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Developments with the digital oilfield

Learn about the latest exciting technology which can make the digital oilfield work
Hossam Farid
» Vice President, Oil & Gas Industries
» Oracle Corporation
Jon Curtis
» president
» Petrolink International

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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Hallam Conference Centre

Our 1 day conference 'Developments with the digital oilfield' in London on Dec 1 is about the latest exciting technology which can make digital oilfield work - integrating field operations in subsurface, drilling and production, and improving efficiency and safety

- How highperformance data management tools can help everyone in your oil company get a much better and faster understanding of what is going on, including exploration, project management, reservoir simulation and production optimisation,management tools, dashboards and reporting

- How to make the most of the industry's experience with digital oilfield so far - overcoming resistance to change

- Providing geophysicists and geologists with access to their subsurface models onto the laptops or desk computers, with everything hosted via the cloud

- How do reduce the amount of complex information drilling crew need to process, in order to make a decision like whether to press the button now - the person still makes the decision but the computer makes it easier

- Supporting drilling operations with cloud software tools, which process the drilling data on shore to give people better advice about what is happening

- Using WITSML to gather data from different service providers on the rig, gathering all of the data together in one place

- Make the most of your VSAT bandwidth with new techniques, to make sure you get value out of every kilobit per second available to you

This conference is designed for everyone who works with digital oilfield technology - whether specifying it, using it, deploying it, developing it or supplying it - who needs to keep up to date with the latest industry developments.

Register now to secure your place


9:00 Registration and Tea / Coffee
9:25 Alan Smith -
Luchelan Ltd

Chairman's introduction

Interim manager at CIO level specialising in strategy development and planning in the oil and gas E&P industry. Experience includes Data Management, Information Management, Knowledge Management, Business process analysis, system selection and implementation management, project and programme management.

Specialties: Expert knowledge of E&P industry systems and processes, Interim management roles undertaken as IS Manager / Departmental CIO in E&P organisations

Luchelan Ltd

9:30 Phil Jones - Information Systems Security Officer
GDF Suez

IT security on a greenfield offshore development

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Philip Jones has over 15 years experience as an IT professional across a number of industry sectors and has been involved in the oil and gas sector since 2004 when he joined BP. Prior to becoming an IT professional Philip undertook military service and worked as a field officer for a charity in a variety of countries including Afghanistan, Cambodia and Georgia. He joined GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd in 2010 and has been running programmes of work to improve maturity in the areas of Information Security and Business Continuity to support the company's operational objectives for the UKCS

GDF Suez
GDF SUEZ develops its businesses around a model based on responsible growth to confront the great en
10:00 Hossam Farid - Vice President, Oil & Gas Industries
Oracle Corporation

Developments with integrated field operations and high performance data management

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Talk Description
How high performance data management services can help you get a much better understanding of oilfield operations

The best way to integrate field operations
Leading Oracle’s portfolio in the Oil & Gas industries, Hossam focuses on driving business value strategies, complex solution development and partner relations into engagements with Oracle customers of Oil & Gas operators and contractors.

During his 18-years tenure at Oracle, Hossam has been instrumental in shaping the customer engagement model, with emphasis on strategic business gains, operational excellence and organizational readiness.

Prior to joining Oracle, Hossam enjoyed a professional career of over 10 years, in both operational and management capacities, working for upstream oilfield services and downstream refining companies.
He lived in Eastern and Western Europe, North America and the Middle East. He has also worked extensively with clients in Asia, Australia and Latin America.

Hossam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a post-graduate in Management from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Oracle Corporation
Oracle provides the world’s most complete, open, and integrated business software and hardware syste
10:30 Hannu Rajaniemi - Co-founder
Thinktank Maths

"press the button now" - making decision making easier for crew using advanced mathematical algorithms to process data

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Hannu Rajaniemi was born in Ylivieska, Finland, in 1978. Hannu studied mathematics and theoretical physics at the University of Oulu. He went on to complete Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at Cambridge University and a PhD in string theory at University of Edinburgh. Subsequently, Hannu joined three partners to co-found ThinkTank Maths (TTM), where he now works as a technical director.

Thinktank Maths
ThinkTank Maths Limited (TTM) is a mathematics innovation company based in Edinburgh with the object
11:00 Coffee
11:30 Peter Marks, - Data solutions lead, Drilling, Completions and Wells Practice
Wipro Technologies

Monitoring drilling remotely using cloud tools

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Talk Description
Developments at Wipro following its acquisition of the oil and gas part of SAIC earlier this year

How Wipro is combining its cloud IT expertise with SAIC’s drilling and completions IT expertise

Developing services to feed a data stream from drilling into a central (cloud) server, where it can be processed, and the processed data can be made available to authorised people over the internet so that people can understand what is going on
Peter Marks has over 25 years experience in E&P data management focused on service delivery , project management and value added solutions. Peter is currently the Data Solutions Lead for Wipro’s Drilling, Completions & Wells Practice tasked with bringing best practice to exploration and production data delivery.

Peter has in-depth knowledge of Data and Project management in support of Oil & Gas Upstream environments. Positions include; Regional Programme Manager, Projects Manager, Service Delivery Manager and Petrophysical Data Manager. Peter is currently the Data Solutions Lead for Wipro’s Drilling, Completions & Wells Practice tasked with bringing best practice to exploration and production data delivery.

Peter was the Service Delivery and Project Manager for Iron Mountain UK. Using best practice in the delivery of managed services to major Oil & Gas Upstream companies. Applying Project Management principles in delivering value added projects to complement the base service.

As Projects Manager for Schlumberger Peter delivered projects across the data management service lines including migration, clean-up and transition. During this time he was also responsible for leading a cross functional team in developing an innovative solution to provide access to Real Time Down hole data as part of ESP monitoring and reservoir optimisation services.

Prior to this he led a large project team in delivering a high quality log data project to the Norwegian Government. Peter’s foundation in data management was built on 12 years working at BP in delivering internal support to BP’s North Sea Exploration & Production teams.

Peter is a member of the PESGB , holds a BA degree in Computing & Geology and is a Prince 2 Practitioner.

Wipro Technologies
Wipro Technologies, the global IT business of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) is a leading Information Tech
12:00 Jon Curtis - president
Petrolink International

Gathering data from the wellsite using WITSML

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Talk Description
This talk will focus on how an operator can gather different real-time data types together using the WITSML data standard and making it available to engineering applications both at the wellsite and at the office.

There has been a recent rapid increase in the capture and transmission of real-time data and most operators now require an integrated service that includes the provision of internal or externally hosted real-time operations centres (RTOC).

Historically real-time data has been managed by individual data acquisition service companies who have provided access to real-time plots through their own RTOCs. Typically these might include drilling parameters, mud rheology, mudlogging and measurement-while-drilling parameters, all of which might be transferred in real-time data through separate bespoke systems over a common satellite or other low bandwidth satellite communications link.

On occasions an operator may also request one of the service companies to act as 'aggregators' of other real-time data, which can cause problems as those other companies are usually competitors and there is then an inherent conflict of interest. In addition there are networking issues as the different service companies and the operator wish to separate their networks for security purposes.

This talk explains how it is possible for an independent company to gather together all of the data sources together, eliminating these concerns.

By using the WITSML Standards and providing full Client/Server capability in specially designed data acquisition (DAQ) systems at the wellsite the potential for a 'Digital Rig' can finally be realised.

Jonathan Curtis has a Masters Degree from Oxford University

Having worked for wireline logging companies in the early part of his career he went on in 1990 to establish Petrolink

Petrolink International
Petrolink is the largest independent and neutral service company to collect, aggregate, deliver, sto
12:30 Multiple -
Panel Discussion

Do traditional oil company IT departments help or hinder integrated field operations?

13:00 Lunch
14:00 Alex Billowes -
ISN Solutions

A different Approach to Field Site Comms

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Talk Description
ISN discuss traditional and improved scenarios for delivery of IT and comms to field sites. The different approaches are illustrated with examples from their recent work with Tullow Ghana. ISN also introduce some new ideas for changes in management, procurement and technology for an ideal world scenario where maximum reliability and performance can be obtained from network and satellite connections.
Alex has over 14 years experience in project management and solutions architecture including running his own consultancy business. He has worked in Oil and Gas with ISN since 2003 beginning with the architecture and rollout of Buzzard fabrication sites for EnCana (now Nexen). In the last 12 months Alex has successfully completed complex projects for Afren, KPDL, Premier, Petroceltic and Desire amongst others. Alex's most recent field site work has been with Afren on their Ebok development and Tullow on their Deepwater Tano license.

ISN Solutions
ISN Solutions provides IT services exclusively to the upstream oil and gas industry. Founded and ope
14:30 Gary S. Anderson - Sr vice president
Rajant Corporation

Case study: proving high speed bandwidth "mesh" communications over a large field in the Gulf of Mexico

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Talk Description
Rajant Corporation is working with several oil companies, operators and US government departments (including the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) to install a high bandwidth mesh communications system covering an entire large offshore oilfield in the US. Legislation is being written currently to require this level of communications for security, safety and management on and around the oil fields.

Project kickoff Feb 2012

Possible plans to install the same system in other oil fields around the world
Gary Anderson's background includes several high-tech business startups, including the founding of AEI, where he served as President and CEO, and the Director of Sales at Vivato. Selling AEI in 2001, he was subsequently nominated by the Bush Administration to serve as the Assistant Secretary for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. However, after September 11, 2001, he withdrew his nomination and volunteered to assist the Administration in establishing the Transportation Security Administration and the Department for Homeland Security.
Mr. Anderson directed a large international organization while serving as the U.S. Representative to Australia in support of its Bicentennial, where he acted as the only foreign representative on the Australian Bicentennial Committee. He has been featured on regional television and radio programs, and has published articles on Disaster Recovery Planning, Year 2000 mitigation, Computer Security, VIRUS prevention, detection and elimination, in various business and financial management newspapers, magazines and publications.
Mr. Anderson retired from the United States Navy as a senior naval officer, and graduated with honors from Troy State University with a B.S. in Business Administration. Mr. Anderson was a Distinguished Naval Graduate and Honor man of Officer's Candidate School.

Rajant Corporation
Rajant Corporation is the provider of the world's most reliable, scalable and flexible portable wire
15:00 Glenn Mansfield - director
Flare Solutions Limited

Rules based information management: our experience getting people in oil companies to follow the rules

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Talk Description
In this presentation, we look at the deployment of rules within an organisation. Just what are the rules and who defines them? How can the rules be maintained? And how can you encourage people to use them?

This last element is critical to the success of any system in which rules are defined and need to be followed. At times it is easier than others, but in a complex environment such as the oil and gas industry, is there anything that can help to define, maintain and ensure compliance with the rules?

The case studies presented are from a company that recently developed a Drilling Management System using the Flare application suite, and subsequently has used the same approach for their Corporate Responsibility System.

Glenn has worked in the oil and gas industry since 1987, and now provides consulting services through Flare Solutions. Flare’s focus is Information Management for Oil and Gas.

Glenn has worked on a wide range of projects providing information management strategy, knowledge management, procedures and standards development, change management and solution deployment to an international client base. Glenn's original discipline experience was in petroleum engineering and production operations, and he was also heavily involved in corporate database systems whilst working in BG E&P. He worked for IBM before co-founding Flare Solutions Limited in 1998.

Specialities: Information management in Oil and Gas, Solutions deployment, Knowledge Management, Taxonomy development, Bespoke product development

Glenn has a B. Eng. in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

Flare Solutions Limited
Flare Solutions Limited is a global information management consulting and services company, celebrat
15:30 Multiple -
Panel Discussion

Are there enough opportunities for smaller technology vendors to enter the market?

16:00 Event Finish

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John Wood (Wood Geoscience Limited)


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