11-13 Mar 2020
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Knowledge Forum 2019

The 2019 Knowledge Forum program helped to discover the latest techniques and technology from specialised industry sectors, with sessions on offshore marine technology, drilling, completions and resevoir management, new energy, non-destructive testing, automation and many more.

Presented in 2019 by leading industry organisations Lloyd’s Register and Upstream Production Solutions, the AOG Knowledge Forum aimed to reflect the current trends and challenges impacting the wider oil and gas industry.

The 2020 Knowledge Forum agenda will be released in early 2020.




Wednesday 13 March

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 will give attendees a brief introduction to the world of NDT and how special techniques can be used in different scenarios of inspection.
'Opening Address/Chair' - Peter Milligan, AINDT
'Ultrasonic Corrosion Mapping – New Techniques for Pipe and Elbows Scanning' - Richard Nowak, Olympus
'Quantitative Short Range (QSR)- Latest technology Inspection of Corrosion Under Pipe Supports (CUPS)' - Chris Parker, Oceaneering Australia
'The Value of Inspection in the Safety Chain' - Cass Willis, Neptune Marine Services
'A comprehensive synopsis of Advanced NDT Techniques for the Inspection of Concrete Assets' - Reuben Barnes, PCTE

This interactive session will be split into three sections:

1. Presenting the issue
2. Real-time brainstorming and discussion on options for increasing profile of engineers. Audience interaction is welcome during this section to establish and contribute to the conversation
3. Online voting of the most actionable idea and to flesh that out in more detail listing the impact, effort and priority etc. to determine an action plan

Norway is leading the world in digital solutions for the oil and gas industry. In this session, you will hear from the latest in digital solutions for drilling and well operations.
'Drilling Automation using Digital Twin technology' - Piyush Patel, Drill Insight Pty Ltd
By feeding context and real time data from the rig to a tightly coupled mechanical, thermodynamic and hydraulic model, a digital twin of drilling operation can be established. This becomes the reference for early detections of deteriorating downhole conditions and for safe guarding the well for drilling automation.
'Digitize your well design with Oliasoft’ - Linda Sæther, Oliasoft AS
Oliasoft WellDesign is an Integrated Cloud Engineering Software that enables automated and optimized well design. Machines can seamlessly communicate with Oliasoft WellDesign through our open API’s. This is key in order to digitize well planning, reduce well planning costs and design more efficient wells.
'Digitalisation of existing workflow and engineering systems in the well construction domain' - David Harrison, Elogix AS
The Elogix iWell Book modules provide digital management of the critical well construction data, from service contractor and operator personnel. The iWell Construction module is tailored to the typical well acceptance criteria approach used by many operators in Australia.
‘Data driven Well Integrity and Reliability Management’ – Roger Klausen, Exprosoft AS
WellMaster well integrity management system helps increase uptime and ensure safe operations on both conventional and unconventional operations, offshore and onshore. The system gives well integrity a face in the organisation, and elevates the importance of well risk and integrity. WellMaster is set up for handling several key NOPSEMA requirements straight out-of-the-box. The solution is currently utilized offshore and onshore Australia and New Zealand, in addition to managing thousands of wells world-wide.
'Digital Assurance of Critical Well Construction Data' - David Harrison, Elogix AS
'DaWinci - Integrated Drilling Logistics Management' - Kristian Brakvatne, Tieto Oil and Gas
Every drilling operation requires key resources such as personnel, tools and material to be at the field site at the right time. Being able to see these interconnections integrated into one solution has proven complex. However, DaWinci is the first application to bring together the Personnel and Material & Tools Logistics Supply Chain in one integrated application - available off the shelf and 'as a Service'.

Thursday 14 March

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’ discusses several methodologies & key engineering developments that will help to address these concerns.

'Energy Efficiency' - Neil Sturrock, CSIRO
'Microgrids' - Victor Dunand, Schneider Electric

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?

Panel Discussion.

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 will present 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
'Formation Testing While Tripping: A Novel and Cost-Effective Technique for Extending the Limits of Transient Pressure Testing' - Jack Harfoushian, Schlumberger
'Achieving an Asset's Desired Lifecycle Outcome: From Early Concept to Full Development' - Sameer Chhabra, Halliburton

New to AOG in 2019, this session will profile some of the most exciting Australian companies in the Drilling & Completions Technology sector.
'The Cutting Edge of Water Treatment Innovation' - Paul Callaghan, OLEOLOGY
'IPI's Tubeless and Innovative Inflatable Packers' - Howard Kenworthy, Inflatable Packers International

Friday 15 March 

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.

'LNG Bunkering Technical and Training Challenges – An Update' - Jeff Baker
'Operational Benefits of Gyro Roll Stabilisers for Offshore Vessels' - Paul Steinmann, Veem

'Quick Disconnect of Mooring Lines' - Fabrizio Pistani, Intermoor
'The CAN-Ductor system for offshore well foundations' - Kris Plain, ICON Engineering

'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

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