Knowledge Forum

The Knowledge Forum is proudly bought to you by the Australian Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (AINDT), The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), Norwegian Technology Partners (NORWEP), and the Society for Petroleum Engineers (SPE WA).

The AOG Energy Knowledge Forum aims to educate, inspire and inform through technical and educational conference sessions.

Bringing together specialised industry sectors to discuss the latest techniques and technology, the Knowledge Forum will provide a platform to share insights that will enable the industry to overcome both current and future challenges.

Supported by key industry bodies, the Knowledge Forum will reflect the current trends and challenges impacting the wider oil and gas industry.

Norway has a long history of innovation in the offshore energy sector and has been a testing ground for new and groundbreaking technologies for decades. This session will showcase specific solutions within smart operations that increase performance, reliability, reduce emissions and limit costs. This is an excellent opportunity to hear from Norwegian companies with key technologies, novel approaches and solutions.


Tore Moe, NORWEP


Richard Stocker, Enermech


Breaking Boundaries: Underwater Robotics and Advanced NDT - Stephan Freychet, TSC Subsea

Systematic process for tracking NDT/CM results through to repair or replacement - Nathan Lenane, Rio Tinto

Acoustic Emission Ensures Ammonia Tank Safety - Dr Gary Martin, ATTAR

Presentations by Michael Wang and Paul Lee from IBM Australia

Achieving sustainability in asset-intensive operations involves a holistic approach encompassing energy efficiency, resource management and technological innovation. Firstly, optimising energy usage through the adoption of energy-efficient technologies and practices significantly reduces the environmental footprint of operations. Incorporating renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind power, reduces reliance on natural resources, enhancing long-term sustainability.
In addition, implementing condition-based and predictive maintenance technologies extend asset life, reduce downtime and ensure optimal asset performance. Visibility and tracking of sustainability and asset-condition metrics provide the decision support resources need for key asset repair, refurbish or replace decisions. This not only optimises resource consumption but promotes operational efficiency.
In this session, we will share how you can leverage technologies – to help capture key sustainability metrics that can drive changes in energy sources; and asset performance to achieve your sustainability goals across your operations.
With technology, sustainability is not only possible, but also achievable.

Over the past decade, Nexxis has pioneered groundbreaking robotics solutions that have transformed inspection capabilities across various sectors. Through this session, Nexxis aims to showcase the transformative potential of Australian innovation on a global scale, demonstrating how cutting-edge robotics solutions can redefine industry standards and drive progress across this diverse sector. Join us as we embark on a journey of exploration, innovation, and collaboration, unlocking new possibilities and shaping the future of robotics worldwide.

It is a truth that is universally acknowledged, that a hydrogen industry is likely to be a major contributor to reducing emissions and reaching our decarbonisation goals. What is less familiar is that some of that hydrogen could come from natural sources rather than manufactured via water or hydrocarbons. Three different perspectives will be shared in a one hour panel session to discuss what the chase for this new gold (hydrogen) means for researchers, regulators and industry. Share in the thrill of the exploration chase of this potential addition to the low emissions toolkit.


Linda Stalker, CSIRO

Repurposing offshore infrastructure for CCS is a vital route to sustainable carbon reduction in our changing energy landscape.

Join us for a one-hour session featuring three expert speakers who will share insights, case studies, and the latest developments in adapting offshore oil and gas facilities for CCS, exploring opportunities and challenges in converting existing pipelines, platforms, wellbores, and depleted reservoirs for carbon storage while delving into the technical, regulatory, and environmental dimensions of this crucial effort.

Whether you're an experienced CCS professional or new to the field, this session will enhance your understanding of the evolving CCS landscape.


Jeff Zhang, Wood

CO2 Plume Mapping and Prediction of Secure Storage with Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are transforming our lives in ways that were once unimaginable. From healthcare to finance, AI and ML are being used to solve complex problems, improve efficiency, and drive innovation.

In the energy industry, AI and ML are playing a pivotal role in driving the transition towards a more sustainable future. By leveraging these technologies, the industry is becoming more efficient, safer, and greener.

In this session, we will explore how AI and ML are being used in our industry to solve complex problems, increase efficiency in carbon capture and storage, and create safer workplaces.


Hossein Karami, SLB

In recent years, the energy industry has faced human resourcing challenges. As the generation who have evolved with the local industry reaches retirement, the interest in joining the industry amongst the younger generation is dwindling.

The objective of this session is to explore the knowledge gap in the energy industry, at present and in the future, including the challenges and potential solutions. We will examine this topic critically across generational groups in the industry via presentation and a facilitated panel discussion with industry leaders. There is no time like the present to explore this topic critically and to share perspectives on how to bridge it - mind the gap!


Orla McSharry, NOPSEMA & Demi Migliore, Woodside Energy


Jim Black

A technical, economic, and environmental assessment of clean marine fuel options for Australia - Nguyen Cao

Pertamina's Eco-Friendly Innovation: Producing Environmentally Friendly Ship's Fuel in Plaju Refinery (Marine Fuel Oil Low Sulphur) - Daniswara Krisna Prabatha


Mark Roberts, Kongsberg Maritime 

A Fremantle Built 12m USV with Optimal Characteristics for HIPP Hydrographic Work in Australia: Challenges, Design Considerations and Progress Update - Charles Collins

Taking the Drone Revolution Underwater for Offshore Energy - Peter Roberts

Inspecting deepwater live assets by means of Underwater Inspection Drone - Giovanni Massari


Dr Tim Gourlay, Perth Hydro

The Fruition of a Deepwater Gen3 FPSO - Jinzhu Xia

Case study – Flange face corrosion in the upstream oil and gas sector - Dene Halkyard

Advancing Indonesia’s Oldest Refinery Data Management: Implementing Multi-layered Digitalization as Strategic Platforms for Real-time Business Monitoring & Decision-making - Dimas Priyambodo

Benchmarking of Oil Custody Transfer Operations at Two Offshore Terminals and Jetties - Bassey Bassey

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