NOVEMBER 5-7, 2018
Houston, TX

Main Conference Day Two: November 7, 2018

7:30 am - 8:00 am Check In

  • 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 

8:00 am - 8:10 am Chair's Opening Remarks

8:10 am - 8:50 am Valero's journey towards Digital Transformation: Operational Excellence

Peter Hyk - Vice President, Refining Systems Valero
Valero’s approach to Operational Excellence for Refining Systems is focused on the men and
women who operate and maintain their refinery assets. In this insightful case study Peter Hyk,
Valero’s Vice President of Refining Systems will share:
• Valero’s operational excellence goals:
• Evaluating and identifying a long term strategy to support Operations Excellence initiatives
• Achieving a single source of truth for unstructured data for key business process and
structured data for enterprise applications
• Leveraging the use of a central ECM landscape to manage distributed legacy document centric
processes to lower TCO of file search, backup, archive
- Ensuring success by building strategies into each initiative:
• Designing ‘best practices’ business processes by engaging 14 refineries and corporate SME’s
• Build ‘enablers’ to guide and enforce these processes
• Build Management Dashboard KPIs that compare and highlight improvements and set backs
- Ensuring that all operations have easy access to accurate information in the context of what
they are doing
- Lessons learned and keys to success

Peter Hyk

Vice President, Refining Systems

8:50 am - 9:30 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

  • Big Data + Innovation + Ops = Transformational Change
  • Oil & Gas adoption of digital technology
  • How Chesapeake used the downturn to spark innovation
  • Real world applications of digital technologies
- The Operations Support Center is a core driver in change
- Intelligent Well Project is reducing downtime
- Data is driving change in our methods for completing wells
- New tools for collaboration are bringing teams together like never before
- Robotic Process Automation is freeing up time for engineers to do engineering
  • The combination of Operations and Analytics Results in flatter production with 1/6th the CapEx investment


Jason Pigott

Executive Vice President, Operations & Technical Services
Chesapeake Energy


Kentaro Kawamori

Chief Digital Officer
Chesapeake Energy

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
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 specific 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 Looking to water to understand your data

Vinit Verma - Senior Technology Advisor ExxonMobil
As the saying goes – in the digital paradigm, every company is a
data company. The oil and gas industry has used data since its
inception in the late 1800s. Looking for hydrocarbon resources in the
subsurface involves tremendous data gymnastics involving seismic
data to characterize what lies beneath. While we have dealt with data
for decades the challenge around managing data is even greater now
given its exponential growth. Data is like water in many ways - it is
pervasive and critical. This talk will explore how learning’s from how we
manage Water as humans might help us effectively prosecute our data
challenges in the oil and gas industry. The ‘water and data’ analogy is
interesting and it provides some valuable insights on how to strategically
manage data.

Vinit Verma

Senior Technology Advisor

11:40 am - 12:10 pm How KS Industries Automated Field Processes to Boost Margins and Improve Safety

KS Industries (KSI), a single source service provider in the energy
sector, faced several critical problems -- project delays, meeting
safety requirements, and client communications -- stemming from
manual processes like paper forms and checklists. Join us to learn
how KS Industries automated its field operations to drive significant
improvements in productivity, cost-savings, and safety.

Presented by KS Industries, a special guest of TrackVia

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 Developing a robust hazard identification and control process

Kal Johnson - Director, HSSE Cameron LNG
Most organizations have a variety of tools in place to identify hazards, yet the quality and effectiveness of these tools is often lacking. Inadequate hazard identification often leads to incidents because organizations have not invested the time and effort to develop a robust hazard identification and control process.
This session will focus on the synergies created by incorporating existing hazard identification tools (Job Safety Analysis, Behavior-Based Observations, Incident Investigations, Management of Change and situational awareness) into a continual risk assessment methodology that ultimately gets more people involved in the risk identification process and improves operational excellence.
Key Takeaways:
• Current tools/applications
• Adaptability in the workplace
• User interface
• Graphical data base for analytics

Kal Johnson

Director, HSSE
Cameron LNG

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 Digitizing the oilfield: transformation at Devon Energy

Brandon Davis - Automation Lead Devon Energy
Since 2014 Devon Energy has modernized its E&P operations with a number
of data-driven digital transformation initiatives, including in depth analytics
and IoT technologies. This session will focus on Devon’s most recent
undertaking, the transition to a message based SCADA system.
- Devon’s IOT pilot
• Results and lessons learned
- What is a message based SCADA system and how is it different than a
traditional SCADA system?
• Advantages with a decoupled architecture
- Challenges in the implementation of this new technology
• Working with 3rd party and vendors to overcome them
- How has it improved operations
- Next steps

Brandon Davis

Automation Lead
Devon Energy

11:40 am - 12:10 pm Smart strategies to reduce cost and optimize asset performance

Paul Danos - Owner, Executive Danos
Cameron Boyd - Engineering Director Petrofac
Optimizing asset performance is key at every stage of the asset
lifecycle; especially as infrastructure ages and operators look for new
ways to reduce costs, increase production and defer abandonment.It’s
no secret that data analytics can play a big part in reducing cost and
driving uptime. When it comes to achieving ultra-efficient asset support
and extending field life, operating culture and fit-for-purpose systems,
are also key ingredients for success.
Leave this session with an overview of the smart operations and
maintenance strategies that are truly optimizing asset performance, and
discuss how future digital technologies will deliver a step-change in cost
and efficiency.


Paul Danos

Owner, Executive


Cameron Boyd

Engineering Director

12:10 pm - 1:00 pm Networking Lunch

1:00 pm - 1:40 pm Reducing Contractor Safety Risk: Promoting transparency, clear communication, and safe operations

Terrance Sookdeo - Director, Process Safety & Contractor Management Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Hugo Ashkar - Global Risk Manager BP
• Reducing the Operational Excellence “disconnect” between suppliers and operators
• Monitoring contractor performance
- contractor health and safety audits
- spot checks and incident reports
- near miss and hazard reporting
• End-to End process discipline strategies to 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 company-contractor relationships
• What to do when you find gaps with supplier continuous improvement efforts
• Rewarding contractors for strong commitment and performance
• Meeting supplier’s expectations for a mutually beneficial relationship

Terrance Sookdeo

Director, Process Safety & Contractor Management
Baker Hughes, a GE Company


Hugo Ashkar

Global Risk Manager

1:40 pm - 2:30 pm Innovation in Energy: How to Transform your Business in a Dynamic Market

Cindy Jaggi - Senior Vice President, Oklahoma, Strategic Process Transformation EnLink Midstream
Cindy Jaggi is EnLink Midstream's Senior Vice President of Oklahoma and leader of Strategic Process Transformation, a cross-functional department charged with identifying new technologies and processes to transform the business. Jaggi will focus on the importance of leading and enhancing business performance through innovation, team behaviors, and change management - from big ideas to small. Learn how EnLink is working smarter to improve performance on a deeper level and helping this midstream leader provide best-in-basin services.

Cindy Jaggi

Senior Vice President, Oklahoma, Strategic Process Transformation
EnLink Midstream

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