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Asset Integrity Management – “Changing the Culture, Raising the Bar”

13 – 14 May 2014

Abu Dhabi, UAE | Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, Saadiyat Island 

About this Workshop

The Industry Faces Challenges

Oil and gas companies face challenges to implement asset integrity management for new developments and existing aged infrastructure. In the Gulf region mature assets are now more than 40 years in operation and there are many new development projects planned and being implemented.

What Does This Mean for the Way We Practice Asset Integrity Management?

Considerable focus is already given to meeting mechanical integrity requirements for facilities equipment through inspection, maintenance and repair activities. However the wider contribution to asset management requirements such as strategy and planning, identifying and managing risk, people and competence, managing through the life cycle, innovation and new technology is perhaps not as yet well-defined and understood. For this reason we need to “change how we think and to raise the bar”.

The Workshop Is an Opportunity

The workshop aims to explore asset integrity management taking a wider view beyond inspection, maintenance, and repair activities and consider the wider asset integrity risks and concerns sometimes highlighted as a root cause of substandard equipment integrity, for example:

  • Meeting regulations and standards across life cycle from project to decommissioning
  • Addressing process safety alongside asset integrity management
  • Providing organisation integrity and competence assurance 
  • Creating the right behaviours and culture
  • Addressing natural hazards, environmental impacts, and emergency response
  • Providing asset information systems meeting the needs of data and information integrity

The workshop will bring together stakeholders from regional oil and gas companies, asset managers,  consultants, and suppliers to explore what change is required to manage assets and asset integrity and offers an excellent forum to highlight where new practices, competencies, and technologies will offer business value and meet the challenges in future projects and operations.

Workshop Guidelines


Two (2) days of informal discussions prompted by selected keynote presentations and discussions. Workshops maximise the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices. The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements, and lessons learnt. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and the press is not invited to attend.


  • Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
  • Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.
  • Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten view graphs are entirely acceptable.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged.


Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Steering Committee encourages attendance from those who can contribute to the workshop most effectively either in discussions or with posters. A mix of attendees in terms of geographic origin, companies, and disciplines will be encouraged.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The Steering Committee will appoint a “scribe” to record the discussions and to produce the full workshop report for SPE.
  • This report will be circulated to all attendees as the workshop deliverable within 4–6 weeks following the workshop. The copyright of the report is with SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop. Provision of the materials by the speakers will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with workshop objectives and the SPE mission, commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation in the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

Attendees at this workshop qualify for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.