19 April 2017 09:20 to 20 April 2017 15:10

Oil & Gas ICT Leader 2017


The Urgent Need to Digitise Oil & Gas


19 April 2017 09:20 to 20 April 2017 15:10


Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, Bridge Of Don, Aberdeen, AB23 8BL

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The conference is free to attend for Oil & Gas sector employees.


The industry is changing: against a challenging backdrop with a ‘lower for longer’ economic forecast, Oil & Gas companies are turning to technology to modernise and improve their operations. This transformation has seen IT repositioned as a core business technology, drawn from a background support function to a crucial centre of value creation and innovation. This tectonic shift places IT leaders in a vital position within their organisation, ensuring existing assets and emerging technology are effectively harnessed to deliver tangible business outcomes. 

Cost reduction is still the primary mandate for most organisations, with ongoing efforts to strip back overheads and address key areas of inefficiency to cope with tightening budgetary restraints. But while the pursuit of ‘more for less’ has become a fundamental necessity, it is important that the strategy employs sufficient safeguards to avoid stifling long term progress. Organisations need to retain the personnel, the skills and the tools to ensure they still have the capacity to innovate.

One of the most prevalent trends of recent years has been a concerted move towards greater automation. Organisations are increasingly incorporating sensors, robotics and live data feeds to enhanced remote operations. But this digitisation of process is not just taking place in far flung fields; across the operation, digital technologies are being applied to enable improved visibility and insight. And data analytics is increasingly being used to evaluate asset performance, and enhance predictability, forecasting and decision making.  

Whilst operators have made strides to address inefficiencies and create faster, more agile processes, there are still several barriers to progress. Organisations need to adapt their structure, break down internal silos and allow more cohesive and collaborative engagement. This collaboration also needs to extend to the wider supply chain and external partners across the industry. Skills and leadership is also a key barrier to progress, while cultural inertia still poses a problem for the industry and needs to be tackled head-on if digital transformation ambitions are to be achieved.   

This conference will bring together IT leaders from across the world for knowledge exchange, thought leadership and collaboration. Now in its 4th year, the conference has established itself as the must-attend event for IT leaders working in Oil & Gas. The programme will explore the use of Information Technology in driving tangible business benefits, with topics spanning: data analytics, cloud, cyber security, automation, leadership and culture. 

We are delighted to confirm that Steve Roberts, Digital Solution Centre Manager at the OGTC will be speaking at the Oil & Gas ICT Leader conference on 19-20 April. Steve will discuss the urgent need to digitise the Oil & Gas sector; illustrating how digital technology can help address some of the key challenges faced and exploring lessons we can learn from other industries.

Steve Roberts is a geoscientist by background, and former Vice President of Digital Technical Solutions for BP’s Upstream IT, where he led the standardisation and adoption of digital solutions for technical and engineering disciplines in the upstream segment. He has held various technical and leadership positions while working in many worldwide locations during a 36-year international career covering exploration, appraisal, field development, information technology and services and technology roles.


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The conference is free to attend for Oil & Gas sector employees.


2017 Speakers include:


  • Bob Keiller, Former CEO, Wood Group
  • Giorgio Piazza, CIO, GE Oil & Gas Europe
  • Ernst Sack, Partner, Blue Bear Capital
  • Jorgen Kadal, Director of Analytics Innovation Centre, DNV GL
  • Angus Murray, Head of IT, TAQA
  • Steve Roberts, Digital Solution Centre Manager, OGTC
  • Sarah Forbes, Director, Projects and Innovation, Peterson
  • Brian Doherty, Head of IT and Facilities, Sparrows Group
  • Dave Bowie, Director of 1VirtualWorld
  • Duncan Hart, Business Development Executive, The Data Lab
  • Sverre Fjeldstad, Associate Partner, McKinsey
  • James McLean, IT Manager, ConocoPhillips
  • Eyad Elyan, Senior Lecturer in Computing Science, Robert Gordon University
  • Mark Stephen, Broadcaster & Journalist, BBC Scotland
  • Drue Bremner, Operations Director, Air Control Energy