Sir Ranulph Fiennes, an explorer, at the age of 67 he became the oldest British person to climb Mount Everest earlier this year. He was successful on his third attempt despite suffering a heart attack and other health problems on his two previous attempts. When interviewed he attributed his success during this latest effort to two things:
1. Applying the lessons learned  from previous attempts
2. Telling himself as he walked to ‘imagine it is a mountain with no top’ 

The benefits of applying lessons learned mean that planning can be improved, the best team assembled and during execution more experience can be applied to making the correct course adjustments along the way.

The benefits of repeating the mantra – ‘the mountain has no top’ - is not so clear. The phrase seems defeatist, seeming to make the task insurmountable. Sir Ranulph explained his thinking thus:
"Forget about thinking that you are going to succeed. You have to just keep plodding. Imagine it is a mountain with no top."

How can we learn from Sir Ranulph’s experiences on the ‘real’ mountain to the task we are faced with the conquering the data mountain? 

Many attending the conference have experience of both successful and less successful initiatives and projects in data management. Each experience tells us something about what works and what works for each organisation.  By realistic recognition that the data mountain may not have a top we must ensure that each initiative or project gets us somewhere along the way – even if it feels like a ‘plodding’ step.

We will take our inspiration from Sir Ranulph and plan our ascent on the mountain-with-no-top without the aid of oxygen.  I hope you will join us on our expedition.

About your workshop leader:
Ed Evans, MD, NDB

NDB leads in the provision of services around subsurface applications, data management, programme and project management, and consulting. Our aim, to make every geosciences user more productive, and in this way increase the delivery capacity of our Exploration and Production clients at reduced cost.

NDB was established in 2004 by three colleagues who had spent many years developing consulting services for clients engaged in Exploration and Production. The three founders represent three different aspects of the business: Programme Management and Information Management (IM), Geoscience and IM applied to Geoscience.

NDB has grown significantly year on year, investing profits into developing staff for future growth and increasing the range of services on offer to our clients.  We have built a reputation for exceeding expectation in delivery of services, and are able to offer knowledge and expertise from the various perspectives of our employees’ experience within oil companies, consulting companies, oil field services companies, government organisations and software vendors, in addition to , implementing and managing national data banks.

NDB is ‘technology vendor neutral’ and can truly work in your best interest when assessing and selecting technology, services or technology partners.

NDB is working with many of the most significant companies engaged in exploration and production, and has worked with these companies over long periods thanks to a track record of delivering effective and high quality assignments. 

“Your Vision Delivered”

Workshop programme

13:30 Registration and Coffee

14:00 Workshop commences and will cover the following:

15:30 Afternoon Tea

17:30 Workshop closes


Marriott Hotel Regents Park

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United Kingdom

Marriott Hotel 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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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.


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.


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.


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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