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Satellite services are widely used by the commercial sector and especially so for the Oil & Gas Industries. Reliance on detecting minute signals in a fog of radio frequency “noise” interference, either unintended or deliberate, is a concern to maintaining assured and reliable communications links to all.

This Masterclass describes the technology and tools used to mitigate interference through commercial sector initiatives and explore how interference is managed and reduced. Presenters from the IRG, Inmarsat SAT Corporation and VeriSat will look at the challenges posed by this important issue, identify current and potential solutions, describe what is being done within the satellite community to ensure that robust satellite communications can be sustained as services rapidly expand.

1. To gain a better understanding of the key causes of interference.
2. To gain a better understanding of the current global initiatives for satellite
interference mitigation.
3. To understand how the Oil & Gas environment can impact operations and
cause satellite interference.
4. To gain knowledge of the tools and technology available for mitigating
satellite interference.

Who Should Attend

Oil & Gas or other Commercial organisations that…
1. Uplink to Satellites
2. Operate/Maintain Satellite/Broadcast & VSAT Networks

Those involved with implementing interference initiatives…
a. Carrier/Spectrum Monitoring
b. Equipment Quality & Improvement to VSAT Networks
c. Tools to help mitigate problems

Oil & Gas Communications Personnel - Operations & Engineering
Satellite Operators (Commercial, Sales & Marketing)
Uplinkers (Commercial (e.g. Broadcasters & Military Service Providers)
Communication Project Managers

Masterclass programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Introduction to presentation team and workshop

Martin Coleman

Martin Coleman, Executive Director, Satellite Interference Reduction Group

9:05 Setting the Scene: Interference in context

Martin Coleman

Martin Coleman, Executive Director, Satellite Interference Reduction Group

• Reliability of satellite systems compared to other delivery media
• How the external environment affects the availability of satellite communications systems
o Space debris (SDA)
o Weather (space and terrestrial)
o Interference (unintentional and intentional)
• How big a problem is interference?
o The Statistics! Big Data!

The Interference Problem

• Key causes of interference
o The congested electromagnetic environment
o Poor installation/design
o The proliferation of small mobile terminals
o Deliberate jamming

• Different ways interference affects satellite communications systems
o Degradation
o Denial

• Q&A…


9:30 Quality & Equipment Approvals

Mark Steel

Mark Steel, Director, User Terminal Development, Inmarsat

• State of current VSAT Antenna Systems
• Inmarsat process to ensure quality from Product to Install
• Q&A…

10:15 Morning Coffee

10:30 System Monitoring & Security

Guido Baraglia

Guido Baraglia, Director, Sat Corporation

• Monitoring for Mission Critical Systems
• Impact of Telecommunications on the O&G value chain (exploration to pump)
• Secured data delivery
• Satellite telecommunication toolbox, from Monitoring to Interference mitigation
• Q&A…

11:15 VSAT Networks the next big issue!

Petter Amundsen

Petter Amundsen, Managing Director, VeriSat

• Proposed SatGuard Solution (SES)
• Eutelsat GSM Demodulation Tool
• The next steps
• Q&A…

12:00 Summary and conclusions

12:20 End of Masterclass


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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.


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.

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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.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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