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The Oil & Gas sector works in some of the harshest environments on earth – remote from infrastructure, in extreme temperatures and weather conditions.  Secure communications, not just voice communications but also for the transfer of well and drilling information are vital.  SMi’s 3rd annual Oil & Gas Satellite Communications conference will address the various opportunities and challenges in this field.

 

Key topics to be addressed:

  • Bringing commercial applications and satellite communications together
  • Advanced networking communications
  • E&P specific VSAT requirements
  • Satellite communications for offshore and maritime applications
  • Real-time communications in critical environments
  • Resilience and security within the communications infrastructure

 

This is an ideal chance to become part of a stimulating conference, designed to create the perfect setting for the exchange of ideas and networking opportunities.  SMi presents focused, business led conferences, tailored to meet the demands of industry.  Make sure the conference provides you with the information and networking you need to succeed.

 

  • Gain essential insight into operator needs within the Oil & Gas vertical market
  • Learn about the regulatory risks and work-arounds for the Oil & Exploration industry
  • Understand the essentials of networking developments – from WiMAX to last-mile connectivity
  • Appreciate the importance of robust communications in challenging environments
  • Evaluate the latest communications options for the offshore and maritime markets

 

Anyone involved in satellite communications for the oil and gas sector, including:

  • CIO
  • CTO
  • Network Manager
  • Network Engineer
  • Head of Telecomms
  • Systems Manager
  • IT Manager
  • Infrastructure Manager

 

 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Gregory Francis

Gregory Francis, Managing Director, Access Partnership

9:10 CRACKING THE OIL & GAS VERTICAL SATCOM MARKET – OPERATOR NEEDS

Andrew Marks

Andrew Marks, Chief Information Officer, Tullow Oil

  • Using satellite and associated technologies to connect remote locations; case studies from Ghana and Uganda, onshore and offshore
  • The importance of multiple telecommunications channels to support a 24/7 operation
  • Responding to alternative telecommunications channels in previously unconnected locations
  • A challenge to the network operators in terms of value
  • 9:50 SATELLITE BROADBAND COMMUNICATIONS IN THE OIL & GAS INDUSTRY

    Fawaz Al-Khudhairy

    Fawaz Al-Khudhairy, Senior IT & Communications Rep for King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Center, Saudi Aramco

  • Competing or complementary services
  • The use of these services within the oil & gas industry
  • Hybrid solutions
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 CONNECTIVITY, ADAPTING TO COMMUNICATION DEMANDS

    Kevin Blyth

    Kevin Blyth, Global Connectivity Solutions, Schlumberger

    11:40 OVERCOME DISTANCE AND LATENCY ISSUES FROM YOUR WAN

    Mark Lewis

    Mark Lewis, Senior Director for Marketing & Alliances, EMEA , Riverbed Technology

    In this session you will discover how to:

  • Solve the needs of workers scattered across the globe, often in remote or offshore locations by addressing network latency issues for satellite connections and slow WAN links
  • Ease the setting up of remote sites by simplifying the IT infrastructure through consolidation of remote file servers and backup
  • Accelerate application and data access allowing project managers to collaborate from any remote site
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 FIRST & LAST MILE NETWORKING INNOVATIONS

    Augustine Igwegbe

    Augustine Igwegbe, Regional IT Business Systems Manager, Shell Upstream International, Sub Sahara Africa

  • Hybrid network design to fit unique customer requirements
  • IP over satellite to support mission-critical applications
  • Communications and it’s place in digital oil field applications
  • 14:30 INTELSAT: MEETING THE CURRENT AND FUTURE CHALLENGES IN THE OIL AND GAS SUPPLY CHAIN

    Jean-Philippe Gillet

    Jean-Philippe Gillet, Regional Vice President, Europe - Middle East, Intelsat Global Service

    Intelsat NBB solutions for:

  • upstream,
  • midstream and
  • downstream challenges in the O&G supply chain
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS VS. WIMAX AND WI-FI - COMPETING OR COMPLEMENTARY SERVICES?

    Stig Petersen

    Stig Petersen, Research Scientist, Communication Systems, Sintef ICT

  • The use and potential benefits of WiMAX in Oil & Gas
  • The use and potential benefits of Wi-Fi in Oil & Gas
  • Hybrid solutions
  • 16:20 REGULATORY RISKS AND WORK-AROUNDS FOR THE O&E INDUSTRY

    Nina Beebe

    Nina Beebe, Director for Emerging Markets, Access Partnership

  • The regulatory environment in exploration, production and logist
  • The risks and how they are overcome
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Gregory Francis

    Gregory Francis, Managing Director, Access Partnership

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Robert Bell

    Robert Bell, Director of Strategic Marketing, Gilat Satellite Networks

    9:10 RAPID DEPLOYMENT COMMUNICATION

    Rashid Ahmad Baba

    Rashid Ahmad Baba, Head of Product Management, Thuraya Telecommunications

  • Netted voice (closed user group)
  • Ruggedised terminals
  • Communications on the move
  • 9:50 3 FACTORS FOR SELECTING THE RIGHT SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS SOLUTION

    Denis Sutherland

    Denis Sutherland, Systems Engineering Manager, iDirect

  • Understanding organization requirements and applications
  • Satellite connectivity options
  • Cost analysis and comparison
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 REMOTE COLLABORATION FOR DEEPWATER EXPLORATION

    Roar Walderhaug

    Roar Walderhaug, CTO, MCP

  • Ensuring high reliability and extreme mobility
  • Satellite and wireless technology enhancements
  • Challenges of the offshore environment
  • 11:40 VSAT AND MOBILE SATELLITE SERVICES

    Robert Heijder

    Robert Heijder, VSAT Sales - Europe, Middle East, Africa, Satcom Global

  • Addressing maritime-specific communications requirements
  • Incorporating VSAT with MSS
  • Can VSAT be a replacement to MSS?
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 SATELLITE FOR OIL & GAS

    Jag Rai

    Jag Rai, Sales Director, Eutelsat

  • Eutelsat Overview
  • Major trends in the Oil and Gas sector
  • Implications for IT networks
  • Satellites and Eutelsat's value proposition
  • 14:30 REAL-TIME COMMUNICATIONS IN CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTS

    Richard Bobbett

    Richard Bobbett, CEO, Airwave Solutions

  • Interoperability in critical environments – Defining the interoperability risk within Emergency Response
  • The role Airwave in UK Critical National Infrastructure
  • The value of TETRA in UK Oil & Gas
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 ENSURING ACCESS TO BANDWIDTH INTENSIVE APPLICATIONS AND TELEPRESENCES

    Robert Bell

    Robert Bell, Director of Strategic Marketing, Gilat Satellite Networks

  • New network topologies for high performance private networking
  • Ensuring constant and secure supply
  • Delivering innovation to ensure reliability and performance of critical communication links
  • 16:20 REACHING THE PARTS OTHER NETWORKS DON’T REACH

    Simon Watts

    Simon Watts, Chief Engineer, Hughes Network Systems

    Reaching the parts other networks don't reach

  • Hughes is well known for its petroleum retail coverage - even here not all locations are easy to reach
  • Reaching out to sea

    o       VSAT services for maritime applications

  • Reaching across land

    o       SCADA

    o       Exploration

  • Reaching around the world

    o       Global solutions for global companies

  • 17:00 EXPANDING VSAT AND MARINE SATELLITE SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE NORDIC REGION

    Jan Hetland

    Jan Hetland, Chief Technologist - Datacomms, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting

    17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Robert Bell

    Robert Bell, Director of Strategic Marketing, Gilat Satellite Networks

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    Real-Time Communications in Critical Environments
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    Real-Time Communications in Critical Environments

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    23rd March 2010
    London, United Kingdom

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