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Optimal supply chains

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Tom Smith
» executive chairman
» Nessco Group Holdings Ltd
David Stroud
» Sparesfinder

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Aberdeen Marriott Hotel

Building the optimal supply chain in the mature province

This event is for people at oil companies and contractors who are involved in supply chain management, inventory management, maintenance, IT management, materials handling, and people providing related services, looking to find ways to keep the offshore supply chain running more safely, reliably and cost effectively. Please forward this message to any colleagues you think might be interested.

Topics covered include improving inventory management for both critical and non critical items, using data from your ERP system; improving surplus / returns management (bringing supplies back from offshore); improving management of the spares supply chain with better data; and getting better integration of all your software systems, such as asset management, inventory, purchasing, cost control, asset availability, hire tracking, spares, repairs and project management.

The conference is chaired by Tom Smith, executive chairman and founder of Nessco Group Holdings and a past co-chair of Oil and Gas UK.

We have speakers from Asset Management Services LLC (a US company which provides software to ConocoPhillips in Alaska among others); Absoft, Aberdeen’s biggest independent provider of SAP services; sparesFinder and IFS.

Delegates registered so far include Total E & P (materials and marine logistics co-ordinator); BP Exploration (decommissioning manager); Wood Group (global supply chain manager, purchasing and materials manager); KCA Deutag (supply chain manager, maintenance engineer); Apache North Sea (materials and inventory supervisor, maintenance manager); Technip (IT director); Britannia Operator Ltd (inventory controller); GDF Suez (IS business analyst).

Most supply chains work reasonably well, contracts are placed, jobs get done. Thus the first question is - is it worth making the investment and effort required to change a supply chain from one which functions adequately to one which is extremely efficient? For example, to make sure that required maintenance items are where you need them to be, and identify the best way to go about it.

Also, many oil companies have made a lot of effort into streamline their supply chains but ended up with a system which people find ineffective, too bureaucratic to meet their needs - how can a system be developed which meets the needs of the people who use it, as well as improving the company’s profitability at large? Do you really need centralised control - or do you just need more control?

A truly effective supply chain would deliver services and technologies that transformed the performance of a company’s business – for example reduced cycle times or costs/boe.

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9:30 Tom Smith - executive chairman
Nessco Group Holdings Ltd

chairman's introduction

Tom is the Executive Chairman and a founder of Nessco Group Holdings Ltd – one of the UK’s largest independent providers of telecommunication services and solutions to the global O&G industry.

Nessco Group’s headquarters is in Aberdeen but also has operations in Baku, Azerbaijan and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The company employs over 140 staff from its custom built premises in Westhill which also accommodates Nessco’s Satellite Earth Station providing Vsat links to numerous offshore locations in the UKCS and far beyond.

Nessco is active in projects across the globe and is currently delivering complex telecom networks on and offshore in locations such as Brazil, Peru, Australia, West Africa and the Middle East.

Tom was born and educated in Aberdeen – and qualified in Electronics from Southampton. He began is career as an Electronics Officer in the Merchant Navy before moving back to participate in the then emerging offshore O&G industry in the late 1970’s.

He was co-chair of Oil & Gas UK - the industry’s representative body and also a former member of the Government/Industry body PILOT, charged with optimizing oil and gas production in the UK.
Tom is also a non executive director of Univation Ltd, the commercial arm of The Robert Gordon University.

Tom was previously President of the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce.
He was awarded the Regional Director of the Year award by the Institute of Directors for 2006 and was also awarded the Sir Alick Buchanan-Smith Award – for Personal Achievement in the Scottish Offshore Achievement Awards in Feb 2005.
In November 2008 Tom received an honorary doctorate in Technology from The Robert Gordon University.
He also became Aberdeen’s first Oil Baron in 2007

In 2008 he became Chairman of ACSEF (Aberdeen City & Shire Economic Future), the public-private sector partnerships charged with delivering economic development in the North East of Scotland.

Tom is involved with several charities namely : CLIC Sargent, CLAN (Cancer Link Aberdeen & North) and Cash for Kids (CFK).

Nessco Group Holdings Ltd
Nessco solves telecommunication challenges for organisations around the globe.
9:35 Rick Magnuson - Director Analytics
Asset Management Services LLC (an ASCI company)

Improving MRO inventory management

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Talk Description
Crafting, evaluating and executing sophisticated management strategies for various segments of your mature inventory has become mission critical. Appropriate strategies vary widely depending on the profile associated within an inventory segment. At the core, resetting of ERP/EAM reorder levels (to correctly match current item demand) can improve inventory performance (service levels), significantly reduce operational costs and reduce risk. We will explore this problem along with viable solution models in our presentation.
Mr. Magnuson has been involved in applying technology to enable efficient supply chain management processes for over 15 years, the last 8 in the oil and gas sector. He currently heads the AMS consulting practice for materials management and supply chain analytics. His current focus is aiding clients in understanding how to segment and manage inventory assets to properly balance service level, storage limitations and overall costs.

AMS, LLC is an ASCI Company

Asset Management Services LLC (an ASCI company)
ASCI, a high-performance supply chain and asset management firm, delivers efficiency and impressive
10:10 Keith Davidson - Integrated Support Services Director

Investment recovery through optimised surplus/returns management

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Talk Description
Supporting presenter: Bjoern Harzer, principal consultant, Absoft.

Significant improvements in cost and supply chain performance can be achieved by focusing on optimising how the returns process is managed to ensure investment recovery.

In a mature oil and gas province such as the North Sea, where operating costs continue to rise, cost control is paramount.

Typically production, exploration and projects staff are focused on getting the job done on time and to budget, with less emphasis placed on what happens to materials and equipment which are returned onshore.

Mr Davidson and Mr Harzer will explore the challenges involved in managing the returns process. They will discuss how these challenges can be met by effectively managing people, processes and technology across the business and outline the benefits of adopting such an approach, using practical examples.

Keith leads the Support Services and Managed Services functions at Absoft and is responsible for delivering customer service excellence on a daily basis with heavy focus on continual service improvement. Keith also oversees our graduate training programme.
Keith began his career with Absoft in 2010 as a Project Manager. He has cross-sector experience encompassing various Managerial roles in sales, human resources and project management.
Having graduated with a MA in International Relations & Legal Studies in 2003, Keith also recently completed a Postgraduate qualification in Human Resource Management.

Absoft is the leading independent provider of SAP consultancy services and solutions to the upstream
10:45 Allan Wright - Purchasing & Materials Manager
Wood Group PSN

Challenges with purchasing and materials management on brownfield sites

Almost four decades supply chain management experience at all levels of SCM profession and in various industry sectors, specifically Oil & Gas, Electronics & Mechanical Engineering. The majority of my past 20 years or so has been at the strategic end of SCM, developing people, processes, systems and suppliers towards best-in-class competency and capability.

Wood Group PSN
Wood Group PSN is the largest provider of brownfield services to the oil and gas industry
11:10 Morning coffee
11:40 David Stroud - CEO

Spares alchemy - converting poor data to valuable savings

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Talk Description
With so many acronyms in the IT world, David will seek to clarify the underlying business issues around spare parts and describe a holistic approach to addressing the spares supply chain, integrating the materials data requirements to the delivery of inventory savings
David co-founded sparesFinder Ltd in 1998. He is a Cambridge-trained engineer, sponsored by the Royal Navy. In active service he managed 40 aircraft-carrier-based engineering staff and subsequently became responsible for formulating Fleet Air Arm Logistics policy in the Ministry of Defence. After leaving the RN he worked at Citibank for 6 years, firstly as an IT project manager and then as a derivatives trader specializing in European Government Bond Options based in Frankfurt and London.

Since founding sparesFinder, David has led the development of a series of innovative software tools to provide rapid visibility and analytics of engineering inventory across multiple systems, and to create a controlled environment in which to clean and manage master data.

Used daily in over 90 countries by some of the world's best known companies, these fully hosted, easy to use tools are immediately available to sparesFinder’s customers via a web browser, saving them time, money and hassle.

sparesFinder’s customers understand that high quality materials data is a valuable asset but know th
12:15 Kenny Ingram - Industry Director – Oil & Gas

Asset Lifecycle Management and Supply Chain Management Working in Harmony

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Talk Description
Many solutions are still very fragmented and lack of business system integration is still a big issue. How do we integrate Asset Management , Inventory, Asset Availability, Hire Tracking, Purchasing , Spares and Repairs and Project Management and Project Cost Control ?
Kenny Ingram is Global Industry Director for IFS, and has been with the com¬pany for over 15 years. He is an expert in IFS Applications functionality specialising in asset & project based industries and works to educate customers and IFS staff about how to facilitate best practice business models. Prior to joining IFS, Kenny worked as a consultant and project manager implementing business systems in many asset intensive industries including the Oil and Gas Industry.

IFS is a public company (OMX STO: IFS) founded in 1983 that develops, supplies, and implements IFS A
12:50 Daryl Fullerton - Chair of Supplier KPI Workgroup

PIDX's project for supplier performance management

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Importance of Supplier Performance Mgt and the impact the PIDX Supplier KPI Standard will have on data collection costs within the Upstream Oil & Gas Industry
Daryl has been working within the Oil & Gas Industry for the last 12 years. His area of specialism is Supply Chain Management Solutions including Supplier Performance Management Systems, Supplier Risk Management, HSE Performance Management and Drilling Performance Management. Clients he has worked for include BP, BG-Group, , ConocoPhillips, Chevron, Noble Energy, Origin Energy, Oxy, Respol, Shell and TNK-BP.

Daryl is Chair of the PIDX Supplier KPI Standard Workgroup and is actively working with Operators and Service Companies to better define Supplier KPI Terminology and to automate this data gathering process which will bring huge savings to the Industry.

Prior to founding Biznet in 1997 he studied Accountancy at University College Galway and went on to complete a MA in Advanced Accounting and Msc in Computing and Information Systems, Daryl is a member of SPE, ISM and a frequent speaker at worldwide Oil & Gas Supply Chain Conferences.

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