New Subsurface Communication Frontiers

New Subsurface Communication Frontiers

05 Sep 2018, 13:45 - 15:15

Balmoral Suite

The environmental conditions that oil and gas operations face are extremely challenging, including explosive atmosphere, extreme operating temperatures, high vibration and shock, and often in remote locations without proper communication infrastructure. Furthermore, downhole communication is also highly demanding because of harsh temperature and pressure, presence of multiphase and conductive fluids, complex formation, strict reliability requirements and long communication distances. As such, many times these communications and data methods are kept in silos, creating a lack of connectivity or “single-source-of-truth” understanding for oil and gas organizations. Developing reliable, connected, smart communication systems under these conditions pose significant challenges.

This session will allow delegates to take a deeper dive into emerging trends and next-generation technologies including Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced sub-surface acoustic/EM techniques. The session will also focus on what we can learn from other industries, and examine how these technologies can be adapted for O&G applications.

1345-1405: Presentation title TBC 

Pieris Hadjipieris, Deputy CEO, PETEX   

1405-1425: Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) for Oil & GAS Industry

Ken Hosac, Cradlepoint

1425-1445: Wireless Intelligent Completions: today’s reality and the vision for the future

Annabel Green, CTO at TENDEKA

1445-1515: Activity: Darth Vader meets Upstream: the impact of human behavior, culture and politics on cyber security.

Cyril Widdershoven, Director VEROCY, Geopolitical and Financial Analyst

Global energy is confronted by an increased amount of cyber threats, not only due to increased interconnectivity of operations, but also because of misperceptions on the impact of cultural, political and human interaction that is playing a role in the overall implementation of cyber security in the oil and gas sector. Well-known cyber attacks, such as Shamoon, Wanna-cry and others, have shown that human interaction, based on cultural and political differences inside and outside of an organisation can constrain the effectiveness of cyber security programs. The combination of still existing silo-mentalities within organisations, the ongoing discussions between operational and IT departments on who’s leading the full implementation, in combination with cultural differences or political issues, substantiate a totally different approach to ICS/IOT security. Without addressing the company focused constraints, other potential threats are not even able to countered in future. The wide range of threats, coming from inside operators (Human Factors), competitors or service suppliers, have been already discussed widely but still lack a coherent project focused approach. At the same time, oil and gas operators and service suppliers are increasingly facing threats from international actors (hackers) or national organisations, who’s capabilities are way above any available countermeasures of NOCs, IOCs or oil-service companies. Research has shown that national actors (governments) have become the main threat to security at present. Geopolitics are playing a much more important role than energy companies at present are aware off. Attacks on energy infrastructure in US, Ukraine, NL and the Arab world, have proven this point already. The reactions however are rather subdued.  It is time to find the Force to combine knowledge, culture and insights, into an approach able to counter or mitigate technical threats, while addressing cultural, political and human factors at the same time.                                                                

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