October 2-3, 2019 | Houston Marriott Westchase | Houston, TX

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Over the course of two days, you will learn how to scale your digital initiatives to meet future market demands. Additional sessions and speakers to be added in the coming days!

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Wednesday, October 2

Wednesday, October 2
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
FBI Case Study: Current and Emerging Cyber Threats to Oil and Gas Production
Room: Grand Ballroom

Critical Infrastructure has often been a priority target by nation-states, but as cyber criminals continue to increase their threat surface, oil & gas targets have continued to be targeted for ransomware and other criminal attacks. In this session, Mr. James Morrison from the FBI will present a real-world case-study where we’ll learn where these attacks will go in 2020 and beyond, as well as provide information on defenses that can we leverage against them. Attend so your company isn’t the next to be targeted! 

Wednesday, October 2
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Deploying Public & Private LTE at the Wellsite
Room: Grand Ballroom

For many oil & gas operators, LTE is the answer to a wide-array of their needs, providing enough connectivity for both dependable communications and the latest 4.0 technologies currently being implemented. Commercial deployment functions differently than a typical public cellular carrier, however, and can cause issues if not established properly. In this session, we will look at the current industry trends for LTE, how public and private networks can co-exist, and what challenges have evolved in the shift to LTE.  

Wednesday, October 2
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday Exhibit Hall Hours
Wednesday, October 2
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Hybrid Satellite Connectivity: Taking Cloud Services & Applications to the Next Level
Room: Grand Ballroom

This session will explore digital oil and gas industry trends related to automation, environmental regulation, safety and security. The upcoming wave of “fiber to the sky” hybrid high-throughput and low-latency connectivity solutions including Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellations will further enable cloud-based applications and SD-WAN integrated networks for remote sites. This presentation will outline strategies for implementing these new technologies and reveal findings from case studies that highlight fully managed services for onshore and offshore solutions. 

Wednesday, October 2
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Luncheon Keynote with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Room: Grand Ballroom

We invite all OilComm attendees to a fireside chat with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz about the important role that communications technology will play in the U.S. government's plans to boost the nation's oil and gas industry.

Senator Cruz represents 28 million Texans in the U.S. Senate as a passionate fighter for limited government and economic growth. He has authored 39 legislative measures signed into law. Recent victories include expanding 529 college savings accounts to allow parents to save for K–12 public, private, and religious education, imposing sanctions on terrorists who use civilians as human shields, reauthorizing and reforming NASA, ensuring the availability of additional records to help solve civil rights cold cases, and supporting thousands of Texas jobs. 

Wednesday, October 2
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Cooperative Network Management and Security
Room: Grand Ballroom

In this session, our experienced panelists will discuss the efficiencies that are created when there is cooperation among ALL parties that manage our networks. What are the business benefits to this cooperation, and how can we move beyond convergence? We will look at how collectively we respond to threats, and identify where the key areas for consensus and agreement are located. Hear insight from change management, and walk away with ideas about how your technology teams can embrace the transformation.    

Wednesday, October 2
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
How Pacific Drilling Cracked the Code for Higher Day Rates
Room: Grand Ballroom

Oil companies are adamant about paying a premium to reduce personnel and drive automation offshore, yet drilling contractors are not yet incentivized to proactively differentiate their rigs with the latest in technological innovation.

 Over 50% of downtime offshore is attributed to subsea infrastructure. In this case study, we learn of the partnership between Pacific Drilling, Oracle, and Oceaneering, guaranteeing increased uptime for Pacific’s OEM data, video, voice, ROV, drones, remote crane, and anything else that requires connectivity. This game-changing collaboration streamlines the level of accountability required for remote operations offshore, and is the first of its kind. 

Wednesday, October 2
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Automated AI in Oil and Gas: The Next Era
Room: Grand Ballroom

Oil and gas is starting to more widely adopt AI, but there are pain points. It's hard to find enough data scientists and then implement the models they produce. In this talk, Rajiv will share how Automated AI changes the practice of data science using several case studies. The case studies will show how it’s possible to draw upon your existing experience workforce to start building predictive models. Automation can also take the timeline for projects from months to days. Finally, automation promotes a culture based on reuse and replication, which enables continuous improvement.

Wednesday, October 2
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Afternoon Break
Wednesday, October 2
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
Sports Illustrated’s Ben Reiter: How the Astros Utilized Data Science to Win It All (And How Your Company Can Do the Same!)
Room: Grand Ballroom

In 2014, the Houston Astros were Major League Baseball’s most embarrassing team…by far the worst team in the league. So what did Sports Illustrated’s Ben Reiter see that caused him to (correctly!) predict they’d win the World Series in 2017?

Reiter saw they were utilizing data science, previously unseen analytics, and next-wave thinking to transform their organization. In this innovative keynote, Reiter will provide insight on how MLB organizations have converted to a data-first mentality to become successful organizations. Attendees will learn how the oil & gas industry can implement and embrace new data science strategies to transform systems and business processes to help improve your own operations.

Reiter’s book Astroball is the inside story and inspiring account of how the Houston Astros applied this next-wave thinking to win it all in 2017. After his keynote, you’ll be able to purchase a copy and have it signed by Ben!  

Wednesday, October 2
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday Networking Reception: Bases Loaded Bash!

Sponsored by ITC Global and Intellian, this is your chance to network with 1000+ of your closest oil & gas technology professionals! Kick back, watch some playoff baseball, drink local beers, eat gourmet grub, and more…all attendees welcome! More reception details coming soon!

Thursday, October 3

Thursday, October 3
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Welcome Address by Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher
Room: Grand Ballroom

Start out your second day at OilComm with a welcome by Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-7), who will address Houston's role in new technology as it relates to the oil & gas industry, and the importance of Houston as a technology and innovation hub.

Thursday, October 3
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Digital Transformation as a Business Risk and Opportunity for Oil & Gas
Room: Grand Ballroom

This keynote presents an updated view on the status of digital transformation/Industry 4.0 and how we are right now at the edge of profound changes to how work is done, money is made and even how it is deeply impacting our life. Our existence as humans has always been tied to our ability to adapt to the changes around us.  Now, the velocity of this evolution has taken an exponential direction, where everything is becoming connected to everything else while global megatrends, politics, and public sentiment is in almost a constant flux. People, companies, and even countries are playing a catch-up game trying to grasp and position themselves to both exploit the vast opportunities that exist, while acknowledging that sustainability is becoming an increasingly important factor. At the edge of 2020, the existing business foundations are just not adequate or constructed for the data-intensive, hyperconnected, and cross-collaborative world that is fueling the future of our businesses and our lives.

This will be both thought provoking and informative, while guiding and providing insight to how we are moving almost "on autopilot" towards a new digitized paradigm of AI, VR, machine learning, Industry 4.0 and the use of cognitive science that will force us to reframe our legacy thinking. 

Thursday, October 3
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday Exhibit Hall Hours
Thursday, October 3
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Powering Digital Transformation from Space
Room: Grand Ballroom

Digital technologies have the potential to reduce costs and enhance profitability for oil and gas players, but many of these groundbreaking new technologies depend on the presence of seamless, low-latency connectivity – a challenge for offshore operators, particularly deepwater operations that are frequently out of range of traditional terrestrial networks. This session will explore the key role that high-quality satellite connectivity will play in the digital transformation of the upstream industry. 

Thursday, October 3
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Luncheon Keynote: An Industry-First Live Hack of a Mobile Drilling Platform
Room: Grand Ballroom
Session Sponsor:
 

During this innovative presentation, Pen Test Partner’s Ken Munro will carry out a live-hack of a mobile drilling platform. Attend and you’ll witness an industry-first…Ken will hack a drilling platform and take control! 

Following an introduction by ITC Global's Sanjay Singam, who will also be giving security statistics about the oil & gas industry, you’ll witness several other demonstrations of how poor security practices can expose your user systems, leaving you vulnerable. Ken will show you how easy it is to hack into a smart tea kettle, and how taking similar steps can lead to gaining access to industrial controllers (like a maritime vessel!). He’ll also provide best practices and advice on what you can do to increase your protection.

Space is limited for this session for this luncheon, so you’ll need to register early to confirm your seat! 

Thursday, October 3
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Afternoon Break
Thursday, October 3
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Next-Wave Technology: Software Showcase
Room: Grand Ballroom
Session Sponsor:
     

This is your chance to see the technology that’s changing the game! In this fast-paced session, each showcase company will have 10 minutes to pitch their software solution, and show you exactly how they’re improving production, saving time and money, and more. 

Have a next-wave technology that deserved a spot in the showcase? Contact show management for more details!  

Thursday, October 3
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Keynote Presentation: A Pragmatic Approach to Artificial Intelligence
Room: Grand Ballroom

A grounded, logical approach to artificial intelligence in our industry. Learn the key aspects for consideration on your AI journey starting with the fundamentals to save your organizations millions. I will teach you how to get away from buzzwords and spending money to deliver bottom line results for your business.  

Thursday, October 3
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Building the Facility of the Future
Room: Grand Ballroom

If you were handed a blank check with a chance to build the facility of the future that utilized Industry 4.0 technologies, what would you do? How would this change the way your organization works? What type of training, safety considerations, and environmental aspects would you need to consider? How would the people who operate the facility need to change? …the infrastructure? …the ways your organization operates?

In this panel, we will discuss what the future trends are for these areas, and close the OilComm conference with by sparking new ideas: what would your blank check and dream be?

Thursday, October 3
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Closing Networking Reception

We’re not going to end OilComm 2019 without one last networking reception! All attendees are welcome to meet new friends and hang with old colleagues during our closing networking receptions. More reception details coming soon!

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