Gaps, Fulfilling Wishes and Addressing Challenges

Gaps, Fulfilling Wishes and Addressing Challenges

06 Sep 2018, 11:45 - 12:15

Gordon B

Session title: Gaps, Fulfilling Wishes and Addressing Challenges

Opening Remarks


1150-1215: Keynote Session: So you have all the Communications! Now what?

Keynote Speaker: Tony Edwards, CEO, StepChange Global


High bandwidth communications have been the key enabler of Digital Transformation since it started to become readily available in the early 2000’s. The price point has since dropped to where all but the remotest operations can now be connected and data and information that can viewed remotely in real time. So now that we have the comm’s and the all the data and analysis that goes with it what are the implications for our organizational models in upstream oil and gas?

This paper will present the emerging operational models that are based on the improving speed, latency and resilience of the communications backbones that we now have available. It will explore models such as:

•Remote operations and engineering support

•Remote control of complex assets

•Operate and manage by exception

•Brownfield minimum staffed operations

•Radically minimum staffed new greenfield project concepts

Examples will be given of operations in Oil & Gas and Mining that are pushing the boundaries of these models and driving down OPEX and CAPEX whilst improving production availability, reliability and safety.


  • Tony Edwards



    Stepchange Global Limited

    CEO of Stepchange Global Limited, Tony has extensive experience in the oil and gas exploration and production industry worldwide. Tony has a BA...

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