SPE Workshop: Asia Pacific Digital Week: Towards the Digital E&P Industry 25 - 26 Nov 2019 Hilton Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Monday, November 25

08:30 - 10:00
Opening Session
Moderator(s) Shaharuddin Hamid Mustapha, PETRONAS; Sittapong Settapat, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP); Steven Smart, Accenture

Welcome Remarks by Workshop Co-Chairs:

  • Shaharuddin Hamid Mustapha, PETRONAS
  • Sittapong Settapat, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP)
  • Steven Smart, Accenture


Keynote Speakers:

  • Chen Kah Seong, PETRONAS
  • Chayong Borisuitsawat, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP)


Industry Speaker:

  • Vicknendran Krishna Younee, Siemens Energy
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 12:15
Executive Panel Session: Towards the Digital E&P Industry
Moderator(s) Steven Smart, Accenture
Speaker(s) Wan Shamilah Saidi, PETRONAS;Sittapong Settapat, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP); Davor Sutija, Cognite; Sudharshan Srinivasan, Google Cloud

While the oil and gas industry has been utilising electronic and information technology for the past five decades, over the last 10 years there has been a huge increase in the pace of change as E&Ps have progressively embraced new "digital" technologies; exemplified by cloud computing, big data analytics, mobile web applications, the Internet of Things, blockchain and quantum computing.

In this session our panel of industry leaders will discuss the digital transformation of our industry, evaluate to what extent the promise of digital is being realised here and now, and explore how all the players in our innovation ecosystem can best work together to move us all towards the digital E&P industry of the future.

12:15 - 13:15
13:15 - 15:15
Stream 1: Session 1: “Digitalised Explorer”
Session Chairpersons Masatoshi Nishi, INPEX Corporation

The exploration stage is the first and a very essential part of the E&P business. At this stage, various manuals and repetitive tasks are utilised to predict the features of the subsurface asset. Digital technology and its implementation will help to reduce redundant tasks and encourage the workforce to focus more on creativity and innovation; thus, meeting the energy demands across the entire industry’s value chain at an optimised cost.

This session will share cutting edge technologies as well as lessons learnt from various companies with the following focus: 

  • Seismic data acquisition and interpretation
  • Machine learning to shorten the project duration
  • Exploration drilling and well logging
  • Communication/Connectivity: IoT for safe operations and faster decision making
  • Geomodelling: Create reliable “uncertainty”
  • Smart contract: Innovation in supply chain such as blockchain digital transformation
  • Cloud utilisation in digital exploration

Discussion Leaders:

  • Implementing a Successful Digitalisation Strategy for Exploration, Eric Andersen, PETRONAS Carigali
  • Digitizing Cave-Karst Features to Improve Operational Efficiency in Carbonate Plays, Fangjian 'Jack' Xue, Gargi Sen and Andrew Louis Baker, Schlumberger

  • Digital Exploration: Methodologies Used for Bringing New Potential about Seismic Data Reliability for Prediction of Reservoir Facies Away from Wells, Maike Willuweit, Bruno de Ribet, Emerson Exploration & Production Software

13:15 - 15:15
Stream 2: Session 2: “Energising the New Barrel”
Session Chairpersons Siriwat Vorachan, Mubadala Petroleum; Sumeth Anantasate, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP); Nurfitrah Mat Noh, Schlumberger

Digitalisation unlocks the barrel to promote new resources and carriers, and at the same time, supports innovative models for developing and optimising oil and gas operations. To achieve maximum performance, the oil and gas industry must understand the full impact of these changes on the broader E&P ecosystem.

This session will discuss the latest advancement in digital technologies and deep dive into the data collected now with a foresight on its benefit in the future.  For example, data collected can be analysed to better predict drilling area and direction. Digital technologies allow the elimination stage gates processes; while, keeping the workflows, data and decision live.  The potential of visualisation and modelling can decrease a large amount of uncertainties and enhance reliability. Subsequently, companies will be able to deploy CAPEX more efficiently. Big data analytics, IoT and convergence of IT and OT will provide significant impacts to businesses as well. 

The focus of the session will include agile planning cycles for development projects at all stages of the asset lifecycle across the following areas:

  • Drilling and well completion
  • Workover
  • Well P&A and asset decommissioning plan
  • Reserve evaluation, IOR/EOR
  • Engineering and construction
  • Economic evaluation

Discussion Leaders:

  • Transforming Well Construction and Delivery through Digital Twin Technology, Mohd Ilhan Akbar, Halliburton
  • Reporting without Typing!, Douwe Franssens, IDS 
  • Communities of Practice – When Data Learning Beats Data Secrecy, Dylan Mair, IHS Markit
15:15 - 15:30
15:30 - 17:30
Stream 1: Session 3: Asset Life Cycle Management
Session Chairpersons Vipin Prakash Gupta, PETRONAS; Nikhil Chaturvedi, SAP Asia Pacific; Jonathan Lee Seng Wei, SAS Malaysia

Managing an asset lifecycle from the feasibility study stage until the asset’s end of life require a holistic and integrated approach to ensure long-term business value realisation. Rising asset capital cost and complexity have resulted in a surge in operational and financial risk, and is further fuelled by intensified pressure from shareholders and regulatory bodies to improve asset lifecycle costing and compliances. 

As companies begin to think more strategically about their assets, demand for a more integrated Asset Lifecycle Management approach has steadily increased especially in the areas of maximising profitability and prolonging lifespan of each asset in a highly volatile oil and gas market. To effectively manage assets throughout their lifecycle, businesses, therefore, require the involvement of many departments including their extended vendor networks and other oil producing companies to work together as a cross-functional team. 

With margins becoming tighter, the importance of balancing costs against production and anticipating demands have been elevated. The ability to capture both costs and revenue associated with one’s physical infrastructure availability, reliability and productivity will become a key determining factor of success.

This session will unveil strategic approaches in:

  • Real time data streaming analytics: End to end/data quality/input data assessment
  • Predictive maintenance:  Applied technology case studies; streaming analytics/edge analytics, reducing anomalies, extending retiring age of these assets
  • Asset visibility: Performance, conditioning, remote monitoring

Discussion Leaders:

  • Data Driven Production Choke Model for Real-Time Well Production Analytics, Thierry Wee, ZenVigour R&D
  • A Revolutionary Well Life Cycle Management System, Purit Panichakul, Thirada Kensakoo, Mubadala Petroleum
  • PROTEAN: The Award-Winning In-house Remote Monitoring Solutions for Rotating Equipment, Harris Abd Rahman Sabri, PETRONAS Carigali
15:30 - 17:30
Stream 2: Session 4: Driving Efficiency in Operation and Production
Session Chairpersons Maike Willuweit, Emerson; Ruzanna Khalid, PETRONAS
Speaker(s) Victor Hugo Hamdan Bagnon, PETRONAS; Robert Do, Emerson; Nikhil Chaturvedi, SAP

The oil and gas industry today has both the opportunity as well as the means to redefine its presence and shape its future through digital reformation. Improving understanding of producing assets potential, boosting marginal operational efficiencies, and improving health and safety have been major focuses for operating companies with oil and gas production assets.


Through digital oilfield initiatives implemented in recent years, digitalisation has acted as an enabler to tackle production and operational challenges and provide value across the business and its stakeholders.


This session will feature case studies with innovative technological adoption to elevate production and operation across the following areas:

  • Operational efficiency and optimisation
  • Autonomous operation and robotics
  • Digital technology application in HSE
  • Decommissioning and abandonment 

Discussion Leaders:

  • RWFM: Looking at the Big Picture, Victor Hugo Hamdan Bagnon, PETRONAS 
  • Maximizing Operational Efficiency Through a Digital Transformation Journey, Robert Do, Emerson


17:30 - 21:00

Tuesday, November 26

08:30 - 09:30
C-Suite Conversations: Where will E&P be in the next 10 years? – C-Suite’s Take on Innovative Digital Approaches in E&P
Moderator(s) Alain Schneuwly, Boston Consulting Group (BCG); Rahim Masoudi, PETRONAS
Speaker(s) Aman Modi, Boston Consulting Group (BCG); David Hicks, IHS Markit; Mohammad Sweidan, iNNOVATEQ; Keith Jesudasan, Schlumberger
09:30 - 09:45
09:45 - 11:45
Cross-industry Panel: Outside-in Perspectives - How the E&P Business Can Benefit from Other Industries
Moderator(s) Robert Do, Emerson; Michelle Lim, PETRONAS
Speaker(s) Mark Chia, Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd; David Hicks, IHS Markit; Srikant Kadambi, Microsoft; Aldo Carrascoso, Venn Biosciences Corporation (InterVenn)

This session will feature a panel of cross-industry digital experts sharing current best practices, novel technologies, success stories and lessons learnt in the digital space.

Participant will, not only, gain valuable insights but also learn about and to keep up-to-date with the following trends:

  • How digital transformation disrupt conventional business and market
  • Real-time monitoring and operational visibility to improve efficiencies and optimise cost
  • Establishing an integrated learning solution for a borderless business
  • Data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning for automated and predictive processes to improve business and resources optimisation
  • Shaping the modern workforce across the digital spectrum and foster innovations for continuous business improvement


An open forum will follow each industrial sharing for participants to discuss and brainstorm how best to replicate successes in other industries to help overcome current barriers in the E&P industry.

11:45 - 12:45
12:45 - 14:45
Stream 1: Session 5: “Data, Data Everywhere Nor any Drop to Drink!” - Putting ALL your Data Assets to Work
Session Chairpersons Ashraf Rozali, Amazon Web Services; Jason Kok Chin Hwa, AppSmiths® Technology; Thapanic Khukhantin, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP); Andrew Louis Baker, Schlumberger

Oil and gas company worldwide, regardless of size, location or asset type, is sitting on a mountain of data. Using these data types and sub-types has traditionally been a one-off exercise.  With digital transformation, energy companies are now making incredible strides by not only putting all their data to work but also maximising the value through advanced data analytics and intelligent feedback loops.  From historical hardcopy information to state-of-the-art real time systems, data can now be analysed, distributed and used seamlessly across the E&P value chain.  Results show a significant improvement in the efficiency of upstream oil and gas production.  The petroleum industry has embarked on this new data-driven mindset, taking full advantage of E&P data visualisation.  Getting on board requires data, data and even more data.  Is your organisation setup to enable the uptake of new data technologies and processes?  Can your group support the data demands from the business side? 


This session will hone in on data as an asset and stimulate dialogues on the nuts and bolts of modern data-driven practices.  Please join us as we examine pertinent outcomes of data-driven organisations and tackle the quadruple constraints of:

  • Data-driven organisation (New teams and new skillsets for big data)
  • Data types for analytics (Focusing on E&P industry 4.0 data)
  • Data governance (Overarching data ecosystem)
  • Data community practices (Including data mining and data types)

Discussion Leaders:

  • Cost of Data vs. Value of Information, Victor Hugo Hamdan Bagnon, PETRONAS
  • Expanding the Boundaries of Secure Data Processing Across Borders at the Pace of Innovation, Alex Smith, Microsoft
  • Digital Transformation: How to Make Data Work Hard for the Best Intervention Candidate Pick, Belly Agustinus Kartika Djaya, Schlumberger

  • From Garbage to Gold, Muhamad Nasri Bin Jamaluddin, PETRONAS

12:45 - 14:45
Stream 2: Session 6: Panel Session: Digital Adoption and Change Management
Moderator(s) Dylan Mair, IHS Markit; Taweephol Thipayarat, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP)
Speaker(s) Suthasinee Ritthichauy, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP); Yip Yoke Hwa, Shell Malaysia E&P; Phuah Shok Han, Schlumberger

As organisations embark on the digital transformation journey, they undergo a corporate-wide transition in people, process, and technology. This could mean organisations may go through a challenging period before they can arrive at their destination. The ability to adapt and capitalise on the benefits, can be key factors in determining whether the digital transformation journey is a raging success or a small step forward. Digital adoption and change management play a crucial role in driving the data-driven culture, and enabling the digital and organisational transformation impacts.


This session will provide insights into how organisations deploy change management and what considerations are necessary, to ensure a successful digital transformation programme. Some of these areas include:

  • Digital workspace and collaborative environment
  • People, organisation and collaboration
  • Digital value creation
  • Digital academy
  • Digital, data mindset and culture
  • Digital acceleration index
14:45 - 15:00
15:00 - 17:00
Stream 1: Session 7: E&P Digital Infrastructure
Session Chairpersons Carlos Damski, Genesis Petroleum Technologies; Bayu A Natadafani, Halliburton; Sittapong Settapat, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP)

The digital infrastructure is defined as the ability to store, process, exchange and serve data through information technology. The key enabling technologies are not limited to the required physical assets to operate such as network, communication, computing and data storage, but also include new information technology infrastructure including cloud technology, big data technology, 5G and IoT networks. In addition, organisations need to modernise application architecture such as containers, API, serverless architecture and so on. 


The digital infrastructure is not “an ability” and will define how organisations operate in future. It is the core of the digital transformation process.


This session will provide insights into cutting-edge information technology, such as the cloud, to ensure a strong foundation can be laid down for the digital transformation programme. Some of these areas include:

  • Cloud technology (Public/Private)
  • Data centre, big data technology, No SQL database, graph database
  • Modern networks and connectivity (5G, IoT)
  • Modernised application architecture (Container, API, serverless architecture)
  • Cyber security 

Discussion Leaders:

  • Connecting the Assets, People and Things - LTE and 5G in the Offshore Industry, Marius Arion Nilsen, Telenor Maritime AS 
  • Data at the Center : Explore Subsurface Data in the Cloud - The Open Subsurface Data Universe approach (OSDU), Frederic Desloges, Interactive Network Technologies, Inc.
  • A Case Study of a Database Management System Implementation, Raime Md Noor, Abdul Azim Hj Sabtu, PETRONAS Carigali Brunei Ltd 
15:00 - 17:00
Stream 2: Session 8: E&P Technology Disruptors
Session Chairpersons Faiz Sulaiman, Cognite; Shikhar Mishra, Accenture; Wan Dazriq, Accenture

This session will focus on emerging technologies that could potentially bring disruptions into the lives of E&P players and its ecosystems. Disruptions in this context challenges the conventional way of operating by scaling solutions beyond proof of concepts and increasing the speed of impact. 


When applying or enabling these technologies, the outcomes will include but not limited to the following:

  • Cost saving or reduction through cutting waste or/and cost avoidance
  • Maximising revenue generation through production optimisation, monetising resources or/and increasing throughput
  • Maximising value generation through increased collaboration within the oil and gas fraternity, operational excellence or/and elevating the level of industrial competitiveness
  • Increase operational efficiency and safety through seamless flow of information across the value chain


Topics discussed will include:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Intelligent automation
  • Industrial IoT
  • Data science
  • Facilities of the future
  • Digital twin
  • Automatic interpretations
  • Singular database 

Discussion Leaders:

  • Blitz-scaling DataOps for E&P Operators, Faiz Sulaiman, COGNITE 
  • OSDU, Disrupting the E&P Industry with Open Source Technology, Kamal Jansen, Schlumberger 
  • Intelligent Microwave IoT Sensors, Adrian Lim, Teknologi ASV: Desight
  • AI-Driven Solution for Detection of HSSE Non-Compliance and Hazardous Situations in the E&P Industry, Izwan Zainal Abidin, Inference Tech