Taking place from 20 – 22 November 2019 at the wonderful Woodlands Resort in Houston, 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
Equinor
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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
CIO
Concho Resources
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Rob Hembree
VP IT
Parsely Energy
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Dr. Fersheed Mody
Director, Global Research and Development
Apache
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Charles Li
IT Chief Data Officer Trading & Supply
Shell
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Francisco Ortigosa
Director Geoscience Technology
Repsol
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Keith Lilie
President & CEO
Brigham Exploration

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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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 3 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Wednesday November 20, 2019
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.

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

Details To Follow.

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

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
2:45pm - 3:30pm
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
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
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Trapped for innovation in the digital future: OT vs IT culture?

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
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Operational Excellence: How do you build an effective organizations to thrive, survive and compete longterm?

As there are many challenges in the Oil & Gas industry regarding organizational talent, companies need to focus on creating a long-term vision to become more agile. Companies need to identify the gaps that are impacting their profitability, reliability and investment in emerging technologies. As industries evolve, so does the digital, physical and cultural capacity.
– How do you identify the strategic value of technology and stay ahead of your competitors?
– How do you create a cohesive culture that can implement emerging technology?
– How to promote the adoption of emerging technologies that can benefit the multigenerational and millennial workforce in the field?
– How do you ensure executives understand the true value of the technology when in the field?

Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
The foundations of Industry 4.0 in Oil & Gas: How do you drive modernization to implement Industry 4.0.

As organizations are now in the midst of Industry 4.0, we are in the age of Big Data, robotics, automation and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). As the incorporation of new technologies can evolve the methods and process of exploration and production, how do organizations now scale and harness these technologies to fully achieve a sustainable operational business model?

•What does Industry 4.0 mean for your organization?
•Will Industry 4.0 allow your organization to maintain security and manage costs?

Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Balancing humans and machines: Can they drive productivity and enhance maintenance to compete tomorrow?

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 on the field?
• What is the best approach to create a collaborative and supportive environment?
• How can humans and machines teach each other and drive business outcomes to increase long-term profitability?
• Will the workforce look at machines as co-workers?
• Will machines direct humans in the decision-making process on the field?

Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Operational Innovation: Aligning and leveraging partnerships to drive innovation.

The upsurge in companies offering innovative technologies is increasingly rising. Pioneers and small independent Oil & Gas organizations are taking a risk by using emerging technologies into their projects. If the future of the industry is focused on the sprit of innovators, how do organizations use investment or raise capital to survive long-term?
• How do you raise capital as traditional Oil & Gas investors are driving away from the industry?
• Are leveraging partnerships with start-ups the way to continue the innovation and digital transformation process?
• Will companies start to use capital in partnerships and investments with technology companies?
• How do you undertake risk and utilize tools that are non-standard and cutting edge in order to innovate?

Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Leveraging Data for Operational Improvement: How is the use of data and analytics driving improvement in the operational sectors

Organizations are using big data and advanced analytics to facilitate the Upstream and Midstream divisions. Both big data and analytics allow organizations the agile transformation they require to be more equipped in their digital transformation journey. However, are decision-makers within the organizations leveraging the data and analytics to truly leverage real-time data that benefits the operational costs?

• Does your IoT system offer you access to real-time data when in remote locations?
• Will 5G enable you to undertake and enhance real-time analytics?
• How do you ensure that the data you are analyzing is the right data you need to make those specific decisions?

Roundtable feedback
5:00pm - 5:30pm

Details To Follow.

Networking drinks
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
7:00pm - 10:00pm

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

Keynote
8:00pm - 8:30pm
Gala dinner keynote, Q&A

Details To Follow.

Thursday November 21, 2019
Breakfast
7:00am - 7:50am

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

Welcome Remarks
7:50am - 8:00am

Details To Follow.

Panel Discussion
8:00am - 8:30am
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?
• Finding the tools and rules for a sustainable workforce?
• Investing in technology ecosystems to improve operational efficiency across the organization?
• How do you capture and leverage the huge knowledge of information leaving the industry?

Keynote
8:30am - 9:00am
Title TBC

Details To Follow.

Keynote
9:00am - 9:20am
Operational Excellence: How do you be sustainable in building a long-term

The Oil & Gas industry operates in an environment that continues to evolve and create new opportunities for long-term revenue growth. Yet, there are many challenges that organizations face in their day-to-day operations to achieve Operational Excellence:
• Optimizing the performance of employees, facilities and assets
• Do organizations need to be lean and agile?
• Enhancing relationships and collaboration with Oilfield Services (OFS) to assist the supply chain.
• Improve the asset management

Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
9:20am - 10:00am
Industry 4.0: Will it innovate and digitalize the Oil & Gas industry in North America?

The term Industry 4.0 is a controversial term. For some, it envisages a plan of action for innovation in Oil & Gas, for others it’s a theoretical term that holds no substance. As the industry engages in conversations about the future of Oil & Gas, innovators will argue to say that emerging technologies (Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), 4D seismic data, Big Data, AR/VR and 3D visualization, Blockchain and Quantum Computing), will make the industry meaningful.

This session is a debate into the term Industry 4.0 and if Industry 4.0 is more a fixation for theory or a reality in practice that will transform the Oil & Gas industry in North America.

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

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

Case Study
10:15am - 10:55am
Autonomics in Oil & Gas: Where will it be the most effective?

There is a great debate as to whether Autonomics (Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Bots, Cognitive Agents, RPA) will be more effective in the field or in the core back-end systems across the Organization.

This panel session will be determine where Autonomics is as a business priority for innovation and will conclude whether organizations have alternative views to using autonomics to power operational efficiency in the Operational sectors.

Workshop
11:00am - 11:40am
Title TBC

Details To Follow.

Panel Discussion
11:45am - 12:25pm
RPA’s in Oil & Gas: How do you drive productivity to assist the organization?

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) bots are implemented to complete the mundane and repetitive tasks humans would perform in the day-to-day operations. RPA’s can help organizations grow cost-effectively and implement a digital workforce that can complete tasks error-free but quicker and cheaper. Thus, if the focus on applying automation technology to operational exploration analytics, well production, optimized drilling performance and industrial automation integration, do Oil & Gas organizations see an opportunity to establish a more cost-effective intelligent workforce?
• How does the responsibility of human roles change if you invest in RPA’s?
• How will the bots be governed in the workplace?
• How is your organization using an Enterprise Automation Roadmap (EAR)
• How do you manage continuous change management for continuous improvement?
• Does automation success ultimately come down to the workflow and creating a culture that embraces RPA’s?

Keynote
12:30pm - 1:00pm
Drones and robotics: Innovating the oilfield to increase maintenance?

Drones and robotics are having a big impact in implementing a robust maintenance regime in the tough and demanding offshore environment. Drone inspections create cost-saving inspections, safer work environments, the ability to collect better and more accurate data to provide the tools to support and enhance emergency responses.

With Drones and Robots playing a further role in innovating and maintaining the onshore/offshore environment, how does this enhance the business priority issues for Oil & Gas companies?

Networking Lunch
1:00pm - 1:45pm

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

Roundtable
1:45pm - 2:30pm
Drill Down Roundtables
  • Trapped for innovation in the digital future: OT vs IT culture?
  • Operational Excellence: How do you build an effective organizations to thrive, survive and compete longterm?
  • The foundations of Industry 4.0 in Oil & Gas: How do you drive modernization to implement Industry 4.0.
  • Balancing humans and machines: Can they drive productivity and enhance maintenance to compete tomorrow?
  • Operational Innovation: Aligning and leveraging partnerships to drive innovation.
  • Leveraging Data for Operational Improvement: How is the use of data and analytics driving improvement in the operational sectors
Workshop
2:35pm - 3:15pm
Title TBC

Details To Follow.

Panel Discussion
3:20pm - 4:00pm
Geoscience in Oil & Gas: How do you reduce exploration risk?

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 industry is constantly looking at new environments, 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?

Case Study
4:05pm - 4:45pm
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 of their operations onshore/offshore and has raised their operational excellence as an organization.

Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
4:45pm - 5:40pm
Cloud Computing vs Edge Computing: Which is better for accessing real-time data analytics?

Edge computing offers companies the opportunity to use data processing power on the edge of a network instead of holding the processing power in the cloud. Edge computing allows analytics team to occur the source of the data on the edge of the network. This is called “edge analytics”.

Edge computing though is not replacing the Cloud, rather it is it is offering a different service to analytics team. Therefore, as the industry evolves, where do you believe the future lies regarding data analytics and computing? Is it in the cloud or on the edge?

Attendee downtime
5:40pm - 7:00pm

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

Networking drinks
7:00pm - 7:30pm

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

Gala dinner, quiz/trivia
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.

Friday November 22, 2019
Breakfast
7:00 am - 8:20 am

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

Welcome Remarks
8:20 am - 8:30 am

Details To Follow.

Keynote
8:30 am - 8:50 am
Data Literacy and Data Democratization 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. Thus, 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 the day-to-day operations?

Keynote
8:50 am - 9:20 am
Title TBC

Details To Follow.

Roundtable
9:20 am - 10:10 am
Drill Down Roundtables
  • Trapped for innovation in the digital future: OT vs IT culture?
  • Operational Excellence: How do you build an effective organizations to thrive, survive and compete longterm?
  • The foundations of Industry 4.0 in Oil & Gas: How do you drive modernization to implement Industry 4.0.
  • Balancing humans and machines: Can they drive productivity and enhance maintenance to compete tomorrow?
  • Operational Innovation: Aligning and leveraging partnerships to drive innovation.
  • Leveraging Data for Operational Improvement: How is the use of data and analytics driving improvement in the operational sectors
Coffee & Networking Break
10:10 am - 10:25 am

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

Case Study
10:25 am - 11:05 am
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.

Workshop
11:10 am - 11:50 am
Title TBC

Details To Follow.

Panel Discussion
11:50 am - 1:00 pm
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

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

Summit Location

Woodlands Resort, Houston, 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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