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SMi is proud to announce our 18th annual E&P Information and Data Management Conference due to convene in central London from the 3rd to 4th February 2016. This conference shall bring together the most relevant professionals in this area to discuss the latest challenges and developments in data management for upstream processes.
 

In recent years we have observed the increased digitalisation of upstream activities with the convergence of information and operational technology increasingly prevalent. The sheer volume and access of data is forcing the oil & gas industry to utilise this information to inform strategies and decision making to optimise business performance. Technology is allowing for real time data visualisation and cloud data storage have added entirely new dimensions to this field. This has resulted in a slew of new questions.

Hear Energistic's perspective on greater adoption of standards and effect on lowering costs
Understand the best practices in ensuring compliance and succinct data management in mergers and acquisitions
Debate the importance of production data and capitalizing on reservoir potential
Listen to most relevant operator case studies on strategic and technological tools to maximise data insight
Define the importance of effective data governance on operational efficiency and profitability
Optimise big data analytics to inform corporate decision making
 

  •  Account Manager
  • Asset Lifecycle Management Manager
  • Business Architect
  • Business Development Manager
  • D&S Analyst
  • Data Information Manager
  • Data Management Expert
  • Data Management Process Manager
  • Document & Standards Analyst
  • Document Controller
  • Editorial & Content Manager
  • Exploration Data Manager
  • Geo Data and Application
  • Geoscience Data Management Specialist
  • Geoscience Technologist
  • GIS Analysis EnP/ Expl
  • Global Information Manager
  • Head of G&G Data Acquisition and Management Department
  • Information Manager
  • IT & Database Manager
  • Lead Data Architect Upstream
  • PE Systems Analyst
  • Practice Manager
  • Principle Consultant
  • Production Manager
  • Production Programmer
  • Regional Manager Europe
  • Senior Account Manager
  • Senior Advisor Oil & Gas
  • Senior Analyst IM DM
  • Sr System Analyst, Expoloration/PRDM
  • Subsurface Data Manager
  • Team Lead, Data Management
  • Tech Solutions Lead
  • Technical Data Manager
  • Technical Projects Manager
  • UCIM Data Quality Champion
  • UK General Manager

Alnaft; Argonet co, ltd.; Aspera, an IBM company ; Blueback Reservoir AS; BP; CGG; DataCo; DONG E&P AS; DONG Energy; EnergyIQ; ENI SPA; Flare Solutions Limited; GDF SUEZ; GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd; Genel Energy; IBM; Interica Limited; JGC Corp; K2 Technology Pty Ltd; Kuwait Oil Company; L&T Technology Services Ltd ; Landmark London; Luchelan; NDB; NDB Ltd; Nunaoil A/S; Oil Information Technology Journal; OMV UK Ltd; Perigon; PERIGON SOLUTIONS LIMITED; Petrobras; RWE Dea; Santos Limited; Shell; Shell (Uk) Ltd; Shell International Exploration & Production; Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG); Subsea UK; Suncor Energy; Technical Promotion Group; Total E&P Russie; Tribal Group plc ; Venture Information Management; Woodside Energy Ltd;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Ed Evans

Ed Evans, Managing Director, NDB Ltd

9:10 Building Planes While You’re In The Air? Developing An Information Strategy to Align with Business Operating Business Programs

Christopher Bradley

Christopher Bradley, Information Strategist , Data Management Advisors
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This session will illustrate how you can get your information strategy up & running without holding the business back with “build it & they will come” “field of dreams” promises? Using case studies from E&P organizations the session will demonstrate how to embark upon a pragmatic Information Strategy, approaches that really work and pitfalls to avoid.
A specific E&P Master Data Management Strategy will explore how to make the business case including:
• How to identify & justify the appropriate data subjects areas that are right for mastering
• How to align the MDM initiative with in-flight business initiatives
• Master vs Reference data & why the difference matters as well as Multi vs Single domain MDM solutions
• A MDM reference and implementation architecture

9:50 Rethinking The Approach to Data Management and Data Governance

Neil Storkey

Neil Storkey, Information Management Manager , BG Group
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Data is data; and effective data governance can provide a back bone to an organisations most critical strategies and policy. The question is what needs to be done and how does an organisation go about harnessing the raw materials in order to extract vital information to maximise business operations.
• Examining strategies to optimise data governance capabilities and data availability, usability, integrity and security
• Effectively communicating to board level the importance of good data governance practices and consequences for mismanagement and neglect
• Best practices in managing data over the course of its  life cycle and ramifications of a slow response
• Defining responsibilities and roles within data governance and management to ensure a cohesive unified approach
 

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Opportunities for Improved Big Analytic Methods in Oil and Gas

Peter  Jackson

Peter Jackson, Partner, Bain & Company

Big data is increasingly on the minds of senior leaders and its value in driving business profitability and extracting key insight is becoming increasingly evident. Advancements in technology are beneficial but only if that correct strategies are impellent to harness it in order to accomplish business goals and aims. This presentation shall:
• Examine Organisational data management capabilities and ability to deliver strategy performance improvement
• Evaluate technology as a tool to enable effective and efficient big data analytics in order to inform senior level decision making
• Provide findings on research into the uptake of big data analytics in oil and gas and comparative cross industrial benefits of data management
• Define successful implementation of big data in all aspects of  value chain and getting the most out of your investment
• Culture of adoption and driving it throughout the business structure
 

11:40 Simplifying Data Management with Metadata Centric Intelligent Storage

The current practice of keeping track of high value data, created at great expense, relies on either embedding ambiguous snips of metadata in the file name, or pairing it with separate metadata descriptor files that are prone to being separated from the subject data, effectively losing valuable data forever. This presentation will:
• Provide case studies on information and data management with relevance to the Exploration and Production Industry
• Examine how our software defined solution can find, add and exploit metadata for optimal data management combined with advanced search features to find relevant data
• Understand the benefits of a Single Global Namespace for your business, across all your storage resources, combining both on-premise and cloud storage into a single searchable storage pool
• Define how you can empower global workflows through securely shared synchronized data amongst your global organisation and external collaborators

 

Barry Evans

Barry Evans, Technical Director, ARCASTREAM

James Pitts

James Pitts, Product Manager, ARCASTREAM

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 Driving Meaningful Change in $40 Oil Market With Information Based Decision Making

Patrick Schiele

Patrick Schiele, VP Global Operations, Subsea Services, GE Oil and Gas

• The market and the competition: an observation of the state of the industry – contrast to downstream, power generation, aviation
• Design vs Production vs Maintenance information and decision making
• Gathering the right data to drive effective decision making
• Evaluating what we can do against what we need to invent
• Culture and Process, the glue that keeps it all together

14:00 Standardising Production Reporting on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, Experiences and Lessons Learnt So Far

Magnus Svensson

Magnus Svensson, Lead System Consultant, IT Documentation, DONG E&P Norge

On the NCS (Norwegian continental shelf) we have been working on standardizing production reporting across operators, partners and government as a joint effort between operators on the NCS under the regime of the joint effort organization EPIM.
• Summarising project background as well as:
o Why we started?
o Lessons learned?
• Why is standardization of production data so difficult? Why do we not see too many successes?
• What have we learnt about upscaling from one asset to 70 offshore assets and onshore terminals?
• Way forward and expected business wins in the long run…
 

15:20 Afternoon Tea

15:50 PANEL DISCUSSION: Capitalising and Managing Production and Reservoir Data - Best Practices

Ed Evans

Ed Evans, Managing Director, NDB Ltd

Alan Ramsdale

Alan Ramsdale, Former IS Portfolio Manager, Centrica Energy

Magnus Svensson

Magnus Svensson, Lead System Consultant, IT Documentation, DONG E&P Norge

Jill Lewis

Jill Lewis, Director, Troika International
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16:30 CLOSING KEYNOTE: How One Binary Digit Can Change Your Seismic Data Management World?

Jill Lewis

Jill Lewis, Director, Troika International
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• Field Data is written in SEGD, Pre and Post-Stack in SEGY Data-set Ratio 6:1 SEGY:SEGD
• What is the problem? SEGY data exchange format from 1975
• What can be done? What is available?
• Could the move be automated?

17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Ed Evans

Ed Evans, Managing Director, NDB Ltd

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Alan Ramsdale

Alan Ramsdale, Former IS Portfolio Manager, Centrica Energy

9:10 Now Is The Time – To Deliver Cost Savings To The Industry Through Greater Adoption of Data Exchange Standards

Ross Philo

Ross Philo, President and CEO, Energistics
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• Reduce operational friction between people, processes and organizations
• Trusted data means time saved, and increased efficiency
• Ensure you have the right data at the right time to make the right decision
• Result is lower costs, reduced risk, better decisions

9:50 Effective Production Data Management - The Last Data Taboo

Jonathan Jenkins

Jonathan Jenkins, COO, New Digital Business Ltd

<ul> <li>The importance of organised production data</li> <li>Typical issues when you haven&rsquo;t organised (excel hell)</li> <li>Solutions in the market (don&rsquo;t gild the lily!)</li> <li>Sensitive Implementation and benefits</li> </ul>

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 How to leverage big data to improve operations in a world of increasing complexity by using advanced analytics and machine learning

Tor Jakob  Ramsøy

Tor Jakob Ramsøy, CEO and Founder, Arundo Analytics

  • The industry is facing challenges with declining returns and declining growth
  • IT, analytics and data companies are the fastest growing and most profitable part of the industry, and other industries have seen these taking an increasingly pivotal role
  • Big Data provides a tool to manage the increasing complexity in Oil and Gas operations
  • Big Data has multiple potential use cases across the value chain, and only in predictive maintenance, the total potential is above USD 100+ million for a large offshore installation
  • Despite the value of data and the vast amount of data collected, it is typically not used for decision making
  • 11:40 Audience Q&A Big Data Analytic and Optimisation

    Tor Jakob  Ramsøy

    Tor Jakob Ramsøy, CEO and Founder, Arundo Analytics

    Jonathan Jenkins

    Jonathan Jenkins, COO, New Digital Business Ltd

    12:00 Data Sets Are Only as Good as the Consent Mechanisms Which Govern Them

    Robert Bond

    Robert Bond, Head of Data Protection & Cyber Security Group, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

    When a company is facing M&A and corporate deals including:
    o Capital technological investments
    o Alliances
    o Joint Ventures
    o And Corporate Restructuring
    The necessity of merging two IT systems can sometimes raise some interesting issues surrounding compliance. Big data is invaluable without the accessibility and analytics which can transform the data into useful information and with larger data comes greater risk.
    • Defining the best practices in ensuring succinct cohesion of data profiles with minimum business interruption
    • Aligning data which has been reported using different methods
    • Minimising risk and combating toxic data assets
    • Providing a relevant anonymous case study

     

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Data-as-a-Service: DataGraft

    Dumitru Roman

    Dumitru Roman, Senior Researcher, SINTEF

  • Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) is an emerging paradigm for cost effective and agile data provisioning, aiming to simplify data management for organisations with limited expertise in the field, and to reduce the costs for data integration, publishing and consumption
  • This presentation will provide an overview of DataGraft (http://datagraft.net/) - an emerging DaaS solution, with a focus on data transformation and data publishing aspects
  • 14:40 Usage of the Antelope software for real time data acquisition

    Damiano  Pesaresi

    Damiano Pesaresi, Researcher, OGS

     • The "Antelope software suite;
    • Real time monitoring examples around the world;
    • A comprehensive monitoring system;
    • Database management

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 18 Years of Data Management – Have We Advanced At All?

    Alan Smith

    Alan Smith, Director, Luchelan Ltd

    • 18 years of data management conferences
    • The advances in Data Management
    • What have we learned?  Are we any better than we were?
    • Some companies are taking data management more seriously, but will this survive in the low oil price?

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Alan Ramsdale

    Alan Ramsdale, Former IS Portfolio Manager, Centrica Energy

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Christopher Bradley

    Christopher Bradley

    Information Strategist , Data Management Advisors
    Jill Lewis

    Jill Lewis

    Director, Troika International
    Neil Storkey

    Neil Storkey

    Information Management Manager , BG Group
    Patrick Schiele

    Patrick Schiele

    VP Global Operations, Subsea Services, GE Oil and Gas
    Ross Philo

    Ross Philo

    President and CEO, Energistics

    Alan Ramsdale

    Former IS Portfolio Manager, Centrica Energy
    Alan Ramsdale

    Alan Ramsdale retired recently after a 37-year career in IS. His 20 years of Shell service - in the UK, Netherlands and Brunei – was primarily on E&P well database systems in support of Subsurface. His utilities experience included three years as Seeboard’s gas industry systems architect, followed by six years as a data architect for British Gas, mainly on SAP energy billing systems programmes. He then moved to Centrica Energy E&P, initially as systems architect and finally as manager of the application systems portfolios for Subsurface, Wells & Information Management.

    Alan Smith

    Director, Luchelan Ltd
    Alan Smith

    After completing his university education with a PhD from Chelsea College, London, Alan worked as a geophysicist at BP with exposure to various global basins and to exploration, development and production projects. During this time he developed an interest in the interpretation systems and how people used them. On leaving BP Alan helped to create Paras Consulting, a boutique consultancy which specialised in helping E&P organisations become more effective and efficient through better use of technology. During this time Alan worked in various interim management posts for clients, including E&P Divisional CIO. Customers have included governments, regulators, NOCs, IOCs, smaller independent E&P companies and energy companies. Paras was purchased by RPS Energy in 2008. Alan went on to set up his own company, Luchelan Ltd, in 2012 and continues to provide strategic, management and planning services to the industry.

    Barry Evans

    Technical Director, ARCASTREAM
    Barry Evans

    Barry has two decades of experience in the fields of high performance research computing, scale-out storage and data management, across a variety of industry sectors around the world. Barry is the architect of the
    ArcaStream solution and is passionate about extending the benefits it offers to customers faced with the challenges of big data environments.
     

    Christopher Bradley

    Information Strategist , Data Management Advisors
    Christopher Bradley

    Christopher Bradley has spent 35 years in the forefront of the Information Management field, working for leading E&P organisations in Information Management Strategy, Data Governance, Data Quality, Information Assurance, Master Data Management, Metadata Management, Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence. Chris is an independent information strategist & recognised thought leader. He advises International E&P clients including, Shell, TOTAL, BP, Statoil, Enterprise Oil and Saudi Aramco. Outside E&P he advises ANZ, Cigna Insurance, NAB, HSBC, Bank of England, American Express, Riyad Bank, Alinma Bank, Emirates NBD Bank, GSK, and Celgene.

    Most recently he has delivered a comprehensive appraisal of Information Management practices at an Oil & Gas super major, Data Governance strategy for a NOC, and Information Management training for Oil & Gas companies.

    Chris guides Global organizations on Information Strategy, Data Governance, Information Management best practice and how organisations can genuinely manage Information as a critical corporate asset. Frequently he is engaged to evangelise the Information Management and Data Governance message to Executive management, introduce data governance and new business processes for Information Management and to deliver training and mentoring.
    Chris is Director of the E&P standards committee “DMBoard”, is an officer of DAMA International, an author of the forthcoming DMBoK 2.0, a member of the Meta Data Professionals Organisation (MPO) and a holder at “master” level and examiner for the DAMA CDMP professional certification.
    Chris is an acknowledged thought leader in Data Governance, author of several papers and books, and an expert judge on the annual Data Governance best practice awards.
     

    Damiano Pesaresi

    Researcher, OGS
    Damiano  Pesaresi

    Damiano Pesaresi, graduated in Physics at Padua University, is the data acquisition coordinator of the Seismological Research Centre (CRS) of the Italian National Institute for Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS) in Trieste. He represents OGS and/or Italy in several international bodies like the International Federation of Digital Seismograph Networks (FDSN), the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) and the United Nations Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). He published about 100 national and international papers mainly on seismic data acquisition and in nuclear tests monitoring

    Dumitru Roman

    Senior Researcher, SINTEF
    Dumitru Roman

    Dr. Dumitru Roman works as a Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF ICT (Norway), which he joined at the end of 2009. He is active in the data management field, particularly in the emerging Data-as-a-Service domain. He has wide experience with initiating, leading, and carrying out (research) projects on data management and service-oriented topics. He is currently the project coordinator of the proDataMarket project – an innovation project for enabling the property data marketplace for novel data-driven business products. He led the DaPaaS project (Data Publishing through the Cloud: A Data- and Platform-as-a-Service Approach to Efficient Open Data Publication and Consumption), was previously the project coordinator of Environmental Services Infrastructure with Ontologies (ENVISION) project and the technical coordinator for the preceding project Semantic Web Services Interoperability for Geospatial Decision Making (SWING) - research projects co-funded by the EC. He holds an adjunct associate professorship at the University of Oslo, Norway.

    Ed Evans

    Managing Director, NDB Ltd
    Ed Evans

    James Pitts

    Product Manager, ARCASTREAM
    James Pitts

    Jill Lewis

    Director, Troika International
    Jill Lewis

    Since 1998 Jill has been a volunteer working with the Technical Standards Committee (TSC) of the SEG. Jill was responsible for the ratification of SEGYRev1, SEGD2.1 and SEGD3 as Vice Chair and Chair. During this period she bought the OGP, Energistics and SEG together to use the same fundamental standards. E.g. when referring to measurements we all use the Energistics Units of Measurement Table, when referring to positioning we all use the OGP's EPSG database etc. Jill's current role on the Technical Standards Committee involves working with the Standards Leadership Council, National Data Repository, Energistics, ISO meta-data mapping group and the Earth Model SEG Community. Jill has also been Vice-Chair and Chair of the Global Affairs Committee and is currently on the Meeting Review and Planning Commiittee (MRPC).

    As for a day job... Jill is CEO of Troika International Ltd which is a software house specializing in software for data transcription and data management utilities.
     

    Jonathan Jenkins

    COO, New Digital Business Ltd
    Jonathan Jenkins

    Magnus Svensson

    Lead System Consultant, IT Documentation, DONG E&P Norge
    Magnus Svensson

    Neil Storkey

    Information Management Manager , BG Group
    Neil Storkey

    Neil Storkey is responsible for establishing an enterprise data and information management capability at BG Group with a focus on trust, integrity and sustainability of the information assets. Neil started his data journey as an accountant back in 1991, where consolidation and reporting of financial management information depended on quality data.

    23 years on, he has lead and delivered change management programs in large global enterprises shifting the onus of accountability of data and information from IT back into the business functions. These enterprise programs included BW / BI, MDM strategies, business change management, Data and Information strategies, all based on establishing business lead working practices around standards, stewardship, governance, organisation and quality.

    Neil’s career following the data has allowed him to experience industries in motor manufacturing, financial services, recruitment, telecommunications, mobile telephony, tobacco and hydrocarbons.

    His most disliked statement is ‘a single version of the truth..’.
     

    Patrick Schiele

    VP Global Operations, Subsea Services, GE Oil and Gas
    Patrick Schiele

    Peter Jackson

    Partner, Bain & Company
    Peter  Jackson

    Peter is a Partner in Bain's London office. Peter works with clients across Oil & Gas, Commodities and General Industrials sectors on a range of strategic, operational, organisational and investment topics.

    Peter has a particular focus on Oil & Gas Exploration and Production and has worked extensively with IOCs, NOCs, Oilfield Service companies and Private Equity investors across Europe, North America, the Middle East, West Africa, Central and Southeast Asia and Australia. Peter leads Bain’s E&P Organisational Capability practice.
     

    Robert Bond

    Head of Data Protection & Cyber Security Group, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
    Robert Bond

    Robert Bond is a Partner and Notary Public at the international law firm Charles Russell Speechlys LLP and is also a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional. He is a legal expert and author in the fields of e-commerce, computer games, media and publishing, data protection, information security and cyber risks. He was recently listed in Data IQ’s Big Data 100, is named in the National Law Journal's list of 50 Governance Risk & Compliance Trailblazers, listed in the top 10 in “Who’s Who of Information Technology Lawyers 2015” and in "Best Lawyers in UK" and in "Who's Who of Telecommunications Media & Technology 2015" and has specialised in data protection & information security laws since 1983.

     

    Ross Philo

    President and CEO, Energistics
    Ross Philo

    Ross Philo is a senior business leader and IT executive with transformational leadership experience running Fortune 500 multi-division, global organizations, principally within the energy industry. He has held executive leadership positions in both the private and public sectors; as CIO in large and complex, multi-national organizations, plus experience as a CEO and board member of smaller portfolio companies. During his career, he has led the development of a number of industry-changing technology innovations in both the energy industry and public sector, and has extensive cross-functional experience, including strategy, business development, manufacturing, engineering, operations, marketing, communications, etc.

    Simon Cushing

    Head of Strategic Consulting, Professional Services, Venture Information Management
    Simon Cushing

    Tor Jakob Ramsøy

    CEO and Founder, Arundo Analytics
    Tor Jakob  Ramsøy

    Tor Jakob Ramsøy is the CEO and founder of Arundo Analytics. Arundo is delivering solutions for the oil & gas industry using big data and machine learning to improve operation. Arundo has offices in Oslo, Houston and Palo Alto. Tore Jakob was a senior partner in McKinsey & Company’s Business Technology Office (BTO). Tor Jakob lead McKinsey’s technology service line in the global energy practice and the EMEA Big Data/Advanced Analytics service line. He was leading McKinsey Norway and the BTO office in Scandinavia.

    Prior to joining McKinsey & Company, Tor Jakob worked as a partner in Accenture. Tor Jakob received his joint master degree from MIT Sloan School and MIT School of Engineering in Technology Strategy. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Norwegian School of Management (BI).
     

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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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