Following the lessons learned from two editions of the online ptc the organizing EITEP Institute has developed a new online event concept offering extended knowledge transfer and networking features.
The 5th Virtual Pipeline Summit (VPS 5) will provide a comprehensive overview and competitive technology showcase of a spectrum of problems and solutions related to the "Digital Transformation in the Pipeline Industry".
The Virtual Pipeline Summit features the same essential success factors as a a face-to-face event.
Extensive conference program with lectures and discussions on current challenges in day-to-day operations.
(accessible from the day of the summit until one week after the summit)
Advanced networking features for all participants and possibility to initiate video calls with sponsors and exhibitors.
(accessible from a few days before the summit until one week after the summit)
Virtual exhibition for pipeline operators to get an overview of technological advances and new solutions in the market.
(accessible from a few days before the summit until one week after the summit)
Alternative & Clean Energy Technical Sales Advisor, Halliburton PPS, United Kingdom
With a background in ILI and pigging of challenging pipelines, Danny is a Director of the Pigging Products and Services Association and a member of the Pipeline Technology Conference Advisory Committee. Danny now concentrates on the role of pipelines in the energy transition, including repurposing of existing infrastructure to carry hydrogen and carbon dioxide for sequestration.
Head of Technical Projects, OGE, Germany
Gunnar Brandin studied mechanical engineering at the Ruhr University Bochum and received his PhD in process engineering. He started his professional career by gaining in-depth research experience as project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for “Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology” in Oberhausen before joining OGE as senior executive, responsible for “Asset and Investment Management”. Gunnar Brandin has been at OGE for over ten years and is currently serving as head of Technical Projects, overseeing planning; construction and commissioning of machinery; and energy and pipeline technology systems.
Managing Director Cyber Security, KPMG, United States
Jason is a seasoned cybersecurity leader with significant experience leading the world’s most influential organizations through information security transformation. Over his 20 years experience in Industry and consulting for IT, Cyber security and shared services, he has built a reputation for developing world class teams and demonstrating transparency through constant performance measurement.. Jason is a seasoned CISO who has built transformational capabilities in a range of industries.
In his prior roles to KPMG Jason was the CIO and CISO for PAS Global. In that capacity, he was accountable for the delivery of the associated risk, compliance, cyber and IT programs across the business. In the past five years, Jason has specialized in cyber security in the industrial (or operational technology) space helping deliver effective cyber security strategies in complex manufacturing, refining and energy markets as the first CISO for MOL Group. Prior to that Jason held a variety of Cyber and Senior IT roles in Burberry, Vodafone, among others and was a senior manager in KPMG (U.K. member firm),.
Jason received his bachelor’s degree in politics, philosophy, and economics from Westfield College (University of London), common professional examination in law from the University of Brighton, and his master of laws (LLM) degree from the University of East London.
Global Head, Cybersecurity for Industrial Applications, Siemens Energy, United States
Sam runs Siemens Energy’s cybersecurity business for our oil and gas and Industrial Applications business. Sam has more than 8 years of experience with this industry working at Siemens and Siemens Energy on the ground in North America, Africa, and the Middle East. By training Sam is a mechanical engineer and American attorney.
Head of Integrity & Field Verification Services, NDT Global, Germany
Santiago Urrea has been working at NDT Global for 8 years and is the Head of Integrity and Field Verification Services. Santiago's background is in mechanical engineering and material technology he also has a master's in engineering.
He has global experience delivering In-line inspection (ILI) reports to pipeline operators, including recommendations and integrity consulting.
Integrity Analytics Manager, ROSEN Group, United Kingdom
Simon leads the delivery team that is responsible for integrity analytics services – specifically, the use of data analytics to support integrity decisions. He has about 15 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry as a consultant and manager focusing on technologies and competency solutions.
President & CEO, Hifi Engineering, Canada
Steven Koles is the President & CEO of Hifi Engineering, a fiber optic sensing technology company partly owned by Enbridge, Cenovus, and BDC. Prior to Hifi, Steven was acting CFO at Steeper Energy, President & CEO of Hemisphere GPS, VP & GM at AOL (Time Warner) Canada, Senior VP Marketing & Sales at Group Telecom and several management positions at TELUS Corporation.
Steven Koles has served on public company, private company and non-profit boards with such organizations as VentMeter Technologies, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) Foundation, Fiber Optic Sensing Association, Qwick Media, Hemisphere GPS, Route 1, Fernie Alpine Ski Team and others. He is a graduate from both the Faculty of Business at the University of Alberta, as well as the Executive Management Program at the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business. Steven has also received his ICD designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
All time specifications are in Central European Time (CET). The presentations will be recorded and will remain available online afterwards.
Opening and Welcome Presention
OGE’s digital transformation compares to a journey across a vast ocean. Along this symbolic metaphor, OGE entered this endeavor as a heavy tanker comprised of conservative structures, and a culture based on safety. After a few maneuvers failed because OGE simply wanted too much too fast, we started over with the motto: "think big, start small".
Relying on the corporate strategy, OGE restructured its path to digitization following the vision: "We drive digitization - together, enthusiastically creating added value". This vision served as a compass. On OGE’s digitization map, the digitization potential of internal customers emerged as the ports of destination that had to be reached. Initiatives and subsequent actions maintained the course.
OGE’s journey is not over yet. We understand that we have to continue on our journey of progress and agility to ensure success for the future. The presentation will provide an overview of this journey to date and the roadmap for the future.
While 2020 and COVID-19’s work from home changes brought significant focus to IT cybersecurity, 2021 has been the year of OT cybersecurity headlines. A series of ransom and double-ransomware attacks on process industries have made consistent regional headlines this year. But for pipeline operators and the world, Colonial Pipeline’s multi-day interruption and the gas shortages on the East Coast of the United States were truly a blockbuster. Beyond costing millions in remediation and lost revenue, the Colonial Pipeline attack resulted in U.S. Government action affecting midstream operators and more regulations are likely worldwide. While Siemens Energy’s equipment was not affected by these attacks, we think they provide useful lessons to the entire industry. First, they are a strong reminder that without confidence in the OT network, operations literally cannot continue, so visibility on the OT network is critical. Second, it shows that “air gap” security strategies are obsolete. Finally, it puts a spotlight on the criticality of automated backups of all OT devices.
As Ransomware has taken the cyber center stage over the last few years, what are the implications for Pipelines, what are the implications on the pipeline operators, what are other organizations doing to address this and how are they doing so holistically.
Many of us in the oil and gas industry have heard many promises of the value of “big data”, “digital twins”, and “internet of things.” Operators and service providers alike have made great efforts to collect and analyse data but promises of silver bullet solutions or industry revolution, so far, are unfulfilled. How do we move beyond the catchy slogans of Industry 4.0?
What about if we instead focus on small but tangible data-science applications?
Distributed fiber optic sensing has been gaining significant momentum in pipeline industry adoption. The primary application of this technology has been in preventative leak detection. However, new value-added applications are now emerging with potential to deliver extra value to the pipeline operators, over and above leak detection.
Different fiber optic sensing technologies exist which can be appropriately positioned for various applications. One of these specialized fiber optic sensing approaches is known as high fidelity distributed sensing (HDS) which uses a different interferometry to achieve very high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Along with high SNR, HDS also provides integrated acoustics, temperature and strain/vibration, and is optimized to do so over long distances without degradation of fidelity. This makes the HDS technology particularly appropriate for preventative pipeline leak detection as well as a number of other value-added applications.
Case studies will be provided to showcase the value of using artificial intelligence and supervised / unsupervised machine learning to explore new frontiers in pipeline monitoring; including a variety of “value added” applications such as flow anomaly detection, flow rate, pressure, and density estimation. Other applications such as pig, vehicle, and train detection / filtering, tracking and analysis will also be presented.
NDT Global's new OPTIX™ Data Visualization and Insights Platform provides the best diagnostic data to drive decision-ready insights. Operators have previously spent tremendous time and energy converting basic ILI data into useful information. Digitization of the final inspection report, combined with the ease of filtering and arranging relevant data, allows operators to better understand their ILI inspection results and make more informed decisions to ensure the integrity of their pipelines. With the OPTIX platform, ILI data is updated in the Cloud in real time, providing an opportunity for interactive data management and personalization in areas that were previously updated passively.
Hifi provides high fidelity distributed fiber optic sensing (HDS) and advanced machine learning to provide world-class pipeline monitoring. Through the integrated and high definition measurements of acoustics, temperature, and vibration and strain over long distances using a specialized fiber optic sensing cable, Hifi can support applications such as preventative pipeline leak detection, third party intrusions, slope stability monitoring, abnormal temperature events, pig detection/tracking/analysis and distributed flow monitoring.
The ROSEN Group is a globally leading provider of cutting-edge solutions in all areas of the integrity process chain. Since its origins as a one-man business in 1981, ROSEN has rapidly grown and continues to do so. Today, the business is still privately owned and consists of a team of more than 4,000 employees, operating in more than 120 countries.
NDT Global is the leading provider of ultra-high-tech diagnostic inspection solutions, advanced data analysis, and integrity assessment services for ensuring the safety and longevity of assets. As the forerunner in ultrasonic inspection technologies, we also deploy a range of non-ultrasonic technologies, such as Inertial Measurement Units. We apply inspection technologies to detect, diagnose and model various types of threats across diverse classes of assets. By providing predictive, decision-ready insights driven by the world’s most accurate data, NDT Global enables the conditions for asset owners to optimize infrastructure health and drive operational efficiencies while reducing risk and minimizing their carbon footprint.
The Pipeline Technology Journal (ptj) features latest developments, innovative solutions and a comprehensive news service for the international pipeline industry. All the technical articles are freely available on an open access basis. The ptj newsletter and the electronic journal reach more than 20,000 pipeline experts worldwide.
VPS is not just another webinar. The goal of the Virtual Pipeline Summit is to give back to the pipeline industry the lost opportunities for knowledge transfer and networking, and to provide a comprehensive overview and competitive technology showcase of a spectrum of problems and solutions in these challenging times.
The VPS provides a comprehensive overview of current problems and solutions in the market. The different technological approaches are in competition with each other and can be discussed online before, during and after the summit. The leading technology and service providert will present themselves in a virtual exhibition.
576 pipeline professionals from 67 different countries registered for VPS 4.
25% of the participants came from pipeline operators.
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