Special Sessions

  • Special Session 1
    Innovation in the Downturn – Creating Value at Low Cost

    Tuesday 6th September

    14:00 - 15:30 

    Speakers: Sven Kruger, Chief Scientist, Baker Hughes; Mike Hauser, Project Manager, CiSoft Solutions, USC; Stewart Wallace, Senior Consulting Partner, Wipro Technologies

    Sub-committee: Helen Gilman, Wipro; Fionn Iversen, IRIS; Anton Leemhuis, TNO.

    Today, oil prices are on the way up after the worst slump seen for several decades. The low oil-price has hit the business hard, and has had consequences for development and uptake of new technology, as R&D budgets have been cut across the board and willingness to perform time and cost-consuming retrofits is low. At the same time, such conditions can offer opportunities for innovation as companies may be prepared to consider more drastic change to address short term performance. 

    We see changes in the way R&D and innovation are being managed. Challenges associated with layoffs and subsequent loss of R&D competency are leading to more outsourcing of development. Rapid return on investment is a key requirement of any innovation activity today as companies focus on the shorter-term. This session will focus on how we may achieve innovation in times of low profitability, and what the consequences should be for our concerted effort in creating value in such times.

  • Special Session 2
    Experience from the Past – Accelerating into the Future

    Wednesday 7th September
    08:30 - 10:30

    Speakers: Greta Lydecker, VP Upstream Europe, Chevron; Henri Blondelle, VP Global Business Development - Data Management, CGG; Supriya Gupta, Production Engineer ESP, Frontender; Prashant Mehrotra, Manager, Accenture Strategy Energy

    Sub-committee: Asgeir Drøivoldsmo, IFE; Phillipe Flichy, IO- Hub; Frans Van Den Berg, Shell.

    Many companies have implemented intelligent energy solutions in their assets and projects. What are the learnings and how can they help us to implement faster, reap more benefit and avoid the pitfalls ?

    This session with key industry leaders and audience participation will explore, in an interactive way, the following questions:

    • What and where were successful approaches?
    • What elements helped fast implementation?
    • What elements helped to keep costs low?
    • What were the barriers?
    • Is an Intelligent Energy project different from other projects in oil and gas
    • What can we learn from other industries?
    • How do we set up an Intelligent Energy project or programme for speed, success and limited cost?
    • Could new technologies help mitigate the barriers (e.g. Internet of Things or Big Data)?
  • Special Session 3 
    Regulatory Issues for Intelligent Energy - Pathway or Barrier to Success?

    Thursday 8th September
    08:30 - 10:30

    Sub-committee: Bill Nelson, DNVGL; Lars Olav Grovik, Statoil; Raphaele Henri-Bally, TOTAL.

    Speaker: Paul Bradley, Operations Manager Health and Safety, UK Health & Safety Executive; Jay Hollingsworth, Chief Technology Officer, Energistics; Torleif Husebø, Head of Process Integrity Section, Petroleum Safety Authority

    The IE conference will explore development and application of intelligent energy concepts including advanced analytics, digitalisation, and automation to support oil & gas operations.  This special session will provide a forum to address the critical regulatory issues that must be addressed to deploy and gain the full benefits of IE concepts.  Of particular interest will be the regulatory requirements to gain approval to deploy these concepts in operation, and ways that industry and regulatory bodies can work together so that regulatory issues can be addressed without creating roadblocks for implementation of beneficial technologies. 

    Panellists will represent regulatory bodies concerned with both production and safety issues across diverse geographical regions and regulatory approaches. The panellists will be invited to share personal experience on topics such as:

    • How can the digital age enable communication and consensus amongst stake holders, effective decision making, and design of the proper regulations?
    • Is it possible to encourage purpose-driven collaboration between regulatory authorities and industry groups for timely and effective resolution of key regulatory issues?


    Session attendees will benefit from interaction with the panellists to explore critical regulatory issues that must be addressed and possible pathways to realise the full benefits of IE.

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