Good information management is increasingly being seen as providing competitive advantage to companies across many industries, since wise business decisions depend on sound data and information. In effect, information management is an enabler of efficient business processes, which in turn creates business value.

However, many companies in the oil and gas industry have problems demonstrating the value of managing data and information properly. As a result many companies get caught in the cyclical trap of data cleanup and then data degradation.

This workshop will provide a practical guide to developing a comprehensive data management framework which will help to ensure that this cycle is broken. Using an interactive classroom format you will have the opportunity to learn from presentations, exercises and interactive discussions.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Common data management issues and challenges, and their impact on the business
  • Why data management is important and the potential value, and benefits of good data management
  • What are the components of a comprehensive data management framework and the important elements that need to support the framework
  • Building and sustaining a robust data management framework, what to avoid and how to apply best practice
  • How to measure the progress of implementing a data management roadmap, including the use of surveys, maturity models, benefits management and assessing the performance of a company relative to others via benchmarking

Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the components necessary to implement and sustain a fit-for-purpose data management environment, avoiding many of the pitfalls and barriers experienced by companies. Attendees will also gain an appreciation of the benefits and value of applying good data management practice, an essential part of gaining buy-in and commitment from the business and senior management. 

About your workshop leader:
Alan Pointing, Practice Head – Data Management, Venture Information Management

Alan has over two decades of data management and IM expertise in the E&P industry, working for BP and leading service companies around the world. Alan has also held senior consultant positions in the telecoms, transport and commercial industries.
Alan is an acknowledged expert on the practices, principles and realities of data management, advising a full range of companies from small independents through to the super majors.  Alan holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Geophysics.

Venture Information Management is a leading independent supplier of information management services to the subsurface, engineering and corporate E&P industry.  Founded in 1990 and with over 60 employees we advise on IM direction, implement change projects and deliver ongoing service.
Venture brings real end-to-end practical experience to its clients in:

  • Technical Data Management
  • Records and Document Management
  • Information Integration and Solutions


Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Introduction

9:15 Common data management issues and challenges

9:45 Importance of data management and showing its value

10:00 Components of a data management framework

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Applying best practice to building and sustaining the data management framework

11:30 Measuring progress and performance of data management

12:00 Discussion & Questions: Review of the session

12:30 Close of Workshop


Marriott Hotel Regents Park

128 King Henry’s Road
London NW3 3ST
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.

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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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