February 24-25, 2020 | Norris Conference Center, Houston, TX

Conference Day Two

7:30 am - 8:00 am Check In and Networking Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:05 am Chair's Opening Address

8:05 am - 8:40 am Operationalizing your Automation and Digital Strategies: Scaling for Success

Intelligent automation in oil and gas is challenging organizational culture.
This session will explore how to scale for success including:
• What constitutes an Intelligent Automation continuum?
• How to adapt AI within YOUR business operations
• Driving change management in your organization
• What a scalability “roadmap” looks like

8:40 am - 9:15 am BP’s Modernization and Transformation of a Major Capital Project

Ken Nguyen - Digital Program Manager, Mad Dog 2, BP
Ken Nguyen is the Digital Program Manager for one of BP’s major oil & Gas facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. Ken will discuss how he and his team are using new technologies including .
• Modernization &Transformation: Digital, Agility, and Mindset
• M&T Initiatives on Mad Dog 2: AR, Digital Twin, ROV’s, underwater Wifi, offshore IT etc.
• Using Dynamic Digital Twin
• Immersive Quality Inspection using Mix Reality
• Creating a Nextgen Collaboration Environment

Ken Nguyen

Digital Program Manager, Mad Dog 2

Interactive Discussion Groups


David Crawley

Professor of Practice
University of Houston

10:20 am - 10:45 am Networking Break

Strategy, Execution & Governance

• The Transformation Journey: Shifting from passenger to driver on your journey
• People, Process & Technology: Creating the integration and having the strategic vision to put the business transformation ‘wheels in motion’
• Growing people and changing behaviors: Why operational transformation is not just about redesigned business processes and new technology applications
• Organizational Readiness: Taking into consideration all aspects of the transition, including operational processes, roles and delegations of authority, documentation, data management, IT systems, resources, and governance
• Identification: How do you identify, develop, and design with current digital skills and capabilities required?

Deana Werkowitch

Vice President, Business Process Optimization
Crestwood Midstream Partners

The structures, procedures, and processes an organization implements to direct, manage, and monitor its IA activities must be in line with an organization’s objectives, which is where IA governance comes into play.
Although the level of formality and structure will vary from one organization to another, its nevertheless critical to establish a formalized IA governance program so to then be able to maintain its deliverables effectively.
• Building an Automation Center of Excellence (CoE)
• Embedding IA technologies deeply and effectively within your organization
• How using a CoE can better leverage your automation investments, moving from distributed organizations that individually own technologies to one vertical center that is capable of providing automation solutions across the enterprise
• Enabling a stronger emphasis on innovation
• Assessing the value opportunities for implementing a center of excellence and the risks associated with maintaining the status quo
• Creating a framework for instituting and delivering a successful automation CoE, including a roadmap for
incorporating future automation investments

Biju Misra

Director, Operations - Enterprise Services

Workforce Management

• 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?
• What are the challenges in the industrial workforce environment?
• What are the big wins in productivity improvements with digitalization?
• What compliance challenges arise due to poor communication and paper-based processes?
• How can real-time management visibility and analytics improve productivity in the short and long term?
• How can digitalization help manage contract workforces?
As oil and gas companies progress on their digital journey, automation is becoming more established and as successes continue to grow, the workforce will begin to interact with more and more digital workers in the workplace. This human-digital interaction will change the very nature of work itself as it requires the workforce to adopt new skillsets to remain relevant. In this presentation, you’ll learn about the upcoming skills gap and how you can begin preparing to ensure your workforce does not get left behind

Change Management

• Viewing automation through the lens of your company’s strategic vision
• Understanding that intelligent automation is generally as a means to a greater goal: not only speed, efficiency or cost savings but as a means to capture data more comprehensively, improve the customer experience, reduce risk, capitalize on artificial intelligence (AI) and ultimately enable innovation in your organization

Andrew Nobbay

Finance Director - Performance Improvement

• Assessing strategically what capabilities you build within the organization and what capabilities you outsource to third parties
• Understanding how the workforce needs to transform the way it works in the future
With AI technologies having the ability to be more involved in your workforces’ job responsibilities, and with your employees being better educated as to what AI can do, thanks to AI going mainstream, your workforce’s fears surrounding AI are indeed justified.
How can you develop a cultural tone that enables your organization to overcome a wide variety of workforce change management obstacles that relate to Artificial Intelligence technologies, their usage, and role within the dynamics of your workforces’ altered, and/or augmented job duties?

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Networking Lunch & Demo Drive

x and Mingle with oil and gas executives facing the same IA challenges as you – and meet leading Intelligent
Automation solution providers who can help you overcome some of those challenges!

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm Albemarle’s Digital Business Transformation: A Journey to Empower the World

Patrick Thompson - Chief Information Officer, Albemarle
With leading positions in lithium, bromine, and refining catalysts, global specialty chemicals company
Albemarle Corporation powers the potential of companies in many of the world’s largest and most critical
industries, from energy and communications to transportation and electronics.
Albemarle has a 3-tiered approach to reinvent starting at the infrastructure layer, building into the business
processes and completing with digital plant automation. Albemarle CIO Patrick Thompson discusses what
it’s like to support customers creating disruptive innovation, the digital supply chain and data-driven transformation.

Patrick Thompson

Chief Information Officer

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Keynote Address: Gaining a Competitive Advantage Using AI for Predictive Analytics

Incorporating AI technologies into your organization’s varied operation will help your business unlock the
value of your structured and unstructured data, delivering realtime insights that will provide your organization
with a competitive edge for a multitude of business intelligence purposes. Attend this inspiring and thoughtprovoking
session to learn how to optimize the power AI technologies can offer for your predictive analytics
business objectives.
In this session, our Keynote speaker’s topics of discussion will include, yet will not be limited to:
• How AI boosts Predictive Analytics, and in turn, provides powerful insight that can be utilized for a wide
variety of business needs
• The process of using data mining, statistics and modelling to make predictions about future outcomes –
and how historical data defines a set of parameters, which computers can then use to determine what user
behavior and /responses might be in the future
• Stream analytics, NoSQL databases, distributed file stores, in-memory data fabrics, data virtualization, and

3:00 pm - 3:00 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks and Conference Concludes for those not attending Masterclasses

Post Conference Deep Dive Masterclasses

Masterclass 1

3:15 pm - 5:45 pm Building the IA competencies of the future: What skills? What roles?
Today’s organizations consist of increasingly complex IT and technological architectures
upon which customers, employees and processes – both manual and digital - interact.
That means that the role of operational excellence is arguably becoming both more
important and increasingly complicated. In this session we’ll discuss the new skills
and capabilities necessary for OPEX practitioners to help their organizations thrive in
today’s high-risk and volatile market conditions.
• What does a 21st century operations practitioner look like?
• Understanding the power of human capital for operational excellence
• What skills / what roles are required in the future?
• Optimizing your resources: effective productivity benchmarking
• Working with remote teams
• Internal competency development
• Creating networks of excellence to enable knowledge transfer

Masterclass 2

1:15 pm - 3:45 pm Connecting IA to the Bottom Line
There has never been a more critical time for energy, chemicals, and resources companies to be focused on Intelligent Automation – 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 automated parts of our business – 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 IA on your business’ financial performance? Do you know? This dynamic masterclass 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 IA focus and demonstrate to your executive leaders and shareholders the true impact that intelligent automation can have on the bottom line.