Taking place from 3 – 5 June 2019 at the wonderful Hyatt Lost Pines in Austin, Texas, our North American NG Oil & Gas Summit will bring together senior decision-makers and business leaders from the oil and gas industry to share experiences, discover new ideas, and discuss the hottest emerging technologies and solutions in the oil and gas sector.

The summit will look at a number of key themes, including: operational excellence: technology, change management, workforce; the oilfield of the future: analytics, merging IT & OT, exploration and production; and new digital tools: leveraging emerging tech. What will the operation of the future look like?

From case studies lifting the lid on operations inside best-in-class organisations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that will be focusing on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to attendees’ specific needs, our summits provide executives with everything they need to implement their key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Past Attendees

At previous events we've helped executives from some the world's most significant firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - to address their project challenges.
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Jason Swaren
VP Operations
Oasis Petroleum
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Jim Claunch
VP Operations Excellence
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Shandell Szabo
VP US Onshore Exploration
Anadarko Petroleum
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Carl Larry
Market Specialist & Analyst Partner
Thomson Reuters
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Robert Bunge
Director - Exploration Technology Strategy and Engineering
Noble Energy
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Alan Killion
VP E&P Services
WPX Energy
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Kang Chen
Concho Resources
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Rob Hembree
Parsely Energy
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Dr. Fersheed Mody
Director, Global Research and Development
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Charles Li
IT Chief Data Officer Trading & Supply
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Francisco Ortigosa
Director Geoscience Technology
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Keith Lilie
President & CEO
Brigham Exploration

6 Challenges in Oil & Gas

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • Digital transformation and the workforce: enabling new tech, supporting change, creating and driving the right culture.
  • Digital transformation and the oilfield: understanding and identifying tech that will cut costs, create efficiencies and advance everything for your business.
  • Exploring how engineering services and solutions can boost production operations and increase yields in both new and existing fields.
  • Data and your safety culture: better using data and predictive analytics to iterate and drive a program of continuous improvement.
  • Data and cyber-security: keeping ahead of the threat environment.
  • Balancing the needs of an aging workforce while attracting a new one. How do we best deliver today and compete tomorrow?
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 13 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday June 3, 2019
Summit registration
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Grab your name badge, say hello, activate the onsite app and prepare to leave the office behind for two-and-a-half days of networking, learning and intelligence gathering.

Welcome Brief & Opening Panel
3:45pm - 4:30pm

What? When? How? Where? Join our Master of Ceremonies for a brief welcome and orientation session, where we’ll explain your itinerary for the next few days.

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: The Oilfield of the future: Emerging Technologies and Merging IT & OT.
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Jason Offerman
Director - Production Technology Platforms - Chesapeake
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: Operational Excellence: Company culture and the people behind the oilfield
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Daniel Carter
Sr Investment Director - Saudi Aramco
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: The minefield of big data
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Stephen Taylor
Manager Reporting Analytics and Data Management - Devon Energy
Cocktail reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Gala dinner & keynote: Automation and artificial intelligence
7:00pm - 10:00pm

How to supplement the resource gaps without compromising safety and operational integrity.

Tuesday June 4, 2019
7:00am - 8:00am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

8:05am - 8:45am
Production technology
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Jason Offerman
Director - Production Technology Platforms - Chesapeake
8:50am - 9:30am
Thoughts to improve well productivity and reduce costs on limited entry stimulations
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Phil Snider
Completions Advisor - GEODynamics
9:35am - 10:15am
IT & OT need to work together
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Carin Meyer
Senior SCADA Manager - Markwest Energy
10:20am - 11:00am
Compact power you can count on
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Steve Birdsall
Business Development Manager Oil & Gas - Capstone Turbine Corporation
11:05am - 11:45am
The journey to operational excellence - decreasing risk, improving safety and increasing efficiency
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Geoff Streit
General Manager, Production Operations - Anadarko
Panel Discussion
11:50am - 12:30pm
The big crew change panel
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Lauren Goodwin
Former VP Digital Transformation - BP
Lunch & networking
12:35pm - 1:35pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch, and prepare to meet the afternoon head-on.

1:40pm - 2:40pm
Roundtable Discussions
2:45pm - 3:25pm
Title TBC
3:30pm - 4:10pm
Overcome horizontal drilling challenges
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Wade Wondrasek
Senior Drilling Superintendent - Paramount Resources
4:15pm - 4:55pm
Title TBC
Meetings & Networking
5:00pm - 5:40pm

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Attendee downtime
5:40pm - 6:45pm

Time for a well-deserved break in your busy schedules.

Drinks & Networking
6:45pm - 7:30pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Dinner & Charity Auction
7:30pm - 10:00pm

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our second night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Wednesday June 5, 2019
7:00 am - 8:00 am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

8:05 am - 8:45 am
Title TBC
8:50 am - 9:30 am
Automation animation
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Rick O'Brien
Digital Oil Field Project Manager - Marathon Oil
9:35 am - 10:15 am
Cyber security and infrastructure protection
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Steve McLaurin
CIO - Denbury Resources
10:20 am - 11:00 am
Flexible decision support toolkits for Field Development and Optimization
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Kara Mustafa
Sr. Data Scientist - Advanced Analytics and Emerging Technologies - Anadarko
11:05 am - 11:45 am
Title TBC
Closing panel
11:50 am - 12:30 pm

What have been the most interesting discussion points over the last few days? What are the key takeaways? Are there any immediate actions to be implemented? And what further questions have emerged?

Lunch & farewells
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch for your journey home.

Summit Location

Hyatt Lost Pines, Austin, Texas

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

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Senior executives love our summits because of the unparalleled opportunity to meet people with ideas on how to move their key projects forward. But don’t just take our word for it…

To discuss how GDS Summits can help you solve your project challenges contact us on: 0117 921 4000 or email sayhello@gdsgroup.com.

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