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VPs, COOs, CTOs, Directors, Managers, Engineers, Leads, Specialists, Coordinators, Analysts, Foremans, Superintendents, Advisors, Scientists in...

  • Automation 
  • Engineering
  • Production
  • Optimization
  • I&E
  • Instrumentation
  • Controls
  • Operations
  • Systems
  • Measurement
  • (Advanced) Analytics
  • Data
  • Infrastructure & Platforms
  • IT
  • Facilities
  • Reservoir


  • Reliability Engineers
  • Design Engineers
  • Asset Managers
  • Platform Managers
  • Area Managers
  • Supply & Procurement Managers
  • Chemical Managers
  • EHS Managers
  • Systems Architects

Meet Leading Technology & Services Providers In:

  • IoT & Edge Computing
  • Remote Monitoring Without Infrastructure
  • Real-Time Machine Learning Model Deployment
  • Autonomous Rod Pumping & ESP
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cloud-Computing
  • Smart Cameras
  • VR & Augmented Reality
  • Drones
  • Automating Manual Processes
  • Audio Analytics
  • Power Consumption Monitoring
  • Well Performance Diagnostics
  • Cost-Effective Well-Site Communications
  • AI Applications
  • Data Analytics
  • Field Communications
  • Data Analytic Dashboards
  • Condition Monitoring
  • Automating Controls

Agenda Conference Day 1: Tuesday, January 26, 2021


08:30 Virtual Event Platform Opens. Login & familiarize yourself with the platform features and introduce yourself to other participants.

08:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

Comparing Actual Applications To Deliver Actual Results 

Demonstrating The Real World Applications That Save The Most Time & Money

How do the promises of automation to reduce costs and increase production translate into the real world? Where are operators implementing these technologies and where are they seeing the most benefit? We begin our conference by exploring in detail the actual applications that leading operators are implementing to make savings and drive efficiencies.


09:00 Tangible Examples & Practical Applications Of Well Site Automation Across The Board To Keep Costs Low

The objective of this keynote opening panel is to give a strategic, high-level perspective on how companies are approaching automation implementation to save money and become more efficient. Each of the three 10-minute case studies will be delivered by senior VP, detailing a practical example of how they are achieving results.

1. Utilizing IoT & Edge Devices To Cost-Effectively Monitor The Well Site Remotely

  • How is IoT & Edge computing being utilized and what is the cost-benefit analysis?
  • What are the limits of IoT & Edge devices in detecting and preventing mechanical failure?
  • In what areas is the operator extending the use of IoT & Edge devices and what are the business drivers behind this?

Todd Anslinger, IIOT Center Of Excellence Lead, Chevron

2. Assessing The Well Site Automation Applications Required To Run A Facility Unmanned

  • What are the specific technologies operators are investing in to automate their facilities & reduce time on-site?
  • What are the challenges associated with moving towards unmanned facilities and how is the operator overcoming these?
  • What traditionally manual processes are being automated? With what success?

Ahmed Shedid, VP Development, UpCurve Energy

3. Making De-manning & Remote Operation the New Normal

  • What are the key drivers pushing this paradigm shift and "new mode" of operating?
  • What are the primary enablers for making de-manned, remotely operated facilities a reality?
  • Of all the tasks done on location, where do you start?

Chris J. White, Global Director, Operations & Engineering Excellence, ConocoPhillips

09:30 Extended Conference Discussion & Feedback Session

An opportunity for delegates to question speakers and feedback to conference on how they have addressed the challenges raised in the opening panel. What are the results they are seeing?

Actual IoT & Edge Applications & Results In The Field

How Can We Leverage The Tools That We Have To Become More Efficient?

IoT & Edge Computing promises unparalleled insights into production efficiency & asset integrity. In this next section we explore how operators can turn these insights into real-world savings and improvements.


09:50 Utilizing IoT & Edge Computing For Real-Time Diagnostics Of The Well To Determine Well Performance & Prevent Failures

The objective of this session is to demonstrate how operators can run real-time diagnostics on sensor data to take preventative action and mitigate downtime. How are operators optimizing their data analytics to protect and increase production?

  • How can running real-time diagnostics of the well pinpoint and deliver the necessary corrective action that needs to be taken?
  • In what ways can the implementation of data monitoring transform production efficiency and deliver production increases?
  • Which are the IoT & Edge devices operators are investing in to analyze and communicate this performance data?
  • What equipment and processes can be monitored and how can this data be integrated to deliver complete visibility over asset performance?
  • What are the cost-benefits of investing in these technologies?

James Gallyer, Lead Automation & Measurement Technician, EP Energy

10:15 Virtual Question & Answer Session


10:25 Actual IoT & Edge Applications For Equipment Condition Monitoring Of Pumps & Compressors

IoT & Edge computing offers the continuous, real-time monitoring required to ensure that pumps and compressors do not fail. But with so many applications available, what are the proven devices operators are utilizing to predict and prevent equipment failures?

  • What are the unique condition monitoring challenges posed by pumps and compressors and how can IoT & Edge devices mitigate these?
  • What are the pros and cons of some of the options available for monitoring pumps and compressors ?
  • How can you utilize the information coming in to decide when and where changes need to be made?
  • What were the impacts of these condition monitoring technologies in reducing maintenance spend and preventing failures?

Todd Anslinger, IIOT Center Of Excellence Lead, Chevron

10:50 Virtual Question & Answer Session


11:00 Developing The Fundamentals of Oil & Gas Autonomous Operations

A look into developing a fundamentally sound Digital Transformation strategy with the ultimate goal of Autonomous Operations for existing assets and M&A activities.

  • What are the key technology components required for an effective path to Autonomous Operations?
  • What are Edge Technologies that support a scalable and effective Digital Transformation strategy?
  • What are proven examples of how Machine Learning & Analytics that improve production and reduce downtime?
  • How are operators using Cloud-based Data Management & Dashboards to improve business efficiency?

Adin Nand, Director, US Business Development, Emerson

11:25 Virtual Question & Answer Session

11:35 Morning Refreshment Break

>> New Technology Showcase & Interview <<

During the refreshment break, we give delegates the opportunity to hear from and question some of the leading vendors and services providers on some of the new technologies and applications being developed to solve some of the industry's most pressing automation challenges.

Unmanned Facilities & Remote Location Monitoring

Technology-Led Solutions To Reduce The Amount Of Time Spent On-Site

As the industry continues to work towards running unmanned facilities, we explore some of the exciting new technologies available to operators. How can you protect and optimize your assets whilst reducing site visits?


12:05 Investigating The Cost-Benefits Of Removing Intervention On-Site - What Is The Cost Of Technology Versus The Savings On Manpower & Maintenance; And The Health & Safety Impact?

>>> Perspectives From Operational, Engineering & Technical Leadership.

We ask senior operational, engineering & technical leadership to lay out what they see as the true impact of removing intervention on-site in reducing cost and meeting production objectives so to give delegates the full picture on the potential cost-benefits.

  • What are the business drivers behind remote monitoring investment and how are these impacting investment decisions?
  • In what areas are operators prioritizing their remote monitoring spend and what are the technologies being invested in?
  • What is the cost of implementing remote monitoring technologies when set against any savings on manpower and maintenance?
  • What is the cost and commitment required to maintain these technologies in the long-term?
  • At what scale are these technologies being rolled out? What are the barriers to automating at scale and how are these being overcome?

Mehdi Sadeghi, Area Asset Manager, Americo Energy Resources

Gary Baxter, Senior Operations Engineer, Birch Resources

12:35 Extended Virtual Question & Answer Session

13:00 Lunch Break

>> New Technology Showcase & Interview <<

During the lunch break, we give delegates the opportunity to hear from and question some of the leading vendors and services providers on some of the new technologies and applications being developed to solve some of the industry's most pressing automation challenges.

Breakout Interactive Classrooms

Benchmarking Success In The Practical Application Of Well Site Automation

Running parallel to this afternoon's remaining sessions, these Breakout Interactive Classrooms  will offer delegates the opportunity to benchmark best practice in key areas of well site automation with fellow delegates. A maximum of 15 delegates in each will lead a fluid, dynamic conversation about the chosen topic, sharing actual results and solutions, with viewing delegates being able to put forward questions for discussion and offer up solutions themselves. What's working? What are the results? How do you deliver those results?

Classroom #1

The Actual Delivery Of Results From IoT & Edge Applications

Duration: 14:15 - 15:40

  • Deep-dive into actual IoT & Edge automation projects and evaluate their success.
  • What sensors are operators deploying and how are they utilizing that sensor data?
  • Practical takeaways on how to successfully roll out IoT & Edge devices for maximum benefit.
  • Learn from your peers how to run data analytics at the edge & prevent failures.

14:00 Leveraging Technology To Improve The Efficiency Of Workforce Monitoring & Tracking For Safety Purposes - Design Your Automation Around Your People

Achieving the highest possible efficiencies, whilst also improving health & safety outcomes, requires the ability to accurately track and deploy field personnel where they are most needed. How can you design your automation program around your workforce to give them the knowledge and tools required?

  • How can remote monitoring technology both support and optimize a leaner, more efficient workforce?
  • What are the impacts remote monitoring technology can have on the shape and design of your field teams?
  • What are the specific job functions that stand to benefit from automation innovations and how can these be implemented cost-effectively?
  • In what ways are field personnel utilizing the information from remote monitoring technologies to become more efficient and save time?

Matt Vivian, Production Engineering Manager, Rimrock Oil & Gas

Ahmed Shedid,VP Development, UpCurve Energy

14:25 Virtual Question & Answer Session


14:35 Demonstrating How To Optimize Your Current Automation Infrastructure & Tools To Implement Further Efficiencies At Minimal Cost

In a low demand, low price environment, goals have shifted from rapid growth to efficiently maintaining base production. In this panel, we explore how companies are finding expense reductions and operational efficiencies with the automation they currently have.

  • How can you enhance your surveillance and data analysis given the infrastructure that you currently have implemented?
  • What are the optimal strategies for facility and well operation and automated production optimization?
  • What is the latest thinking for how to optimize production rates and cut time spent on-site?
  • What are the latest ideas to have been generated in focus groups and how are they being implemented cost-effectively?

Alan Bryant, Senior Automation Engineering Advisor, Occidental

Clayton Burrows, Operations & Competitive Intelligence, Apache

Jake Balderamma, Operations Lead, Guidon Energy

15:00 Virtual Question & Answer Session

15:10 Afternoon Refreshment Break

>> New Technology Showcase & Interview <<

During the refreshment break, we give delegates the opportunity to hear from and question some of the leading vendors and services providers on some of the new technologies and applications being developed to solve some of the industry's most pressing automation challenges.

15:40 Classroom #1 Feedback Session

>> The Actual Delivery Of Results From IoT & Edge Applications <<

The purpose of this session is to feedback to conference the results discussed in our earlier classroom. What are the challenges? What's working? What are the results? How do you deliver those results?

Classroom #2

Deliver Real Results With Predictive Maintenance Technologies

Duration: 15:50 - 17:30

  • What technologies are your peers utilizing to monitor & protect their assets?
  • How are these technologies impacting their manpower & maintenance spend?
  • Benchmark predictive maintenance solutions and share skills & expertise.
  • In what areas are operators prioritizing their predictive maintenance budget?

15:55 Discover The Cost-Effective Equipment Sensors To Predict Failures & Instruct You When You Need To Do Maintenance On The Well Site

Remote monitoring sensors can dramatically reduce both site visits and time spent on location. What are the optimal strategies for sensor deployment and what are the impacts on maintenance spend?

  • What equipment are sensors being applied to and how are operators integrating that sensor data into their maintenance programs?
  • How can operators better utilize their sensor data to understand more fully what is happening at the well site?
  • What kind of sensors are available on your equipment to help predict failures and detect when you need to do maintenance on equipment on the well site?
  • How many sensors are operators investing in for their well sites? Are there optimal numbers?

Alfredo Aguirre, Automation Lead, Mesquite Energy

Stuart Ferguson, Asset Infrastructure Manager, Discovery Natural Resources

16:20 Virtual Question & Answer Session


16:30 How To Automate Processes That Traditionally Require Manual Intervention To Reduce Manpower & Optimize Health & Safety

Manually operated equipment and processes can be both time-consuming and costly. How can operators make these operations more autonomous? In what areas are they having the most success?

  • What are the automation technologies available for these processes and what are the cost-implications for investing in them?
  • To what extent have these processes been automated? What are the limits?
  • What are the implications for health and safety of automating these processes?
  • What are the associated reductions in manpower required on-site and how has this translated into reduced maintenance spend?
  • In what areas is automating processes still a challenge? How can these be overcome?

16:55 Virtual Question & Answer Session


17:05 Implement Automation Solutions For Rod Pump, Gas Lift & ESP To Reduce Operational Expenditure & Optimize Production

Moves towards autonomous & intelligent artificial lift promise to deliver operators better visibility into their operations, optimized production and asset performance and reduced operating costs. But which are the applications operators are investing in for Rod Pump, Gas Lift & ESP?

  • Rod Pump - What are the options available to improve energy efficiency and increase the pump fillage? What are the impacts on downhole performance?
  • Gas Lift - How to optimize gas lift to bring down the operational expenditure? How can you automate your set point control?
  • ESP - How do you reduce gas interference? What are the proprietary algorithms being implemented to meet temperature & viscosity demands?

Will Whitley, Senior Artificial Lift Production Engineer Advisor, Oasis Petroleum

Hank Owen, Senior Operations Engineer, Concho Resources

Matt Vivian, Production Engineering Manager, Rimrock Oil & Gas

17:35 Virtual Question & Answer Session

17:45 Classroom #2 Feedback Session

>> Deliver Real Results With Predictive Maintenance Technologies  <<

The purpose of this session is to feedback to conference the results discussed in our earlier classroom. What are the challenges? What's working? What are the results? How do you deliver those results?

18:00 Chair's Closing Remarks & End Of Day One


Discover Real-World Automation Implementation Success Stories


  • IoT & Edge Devices To Cost-Effectively Monitor Wells
  • Automation Applications To Run A Facility Unmanned
  • Strategies For Ensuring Secure & Reliable Communications
  • IoT & Edge Computing For Real-Time Diagnostics
  • IoT & Edge Applications For Pumps & Compressors
  • Dashboards That Utilize Truly Automated Analytics 
  • New Technologies For Automating Field Devices
  • Cost-Effective Equipment Sensors To Predict Failures
  • Automation Solutions For Pigging, Sense Separators, H2S
  • Automation Solutions For Rod Pump, Gas Lift & ESP


  • Remote Monitoring To Detect & Reduce Fugitive Emissions
  • Remote Monitoring Technologies Without Infrastructure
  • Smart Camera Technologies That Accurately Detect Leaks
  • VR & Drones For Emission Reduction
  • Audio Analytics To Prevent Mechanical Failure
  • Real-Time Application Of Machine Learning
  • AI & Machine Learning For Workover Programs
  • IoT & Edge Technologies To Run Real-Time Data Analytics
  • The Latest IoT & Edge Devices For Pump-Off Controllers
  • Power Consumption Monitoring Applications


  • Evaluating IoT & Edge Demands On Infrastructure
  • Network Infrastructures To Stream Large Amounts Of Data
  • 5G Alternatives In Rural Areas & Cloud-Based SCADA Systems
  • Applications  For Streaming Large Amounts Of Data
  • Security & Accessibility Of Data In Cloud Based Systems
  • Reliable & Safe Field Communications
  • Addressing Remote Location Security Vulnerabilities
  • Increasing The Accessibility Of Data For Field Personnel
  • Managing Remote Device & Field Upgrades


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