Frank Beyer

Area Manager, ILF Consulting Engineers, Germany

With more than 20 years of work experience in various infrastructure projects in the infrastructure domains of oil and gas, energy and telecom, Mr. Beyer has accumulated a wealth of experience as a Lead Engineer but also as Project Manager. He has also been very successful at acting as the Interface Manager between the Project Management Office and the Engineering Office for projects in several countries in the world (Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa). Mr. Beyer has proved to be invaluable in this position with his outstanding Project Management skills combined with a resourceful and flexible approach to leadership in managing in a number of complex large-scale interdisciplinary projects. Throughout his projects, he was responsible for the conceptual design, FEED, tendering, factory acceptance tests, site supervision, commissioning for Instrumentation, Control/SCADA and telecommunication systems in upstream, midstream and downstream projects as well as for the site supervision.

16.10 - 16.30 CEST

Virtual Pipeline Summit 30 Jun

Digitalization projects for the Oil and Gas Industry

Area Manager, ILF Consulting Engineers, Germany


Digitization is the combination of exhaustive internet access, computing power and storage capacity, artificial intelligence, big data, algorithmic autonomous decision making and robotics. Digitization is changing our life and the way we make business more than any other technology before. As such it requires a change of mind set before deploying this new technology.

Digitization has the potential to reduce downtimes and operation costs, increase efficiency, and to create new ways of working as well as new business models. However, digitization projects also pose some specific challenges and risks.

Digitization projects shall be implemented following an overall strategy, which needs to be revised regularly to account for a rapidly changing environment. In order to successfully implement a digitization project, sufficient knowledge about the new technologies, business models, as well as safety and cyber security issues related to extended data communication and the “digital twin” are required, to name just a few.

Once the objectives of the digitization project are defined, for each individual project the required (additional) data, computing and networking resources, required service providers and contracts, organisational changes and processes to be adapted as well as their potential impact on operation, safety and security need to be identified. These changes shall be implemented following a proven change management process for all internal processes of the company, once they have successfully passed the cost benefit analysis.

The very different aspects of developing and implementing digitization projects and a possible methodology are subject of this presentation.