17 May 2017 00:00 to 30 May 2017 00:00

Materials and Manufacturing Innovation Roadshow


Are you an SME working on innovative solutions that could solve materials and manufacturing problems faced by the oil and gas industry?


17 May 2017 00:00 to 30 May 2017 00:00


Glasgow - 17th May, 2017
Advanced Forming Research Centre

Rotherham - 25th May, 2017
Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

Bristol - 30th May, 2017
National Composites Centre

Book your place

Cost: £25 per person, per event.

To book your place register online here, or email


We are delighted to announce a series of 3 Materials and Manufacturing Innovation Roadshows brought to you collaboratively by ITF, OGTC and The High Value Manufacturing Catapult   

Speakers at the Roadshow events confirmed so far: BP, Siemens, Lloyds, The Oil & Gas Authority (OGA), The Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF),  and The Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC).

About the Roadshows

These are a series of events that are designed to bring a multitude of materials and manufacturing solutions to high level challenges faced by the Oil and Gas Sector, focussing on 3 specific areas currently being addressed by the UKCS Technology Leadership Board:

Asset Integrity: managing the effects of ageing assets and equipment, many of which are operating well beyond original design life. More context to this overall challenge can be found here

Small Pools: technologies to enable the commercial development of stranded assets, estimated at around 225 discovered fields of between 3 and 50 million barrels of oil equivalent distributed across the UKCS. More context to this overall challenge can be found here

Well Construction: aiming to transform the way wells are drilled and completed, and decommissioned, targeting a 50% cost reduction. More context to this overall challenge can be found here  

We bring together the best technology innovators and provide you with an interactive platform to share ideas, create peer groups and ultimately accelerate the uptake of new technologies.

The following are examples of challenges and potential solutions which will be articulated by leading Oil and Gas representatives and will be explored in more detail through the facilitated mastermind sessions:


  • corrosion under insulation is a major challenge to industry
  • are there smart engineering solutions and better design alternatives?

Additive Manufacturing

  • what is possible? Can we learn from e.g. the automotive industry where large warehouses of stock could be avoided and replacement parts printed on location?
  • how much are manufacturing problems limited by current techniques?


  • specific problem with coating on cut and seal valve 
  • could a boronisation process be developed?
  • Mobile coating units (e.g. for onsite application at remote locations)

Materials Properties

  • Better understanding of the fatigue properties of material at its infancy
  • Development of optimum microstructures, threshold stress limits and hardness limits for resistance of low alloy steels and precipitation hardened nickel alloys exposed to: 
    • seawater with cathodic charging from cathodic protection systems operating within specified ranges and also operating with excessive voltage levels
    • well completion fluids, production wellbore environments, and well stimulation chemicals

Development of Advanced Modelling Software

  • utilise to better understand through thickness properties in very large and expensive heavy section forgings  

Dates and locations

Glasgow - 17th May, 2017        
Advanced Forming Research Centre, 85 Inchinnan Drive, Inchinnan, PA4 9LJ

Rotherham - 25th May, 2017         
Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, University of Sheffield, Advanced Manufacturing Park, Brunel Way, Catcliffe, Rotherham S60 5WG  

Bristol - 30th May, 2017
National Composites Centre, Feynman Way Central, Bristol & Bath Science Park, Emersons Green, Bristol, BS16 7FS

** Register early to avoid missing out! **

If you are interested in attending one or all of these events, please complete the form here and a member of the ITF Energy team will be in touch within 48 hours to confirm your place.



9.30am                 Registration and coffee

10:00am               Framework of the day and introductions

10:15am               How innovation makes an impact within a large organisation

10:30am               Fireside discussion - Funding organisations discuss how to get funding for your ideas and technologies

11:00am               Tour of the facility and technology demonstrations

12:00pm               Lunch and networking

12:45pm               Overview of oil and gas industry challenges

1:30pm                 Introduction to 'mastermind sessions' Innovation at Work

1:40pm                 Mastermind sessions

3:00pm                 Plenary feedback from mastermind sessions and next steps

3:30pm                 Networking

4:00pm                 Close