In the face of a rapidly evolving technological landscape, embracing a digitally enabled supply chain, adapting operating models to the ongoing digital revolution, adopting advanced & integrated digital solutions across the sector, and driving transformation before the industry is disrupted have been brought to the forefront of industry discussion. The need for collaboration across the industry for the promotion of knowledge sharing, advancing innovation, reducing costs and maximising capabilities is also becoming of central importance to industry development. The Future of the North Sea Digital Transformation Summit will address such challenges by uniting the North Sea supply chain, supporting cross-sector collaboration, driving transformation, aligning incentives throughout the supply chain and securing the future of the industry.

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. The session will also consider the latest policy developments shaping the sector, including discussion of government forecasts, strategies for supporting growth, investment drives, regulatory frameworks, and cross-industry collaboration.


  • 9:25 Chairs Opening Address Willie Reid, Director, Strathclyde University
  • 9:30 Paul de Leeuw, Director, RGU Oil and Gas Institute
  • 9:50 Jean -Luc Guiziou -UK Managing Director, ‎Total
  • 10:10 Jenny Morris, Head of Exploration UK, Equinor
  • 10:30 Main Sponsor
  • 10:50 Q&A
  • 11:05 Coffee and Networking Break

Session 2 - Future of Operations

As digital transformation develops across the industry, this case study led session will discuss the future of operations across the North Sea. The session will hear from NOCs and leading IOCs regarding their successful digital operations to date, alongside digital roadmaps for achieving increasingly enhanced, optimised and integrated operations moving forward.


  • 11:50 Stian Holm, E&P Information Technical Lead, Wintershall
  • 12:10 Case Study
  • 12:30 John Caldwell, IT Director, Cairn Energy
  • 12:50 Case Study
  • 13:10 Q&A
  • 13:20 Lunch and Networking
Sessions Three and Four

Session 3 - Cross-Sector Experience

This session will consider cross-sector experience within digital transformation. Discussion will focus upon how different industries and companies have incorporated digitalisation to help reduce the cost of operations, improve productivity and increase efficiency.


  • 14:20 Cross Sector Panel discussion
    Daniela Drees, Head of Digital Acceleration Team, Nestle

    Andrew Schofield, Manufacturing & Materials Strategy and Technology Director, BAE Systems

    Esa Jokioinen, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Ship Intelligence, Rolls-Royce
  • 15:00 Case Study
  • 15:25 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.


  • 15:40 Case Study
  • 16:05 Cyber Security Panel Discussion

    Clare Dobson, RHI Strategy Lead, BEIS

    Simon McCarroll, Information Security Architect, Shell

    Chris Eaton, Global Head of Cyber Security, BP
  • 16:50 End of Day 1
Sessions One and Two

Session 1 - “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.


  • 9:25 Chair Opening Address
  • 9:30 Malcolm Brown, Head of IT, Ithaca Energy
  • 10:10 Matthew England, Exploration Team Lead, Azinor Catalyst
  • 10:30 Main Sponsor
  • 10:50 Q&A
  • 11:00 Coffee & Networking Break

Session 2 - Big Data & IoT

This session will focus upon utilising a combination of advanced information technology and corporate process management to streamline operations, increase oilfield recovery and maximise profitability. Discussion will consider how to effectively process large quantities of data, creating actionable opportunities out of data, the latest digital solutions for improving performance, the impact of real-time operational data upon transforming the industry, and the influence of Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to- Machine (M2M) technology.


  • 11:45 Stephen Ashley, Digital Transformation Manager, OGTC

    Sander Mos, Data Scientist, Chevron

    Phil Harrison, Head of Technical Data, Oil & Gas Authority
  • 12:30 Case Study
  • 12:55 Lunch and Networking Break
Sessions Three and Four

Session 3 - 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.


  • 13:55 Case Study
  • 14:15 Ellen Braune, Head of Drilling & Wells, Wintershall
  • 14:25 Case Study
  • 14:45 Angus Murray, IT Director, TAQA Global
  • 15:05 Q&A
  • 15:20 Coffee and Networking Break

Session 4 - Technology & Innovation: Additive Manufacturing, Drones and Robots

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. The use of drones and 3D printing for combatting infrastructure challenges will also be discussed, alongside the sophisticated data gathering, analytics and cost efficiency offered by the technology


  • 15:35 Case Study
  • 16:05 Dave Mackinnon, Head of Technology & Innovation, Total
  • 16:30 Case Study
  • 16:50 Q&A
  • 17:00 End of Conference
All speakers are invited unless stated confirmed
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