Smart Communications

Smart Communications

Explore emerging trends and next generation smart technologies including 5G, Optical Communication, advanced Sub-Surface Acoustic EM techniques.

Learn how smart technologies from the aerospace, automobile and aviation industries can be adapted for the oil and gas industry.

Intelligent systems start with smart people – find out how you can bridge the digital skills gap in your business at ENGenious 2018.

Champions: Ashraf Al-Tahini, Stephanie Cathcart & Accenture nominee (Andrew Smart)


Efficient Oil & Gas exploration and production operations require reliable and resilient, high capacity and smart communication networks that can operate under harsh environmental conditions. Such communication networks can facilitate the reduction of capital and operational expenditures, while increasing operational efficiency and safety. Additionally, once these smart communications channels are in place, there is a broader organizational need to connect data from equipment to insights for clear enterprise visibility that can drive transformational change across an organization and our industry.

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 very 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 can pose significant challenges.

The goal of ENGenious is to bring together researchers and technologists from both industry and academia to explore state of the art, emerging, and future smart communication technologies for connectivity, organizational change models to break down industry silos, and identify how to integrate these communications into persona-based processes throughout your organization.

The event will focus on state of the art technologies, cloud and edge connectivity developments, learnings in other industries including aerospace, automobile and aviation, and how these technologies can be adapted for O&G applications. Different business cases and challenges will be presented to evaluate current capabilities and limitations of existing communication technologies including WiMAX, Wireless HART, ISA-100, Zigbee and downhole communication techniques like mud and acoustic telemetry.

Emerging trends and next-generation technologies including 5G, optical communication, and advanced sub-surface acoustic/EM techniques will be explored to push the envelope of evolving O&G applications. Furthermore, futuristic and far reaching ideas will be discussed including industrial IoT, downhole wireless sensor networks, and self-powered intelligent sensing systems. These technologies can revolutionize the smart communication network for future production and exploration operations.

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