2018 Agenda

Companies who attended in 2018:

  • edison
  • BP
  • saudi-aramco
  • verus-petroleum
  • Equinor
  • Aker-BP
  • Neptune-Energy
  • conocophillips
  • Alpha Petroleum
  • total
  • exxon-mobil
  • Taqa
  • Zennor Petroleum
  • edison
  • repsol-sinopec
  • premier-oil
  • eog resources uk
  • tullow-oil
  • energen
  • socar
  • socar
  • IBM
  • AWS
  • Siemens
  • technip-fmc
  • BHGE

Day One:

8:00 - 9:00 Day 1 Breakfast Interactive 1hour Workshop
"A future without RBI?"
Intelligent analytics to optimise inspection programmes
  • How data driven analysis will shape and influence the future of risk-based inspections (RBI)
  • The reduction of human error through the management of risk profiles and failure modes
  • An example of where we've applied our specific methodology to support the evolution of RBIs using qualitative and quantitative data, complemented by data analytics to provide assurance to customers

Dr Haaken Ahnfelt Principal Integrity Analyst Oceaneering

9:00 - 9:10 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. 

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

Chair Person: Stuart Broadley CEO The EIC

9:10 - 9:55 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
  • 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

Chair Person: Stuart Broadley CEO The EIC

Bernt Tysseland Vice President Operations Equinor

Niall Rowantree Strategy & Analytics leader Total E&P UK

Paul Armitage Subsurface Manager Alpha Petroleum

Douglas McGarrie Industry Technical Leader IBM

9:55 - 10:25 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

David Holmes CTO DellEMC

10:25 - 10:55 Coffee Break
10:55 - 11:20 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.

Bernt Tysseland Vice President Operations Equinor

11:20 - 11:45 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

Steven Kane Platform Superintendant TAQA Bratani

11:45 - 12:10 TechnipFMC - Maximising Business Value from Digital Solutions
  • Matching the digitising of data and digitalization of processes to provide Business value
  • Benefits of dashboards, trending & Advanced data analytics
  • Data sharing and the differing roles of Service Providers
  • Production Uptime and/or OPEX reduction

Helge Ruistuen Vice President Field Performance TechnipFMC

12:10 - 13:40 Lunch
12:10 - 13:10 DAY 1 Lunchtime Interactive 1hour Workshop
AI Integration into the Value Chain
  • Understand how Artificial Intelligence can create value in drilling and production operations, (witness real demonstrations)
  • Discuss how you can implement AI in your current operations to maximise your operational efficiency
  • Network with your peers as you discuss shared industry solutions to the challenges you face

Sergio Sama Rubio Director of Field Enablement & Strategic Positioning Baker Hughes, a GE company

Baker Hughes, a GE company - Interactive Workshop:
AI Integration into the Value Chain - Click to Register Interest
13:40 - 14:05 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

Paul Armitage Subsurface Manager Alpha Petroleum

14:05 - 14:50 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

Helge Ruistuen Vice President Field Performance TechnipFMC

Thomas Leurent CEO Akselos

Sergio Sama Rubio Director of Field Enablement & Strategic Positioning Baker Hughes GE

Arno van den Haak Head of worldwide business development Oil & Gas Amazon Web Services

14:50-15:15 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

Simon Copping Digital Solutions Strategic Development Manager (Wells) Wood

15:15 - 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 - 16:30 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

Nick Gibson Principle Advisor Stepchange Global

Chris Tolleson Application Architect and Upstream Automation SME Wipro

Andy Deady Senior Advisor Onshore, Operations Centre AkerBP

16:30 - 16:55 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

Fredrik Tukk Digital Innovation Architect Maersk Drilling

16:55 - 17:55 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


Stuart MacKinven Technology Accelerator Delivery Manager OGTC

Andy Deady Senior Advisor Onshore Operations Centre Aker BP

John Harris Energy director Elevator UK

Gordon McRae Senior Reservoir Engineer Verus Petroleum

Gabriella Thomas, Drilling Engineer, BP


Chika Uduma Vice President Blue Gentoo

Dr Rotimi Alabi Managing Diector RAB Microfluids

Graham Gaston CEO Sensalytx

Ross McLeod CEO Intelift

17:55 - 18:55 Networking Drinks reception to be held in the exhibition hall
Purchase Post Event Materials

Day Two:

8:15 - 8:20 Chair Person Introduction
8:20 - 8:45 Opening Keynote: Cloud-Enabled Technologies: A Paradigm Shift for the Oil & Gas Industry
  • Innovation and Amazon are becoming synonyms. 
  • The presentation will describe how the customer centric innovation approach with it’s processes and mechanisms is rooted within Amazon culture.
  • Examples will highlight how the customer centric innovation approach is used to deliver digital transformation in Oil & Gas

Arno van den Haak Head of worldwide business development Oil & Gas Amazon Web Services

8:45 - 9:10 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

Naill Rowantree Strategy and Analytics Leader Total

9:10 - 9:40 Interactive Presentation: Akselos Present an interactive session challenging the industry to innovate
  • An interactive session that will challenge participants to consider how predictive digital twins could be applied to various fixed and floating structures
  • How the use of condition-based monitoring and predictive analytics can eliminate unplanned downtime and reduce OPEX
  • Learn about the new technology that’s the only one of its kind that’s compatible with the digital oilfield
  • Hear about how Shell is using the technology to support safe asset life extension

Thomas Leurent CEO Akselos

John Bell Senior Vice President Akselos

9:40 - 10:25 How to launch a digitalisation programme
  • Identify who needs to be convinced to act across all levels of the organisation, which key digital champions will help to drive the project forward and how to get them onboard
  • What evidence is needed to convince the sceptics of the value of committing their time and efforts towards digital projects
  • How to set up teams with conflicting budget objectives to create a holistic digital project
  • How to maintain focus on the end value-driven objective and avoid project overspend on time and budget
  • Identifying internal strengths and weaknesses and assessing when to seek external knowledge
  • Real world case studies on the launch of a successful digital initiative

Brenda Forbes Production Programming Team Lead TAQA Bratani

Alan Bibb IT Manager Assets & Operations Neptune Energy


Neale StidolphBusiness Development Director  Sword Group

10:25 - 10:55 Coffee Break
10:55 - 11:55 DellEMC - 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’

Chris Lenzch Solutions Architect, Connected Digital Operations DellEMC

Carl Morris Global Production Lead Wipro

11:55 - 12:15 Data Analytics for Hydrocarbon Processing
  • hydrocarbon allocation
  • process optimisation
  • process understanding
  • predictive modelling

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

12:15 - 12:40 Remote and Minimum-Manned Operations
  • Hear how remote operations can be applied to both brownfield and greenfield new projects
  • Lessons learned from brownfield remote operations in the North Sea for operations and drilling
  • How remote operations and radical minimum manning can be applied new projects to reduce CAPEX, OPEX and improve safety and reliability
  • Learn what are the barriers and challenges in implementing remote operations and minimum manning

Tony Edwards CEO Stepchange Global

12:40 - 13:05 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

Sheri Shamlou CCO Solution Seeker

14:05 - 14:50 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

Allison Carrington Skills Planning Lead Skills Development Scotland

Colin Dawson D&W Engineer - Digital Systems AkerBP

Mike Adams Co-founder & lead Developer Norwell EDGE

14:50 - 15:30 Scottish Enterprise: SME integration into the supply chain
  • Run projects with multiple specialised suppliers to achieve greater efficiency for specific tasks
  • Avoid being tied to a single vendor thus enabling flexibility to new solutions as they enter the market
  • Learn what data can be shared with a wider supply chain without affecting competitive advantage

Ian Watt Business Development DataLab

Steve Aitken Consultant Director Intelligent Plant

Adam Sroka Data Scientist Incremental

Chris Ayres COO OPEX

Graeme Gordon CEO IFB

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2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Gold Sponsors

  • AWS
  • BHGE
  • dell emc
  • Wood

Silver Sponsors

  • Sword Group
  • TechnipFMC
  • wipro

Bronze Sponsors

  • 2predict
  • Akselos
  • eLynx
  • Solution-Seeker


  • blue gentoo
  • dell emc
  • Envio
  • intelift
  • ODSI
  • Peloton
  • RAB Microfluidics
  • Sensalytx
  • Sword Group
  • Wood

Media Partners

  • OGV
  • OilITJournal