Tuesday Sessions

 Tuesday April 25, 2017                                                                                           Sponsored by: 

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 

Regulatory and Technology Committee Luncheon (Members Only)

Room: 320 C

All ENTELEC members are welcome to attend the Regulatory and Technology Committee Luncheon.  We will be discussing the latest regulatory issues and challenges facing cyber security, M2M, compliance, and spectrum availability in our industry today. 


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM 

A 'Pardon the Interruption' Style Washington Roundtable

Speaker: Wes Wright,

Category: FCC and Regulatory

Room: 320 C

Join Wes Wright and Greg Kunkle, as they lead a 'Pardon the Interruption' style presentation of current regulatory events at the FCC and FAA that impact the O&G industry. 


Efficient Cyber Security for Radio Field Area Networks

Speaker: John Yaldwyn, Chief Technology Officer, 4RF USA, Inc

Category: Cyber Security/Physical Security

Room: 310 A

With low production margins the risk of targeted cyber intelligence collection for competitive advantage increases along with the value of potential disruptions.  Protection of valuable data, particularly of metering, and protection against interruption of production must be key goals.  Off-the-shelf information technology security solutions such as IPsec can be cumbersome in the field area network.  Can we retain the IT building blocks of encryption and authentication in a narrowband nature of FAN based radio networks?

Session Objectives:

This session will review basic security pillars, look at effective and efficient security techniques, and see how these are being used in real networks today. 

Understand the key security pillars of confidentiality, integrity, and availability to which we need to add accountability and non-repudiation for a complete cyber security context.

See how traditional IT tools deliver these pillars and review the strength and weaknesses, particularly in a capacity constrained radio-base field area network. Hear about techniques that minimize overheads.

Learn skills that allow evaluation of vendor solutions in the SCADA radio communications space.


Technology to Consider While Improving PHMSA Compliance Efforts

Speaker: Pete Rullman, Global SCADA Product Manager, Honeywell

Co Speaker: Bob Ell, Oil & Gas SCADA Marketing Manager, Honeywell

Category: SCADA and Business Data

Room: 310 B

Discussion around the use of current and newer technologies in hardware and software and where those will begin to improve the automation, accuracy and upkeep of compliance tracking systems associated with a regulated oil & gas control room.

Within the regulated oil & gas industry, failure to comply with the many governmental guidelines and regulations could lead to large fines, suspension of operations, environmental disasters, injury or death to people and animals. In particular, making sure all of the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulations are complied with on an ongoing basis and in an organized manner is a daunting task for small to large oil & gas companies, and encompasses numerous data sources and avenues of data flow. Reviewing the number and scope of PHMSA regulations should be a sustained effort.

 While there are companies that do a better job than others in keeping up with the required documentation, many struggle to keep on top of the daily, weekly, monthly data requirements that go into the compliance aspects of the system. Even the better organized organizations could capitalize on improved automation.

Session Objectives:

We will discuss, along with a potential co-presenter from the pipeline control room angle, what this improved compliance solution may begin to look like with the addition of smarter tools and devices.

Highlighting challenges around the maintenance in keeping up with PHMSA regulations

Highlight how some of the current IIOT tech can be used for other systems beyond simple process control...i.e. compliance tracking and upkeep.

Get others thinking about additional solutions that may be on the horizon outside of this conversation.


Is SDN Right For Oil & Gas Industries?

Speaker: Hansen Chan, Nokia

Category: System Architecture for Industrial Control Systems, Networks/Communications Infrastructures

Room: 310 C

Software defined networking (SDN) has emerged to be the next generation networking  technology offering communications network operators new network advantages including network automation, optimization, assurance as well as easy provisioning. However, how can these network advantages assist oil & gas industries to optimize their operations to attain higher efficiency? This session will discuss the fundamentals of SDN and explore applicable use cases.

Session Objectives:

This session will help to understand the concept of SDN, its origin and deployment model.

It will also explore how to apply SDN to benefit oil & gas industries.


Rupture Detection

Speaker: Peter Han, Business Development Manager, Atmos International

Category: Off Shore Communications

Room: 320 A

The presentation will cover the origins of rupture detection, how rupture detection differs from leak detection, the challenges of rupture detection, and how to resolve these challenges.

Pipeline ruptures have been known to cause catastrophic harm to the environment and can endanger the lives of people.  Many times, pipeline ruptures are gone unnoticed for long periods of times and/or the pipeline is restarted by operators after it trips.  The rapid nature of ruptures can prove to be challenging to detect with conventional leak detection systems should the pumps trip due to low pressure.  It will also cover the challenges of rupture detection, such as pump trips, and the need for absolutely no false alarms, in order to maintain the reliability of a high confidence rupture detection system.  Solutions of what is available on the market today to overcome the challenges of missing a rupture will be described along what a pipeline operator can do to detect and mitigate such rupture events.

Session Objectives:

Educating the audience of rupture detection.

Distinguish the difference between rupture and leak detection.

Identifying the challenges and providing a solution to ruptures.


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 

Cyber Security & Physical Security Threats and Today's Security Solutions

Speaker: Robin McDaniel, Project Specialist, Navigant, Modular Connections

Co Speaker: Brian Harrell, CPP Director, Navigant, Modular Connections

Category: Cyber Security/Physical Security

Room: 310 A

Listen to experts in Cyber and Physical Security about convergence solutions to bridge the gaps and strengthen security across the enterprise. Hear the most up to date information on today's threats and the latest technologies to mitigate those threats.   Corporate and Critical infrastructure protection is crucial for your company or government organization.

Session Objectives:

Learn the most up to date information on cyber and physical security threats from a Security Expert.

Learn methods and procedures to address the cyber and physical security threats most prevalent at your sites.

Be better prepared to handle the cyber and physical security guidelines and regulations that will trickle down through our critical infrastructure system over the next 5-10 years.


In-House Development Vs Industry Standard to Follow

Speaker: Rene Varon, President, Tory Technologies Inc.

Co Speaker: Juan Torres, Business Development Project Manager, Tory Technologies Inc.

Category: SCADA and Business Data, FCC and Regulatory, Professional Development, 49 CFR 192 & 195; PHMSA Compliance

Room: 310 B

Leading Pipeline Operators have started to develop and implement software applications to help their Control Room Operators and field personnel comply with PHMSA regulations, while following Recommended Practices for the industry. However, this bigger effort to develop internal solutions, may turned into bigger investments in IT Personnel (Developers), IT Infrastructure, IT Security, IT Training, etc.  In-House Development Vs Industry Standard to Follow Federal regulations have always been part of the oil and gas industry in the united states, and that is why every year government proposes new regulatory policies to oversee the integrity of the nation’s pipeline structure as national security infrastructure. Leading Pipeline Operators have started to develop and implement software applications to help their Control Room Operators and field personnel comply with PHMSA regulations, while following Recommended Practices for the industry. However, this bigger effort to develop internal solutions, may turned into bigger investments in IT Personnel (Developers), IT Infrastructure, IT Security, IT Training, etc.  Efforts to comply with PHMSA audits are happening all over the U.S, Canada. These Pipeline Operators are investing time and resources developing in house applications to comply with Federal Regulations; instead of focusing in their core business and find commercial proven solutions that can standardize processes for them and help them ace any PHMSA Audit.

Session Objectives:

The main objective of the paper is to present the pros and cons of in-house development vs. commercially proven applications, as well as to address some trends in the market for now commercial solutions that were initially developed by and with the perspective of a pipeline operator.


Tower Compliance & the “New” Regulations: What Does it Mean for You and Your Operations?

Speaker: Cory Crenshaw, Owner, Crenshaw Communications Consulting, LLC

Category: FCC and Regulatory

Room: 310 C

Over the last few years there have been numerous changes to the regulations for tower construction compliance.  In the last 2 years alone, the FAA has released a new Lighting and Marking circular and Congress has passed a new legislation requiring towers 50’ to 200’ to comply with lighting and marking requirements that were not in place previously.  The Collocation National Programmatic Agreement has been amended to streamline the process for new construction to support deployment of Small Cell/ DAS structures and other Utility applications to include additional exemptions for cultural review.  With active deployments at every corner and crossroad, RF safety is more important than ever.

Session Objectives:

Join us to learn about the newest changes that impact your services and what you can do to stay compliant, ahead of the game and minimize liability.


An Alternative to Fiber - Copper is Key…

Speaker: Al King, Sales Director - Vertical Markets, Actelis networks

Category: Networks/Communications Infrastructures

Room: 320 A

In this session the audience will learn about SHDSL technologies and it’s applications.  The attendees will learn about “The Metro Ethernet Standard” and extending the distance between Ethernet switches past the 100 meter limit on standard twisted pair cable.  Attendees will also learn how to power remote equipment such PoE Video cameras and WiFi Access Point up to 5 miles over that same twisted pair cable.  Applications that will be discussed are long distance video and extending “Fiber Networks” over Copper.

Session Objectives:

Understand the SHDSL technology.

Understand how Copper is an alternative to Fiber.

Applications that can be supported using “Ethernet over Copper” technologies.


2:30 PM - 4:00 PM   

Round Table Discussion:  Got Questions?  Towers, FAA, FCC, TCNS, NPA, FCC Licenses…We’ve got answers!

Speaker: Mona Lee and Other Industry Experts

Category: FCC and Regulatory

Room: 320 B

Join a group of highly qualified experts for a lively discussion and question session.  Bring your best questions!!!


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM 

Enhancing Safety Through Enhanced Cybersecurity Solutions

Speaker: Graham Speake, CISO, Berkana Resources

Category: Cyber Security/Physical Security

Room: 310 A

Safety of people, processes and the environment are always at the forefront of everybody's mind. Cyber security is now entering the same paradigm and garnering multiple pieces of regulation. How cyber security processes and solutions can improve safety are presented.

Cyber security initiatives are now becoming part of every company's license to operate due to the multitude of regulation and guidelines. Within the safety world, these have been around for years and are now accepted without question. Understanding what cyber security regulations and guidelines are currently in existence and those that are in the planning stages is important for all operators of critical infrastructure. Cyber security initiatives need to be looked at across the organization, ensuring regulations are met but also that underlying processes are put in place, especially training. All of this needs to done not just with security in mind, but also demonstrating how these can improve the safety of the people, processes and the environment by reducing outages or loss of view of critical systems due to a security breach.

Session Objectives:

The session will look at security, standards/regulation/guidelines and safety and how these all interact.

Understand cyber security regulations,  standards and guidelines that affect the industry.

How cyber security issues can affect the overall safety of a system, with real examples.

Understanding cyber security risk and how this can be applied to industrial systems.


Why the “Edge” Is Important for the IIoT in the Energy Industry

Speaker: Steve Sponseller, Director- Business Development, Kepware Technologies

Category: SCADA and Business Data

Room: 310 B

Conceptually, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have been discussed at great lengths over the past couple of years. “Why IoT?” has been asked, use cases have been explored, and implementations are underway. The shift from concept to implementation is now sparking new discussions as users and system integrators explore what technology is best and how integration will work between applications.

There are two concerns that must be addressed for the IIoT in the Energy Industry. The first is network bandwidth: 35 to 50 billion connected devices are estimated by 2020. The second is security: sending data across networks and into the Cloud could open vulnerabilities. How can companies accommodate the increase of connected devices and ensure their communications are secure? This presentation will describe the IIoT, share applications and use cases, and explain how collecting and analyzing data at the “Edge” will alleviate network bandwidth and security concerns.

Session Objectives:

This presentation will describe the IIoT, the types of Things in the Energy Industry, and the types of applications that want the data in those Things. It will also explore data collection at the “Edge” and describe how it can improve connectivity in low-bandwidth networks while enhancing communications’ security. Finally, it will share a use case for edge analytics and detail how they can alleviate data collection and transfer challenges.

Provide background information on the IIoT and explore its benefits to the industry.

Understand why collecting data at the edge will improve data collection and security while decreasing network bandwidth.

Understand why performing some analytics at the edge is necessary for the IIoT in the Energy Industry.


Grounding System Design for Critical Facilities

Speaker: Roy Whitten, Senior Applications Engineer, Lyncole XIT Grounding

Category: System Architecture for Industrial Control Systems

Room: 310 C

Electrical grounding is critical to the protection and operation of sensitive electronic suites.  This presentation will cover why we ground, its importance and its relationship to surge suppression and lightning protection.  Proper ground testing is also critical, although 95% is invalid.  We will cover how to properly test and achieve valid results. Recognizing the importance of the grounding system, this presentation will cover the basics of two common methods of test, present a oneline electrical diagram explanation of test theory and discuss the common mistakes. Regardless of your role in construction and / or maintenance you will learn ground testing concepts and how to evaluate testing results.

Session Objectives:

Why to Ground and how it provides tower protection and equipment protection.

Different types of Ground Testing Methods.

Understand the different electrode choices, the pros and the cons.


Wireless Connectivity From the Node to NOC

Speaker: Kent Brown, Director of Sales – National & Strategic Accounts, Cambium Networks

Category: SCADA and Business Data, Networks/Communications Infrastructures

Room: 320 A

As network devices become more intelligent, SCADA systems are becoming more important, not only for control and monitoring, but for end-to-end analytics applications. Low capacity traditional SCADA systems are being supplemented by higher capacity wireless solutions that offer proven, secure, and cost-effective connectivity. Wireless solutions can be configured to connect at the element level, aggregate SCADA data, and pass it over long distances with low latency back to network operations centers. Learn about specific architecture options and detailed field results.

Session Objectives:

Demonstrate the efficiency of wireless connectivity from the field network to the NOC

Share field experiences where wireless connectivity from the node to the operations center has increased efficiency.

Demonstrate the speed of deployment and reliable connectivity provided by wireless communications infrastructure.