NOVEMBER 5-7, 2018
Houston, TX

Main Conference Day Two: November 7, 2018

7:00 am - 7:30 am Check in

7:30 am - 8:00 am Incident management: Why are we still failing to learn?

  • What are we doing differently since Texas City, Macondo and Space Shuttle Columbia?
  • Review of how inadequate ‘learning from incidents’ processes have been identified as contributory factors in major accidents
  • What is holding us back from learning from incidents?
  • Understanding the human and organizational factor causes of an incident through appropriate investigation approaches
  • Using multiple opportunities for learning to optimize changes that lead to a lower risk work environment
  • Getting leaders to involve leaders in incident management – the critical role of front line supervision
  • Implementing effective learning - and changing practices for the long haul 

8:10 am - 8:50 am Gaining business value from Operational Excellence

Mark Hutcherson - Director, Operations Excellence ConocoPhillips Global Production
There has never been a more critical time for oil and gas companies to be focused on Operational Excellence – its critical not just for survival but in order to thrive in the years ahead. The innovators that have strategically invested in operational efficiency programs are demonstrating their operational resilience – while marginal operators must significantly improve in order to position themselves for long-term growth in an increasingly competitive marketplace. With so many companies hampered by complexity and inefficiency, now is the time to optimize your operations to yield more productivity and fully harvest the benefits of technology, scale and standardization.
Many of us have an Operational Excellence or CI program in place – but does it truly link planning and operations to strategy? Are you getting the most business value you possible can out of it? What about metrics – what is the true impact of OE on your business’ financial performance? Do you know?
This dynamic panel will discuss these issues and more – including how to reduce complexity and variability with clearly defined standards and accountabilities, build the most compelling case for deeper OE focus and demonstrate to your executive leaders and shareholders the true impact that Operational Excellence can have on the bottom line.

Mark Hutcherson

Director, Operations Excellence
ConocoPhillips Global Production

8:50 am - 9:30 am A case study from one of the world's largest refineries: Stretching Continuous Improvement (CI) to act as a key enabler for business performance and outcome…even in time of crisis

This session will touch upon how CI can drive Operational Excellence ways of working in times of ‘calm and crisis':
• The foundation needed to put the business value ‘stake in the ground’ through a credible approach and business partnerships
• Integrating the right elements to make CI fit for purpose with focus on leadership, business priorities, front line, purposeful development of people, engagement and communication AND showcase how CI ways of working enabled Europe’s largest refinery to start-up in less than one month after a full shut-down due to a power failure
• ‘Diversions can be used by some as an excuse to ‘just do it – no time to think about this CI stuff’ or as an opportunity to act fast to deliver safe, focused, controlled and aligned results
• Learn how a pragmatic roll out and use of CI principles and approaches can establish a fit for purpose ways of working and a culture of collaboration to drive competitive advantage through relentless business focus

9:30 am - 10:10 am Digital transformation and Operational Excellence: Making it work

Walter Pesenti - Senior Vice President Nathan Inc
This interactive cast study driven discussion will dive into how to make digital transformation work – pulling from four asset intensive industry case study. We’ll explore key tools to help you better leverage your data improve safety and reliability while improving margin, cost performance
and productivity, while managing capital expense and commodity price volatility.
• Digital experiences: The good and the not so good
• Digital transformation: Trends and leadership competency
• Challenges
• How to make digital work
• Real life examples

Walter Pesenti

Senior Vice President
Nathan Inc

10:10 am - 10:40 am Networking Break

10:40 am - 11:10 am Digital strategy: Taking the next step toward digital transformation

What does Digital really mean for your business? Do you truly understand your current position when it comes to your digital transformation? 
Most executives understand why their companies need to transform, and most have a basic understanding of what must be done. But a fundamental question remains: how do you make it happen?
Your transformation will be very speci c depending on where you are on your digital journey. You need to assess your digital maturity and identify gaps relative to your competitors. And you need to understand where digital initiatives can have the greatest impact on their business. 

11:10 am - 11:40 am Real time production optimization: Leveraging Arti cial Intelligence in Oil & Gas

Using Machine learning and AI for equipment condition monitoring and predictive analytics
How can a production engineer use this technology to optimize hiswork day?
How can AI really drive bottom line bene ts for your company?
What about the risks? 

11:40 am - 12:10 pm Digital as a driver of ef ciency, business improvement and problem solving

The energy sector is changing: the challenging economic landscape has forced businesses to scrutinise their operations in pursuit of greater productivity and asset ef ciency. Meanwhile, the market is growing increasingly diverse as renewables mature and new entrants emerge. 

Digital is becoming increasingly pervasive as companies turn to technology to modernise processes and deliver competitive advantage. From remote monitoring and automation, to data analytics, asset visualisation and HPC, digital technology is changing the game. This transformation has seen IT become a core business asset, drawn from a background support role and repositioned as a centre of value creation, innovation and insight.
Invited: The Oil and Gas Technology Center 

10:40 am - 11:10 am Better with bots? Are robotics and UAVs the future of work in hazardous industries?

What are the speci c opportunities, challenges and best practices to take advantage of this dynamic technology to drive business results today? 
Have you considered the creation of a ‘virtualized workforce’ that emulates the rapid automation and execution of repetitive steps in a process interaction with systems in the same way as a human user, meaning no complex system integration required? 

11:10 am - 11:40 am Asset Optimization: Making your operations more predictive

Oil and gas companies now sit on vast proprietary data pools. By becoming good data re ners and being increasingly customer-focused, they will achieve remarkable improvements in processes across the value chain. 

All of this needs to be done using a rigorous management of change process and signi cant process or technology change should include considerations on safety and risk management, governance, organisation and communication to ensure a safe transition 

11:40 am - 12:10 pm The Digitally Enabled Worker: Supporting your workforce through digital transformation

Fostering a culture that accelerates technology adoption
Understanding the potential impact of digitization on your business – and your people
How do you identify – and then develop - the digital skills and capabilities you need? 

10:40 am - 11:10 am How simulation will solve the decades-old challenges of training in downstream eld operations

Christian McDermott - Country Manager Voovio
Companies operating in high–risk, hazardous environments have been trying to solve training issues in Field Operations for decades. It is challenging because:
The aging workforce: skilled, experienced employees are leaving
Competency problem: new, inexperienced workers are filling the gap
Workforce mobility: churn rate impacts knowledge capture and transfer
Challenges with on-the-job-training
Whether or not you have correctly written procedures, in digital format or printed out, it does not solve the old training challenge: how do I teach this so that you retain it?
Standardization of training material and delivery across the organization
For many, the solution is simulation: bringing the eld into the classroom environment. We will present a new form of simulation that boosts productivity and supports the entire lifecycle of eld operators: training, planning and executing procedures. 


Christian McDermott

Country Manager

11:10 am - 11:40 am Achieving OE through safe, secure and reliable IoT Solutions

To embrace the bene ts of digital operations and business models, companies need to ensure knowledge management teams are informed about IoT initiatives.
Engaging these teams enables them to create KSA roadmaps for workforce development that complement the role smart, connected devices and high volumes of data will play in digitized businesses.
Learn how to leverage the opportunities of IoT
Discover safe and secure technology to build into your IoT devices to protect the integrity of your operations
Explore how to design reliable operations into your IoT devices 

11:40 am - 12:10 pm Optimized production: Converting data to insights

Applying technologies and arti cial intelligence to optimize our production systems and maximize recovery 
Converting data to insights - and taking action based on those insights 

12:10 pm - 1:00 pm Networking Lunch

1:00 pm - 1:40 pm Operational Excellence across your supply chain: Reducing risk and ensuring capital and operational ef ciency

•    Reducing the Operational Excellence “disconnect” between suppliers and production companies
•    The project driven supply chain: why it works
•    End-to End process discipline strategies to manage project performance and minimize risk
•    Successfully modelling system wide risk management and scenario planning processes
•    Defining which process belongs to each party
•    Overcoming the challenges of executing OE in complex supply chain environments
•    Reducing the business process excellence “disconnect” between suppliers and production companies
•    Assessing how well your suppliers are performing: critical questions you should be asking
•    What to do when you find gaps with supplier continuous improvement efforts

1:40 pm - 2:30 pm Getting better at getting better: Building a culture of innovation

•    How to build a culture of innovation in your organization: Why this critical now more than ever
•    Turning ideas into value quickly: Changing organizational culture for innovation to succeed
•    What is the role of culture in achieving Operational Excellence?
•    What is the role of leadership in driving innovation - and what leadership behaviors support organizational transformation?
•    What are the core values, behaviors, etc. necessary to build a culture of innovation
•    Taking a long term view to address short term conditions: how can oil and gas companies balance a drive for innovation at a time when everyone is focused on cost out?
•    What organizational structures and designs support innovation?
•    Creating a ‘freedom within a framework’ approach to innovation: developing an organizational plan that supports the business’ current and future strategies

2:30 pm - 2:30 pm Chair’s summary and close of conference