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How to digitalise operations

Maintenance, purchasing, asset management and decommissioning
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Chris Welsh
» OFS Portal
Julian Pickering
» Geologix Systems Integration Ltd

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
The Geological Society

No oil and gas company is satisfied with the level of digitalisation in their operations – but figuring out how to move further is extremely hard. There are a few stories around from oil majors about how they have invested big in advanced technologies like AI and seen big results.

But do the results actually come from the advanced technologies – or from doing digitalisation in the way that people always said it should be done, but wasn’t done until now – ie getting the basics of data management and technology implementation right?

Our London forum on November 13 will review different areas of digitalisation in oil and gas operations – including maintenance, purchasing, equipment monitoring and safety barrier management – and look at where the value is.

After many years of discussion about digitalising operations, we have a confusing array of technologies and methods, and quite a large gap between what companies talk about and what they do. It is hard to believe many companies are using AI in operations today - but with good reason, since it is a technology to find patterns in big data sets, which are not available in many areas of oil and gas operations.

And predictive analytics is also hardly used, if you define it specifically, trying to predict when components will fail. It can work if you have many components which are all the same, again very rarely the case.

Meanwhile companies are working much more with data. The software systems for managing parts, purchases, equipment and work, are becoming much more sophisticated. There is a great deal more sensor data. The biggest challenge companies face in 2019 is probably finding ways to integrate all of this new data together to make sense out of it.

If you have an interesting projects in an oil and gas company you are interested in presenting at this event, please contact Karl Jeffery, conference producer, on


9:30 Welcome & Introduction: followed by SESSION 1:
9:40 Speaker from -
Oil company

10:15 Chris Welsh - CEO
OFS Portal

Digitalisation of the Supply Chain in Oil and Gas

Chris has over 35 years of Information Technology, eCommerce and Consulting experience and has been a key player in Oil & Gas eCommerce since 1995.

Chris has managed numerous global projects for operators, services companies and eCommerce networks across the globe.

He was a founding member of ACT Global Consulting Ltd and has been providing strategic advice and technology architecture solutions to the Oil & Gas industry since 2000.

In March 2015, Chris became CEO and Chairman of the Board of OFS Portal LLC, a global member-based group of upstream oil and gas suppliers and service providers at the forefront of oilfield eCommerce. Chris is also Chair of the PIDX International Standards group and sits on the board of ConnectONCE.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Computing for Commerce and Industry and he is a keen rock climber and races a Ducati super-bike in his spare time

OFS Portal
Headquartered in Houston, OFS Portal LLC is a group of globally diverse suppliers helping operators
10:50 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits
11:20 Julian Pickering - CEO
Geologix Systems Integration Ltd

Advanced warning of major equipment failure and production downtime

Dr Julian Pickering has a degree in Applied Physics from Brunel University, London and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, where he was a BP scholar. He has worked for BP for 32 years and has held major posts including the Head of Digital Technology for Global Drilling and Completions and the Head of the Field of the Future Facilities Programme. He left BP in March 2010 and set up his own company, Digital Oilfield Solutions, with partners in the United States of America. He has provided consultancy services to many large Oil and Gas companies and is a consultant to the Energistics Data Standards Organisation.

Geologix Systems Integration Ltd

11:55 Speaker from -
Technology / service company

12:30 Speaker from -
Technology / service company

13:00 Lunch & Exhibits, followed by SESSION 3:
14:00 Speaker from -
Technology / service company

14:45 Speaker from -
Oil company

15:20 Speaker from -
Technology / service company

15:55 Close

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