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How to digitalise exploration and operations

ML on satellite imagery, warning equipment failure, supply chain digital tech, information overload
Deborah Humphreville
» Director energy, EMEAR
» Maxar
Chris Welsh
» chair of the ETDX Workgroup
Julian Pickering
» Geologix Systems Integration Ltd
Dave Camden
» IM Consultant
» Flare Solutions Limited
Mike Battersby
» director
» ABS Cloud

Full Agenda

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
The Geological Society

Our Nov 13 2019 London forum looks at new ways digital technology is being used to help with oil and gas exploration and operations.

Deborah Humphreville, director energy, EMEAR with space technology company Maxar, will talk about how satellite spatial data can be used to optimise exploration.

Chris Welsh, CEO of oil and gas e-commerce company OFS Portal, will talk about new ways the oil and gas supply chain is being digitalised.

Julian Pickering, CEO of Geologix Systems Integration, will give a case study about how digital technology has been used to give advanced warning about major equipment failure.

Dave Camden, IM consultant with Flare Solutions Ltd will give a case study on how digital transformation approaches can help handle information overload.

Mike Battersby, CEO of ABS Cloud, will talk about how blockchain can be used to create a trade finance platform, giving payments to oil and gas suppliers before funds have been received from customers.

We previously ran this event in November 2018
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9:30 Welcome & Introduction: followed by SESSION 1:
9:30 Karl Jeffery - editor
Finding Petroleum

Chairman's introduction

Karl Jeffery is editor and co-founder of Digital Energy Journal, and conference producer of Finding Petroleum. He is also publisher of Carbon Capture Journal and Tanker Operator, and co-founder of Digital Ship, a publishing and events company covering digital technology for the deep sea maritime industry. He has a BEng in chemical engineering from Nottingham University

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9:40 Deborah Humphreville - Director energy, EMEAR

Sustaining the Future – Optimising Exploration with Spatial Data

Over 28 years business background and technical experience in Information Technology, relating to energy business processes. Have identified problems and implemented effective and innovative integrated content and platform solutions to address financial and strategic analysis and business model recommendations.

Worked globally with companies such as Total, Eni, Shell, BP, Statoil, ExxonMobil and ChevronTexaco. Have lived in Europe for the last 19 years, working for various technology companies. BA in Geophysical Sciences from Univ of Chicago, MS in Geology from Univ of So. Carolina and MBA from Houston Baptist University.

As a global leader of advanced space technology solutions, Maxar is at the nexus of the new space ec
10:15 Chris Welsh - chair of the ETDX Workgroup

Digitalisation of the Supply Chain in Oil and Gas

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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

PIDX provides a global forum for delivering the process, information and technology standards that f
10:50 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits
11:15 Julian Pickering - CEO
Geologix Systems Integration Ltd

Advanced warning of major equipment failure and production downtime

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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
Geologix has been a leading supplier, for more than 25 years, of software tools and data interpretat
11:50 Dave Camden - IM Consultant
Flare Solutions Limited

Case study: How can Digital Transformation approaches help me handle information overload?

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Talk Description
A multinational integrated oil and gas company and one of the seven "Supermajor" oil company in this acquired a large oil and gas company to strengthen its portfolio in a number of geographies. As a result of the acquisition, an entire oil company’s 4 Pb data set, amounting to more than 300M files, needed to be quickly and efficiently absorbed and integrated.

This case study shows how the organisation absorbed a vast amount of content and deployed content clean-up, classification and analytics techniques to deliver relevant content to support the technical project teams.

Flare was engaged to assist with the effort by leveraging a number of proprietary techniques to understand what was in the data set, define how it should be handled, and develop a go- forward strategy.

The presentation will provide an overview of the challenges addressed in handling such a huge influx of data, documents and other content, residing in non-connected infrastructures within a limited time frame, while maintaining business as usual.
Dave started in the oil business in 1976 as a field engineer in the Middle East. In 1982 he joined BG as a petrophysicist supporting the global exploration teams, going on to become their petroleum engineering manager. After BG there was a short period in IBM before Dave and a number of colleagues started Flare in 1998. Since then he has worked with many oil and service companies and government bodies, helping them manage a wide range of E&P information and data.
When not working Dave gets as far away from computer screens as he can by hiking in mountains and spending time in his garden

Flare Solutions Limited
Flare Solutions Limited is a global information management consulting and services company, celebrat
12:25 Mike Battersby - director
ABS Cloud

Using blockchain to create a trade finance platform for oil and gas suppliers

13:00 Close: Lunch

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