Training Sessions

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

* Pre-Registration is required through the conference registration for all trainings/workshops.  Content in these training is proprietary in nature. ENTELEC asks that attendees of competing companies NOT attend/register for any trainings that might be considered an industry competitor.  It is at the discretion of the instructor/company to not allow anyone they see as a competitor attend their training.      

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

OT Industrial Security Workshop by Fortinet 

Room: 360 B

*Attendees need to bring their own laptop computers for this workshop  

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.

What you’ll learn:

  • Traditional and modern segmentation methods for operational environments including the risks associated with a flat network architecture
  • Segmentation practices to support compliance with NIST, IEC 62443 and other operational cybersecurity frameworks.
    Applying and enforcing access policies based on who and what is connected. 
  • Dynamically assigning role-based controls to group applications, link data, and limit access to specific groups in order to fortify OT defenses providing fine-grained control that adjusts access based on continuously assessing the trust of devices and users.
  • Value of investing in a platform to deliver cybersecurity for all layers of the OT and IT network.
  1. Defense in Depth Using the Fortinet Security Fabric (60-70 minutes)
  • ICS Platform built in security, secure comms, segmentation, system integrity, org security
  • Asset Mgmt, Access Control, Logging Monitor, Risk management
  • Fortiguard Services for ICS / OT
  • Architectures
  • Purdue / ISA 99 Reference Model
      • ISA / IEC 62443 Reference Architecture
  1. Break
  • Hands-On Workshop | 6 objectives introducing concepts required to be successful within an Initial OT deployment of Fortinet’s FortiGate
      • Labs for Visibility, Control & Actionable Intelligence via
        • Separation of networks—Air gapped, network or software based
        • Examine all traffic for known and unknown threats
        • Anomaly detection and response, incident logging and reporting
  •  Features within the labs including Application Control, Intrusion Prevention, segmentation, micro segmentation and Logging

About the Speaker

Erik Anderson is a technology professional with over 20 years of experience, 15 of those years were spent designing and leading security technology initiatives in the Oil & Gas and Manufacturing sectors. In his work with customers, his focus is on definitively linking business requirements with modern security architectures and frameworks. Erik has firsthand experience securing oil field operational technology in the United States, Brazil, Africa, and Asia. He is now with Fortinet, as a Director of Operational Technology, providing solutions and education to companies seeking to improve their critical infrastructure security posture

1:45 PM – 3:45 PM

LoRa 101 – A Technical Workshop Presented by MultiTech & Sync Automation

Room: 360 B

Clint Guillory, MultiTech & Sync Automation; Al King, Multi-Tech Systems, Inc

* Attendees need to bring a laptop for this training

In this workshop you will learn why LoRa accomplishes amazing long range links. We will explain the relationship between the unique characteristics such as Data Rates, Spreading factors, Bandwidth, Receiver Sensitivity, and Sensor battery life. We will also discuss LoRaWAN architectures, network security, classes of operation, activation process, and Gateway backhaul options. A number of use cases will be highlighted, they include: chemical tank, vibration, temperature, perimeter, pressure and flow monitoring. Participants will have the opportunity to set up industrial grade LoRaWAN sensors and gateways using Ignition Edge providing access to field data in minutes from an Ignition.

Session Objectives:

. Technical overview of LoRa & LoRaWAN, an ITU recognized industry standard with amazing range, long battery life and low cost to deploy

 . Security and flexibility of architecture to connect green field Sensor-to-Cloud IoT applications as well as integration of stranded assets into OnPrem Process Control Networks and SCADA systems

 . Hands-on instruction how to connect Off-the-Shelf industrial and C1Dx hazardous rated LoRaWAN sensors and gateways, gain access to their sensor data in minutes and create analytics in Ignition SCADA

Intended Audience: 1. Network/Infrastructure Planners & Operations managers, Engineering Managers, Asset Managers

  1. SCADA Network Engineers
  2. IT / OT security professionals
  3. IT / Network administrators, Telecom Managers / Directors (Decision Makers)

Category: Telecom/Field Communications

About the Speakers:

Clint Guillory has over 25 years of experience in SCADA and Automation Systems. He specializes in utilizing PLC/RTUs, EFM systems, and wireless data communications. In his current role as an Automation Project Specialist at Sync Automation, Clint is focusing on IIoT solutions using LoRaWAN, MQTT, and Sync Automation’s MS Azure cloud-based Ignition HMI hosting system, SiteSync.


Al King, System Architect at MultiTech, has over thirty years of Wireless Communications experience in the SCADA, Microwave, Cellular, Private LTE and LoRa Sensor Networks. He received his technical education in the United States Air Force, The Community College of the Air Force and the University of La Verne. Al is also a Cisco Certified Network Associate. Most currently Al has been deeply involved in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the emerging CBRS Market.

Best Practices in Building Mobile-Responsive Industrial Applications – Training by Inductive Automation

Room: 361 D

Travis Cox, Inductive Automation

Attendees need to bring a laptop or tablet for this training.

Mobile apps have become exponentially more important as smart phones and tablets continue to advance and become the dominant computing devices around the world. This means creating an app that is easy to navigate, visually appealing, and functionally consistent is more necessary than ever before. However, there is no user manual to tell you what to include in your mobile app or what structure is best for your purposes. In this training, we’ll present a comprehensive layout for building your new mobile app. Join us as we outline our best practices for mobile app creation and how to achieve great mobile interface design.

Session Objectives:

UI/UX best practices

Understanding mobile-responsive design

Mobile app structures, prototyping, ergonomics and visual style

About the Speaker:

Travis Cox started with Inductive Automation in 2004 and previously served in leadership roles in various divisions including Co-Director of Sales Engineering. In his current role as Chief Technology Evangelist, Travis builds relationships with industrial professionals to foster innovation and raise awareness of industry trends, modern technologies, open standards, and the many possibilities of the Ignition platform. Travis shares the company’s vision far and wide to increase the growth and reach of the global Ignition community. He shares his message through a variety of formats, including presenting at conferences and events, meetings with customers and industry leaders, and media interviews.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

10:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Useful Diagnostics for the Emerging Digital Oilfield – Training by GE MDS

Room: 360 A

Thomas Schwartz, GE MDS

As the oil and gas industry modernizes its communication pathways from older serial technologies to Ethernet and IP, and from analog to digital technologies such as Cellular, new remote diagnostic capabilities are possible. This training will cover the essential diagnostics tools available for field technicians and engineers to track down and repair communications issues that arise.

Session Objectives:

This training will include

Tools for Unlicensed 900MHz

Tools for Licensed Narrowband

Tools for Cellular

Tools for Networking between Serial and Ethernet protocols

Intended Audience: Mostly field troubleshooters

Category: Digitalization

About the Speaker

Thomas Schwartz has over 15 years of experience in wireless technology development for the industrial marketplace specializing in system level design, network design and configuration as well as network management. He has been involved in development and deployment of wireless networks in Oil & Gas, Electrical Utilities, and Public Safety. Tom holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and is a Cisco Certified Network Professional.


An Up Close and Hands on Exploration of Private Cellular LTE Networks – Training by Ericsson

Room: 360 D

Mark Madden, Ericsson North America; Viren Parikh, Ericsson North America; Vyanthes (Vee) Pillay, Ericsson North America

Today, oil and gas sectors are looking to private LTE and 5G networks as the standard for advanced wireless data transmission. These networks provides high bandwidth, low latency, reliable and predictable performance, and support a myriad of use cases—voice, mission critical push-to-talk, autonomous machines, remote control, predictive maintenance, etc.

In this hands on session, we’ll take a deep-dive look at private LTE cellular systems, explain how they work and evaluate the advantages they deliver over other communication platforms. 

  • See and touch the technology—radios, baseband, core, etc.
  • Test various device types using end-to-end connectivity
  • Tour the network management GUI interface
  • Experience SIM card burning

Learning Objectives:

Learn about and experience the components that make up a private LTE network—radios, baseband, core, etc.

Experience what it’s like to manage, operate and interface with a private cellular network using a management interface.

Learn about the various device end points that private LTE networks can support.

Intended Audience: Functional area: Oil & Gas companies, Position/Title: CXO, VP, IT/OT managers, network engineers, Size of Company: 500+, Type of Company: upstream and downstream; IT staff, wireless and infrastructure staff,  operations, digital leads, IoT leads

Category: Telecom/Field Communications

About the Speakers:

Mark Madden is a Sr. Solutions Director at Ericsson responsible for developing end-customer Private 4G/5G cellular solutions for the Energy vertical.  Mr. Madden has over 30 years of experience with mission-critical communications in a variety of critical infrastructure, military, and enterprise segments.  Over the last 15 years he has primarily been focused on the energy segment, including Oil & Gas, Public Utilities, Transportation, and Mining while occupying technical, business development, and business management roles.  Mr Madden joined Ericsson in November of 2021.
Viren Parikh is responsible for supporting the US and Canadian market for Oil & Gas and Alternative Energy companies to overcome their communications challenges by finding the right packaged solution. He helps businesses understand how private networks using LTE
 Vyanthes (Vee) Pillay, Ericsson North America

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Device Edge Computing Platform, Deploying Any Workload RedHat Workshop

Room: 360 A

* Attendees need to bring a laptop for this training

This workshop takes participants through strategies for the deployment and management of workloads and devices at the edge. It aims dto promote discussion on the patterns recommended for modularity to provide a consistent and reliable way to run any type of workload. Attendees will be able to get hands on with systems, automation, and containerized workloads as part of this session.


1. Expose attendees to different patterns for deploying workloads at the edge
2. Discuss patterns for device management and deployment at the edge
3. Answer questions on edge architectures and scenarios faced by audience attendees

Intended Audience:

Edge architects, edge infrastructure engineers, edge software developers, edge data/information engineers

Category: IoT

About the Speakers

Josh Swanson is a Chief Architect focused on manufacturing/industrial edge and edge automation. Prior to Red Hat, Josh was the infrastructure for all things ERP at 3M and has worked in manufacturing plants and built industrial control systems.
Andy Garrett is an Automation Sales Specialist with Red Hat helping our clients understand, get ready for, and leverage Red Hat’s powerful configuration and automation capabilities. Prior to joining Red Hat, Andy worked for IHS Markit (now S&P Global), focused on data management solutions specifically for the oil & gas industry, and Halliburton Landmark mainly focused on exploration technologies.

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

MQTT and Sparkplug Basics 102 – Training by Cirrus Link Solutions

Room: 360 D

Arlen Nipper, Cirrus Link Solutions

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.

Learning Objectives:

Know the components required for a complete MQTT infrastructure and how they work together.

Come away with a basic understanding of the Sparkplug specification and how it applies to SCADA infrastructures.

Be able to setup a complete, working MQTT Sparkplug infrastructure on a Raspberry Pi or laptop.

Intended Audience: Anyone wanting to learn the basics of MQTT, the MQTT Sparkplug specification, and how these technologies work together to create secure, resilient, and modern SCADA infrastructures.

Category: IoT

About the Speaker

Arlen Nipper has been in the industrial automation space for over 40 years. He started as a SCADA Engineer for Koch Oil in Medford OK. After that he served as the CTO for Arcom Control Systems, and EuroTech. Arlen is currently the co-founder and CTO for Cirrus Link Solutions. While working for Arcom, Arlen worked with Andy Stanford Clark from IBM and was one of the co-inventors of MQTT. Arlen and the team at Cirrus Link have been implementing MQTT infrastructure solutions for over 20 years.