Taking place from 7-9 November 2018 at the wonderful Horseshoe Bay in Austin, 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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Caleb Francis
VP Operations & Engineering
Total E&P Americas
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Jason Swaren
VP Operations
Oasis Petroleum
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Jim Claunch
VP Operations Excellence
Equinor
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Mark Anderson
GM Drilling Mechanics Technologies
Shell
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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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Jon Krome
Former Head of Operations Maintenance & Improvement
BHP Billiton
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Robert Sheninger
VP HSE & Regulatory Compliance
Talos Energy
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Eric Reigle
COO
Rockdale Energy
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Robert Bunge
Director - Exploration Technology Strategy and Engineering
Noble Energy
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Tad Smith
Director E&P Technology - Geoscience
Apache
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Alan Killion
VP E&P Services
WPX Energy

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.
  • Linking digital transformation to business goals.
  • 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 - 15 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Wednesday November 7, 2018
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

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 address
3:30pm - 3:45pm

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.

Keynote Speech
3:45pm - 4:25pm
Panel discussion: Oil and Gas 2018 – challenges, opportunities and trends
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Operational Excellence: Risk Management, Change Management and Workforce Management
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: The Digital Oilfield: IT/OT Convergence, Production Optimization and Workflow Automation
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: O&G Innovation: Emerging Technologies and the Operation of the Future
Welcome drinks 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.

Keynote Speech
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Keynote dinner
Thursday November 8, 2018
Breakfast
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.

Keynote Speech
8:05am - 8:30am
Breakfast keynote address: Real time drilling
Workshop
8:35am - 9:30am
Creating a Culture of Operational Excellence
Morning meeting sessions
9:35am - 1:30pm

Our one-to-one meeting sessions run in parallel to the workshop programme. Please check your individual schedules to ensure you are in the right place.

Workshop
9:35am - 10:15am
The Evolving Oil & Gas Workforce
Workshop
10:20am - 11:00am
Optimizing Unconventional Completions
Coffee & networking
11:00am - 11:15am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects. Please also check your individual schedules to ensure you are in the right place.

Workshop
11:20am - 12:00pm
Artificial lift technologies
Workshop
12:05pm - 12:45pm
Safety: best practices on site
Keynote Speech
12:50pm - 1:30pm
Lunch keynote: Merging IT and OT
Lunch & networking
1:30pm - 2:30pm

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

Afternoon meeting sessions
2:30pm - 5:30pm

Our one-to-one meeting sessions run in parallel to the workshop programme. Please check your individual schedules to ensure you are in the right place.

Workshop
2:30pm - 3:10pm
AI and IOT
Workshop
3:10pm - 3:50pm
Developing improved maintenance
Coffee & networking
3:55pm - 4:05pm

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects. Please also check your individual schedules to ensure you are in the right place.

Workshop
4:05pm - 4:45pm
Developing a Robust Hazard Identification and Risk Control Process
Workshop
4:50pm - 5:30pm
America’s Incentive: Energy Exports – Going with the Flows
Dinner & second night experience
7:00pm - 10:00pm

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

Friday November 9, 2018
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:30 am

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

Morning meeting sessions
8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Our one-to-one meeting sessions run in parallel to the workshop programme. Please check your individual schedules to ensure you are in the right place.

Workshop
8:30 am - 9:10 am
Exploration Technology: The Future is Here
Workshop
9:15 am - 9:55 am
Disruptive Technologies in Oil & Gas
Workshop
10:00 am - 10:40 am
Water Management: A Simple Problem with Only Complex Solutions
Coffee & Networking
10:40 am - 10:50 am

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

Workshop
10:50 am - 11:30 am
Oil and Gas: The Next Generation Workforce
Workshop
11:35 am - 12:15 pm
Production Enhancement via Technology & Communication
Workshop
12:20 pm - 1:00 pm
Talking points and key takeaways
Lunch & networking
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch before heading home.

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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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.