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 Oil & Gas USA: 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

Session 1 - Digital Transformation: New Age Oil & Gas

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.


  • 8:05 Chair opening address
  • 8:15 Yanni Charalambous, OXY, CIO
  • 8:40 Lauren Goodwin, Vice President, Digital Transformation, BP
  • 9:05 Jacob Martin, Global Upstream Process Transformation Manager, Chevron
  • 9:30 Main Sponsor
  • 10:05 Coffee & Networking Break

Session 2 - Big Data & Adding Value

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.


  • 10:50 Panel discussion Big Data Best Practise: “Understanding & Implementing”

    Brad Cobb, Real Time Data Architect, ConocoPhillips

    Keith Fraley, President ,40Geo, LLC
  • 11:40 Case Study
  • 12:05 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.


  • 13:05 Chair opening address
  • 13:10 Case Study
  • 13:35 Panel Discussion How Can Digital Twins improve the performance of your asset?

    John Lambuth, VP Exploration, Cimarex

    Wade Hutchings, Senior VP, Devon Energy
  • 14:10 Hani Eslshawi, Digitisation Lead, Shell
  • 14:35 Coffee & Networking Break

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.


  • 15:05 Case Study
  • 15:30 Panel discussion: New age new problems how to mitigate any cyber security risks.

    Levone Campbell, Cyber Security Operations Lead, Aramco Services

    Michael Lewis, Policy Framework Advisor, Chevron

    Lauren Goodwin, Digital Security & Risk Officer
  • 16:15 Conference Finish
Sessions One and Two

Session 1 - Autonomous & Data-Driven Drilling Models

As the industry strives to become more productive, efficient, safe and reliable, the adoption of autonomous and data-driven drilling models is becoming increasingly prominent. With possibilities for maximising drilling optimisation through advanced analytics, modelling, performance metrics, and the possibility for real-time operations, drilling automation and data-driven systems provide a wealth of promise for the industry. This session will consider the new generation of data-driven and automated drilling rigs which are working to produce faster and increasingly reliable drilling operations. Discussion will include improving decision making speeds, drilling accuracy & operational responsiveness, redesigning rig control systems, automated programs for drilling multilateral wells, impact of automation on reducing drilling costs, health & safety benefits, algorithm-based programs for controlling drilling functions, and the need for real-time operations for all assets moving forward.


  • 8:05 Chair opening address
  • 8:15 Alvaro Estrello, Automation Lead, EOG Resources
  • 8:40 Case Study
  • 9:05 Jason Pondant, Director Optimization & Automation, Anadarko
  • 9:30 Main Sponsor
  • 10:05 Coffee & Networking Break

Session 2 - Technology & Innovation: Additive Manufacturing, Drones and Robots

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.


  • 10:50 Case Study
  • 11:15 Irina Prestwood, Head of Machine Learning, Chevron
  • 12:05 Cheng Zhan, Senior Data Scientist, Anadarko
  • 12:30 Lunch & 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.


  • 13:30 Chairs opening address
  • 13:35 Case Study
  • 14:00 Panel discussion Building back up the trust with block chain technology.

    James Baldwin, Marathon Oil, Global Supply Chain Manager

    Teresa Fairbrook, VP Chief HR, Pioneer Natural Resources
  • 14:25 Case Study
  • 15:10 Coffee & Networking Break

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.


  • 15:30 Case Study
  • 15:55 Panel discussion How will digitisation will change the dynamics of your workforce?

    David Meek, Director HR, Concho/

    Rima Thakkar, IT Culture Change Lead, ExxonMobil
  • 16:30 Conference Finish
All speakers are invited unless stated confirmed
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