GVF Oilfield Connectivity 2017 to discuss LEO data network solutions for smarter oilfields & the

On 10th May the Oilfield Connectivity 2017: The Next Generation Digital Oilfield – New Revenue Streams from M2M & IoT to Applications in the Cloud conference will bring the GVF-EMP Partnership portfolio to Aberdeen for the 10th anniversary event to focus on the communications networking imperatives of the global digital ‘oil & gas patch’.

At a time when the price of oil seems to be on a general, if slow and erratic, route to recovery, due in part to rising expectations that the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will extend its current production cut deal, the rationale for an oilfield-based connectivity event is stronger than ever.

The strength of the rationale is that the programme brings to the very core of the market a communications-oriented dialogue at the crucial interface of evolving demand for ICT solution cost-effectiveness by the energy vertical, and the supply of those cutting-edge solutions by the connectivity industry. Martin Jarrold, GVF’s Chief of International Programme Development, and conference chairman, said “It is in the nature of these connectivity solutions that in many cases the core value of satellite technology is exemplified in the context of satellite-wireless hybrid platforms, platforms provided through satellite service provider and wireless service provider partnerships, which have existed for a number of years and continue to be rolled-out. In addition, this year’s conference programme is going to be greatly enhanced with analysis of the potential for LEO satellite and nanosatellite contributions to enhanced digital oilfield deployments.”

Mr Jarrold continued, “Whilst various oilfield services organisations still eagerly await clearer and stronger positive signs in the oil price outlook, and whilst many oil explorers continue to adopt a ‘wait and see’ posture before committing to new project capital expenditures, hopes are rising for improved market conditions in 2018, and now is the time to focus on the planning necessary to evolve the deployment of the information and communications technologies which comprise the foundation of digital oilfield efficiency imperatives.”

For the first time, the conference – which is sponsored by Hughes, Inmarsat, SES, Advantech Wireless, and iseaglobal – will feature speakers from (in alphabetical order) CETel GmbH, Clyde Space, Europasat, E-WAN Networks, iseaglobal, Kratos Networks, LeoSat, Phasor Inc., and the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications (SoXSA).

Also commenting, Paul Stahl, Executive Director of EMP said, “Not only is the GVF-EMP Partnership very pleased to welcome these companies as new participants to the annual conference dialogue, we feel that despite the continuing price downturn, their engagement with the programme is a clear indicator of their recognition of the continuing significance of the hydrocarbons reserves across the world’s oilfield assets as an important vertical market user of their solutions.”

As of the date of this release the organisations registered to attend Oilfield Connectivity 2017: The Next Generation Digital Oilfield include: 4MS Network Solutions Ltd; Access Partnership; Advantech Wireless; Analysis Logic; AS Subsea; Baker Hughes; British Petroleum; CENSIS; CETel GmbH; Clark Integrated Technologies; Clyde Space; Commsworld; Comtech EF Data; Corcom; Europasat; Eutelsat; E-WAN Networks; Expro; Galaxy Backbone Nigeria; Gilat Satellite Networks; Harris CapRock; HispaSat; Hughes; Hunter Communications; I4EL; Inmarsat; Innovate UK; Intelsat; iseaglobal; ITC Global; Kratos Networks; LeoSat; Librestream; M&J Communications; M4SAT; MACOM Consulting; Marlink; Media Broadcast Satellite GmbH; Onlime GmbH; PetroStars UK; PHASOR Inc; Ping Network Solutions; Prosafe; QTX Consultants Ltd; RigNet; Scottish Enterprise; Sematron; SES; Shell; SoXSA; Space Network Scotland; SpeedCast; Stena Drilling; Tampnet; Technip FMC; Telenor Satellite; Trustcomm; and, Woodsons of Aberdeen.

The conference will comprise four sessions, within which individual panellists will explore their chosen key themes prior to engaging in interactive dialogue with fellow-panellists and the attending audience.

In Session 1: Communications Technology Solutions & Building the Digital Oilfield the conference will hear from Diego Lopez, Western Europe Sales Manager, HispaSat; Andy Lucas, Senior Vice President, Operator Vertical, Comtech EF Data; David Garrood, CSO, PHASOR Inc; Mark Lambert, Vice President Sales & Marketing & Managing Director, EMEA Region, Advantech Wireless; Stephane Banoun, Director, Sales Engineering, EMEA, Gilat Satellite Networks; and, Peter Anderson, Senior Sales Engineer, Clyde Space.

Session 2: Communications Service Solutions & Building the Digital Oilfield panellists will include Bill Hudson, Vice President, Sales, North West Europe, iseaglobal; Ronald van der Breggen, Chief Commercial Officer, LeoSat; Bill Green, EMEA Sales Director Energy, SpeedCast; Guido Neumann, Managing Director, CETel; Martin Jarrold, Chief of International Programme Development, GVF.

Digital Oilfield Applications: Development & Roll-Out is the subject of Session 3 which will be addressed by Dario Mulassano, Business Development Director, Hughes; Rolf Berge, Director, Energy Products, SpeedCast; Ewan Waugh, Owner/Enterprise Project Manager, E-WAN Networks; Daphne Joseph, Manager Policy & Market Analysis, Access Partnership.

The final section of the programme, Session 4, is entitled The Greater Connectivity Ecosystem in the Oil & Gas Environment and will feature Selwyn Petterson, Director Special Projects, EuropaSat; Guido Baraglia, Director, Business Development & Sales EMEA, Kratos Networks; Martin Jarrold, Chief of International Programme Development, GVF; and a representative of the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications (SoXSA).

Mr Stahl added, “Resulting from this prominent participant line-up the daily flow of new registrations continues to be strong and with just under two weeks to go to the event I would encourage all interested organisations to register their delegates as quickly as possible.”

For further information please regularly visit the Oilfield Connectivity 2017 website at www.uk-emp.co.uk/current-events/oilfield-connectivity-2017/, or contact Martin Jarrold at GVF (martin.jarrold@gvf.org) or Paul Stahl (paul.stahl@uk-emp.co.uk).


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