Agenda

All times are Gulf Standard Time (UTC +4)

Wednesday, June 23

09:00 - 13:00
Seminar: Application of Machine Learning in the Unconventional Tight/Shale Reservoir Development - Day 1
Ticketed Event
Instructor(s) Dr. Nancy Chen

Machine learning has been successfully used in various engineering disciplines. Nowadays, large amount of data related to reservoir properties, drilling, completion, and production is routinely collected in the upstream oil and gas operation, which can be further analyzed to optimize the field operations and improve the reservoir performance. This course starts with the basic Machine Learning concepts, application workflows and the supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms. The commonly used algorithms in both categories such as Clustering, Artificial Neural Networks, Decision Trees, Support Vector Machine will be presented, allowing participants to reach a clear understanding on their strengths. Specific examples will be discussed to demonstrate the application of each algorithm in the development of unconventional tight/shale reservoirs. The course is devoted to field applications of this technology with a focus on reservoir characterization, production analysis and prediction, and recovery enhancement. 

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​ Cost:

SPE Member
USD 300 +VAT

Nonmember
USD 400 +VAT


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Thursday, June 24

09:00 - 13:00
Seminar: Application of Machine Learning in the Unconventional Tight/Shale Reservoir Development - Day 2
Ticketed Event
Instructor(s) Dr. Nancy Chen

Machine learning has been successfully used in various engineering disciplines. Nowadays, large amount of data related to reservoir properties, drilling, completion, and production is routinely collected in the upstream oil and gas operation, which can be further analyzed to optimize the field operations and improve the reservoir performance. This course starts with the basic Machine Learning concepts, application workflows and the supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms. The commonly used algorithms in both categories such as Clustering, Artificial Neural Networks, Decision Trees, Support Vector Machine will be presented, allowing participants to reach a clear understanding on their strengths. Specific examples will be discussed to demonstrate the application of each algorithm in the development of unconventional tight/shale reservoirs. The course is devoted to field applications of this technology with a focus on reservoir characterization, production analysis and prediction, and recovery enhancement. 

Learn more about this seminar.

​ Cost:

SPE Member
USD 300 +VAT

Nonmember
USD 400 +VAT


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Tuesday, June 29

17:45 - 18:00
Welcome Address
Speaker(s) Angel Abbud-Madrid, Colorado School of Mines (CSM)
18:00 - 19:00
Panel Session 1: Pandemic-Related Responses and Rising to New Challenges
Moderator(s) Gregory Czopar, BakerHughesC3

Panelists

  1. Ahmad El Dandachi, Energy Industry Director (Middle East and Africa), Microsoft
  2. El Fadl Z. Ibrahim, Digital and Technology Advisor, ADNOC
  3. Silvia Rigato, Managing Director, Accenture

The sudden disruption created by the pandemic accelerated not only remote working, but also the implementation and expansion of digital technologies to ensure continuity of operations for exploration, development, and oilfield production (offshore and onshore) across the globe. As the provision of energy globally is a necessity, reliable people, processes and systems maintained the oil and gas industry, from well drilling and testing to inventory monitoring; from salary payment to the workforce to the digital security of remote workers systems; from robotics and communication offshore to sharing of reservoir models and data by cloud computing. The digital platforms accelerated our immersion into a new reality, that is still in the shaping, and in which the workers are at the front rows—this session will enlighten us in understanding how by sharing success stories and responses.

19:10 - 20:00
Session 1: Key Digital Elements for Business Continuity
Session Chairpersons Bader Al-Matar, KUFPEC; Wanghao Hao, Huawei

Keynote Speaker: Philippe Herve, VP Energy, SparkCognition

Presentations and Speakers

  1. Hu Dan, CEO, G42 Cloud— Connected Technologies
  2. Uwa Airhiavbere, Director, Microsoft— Cloud Services

 

Imminent market pressures pushed for technology changes, triggered by remote working and new HSE standards. These technology changes, galvanised by the reality check of working during a pandemic, include the accelerated implementation and usage of cloud computing, automation, remote access/cybersecurity, and improved user experiences—all now part of the standard lexicon of the current working environment.

This session will cover:

  • Cloud computing as an enabler for increased remote working.
  • Open data access, big data analytics—mindset changes as a result of the pandemic.
  • Remote working as the norm for many executive and corporate staff.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) used to directly respond to COVID in addition to supporting new ways of working.
  • Robotics increasingly being used to automate physical human tasks.
  • UX improvements as the home/office became one and we became more aware that home systems are years ahead of our business systems, from a ‘look and feel’ perspective.
  • Cyber security—a foundational imperative for our digital future paradigm shift towards intelligent E&P.
20:10 - 21:10
Session 2: The Role of Workers in Digital Transformation Post-Pandemic
Session Chairpersons Anar Aliyev, BP; Maiquel Manuel, Halliburton

Presentations and Speakers:

  1. John Hudson, Global Lead, Subsurface, Shell— Leveraging Emerging Opportunities and the Potential of the Learner-Worker Economy
  2. Kenton Gray, Chief Technology Officer, Datagration—Lessons Learned about Employee Mobility using Cloud-based
  3. Reem Al-Shammari, Global Thought Leader in Cyber Security and Digital Transformation, Kuwait Oil Company—Leading Digital Transformation Journey with a CISO mindset

The workforce was the protagonist of the digital change during the pandemic, and will lead organisational changes, as demonstrated by cases in which remote working brought efficiency, delivered results, and established closer connections across usual department lines and ranks. How was this feasible?

In addition, this session will encompass new learning loops in academic and training organisations, that include new formats and new content to provide the needed skills of the industry:

  • Remote working
  • Leadership in virtual teams
  • Data/Content creation
  • Data analytics
  • Digital connectivity
  • Interfaces in operational loops: Employees—Equipment
  • Mindset changes
  • Enhancing HSSE using digitalization
  • Connected technologies
  • The role of content creation and the rise of the ‘internal influencers’
21:10 - 21:15

Wednesday, June 30

17:45 - 17:50
17:50 - 19:15
Session 3: How has the Pandemic Accelerated Upskilling of Employees and Entrepreneurs?
Session Chairpersons Nikhil Kulkarni, Wipro; Noha Najem, Kuwait Oil Company

Keynote Speaker: Hans-Christian Freitag, VP Digital Solution, BakerHughesC3

Presentations and Speakers:

  1. Marc Prempain, CEO and Co-Founder, ViiBE Communication—Virtual Real-Time Coaching Novel Approaches to Empower Frontline
  2. Susan Howes, Vice President of Engineering, Subsurface Consultants & Associates—Virtual Training Value Through the Eyes of Recruiters
  3. Qinzhuo Liao, Assistant Professor, KFUPM—Academia and the Digital Upskilling Syllabi

One of the most difficult elements of the pandemic was the budgetary reductions of training in all organisations. Still, employees need upskilling, to address the evolving digital future. This session will address how employees dealt with these changes, and what organisations, academia, and stakeholders implemented to support employees’ upskilling during the pandemic and how they envision the new training ecosystem in the post-pandemic period.

  • New learning formats and schemes
  • E-learning
  • Gamification of the learning loops
  • Massive training workflows: how and why?
  • Mentoring in the virtual world
  • Capture of knowledge: Digital knowledge-transfer from experienced to fresh graduates
  • The new academia for the digital era
  • Digital events, here to stay?
19:25 - 20:50
Session 4: Digital Enabling Decarbonisation and Sustainability
Session Chairpersons Maria A. Capello, Red Tree Consulting; James Wimbury, Accenture

Keynote Speaker: Brian Sullivan, Executive Director, IPIECA

Presentations and Speakers:

  1. Conor Kelly, Leads Sustainability Team, Azure Global Energy—Future—How Do We Make “It” Happen?
  2. Binu Mathew, Chief Technology Officer, C3.ai—Big Data Analytics
  3. Carlos Dias, Chief Sustainability Officer – South Europe, Middle East and Africa, SAP—Paradigm Shift towards Intelligent E&P

We have accomplished many years of digital advancement and carbon abatement in a matter of months, but far more is required to lock in these improvements and build on them to enable our industry to drive towards decarbonisation goals in line with the Paris agreement. Novel digital capabilities are transforming our ability to reduce or eliminate the need for full-time on-site operators. We have realised, we can be just as effective and more efficient with only a tiny fraction of the traveling we thought was necessary to conduct business. The lowest carbon emissions, lowest environmental footprint, lowest cost barrels will be the last barrels produced. How will we collaborate as an industry to retain the license to operate by rapidly decarbonising our assets, our supply chains, and the products we sell?

  • IOT, edge computing, machine vision, and AI.
  • New forms of equipment surveillance and GHG satellite monitoring.
  • Virtual presence via augmented reality to troubleshoot issues with punctual and deep expertise.
  • Digital sustainability as a carbon net-zeroing strategy.
  • The remote working impact in carbon footprint—what brings the post-COVID era to the office space?
  • New collaboration strategies with non-oil organisations.
  • Open and collaborative data platforms, shared infrastructure, and consortium-based consensus around data formats, definitions, attribute mapping, and open access.
  • Connected and centralised data ecosystems that reduce waste and improve the re-use and use of shared infrastructure.
  • Digital in renewal energy sources and energy transition phase.
  • Certification of provenance of fluids from rock to point-of-sale.
20:50 - 20:55