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Please note: This event finished on 21 May 2020

The Future Oil & Gas North Sea: Implementing your Digital Road Map, will serve as a platform to navigate this rapidly evolving digital landscape, bringing together CEOs, CIOs, VPs of Operations & Production, Heads of IT, Engineering Solutions & Advanced Analytics Directors and Asset Managers, with investors and innovators.


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Digitalisation is impacting every aspect of the way we live and work. The oil & gas industry is no exception to this rule, with the sector undergoing a fundamental shift into the digital age. In the face of a rapidly evolving technological landscape, developing game changing digital solutions, re-evaluating existing operating models, and utilizing data to transform exploration efforts, have been brought to the forefront of industry discussion.

As digital transformation expands its reach across the industry, bringing with it digital drilling and production technology, operational efficiency, data-driven operating models, distributed ledger solutions, lower per barrel production costs and revolutionized supply chains, now is the time to transform your business model and embrace the full benefits that the digital oilfield has to offer.

The Future Oil & Gas North Sea: Implementing your Digital Road Map, will serve as a platform to navigate this rapidly evolving digital landscape, bringing together CEOs, CIOs, VPs of Operations & Production, Heads of IT, Engineering Solutions & Advanced Analytics Directors and Asset Managers, with investors and innovators.

All speakers all preliminary and in the process of being invited

Sessions One and Two

Session 1 - What Should your Next Digital Steps be?

Digitalisation has been the industry buzzword for the last 3 years. This session will address next steps for actually implementing digital transformation. The session will hear from different operators with a focus on how they plan to implement their digital strategy, and how such efforts can enhance operations moving forward.


  • 9:25 Chair opening address
  • 9:30 Stephen Ashley, Digital Transformation Lead, OGTC
  • 9:50 Bob Davenport, Managing Director , EnQuest
  • 10:10 Dr Ahemd Khamssi, Vice President Data Science, Equnior
  • 10:30 Main Sponsor
  • 10:50 Q&A
  • 11:00 Coffee & Networking Break

Session 2 - Big Data & Advanced Analytics

As the industry strives to become more productive, efficient, safe and reliable, the adoption of advanced analytics and big data is becoming increasingly prominent. With possibilities for improving operational processes across the oil and gas value chain, including exploration, production, processing and distribution, advanced analytics and big data provide a wealth of promise for the industry. This session will consider the new generation of analytics and big data which is serving to enhance operational efficiency, alongside saving time and money. Discussion will also consider how cross-collaboration between companies can enhance this and what security protocols need to be put in place to make this possible.


  • 11:45 Case Study
  • 12:10 Panel discussion Collaboration

    John Seabourn, Head of Digital Services, OGA

    Kate Parker, Senior Project Consultant
    Caroline Bailey, Data Science Regional Lead
  • 12:40 Case Study
  • 13:05 Lunch and Networking

Sessions Three and Four

Session 3 - “Digital Twins” & Asset Management

The dawn of the “Digital Twin” is one of the most ground-breaking solutions to emerge from the digital transformation movement. “Digital Twins”, namely a virtual model of a physical asset, are increasingly becoming a business imperative. Covering the entire lifecycle of an asset, digital twins can be used to optimize business outcomes, accurately predict results, reduce risk, improve productivity, and provide a foundation for other connected services or products. This session will address the latest developments within “digital twin” technologies, alongside the benefits of utilizing such technologies as an asset management strategy.


  • 14:05 Chair opening address
  • 14:10 Case Study
  • 14:35 Panel Discussion How Can Digital Twins improve the performance of your asset?

    Grant Ballantyne Subsurface Development Team Lead, Repsol Sinnopec
  • 15:10 Case Study
  • 15:35 Coffee & Networking

Session 4 - Cyber Security & Risk Management

Alongside the countless solutions brought by digital transformation, the transition to a digital industry also brings with it a number of associated risks. One of the most pressing challenges facing the industry to date is cyber security. This session will address risk management for transitioning to a digital business. Key themes will include protecting critical infrastructure from cyber threats, encouraging security awareness across the industry, employing digital technologies without causing risk to operations, data protection & ensuring critical information remains secure, trusting machine-driven operations, and developing robust control systems to combat cyber vulnerabilities.


  • 15:50 Case Study
  • 16:15 Panel discussion New age new problems how to mitigate any cyber security risks

    Richard Craig, IT Security Manager, OGA

    Heather Bryce, IACS Cyber Security Compliance Project Manager, EnQuest
  • 16:55 Conference end

Sessions One and Two

Session 1 - Robotics & AR

This session will showcase the latest technologies within robotics and augmented reality emerging across the market and their impact upon the industry. Discussion will focus upon how such technology can help enhance operations in the North Sea, how to effectively implement robotics & augmented reality into your business, using technology to address productivity across a number of key business areas, and cost efficiency.


  • 9:25 Chair opening address
  • 9:30 Kris Kydd, Head of Robotics R&D
  • 9:50 Case Study
  • 10:10 Professor Jacques Penders, Director of Sheffield Robotics
  • 10:30 Case Study
  • 10:50 Q&A
  • 11:00 Coffee & Networking Break Morning break

Session 2 - AI & M2M Learning

With artificial intelligence now being deployed successfully across a number of different sectors, this session will highlight some of the benefits of both AI and machine to machine learning. Discussion will focus upon which aspects of the E&P process will feel the biggest impact from AI and M2M, alongside what you need to make these technologies work in your operations.


  • 11:45 Case Study
  • 12:05 Fionn Iversen, Chief Scientist, NORCE
  • 12:25 Case Study
  • 12:45 Lauren Van Beers, Artificial Intelligence Portfolio Manager, Shell
  • 13:05 Q&A
  • 13:15 Lunch and Networking

Sessions Three and Four

Session 3 - Blockchain: Distributed Ledger Solutions & Supply Chain Optimisation

The arrival of digitalisation has opened doors to new solutions for supply chain optimisation: Blockchain, a distributed digital ledger, is one such solution offering potentially game-changing solutions to the industry. Blockchain offers a wealth of applications for any exchange, including agreements & contracts, payments, tracking, and record keeping, with parties from across the supply chain. This session will take an in-depth look at Blockchain and its potential for implementing digitalisation across the value chain. Discussion will include strategies for transitioning to Blockchain, simplifying processes across the supply chain, possibilities for improving transaction speeds, reducing operating costs, greater transparency & efficiency, removing the need for third party data hubs, streamlined operations, and adapting to work under a digital model.


  • 14:15 Chairs opening address
  • 14:20 Case Study
  • 14:40 Lyon Hardgrave, VP Technology, VAKT
  • 15:00 Case Study
  • 15:20 Q&A
  • 15:30 Coffee & Networking

Session 4 - Future Workforce Implications

The advent of the digital age has ignited a shift towards the future oil and gas workforce. With digitalisation rapidly re-shaping the industry, ensuring the right capabilities are in place to deliver new business models poses a key challenge moving forward. This session will address the future workforce needed to successfully support the adoption of a digital oil and gas industry. Discussion will include future workforce implications, balancing the mix of engineers & data scientists, training models moving forward, strategies for attracting a new technologically focused generation, and managing this shift internally.


  • 15:45 Case Study
  • 16:10 Panel discussion How will digitisation will change the dynamics of your workforce?

    Jennifer MacDonald, Sector Development and Skills Planning Manager, Skills Development Scotland
  • 16:45 End of conference


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