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8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

ENTELEC Regulatory and Technology RoundTable Discussion on Compliance / Spectrum, Open to All Attendees
Facilitated by: Wes Wright, Greg Kunkle – Keller and Heckman LLC, Al Sinopoli – Chevron
Room: 351 A

This roundtable discussion is your opportunity to sit and engage with industry experts, ask questions, provide feedback, or just listen to the conversation. You’ll walk away with a tremendous amount of information, new ideas and possibly solutions to your challenges.

ENTELEC Regulatory and Technology RoundTable Discussion on IOT, Open to All Attendees
Facilitated by: Erik Hansen – Eutelsat Americas
Room: 342 F

This roundtable discussion is your opportunity to sit and engage with industry experts, ask questions, provide feedback, or just listen to the conversation. You’ll walk away with a tremendous amount of information, new ideas and possibly solutions to your challenges.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Evolve Your Network Security with a Defense-in-Depth Approach
Hansen Chan, Nokia
Room: 351 D

As cyber threats are evolving from eavesdropping and man-in-the-middle attack to DDoS and advanced persistent threat (APT), malware/ransomware, network defense approach deployed today needs an overhaul. While traditional security tools like encryption or firewall can still safeguard the confidentiality, integrity and authenticity of communications, the emerging threats requires new defense mechanisms and thinking. This session will review how a defense-in-depth network security framework comprising technology, governance & policy elements, can be deployed as a bulwark deterring evolving cyber threats.

Track: Cyber Security/Physical Security

The Power of LoRaWAN : Revolutionizing Communications in the Oil and Gas Industry
Daniel Quant, MultiTech
Room: 351 E

Until now, expensive, often unreliable, satellite communications or difficult to deploy wired infrastructure has been the only means of monitoring much of the high-value assets in the oil and gas
industry. LoRaWAN™, a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification intended for wireless battery operated Things in a regional, national or global network, provides an outstanding alternative for this market providing oil and gas companies with the revolutionizing ability to deploy their own, cost-effective private networks on site – easily covering end-points up to ten miles, while taking an added step to prevent intrusion.

Track: Remote Access Monitoring in Oil and Gas

An Update on Upstream and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
Colin Lippincott, OleumTech
Room: 361 A

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been growing in conversation, visibility and importance over the last couple of year. This is especially true when considering the impacts on technology in the upstream Oil & Gas environments. More companies, large and small, are impacting our business in more ways and, maybe, faster than we might have anticipated.

Track: System Architecture for Industrial Control Systems

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Spectrum Executive Level Panel Discussion
Moderator: JL Betts, Automation Associates, Inc.
Room: 351 F

Spectrum – from ground to infinity.  Where does wireless critical infrastructure networks fit within this spectrum?  In North America for years tens-of-thousands of wireless systems have been deployed in our industry with the majority being in 900 MHz licensed and ISM bands, but with the increased need for speed and the shrinking availability of spectrum what choices do companies have moving forward?  This panel will discuss the challenges they have now in terms of “legacy” SCADA systems, as well as where they think this industry will be heading into the future.  With emerging technologies being introduced at a rapid pace how can this industry react in a timely manner, more importantly what spectrum will be available and at what cost?

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Microwave Path Design Techniques
Mark Kullberg, Hutton Communications
Scott Nelson, Hutton Communications
Room: 351 D

Microwave path design is increasingly becoming software driven with several excellent tools for pre-evaluating link performance. Speakers will present key path design concepts and examine several different software tools for designing microwave paths and systems.

Track: Networks/Communications Infrastructures

The Path to IOT in Midstream Oil & Gas
Charles Drobny Jr., GlobaLogix
Room: 361 A

Unblocking the pathway to effective IOT implementation can only come through software equipped smart edge devices that create trust and control access among data, applications, users and devices. Distributed ledger technology, BlockChain, is the pathway to providing security, redundancy, attack defense and real-time autonomous operation. The nexus of IOT and BlockChain will open and enable the dynamic opportunities of future oilfield and pipeline operators. Adaptation of traditional centralized networking to accommodate the unique nature of disparate and distributed oilfield SCADA systems fails and will continue to fail as systems further expand. Smarter software with BlockChain that recognizes and controls both legacy and new nodes is the path forward.

Track: SCADA and Business Data

Remote Management of Power for SCADA Equipment
Brad Berwald, Morningstar Corporation
Room: 351 E

The session will cover remote management of power to SCADA equipment and other monitoring and process control equipment that is used in the oil & gas industry. Attendees will learn how to receive alerts and conduct corrective actions remotely to maintain power for small equipment at off-grid oil & gas sites. The presentation will also address how data logging can be used to troubleshoot root causes of problems and assist with process improvement. The session and Q&A will help attendees and their organizations to reduce costs and optimize the performance and uptime of their equipment.

Track: SCADA and Business Data

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Weather Related Safety Options
Roy Whitten, Lyncole XIT Grounding
Room: 351 D

When it comes to industries with people and equipment in open spaces, like the oil and gas industry, a severe weather/lightning alert system is at the heart of safe operations. Based upon the warning system chosen, different actions could be taken. Understanding the different technologies available will allow for a more appropriate safety decision for your specific application.

Track: Cyber Security/Physical Security

Automating IIoT Deployment
John Geiger, Machfu
Room: 351 E

The emerging diverse IIoT ecosystem is creating the need for self-commissioning systems simplifying the deployment of industrial solutions. IIoT Gateway’s gateways at the edge of the network connect a variety of new smart sensors and gateway applications to cloud and traditional SCADA infrastructure. Removing the need for technical expertise in the field has a huge impact on cost of deployment and the adoption IIoT technology.

Track: System Architecture for Industrial Control Systems

Breaking Down DNA: Understanding the Network Technologies for Supporting Continuous Connectivity
Paul Scardino, Globecomm
Room: 361 A

The Internet of Things has created a greater need to connect billions of devices using a plethora of applications to obtain Big Data and the analytics that it provides. The connectivity needs of SCADA networks have too evolved to address the IoT through various networks incorporating solution options that require the integration of fixed radio networks, cellular and satellite in multi-mode, hybrid connectivity scenarios.
This presentation outlines the technologies of the various telecommunication networks used to connect Utility and Energy markets globally for managing the various devices and applications, integrating many pieces into what looks and acts like a seamless whole.

Track: Networks/Communications Infrastructures

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Licensed Versus Unlicensed Spectrum – What’s Best for What Application?
Robert Finch, Select Spectrum
Room: 351 D

When designing wireless communications solutions, ENTELEC member companies may choose from a variety of licensed, unlicensed and the emerging shared “Spectrum Access System” technologies. This session will focus on applications characteristics including bandwidth, terrain, site density and RF interference environment that may influence the best choice in system design. Specific examples including costs, risks and performance parameters will be presented to show how various situations lead to differing optimal system choices.

Track: Networks/Communications Infrastructures

Staffing in the Upswing: How we can make the most out of the current market to build successful teams in the Oil & Gas industry
Jerry “O” Roberts, Enterprise Products
Room 361 A

Managers, do you cringe at having to interview for your positions? Do you know all the ins and outs of successful team building? Job seekers, have you ever wondered how the hiring process works, and why some people get called back for a second interview while others don’t. There are challenges on both sides of the isle, from “how do I find that perfect candidate amongst the pile of resumes”, to “how do I stand out to be noticed in the sea of applicants”.
In this interactive presentation we will walk through the process together, unveiling the pitfalls and hindrances we all experience. We will identify the key elements to not only surviving the process, but coming out the other end a winner.
The presenter is a Senior Manager of Telecommunications in the Oil & Gas industry, and has had numerous successful hires through the good times and the bad. Hear from his experience in the trenches, through this humorous and insightful presentation.

Track: Business/Professional Development

SCADA & IoT -The Similarities and Differences
Ben Yee, Bentek Systems Ltd
Room: 351 E

This talk will discuss IoT & Industrial IoT Technology and compare it to traditional SCADA Technology. Real world application examples will used to show the use and benefits of IIoT concepts including Data Push, MQTT, Edge Computing, & Cloud Computing.

Track: SCADA and Business Data

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Telecom RoundTable Discussion
Facilitated by: Kenneth Clouse, Devon Energy
Room: 351 A

This roundtable discussion is your opportunity to sit and engage with industry experts, ask questions, provide feedback, or just listen to the conversation. You’ll walk away with a tremendous amount of information, new ideas and possibly solutions to your challenges.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Technically Secure: How Technical Controls Create Security for Industrial Control Systems
David Blanco, AutoSol
Room: 351 D
Silver Scribe 1st Place Winner

By reconciling IT security solutions’ prioritization of confidentiality against ICS’s prioritization of availability, this session will present the benefits of technical controls for industrial control systems over policy based ones. This requires an understanding of the threats ICS will face in terms of probability, not possibility, which includes an explanation of how current ICS strategies fail. Policy foundations will then be presented that allow proven IT security strategies to be successfully applied to ICS legacy networks. These recommendations include 1) prioritizing the field equipment 2) extending proven IP security strategies and techniques to the field 3) identifying technologies that enable business and enhance security.

Track: Cyber Security/Physical Security

Spectrum Availability For Critical Infrastructure Industries
Greg Kunkle, Keller and Heckman LLP
Jerry Roberts, Enterprise
Room: 351 E

Oil and natural gas companies and utilities are seeking to adopt next generation wireless technologies, including higher speed SCADA, distribution automation, load control and AMI. This presentation will highlight the options for wideband and broadband spectrum available via secondary market transactions. A speaker from an end user company will provide perspective on the spectrum acquisition process, including how to select a band and how to efficiently use purchased spectrum.

Track: FCC and Regulatory

Upper 700 MHz A Block Spectrum
John Vislosky, Access Spectrum, LLC
Room: 361 A

700 MHz A Block Spectrum is available to petrochemical companies in support of mission critical licensed wireless solutions. This session will update you on the availability, ease of interface with the FCC, newest technology developments, and equipment associated with this highly effective spectrum band. information will also be shared on elements of a business use case and the strategic importance of owning licensed spectrum.

Track: SCADA and Business Data, Offshore Communications, FCC and Regulatory, Drone Applications in Oil & Gas