw information from platforms and land-based sites of all kinds from across the world.

Far removed from infrastructure and support teams, in extreme temperatures and unpredictable weather conditions, secure, high speed, and most importantly reliable communications are vital for the success of all involved.

SMi's eighth annual conference focuses on all aspects of your telecommunication needs, from initial exploration through to extraction, transport and processes covering the following topics:

 

Practical issues facing oil and gas operators
• Telecommunication licensing and regulation in the oil and gas space
Next generation communications for the digital oil and gas field
• Exploring network vulnerabilities
• Partnering to streamline communications operations
• Case studies from Saudi Aramco, Technip, Lukoil, Delonex Energy, Fluor and more..

Chief Executive Officers, Chief Information Officers, Managing Directors, Vice Presidents, Directors, Heads, Managers, and Team Leaders in:

Managers, and Team Leaders in:

  • Telecommunications and Telecoms Engineering
  • Satellite Communications
  • Network Infrastructure
  • Information Technology
  • Information Systems Security
  • Communications and Instrumentation
  • Production and Exploration Operations
  • Data Management
  • Integrated Operations
  • Emergency Response and Disaster Management
  • Cybersecurity
  • Business Development
  • Information Engineering
     

ABB Limited; ABB Offshore Wind Connection; Access Partnership; African Petroleum Corporations; Anritsu Ltd; Arqiva; Astrium Services; Avanti Communications Group ; Bechtel Ltd; Bord Gais Eireann; BP; Cairn Energy PLC; Cambium Networks Limited; Cambridge Consultants Ltd; Centrica Energy; Comtech Systems Inc; De Montfort University; DESFA; Enquest; Eutelsat; Hermes Datacomms; Inmarsat; Iskratel; ISN Solutions Ltd; Ixia Technologies; Marathon Oil Company; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; mobil filling station ; Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute; Oxford e-Research Centre; Premier Oil; Radwin; Royal Norwegian Air Force; Salym Petroleum Development ; SATIS; SES ; Shell U.K Ltd; Siemens; SK Group; SkyVision Ltd; Statoil; Symantec UK; Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications; Tullow Oil; University Of Glamorgan; University of Oxford; University of Strathclyde; Waterfall Security Solutions; Woodgroup PSN; World Fuel Services Inc;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Bill Green

Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

9:10 Practical Issues Facing Oil and Gas Operators

Ian Theophilus

Ian Theophilus, Independent Consultant, IT & Communications Infrastructure and Operations, CEZ Consulting

9:50 Case Study: Telecommunications – a Business enabler

Guillaume  Turpin

Guillaume Turpin, WAN Manager , Technip

• Global MPLS sourcing
• Hybrid networks
• Application visibility
• New challenges: Cloud services

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Strengthen Your Infrastructure

Richard  Brown

Richard Brown, Managing Director, Straxia

• Taking advantage of your infrastructure
• Integrating field sites with the corporate hub
• Challenges of hosting your local infrastructure
• Facilitating office collaboration

11:40 Machine Data. Big Data. Where Do You Point The Firehose

Matthew  Smith

Matthew Smith, Founder & Principal Consultant, Fieldcloud

• Smart pipes, dumb applications. A tale of BPS vs. MIPS (part 1) and some lessons learned along the way
• When meta data > measurement data. Context, content challenges as the apps get smarter
• Faster pipes, clever applications. A tale of BPS vs. MIPS (part 2) and some lessons we may learn in the future
• How the programmable network changes everything tomorrow. And what this means to telecom, instrumentation and IT teams in the oilfield…
 

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:40 Key enabling telecoms technologies and their applications for Oil and Gas installations

Gavin Doyle

Gavin Doyle, Principle Telecommunications Consultant, ABB Ltd

Introduction to current telecoms, safety and security systems technology.
•         Applications of current technology to improve Safety, Security and Productivity of Oil and Gas installations/vessels.
•         Integration of Telecoms and Process Control Systems.
•         Future technology trends and their potential applications in Oil and Gas installations/vessels.

14:20 Delonex Case Study: Real time communications for Oil and Gas Exploration Operations

Gary Pidcock

Gary Pidcock, Director Engineering & Operations, Delonex Energy

• Exploration Operations & Control systems
• Data streams, users and communication levels
• Security and emergency Communications
• Personnel requirements
 

15:00 Afternoon Tea

15:30 From GEO to LEO/MEO: Benefits of lower orbits satellite communications for oil and gas industry

Ifiok  Otung

Ifiok Otung, Professor of Satellite Communications, University Of Glamorgan

• What’s out there? Introducing the different competing satellite technologies
• Latency issues and impact on data throughput and user experience
• 03b versus Iridium: Trading truly global reach for flexible broadband deployment
• TCP/IP over satellite: A future-proof technology for oil and gas industry?
 

16:10 Panel Discussion: Next Generation Communications for the Digital Oil and Gas Field

• Collaboration between remote locations ad HQ
• Which capabilities should be in house/outsourced

Nick Courtney-Jones

Nick Courtney-Jones, Independent Telecommunications Consultant, NCJ Consulting Ltd

Ian Theophilus

Ian Theophilus, Independent Consultant, IT & Communications Infrastructure and Operations, CEZ Consulting

Gavin Doyle

Gavin Doyle, Principle Telecommunications Consultant, ABB Ltd

16:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Bill Green

Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

16:50 Drinks Reception Sponsored By Straxia

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Bill Green

Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

9:10 Telecommunication Licencing and Regulation in the Oil and Gas Space: Update for 2015

Brendan O'Mahony

Brendan O'Mahony, Director, Access Partnership

• What are the key developments in satellite communication regulation
• What are the key licencing issues and how does it impact on your operations
• How are regulators interacting with industry for new service offerings
• How to manage the regulatory environment
• Licencing issues in challenging markets
 

9:50 Evolving Best Practices for Communications Security

Michael Piccalo

Michael Piccalo, Director of Industrial Security, Waterfall Security Solutions

• Cyber threat update
• Modern inter-networking impairs security
• Hardware-enforced network security
• Oil & gas use cases
• Pervasive threats drive best-practice evolution

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Case Study: Radio Link FSRU Toscana

Andrea  Vallavanti

Andrea Vallavanti, ICT Manager, OLT Offshore LNG Toscana

• Radio Link Project Background
• Key Challenges
• The Role of the outsourcer : Ponti Radio PR
• Results
 

11:40 Keeping Our Employees Out of Harm’s Way in Cyberspace

Martin Smith

Martin Smith, Chairman, The Security Awareness Special Interest Group

• Individuals suffering from Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) are vulnerable to cyber bullying and grooming, fraud and blackmail and could be targets for criminals
• Compulsions can include cybersex, online gambling and cyber-relationship addiction
• Online dating is a magnet for organised crime and worse
• Phishing attacks continue unabated
• The Dark Web is a dangerous place
• Organisations should do all they can to keep employees out of harm’s way in cyberspace

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:40 Real Time systems solutions for present and future oil and gas exploration challenges.

Tagbo Ndefo

Tagbo Ndefo, Senior Technical Consultant G & G Applications, Digital I-field Solutions

• The connected oilfield
• Data overload in the digital oilfield
• Software features used in real-time operations
• How satellite technology has helped in providing first hand images of frontier terrains in inaccessible areas.
• Brief introduction into artificial intelligence applications in petroleum exploration
 

14:10 Lightening the Load – Partnering to Streamline Communications Operations

Bill Green

Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

• Challenges in Oil & Gas
• How the Partnership Approach can work
• Case Studies

14:50 An EPC’s Role Successfully Executing Telecommunication System Design during Brownfield Projects

Andrew Edge

Andrew Edge, Telecommunications Design Engineer, Fluor Limited

• The EPC’s role in a Brownfield project
• Reliability and Reliance in legacy records
• Maintain or Replace?
• Testing and Integration

15:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Bill Green

Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Andrew Edge

Andrew Edge

Telecommunications Design Engineer, Fluor Limited
Gary Pidcock

Gary Pidcock

Director Engineering & Operations, Delonex Energy
Guillaume  Turpin

Guillaume Turpin

WAN Manager , Technip
Ian Theophilus

Ian Theophilus

Independent Consultant, IT & Communications Infrastructure and Operations, CEZ Consulting

Andrea Vallavanti

ICT Manager, OLT Offshore LNG Toscana
Andrea  Vallavanti

Andrew Edge

Telecommunications Design Engineer, Fluor Limited
Andrew Edge

Bill Green

Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms
Bill Green

Bob Ruddiman

Partner and Global Sector Head of Energy & Natural Resources, Pinsent Masons LLP
Bob Ruddiman

Brendan O'Mahony

Director, Access Partnership
Brendan O'Mahony

Dmitry Ayzadulov

Head of IT and Telecom Engineering, LUKOIL Overseas Service BV
Dmitry  Ayzadulov

Gary Pidcock

Director Engineering & Operations, Delonex Energy
Gary Pidcock

Gavin Doyle

Principle Telecommunications Consultant, ABB Ltd
Gavin Doyle

Guillaume Turpin

WAN Manager , Technip
Guillaume  Turpin

Ian Theophilus

Independent Consultant, IT & Communications Infrastructure and Operations, CEZ Consulting
Ian Theophilus

Ifiok Otung

Professor of Satellite Communications, University Of Glamorgan
Ifiok  Otung

Martin Coleman

Executive Director, Satellite Interference Reduction Group
Martin Coleman

Martin Smith

Chairman, The Security Awareness Special Interest Group
Martin Smith

Matthew Smith

Founder & Principal Consultant, Fieldcloud
Matthew  Smith

Michael Piccalo

Director of Industrial Security, Waterfall Security Solutions
Michael Piccalo

Nick Courtney-Jones

Independent Telecommunications Consultant, NCJ Consulting Ltd
Nick Courtney-Jones

Richard Brown

Managing Director, Straxia
Richard  Brown

Tagbo Ndefo

Senior Technical Consultant G & G Applications, Digital I-field Solutions
Tagbo Ndefo

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Supporters

Workshops

Delivering WAN -  A Partnership Approach
Workshop

Delivering WAN - A Partnership Approach

Marriott Regents Park
24th March 2015
London, United Kingdom

Sponsors and Exhibitors


ABB

Sponsors and Exhibitors
http://www.abb.com/oilandgas

ABB is a leading supplier of total telecommunication solutions to the Oil & Gas industry, with unique capabilities for large offshore, onshore and pipeline communication projects. For over 30 years we have been in the forefront of developing communication solutions – focusing on efficient, safe and profitable operations for our customers.


Straxia

Sponsors and Exhibitors
http://www.straxia.co.uk

Our business is infrastructure transformation. We provide our clients with the independent expertise they need to be confident in their infrastructure, whether in the corporate hub or in some of the world’s most challenging environments. Our technical and project management teams have many years of hands-on experience in delivering benefits to our clients, with expertise that spans normal IT boundaries.


Thuraya Telecommunications Company

Sponsors and Exhibitors
http://www.thuraya.com

Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider offering innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including oil & gas, mining, broadcast media, maritime, military and humanitarian NGO.


Vocality

Sponsors and Exhibitors
http://www.vocality.com

Vocality specialize in providing its customers the means of minimizing the amount, and hence cost, of satellite bandwidth required to handle any combination of voice, data and video traffic, whilst also improving the quality of the transmission. Our customers include Oil & Gas Exploration Government/Military Organizations, Satellite Broadcasters, Mining companies, Disaster Relief Agencies and Maritime companies, often working in some of the harshest environmental conditions imaginable. They all share a number of common challenges; how to reduce the cost of satellite bandwidth, how to improve the user experience, particularly in relation to optimizing voice and video streaming, and how to connect a range of disparate radio networks, data networks and telephone networks.


Waterfall Security Solutions

Sponsors and Exhibitors
http://www.waterfall-security.com

Waterfall Security Solutions Ltd. is the leading provider of Unidirectional Security Gateways™ for industrial control networks and critical infrastructures. Waterfall’s Unidirectional Gateways are hardware-enforced and are stronger than firewalls, reducing the cost and complexity of compliance with NERC-CIP, NRC, NIST, CFATS and other regulations. Waterfall’s products are deployed in utilities throughout North America. Waterfall’s offerings include support for leading industrial applications, including the OSIsoft PI™ Historian, the GE Proficy™ iHistorian, Siemens SIMATIC™/Spectrum™ solutions and GE OSM™ remote monitoring platforms, as well as OPC, Modbus, DNP3, ICCP and other industrial protocols.

Media Partners


Produced Water Society

Supporters
http://www.producedwatersociety.com/

The Produced Water Society is a collection of engineers and industry professionals with the common purpose to study and improve the separation, treatment, and analysis of Offshore and Onshore Produced Water with the goal to meet the discharge and reinjection requirements of the industry and the environment.


Satnews Publishers

Supporters
http://www.satnews.com

Satnews Publishers is a leader in the delivery of timely and accurate news and data for the commercial and military satellite industries. Satnews publications include Satnews Daily, Weekly, Mobile, SatMagazine and MilsatMagazine. Our data products include the International Satellite Directory and SatFinder, both industry standard tools. Visit: www.satnews.com.


IT Today

Supporters
http://www.ittoday.info

IT Today serves as a forum for exchanging best practices and insights based on managerial experience in order to advance the practice of information technology (IT or ICT) systems management. Its targeted IT community readership is the same as its targeted authors: IT practitioners and consultants who are thought leaders in applying theoretical frameworks and deriving insights from the field.


Oil Voice

Supporters
http://www.oilvoice.com/open/

Founded in 2002, OilVoice is a valuable source of upstream oil industry reference. It features a global selection of oil company profiles in one location, alongside continually updated industry news, operational data, focused regional information, contact details and key industry personnel.


Oil Information Technology Journal (oilit.com)

Supporters
http://www.oilit.com

Oil Information Technology Journal (oilit.com) is a monthly newsletter focusing on oil and gas information technology. Coverage spans geoscience, drilling, production and distribution, plant data management, finance and e-business. Since 1996, Oil IT Journal has provided clear and impartial analysis of the technical and commercial issues important to oil and gas CIOs, decision makers and knowledge workers. Oil IT Journal reports on emerging technologies including high performance computing, visualization and virtual reality, real time operations, oilfield modeling, simulation, optimization, knowledge, data and information management. In 2005, a survey carried out by Houston-based Spur Digital for the Petrotechnical Open Standards Consortium (POSC) determined that oilit.com was ‘the most popular news site for IT professionals in the energy industry.’ Oilit.com currently receives around 2,000 visits per day.


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Oil & Gas Technology

Supporters
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Oil & Gas Technology connects growth and western markets across the oil and gas industry. We provide technology news, exclusive interviews with industry insiders and analysis for upstream, downstream and pipeline sectors. Register now to receive our weekly newsletters and e-Magazines at no cost.


A. Cullen & Associates, Inc.

Supporters
http://www.acullen.com

With our finger on the pulse of the ever-evolving Smart Grid, commodities and energy industries, and our eyes clearly focused on the future, we offer clients a distinct and important advantage in identifying and recruiting the talent required to adapt and succeed in the face of change. Backed by over a decade of industry experience, we have a track record of building profitable teams in these niche sectors. Armed with a keen understanding of legislative and regulatory change, industry business model evolution and human capital trends, we help our clients continually stay one step ahead of the competition.


Global Water Intelligence

Supporters
http://www.globalwaterintel.com/

Global Water Intelligence publishes newsletters and reports providing analysis and strategic data on the international water market. Its flagship publication, the monthly industry journal Global Water Intelligence (GWI), has established itself as the market-leading publication for developers, suppliers, financiers, governments, utilities and municipalities seeking information and analysis on water projects with an element of private sector participation. If you want to find out more about GWI products visit www.globalwaterintel.com. You can sign-up for a free trial of Global Water Intelligence, Water Desalination Report or DesalData.com and read executive summaries of our latest reports.


Satnews Publishers

Supporters
http://www.satnews.com

Satnews Publishers is a leader in the delivery of timely and accurate news and data for the commercial and military satellite industries. Satnews publications include Satnews Daily, Weekly, Mobile, SatMagazine and MilsatMagazine. Our data products include the International Satellite Directory and SatFinder, both industry standard tools. Visit: www.satnews.com.


World Oils

Supporters
http://www.worldoils.com

Worldoils is a company that combines the power of marketing as well as the in-house expertise for the Oil, Gas, Offshore and the Maritime industries. Worldoils' web portal www.worldoils.com has become a truly central platform for visitors who need information regarding oil and gas products and services, research, training, conferences, news and events as well as a popular advertising base for providers of Oil, Gas, Marine and Offshore services. Worldoils has also launched the jobs system and a marketplace. In the recent months, Worldoils has strengthened its position as a fast developing central place for buying and selling of land rigs, offshore rigs,barge rigs and other oilfield and subsea equipment.


ABI Research

Supporters
http://www.abiresearch.com

ABI Research is the leader in technology market intelligence. Our analysts act as an extension of the world’s most innovative organizations, accelerating their overall decision-making process to more quickly and confidently execute strategies. We assess markets to explore trends, offer insight into the changing landscape, and define tomorrow’s strategic technologies. For more information, visit www.abiresearch.com


European Gas Hub

Supporters
http://www.europeangashub.com

European Gas Hub is the gateway to information on the European gas industry. We are the number one online source for professionals in the European energy and commodities sector (natural gas, LNG, coal, power) including: market analysts & forecasting, traders, business developers, consultants, structuring and origination, risk management.


Oilfield Conference

Supporters
http://www.oilfieldconference.com/

Oilfield Conference is the world's leading oil and gas conference and exhibition directory providing delegates with event information and registration services. We are the foremost online source for oil & gas engineers, scientists and management executives to access technical information about oil and gas conferences, exhibitions and forums. In addition to our online directory services, we publish the Oilfield Conference magazine, a quarterly publication that is available online and formatted for iPad, Android and other mobile tablets.


Inderscience Publishers

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http://www.inderscience.com

Inderscience is a dynamic, leading, independent journal publisher. The company disseminates the latest research across the broad fields of science, engineering and technology; management, public and business administration; environment, ecological economics and sustainable development; computing, ICT and internet/web services, and related areas. Inderscience offers over 35 years' experience in publishing and has succeeded in building a substantial collection approaching 400 high-quality peer-reviewed international research journals in both online and print formats. We offer a variety of ways to keep up-to-date with the latest published leading-edge research while our online collection represents a fully-searchable digital archive of around 60,000 articles.


Desal Data

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http://www.desaldata.com/?utm_source=European%20Shale%20Gas&utm_medium=Link&utm_campaign=European%20Shale%20Gas

DesalData.com is an online database containing information on over 16,000 plants. It provides a network of related links between companies, projects, analysis and the latest news, making it the ultimate business development tool for desalination professionals. This powerful tool will help you track the progress of a project, find new business opportunities, keep an eye on your competitors and make predictions based on current market conditions. Desaldata is essential for anyone with an interest in desalination. Sign up for a free trial and receive a personalised demonstration of the tools available through our service.


Offshore Technology

Supporters
http://www.offshore-technology.com/



Interfax Energy

Supporters
http://www.interfaxenergy.com

Interfax Information Group, which has provided news and analysis for more than 20 years, presents Interfax’s Global Energy Services publications: Natural Gas Daily and Global Gas Analytics and our premium data content service EnergyHub - all available on www.interfaxenergy.com. Natural Gas Daily’s PDF publication provides global perspectives on natural gas news and events. Written by experienced energy journalists, news coverage includes global and regional political, regulatory, and economic issues that affect the industry. Global Gas Analytics is a monthly publication which provides detailed analysis and insight into the key factors driving gas markets and prices. At the core of the publication is a detailed, data-oriented examination of prices and fundamental supply-demand trends in four regions: Asia Pacific; Europe and Russia; Middle East and Africa; and the Americas.


Global Energy Watch

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http://www.GlobalEnergyWatch.com

GlobalEnergyWatch brings the latest Energy news from government, industry and major news agencies around the world. Our service has over 60,000 active subscribers and 2 million article readers per year. GlobalEnergyWatch content is categorised in over 10 main news groups for example: “Solar Energy News”, or “Oil & Gas News” making recent and related articles easy to find. Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter on www.GlobalEnergyWatch.com/subscription


Auerbach Publications

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http://www.auerbachpublications.com/

Auerbach Publications provides high-quality, high-caliber information aimed specifically at the diverse audience of professionals in the information and communication technology field. The unique blend of leading-edge technical information combined with practical and proven expertise sets Auerbach apart from other computer-related publications. The authors of Auerbach’s vast array of books are selected carefully based on their expertise and contribution to the ICT field. The information is relevant, timely and accurate. Few publishers can sustain the longevity of practical and meaningful insight as provided by Auerbach’s team of recognized authors and specialized editors delivering knowledge-based solutions to the most demanding ICT problems.


Information Security Today

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http://www.infosectoday.com

Information Security Today provides essential information for managing the security of a modern, evolving enterprise. It is written for information security managers and other technical managers and staff who are the first-line support responsible for the daily, efficient operation of security policies, procedures, standards, and practices.


OffComm News

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http://OffCommNews.com

The resource for buyers and suppliers of telecommunications destined for remote & harsh environments. For mission critical operations, as well as the people based in these locations, OffComm News focuses on advancements in communications in and out of offshore rigs, the supporting maritime sector, deserts, mines and other E&P remote sites worldwide. The magazine delivers articles and news from around the globe every quarter covering connectivity innovation in operations and infrastructure, alongside crew welfare communications and entertainment developments.
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TechWeekEurope UK

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http://www.TechWeekEurope.co.uk

TechWeekEurope UK, is the authoritative UK source for news, features and reviews of business technology. Its aim is to help IT decision makers enhance their business with technology. The site provides insight on topics including mobility, security, cloud computing, public sector and sustainable IT. TechWeekEurope UK is published by NetMediaEurope, a leading B2B IT publisher owning a portfolio of 30 sites across Europe.


NRG Expert

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http://www.nrgexpert.com

NRGExpert is an independent energy market intelligence and research company. We specialise in energy market research reports, energy market databases and energy market consulting as well as analysis and market forecasts. Our global energy market research reports cover the electricity, water and waste, gas, hydrogen, nuclear and the renewable energy markets. We follow the energy markets very closely and we produce a wide range of reports, databases and directories. We also answer very specific energy market information requirements with our energy market consulting and data services. We provide information to a wide range of companies, associations, education and government bodies and organisations.

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Marriott Regents Park

This 4 star north London hotel in zone 2 is the perfect destination for the astute business traveler as well as the leisure guest that knows how convenient north London hotels are, as a base from which to explore the city .Bond Street is just 3 stops from Swiss Cottage underground station on the Jubilee Line, so you can be shopping, exploring the sights and taking in one of London’s world-renowned West End shows in less than 15 minutes when you stay at this hotel near central London. At the same time, the hive of activity that is Camden Town, the chic shops, cafes and restaurants of Primrose Hill and ZSL’s London Zoo in Regents Park are all just a short walk from this hotel in north London.

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WHAT IS CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

GLOBAL CPD

Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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