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Please note: This event finished on 04 June 2020

The Future of Latin America Oil & Gas Digital Transformation Summit will serve as a platform to navigate this rapidly evolving digital landscape


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Digital disruption is everywhere. Transforming our day to day lives, 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 and the emergence of a digital oilfield market predicted to exceed $30.7 billion by 2020. 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 embrace the digital oilfield. 

The Future of Latin America Oil & Gas Digital Transformation Summit 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.

Sessions One and Two

With such a fundamental shift occurring within the industry, developing strategies for how best to approach this new digital age of oil & gas is at the forefront of industry discussion. Despite common misconceptions, digital transformation is not in fact a technology-led transition, but a business-led evolution transforming all characteristics of an operating model to utilise digital technology, affecting everything from internal structure and culture, to external partners and suppliers. This session will navigate strategies for transitioning to a digitally enabled business. Discussion will include addressing business challenges & needs, developing a bespoke digital transformation road map, where to focus digital efforts, transforming a business into a data driven one, and key areas for suppliers & contractors to change to support digitalization.


  • 9:25 Chairs opening address
  • 9:30 Rodrigo Becerra Mizuno, Chief Information Officer & Corporate Vice President, Pemex
  • 9:35 Hugo Repsold, Chief Production Development & Technology Officer Petrobras
  • 9:50 Hugo Repsold, Chief Production Development & Technology Officer Petrobras
  • 10:10 Dr Satyam Priyadarshy, Technology Fellow and Chief Data Scientist, Halliburton
  • 10:30 Stan Devries, Senior Director- Digital Acceleration Consulting, AVEVA
  • 10:50 Q&A
  • 11:00 Coffee & Networking Break

Digital applications produce an abundance of data. Translating that data into manageable information and actionable results poses more of a challenge. This panel led session will address strategies for interpreting the magnitude of data produced and how to effectively use such data to enable measured results. Discussion will include the need for collaboration & data sharing, identifying business challenges & how data can support this, and the lack of best practice models within the industry.


  • 11:45 Case Study
  • 12:05 Big Data Panel discussion

    Sergio Castelblanco, Big Data & Analytics Lead, Ecopetrol

    Ruan Roloff, Big Data & Analytics Lead Architect, Shell
  • 12:50 Lunch & Networking

Sessions Three and Four

As the industry strives to become more productive, efficient, safe and reliable, the adoption of advanced analytics and automation 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 automation systems provide a wealth of promise for the industry. This session will consider the new generation of analytics and automation which is serving to enhance operational efficiency, alongside saving time and money. Discussion will include analyzing seismic data, real-time information delivery such as well bottom communication, improving reservoir characterization and simulation, predictive maintenance requirements, increasing drilling safety & reducing drilling time, AI-based analytics for automated data processes, enhanced asset management, prescriptive analysis of runs, and improved occupation safety.


  • 13:50 Chairs opening address
  • 13:55 Tachyus case study

    Title: Data & Physics combined to optimize production in mature fields
  • 14:15 Gustavo Cuello, Seniro Data Scientist YPF
  • 14:35 Rockwell Automation

    Title: Solutions and Technologies for Advanced Analytics and Automation
  • 15:05 Rodrigo Fadel, Analytics Technical Lead, ExxonMobil
  • 15:25 Q&A
  • 16:20 Coffee & Networking Break

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 Cyber Security Panel discussion

    Gustavo Cuello, Cyber Incident Response, Deloitte

    Gustavo Raposo, Chief Risk Officer, Petrobras
  • 16:50 End of Day 1

Sessions One and Two

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.


  • 9:25 Chairs opening address
  • 9:30 Ernesto de Pineras Luna, VP Digital, Ecopetrol
  • 9:50 Case Study
  • 10:10 Luis Salazar, Exploration Manager, Petroecuador
  • 10:30 Vinicius Girardi, Business Development Manager, ESSS O&G

    Title: “The Drilling Digital Twin – how to optimize and reduce risks using real-time monitoring of the drilling operation”

    “Drilling an offshore well is a very complex and expensive task and any improvement on this process can save millions of dollars for an operating company. Fortunately, with the decrease on price of sensors, bandwidth, data storage and data processing, it is now possible to monitor a huge number of variables of the drilling operation in real time and to perform a series of analysis using Artificial Intelligence and physical simulations. This presentation will show a Digital Twin of the drilling process and examples on how it prevented operational problems and has been significantly reducing time and costs of wells in the Brazilian plays.”
  • 10:50 Q&A
  • 11:00 Coffee & Networking

Technology and innovation are the driving forces behind digital transformation. This session will showcase the latest technologies emerging across the market and their impact upon the way oil and gas is produced, processed and managed. Key transformational technologies presented will include drones, additive manufacturing, and robotization. Discussion will focus in particular on the added benefits of utilizing additive manufacturing for fast prototyping, shortening the development cycle of oil & gas components, faster repairs and improved design quality, alongside the sophisticated data gathering, analytics and cost efficiency offered by drones.


  • 11:45 Case Study
  • 12:05 Esteban Villaseca CIO, Enap
  • 12:25 Case Study
  • 12:45 Martin Mendez, CIO, Sinopec Argentina
  • 13:05 Q&A
  • 13:15 Lunch and Networking

Sessions Three and Four

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

    Ignacio Figueiredo, Supply Chain Manager, Tecpetrol

    Guilherme Pamplona, Supply Change Development Manager, Petrobras
  • 14:20 Case Study
  • 14:45 Block Chain Panel Discussion: How can block chain can stream line the supply chain and procurement process?

    Ignacio Figueiredo, Supply Chain Manager, Tecpetrol

    Guilherme Pamplona, Supply Change Development Manager, Petrobras
  • 15:20 Coffee & Networking

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.


  • 15:35 Case \study
  • 16:00 Panel discussion How will digitisation will change the dynamics of your workforce?

    Jose Aguilera, Director of Human resources, PetroEcuador

    Juliano Loureiro, HR General Manager, Brazil
  • 16:35 Chairs closing remarks
  • 16:40 End of conference


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