Autonomy in the Oil and Gas Industry Stavanger, Norway, 6-7th March 2013

Autonomy in the Oil and Gas Industry – What will it take to get us there?
6 – 7 March, 2013, Sola Strand hotel, Stavanger

The conference aims to be the primary forum in Norway for discussing future needs for autonomous systems in the oil & gas industry, and be the place for bringing together the right people for future collaborations. To achieve this, the conference features talks with specific focal points combined with panel discussions for reviewing selected topics from multiple angles.

Autonomy in the Oil and Gas Industry call for papers

Recognition for Intelligent Field Expert Saeed Mubarak 2012 World Oil Awards

Saeed Mubarak, Intelligent Field Team leader at Saudi Aramco, has been recognised at the World Oil Awards 2012.  Held in Houston, it honours the upstream energy industry’s top innovators and innovations.

Saeed won the ‘Innovative Thinker’ award for his contributions to the areas of real-time management and intelligent fields.


Finding Petroleum Kuala Lumpur, 23-25th November 2012

Tony Edwards, CEO at StepChange Global, was a panellist at several key conferences at the Finding Petroleum event in Kuala Lumpur held at the end of October.

On the Wednesday Tony chaired the conference focusing on how companies could do more with drilling data.  The panel discussed ideas aimed at improving communications and ways to avoid costly mistakes. Click here for more information and to watch a video of the conferenceClick here for photos of the panel

The following day Tony joined the panel which was looking at ways to speed up the process of implementing data tools which would better facilitate collaborative working. Click here for more information and to watch a video of the conference

International Conference on Integrated Operations Trondheim, Norway, 25-26th September 2012

The 8th International Conference on Integrated Operations in the Petroleum Industry will be in Trondheim, September 25-26 2012.

The conference brings together 40 speakers from international oil and gas companies, service industry, R&D companies and universities.  Additionally there is a Young Professional Programme, Poster sessions and and exhibition area.  The Conference will be at the Royal Garden Hotel in Trondheim.  For registration and hotel reservations: Registration IO12

See the media site for IO 2012 here

International Digital Oilfields Conference Muscat, Oman, 23-25th September 2012

With thanks to Saeed Mubarak for these notes

The conference took place in Crown Plaza Muscat, Oman during the period from 23-25 September 2012 with >100 participants from various technology providers and a few operators mostly from PDO.

Discussions covered upstream technologies and processes, collaboration work environment, change management, workflows, HSE, Surface communication etc. Fewer discussions on upstream, reservoir management, downhole instrumentation or completions, quantifying value of Intelligent Field implementations.

Some of the takeaways and subjects for future technical events:

-For quick adaption – Make it simple (i.e. hardware, technology, change management)
-Requirements for smoother change needs visionary leaders
-Wireless technologies improvement is very pronounced
-Why wouldn’t Industry leaders adopt unified standards for technologies, protocols and even the name of the “New business Environment” DOF,IO, Field of the future, iFields, Smart Fields etc.?
-Do we have enough experts in the various aspects of DOF? What’s the plan to overcome relevant challenges?
-Will there be any unintended consequences of DOF?

The event was a quick one and intensive and provided good networking opportunities.

Leveraging Information for Group Decision Making CISR Briefing

April 2012 – Center for Information Systems Research / Working Smarter: Leveraging information for group decision making

Anne Quaadgras, MIT Center for Information Systems Research and Tony Edwards, Director, Stepchange Global

In a highly digitized world, making distributed group decisions quickly and effectively is increasingly important, as digitized information becomes more easily available, experts are more globally distributed, and technology improvements make operations in remote locations more feasible.

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