80th EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2018
Opportunities presented by the energy transition
Monday, 11 June 2018
Opening Session Ceremony Debate
The Role of Oil and Gas in the Energy Transition Era
This one-hour session will open the Annual, and position the E&P industry within the wider picture of the ongoing energy transition era. The increasing global demand for energy, resulting in increasing oil demand and a growing mix of renewable sources, poses strategic questions and opportunities. The panel will discuss the energy outlook, including costs and opportunities in fossil and renewable sources during the energy transition era.
Tuesday, 12 June 2018
Digitalization of E&P Industry: Status and Roadmap to the Future
This session will focus on one of the hottest topics in the technology arena of the O&G upstream industry to date. Enabled by the rapid advances in data analytics and information technology, digitalization offers the opportunity for dramatic changes in the way E&P companies work collectively and across different disciplines, and how quickly and accurately critical technical decisions can be taken. Digitalization has already begun to show promise of improving workflows and reducing operational inefficiency, following similar achievements in other industries such as automotive, healthcare, logistics and media. For the O&G upstream industry, digitalization goes beyond geophysics, or the simple conversion of analog information into digital data. It is a revolution in the way digital information is created, stored, accessed, shared and managed for better and faster decision-making, in a very wide sense within E&P decision processes. The panel will discuss the maximization of information flows, including opportunities and challenges related to changing expectations, cultural transformation, outdated regulation, and skill shortages related to the digital world. Questions will be asked about the preparedness of E&P companies to deal with the cultural and organizational aspects of the predicted digital transformation, and the readiness of the technology to serve such ambitions. When approaching the Geophysical scale, and very pertinent for EAGE's communities, the forum will present on data access/processing/interpretation in the times of automation and artificial intelligence, including the challenges of talent gaps and the role of skilled professionals in times of increased automation, highlighting the potential of Geoscience communities to lead the way in the digitalization of other departments of Upstream corporations.
Wednesday, 13 June 2018
Executive Session I
Integration of Disciplines for a More Efficient E&P Industry
This session will tackle efficiency along the dimension of integration in two major categories. Firstly, the evolution from vertical-silo processes to integrated platforms and workflows, a transformation to enable better performances and lower costs of operation. This panel will discuss the impact of the enhanced integration of disciplines, processes, workflows, including opportunities and challenges related to changing expectations, cultural transformations and skill shortages. Secondly, the discussion will turn to new models for collaboration between E&P and service companies, elaborating on new ways of working together for more efficient and effective collaborations, also in light of the evolution in digitalization discussed the day before.
Thursday, 14 June 2018
Executive Session II
Focus on Europe: Exploration Plays, Opportunities, and Challenges
This session will be focused on Europe, touching all the previous topics when applied to European exploration plays. It includes how Europe will respond to energy challenges (technology, business, community, energy alternatives, affordable energy) and how Europe is contributing to meeting the energy need of the world's growing population. The discussion will focus on the importance of a balanced portfolio to de-risk E&P operations.