Training Sessions


Tuesday, May 9, 2023

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Inductive Automation Training

Room: 360 B

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Fortinet Training

Room: 361 D

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1:45 PM – 3:45 PM

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

Room: 361 A

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 Speaker

Clint Guillory

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

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




Wednesday, May 10, 2023

10:15 AM – 12:15 PM

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

Room: 360 D

Sindhu Laljani, Ericsson North America; Viren Parikh, 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 Speaker

Sindhu Laljani

Sindhu is director of business development for the enterprise business and works with partners and solution experts to identify new use cases and enhance existing ones. Having worked with the enterprise market to bring public cellular connectivity for sensors/devices, Sindhu understands their challenges and the need for a wider ecosystem to come together. For over 20 years, she has helped companies overcome the challenges of implementing wireless solutions that allow them to extract more value o


Viren Parikh

Viren 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




1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

MQTT and Sparkplug Basics 102 – Training by Cirus 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

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.



Thursday, May 11, 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

Tom 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.