Conference Day One

Morning Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop A

8:00 am - 9:30 am Accelerating your Digital Strategy - and the Action Plan to Make it Happen
• Understanding the potential impact of digitization on your business – and your people
• Selecting, designing and installing operations systems to ensure operations availability and integrity
• Fostering a culture that accelerates technology adoption
• Integrating Process Control Networks with data management, optimization and reporting systems
• Assessing and ensuring readiness for operations, taking into consideration all aspects of the transition, including operational processes, roles and delegations of authority, legal and/or operations documentation, data and IT systems, resources and competencies; and governance
• How do you identify – and then develop - the digital skills and capabilities you need?

Workshop B

8:00 am - 9:30 am What is Artificial Intelligence and is it a Good Fit for Your Company? Practical Applications of AI in Oil & Gas
• What is AI? Is it for you? How can you use it?
• Common AI techniques, how to apply them in your organization, and common pitfalls to avoid
• How to identify and prioritize which AI projects to pursue
• The business implications of technical decisions and how to assess the risk-reward trade-offs of different projects
• Understanding value streams in the context of Industry 4.0
• The evolving role of intelligent assets in a value stream
• What are the basics of AI and Machine learning in the industrial context
• Mapping AI to business needs – selection criteria
• Achieving operation certainty with AI:
- Asset reliability
- Operation optimization
• Selecting, designing and installing AI and IIOT systems for operational certainty

9:30 am - 9:45 am Networking Break for Workshop Attendees

Morning Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop D

9:45 am - 11:15 am Value Added Innovation: Making the Most of your Technology Initatives
Wendy Schram - Operational Excellence Improvement Specialist, Dow Chemical
How do you know which innovation is the right one to implement? Have you ever struggled with getting funding
for an innovation project? What can innovation really deliver for your bottom line?
In this interactive workshop, we will talk about Value Added Innovation. Value Added Innovation means selecting
the innovative solution that will help your team achieve the best return on investment. Specifically, we will talk
about innovation selection and what makes a good solution vs a not-so-good solution, we will collaborate at
table groups to apply a simple process for building a value case, and we will discuss how to capture the value
of your innovation project. This workshop has cross-industry applicability and is not affiliated with any specific
products or services.
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Wendy Schram

Operational Excellence Improvement Specialist
Dow Chemical

Workshop E

9:45 am - 11:15 am Using Design Thinking to Realize the Full Potential of your Digital Transformation
You don’t have to be a nimble start-up in the fast-changing economy to benefit from design thinking, Lean Six Sigma and process automation. The oil and gas industry can stand to gain significant efficiency and customer satisfaction improvements from adopting customer-centric focus and industry proven digitization tools.
In this interactive workshop, attendees will review the five Design Thinking Principles, the tool belt of tools available and the overall digitization process. Through workshop exercises, participants will learn how to apply simple tools to your efforts in planning and rolling out an IA Pilot Program.
Five Design Thinking Principles:
• Empathize
• Define
• Ideate
• Prototype
• Test
User-centered design practices and partnerships across provider, customer and user are critical for the oil and gas industry’s digital revolution. Not only is the process more engaging for both parties, it also aligns stakeholders’ objectives, increases trust and leads to new technologies that can develop the industry’s future digital capability through optimized efficiency and productivity. Design thinking and digitization tools and practices that center on the user can increase time to value, ensure the most effective solutions, and provide a smoother process for all involved. By adopting these practices, oil and gas operators can position themselves strongly for digital transformation to capture the next wave of industrial productivity.

11:15 am - 11:30 am Workshops Conclude - Networking Break

11:15 am - 11:20 am Welcome from Conference Director

11:20 am - 11:50 am 11:35 Chair's Opening Address

Julie Thyne - Global Continuous Improvement Lead, Dow Chemical
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Julie Thyne

Global Continuous Improvement Lead
Dow Chemical

• Determining what your automation goals are: fewer workers? scaled capabilities? greater speed? higher quality? New capabilities?
• How does the application of intelligent automation integrate into the overall business strategy of operational excellence and cost reduction?
• How to develop a business case for change in applying AI/ML
• Where in your business do the opportunities lie? How to prioritize the areas of your business to automate
• Understanding how the digital revolution will impact your approach to operational excellence
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Sushma Bhan

Chief Data Officer - Technology, Development & Wells
Shell

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Deana Werkowitch

Vice President, Business Process Optimization
Crestwood Midstream Partners

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm A Practical Approach to AI: Critical factors that no one talks about

AI programs are complex and multi-faceted. In this presentation, Lauren Goodwin will share her experience with AI, including the often forgotten components: practicality, people, cyber security, and data.
• Building a data foundation to support successful AI programs
• Combining AI and IoT to maximize data growth
• Creating a proper risk framework and cyber security procedures
• Training the workforce according to AI needs
• The 5 staged approach for maximum value and business transformation
• Leveraging industry expertise to deliver quick results

12:40 pm - 1:45 pm Networking Luncheon

Choose Between Tracks

The Connected Worker

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm Digital Procedures—The great, the good, the bad, the ugly—notes from the field.
Camille Peres - Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health, Texas A&M University
Dr. Peres will share some of the insights her team has gained
regarding procedure use—particularly for digital procedures. These
insights come from their field studies with workers in high risk
industrial settings (e.g., petrochemicals, oil and gas, etc.). She will
share:
• Some of the benefits and challenges of digital procedures
• Necessary work analysis for successful implementation of
digital procedures
• “Deal breakers” for successful implementation of digital
procedures
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Camille Peres

Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health
Texas A&M University

The Connected Worker

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm Beyond Digital Transformation: The Connected Environment
Brent Kedzierski - Head of Learning Strategy & Innovation, Shell
• Industry 4.0 - shifting from static digital to dynamic connectivity
• Future of Work and Learning: Learning trends, predictions for the modern learner
• Overview of the connected environment – connected plant, connected field worker and connected learner
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Brent Kedzierski

Head of Learning Strategy & Innovation
Shell

The Connected Worker

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Operationalizing Digital Strategy
• Practitioners from Innovatia will discuss the observed
transformations of operationalizing digital strategy through
the lens of a digital maturity model outlining phases along the
journey.
• Phase 1: Access: Digital systems mobilize operations
providing new levels of access, interactivity, and
collaboration.
• Phase 2: Awareness and Adoption: Transitioning to a new
experience makes people see things they hadn’t in the past.
Digitizing words on paper gives new perspective to content.
Organizations begin to snap out of “highway hypnosis.”
• Phase 3: Accountability: The level of transparency,
feedback, and interactivity contributes to a new weight of
accountability.
• Phase 4: Adaptation: Successes in operations are noticed
and people start to say, “let’s do the same thing over here, in
maintenance, laboratories, emergency response and learning.”
• Phase 5: Aggregate: Old and new systems housing other
mission critical data are now needed to work in unison. As
this happens digital integration delivers ever increasing value.

Smart Connected Operations & Artificial Intelligence

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm Applying AI to Real-Time Drilling Data to Improve Operational Performance
In recent years, the US has risen to the second largest oil producer in the world. While multilateral
drilling is a key enabler of this rise, it also accounts for up to a quarter of exploration and production
costs. To serve the world’s future energy needs, operators must innovate their processes to lower
costs and improve drilling success ratios. In this session, learn how Weatherford addresses this
challenge by leveraging artificial intelligence to gain valuable insights from the huge amounts of realtime
data generated by drilling rigs. Learn about the methodology for how to apply AI in a way that
learns continuously and makes critical improvement recommendations. You’ll also hear about results,
including improvements in efficiency, speed and safety

Smart Connected Operations & Artificial Intelligence

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm Gaining Buy-In and Building Trust to Fully Leverage the Power of Data Analytics
Fakhri Landolsi - Head of Data Science, North America, Equinor
• Why focusing on the people is the key success factor to making this work
• Leadership opportunities and challenges
- Overcoming cultural barriers to adopting new technologies and new ways of working
- How to engage the organization in trusting in new tools, models and output
- The importance of communication
• Believing that data is a critical asset and building trust in data
• How to get started with analytics
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Fakhri Landolsi

Head of Data Science, North America
Equinor

Smart Connected Operations & Artificial Intelligence

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Advanced Analytics: An Imperative for Oil & Gas
Sarma Garimella - Project Lead, Manufacturing Execution Systems, The Dow Chemical Company
Fakhri Landolsi - Head of Data Science, North America, Equinor

The data and processes inherent to the exploration, extraction, production, and refining of oil and gas are more complex than ever. And although data scientists and statistical control engineers have built methods and algorithms to drive efficiency and optimize processes, it’s harder and harder to keep up. The variables are increasing and the volume of data is unprecedented.
In addition, market conditions limit both the capital and the physical space that companies have to
expand. Operators must get more out of their current facilities and operations. Can they predict when
a compressor will fail and deploy a corrective action to avoid down time? Can they accurately forecast production to keep in line with quarterly targets and market conditions? Can they automate tasks and prevent putting workers in hazardous situations? How can they operate surface facilities and equipment at low costs while maximizing production and extending the life of equipment in field?
Advanced analytics can answer these questions and more, and can transform the way E&P companies operate. Yet adoption is slow, and leadership has concerns around how best to roll out effective digital strategies, processes, business models and technologies that are right for them. Join this panel to learn more and hear from experts in this field.
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Sarma Garimella

Project Lead, Manufacturing Execution Systems
The Dow Chemical Company

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Fakhri Landolsi

Head of Data Science, North America
Equinor

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Solution Insight Session

Branded as “the best networking session I’ve ever attended” by a number of past Summit delegates, this structured networking session is the ideal opportunity for
you to capitalise on time out of the office by speaking to each of your peers in attendance and learning about the solutions available to your specific Intelligent Automation challenges. How does it
work? It’s easy. You spend seven minutes at a table of your choice, and when the bell rings you’ll be directed to the next one to start another round of networking. At the end of the session you’ll have
met most of your peers, and if you haven’t, you can continue into the networking cocktail reception at the end of the day.

Choose Between Tracks

Digital Transformation

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm From RFP to Automation: RPA at Equinor
Rosie Murphy - Program Manager, Major Projects Digital Transformation, Equinor
Alex De Sousa - Head of IT, Equinor
From the RFP process to vendor selection, and proof of concept to operational RPA, Rosie Murphy, Digital Program Implementation Manager, and Alex De Sousa, Head of IT at Equinor will discuss the roll out of Equinor’s RPA program and the lessons learned along the way.
• Lessons learned, key challenges, and key benefits
• Conducting proper vendor evaluations to meet your needs
• Employing RPA in operations
• Predictive Maintenance
• Compliance and Safety
• Delivering tangible results and demonstrating the value of RPA in your organization
-What has worked for Equinor? The industry as a whole?
• Pairing RPA with other intelligent automation technologies
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Rosie Murphy

Program Manager, Major Projects Digital Transformation
Equinor

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Alex De Sousa

Head of IT
Equinor

Digital Transformation

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Improving "People" Effectiveness
Our industry faces some major challenges including how to reduce unplanned events, the
Great Crew Change and lack of standardized procedures and training. Automating processes
will not solve these problems. Field operators will always be needed to run parts of the
process. The solution for field operators is ER simulators that increase companies’ “Overall
People Effectiveness”, leading to:
• Fewer unplanned events (annual savings of $10,000 - $500,000 per procedure simulated)
• Cut SME time on training by 50%
• Cut overtime on training by 50%
• Systematic standardization of procedures and training
• Speed up qualification cycle / dramatically improve competency & plant knowledge
• Return on Investment 100%-200% (Average).

Digital Transformation

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm Shifting how work gets done: Harnessing the power of humans and machines working together
Julie Thyne - Global Continuous Improvement Lead, Dow Chemical
• What activities do humans in the organization do well and not so well?
• Are there opportunities for humans and robots to work together in new and different ways?
• Are people willing to trust RPA technology tools to help make better decisions and add value?
• What capabilities is your organization missing – that robots can do?
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Julie Thyne

Global Continuous Improvement Lead
Dow Chemical

Driving Value with Automation

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Value Generation from Artificial Intelligence Initiatives
Vinit Verma - Senior Technology Advisor, ExxonMobil
Companies large and small are investing in Artificial Intelligence capabilities. While there is
a lot of hype around what opportunities AI technologies can unlock, there is also incredible
value generation underway. This talk will uncover what it takes to generate value from your AI
investments. Key themes to be covered in the talk with a lens towards the Oil & Gas industry:
• Why AI? Why now?
• Demystify Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
• Key building blocks of a successful AI initiative
• Why AI initiatives face challenges?
• Generating Value from your AI investments
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Vinit Verma

Senior Technology Advisor
ExxonMobil

Driving Value with Automation

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Applying AI and machine learning in a cost‑constrained environment
  • Strategies for reporting and measuring outcomes
  • Understand how to evaluate what projects should and shouldn’t be automated - and why
  • How to drive governance enterprise-wide and drive more visibility into areas that can be automated to free up employees to focus on higher value activities

Driving Value with Automation

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm Distributed Control Systems: A case for open systems
Steve Bitar - R&D Program Manager - Automation Advisor, ExxonMobil
Distributed Control Systems (DCS) are critical for the safe
and reliable operation of today’s manufacturing plants.
While these systems are mature, stable and reliable, the
architecture remains closed and proprietary. Users cannot
integrate best in class components, upgrade compute
resources, develop using preferred programming languages,
reuse application software across different systems, and
insert real-time third-party applications. In addition,
fractured proprietary ecosystems with multiple computer
platforms reduces the incentive for third-party software
development. The bottom line for operating companies
is that proprietary systems limit marketplace competition
and create barriers to innovation. Open automation
systems attempt address these issues by providing an open,
standards-based architecture that promotes value creation
and market competition. Open systems offer the potential
to unlock value capture by creating an architecture
that supports the quality attributes of interoperability,
portability and far-edge device interchangeability.

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Steve Bitar

R&D Program Manager - Automation Advisor
ExxonMobil

• Adopting new technologies and change management. What constitutes a successful implementation and what pitfalls should you avoid?
• Integrating people, process & technology to properly drive transformational change.
• Impact of real-time data from the edge - Connecting the data and working with different groups to maximize ROI on your analytics
• Developing the necessary skills throughout the workforce, including leadership
• How does leading the technology adoption curve create return to shareholder?
• How does your organization define success when adopting emerging technologies?
• First follower vs. first adopter? De-risking the entry of “brand-new” technology.
• Creating a culture that fosters technology adoption.
• How has integrating these new data driven technologies affected your business relationships?
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Caryn Ogier

Project Manager, Operations Technology
Noble Energy

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Dennis Bell

Vice President, Automation Instrumentation & Electrical
Universal Pegasus

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Karthick Srinivasan

Director, Process Automation - Operations Excellence
DelekUS

6:00 pm - 6:00 pm Day One closing remarks and conference adjourns

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Networking Cocktail Reception for all Conference Attendees, Speakers and Sponsors