2018 Agenda

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Day One:

Chair Person Introduction - State of the North Sea
  • Our Chairman Neil Golding will introduce the conference and explain how the North Sea is developing with regards to 2019’s key trends, players and opportunities you need to be looking out for.

The EIC Chair Person: Neil Golding Head of Oil and Gas The EIC

The EIC Chair Person: Stuart Broadley CEO The EIC

Session 1 - Panel:
Data, Digitalisation and Disruption - the Future of the Oil & Gas industry
  • Hear how the North Sea O&G industry is responding to supply and demand challenges around the world and what the role of digital technology will be
  • Understand how the evolving operator landscape has changed the way innovative projects are undertaken 
  • Discover how data and digitalisation is shaping company strategy across the North Sea O&G industry
  • How operating companies can realise the full potential of digital technology available and transform their businesses into data driven organisations
  • Radical innovation: incremental digital adoption vs wholesale re-thinking of operations

The EIC Chair Person: Neil Golding Head of Oil and Gas The EIC

Total E&P UK Niall Rowantree Strategy & Analytics leader Total E&P UK

Alpha Petroleum Paul Armitage Subsurface Manager Alpha Petroleum

Equinor Speaker TBA Equinor

Session 2 - Presentation:
Dell EMC Digital Transformation & Connected Digital Operations

David Holmes will present perspective’s from Dell EMC’s Global Energy Practice on:

  • The challenges and opportunities of Digital Transformation
  • How Connected Digital Operations is providing a unifying strategy for Transformation, Cloud & the Industrial Internet
  • Why transformation strategies need to embrace and support the once, present and future workforce

DellEMC David Holmes CTO DellEMC

Session 3 Panel:
Developing a digital workforce
  • Understand digital literacy as a process of how we interact with computers, data and technology
  • Create curiosity among existing workforce to learn and engage with new technologies and new digital methods
  • Rethink ‘Digitise or Die’, embrace experienced workers and enable skilled employees to adapt to the digital environment.
  • The digital engineer, dissecting specialist positions vs general digital knowledge

Skills Development Scotland Allison Carrington

Skills Planning Lead

Skills Development Scotland


Session 4 - Presentation:
TOTAL - Where is the value in all the data - how to identify the right opportunity
  • Using data - the why and the how
  • Where data can drive value in decision making; identify how to make marginal projects commercial and how to extend the life of assets
  • Creating your digital tool-kit; what skills, technologies and partnerships are needed in order to access the value
  • What stance to take on data ownership; what return can operators, contractors and the supply chain gain from sharing data openly
  • How to avoid silos; the importance of handle data for real-time inter-team value driven results

Total Naill Rowantree Strategy and Analytics Leader Total

Session 5 Presentation:
Equinor’s New Integrated Operation Centre (IOC)
  • Equinor explain how their new IOC has built on the experience from two existing centres enabling further value creation to be supported by proactive work
  • Understand the opportunities found for production optimisation and predictive maintenance based on new developments within cloud computing, real time data flows and data science
  • Hear how a new operations model is established and will help to stimulate interaction across disciplines in IOC and towards customer fields.

Equinor Bernt Tyssland Vice President Operations Equinor

Session 6 - Presentation:
Chasing the Economic Barrels - Tern Alpha Case Study
  • Hear the experience of a real digital project, see real data, learn real lessons and understand how you can replicate to your economic advantage
  • Realise the power of marginal gains theory in generating significant cost savings across multiple operations
  • Unlock valuable workforce innovation by instilling curiosity to improve using new digital tools and skills

TAQA Bratani Steven Kane Platform Superintendant TAQA Bratani

Session 7 - Presentation:
A new approach unlocks the Cheviot field development
  • How the low oil price led to innovation in the way projects can be approached
  • Learn where data and its management has allowed Alpha Petroleum to develop knowledge and apply it in an integrated manner
  • Deliver shareholder value using data, knowledge and innovation within a new North Sea context

Alpha Petroleum Paul Armitage Subsurface Manager Alpha Petroleum

Session 8 - Presentation:
Digital Solutions with Advanced Data Analytics Applied to Offshore & Onshore Production Operations
  • Data Analytics can bring disruptive change to the way we produce, process and transport oil and gas, and to the way we manage the integrity of facilities.
  • Machine learning solutions can use historical data for the early detection and reduction of anomalies and equipment failures.  They can also be used to optimise the production, processing and transportation of oil and gas.
  • This presentation will describe several machine learning solutions developed by Wood that use measured data from production equipment, production facilities and terminals. Wood will share case studies around equipment, anomaly detection and loss of containment. Which are designed to reduce inspection/intervention costs and avoid or mitigate equipment failure and bring value in production optimization

Wood Kieran Kavanagh VP Digital Solutions Wood

Session 9 - Interactive Showcase:
Oil and Gas Technology Centre - Technology showcase
  • Witness live demonstrations of the technology making data driven operating models a reality from some of the hottest innovators in the digital sphere including digital twin, blockchain, AI, AR, VR & Drones
  • This live Dragon’s Den style debate will put you as the audience centre stage in evaluating cutting edge technologies and their impact on the O&G industry.
  • The companies will demonstrate how their cutting-edge technology has enabled their partners to increase production efficiency


OGTC David Miller Technology Accelerator OGTC


Blue Gentoo Chika Uduma Vice President Blue Gentoo

RAB Microfluids Dr Rotimi Alabi Managing Diector RAB Microfluids

Sensalytx Graham Gaston CEO Sensalytx

Specialist Safety Systems Ross McLeod CEO Specialist Safety Systems

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Day Two:

Session 1:
Opening Keynote
  • Amazon Web Services - presentation to be announced soon
Session 2 - Panel:
Production Data Management & Analytics
  • Assess data surrounding asset availability/uptime to deliver actionable solutions that maximise production efficiency
  • Deploy new automated and integrated systems to reduce downtime and OPEX
  • Hear how data availability, utility and visualisation can enable a workforce to operate with increased efficiency and safety
  • How to ensure data quality that can satisfy the requirements of analytics solutions thus allowing for trust and practical application by operations teams across your organisation
  • Hear what new technologies are helping to analyse and understand data, thus enabling you to understand your field and so optimise your operations

TAQA Bratani Branda Forbes Production Programming Team Lead TAQA Bratani

TechnipFMC Helge Ruistuen Vice President Field Performance TechnipFMC

Equinor Speaker TBA Equinor

Session 3 - Interactive Presentation:
Akselos Present an interactive session challenging the industry to innovate
  • Session info coming soon.

Akselos Thomas Leurent CEO Akselos

Akselos John Bell Senior Vice President Akselos

Session 4 - Panel:
Maximising production through digital transformation
  • Discover how you can use a data driven operating model to allocate personnel and resources into business-critical operations, maximising production and revenue per employee
  • How digital technology can enable operators to leverage subject matter experts to deliver data driven insights across multiple projects
  • Learn how you can make the results stick, ensuring long-lasting efficiency gains and continuous improvement of operations
  • How to scale up digital initiatives and move from ‘project’ to ‘standard practice’

DellEMC Chris Lenzch Solutions Architect, Connected Digital Operations DellEMC

OSIsoft Ed Watson Global Accounts Manager OSIsoft

Arundo Analytics Cody Falcon VP Operations Arundo Analytics

Session 5 - Presentation:
TechnipFMC - Actionable solutions using Data Analytics
  • Session info coming soon.

TechnipFMC Helge Ruistuen Vice President Field Performance TechnipFMC

Session 6 - Panel:
Minimum-manned operations
  • Understand why rethinking traditional operations for green-field project design can generate opportunities for efficient production
  • Hear where minimum-manned operations can be deployed and the conditions which will enable a successful project
  • Hear proven results from minimum-manned projects that have led to reductions in both CAPEX and OPEX
  • Learn the barriers and challenges that accompany minimum-manned operations
  • Hear how minimum-manned facilities can be incorporated into a wider digital transformation strategy
  • What should be the role of robotics?

Stepchange Global Tony Edwards CEO Stepchange Global

Total Peter Marsh Total

Session 7 - Presentation:
Create a culture that fosters digitalisation: Case Study: Maersk Drilling, Becoming a Digital Innovation Start-up
  • Learn how to create an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that can react at speed to a changing industry
  • Hear how Maersk have created their digital innovation team including the methods and the processes employed to enable successful initiatives
  • Understand the role of collaboration between universities and start-ups and how it has led to revolutionary innovations that can shape the future of oil and gas operations
  • Learn how Maersk have moved through development and launched and commercially viable digitalisation projects

Maersk Drilling Fredrik Tukk Digital Innovation Architect Maersk Drilling

Session 8 - Presentation:
AI for Real Time Production Optimisation
  • Discover what has become possible for today’s operations thanks to the exciting innovations in artificial intelligence
  • Enable best practice across all production teams and continuous and systematic production optimisation
  • Free up valuable time for your production engineers to do creative problem solving and so find real economic value

Speaker TBA Speaker TBA Solution Seeker

Session 9 - Panel:
Next generation drilling
  • Learn what new technologies are providing the best opportunities for drilling optimisation now and within the next few years
  • Identify what factors will affect the implementation of new technologies and data analytics, including people, processes and the organisation
  • Understand what key elements of current operations need to change and how to effectuate that change successfully
  • where we are looking at overcoming the people, process and organisational change when implementing new technologies such as analytics

Stepchange Global Nick Gibson Principle Advisor Stepchange Global

Session 10 - Presentation:
Data Analytics for Hydrocarbon Processing
  • hydrocarbon allocation
  • process optimisation
  • process understanding
  • predictive modelling

Robert Gordon University Prof. John. McCall Director, Smart Data Technologies Centre, School of Computing Science and Digital Media Robert Gordon University

Baker Hughes GE Interactive Workshop: AI Integration into the Value Chain
  • Session info coming soon.

BHGE Baker Hughes GE

Baker Hughes GE Interactive Workshop:
AI Integration into the Value Chain - Click to Register Interest

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2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Gold Sponsors

  • Amazon-Web-Services
  • BHGE
  • dell emc
  • Wood

Silver Sponsors

  • TechnipFMC
  • wipro

Bronze Sponsors

  • 2predict
  • Akselos
  • eLynx
  • Solution-Seeker


  • Peloton

Media Partners

  • OilITJournal