Taking place from 21-23 September 2020, our North American NG Oil & Gas Digital 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
  • Mastering Data Management: Building A Sustainable Data Strategy For Intelligent Field Operations
  • Predictive Analytics, ML & AI: Are We Ever Going To Get There?
  • IT/OT: Collaboration Is The Way Forward
  • Production Optimization: Setting Up Wells For Success
  • Hazard Light: Aligning EHS For Operational Success
  • Operational Excellence: Company Culture & The People Behind The Oilfield
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Summit Schedule

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday September 21, 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.
Operational Excellence: What’s The Key?

Operational excellence is comprised of several factors which must be managed in a cohesive way to ensure success, but how can we improve these processes to maximize revenue?

  • How do you assess actually how effective your operations are before looking to improve them?
  • How can we create a sustainable OpEx framework that aligns to changing business needs & objectives?
  • Is there a new approach we could consider?
  • How do you instil an OpEx culture throughout the company?
Interview
3:30pm - 3:50pm
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.
Embrace Digital: Survival Of The Fittest

The transition to digital continues to be one of the biggest challenges for the Oil & Gas industry. Making the shift from physical to digital (people still love paper files & excel spreadsheets) is essential to a business’s continues growth. How can you take the lead & bring digital transformation to your organization?

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.
Mastering Data Management: Building A Sustainable Data Strategy For Intelligent Field Operations
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Rob Hembree
VP – Information Technology - Parsely Energy

Building a resilient, scalable and integrated data strategy and business model to support digital operations:

  • Establishing organizational alignment, key capabilities and corporate messaging for Intelligent Field Operations
  • Build organizational momentum and buy-in for a sustainable & robust data strategy
  • Align IoT, Facility Design, IT and Engineering objectives for advancing sensor analytics
  • Overcome legacy O&G field adoption challenges to data driven and operate-by-exception workflows
  • Mature and establish foundational real-time / predictive analytics capabilities and business support models
  • Thoughtfully adoption of advancing cloud capabilities at the edge
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.
Predictive Analytics, ML & AI: Are We Ever Going To Get There?

Real-time analytics, ML & AI can be considered as just another tool in the toolbox to automate.

  • What software & hardware platforms are available?
  • How well do these integrate with legacy systems?
  • What is possible within the area of predictive & prescriptive analytics, AI & ML?
  • How is ML improving day to day activities?
  • How can we overcome roadblocks in implementation?
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.
IT/OT: Collaboration Is The Way Forward
Moderator
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Kang Chen
CIO - Concho Resources

One of the biggest challenges in Oil & Gas is how do organizations solve their IT vs OT challenges? How do we improve capabilities & processes around critical asset operations by aligning IT & OT?

  • How does an organization proactively work in partnership between the IT & OT sides?
  • Is IT-OT convergence the only way organizations will invest & support the OT side or is there hunger for transformation across the OT environment?
  • Is legacy equipment & infrastructure the only reason that IT & OT must mitigate the risk to day-to-day business operations?
  • How do organizations deal with the cultural barriers between the IT & OT teams?
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.
Production Optimization: Setting Up Wells For Success

As production continues to rise, the total number of wells is falling. With costs increasing, how can we optimize our well portfolios?What tools & technologies can be used to improved production?

  • Evaluating the benefits & disadvantages of horizontal & vertical wells
  • How can we best decide where to position new wells using advancing subsurface data & technologies?
  • How can we optimize the number of wells to maximize on production?
  • In what ways could we improve to keep well completion costs down?
    • What data is required?
    • Do you have the data, or do you need new data?
  • What legacy workflows are valid & which need to be changed?
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.
Hazard Light: Aligning EHS For Operational Success

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 enhance performance in day-to-day operations?
  • How has digital improved EHS in your business?
  • How does this affect how work is done?
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.
Operational Excellence: Company Culture & The People Behind The Oilfield

Companies are tasked with balancing the needs of an aging workforce while attracting a new one.

  • How has your workforce changed?
  • How do we promote adoption of new technologies to current experienced workers as well as the incoming millennial generation?
  • How do we develop a cohesive culture supportive of digital change?
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 September 22, 2020
Breakfast
7:00am - 8:15am

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

Welcome Remarks
8:20am - 8:30am

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
8:30am - 9:00am
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.
The Race To Zero: Running Towards A Net-Zero Future

The oil & gas industry is a major consumer of water & energy, also subject to increasingly stringent environmental standards. This constrains them to rethink extraction, production & distribution methods to obtain or maintain their licence.

With the impact of fossil fuels common knowledge, the industry must be seen to be changing. What can be done to build a more sustainable future?

Keynote
9:00am - 9:30am
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.
The Technology Revolution

The world is evolving at an unprecedented speed, the Oil & Gas industry is now investing more heavily in innovation. With budgets being cut we must embrace digital to improve efficiency & boost profits, but how do you determine what is worth the investment?

  • How affordable are emerging technologies?
  • How simple are they to integrate into existing systems?
  • Which emerging technologies will improve ROI & within what timeframes?
  • How are you working differently because of new technologies?

 

Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
9:30am - 10:10am
Can Data & Automation Replace Experience?

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.

Coffee & Networking Break
10:10am - 10:20am

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

Workshop
10:20am - 11:00am
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.
Refining The New Oil: Making Data Your Most Valuable Asset

Big data analytics can analyze large datasets more effectively & record data in the operational stages of the industry.

  • How have you used data to work differently?
  • How has the focus on the new oil benefitted your company?
  • How have you leveraged data to do that?
Workshop
11:05am - 11:45am
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?
Living On The Edge

Developments in 5G & IoT have created the opportunity for real-time data analysis. Edge computing brings about new opportunities for many industries.

  • What impact with Edge computing have on the industry?
  • How do you successfully migrate from SCADA to cloud-based data networks?
  • How are IIoT edge devices being implemented?
  • How will Edge computing improve safety?
  • What are the barriers to widespread adoption?
Workshop
11:50am - 12:30pm
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?
Robots Are Here To Stay

The oil & gas industry could save billions through digitization & automation, not only reducing risk of human error but also reducing physical risk to your employees.

  • Explore the latest advancements in well monitoring technologies & tools to improve efficiencies & aid in decision making.
  • What are the next steps for automation of wells?
  • What automation should we have on our sites that will give us enough information?
  • How can we use automation to maximize site revenues?
Keynote
12:35pm - 1:05pm
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.
Keynote
Networking Lunch
1:05pm - 2:05pm

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
2:05pm - 2:50pm
Learning and sharing with your group. What are the solutions? Are they readily available? What path are you going to take?
Drill Down Roundtables
  1. Mastering Data Management: Building A Sustainable Data Strategy
  2. Predictive Analytics, ML & AI: Are We Ever Going To Get There?
  3. IT/OT: Collaboration Is The Way Forward
  4. Production Optimization: Setting Up Wells For Success
  5. Hazard Light: Aligning EHS For Operational Success
  6. Operational Excellence: Company Culture & The People Behind The Oilfield
Workshop
2:55pm - 3:35pm
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?
Connected Communications

Having the right infrastructure & frameworks in place is imperative. Telecommunications is more important now than ever before. As telecommunication technology evolves how do we assess what is right for each scenario?

  • What are the benefits/limitations of each?
  • How much bandwidth is necessary per site?
  • How do we move data intelligently across our network?
  • What are you doing to enable your telecommunications?
Workshop
3:40pm - 4:20pm
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?
Leveraging ML & AI To Drive Proficiency

With hoards of data at our fingertips, it’s important to utilize it efficiently. How do we leverage ML & AI to make informed real time decisions from data?

  • How do we use AI to optimise well performance, well placement, maintenance etc?
Workshop
4:25pm - 5:05pm
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?
Digital Twins: Capitalize On The Potential

As the world becomes more digital & the fail fast mentality is more widely adopted, digital twins are a great support by providing a testing ground for these new ways of working.

  • What is the real advantage of digital twins?
  • How do digital twins create value?
  • How simply can we integrate this into existing legacy systems?
  • What are the obstacles to successful implementation?
Keynote
5:10pm - 5:40pm
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.
Our Workforce, Our Future

As oil & gas become more digital & new technologies are being implemented in office & in field, how is our workforce going to change?

  • What does the future workforce look like?
  • What new competencies are required in the workforce of the future; what will remain the same?
  • As we embrace mobile solutions how do we manage a mobile work force?
Attendee downtime
5:40pm - 6:45pm

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
6:45pm - 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 September 23, 2020
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:20 am

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

Welcome Remarks
8:20 am - 8:30 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
8:30 am - 9:00 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.
It’s More Than Tech: The Great Crew Change

With 71% of the industries workforce being 50+ & 50% of skilled workers looking to retire in the next 7 years, the great crew change is a very real worry for the industry. Some believe the great crew change is imminent, others believe it has been coming for years. As many of our skilled employees leave, their knowledge with them, how do we fill the gap this will create?

Panel Discussion
9:00 am - 9:30 am
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 Future In Kerogen?

There is an abundance of kerogen across the Permian Basin. Kerogen conversion is very complex however could prove to be incredibly profitable.

Is the future of the industry in kerogen production?

Coffee & Networking Break
9:30 am - 9:45 am

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

Workshop
9:45 am - 10:25 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?
Lifting Production While Lowering Costs

As we focus on boosting production while decreasing risk & costs, we look to technologies such as artificial lifts to improve well revenues.

  • How will artificial lifts improve efficiencies?
    How can you determine which artificial lift system is right for you?
    Can you automate artificial lift systems?
    What is next for artificial lifts?
Workshop
10:30 am - 11:10 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?
Unlock The Maximum Potential Of Your Reservoir

Maturing fields account for more than 70% of the world’s oil & gas production. Increasing recovery from mature fields involves extending the life of the well or field beyond the decline curve.

  • How has digitalization improved well lifespan?
  • Is EOR worth the investment?
  • How can we use automation to drive efficiency in well completions?
Roundtable
Session 3 - Outcomes
11:15 am - 11:55 pm
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
  1. Mastering Data Management: Building A Sustainable Data Strategy
  2. Predictive Analytics, ML & AI: Are We Ever Going To Get There?
  3. IT/OT: Collaboration Is The Way Forward
  4. Production Optimization: Setting Up Wells For Success
  5. Hazard Light: Aligning EHS For Operational Success
  6. Operational Excellence: Company Culture & The People Behind The Oilfield
Keynote
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Keynote
Panel Discussion
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Our roundtable moderators will summarize the key points from their respective tracks.
So What Is Next...?

As we contextualise everything, we have learnt over the last couple of days what will we take back to the business? How do we implement what we have learnt? What steps should we be taking moving forward?

Lunch & Farewells
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

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