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ENTELEC 2014 FALL SEMINAR SERIES
The ENTELEC Fall Seminar Series is Designed Specifically for Communications and Control Technologies in the Energy Industries.
Professionals from petroleum, pipeline, natural gas and electric utility companies who design, enginer and specify communications, networks and control systems and services attend the annual ENTELEC Fall Seminar, September 16-19, 2013. The regional Fall Conference & Expo features technical educcation, training, roundtable discussions, vendor shoot-outs, networking and exhibits with products and services displayed from 50 - 75 exhibiting companies.
Join us September 25-26, 2014, in Pittsburgh, PA, at the Omni Penn William Hotel as the ENTELEC Association presents its annual Fall Seminar Series. The ENTELEC Fall Seminar Series, in contrast to the Annual Spring Conference, is a much more intimate conference featuring technical education, roundtable discussions and exhibits. The conference provides a unique environment specifically designed for the exchange of ideas and discussions surrounding: networks/communications infrastructures; cyber/physical security; SCADA and business data; and business architecture for industrial control systems technology specific to the Marcellus and Utica Shale. We encourage you to register today to experience ENTELEC and become a part of this specialized community!
Education & Training:
The ENTELEC Technical Committee has assembled an in-depth technical education program that features over 15 hours of technical presentations, panel discussions and open forums. Visit the EDUCATION page to review the session descriptions along with the entire technical program which includes the ever popular vendor shoot-out. The vendor shoot-out panel discussion will cover: Trends and Challenges of Wireless Communications in the Marcellus and Utica Shale. We encourage you to attend, bring your challenges and questions, and prepare for an open dialogue with real world discussions, new ideas, and applicable solutions.
The ENTELEC Conference & Expo is a great opportunity to network with a diverse group of petroleum, pipeline, natural gas and electric utility professionals. You’ll have many opportunities to build new relationships and catch up with old friends, maybe at the golf tournament, the welcome reception, networking lunch in the exhibit hall or simply between the educational sessions. ENTELEC is all about the exchange of ideas, providing a resource for you to tap into when you have a challenge during your day-to-day operations.
Make sure your plans include visiting the exhibit hall featuring dozens of new products and services that are sure to provide the solution you’ve been searching for. Many of these vendors are also a resource for valuable knowledge on many industry issues and challenges. So much information in one place, at one time - you cannot afford to miss this showcase of the latest products, services and technology geared specifically for communications and information technology in the energy sector!
ENTELEC Fall Seminar Series
Exhibit & Sponsorship Information
September 25-268, 2014 | Omni William Penn Hotel | Pittsburgh, PA
Exhibitor & Sponsorship Information
For over 85 years, the ENTELEC Association has been the leading resource for education and advocacy for the petroleum, pipline, natural gas and electric utility industries. The ENTELEC Fall Seminar Series is a unique opportunity to engage the ENTELEC Community in an active region of North America. The 2013 Fall Seminar Series will take place in the extremely active Marcellus and Utica Shale Region and will focus on communications, information technology, automation, SCADA and control technologies for this region.
Move ahead of your competition and establish your brand in the Marcellus and Utica Shale Region. Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to meet with senior level engineers and decision makers who are educated and motivated to buy!
For complete exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, booth package and pricing information and the booth application, please access the Exhibitor Information above. Booths are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
For booth and sponsorship availability, please contact Lisa Goetz at Lisa@entelec.org or 888.503.8700 x207; 972.929.3169 x207.
ENTELEC Fall Seminar Series Schedule - View HERE
* Schedule is subject to change
The ENTELEC Fall Seminar is an excellent resource for industry technical education and training. The ENTELEC Fall Seminar presents a complete technical program that covers a wide range of session topics.
Thursday, September 25th, 2014 - 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
ENTELEC Community LIVE! Breakfast Discussion
Join your fellow conference attendees for a hearty breakfast and lively discussion of the latest challenges facing your organization in the NE shale region. Topics will be announced before the conference and questions will be taken from the on-line ENTELEC community. Each topic will be discussed and then the notes will be posted after the conference in the community as well. Make sure you are part of this exciting exchange of solutions and ideas to kick off the conference!
Thursday, September 25th, 2014 - 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
The Power of a SQL Database at the Wellhead
Speaker: Paul Brennan, Flow Data
Category: SCADA and Business Data
The historical methods of capturing data from the remote wellhead were designed around older communication technologies (slow serial radio networks). The advent and advancements of Ethernet communications to the field level have opened the door for the use of modern data storage, data transfer and data management technologies.
Back office operations now have a direct line of access to data, direct from the wellhead including: high resolution data capturing (trending and alarm historian), database level applications (truck ticketing), and high end data analysis.
These are just a few of the powerful tasks that can take place at the well head if a SQL database is available. Additionally, antiquated SCADA protocols are no longer needed to retrieve large amounts of data from the field.
In this session you will learn what the advantages are of putting a SQL database at the wellhead, how SQL databases at the wellhead drive smarter solutions at the wellhead, and how SQL databases at the wellhead change SCADA.
Configuration, Performance and Suitability of IPsec-based VPNs: A Case Study
Speaker: Alexander Benitez, Comsource, Inc.
Category: Cyber Security/Physical Security
IPsec is widely employed as the standard protocol suite to protect IP datagrams. Unknown to many are the various options that can be configured by the user. In this session, the most common of these options will be discussed along with their associated impact on throughput, latency, and jitter; in the presence of real world network defects such as packet loss and transmission path delays. Results from a commercially available security appliance, built specifically to support ICS transport networks, will also be discussed. In this session will cover the configuration of Ipsec, performance issues associated with VPNs in general, and specifically Ipsec and finally standard references to use when configuring Ipsec.
Thursday, September 25th, 2014 - 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Regulatory Committee Working Lunch
Thursday, September 25th, 2014 - 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Overcoming the Obstacles of Implementing a Digital Oilfield on the Marcellus and Utica Shale
Thursday, September 25th, 2014 - 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Industrial M2M: A Very Different Type of Data Networking
Speaker: Duval Yeager, Redline Communications
Category: SCADA and Business Data
In small networks, uplink-centric data flow of small packet IP networks does not pose any great problem, but as networks grow they become quite evident. Equipment sensors and machines that operate in the oil field are no longer simple sensors, but rather intelligent software-based computers with complex communication requirements. Enhanced oil and gas recovery techniques and unconventional recovery systems require more small packet data be uploaded to servers for predictive analytics, reservoir management, and general data optimization programs. This is driving the need for M2M networking in the oil field to a gigabit requirement. And this rapid growth in industrial M2M networking means that oil and gas companies need to prepare their field transport networks for uplink-centric flow of small packet IP data. With information gleaned from four global case studies, learn how IT managers and telecom departments can prepare their existing IP networks for the challenges of a very different type of data flow: Industrial M2M. In this session we will discuss the unique challenges of industrial M2M communications, how oilfield operations are affected by these challenges and how IT managers can prepare their IP networks to meet these challenges.
Cyber Security for SCADA and ICS Systems
Speaker: Josh Siegle, Motorola Solutions
Category: Cyber Security/Physical Security
All utilities have recently discovered in one way or another how vulnerable their data communication and SCADA systems are to outside attack. Penetration tests conducted in the U.S. have shown that critical components of organizations networks can easily be exploited by an unauthorized user through numerous points of entry in addition to the use of the Internet. Many governments around the world have recently confessed that cyber-attacks could disrupt their countries energy, water and manufacturing facilities. A combination of outdated technology and complacency based on isolated and proprietary networks has resulted inefficient and unsecured systems that present a real security risk. The DHS has indicated the US Utilities are being targeted on a daily basis. They have issued several “amber” alerts (second highest cyber threat level) to oil & Gas utilities warning them of impending cyber-attacks.
A recent research report concluded that, “Utility cyber security is in a state of near chaos. After years of Vendors selling point solutions, utilities investing in compliance minimums rather than full security, and hackers having nearly free reign; the attackers clearly have the upper hand.” A multi-level program will be reviewed identifying what elements of a cyber-security policy are required.
This session discusses:
Repository Protection RTU Application White Listing
Secured Access Control Internet Firewall
Authorization Control computer White Listing
Communication Encryption and Authentication Audits and Logs
Data Encryption Secured Coding Methodologies
Thursday, September 25th, 2014 - 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wireless Technologies Focused on Down/Mid-Stream Production Segments
Speaker: David Burrell, Phoenix Contact
Category: SCADA and Business Data
This session will cover how various wireless technologies can benefit SCADA systems in upstream and midstream oil and gas production. Wireless technologies to be discussed include:
• Proprietary Technologies
This session will then cover key topics to ensure a reliable wireless connection is achieved including accessory selection, power supply considerations, and periodic maintenance.
This session will pose application examples for wireless technologies in Upstream/Midstream oil and gas sectors and propose example questions for end customers to disty/supplier when planning a wireless network.
Radio Path Studies 101
Speaker: Daniel G. Steele, FreeWave Technologies, Inc.
Category: Networks/Communication Infrastructures
The use of computer-generated software to predict radio frequency (RF) path studies has been around for several years. Combined with the latest GPS and Google map data you can determine how well your network will work, its RF path link reliability, link budgets, Fresnel zones, multi-path and if you may need to invest in different towers, use of more repeaters or add additional technologies to cover the area you need for communication. By examining the guidelines and some fairly simple explanations of how to get the correct information we can discover the true benefits of this software. This presentation addresses the different factors in determining the signal path and predicting path loss while offering link budget calculations that are essential in the design of a radio communications system. Attendees can take these factors under consideration to ensure ultimate success in creating a clear, reliable and secure communications network. Attendees will learn how to predict signal path loss. Although prediction or assessment can be fairly accurate for the free space scenarios, for real life terrestrial applications it is not easy, as there are many factors to take into consideration and it is not always possible to gain accurate assessments of the resulting effects. By addressing the different factors in determining the signal path and predicting path loss, attendees will learn critical link budget calculations that are essential in the design of a radio communications system. Attendees will also be able to use the knowledge about wireless radio communication path studies to take the guess work out of their network design.
Friday, September 26th, 2014 - 7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Industry Roundtable Discussion
Critical Infrastructure: Bandwidth Requirements and Frequencies, 700 MHz, FirstNET, LTE, and Industry Coalitions
Friday, September 26th, 2014 - 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The FCC and the Energy Industry
Speaker: Jack Richards, Greg Kunkle & Wes Wright, Keller and Heckman LLP.
Category: Other: Regulatory Compliance, Professional Development
Attorneys from the law firm of Keller and Heckman LLP, Washington, D.C., will present and discuss a paper addressing issues at the Federal Communications Commission affecting oil and gas companies, electric utilities, and others in the energy industry.
Relevant rules and recent actions by the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, including fines, forfeitures, and consent decrees for unlicensed operations, failure to obtain prior FCC consent for an Assignment or Transfer of Control of a license, and various tower violations for ASR, NEPA, and marking and lighting will be discussed.
FCC Rulemaking proceedings and other policy items of interest, including 3.5 GHz, Signal Boosters, Drones, FirstNet, and Net Neutrality also will be included.
The paper and presentation will address regulatory issues and general FCC developments typically covered by Keller and Heckman LLP, which serves as General Counsel of ENTELEC, during the “Washington Report” at ENTELEC’s Spring Conference and Expo in Houston, TX.
This session will educate oil and gas companies and electric utilities about challenges and opportunities at the FCC, help energy companies avoid fines, forfeitures, and other problems with the FCC, and ensure attendees are aware of and able to comply with their FCC obligations.
Considerations for the Practical Deployment of Narrowband Supervisory, Control, and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Radio Systems in the Grid Communications Environment
Speaker: John Yaldwyn, 4RF Limited
Category: System Architecture for Industrial Control Systems & Networks/Communications Infrastructures
Narrowband supervisory, control, and data acquisition (SCADA) radio is an effective and economic grid communications tool with a proven heritage. The bandwidth requirements for today's grid monitoring and control technologies have escalated, particularly through the development of new SCADA protocols, the demand for better security, and the penetration of network management into all levels of grid communications networks. However, new technology has increased the capacity of these radio systems to the point where modern monitoring and control requirements can be satisfied over large service areas. Deployment of a radio based solution requires key practical design decision in the areas of planning, spectrum acquisition, and back-end information technology system integration.
The unique security implications of communications with what are critical cyber assets located outside the traditionally defined electronic security perimeter (ESP) must be addressed by reference to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards work which provide both useful guidelines and challenges for the secure connection of remote assets by radio.
Friday, September 26th, 2014 - 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Industry Roundtable Discussion
Emergence of M2M platforms, Integration, Cloud Services, Managed Services.