Wednesday Education

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

8:00 AM-9:00 AM

350 D | Moderator: Ravi Subramanyan Panel | Panelists: Benson Hougland & Frederic Desbiens | Panel Discussion

IIoT use cases that help drive Digitization in the Energy Sector

IIoT technology is significantly making it possible to automate upstream oil drill operations, mid stream pipeline operations, and downstream refining operations. With the help of smart sensors and advanced gateways, companies could easily monitor the performance of a system in real-time, automatically adjust the industrial efficiency, and ensure better productivity at all stages. Some of the use cases that we commonly encounter are:

* Generating more throughput

* Optimizing Equipment and Asset Management through creating Digital Twins

* Remote Performance Monitoring with real time data

* Predictive Maintenance through advanced analytics

* Decreased Safety Risk

* Reducing CO2 emissions


350 E | Speaker: Pradhyum Ramkumar | Technical Session

Private 5G – A pervasive and highly reliable wireless connectivity solution for connected workers and machines  at refineries.

Private Wireless is the new cellular based wireless connectivity solution that companies can be setup wherever coverage is needed in a significantly more cost-effective and reliable than Wi-Fi.  

In this session, we will share  actual data from Celona’s refinery   deployments to compare and contrast the radio propagation, network performance, TCO (total cost of ownership) of Private wireless networks vs. other wireless solutions such as Wi-Fi. After attending this session, the viewers will be able to appreciate the benefits of this technology and make a compelling case at their organizations to improve connectivity at their sites.


350 F | Speaker: Curt Ahart | Technical Session

The Technologies and Network Strategies Fueling Digital Transformation in the Energy Sector

In this presentation, the speaker will discuss the current digital transformation in the energy sector and the technology solutions driving said transition. In particular, the speaker will cover Internet of Things (IoT) and network strategies like private LTE networks and 5G. Likewise, they will explore the methods and processes enabled by IoT and connectivity solutions such as remote monitoring, predictive maintenance, digital twins, load balancing, etc.


9:15 AM-10:15 AM

340 AB | Speaker: Todd Anslinger | Technical Session

Increasing the Scalability of IIoT Solutions

What are the items of interest that can increase the scalability of your IIoT solutions? Come and see what choices and options you have control of when you are designing your IIoT solutions. Learn what Chevron is doing around:
– the IIoT sensor installation philosophy
– Resource training
– Choosing “configuration vs. coding” components
– Device diagnostics
– encouraging vendor functionality enhancements
The goal is for you to take back a few nuggets of information that you can use tomorrow in your role!

350 D | Speaker: Andreas Bitzarakis | Technical Session

Fueling Future Operations: Exploring Private Wireless Networks for Oil & Gas Solutions

This session will empower decision-makers with a renewed perspective of how wireless networks underpinned by licensed spectrum are redefining connectivity, heightening security measures, and fortifying operational resilience for Oil & Gas proprietary and 4G/5G applications. These networks are revolutionizing Oil & Gas operations by enabling applications such as onshore and offshore high-capacity communications, refinery safety, oil field monitoring, emission reduction, and IoT-driven optimization, translating to significant cost savings for Oil & Gas organizations.

  • Automated Maritime Telecommunications System (AMTS)- 217-220 MHz
  • Band 48 – 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) Priority Access Licenses (PALs)
  • Band 54 – 1670-1675 MHz
  • Band 103 (NB-IoT) – Upper 700 MHz Upper A Block
  • 5G NR Millimeter Wave – 24/28/39 GHz


350 F | Speaker: Patrick Giangrosso | Technical Session

Navigating the Microgrid Frontier with a Modern, Sustainable Blueprint for the Oil & Gas Industry

The oil and gas industry faces enormous pressure to cut carbon emissions produced by its operations. One answer to this challenge is utilizing renewable microgrids.

Microgrids are essential for remote power and renewable energy. Running the production plant on solar power saves money and reduces the site’s carbon footprint. Other microgrid benefits include reduced energy prices and fuel use, stable power quality, uninterrupted energy availability, backup power and more. 

We will share how to reduce maintenance and operations costs, downtime, gas emissions, and energy waste while increasing power reliability at the edge.


350 E | Speaker: Joe Morgan | Technical Session

Top Considerations for Advancing Resiliency at Substations

To minimize risks of compromise or instability, organizations must look for a centralized, reliable system that supports physical security, process monitoring and predictive maintenance, incident management, and redundancy. This presentation will look at NERC requirements for a cybersecurity facility, as well as provide actionable insights for attendees that are needed to secure a site for perimeter, process, and people.


10:30 AM-11:30 AM

340 AB | Speaker: Simon Hill | Technical Session

Enhancing Cyber Resilience in the Utility Sector: Lessons from the Colonial Pipeline Breach and TSA Security Directive Pipeline-2021-02D

In the aftermath of the impactful ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) responded with Security Directive Pipeline-2021-02: Pipeline Cybersecurity Mitigation Actions, Contingency Planning, and Testing. This directive introduces rigorous yet crucial safeguards and controls, including network segmentation, encryption of data in transit, and the isolation of Industrial Control Systems. As the utility sector grapples with these challenges, understanding and implementing these controls is paramount to fortifying cyber resilience.


350 D | Speaker: DJ Melancon | Technical Session

Increasing OT network security through automation

Join us to learn how OT leaders in oil and gas are connecting their field assets securely, no matter how concentrated or dispersed they are. We’ll share best practices for increasing your cybersecurity standards, OT network capabilities, and overall network stability. Hear real-world stories about how automated networking is used every day to save time, money and other resources. Also, get the low-down on the latest government regulatory standards.


350 F | Speaker: Andrew Hinz | Panel Discussion

Bridging the Gap: Exploring Opportunities and Challenges in IT and OT Collaboration for Enhanced Industrial Efficiency and Security

In this panel discussion, experts explore the opportunities and challenges of IT and OT collaboration. They highlight the potential for improved efficiency, productivity, and innovation in industrial settings. The panel also addresses the hurdles posed by differing objectives, security concerns, and technology landscapes. They emphasize the need for strategic alignment, effective communication, and robust cybersecurity measures to unlock the full potential of this convergence.


1:30 AM-2:30 PM

Exhibit Hall D, Booth #613 | Panelists: Inductive Automation, Opto22 & SiteSync

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3:00 AM-4:00 PM

Exhibit Hall D, Booth #613 | Panelists: Flow Software, Inductive Automation, ICONICS, Cirrus Link & Snowflake

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