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Those in the oil and gas sector work in some of the most dangerous, harsh and remote environments on earth.  Far removed from infrastructure, support teams and in extreme temperatures and unpredictable weather conditions. Secure, scalable and, most importantly, reliable communications, are vital for the success of all involved.

SMi's sixth annual conference focuses on all aspects of your telecommunication needs, from initial exploration through to extraction, transport and processes.

Covering operational requirements from end to end, new sessions this year include case case studies on smart field optimisationnetwork monitoring, maritime and air - sea search and rescue, offshore broadband telecommunications infrastructure, and IT security for offshore developments.

Based on extensive discussion with industry experts, SMi focuses this year's meeting on upstream, midstream and downstream aspects of oil and gas telecommunications including:

  • Improving service quality and meeting evolving on-site needs
  • Integrating TETRA, broadband, fibre optic, WiMAX, line-of-sight and satellite systems
  • Remote pipeline monitoring and control
  • Crisis management, emergency evacuation and disaster recovery
  • Tracking of people, vessels and assets
  • Overcoming vulnerabilities in telecommunications infrastructure

Customers who are registered for this event also registered for M2M for Oil and Gas
 

Whether your interests lie in exploration and production or transport and processes, attending this exciting meeting will bring you:

  • A new focus on quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE)
  • Case studies on infrastructure monitoringemergency evacuation and crisis management in arctic environments
  • Lessons on implementing vertical communication systems
  • Applications of integrated networks offshore
  • Wireless and satellite communications to track assets in extreme environments
  • Integrating broadband and remote sensing into digital oil and gas fields

Chief Executive Officers, Chief Information Officers, Vice Presidents, Directors, Heads, Managers and Team Leaders in:

  • Telecommunications and Telecoms Engineering
  • Satellite Communications
  • Information Technology
  • Information Engineering
  • Information Systems Security
  • Communication and Instrumentation
  • Production and Operations
  • Data Management
  • QHSE
  • Integrated Operations
  • Emergency Response and Disaster Management
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Air-Sea Rescue
  • Business Development

Access Intelligence; Access Partnership; Airwave Solutions; Aljeel Aljadeed For Technology; Astrium Services; Avanti; BHP Billiton; BP; Bristow Helicopters Ltd; CapRock Communications; Connect Telecom; DATASAT Technologies; E.ON Ruhrgas UK North Sea; ENI UK; Eutelsat; GE Satcom; Gilat Satellite Networks; Globalstar ; Horizon Globex; Hughes; Hughes Network Systems; iDirect ; iDirect Europe ; ING Commercial Banking; Intelsat Global Service; IPX International Systems; Kongsberg Gruppen; McKinsey & Co; MCP; METRACOM; Mol Oil & Gas; ND SatCom; NSSL Global; Ocean Rig; Olive Group ; Optilan Communication Systems; Orange Business Services; Pioneer Natural Resources; Polish Oil & Gas; Remote Data Services; Riverbed Technology; Sagola Engineering; Satcom Global; Saudi Aramco; Schlumberger Global Connectivity Services; Schlumberger Olifield UK; Schlumberger UK; SES; Shell Upstream International, Sub Sahara Africa; Sintef Ict; SIS Live; SIS Norway; Sonema; Songa Offshore; Talk Satellite; Telaurus Communications ; Telenor Satellite Broadcasting; The Marlink Group; Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications; Thuraya Telecommunications Company; Tullow Oil; Tullow Oil South Africa;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Bill Green

Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

9:10 Reliable offshore broadband telecommunications infrastructure

  • Technical requirements
  • Combination of technologies (fibre optic cable, radio link, satellite)
  • How we have succeeded- cooperation between operating companies on the Norwegian Continental Shelf
  • Experience with offshore broadband telecommunication infrastructure
  • Torbjørn  Kristiansen

    Torbjørn Kristiansen, Leading Advisor, Upstream Telecoms, Statoil

    Jan Robert Moen

    Jan Robert Moen, Telecommunications Advisor, Statoil

    9:50 Getting it right first time

    Frank Crawley

    Frank Crawley, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Strathclyde

  • Getting the correct concept – using a predetermined model
  • Optimising the design – using a structured HAZID study
  • Lessons learned from Piper – what went wrong with the comms?
  • Lessons learned from BP Audit – you think it is OK until you dig deeper
  • Deepwater Horizon – who was in charge?  Where did the communication break down?
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Telecom system integration - the route ahead

    Andrew Derby

    Andrew Derby, Telecoms Team Leader, ABB Limited

  • New for old technology
  • Front-end monitoring and control
  • Combining telecom monitoring with automation
  • 11:30 Case Study: Gas pipeline monitoring: moving from analogue to wireless

  • Utilising a network of wireless pressure and temperature transmitters.
  • 24 -hour operation involving constant monitoring through SCADA systems.
  • Providing redundant communication paths and better reliability than direct, line-of-sight communications.
  • Wireless communication on BGE transmission AGI’s  – Pros and Cons.
  • Frank Smiddy

    Frank Smiddy, Senior C & I Design Engineer, Bord Gáis Networks

    Eddie Collins

    Eddie Collins, C & I Field Operations Engineer, Bord Gais Eireann

    12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:40 Considerations for WiMAX networks

    David Barker

    David Barker, Senior IT Business Specialist , Marathon Oil

  • O&G needs
  • WiMax, conceptually, is a great idea
  • WiMax challenges in real-world deployments
  • Marathon today
  • 14:20 Improving the regulatory environment

    Nina Beebe

    Nina Beebe, Director for Emerging Markets, Access Partnership

  • New solutions needed to meet new demands - Earth Stations on Vessels (ESV)
  • Licensing issues in challenging markets – some case studies
  • Mitigating Risks

     

  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Case Study: Managing DESFA’s ICT

    Petros  Theodorakis

    Petros Theodorakis, Information & Communications Technology Director , DESFA

  • A strategy for installing fibre optic cable
  • Current map of information technology
  • Current map of communications technology
  • Future communications strategy
  • 16:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Bill Green

    Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Bill Green

    Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

    9:10 Approaches to satellite networking: a critical evaluation of impact on capacity and quality of service

    Ifiok  Otung

    Ifiok Otung, Professor of Satellite Communications, University Of Glamorgan

  • Delivering large communication capacity with limited spectrum: how well are we doing in satellite communications and how much better can we do?
  • Quality of service considerations in multimedia communication networks
  • Link characteristics of geostationary and non-geostationary satellite orbits and impact on system architecture
  • Transparent versus onboard processing transponders, and global versus narrow spot beam technologies
  • Case studies of the Inmarsat, Iridium, Globalstar and other approaches in industry
  • 9:50 Delivering communications in extreme environments

    Bill Green

    Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

  • Hermes introduction
  • Global coverage
  • Our marketplace and challenges
  • Technologies in use
  • Case studies
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Progress in oil & gas vertical telecommunications

    Ian Theophilus

    Ian Theophilus, Global I.S. Infrastructure Operations Manager, Tullow Oil plc

  • 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
  • 11:30 Managing telecoms data at high altitudes- safety at sea in Norwegian arctic waters

    Beate Kvamstad

    Beate Kvamstad, Research Scientist, Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute

  • Co-operation on aeronautical and maritime search and rescue (SAR) in the Arctic
  • Communication, surveillance and monitoring
  • Use of sensors on persons and equipment for monitoring people and equipment in advanced and dangerous work operations
  • Infrastructure - traffic separation schemes and safe corridors in areas with no or limited access to electronic navigational charts
  • Seasonal and geographical optimized use of SAR resources based on dynamic risk assessments, improved infrastructure for communication and differential global navigation satellite systems
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:40 Medevac helicopter service in the northern areas

    Ketil Moe

    Ketil Moe, Executive Officer, 330 Squadron, Royal Norwegian Air Force

  • Introduction to 330 Squadron (organisation, mission, operations area)
  • Cooperation with other units
  • Means of communication
  • Necessity of radio systems when liaising with other emergency services
  • Challenges with satellite communications
  • Future integration of TETRA into communications infrastructure
  • 14:20 Current cybersecurity threats

    John Williams

    John Williams, Professor of Information Engineering and Director, Geospatial Data Centre, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Understanding the vulnerabilities of global computer networks
  • Simulating cyber or physical attack scenarios
  • Network and software performance modeling after an attack
  • Applications to information synchronisation and availability across global organisations
  • 15:00 Safety and protection in the fifth domain; cyberspace and critical infrastructure security

    Colin Williams

    Colin Williams, Visiting Lecturer, De Montfort University

  • Cyberspace is now the fifth domain of human existence with full equivalence to land, sea, air and space
  • Society has become functionally, if not existentially, dependant upon cyberspace, and cyberspace is transforming every aspect of the human condition
  • Cyberspace has become both a critical infrastructure in its own right and the infrastructure upon which all of the others depend
  • There is no meaningful separation between industrial control systems and any other facet of cyberspace.  Any attempt to manage element s as though there were, will fail
  • Simultaneously, cyberspace provides both these challenge and the means to address them
  • 15:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    15:45 Afternoon Tea

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Andrew Derby

    Andrew Derby

    Telecoms Team Leader, ABB Limited
    Andrew Mabian

    Andrew Mabian

    Head Of Production Operations, Systems and Business Improvements / SmartFields Project Manager, Shell/Salym Petroleum Development
    Beate Kvamstad

    Beate Kvamstad

    Research Scientist, Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute
    David Barker

    David Barker

    Senior IT Business Specialist , Marathon Oil
    Frank Smiddy

    Frank Smiddy

    Senior C & I Design Engineer, Bord Gáis Networks
    Ian Theophilus

    Ian Theophilus

    Global I.S. Infrastructure Operations Manager, Tullow Oil plc
    Jan Robert Moen

    Jan Robert Moen

    Telecommunications Advisor, Statoil
    John Williams

    John Williams

    Professor of Information Engineering and Director, Geospatial Data Centre, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Ketil Moe

    Ketil Moe

    Executive Officer, 330 Squadron, Royal Norwegian Air Force
    Petros  Theodorakis

    Petros Theodorakis

    Information & Communications Technology Director , DESFA
    Torbjørn  Kristiansen

    Torbjørn Kristiansen

    Leading Advisor, Upstream Telecoms, Statoil

    Andrew Derby

    Telecoms Team Leader, ABB Limited
    Andrew Derby

    Andrew Mabian

    Head Of Production Operations, Systems and Business Improvements / SmartFields Project Manager, Shell/Salym Petroleum Development
    Andrew Mabian

    Beate Kvamstad

    Research Scientist, Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute
    Beate Kvamstad

    Bill Green

    Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms
    Bill Green

    Colin Williams

    Visiting Lecturer, De Montfort University
    Colin Williams

    David Barker

    Senior IT Business Specialist , Marathon Oil
    David Barker

    Eddie Collins

    C & I Field Operations Engineer, Bord Gais Eireann
    Eddie Collins

    Frank Crawley

    Honorary Research Fellow, University of Strathclyde
    Frank Crawley

    Frank Smiddy

    Senior C & I Design Engineer, Bord Gáis Networks
    Frank Smiddy

    Ian Theophilus

    Global I.S. Infrastructure Operations Manager, Tullow Oil plc
    Ian Theophilus

    Ifiok Otung

    Professor of Satellite Communications, University Of Glamorgan
    Ifiok  Otung

    Jan Robert Moen

    Telecommunications Advisor, Statoil
    Jan Robert Moen

    John Williams

    Professor of Information Engineering and Director, Geospatial Data Centre, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    John Williams

    Ketil Moe

    Executive Officer, 330 Squadron, Royal Norwegian Air Force
    Ketil Moe

    Martin Lee

    Senior Analyst, Symantec UK
    Martin Lee

    Matteo Turilli

    Senior Research Associate, Oxford e-Research Centre
    Matteo Turilli

    Nina Beebe

    Director for Emerging Markets, Access Partnership
    Nina Beebe

    Petros Theodorakis

    Information & Communications Technology Director , DESFA
    Petros  Theodorakis

    Sadie Creese

    Professor of Cybersecurity, University of Oxford
    Sadie Creese

    Torbjørn Kristiansen

    Leading Advisor, Upstream Telecoms, Statoil
    Torbjørn  Kristiansen

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    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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    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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    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.

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    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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    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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