Speaker Presentations

View the speaker presentations from the AOG Conference 2019 below. Note: Not all presentations are included.

Collaboration Forum

Wednesday 13 March 2019

09:15 – 10:45 Opening Address and Keynote Speakers

The 2019 Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG) was officially opened by the Western Australian Government and will feature keynote presentations from Woodside Energy and Chevron Australia.

Meg O’Neill, Woodside Energy

11:30 – 13:00 New Horizons in Australian Oil and Gas Projects

With confidence rising in the oil and gas industry new players, new projects and new production techniques are being brought to the fore. This session examined the diverse range of opportunities that will define the Australian oil and gas industry in 2019 and beyond.

‘Digital Asset Visualisation and the opportunity to apply Data Science’ – Anthony Roe, Downer Group

‘New Horizons for Australian Oil and Gas’ – Brett Howard, Technip FMC

‘Partnering to Accelerate Development of Western Australia’s Discovered Gas Resources’ –  Will Barker, Western Gas; Maria Sferruzza, Baker Hughes, a GE company; Mahesh Swaminathan, McDermott

14:00 – 15:30 Future Jobs in Oil and Gas

With the oil and gas industry currently going through rapid and radical changes related to new market requirements, the introduction of new technologies, increased digitalisation and the retirement of many experienced workers, there has been a significant industry, government and academic focus on identifying the workforce of the future. This session identifies new long-term job opportunities focused on servicing, maintaining and improving existing oil and gas operations and includes a presentation from Mike Deeks, Agent General for Western Australia.

‘Perth as an LNG Hub – a European Perspective’ – Commodore Mike Deeks, Western Australia Government Office (WAGO) in Europe

‘Three Scenarios for Workforce Change’ – Francis Norman, NERA


Thursday 14 March 2019

9:30 – 11:00 New Perspectives: The Economic Outlook of the Australian Oil and Gas Sector

In just over a decade, and after capital investment of more than US$200 billion, the Australian Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry is now the world-leader in LNG production. Where will the industry head next? This session considers the macro and micro-economic outlook for the Australian oil and gas sector for 2019 and includes a presentation from the Western Australian Government’s LNG Jobs Taskforce.

‘Macro-Level Predictions/transition fuel/impact of LNG’ – Matt Judkins, Deloitte Access Economics

‘Innovation and Technology Driving Australian Oil and Gas Sectors Future’ – Miranda Taylor, NERA

‘LNG Jobs Taskforce’ – Rebecca Brown – Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation 

11:30 – 13:00 New Markets for Gas

The Australian natural gas industry is not just about LNG. Many new applications, uses and customers for natural gas are emerging. This session discussed the multifaceted opportunities that these new applications and markets could create and the value that could be unlocked.

‘Enabling LNG Projects’ – Magnus Eikens, Connect LNG

‘Opportunities in the domestic LNG market’ – Nick Rea, EVOL ING

‘Role of LNG & Smart Ships in Reducing GHG’ – Sanjay Verma, Wartsila 

14:00 – 15:30 New Energy: Creating New Markets and Cutting Costs with Hydrogen and Renewables

The drive towards a low-carbon future – catalysed by the Paris Agreement, and coupled with a series of socio-economic and technological trends – is leading many in the oil and gas industry to fundamentally reimagine what the energy company of the future looks like. This session will investigate how WA-based oil and gas producers are embracing that future, be it by utilising renewables in LNG processing or by taking steps to become part of the evolving hydrogen economy.

‘ATCO’s Clean Energy Innovation Hub’ – Stevan Green, ATCO

‘Micro Grid – A Practical Demonstration of New Energy’ – Mike Houlahan, Horizon Energy


Friday 15 March 2019

09:30 – 11:00 Technology Showcase: University and Research Organisations

New sensor technologies, 3D printing, and other cutting-edge technologies are driving innovation, lowering costs and increasing efficiency in the oil and gas industry. The first of two sessions connects oil and gas businesses with university and research organisations who are solving complex problems through the prism of business collaboration.

‘Oceanworks: Innovating to Generate Innovative Ocean Research’ – Scott Draper, University of Western Australia

‘Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) in the Oil & Gas Sector’ – Lee Djumas, Monash University

‘Fighting corrosion through industry-academic collaborations’ – Mariano Iannuzzi, Curtin University

11:30 – 13:00 Technology Showcase: Industry Innovators

Automation and next-generation data science present apparent production and efficiency benefits, however, these technologies also come with advantages in safety by removing workers from dangerous environments where they are asked to perform dull jobs. In the second of two sessions, delegates learned about the latest technologies that are driving innovation directly from market leaders.

‘Benefits of Network Automation in an OT Environment.’ – Thomas Goerke, Curtin/Cisco

‘Intelligent Assets – Integrating AI, Analytics, Sensors and Robotics to Improve LNG Business Value’ – Shawn Fernando, Woodside Energy


Knowledge Forum

Wednesday 13 March 2019

09:30 – 11:00 Non-destructive testing (NDT) within the Oil and Gas Sector (Presented by the Australian Institute for Non-Destructive Testing)

Non-destructive Testing (NDT) is a generic term for a wide range of analysis techniques used in science, industry, medicine, forensics and art to evaluate the properties of a material, component, system or structure without causing harm. This session provided attendees a brief introduction to the world of NDT and how special techniques can be used in different scenarios of inspection.

‘The Value of Inspection in the Safety Chain’ – Cass Willis, Neptune Marine Services

‘Quantitative Short Range (QSR)- Latest technology Inspection of Corrosion Under Pipe Supports (CUPS)’ – Chris Parker, Oceaneering Australia

‘Ultrasonic Corrosion Mapping – New Techniques for Pipe and Elbows Scanning’ – Richard Nowak, Olympus

‘A comprehensive synopsis of Advanced NDT Techniques for the Inspection of Concrete Assets’ – Reuben Barnes, PCTE 

11:20 – 12:50 Opportunities for New Energy and Efficiency Improvement in Oil and Gas Assets (Presented by the Asset Management Council)

This session will discuss ways to improve the identification, evaluation and implementation of energy efficiency opportunities on oil and gas projects.

‘Opportunities for New Energy and Efficiency Improvement on Oil & Gas assets’

13:20 – 14:50 Raising the profile of engineers: An interactive workshop (Presented by Engineers Australia – WA Oil & Gas Group)

Engineers Australia Panel Discussion 

15:10 – 17:00 Digital Well Solutions Seminar (Presented by NORWEP)

Norway is leading the world in digital solutions for the oil and gas industry. This session presents the latest in digital solutions for drilling and well operations.

‘Drilling Automation using Digital Twin technology’ – Piyush Patel, Drill Insight Pty Ltd

‘Digitize your well design with Oliasoft’ – Linda Sæther, Oliasoft AS

‘Digitalisation of existing workflow and engineering systems in the well construction domain’ – David Harrison, Elogix AS

‘DaWinci – Integrated Drilling Logistics Management’ – Kristian Brakvatne, Tieto Oil and Gas

‘Data driven Well Integrity and Reliability Management’ – Roger Klausen, Exprosoft AS


Thursday 14 March 2019

9:30 – 11:00 Energy Efficiency and Microgrids (Presented by the Institution of Engineering and Technology)

Optimising operating costs, mitigating risk and improving efficiency has been a well proven strategy that continually demonstrates business viability and success. With concerns about escalating energy demand – the rising costs, reliability and security, not to mention global warming and an objective to reduce carbon emissions; it’s an area of large political contention and great public debate. These two presentations on ‘Energy efficiency’ & the utilization of ‘Microgrids’ discussed several methodologies & key engineering developments that will help to address these concerns.

‘Microgrids’ – Victor Dunand, Schneider Electric

11:30 – 13:00 Who will do the work: The future of automation (Presented by the Institute of Instrumentation Control and Automation Australia)

With all the hype about AI and robots taking over from humans, who will end up doing the work, be responsible for the actions and guarantee safety? Companies invest billions in R&D and the results are visible in the commercial and retail space, but not much in the Industrial Automation space. Is the fear of losing jobs in the Industrial Control and Automation space unwarranted?

Karthik Rau, FLICQ

Paul Limpitlaw, Siemens AG

Thomas Jriege, Focus Cyber Group 

13:30 – 15:00 Novel Approaches to Cost-effective Resevoir Management (Presented by the Society of Petroleum Engineers WA)

As the hydrocarbon industry continues to recover from the recent oil price malaise, we focus on the new techniques and products available to manage rejuvenated assets. This session hosted by SPE WA presents a number of examples on how effective reservoir management has been utilised to minimise cost and maximise value.

‘Novel Approaches to Cost Effective Reservoir Management’ – David Bowling, Baker Hughes, a GE Company

‘Overcoming Data Obstacles for Consistently Better Reservoir Decisions’ – Martin Storey, Well Data QA 

15:30 – 17:00 Australian Drilling & Completions Technology Showcase (Presented by the Society of Petroleum Engineers WA)

New to AOG in 2019, this session will profile some of the most exciting Australian companies in the Drilling & Completions Technology sector.

‘IPI’s Tubeless and Innovative Inflatable Packers’ – Howard Kenworthy, Inflatable Packers International


Friday 15 March 2019

This conference stream, organised by The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), will provide a forum for interaction of all professionals in the area of offshore structures, naval architecture and marine operations. Presentations from industry experts will reflect on the current and future technologies and will focus on engineering innovation in the changing industry conditions.

09:30 – 10:30 Offshore Marine Technology Showcase – Floating Systems (Presented by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects)

‘LNG Bunkering Technical and Training Challenges – An Update’ – Jeff Baker

‘Operational Benefits of Gyro Roll Stabilisers for Offshore Vessels’ – Paul Steinmann, Veem

10:45 – 11:45 Offshore Marine Technology Showcase – Offshore Installation and Marine Operations (Presented by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects)

‘Quick Disconnect of Mooring Lines’ – Fabrizio Pistani, Intermoor

12:00 – 13:00 Offshore Marine Technology Showcase – Offshore Renewable Energy (Presented by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects)

Offshore wind farms’ – Ian Sherrington, Waves Group UK

‘LNG as a marine and transport fuel and its role in the security of our country’s energy supply’ – Water Purio, LNG-MFI


Subsea Forum

Wednesday 13 March 2019 – Subsea Engineering Solutions

10:30 – 11:00 Keynote presentation

‘Fantastic Fields and How to Flow Them’ – Mark Titley, Chevron 

11:00 – 12:10 New Problem Solvers and New Solutions

‘Subsea Engineering Competency Project, National Engineering Registration and Chartered Professional Subsea Engineer with EA’ – Ian Wilson, SUT (Perth Branch) 

‘Hydrate and Wax Plug: Prevention and remediation using active heating technology’ – Cyril Holyst, TechnipFMC

‘5-minute thesis: Further wave-induced motions and loads on a LNG carrier at a terminal’ – Thejus Prakash, Post Graduate Student

12:40 – 13:50 Focus on Processing

‘Adopting new technologies enables the long subsea tie-back’ – Neil Mckay and Martin Davies, Woodside Energy

‘Subsea Processing – More than just compressor and pump’ – Si Yeaw

‘Economic performance of the novel Pseudo Dry Gas System for long distance tiebacks relative to alternative subsea processing technologies’ – Stephen Stokes, Advisian (INTECSEA)

14:20 – 15:30 Focus on Pipelines

‘Pipeline Digital Twin’ – Wayne Watson, Woodside Energy

‘Assessing the Risk of Overpressure from Liquid Thermal Expansion’ – Stephanie Cicchini and Jeff Zhang, Wood.

16:00 – 16:45 Offshore Wind Power

‘Building a Risk Based Inspection Model for Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations’ – Alison Selman and Nikki Gravestock, Atteris Pty Ltd

‘Route Preparation & Protection of Offshore Windfarm Inter Array Cables.’ – John Baron, Oceaneering


Thursday 14 March – Life Extension and Beyond

10:30 – 11:00 Keynote presentation

‘Life Extension & Beyond Subsea & Pipelines’ – Lewis Kemp, Woodside Energy

‘The Benefits of Early Implementation of a Structural Integrity Management System through the Lifetime of an Asset’ – Ruth Baker, Wood.

11:50 – 13:00 What to do with pipelines 

‘Subsea and Pipeline Unplanned Repair Initiative’ – Scott Sonthalia, Wasco Energy Group of Companies

‘Life Extension of Subsea Pipelines’ – Alison Selman, Atteris Pty Ltd 

13:30 – 14:40 Joining the dots

‘Life of field extension using Neptune’s innovative Subsea Valve System (SVS)’ – Lev Roberts-Haritonov, Neptune

‘Understanding Conductor Integrity and Extending Life of Jacket Platforms’ – Christopher Li

‘Flexible riser life extension with innovative monitoring’ – Christian Wiebe, 2H Offshore

15:10 – 16:10 Finally decommissioning 

‘Operational time and cost efficiency for decommissioning projects planning using a unique photogrammetric integrated system to reconstruct accurate models of all subsea production field structures’ – Jonathan Morvan, COMEX SA

‘BOP Tethering and Motion Measurements – Enabling Safe Subsea Well Decommissioning’ – Jatin Lodhia, 2H Offshore


Friday 15 March 2019 – The Application of Subsea Geoscience

11:00 – 11:45 Routes and Soils

‘GIS Techniques to Meet Offshore Pipeline Routing Challenges’ – Christine Devine, Fugro

‘Best practice scour predictions vs. scour survey data of a subsea structure on the North West Shelf’ – Scott Draper, UWA

12:15 – 13:00 Managing Spans

‘Elongation of pipeline spans over buckle initiators’ – Fraser Bransby, UWA

‘LGS: An Innovative Solution for Mitigating Pipeline Free Span Fatigue’ – Kanishka Jayasinghe, AMOG

13:30 – 14:15 Scanning the deep for more data

‘Advancements and Learning in Hydrocarbon Seep Hunting as A Critical Tool for Early-Stage Oil and Gas Exploration’ – Bryan Bergkamp, Fugro


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