"Oil and Gas companies can now process and analyze enterprise, real-time and streaming data. The mash-up of data such as news on petroleum competitors bidding on leases, weather, pressure, vibration, and temperature of wells will pave the way for new opportunities in this sector. With Big Data, Oil & Gas companies can identify anomalies based on multiple conditions or predict the likelihood of drilling success, implement predictive maintenance, predict cyber-attacks, optimize safe drilling, and deploy automated alerts to reduce downtime".  (Ali Rebaie, Independent Big Data analyst & consultant, Rebaie Analytics Group, 2014 Chairman)

Following on from 16 years of conferences within information and data management the SMi group is delighted to announce its first in the series of events on Big Data Analytics for E&P.

This informative two day conference will give delegates the opportunity to hear the latest advancements in Big Data focusing on analytics for upstream exploration and production. Attendees will hear from a variety of industry expertise including operator case studies and leading big data vendors.


In the last two years alone, Hadoop hit the big time, in-memory arrived, and practitioners saw data analysis deliver real results. This vast jump in such a short time shows the potential for market growth within Big Analytics. Oil and Gas operators are constantly increasing the amount of data collected. The market has the technology to use this valuable asset to increase production, efficiency and ultimately profits but how will your company embrace these changes?

With senior industry representatives presenting on their own experiences, success stories and blue sky ideas this event promises to be the must attend forum for big data in 2014.

Develop ideas on implementing successful data management strategies
Understand how to get the most from your big data analytics
Discuss how to integrate your data across departments and standardise your assets
Process, exploit and disseminate data effectively
Hear about how to improve production with the latest technology and techniques 

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
Global Information Manager
Head of Data management
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
Subsurface Data Manager
Team Lead, Data Management
Tech Solutions Lead
Technical Data Manager
Technical Projects Manager
UCIM Data Quality Champion

15th Annual E&P Information and Data Management Conference Attendees

ADMA OPCO; Argonet; Belle Coeur Farm; BG Group; BP; China Standard Certification Center; Conocophillips Norway; Digital Earth; DONG E&P Norge; Energistics; Enform; ENI - E&P Division; ExxonMobil Exploration Company; Fugro Data Solutions; GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd; GE Intelligent Platforms; Geologix; Halliburton; International Association Of Oil & Gas Producers ( O G P ); IPL Information Processing Ltd; Japan Oil Gas & Metals National Corporation; Korean Resister of Shipping; Kuwait Oil Company (KSC); Landmark Software & Services ; Logtek A S; Maersk Oil and Gas AS; Maersk Olie Og Gas A S; Miracle A/S; MOG; MOL Hungarian Oil; MOL Rt - Magyar Olaj - Es Gazipari Reszvenytarsasa; Molten ; Mubadala Petroleum; NCOC; NDB Ltd; Neuralog; Nexen; Norwegian Petroleum Directorate; O D L; O M V Exploration &Production GmbH; OMV E&P GmbH; OMV UK Ltd; Paradigm; Pemex E & P; Petrofac Energy Developments; PIDX; PPL; PT. Sigma Cipta Utama; Repsol; Repsol YPF; RWE Dea; Santos; Saudi Aramco; Seokyoung Systems; Shell; Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG); Statoil; Statoil ASA; Taqa Bratani; Taqa Bratani Limited Taqa House; The Geotech Group; Total; Tullow Oil; Venture Information Management; Woodside Petroleum Limited

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Bill Green

Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

9:10 Defining and implementing standards for effective data management

Nils Sandsmark

Nils Sandsmark, General Manager, POSC Caesar Association

• A short outline of ISO 15926 and W3C recommendations used in Oil and Gas
• Implementation of effective standards based interoperability solutions
• Common standards based IT solutions for exploration, development, production and transport on the Norwegian Continental Shelf will be used as an example

9:50 Tsunami: A Familiar Scenario? – Delivering Communications for Oil & Gas

Bill Green

Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

• The Oil & Gas Marketplace
• Our Users Requirements
• Our Challenges
• The Asian Tsunami – Recovering Communications
• Parallels in Oil & Gas Communications

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Acknowledging the Importance of Document Control in Information and Knowledge Management

Matthieu Lamy

Matthieu Lamy, CEO Talengi, Document Control Manager, GDF SUEZ

• Learning automate document control
• Understand the advantages of streamlining regulatory compliance with your oil and gas document control software system
• Analysing the possibilities for oil and gas document control systems to ensure more effective operations within the work environment
• Explore methods and options to help continually improve your environmental management systems

11:40 The Data Opportunity for E&P

John Greenhough

John Greenhough, Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Analyst in Statistical , University Of Edinburgh

  • The data landscape
  • Learning from other industries
  • New opportunities for E&P


  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 The Great Crossover: Big Data Meets the Internet of Things

    Aapo Markkanen

    Aapo Markkanen, Principal Analyst, ABI Research

    • What is the Internet of Things, and how is it materialising in Oil & Gas?
    • What are the key challenges holding back the use of IoT analytics?
    • How large is the Big Data market for Oil & Gas today, and what is its growth trajectory for the next five years?
    • Which technology suppliers and innovators should be on your Big Data and IoT radar?

    14:10 Efficient and effective management and delivery of vast seismic data sets

    Alan Smith

    Alan Smith, Principle Consultant, Luchelan

    • Moving from tapes in warehouses
    • Targeting "right first time" data exchange
    • Speeding up the processes
    • Online delivery - is it feasible yet?

    14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 Generating value from risk data in the e+p sector

    David  Hughes

    David Hughes, Head of Analytics, UK & Ireland, Marsh Ltd

    • What data is relevant
    • What are the key exposures
    • What are the challenges in the e+p sector
    • Case study: risk financing decisions based on facts

    16:00 Real-time Big Data Analytics: Lessons learned from Premiership Football and Mobile Telecoms

    •         Handling multiple data sources
    •         Serial and parallel pipeline processing
    •         Diverse end point applications
    •         Key insights: significance, aggregation and correctness

    Nick Dyer

    Nick Dyer, Managing Director, Front End Data Ltd

    David  Bond

    David Bond, Managing Director, Panoramic Data Limited

    16:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Bill Green

    Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dan Cornford

    Dan Cornford, Reader in Computer Science, Aston University

    9:10 Is Seismic Data Big Data

    Jill Lewis

    Jill Lewis, Chair, Technical Standards Committee, SEG and MD Troika International, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

    9:50 Big Data at the British Geological Survey

    Matthew Harrison

    Matthew Harrison, Director of Informatics, British Geological Survey

    •         BGS Holds a large amount of data for the E & P Sector
    •         BGS is building relationships to digitise analogue holdings
    •         There have been notable advances in scientific understanding through the integration and modelling of these data
    •         Global partnerships for the acquisition and management of these data form a key part of our future strategy

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Should E&P Companies Have a Chief Data Scientist?

    Jess Kozman

    Jess Kozman, Regional Manager, E&P Applications - Information, Mubadala Petroleum

    • Tying the value of using predictive analytics on big data sets from offshore equipment.
    • Who owns the sensor data? The changing business model for asset integrity.
    • Is there enough boardroom visibility for the value of data as an asset and resource?
    • What competencies are required in E&P to groom and train the next generation of big data scientists?

    11:40 Big data analysis: from management to discovery

    Yike Guo

    Yike Guo, Professor of Computing Science, Department of Computing , Imperial College London

    • From sensor to cloud to engineer desktop (and back again)
    • Analytics and automation
    • Information security, rights management, traceability and business relationships
    • The promise of efficient production and reservoir optimization workflows
    • Defining tomorrow’s (oil)fieldcloud

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Sharing knowledge, or just sharing data?

    John Edwards

    John Edwards, Professor of Knowledge Management, Aston Business School

    • Analytics can identify useful patterns and relationships but they must be based on solid and reliable foundations - Garbage In, Garbage Out is as true as it ever was
    • Sharing data, let alone integrating data, will only help your business if the purpose for the sharing is clear; it is not just a question of technology or algorithms
    • The crucial need is for shared understanding, first of terminology, then of interpretation, then of action

    14:10 Decisions from data: the importance of quality, trust and quantified uncertainty

    Dan Cornford

    Dan Cornford, Reader in Computer Science, Aston University

    • Effective management of data is not just about software, processes and people, although these are necessary conditions
    • Using data to make decisions means weighing evidence, often using models and other tools
    • Effective data management needs to also embrace data quality
    • Data quality includes provenance information and traditional metadata, quantified uncertainty, and peer review
    • This talk reviews the state of the art in data quality for scientific applications and suggests framework for managing data quality in E&P

    14:50 Practical advice for using new Big Data analytics techniques to find and manage resources and assets more precisely

    Duncan Shaw

    Duncan Shaw, Lecturer in Information Systems, Nottingham University Business School

    • New data sources from low cost sensors and Wi-Fi are revolutionising the real-time data that can be gathered (examples of from different industries; practical implications; also other new data sources and uses like telematics and Nike Fuel)
    • New Big Data analytics technologies are leading to new insights for improving services and efficiencies in all parts of the supply chain (new patterns, new types of segmentation, new visualisation techniques)
    • Examples are given from retail, financial services and loyalty programmes that focus on insights which improve client and customer experience
    • Functional examples: predicting equipment failure, increasing efficiencies/ utilisation, more precise planned maintenance timing, analysing geological data – like GoldCorp did for gold mining, reducing insurance premiums and accidents

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

    Dan Cornford

    Dan Cornford, Reader in Computer Science, Aston University

    15:40 Afternoon Tea


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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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