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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Room: Wolfcamp I 4 Hour Training

OT Industrial Security Workshop by Fortinet

Attendees need to bring laptop computers for this training.

Industries that rely industrial control systems (ICS) are looking to add new capabilities and improve operational efficiencies through the latest digital innovations. But as operational technology (OT) environments incorporate IT-based devices and applications, and integrate network connectivity, new pathways for cyber criminals arise exposing critical production systems to cyberattack.

Today, there remains a high degree of variation in the OT security practices and capabilities used, including practices for securing legacy and modern equipment. To protect the critical infrastructure in OT, industrial organizations need to harness the power of a defense in depth strategy to secure their data, systems, and users, as well as minimize the risk of attackers gaining access to their critical infrastructure.

During this technical workshop, we will explore how the Fortinet Security Fabric provides the solution needed to maintain availability and reliability in your OT environment.

Speaker: Steve Romero, Fortinet Inc.


1:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Room: Wolfcamp II | 4 Hour Training

Grounding and Lightning Protection to Oil & Gas Sites – Presented by CSCG

A high-integrity grounding system is the single most effective means of assuring quality power distribution and reliable signal integrity.  A properly installed grounding system minimizes the risk of exposure to transient spikes, noise and lightning. This four-hour training course will examine the key elements of site grounding and protecting system function: basic and small cell grounding, grounding techniques, codes and standards, methods to evaluate and test grounding system, and utilizing surge protection devices and more.

Speaker: Sam Chreiteh


1:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Room: Spraberry | 4 Hour Training

Fiber Installation Training by WAV

The fiber installation training workshop is designed to equip field personnel with the fundamental skills and knowledge required to deploy a fiber optic network effectively and in accordance with industry standards. Participants will learn installation basics, industry standards, splicing/enclosure layout and testing. The workshop will also include a look at best practices for fiber maintenance and includes hands-on prepping and splicing techniques.

  • Fiber installation basics

o How test before installing

o Learn to pull fiber properly

o How to store slack the right way

  • Installation Standards

o Standards are vital with multiple install teams and/or contractors

o How to achieve consistent and reliable installation

o Avoid unnecessary maintenance

  • Splicing

o Proper cable prep

o Fusion splicing basics

o Proper splice tray/enclosure layout

  • Testing

o How to test fiber efficiently and accurately

  • Best practices for fiber maintenance
  • Hands on workshop

o Prepping fiber cable

o Splicing

o Splice trays and vaults

  • Q & A

Speaker: Steve Scudder


Thursday, October 5, 2023

9:30 AM – 11:45 AM | Room: Wolfcamp I | 2 Hour Training

MQTT Basics 102 – Presented by Cirrus Link

This course is a continuation of the 101 training held at the Fall Entelec show and will be a hands on training session to teach the basic principals of MQTT and Sparkplug and how these technologies apply to Oil and Gas solutions. Upon completion of this course attendees should be equipped with the tools and experience to setup a complete MQTT infrastructure on their own.

Speaker/Moderator: Arlen Nipper, Cirrus Link Solutions


9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | Room: Wolfcamp II | Education Session

Solar Power for Today’s Digital Oilfield

Remote oil & gas fields and pipelines require critical power for ”Digital Oilfield” operations.  Yet, since there are more than 2 million miles of pipelines and over 65,000 extraction sites around the globe (over 9,000 of those off-shore) the majority of oil& gas extraction operations are nowhere near an electrical grid.  In many situations, in order to get a reliable and long-life power source, solar electricity isn’t just a solution— it’s the best solution.

Solar is far more cost-effective than wind turbines and generators, greatly lowering OPEX for operators—and newer solar components are now certified for HazLoc (Hazardous Location) use.  For this reason, off-grid solar electric systems are increasingly common along pipelines and at wellheads, powering multiple “digital oilfield” processes both on and off-shore, including: process automation, sensors and instrumentation, security and lighting, control and data management, pipeline integrity including cathodic protection, and much more

Operators interested in implementing solar solutions for oil & gas applications will learn the essentials of system implementation and configuration.

Speaker: Brad Berwald, Morningstar Corp


9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | Room: Spraberry | Education Session

The Ins & Outs of PoE – Power Over Ethernet – Presented by INS

This two hour workshop will detail how to effectively deploy, manage and trouble shoot PoE systems along with examining the different PoE standards. We’ll also discuss how to apply end devices matched with your PoE budget and ultimately enhancing your operations efficiencies, safety and communications in a critical environment.

Speaker: Daniel Domain, Industrial Networking Solutions


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM | Room: Wolfcamp II | Education Session

Life on the EDGE Part 2 – A Real-Time Discussion

Despite the challenges, the adoption of edge technologies offers significant potential for enhancing efficiencies, safety and decision-making. Part 1 of the Life on the EDGE discussion to a look at why EDGE technologies make sense, how they fit into existing infrastructure, the challenges of utilizing the data and what the future holds. Part 2 of the discussion will pick up where we left off, what changes have taken place in the last year and what new opportunities have emerged. Bring your questions, challenges and ideas and join the discussion with this panel of vendors and operators.

Moderator: JL Betts, RAD | Panelists: Syed Ali – Chevron, Jon-Claude Murphy – Waterbridge, Robert Ward – Kuva Systems, Al King, RAD


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM | Room: Spraberry | Education Session

Best Practice for Reliable and Secure Field Networks

Act on the urgency that is highlighted by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) regarding potential cyber-attacks, particularly within the industrial control system sectors. In this webinar, we will discuss the differences among various global cybersecurity standards, particularly the importance of the IEC-62443 industrial cybersecurity protection standard and how OT networks can benefit from it. Plus, you will learn about the importance of updating networking products to enhance organizational preparedness and stay informed about the emerging cybersecurity threats that target critical infrastructures.

Speaker: Roger Yue, Moxa


1:15 PM – 2:15 PM | Room: Wolfcamp II | Education Session

Edge Compute Considerations: Optimizing Performance and Security in Distributed Environments

In today’s increasingly interconnected and data-driven world, edge computing has emerged as a critical technology to enable real-time processing and decision-making closer to the data source. Delving into the landscape of edge compute considerations, exploring key factors that organizations must address to harness the full potential of distributed computing environments.
First, defining edge computing and highlighting its significance in various industries, from IoT and autonomous vehicles to healthcare and manufacturing, then delving into the following key considerations:
1. Hardware Selection: Choosing the right hardware components, including edge servers, GPUs, FPGAs, and accelerators, is pivotal to meet the specific performance requirements of edge applications.
2. Latency Management: Minimizing latency is a paramount concern in edge computing. Techniques such as fog computing and real-time analytics are explored to optimize latency-sensitive applications.
3. Data Management: Effective data handling at the edge is crucial for both performance and security. Edge data storage, caching, and synchronization strategies are discussed in detail.
4. Security Challenges: The presentation addresses the unique security challenges associated with edge computing, including edge device vulnerabilities, data privacy, and securing communication in a decentralized environment.
5. Scalability and Orchestration: Scalability is a fundamental consideration in edge computing. We explore strategies for dynamically provisioning and orchestrating edge resources to accommodate varying workloads.
6. Edge AI and Machine Learning: Leveraging AI and machine learning at the edge can enhance decision-making capabilities. The presentation discusses model deployment, training, and inference strategies tailored to edge environments.
7. Monitoring and Management: Effective monitoring and management tools and practices are crucial for ensuring the reliability and performance of edge infrastructure.
8. Regulatory Compliance: Navigating regulatory requirements, especially in industries like healthcare and finance, is a critical aspect of edge computing implementations.

Real-world use cases and best practices are presented to provide attendees with practical insights into successful edge compute deployments.

By addressing these considerations, organizations can unlock the potential of edge computing, achieving faster processing, enhanced security, and improved user experiences in an increasingly decentralized computing landscape.

Speaker: Valerie Schneider, Stratus


1:15 PM – 2:15 PM | Room: Spraberry | Education Session

Panel Tech Talk – AFC (Advanced Frequency Coordination) 6 GHz Specific to Oil & Gas Operations

Join this panel discussion covering the latest developments in the 6 GHz band space from regulatory issues, technology advancements and industry changes as it relates to critical communications in the oil and gas industry and specific to the Permian Basin.

Panelists: Jonathan Shawhart, Cambium Networks, Greg Kunkle, Keller & Heckman, Lyle Roberts, OXY


2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Room: Devonian Ballroom

Closing Panel Discussion: Leveraging AI, Drone Technology, and Robotics in Oil & Gas Operations with a Focus on the Permian Basin

Operators are constantly seeking innovative solutions to improve efficiency, safety and sustainability. This panel discussion will shed light on how artificial intelligence (AI), drone technology and robotics can be utilized to push towards greater efficiencies while also meeting safety and sustainability goals. Hear how the latest advancements can automate inspection and maintenance operations, reduce repetitive tasks with robotic process automation (RPA) and work in tandem to meet environmental and regulatory standards. Hear a panel if industry innovators pave the way for more efficient, safe, and sustainable oil and gas operations.

Moderator: Valerie Schneider, Stratus | Panelists: Jim Slaight, PrecisionHawk