Taking place from 15-17 June 2020 at the wonderful Horseshoe Bay Resort 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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Andre Luyckx
VP Upstream Digital Transformation
ExxonMobil
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Robert Lowe
VP Technology
Devon Energy
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Hani Elshahawi
Digitalization Lead
Shell
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Rich Downey
VP Drilling & Completions
WPX Energy
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Tony Duran
CIO
EQT Corporation
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Richard Copsey
Manager Open Innovation Advanced Analytics & Emerging Technologies
Oxy
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Paul Craig
Director Digital Strategic Advisory
Suncor
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Aly Elmowafi
Enterprise Architecture Manager
Chevron
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Anish Patel
Permian Digitalization Manager
ExxonMobil
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Steve Stafford
Director Business Solutions
Concho
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Joel Dill
Manager, Drilling & Completions
Bonanza Creek

6 Challenges in Oil & Gas

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • Tackling legacy technology and developing strategies to solve the IT/OT Culture.
  • How do you build and create an effective organisation that embraces innovation in a digital, physical and cultural capacity.
  • How do you drive modernization to scale and implement emerging technology to compete for survival prospectively.
  • Can the Oil & Gas industry create a working environment where humans and machines can drive productivity and enhance maintenance to compete tomorrow?
  • Aligning and leveraging partnerships and utilizing the tools available to drive digital transformation and innovation across the organisation.
  • Focusing on how the use of data and predictive analytics can drive continuous improvement in the day-to-day operations.
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Past Summit Schedule

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday June 15, 2020
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Join us at 1.00 pm when registration opens to collect your badge, check-in, meet the on-site team, and start your 2.5 day Summit experience.

Solution provider briefing
2:00pm - 2:30pm

Our VP of Sales will brief you on the next 2 ½ days at the summit, giving you all the information you’ll need for your 1-2-1 meetings, the networking sessions and what to expect to maximize your summit experience.

Welcome remarks and delegate briefing
2:30pm - 2:45pm

Our Master of Ceremonies will kick off the Summit with a welcome brief and orientation session, giving you all the information you need to maximize your Summit experience

Panel Discussion
2:45pm - 3:30pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
Is the convergence of IT/OT the future of the Oil & Gas industry?

With the adoption of IoT technology in the Oil & Gas space, the convergence of IT/OT is an inevitable evolution. So, what is the Oil & Gas industry doing to drive this convergence?
• How are the IT and OT operational departments working together?
• How can this convergence be achieved?
• Are there any organizations that have achieved IT/OT convergence?
• Are there any risks to this convergence?
• Is this convergence down to increasing efficiency, driving fiscal efficiency, improving decision-making capabilities and increasing competitiveness in the North America market?

Interview
3:30pm - 3:50pm
Location: A one on one interview diving into the details of how to prepare yourself for the realities of one of the industry's top challengers.
Will Denial-of-Service (DoS) continue if OT Systems are separated from the organizational IT environment?

Cyber-security is major priority for organizations due to sensitive data being handled. Therefore, with the increase of digitalization in the industry, especially with the convergence of IT/OT networks, are process control systems now more accessible for exploitation by cyber-criminals? How can Oil & Gas organizations prevent DoS attacks?

Roundtable Track 1
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
How to create truly collaborative IT and OT teams for better performance everywhere

One of the biggest challenges in Oil & Gas is how do organizations solve their IT vs OT challenges . Traditionally, IT and OT have worked independently in Oil & Gas. However, with the OT market is growing in the Oil & Gas space, due to the challenges the industry is facing, OT enables your organization to control, monitor and protect equipment. So to improve capabilities and process around critical asset operations, is there a true desire to bridge the IT and OT environments together.
• How does an organization proactively work in partnerships between the IT and OT sides.
• Is IT-OT convergence the only way organizations will invest and expand support on the OT side or is there the hunger for transformation across the OT environment their across the Oil & Gas industry?
• Is legacy equipment and infrastructure the only reason that IT and OT must mitigate the risk to day-to-day business operations?
• How do organizations deal with the cultural barriers between the IT and OT teams?

Roundtable Track 2
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Technology, creativity, risk: how the new generation of O&G organizations raise capital

Pioneers and small independent Oil & Gas organizations are taking risk by using unique exploration and production methods and emerging technologies into their projects. However, as investors are leaving the industry, how do you raise capital as traditional Oil & Gas investors are driving away from the industry?

  • Can you take risk and utilize tools that are non-standard in order to enhance profitability?
  • Does ‘off-the-shelf’ technology help organizations become more resourceful with their capital?
  • How can organizational creativity help investors return to the Oil & Gas industry?
Roundtable Track 3
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
IoT, analytics and the future of converged operations, maintenance and safety processes

This roundtable discussion will focus on how industrial software companies do and should respond to increasing regulatory compliance pressures and economic pressures in the oil and gas industry. It will be a chance to hear and share what some thought-leaders are currently using or planning to use to support the convergence of these work processes; which can include many emerging Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics technologies.

Roundtable Track 4
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Hazard light: how to align EHS initiatives for operational excellence everywhere

As the Oil & Gas industry is one of the most hazardous industry sectors in North America, EHS is at the foundation of driving Operational Excellence across organizations. Organizations need to identify the gaps that can have an impact on overall performance. Can cultural change within an organization change the EHS initiatives that can enhance performance in day-to-day operations?

  • How crucial is EHS to organizational culture?
  • Can you create seamless employee training that can benefit a multigenerational workforce?
  • How can utilizing emerging technology reduce human reliability?
Roundtable Track 5
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Enhanced productivity and maintenance: making human-machine partnerships work

Innovative digital technologies are reshaping the Oil & Gas industry. How do organizations foster an environment where humans and machines can work together and increase productivity in the field?

  • Can RPA’s free up the human workforce to do more value-added work?
  • Could humans and machines teach each other and drive business outcomes to increase long-term profitability?
  • Will the workforce look at machines as co-workers and decision-makers?
Roundtable Track 6
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Enhanced operations: making real-time monitoring and data analytics work

Digitalization is shaping the way organizations use data and analytics in the Oil & Gas Industry. As Oil & Gas has become more data-intensive, the application of big data analytics can help improve organizations in exploration, drilling and production operations. However, how do organizations truly leverage real-time data that benefits the operational costs?

  • Can the incorporation of 5G enable you to undertake and enhance the utilization of big data analytics?
  • Cloud Computing or Edge Computing – Which is better to assist real-time data analytics?
  • Are there still obstacles for organizations to incorporate big data analytics into there day-to-day operations?
Roundtable feedback
5:00pm - 5:30pm

This is a show and tell with the entire delegation, lead by the roundtable moderators. Hear other challenges, perspectives, and topics that will set the tone for the Summit.

Networking drinks
6:00pm - 7:00pm

A casual setting to network and meet the rest of the attendees and discuss relevant topics at your leisure.

Gala dinner
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Join us for our Gala Dinner & Keynote Speaker. An opportunity to network with your peers in a social environment with a three course dinner and wine whilst listening to an industry leader discuss a key topic.

Tuesday June 16, 2020
Breakfast
7:00am - 8:10am

Please come down and join us for breakfast and prepare for a day of workshops, keynotes, debates and panels.

Welcome Remarks
8:10am - 8:20am

Our Master of Ceremonies will brief you into the day 2 program to make sure you are in the right place at the right time.

Panel Discussion
8:20am - 8:50am
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
Operational Excellence: How do you build a sustainable, lean and agile organization to thrive in the Oil & Gas industry.

The Oil & Gas industry operates in an environment that continues to evolve and create new opportunities for long-term revenue and profitability. Operational Excellence is a critical strategy for organizations to manage the multiple divisions, locations and business units both onshore and offshore. As the industry is facing many challenges regarding organizational talent, being lean and agile and the evolution of the digital, cultural and physical capacities, how does an organization create a sustainable framework to achieve Operational Excellence?

  • Do organizations need to be more lean and agile?
  • How do create a closed-loop process to enable continuous improvement?
  • Does changing business and asset needs ensure Operational Excellence is achieved?
  • How do you capture and leverage the huge knowledge of information leaving the industry?
  • Can setting clear targets and objectives create a cohesive culture that can implement Operational Excellence?
Keynote
8:50am - 9:20am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Trust-Based Innovation & Adoption: Establishing New Principles of Digital Transformation in the Oil & Gas Industry.

Oil & Gas organizations are driving new Digital Business Units to accelerate innovation & adoption to break down functional siloes that exist across their business. However, with trust being a crucial factor in driving innovation and adoption of technologies, how do organizations ensure that the value of investment in digital technology can elevate and evolve the business, particularly on the operational level?

Microsoft has been at the forefront of this transformation with 95% of Fortune 500 Companies leveraging its Azure cloud infrastructure. With risks and hurdles aligned across the value chain of the business, learn how partnering with Microsoft can generate the level of trust needed for the successful adoption of new technologies that can drive productivity, establish validated results for field-level employees and maximize the return of investment (ROI) in the Oil & Gas industry.

Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
9:20am - 10:00am
One Topic. Two experts. Two opinions. You'll get the chance to vote on where you stand before the session starts. We'll then hear from our two experts, to see if they can sway your opinion when you participate in the closing vote.
Beyond Predictive Maintenance: How can Big Data Analytics Provide you a Holistic View of the Digital Oilfield?

Big Data analytics can analyze large datasets more effectively and record data in the operational stages of the Oil & Gas industry. Big Data can transform your organization towards advance capabilities and achieve operational efficiency around primary asset operations, so how can Big Data assist your organization in being more effective in recording the datasets when assessing the Digital Oilfield?

Coffee & Networking Break
10:00am - 10:15am

Take a break and refuel whilst networking and socializing with your peers.

Case Study
10:15am - 10:55am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Digital Twins: Is the Oil & Gas industry moving towards automation in the field?

Digital Twins technology in Upstream operations allows the use of AI/ML and live data for predictive maintenance to catch failures before issues on the operational technology. Digital Twins has provided unprecedented real-time insights into their operations onshore/offshore and has raised their operational excellence as an organization. This session will allow us to undertake the insight of an organization’s application of Digital Twins and how it has advanced its long-term business operations onshore/offshore.

Workshop
11:00am - 11:40am
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
Creating an open infrastructure to lead trans-formative change in Oil & Gas.

Distributed Control Systems (DCS) are critical for the safe and reliable operation of today’s processing plants. While these systems are stable, mature and reliable, the architecture remains closed and proprietary. Proprietary systems create barriers for innovation. However, to unlock value capture, open architectures attempt to address these issues by providing an open, standards-based architecture that promotes value creation and market competition. Open systems offer the potential to unlock value capture by creating an architecture that supports the quality attributes of interoperability, portability and edge device interchangeability. How can this be achieved in Oil & Gas?

Workshop
11:45am - 12:25pm
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
TBC

Details to Follow.

Keynote
12:30pm - 1:00pm
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Big Data vs The Expert

With an aging workforce, overwhelming amounts of data, and hundreds of different systems, the world’s leading companies are struggling to solve the most complex problems. This session will be exploring the future of oil and gas asset management and how expertise and data unite.

Networking Lunch
1:00pm - 1:45pm

Join us for a sit-down lunch, and a chance to catch up on emails and get ready for the afternoon.

Roundtable
Session 2 - Discovery
1:45pm - 2:30pm
Learning and sharing with your group. What are the solutions? Are they readily available? What path are you going to take?
Drill Down Roundtables
  • Trapped for innovation in the digital future: OT vs IT culture?
  • How do you align Environment, Health, Safety Initiatives to achieve Operational Excellence across an organization?
  • Industry 4.0: Is IoT enhancing maintenance activities onshore and offshore?
  • Balancing humans and machines: Can they drive productivity and enhance maintenance to compete tomorrow?
  • Leveraging Data for Operational Improvement: How do we get real-time monitoring and access to data analytics to drive operational sectors?
  • How do you keep capital in the Oil & Gas Industry?
Panel Discussion
2:35pm - 3:15pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
Geoscience in Oil & Gas: The exploration challenge?

Geoscience in Oil & Gas refers to the disciplines of geophysics, geology, petrophysics, geomechanics and reservoir engineering. These disciplines are crucial to the business priority-led issues around critical and primary asset operations, whether it be Land (Onshore) or Marine (Offshore). The use of seismic technology in Geoscience has evolved rapidly in the last decade with seismic acquisitions with vibrator trucks, 3D surveys, streamers and hydrophones. As the margin for error is crucial, organizations are constantly looking at new environments. Though the modern geoscience information can create safe energy exploration and development; does the long-term innovation lie in tackling the day-to-day challenges in decision-making, exploration and production?

Workshop
3:20pm - 4:00pm
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
Maximizing Return on Investments in Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Cloud Computing

Oil and Gas leaders are thriving in disruptive markets by harnessing the impact of data-derived insights and digital innovation at scale.

Organizations who are adopting digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and the power of cloud computing are enabling unprecedented levels of optimization and integration across domain workforces. In geoscience interpretation, the application of AI technologies and machine learning have helped to reduce uncertainty and risk in exploration.The advancement and availability in both sensor technology and edge-computing has enabled organizations to remove barriers across remote and disparate operations by delivering unprecedented integration to solve relevant high-value, high-yielding business problems across equipment maintenance and optimization. This return on investment (ROI) has allowed organizations to extend asset life-cycle performance, expediting troubleshooting and implementing predictive insights to reduce unnecessary downtime.

By driving digital innovation at scale and optimizing for AI-enabled workflows to meet long-term sustainability, organizations are reaping cost efficiencies and bottom-line results today.

Meetings & Networking
4:05pm - 4:45pm

Take a break and refuel whilst networking and socializing with your peers.

Keynote
4:45pm - 5:15pm
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Going Digital: Is this the future for Operational Excellence in Oil & Gas?

Being digital is the future of the Oil & Gas industry. However, every organization will take their own step towards being effective and achieving Operational Excellence. What specifically are these organizations doing to be truly digital? Is it down to:

  • Identifying missing digital capabilities in their organization, and rectifying them?
  • Enhancing infrastructure and cultural mindsets in their organization?
  • Investing in technology ecosystems to improve operational efficiency across the organization?
  • Digitalization initiatives across an enterprise enhance the tools to achieving a sustainable workforce?
Attendee downtime
5:15pm - 7:00pm

A needed break after a content filled day. Please use this time as you wish prior to joining us for our night 2 seated dinner.

Networking drinks
7:00pm - 7:30pm

A casual setting to network and meet the rest of the attendees and discuss relevant topics at your leisure.

Gala dinner, quiz/trivia
7:30pm - 10:00pm

Join us for our night two Gala Dinner, which will be in a casual and inviting setting.

Wednesday June 17, 2020
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:40 am

Please come down and join us for breakfast and prepare for a day of workshops, keynotes, debates and panels.

Welcome Remarks
8:40 am - 8:50 am

Our Master of Ceremonies will brief you into the day 3 program to make sure you are in the right place at the right time.

Keynote
8:50 am - 9:20 am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Data Literacy in the field: Is this a challenge the Oil & Gas industry to needs to tackle in order to achieve operational efficiency?

Promoting data literacy is one way how an organization can transform their business operations. Data needs to be available in a practical format that is easily accessible.
By upskilling and cross-training the workforce, being data literate means that you can derive meaningful insights from the data that can allow non-specialists to be able to analyze data. So how do Oil & Gas organizations promote Data Literacy and Data Democratization to drive better insight across the operational field and be more effective in their day-to-day operations?

Roundtable
Session 3 - Outcomes
9:20 am - 10:10 am
What does it all mean. Tracing back through two days of work, where are we? What you are bringing back to the office with you.
Drill Down Roundtables
  • Trapped for innovation in the digital future: OT vs IT culture?
  • How do you align Environment, Health, Safety Initiatives to achieve Operational Excellence across an organization?
  • Industry 4.0: Is IoT enhancing maintenance activities onshore and offshore?
  • Balancing humans and machines: Can they drive productivity and enhance maintenance to compete tomorrow?
  • Leveraging Data for Operational Improvement: How do we get real-time monitoring and access to data analytics to drive operational sectors?
  • How do you keep capital in the Oil & Gas Industry?
Coffee & Networking Break
10:10 am - 10:25 am

Take a break and refuel whilst networking and socializing with your peers.

Workshop
10:25 am - 11:05 am
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
TBC

Details to Follow.

Workshop
11:10 am - 11:50 am
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
Emerging technologies: Beyond mechanical recycling

Details to Follow.

Panel Discussion
11:50 am - 1:00 pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
Closing panel & wrap up

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?

Buffet lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Before you head home, make sure you grab something from our buffet-style lunch for your journey ahead.

Summit Location

Horseshoe Bay Resort, 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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