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Thursday, October 11, 2018

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Welcome Lunch & Washington Report
Room: Caribbean
Wesley Wright & Greg Kunkle, Keller and Heckman LLP
The presentation will provide an update and background on key regulatory developments before the FCC and FAA.
Category: FCC/Tower Regulations


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Enabling Next Generation IoT Communications
Room: Caribbean
Austin Pivarnik, XetaWave
This presentation will cover from A-Z the design of a next-gen IoT network. Highlights include: the physical layout of “gold standard” radio network (cables, antennas, differences between a 3db omni and an 8db omni, etc.), potential radios & vendors based on site requirements, and a dive into more specific things like optimal maximum packet size to transport various popular protocols (DNP3, MQTT, Modbus, and others) in the oil/gas/utility industry.
Category: IOT/ Field Communications
Intended Audience: SCADA/radio communications personnel


LTE Spectrum Bands Are Not All Equal
Room: Waterfront
Louis Lambert, Redline Communications
Here we are, fall 2018 and you are asked by the business units to deliver a Private LTE infrastructure to serve all your business units and their needs.  What about spectrum? What spectrum is best suited for the business and technology needs you are trying to meet? How much spectrum do you need, what type, where on the spectrum map, what devices choices are available in what spectrum, and how do you go about securing it?

This session, not focused on any specific LTE technology, architecture or vendor,  will provide insights as to what are the important aspects of planning for a Private Industrial LTE Network.  The session will cover; what spectrum is best suited for what applications, driven by the business and technology needs Entelec members are trying to meet.    How much spectrum one needs for their network, what type of spectrum, where on the spectrum map, what devices choices are available in what spectrum, and how do you go about securing legacy LTE bands, new LTE Bands, and CBRS LTE spectrum
Category: SCADA and Data Analytics; Networks/Communications Infrastructures
Intended Audience: Executive/Director; Manager; Field Tech; Business Unit Lead


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Field Area Network Modernization Challenges
Room: Caribbean
John Yaldwyn, 4RF USA, Inc
Radio based field area networking technology has come of age with good vendor support and wide adoption by the oil and gas industry. The market has seen a range of broadly comparable solutions introduced and the resulting competition has brought about valuable new features, well ahead of standards making processes.  This development and the resulting choice has been good for the industry.  A particular, often overlooked, challenge is the migration of existing system without wholesale replacement.  Issue of legacy interfaces, disruption of production systems, budgets and project timelines all conspire against breaking out of existing system constraints.

This session will consider practical techniques for staged upgrades that delivering capacity, security, IP support, and other capabilities to meet evolving network requirements while demonstrating immediate investment returns by choosing to invest in key sites based on need, budget, or security deadlines.  Network management will also be reviewed along with ideas to align the change-out process with existing maintenance schedules.
Category: IOT/ Field Communications
Intended Audience: Communications engineers and system designers


Preventing Power Failures in the Field
Room: Waterfront
Andre Scholtz, Solarcraft 
As a long-time field power integrator, Solarcraft has learned what works and what doesn’t when it comes to reliable Solar and UPS field power. The intent of our presentation is to inform and share best practices, touching on topics such as load calculation, power supply selection, battery sizing and cycling, and solar sizing. This moderately technical presentation is meant for anyone who designs, engineers, or manages measurement, communications, SCADA, valve actuation, or critical field electronics.
Category: Power for field electronics
Intended Audience: Technicians and engineers


Friday, October 12, 2018

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Maximizing Efficiency of Spectrum in the Oil & Gas Industry
Room: Caribbean
Thomas Schwartz & Jeff Wilczewski, GE MDS
As RF Spectrum becomes more saturated and technology is advancing, it is more important than ever to be certain that your wireless communication system is working at peak performance. In this presentation we will discuss the issues that arise when deploying new wireless networks and maintaining existing networks, both in the licensed and unlicensed spectrum. Additionally we will discuss multiple methods that can be used to maximize the efficiency and reliability of your spectrum in the oil & gas industry.
Prerequisites: None, however fundamentals in the RF or communications field is helpful.
Category: IOT/ Field Communications
Intended Audience: The intended audience for this presentation is anyone involved in wireless communications, from the technician level up to the administrator level.


Leveraging LPWAN AND LPFAN Sensing in SCADA
Room: Waterfront
John Geiger, Machfu
The emerging IIoT ecosystem is providing new standards based LPWAN/FAN sensing solutions.    IIoT Gateway’s gateways at the edge of the network connect a variety of new smart sensors to edge applications and to cloud infrastructure. The new systems  simplify  deployment and enable highly scalable cost effective solutions.   Key areas that will be discussed include: a: Overview of emerging standards based sensor connectivity solutions, b: Methods for using IIoT technology to integrate sensor data at network edge and in the cloud and  c: integrating LPWAN/FAN sensors with existing SCADA systems. This presentation seeks to help the oil and gas industry better understand disruptive trends that are occurring across the broader industrial IoT space enabling cost effective ubiquitous sensing solutions.
Category: IOT/ Field Communications
Intended Audience: System engineers, SCADA system planners, Field technicians, Senior management


10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

SCADA Narrow Band Radio Systems, Issue and Solutions for Moving into an Internet World
Room: Caribbean
Ken Crandall & Darryl E. Parker, Alligator Communications, Inc.
Traditional narrow band radio systems for SCADA systems are challenged to transport IP/Ethernet traffic from modern RTUs that do not rely on conventional serial data transfer. Techniques are now available to overcome these deficiencies. This presentation addresses system topologies, data security, network flooding, quality of service, time latency, network management, and other issues that affect the performance of a modern IP radio over a limited bandwidth radio channel. In addition, many networking protocols such as TCP/IP, UDP and ARP are explained in sufficient detail to clarify their use over narrow bandwidth radio channels.
Category: IOT/ Field Communications
Intended Audience: System design engineers, deployment and maintenance personnel


Security As a Needed Platform for IoT Innovation in Energy
Room: Waterfront
Roman Arutyunov, Xage Security & Chuck Drobny, GlobaLogix
The digital, software-driven oilfield emerged to facilitate better operational efficiency, greater visibility and improved human safety––but it also created new cybersecurity risks. Security is a prerequisite for efficient IIOT operations, particularly for protecting legacy systems. Decentralized security is the only way to support distributed networks without one point of security failure. Cybersecurity must go beyond network security to distribute authentication, trust, and access control between devices, applications, and users in the field. Only then will digitization, automation, and connectivity enable the efficiency and improved function of energy systems––without exposing them to high-stakes security threats.
Category: IOT/ Field Communications, Cyber Security / Physical Security
Intended Audience: This session is intended for anyone interested in learning about the future of IoT applications for the energy industry, as well as security and risk management leaders who are concerned about IIoT security scenarios.


12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Wireless Networks for Oil and Gas SCADA, Metering and IoT
Room: Caribbean
Tisha Hayes, 4RF USA
Production and transportation systems have supported SCADA and custody transfer metering for decades. Recently, the emergence of IoT and sensor based networks are being introduced in to production and transportation systems. The increased data bandwidth requirements have brought in parallel wireless networks at a significant increase in cost. Higher capacity communications networks using the legacy radio frequency channel sizes can expand capacity while managing capital expenses. We will discuss how these technologies can co-exist on the same platform and how to calculate data bandwidth requirements. We will discuss the different systems that are in use today, their data requirements, levels of service reliability and some alternatives for merging these different systems on to a common technology. This approach could dramatically reduce the capital expenditures of base station wireless equipment and antenna towers.

Attendees will gain an understanding of how a common infrastructure can lower capital expenses while providing for a network that can meet some of the anticipated requirements from IoT systems.
Category: IOT/ Field Communications, SCADA Integration, Cyber Security / Physical Security
Intended Audience: SCADA and telecomms engineers, project managers


Cybersecurity Through the Value Chain
Room: Waterfront
Davinder Harcharan Singh, Siemens Industry Inc
Cyber Attacks on Critical Infrastructures has risen more than 24% over the course of the past year.  Cybercriminals have also begun to turn their attention to Industrial Controls Systems (ICS) as potential targets. In order for operators to be able to defend against these attacks, they must implement a Defense in Depth strategy utilizing standards & guidelines such as IEC 624423, ISO 27001 & NIST Cybersecurity Framework. While the implementation of any single strategy will not lead to full cybersecurity compliance, with the adaptation of Defense in Depth and in implementing more than one of these standards, it will help to reduce the “attack surface” which will greatly reduce the likelihood of an attacker being successful.
Category: Cyber Security / Physical Security
Intended Audience: Oil & Gas Operators, Gas TSO’s, Oil & Gas Manufacturing/Engineering Contractors and Sub-contractors, O&G Pipeline, terminal and refinery Operators, LNG Operators, SCADA/IT /ICS personnel,  Networking Managers, Control System Engineers/Managers.


12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Private Industrial LTE: The Fundamentals
Room: Hawaiian
Brad Stimpson, Redline Communications
This educational session will cover the fundamentals of Private LTE networks. It is intended to be very informative for anyone that has not yet had a chance to be involved with Private LTE Networks. In this 2-hour session we will cover, at a high level: the main 3GPP architecture choices, systems building blocks, design types, CBRS opportunity, voice/video/data, security, QoS, P-25 integration and 3GPP mobility. The session will also provide some key differences between LTE and Wi-Fi, Mesh, PMP, and Narrowband.  By the end of this session, participants will have gained valuable knowledge and understanding to enable them to begin engaging in Private Industrial LTE discussions, more advanced training, as well as planning and deployment activities.


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

LTE to 5G: A Technology Introduction
Room: Caribbean
Ajay Grewal, GE MDS LLC
LTE 4G technology has seen extensive adoption around the world in public and private networks due to its higher link budget/coverage, higher spectral efficiency/capacity, configurable QoS, support for mobility, flexible spectrum deployment options, a global vendor ecosystem and a roadmap for continuous improvements and enhancements leading to LPWAN variants like LTE-M and NB-IoT. This presentation will focus on LTE technology fundamentals that enable the aforementioned characteristics and its evolution to 5G. The presentation will introduce various technologies that collectively form the foundation for various 5G use cases.
Intended Audience: Communications and network engineers responsible for technology selection, deployment and operation of wireless communications networks.


Put All That SCADA Data to Work
Room: Waterfront
Randy Krall, Wellkeeper 
What the heck is going on with that well?  Using modern data analysis tools to manage upstream operations. The largest upstream oil and gas companies have been funding internal and external projects in data analytics for several years.  The goals are similar to those in other industries but there are important differences. We will outline the goals and objectives and describe how they might apply to your organization.  We will further discuss the underlying technology and tools that are in current use.  Lastly we will cover the specific steps you might take to develop similar results for your company.
Category: Data Analytics
Intended Audience: Engineers, Programmers, Project Leaders