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Industry first as Intelligent Energy International heads for Dubai

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Global oil and gas professionals head for Dubai in October as the world’s leading event focusing on integrated operations and the digital oilfield convenes in the Middle East for the first time.

SPE Intelligent Energy International takes place at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre from October 28 to 30. The event offers a unique insight into the way exploration and production (E&P) can be enhanced through an integrated approach to human resource change management and smart technology adaptation.

Digital enabled technology can transform and benefit E&P professionals, processes, structures and cultures, but smooth implementation presents challenges, particularly at a time of profound change in the industry’s demographics. Inaugurated in 2006, the annual SPE Intelligent Energy International highlights the synergies possible for people, technologies, systems, workflows and resources by adopting ‘digital oilfield’ principles.

Organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers in association with global events partner Reed Exhibitions Energy & Marine, Intelligent Energy International brings together the global and regional thought leaders shaping best practice in resource recovery in an unrivalled ‘learn, debate and innovate’ forum.  

Following a 29% jump in exhibition visitor numbers at the equivalent 2012 event, staged in Utrecht, more than 1, 500 attendees are expected to join 60 exhibitors whose expertise leads the way in digital oilfield technology development.

This year’s conference is themed Realising the Full Asset Value. Its agenda reflects the critical challenges facing the industry, including field development in harsher, more complex environments and the role of real time data in managing risk.  

Steered by an executive committee that includes senior representation from oil majors, leading asset owners and operators, and the industry’s foremost innovators, the event will include perspectives from governments, operators, technologists and academia.

 “Collaboration and connectivity are the keys in harnessing knowledge and information among the people, technologies, systems, workflows and resources that deliver continuous improvement over the lifecycle of our assets, ” says conference chairman, Ali Alghamdi, of Saudi Aramco. “The executive committee believes that intelligent energy gives enablers the potential to cultivate cumulative assets value while safeguarding life and the environment.”

Programme chairmen Waleed A. Al-Mulhim of Saudi Aramco, Juan Carlos G. Bonilla of Schlumberger and Frans van den Berg of Shell, stress the conference emphasis on efficient use of smart technology and proactive decision making.  

“The age of easy oil is over and the value of smart technologies hinges on the full and enthusiastic participation of employees and the integration of business needs and technology, ” they say. “Achieving and sustaining the new ways of working to achieve the full asset value can be far more challenging than implementing the technologies themselves.”

Admission to the exhibition is free for all visitors while further information on delegate fees can be found at www.intelligentenergy-me.com

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