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SPE Intelligent Energy sets agenda for industry change

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inteligence energy logoORGANISERS have released the full conference programme for SPE Intelligent Energy International 2013, offering an agenda for profound change in the oil and gas industry’s resource management. The global gathering this year makes its Middle East debut at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre (October 28 to 30).

Inaugurated in 2006, the annual SPE Intelligent Energy International is organised through a partnership between the Society of Petroleum Engineers and Reed Exhibitions.

Three critical plenary sessions provide the centrepiece for the conference programme, which is built around the theme of Realising the Full Asset Value and explores the potential and realities of using digitally enabled oilfield technology.  

The ‘Managing and Sustaining Intelligent Energy’ session, on Day One (28/10, 16.15-17.45 Room 1) will include contributions from Shell, Halliburton, Maersk Oil,  Microsoft and Digital Oilfield Solutions Ltd, and will focus on the strategic approach driving successful integration within these organisations.

“Managers anticipating immediate results from digitally enabled technology need to step back and consider how to evolve their corporate culture, ” says Juan Carlos Bonilla of Schlumberger, who will moderate the session with Saeed Mubarak of Saudi Aramco.

“Many companies have made significant investments in smart technologies, but few are close to realising the full potential of leveraging intelligent energy tools, processes and principles. At the core of any solution are the people. This session will focus on how to move from project adoption to organisational integration, so that companies achieve and sustain new ways of working. This can be far more challenging than implementing new technology itself.”

The ‘Operational Efficiency and Asset Optimisation’ session (29/10, 11.15-12.45, Room 1) will cover the practicalities of maximising return on investment from assets using digital oilfield technologies and practices. Speakers include thought leaders from Rolls-Royce, ADCO, Shell and Schlumberger.

Session moderators Waleed Al-Mulhim, from Saudi Aramco and Texas A&M University’s Mark Weichold, comment: “The industry needs to prioritise the relative contribution made to realising asset value made by different smart technologies. The contribution made by surveillance for downtime reduction, analysis tools for well optimisation, modelling tools for well performance and network optimisation, among others, needs to be quantifiable.”

A session on Day Three (30/10, 16.00-17.30, Room 1) will focus on how new and fast changing media can enhance progress towards the adoption of digitally enabled technology. ‘Innovation – How Can Technologies Accelerate Results?’ will bring together leaders from inside and outside the industry to discuss how their companies have or are planning to use: real-time data; data mining and predictive analytics; mobile devices; social media; intelligent workflows; and artificial intelligence.

Moderated by Microsoft’s Ali Ferling and Maersk Oil’s Stephen Ashley, this session includes speakers from Petroleum Development Oman, Chevron, Total, Saudi Aramco and ADCO.

Conference chairman, Ali Alghamdi, of Saudi Aramco, says: “The SPE Intelligent Energy programme has been crafted to reflect the central role of collaboration and connectivity in harnessing knowledge and enhancing the performance of people, technologies and systems. It offers a roadmap towards optimising the workflows and resources over the lifecycle of assets. Digitally enabled technology can be used to maximise production, increase recovery and improve HSE, but its full potential across an entire organisation will only be realised if it is grounded by real operational issues.”

This year, SPE Intelligent Energy organisers expect to attract more than 1, 500 attendees to Dubai, joining 60 leading companies whose expertise lead the way in digital oilfield technology development, as part of the exhibition taking place alongside the conference.

To view the full SPE Intelligent Energy conference programme, visit: http://www.intelligentenergy-me.com/Conference/

The Society of Petroleum Engineers is a not-for-profit professional association whose members are engaged in energy resources development and production. The society serves more than 110, 000 members in 141 countries. It is a key resource for technical knowledge related to the oil and gas exploration and production industries and offers publications, events, training courses and online resources. See www.spe.org for details.

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading organiser of exhibitions and conferences. Reed events are held in 41 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organised by 34 offices worldwide. See www.reedexpo.com for details.

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