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With workers scattered across the globe, often in remote or offshore locations, satellite communications are an essential tool for the oil and gas sector. 

SMi’s second Oil & Gas Satellite Communications conference will again bring together representatives from the oil & gas industry and leading satellite service providers to discuss the issues and requirements of the upstream industry. 

Join fellow industry experts to discuss the latest developments and enhance your communications infrastructure.  

Enjoy excellent networking opportunities with leading communications professionals, engage in interactive discussion and debate, and learn from expert speakers. 

Key topics for discussion include:

  • VSAT Services – Maximising business performance through communications intelligence
  • Connecting remote sites 24/7 cost effectively
  • Real time Oil and Gas applications over VSAT communications
  • Remote monitoring and control for Oil and Gas facilities at isolated sites
  • Efficient bandwidth allocation
  • Libyan markets: getting in over the long term
  • Satellite Network regulatory approvals
  • How can different transmission medias work together to provide a communications solution?
  • Infrastructure and challenging environments
  • Satellite Networks regulatory approvals: Global operations in challenging environments
  • When disaster strikes – will your VSAT keep you in control?
  • Next generation networks – the potential for integrated satellite-terrestrial wireless networks

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Benefits of Attending:

Enhance your Satellite Communication abilities
Share expertise and experience with colleagues in the oil and gas industry
Understand what is required to set up and maintain a secure communications infrastructure
Explore the technologies on offer, and learn where future developments lie
Enjoy excellent networking opportunities with clients, colleagues and
suppliers

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COMMENTS FROM THE 2008 OIL & GAS SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE: 

“An interesting & focused satellite conference to serve oil & gas industry”
Mohammad Al-Jaroudi, IT Specialist, Saudi Aramco

“Good conference. I learned a lot”
Ian Hill, Group Technical Authority Telecoms, BG Group

“Worthwhile conference.  Interesting to listen to other companies, and our clients’ experience.  A good occasion to network with our clients and suppliers”
Paul Poncelet, IT Manager, Transocean

“Very good conference”
Eric Moore, Channel Manager, Mobile Satellite Ventures

“Good conference with a great mix of end users and suppliers so we could learn from each other”
Andy Booth, Global E&P Telecommunications  Consultant, BP Exploration

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

Network Manager

Network Engineer

Head of Telecomms

Systems Manager

IT Manager

Infrastructure Manager

CIO

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Greg  Francis

Greg Francis, Managing Director, Access Partnership

9:10 VSAT SERVICES - MAXIMIZING BUSINESS PERFORMANCE THROUGH COMMUNICATIONS INTELLIGENCE

Mohammed Al-Jaroudi

Mohammed Al-Jaroudi, Communications Engineer, Saudi Aramco

  • Real time Oil and Gas applications over VSAT communications
  • SCADA applications
  • Remote monitoring and control for Oil & Gas facilities at isolated sites
  • 9:50 REDUCE TIME TO FIRST OIL

    Drew Brandy

    Drew Brandy, Head of Land Mobile Services, Inmarsat

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 WHY IS VSAT CRUCIAL TO THE REAL-TIME E&P ENVIRONMENT

    Paul Khayat

    Paul Khayat, Global Connectivity Services Marketing Manager, Schlumberger

  • Oil and gas companies increasingly require environments that support real-time E&P business processes
  • Most companies believe that making decisions in real time while leveraging global resources
  • However, since E&P activities often take place in remote and hostile parts of the world where it may not be possible or economical to deliver all the required resources and personnel, global operations
  • VSAT is therefore crucial to meet the demand for real-time operations, while leveraging global resources and improving field productivity
  • 11:40 RETURN ON INVESTMENT

    Simon Watts

    Simon Watts, Chief Engineer, Hughes Network Systems GmbH

  • Overcoming the challenges of upstream monitoring
  • Production platforms
  • Downstream retail experience
  • Single supplier benefits
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 END-USER BANDWIDTH REQUIREMENTS

    Barry Considine

    Barry Considine, Country Manager, Turkmenistan, Hermes Datacomms

  • Trends and requirements
  • Increasing bandwidth
  • Business impact
  • 14:30 EUTELSAT - EXTENDING SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS FOR OIL AND GAS

    Nicholas Daly

    Nicholas Daly, Regional Director, UK, Ireland and The Netherlands, Eutelsat UK

  • New launches
  • Exploiting new spectrum  
  • Future trends in Satellite Capacity
  • Customer case study: Getting the most out of existing capacity
  • 15:10 SATELLITE COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES IN THE FLOATING PRODUCTION OFFSHORE ENVIRONMENT

    Kenny Grant

    Kenny Grant, Sales Director EMEA, CapRock Communications

  • Meeting the Pre-sail and Transit Needs
  • In-Field Operations
  • Redundancy Considerations
  • Case Study
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 OFFSHORE SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS

    Dr Karl-Heinz Walker

    Dr Karl-Heinz Walker, Key Account Manager, ND SatCom

  • Challenges of the off-shore environment
  • Solutions
  • Efficient bandwidth allocation
  • Ensuring constant, secure and reliable supply
  • 16:50 PANEL SESSION - LIBYAN MARKET: GETTING IN OVER THE LONG TERM

  • Current Environment
  • Existing Risks
  • Existing Options
  • Future Prospects
  • Greg  Francis

    Greg Francis, Managing Director, Access Partnership

    John Crawford

    John Crawford, Deputy Director for Energy (Oil & Gas), UK Trade And Investment, Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR)

    Andy Lucas

    Andy Lucas, Global Connectivity Servicers Product Manager, Schlumberger

    17:30 SATELLITE NETWORK REGULATORY APPROVALS: GLOBAL OPERATIONS IN CHALLENGING MARKETS

    Nina Beebe

    Nina Beebe, Director for Emerging Markets, Access Partnership

  • Regulatory approvals impact every aspect of the business
  • Common barriers to access and VSAT licensing
  • Importance of planning for network approvals, operator licenses, or partnerships
  • Recent case studies in challenging markets:  gaining approvals
  • 18:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    18:20 Networking Drinks Reception

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Philip Stockdale

    Philip Stockdale, Sales Director, Thales Energy

    9:10 THIN ROUTE REDUNDANCY STRATEGIES FOR CRITICAL APPLICATIONS

    Stein Harstad

    Stein Harstad, Director, Business Development, TSAT AS

  • Avoid depending on a single broadband VSAT pipe
  • Separating mission critical infrastructure from administrative applications by employing dedicated communication infrastructure.
  • Maintenance and recovery access when main communication fails
  • 9:50 MAINTAINING ASSETS AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS – DEALING WITH LIMITED INTEROPERABILITY

    Eric Moore

    Eric Moore, Channel Manager, SkyTerra

  • Mobile satellite communications and push to talk service
  • Multi organizational interoperable communications
  • Next generation networks – the potential for integrated satellite-terrestrial wireless networks
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 NETWORK MIGRATION FOR E&P CRITICAL APPLICATION

    Stefano Bellomi

    Stefano Bellomi, Technical Manager, Satellite Communication Services

  • Drivers for technological changes: Technical and Economic reason for upgrading VSAT networks or changing VSAT provider.
  • Difficulties for offshore sites when upgrading VSAT networks or changing providers.
  • Managing and mitigating risks for oil rigs and other offshore sites: minimising service interruption
  • 11:40 AUTOMATIC VEHICLE LOCATION (AVL) OVER SATELLITE

    Abdullah A Al-Shehri

    Abdullah A Al-Shehri, Communications Engineer, Saudi Aramco

  • Current AVL system limitations
  • Challenges to wireless communication over wide operational areas
  • The Need for  AVL system over Satellite
  • Opportunities offered by existing satellite networks
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 IP IN THE SKY

    David Moss

    David Moss, Executive Manager, Product Management, Thuraya Telecommunications Company

  • MSS for oil and gas
  • Connecting remote sites 24/7 cost effectively
  • Improve business processes with Automated systems and monitoring
  • Netted Communication
  • Asset tracking
  • 14:30 SUPPORTING THE FUTURE GROWTH OF YOUR BUSINESS

    Jean-Philippe Gillet

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

  • Meeting the needs of the Oil & Gas Community – promoting efficiency and cost effectiveness
  • Next generation mobility Fixed Satellite Services and their associated benefits
  • Enhancements of existing services and the performance / efficiency  improvements benefits – client case studies
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS IN EXTREME TEMPERATURES

    Andrew Shorrock

    Andrew Shorrock, Sales Director, CODAN

  • Challenges for outdoor RF sub-system suppliers
  • Equipment survivability - what is required?
  • Solutions - robust and cost effective?
  • Ensuring constant and secure supply
  • Case study
  • 16:20 THE MULTI-TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE

    James Dell

    James Dell, CEO, Parallel

  • The advancement in SatComms techniques has left us with a multi-vendor multi-technology problem
  • Integration and standardization: What, How and why?
  • Scalability: The next big issue as VSAT grows
  • Automation: Can it be achieved over the air?
  • Prediction: How advanced technology can go beyond proactive and achieve a predictive NOC
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    Kensington
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

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    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

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