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As the oil & gas industries continue to grow at an unprecedented rate, so the need for reliable control, monitoring and transfer of real-time data becomes increasingly necessary in order to effectively monitor, control and improve business operations. Oil & gas companies are opting to streamline their operations and ultimately save money by implementing advanced supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) solutions. The benefits and practicalities of SCADA communications are obvious – access to real-time business data, increased visibility of production processes throughout the enterprise and value chain, simplified production process improvement, enhanced information flow between control and business systems, quality control, and less need for rework. Demands for new solutions to meet businesses’ requirements are plentiful as businesses realise the full potential of an effective SCADA system.

However, these advanced systems must be compatible with modern day business applications and the cost of such a solution has often dissuaded many companies from upgrading to new, more efficient systems, not to mention the security concerns surrounding open architecture, necessary for seamless interfacing with other systems and databases.

This conference will highlight the need for accurate information and data in the making of a successful energy business. All of the major issues will be discussed including SCADA system overview, practicalities, implementation/replacement of systems, upgrading your existing SCADA system, integration of SCADA with other business applications and how investing in an effective SCADA system can dramatically improve your business operations. Case study presentations will give your real evidence of SCADA acquisition, implementation and operational results.

Benefits of Attending:
· Learn about planning and managing SCADA projects
· Identify the practical, technical and financial considerations for SCADA outsourcing
· Discover asset tracking and remote data monitoring by satellite
· Hear about low cost eSCADA solutions
· Consider the implications of SCADA digital security
· Evaluate SCADA replacement versus re-use

A unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts including:
Bert van den Berg, Group EP CAO Consultant, Shell
Andrew Cobbett, Global Manager, Process Control Digital Security, BP
Ian Bennett, Control Systems Group Manager, Halliburton KBR
Dr Andrew Lichnowski, Manager Process Control Systems, InnogyOne
Peter Fritz, Manager Sales, RWE Solutions
Folke Dahlfors, Marketing Manager, ABB Utility
Dr Gerald Linke, Head of Dispatching Projects Section, Ruhrgas
Arturs Tiesnieks, Project Co-ordinator, Latvenergo

Conference programme

9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Ian Bennett

Ian Bennett, Control Systems Group Manager, Halliburton KBR

9:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Ian Bennett

Ian Bennett, Control Systems Group Manager, Halliburton KBR

  • Trends in SCADA development and use within the energy sector
  • Design criteria for high system availability
  • Understanding client requirements for remote operation and remote diagnostics
  • Capabilities for alarm handling
  • Capabilities for report generation
  • Requirement for historical data collection and archiving facilities
  • 10:20 INTEGRATED POWER PLANT MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL

    Dr Andrew Lichnowski

    Dr Andrew Lichnowski, Manager Process Control Systems, InnogyOne

  • System architecture
  • Man-machine interface
  • Dispatching systems
  • Integrated load control
  • Added value applications
  • Monitoring & reporting
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF RUHRGAS DISPATCHING APPLICATION AND INFORMATION SYSTEM (DAISY)

    Dr Gerald Linke

    Dr Gerald Linke, Head of Dispatching Projects Section, Ruhrgas

  • Key elements of system architecture
  • Interaction between SCADA, contract and communication modules
  • Technical process data and contract handling data communication
  • Integration of gas grid simulation and optimisation tools
  • Information requirements of different business units
    Archives and cross referencing
  • System redundancy
    Gates to modern business applications
  • 12:00 INTEGRATED SCADA AND MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT

    Peter Fritz

    Peter Fritz, Manager Sales, RWE Solutions

  • Motivation
  • Automated maintenance management workflow
  • State orientated maintenance
  • EAI based system architecture
  • Integrating GIS, ERP, workforce management
  • EnviaM – a practical example
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 INTEGRATING SCADA WITH OTHER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS

    Folke Dahlfors

    Folke Dahlfors, Marketing Manager, ABB

  • Efficiently meeting business requirements
  • Identifying opportunities for connection to other systems
  • Managing the data
  • Service reliability
  • Aspects on IT security
  • Considerations for the future
  • 14:40 PLANNING AND MANAGING SCADA PROJECTS

    Arturs Tiesnieks

    Arturs Tiesnieks, Project Co-ordinator, Latvenergo

  • Phases of SCADA projects
  • Procurement, specifications and commissioning
  • Understanding international standards and their practical implications
  • Understanding SCADA’s role in strategic corporate decision-making
  • Experience with electrical transmission and distribution grid SCADA projects in Latvenergo
  • Future direction for SCADA systems
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 NEW GENERATION LOW-COST eSCADA IMPLEMENTATION IN SHELL AND SAUDI ARAMCO

    Hatem Nasr

    Hatem Nasr, President and Co-Founder, vMonitor (A Shell Technology Ventures Inc. Company)

  • Next generation wireless technology
  • Requirements for end-to-end solutions
  • Issues in remote monitoring in upstream applications
  • Low cost eSCADA solutions
  • Integration to legacy systems
  • 16:20 PANEL DISCUSSION

  • Integration with modern day business applications and seamless interfacing with other systems and databases
  • Integration between SCADA systems and SCADA system components from different vendors
  • Cost implications
  • Making control systems compatible · Pros and cons of technical process data exchange via Edig@s, Edi-light, TASE.2 · Pros and cons of contract handling data communication via Edig@s, Edi-light, E-NOM, e-mail (Excel), TASE.2, XML-files, SEAL, ISIS
  • Security issues surrounding open architecture
  • Dr Gerald Linke

    Dr Gerald Linke, Head of Dispatching Projects Section, Ruhrgas

    Folke Dahlfors

    Folke Dahlfors, Marketing Manager, ABB

    Arturs Tiesnieks

    Arturs Tiesnieks, Project Co-ordinator, Latvenergo

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    9:00 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    George Turnbull

    George Turnbull, OACG Chairman, Open Automation and Control

    9:40 SCADA REPLACEMENT VERSUS RE-USE

  • Assessment of replacement versus upgrade · Risks involved · Pilot studies · Optimising return on investment · Avoidance of increased system complexity and cost
  • Integration of current and legacy SCADA tools and systems
  • Data exchange protocols
  • Network infrastructure
  • Testing to minimise operational disruption and maximise confidence
  • Dr Graham Fletcher

    Dr Graham Fletcher, Senior Project Engineer, Digital Applications International

    John Stevens

    John Stevens, Project Manager, British Pipeline Agency

    10:20 DACA

    Bert van den Berg

    Bert van den Berg, Group EP CAO Consultant, Shell

  • We were not the first when starting 30 years ago
  • Looking backwards from the future
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 SCADA OUTSOURCING – THE FUTURE?

    Alec Harley

    Alec Harley, Engineering Manager (Process Control), Real Time Engineering

  • Potential business benefits
  • Setting objectives and reviewing performance
  • Roles for management, users and support
  • Risk mitigation – upgrades, system maintenance, downtime
  • Enhanced innovation through strategic outsourcing
  • Drivers, resources and technologies
  • 12:00 BEYOND SCADA

    Steven Mustard

    Steven Mustard, SCADA Product Manager, LogicaCMG

  • Traditional SCADA and changing business needs
  • Ways in which SCADA can provide real business benefits
  • Real world examples
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 ASSET TRACKING AND REMOTE DATA MONITORING BY SATELLITE

    Paul Thomas

    Paul Thomas, Vice President, Data Products and Services, Globalstar

  • New, very low cost systems rewrite the economics of traditional remote monitoring
  • Energy companies are facing increased competitive pressure and must show faster ROI for acquisitions and operations
  • Traditional data acquisition networks rely on cellular and radio networks whose coverage is inadequate in remote regions
  • Low earth orbiting satellites enable real-time, global coverage, and now provide a price point that removes cost as an obstacle to intelligent logistics for mobile and fixed assets
  • 14:40 SCADA DIGITAL SECURITY

    Andrew Cobbett

    Andrew Cobbett, Global Manager, Process Control Digital Security, BP

  • Benefits of the BP approach
  • Trends and differences affecting SCADA/DCS security
  • Observed differences between digitally securing process control systems versus standard IT systems
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 SCADA IMPLEMENTATION ON A MATURE FIELD

    Robert Garner

    Robert Garner, Automation Section Head, Total E&P Norge

    16:20 OPEN SYSTEMS FOR EMBEDDED SCADA

    George Turnbull

    George Turnbull, OACG Chairman, Open Automation and Control

  • Movement of SCADA functionality into embedded nodes
  • Relevant open standards for distributed embedded systems
  • Integration of control and safety functionality
  • Secure web functionality in the various nodes
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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