November 04 - 06, 2019
Norris Conference Center - City Centre Location, Houston, TX

Main Conference Day 1: November 5

7:00 am - 8:00 am Registration and Check In

8:00 am - 8:05 am Welcome from the Conference Director

8:05 am - 8:15 am Chair's Opening Address

8:15 am - 8:55 am Operational Excellence: Building a lean, but effective organization to thrive in every market environment

Ashe Menon - Senior Vice President, Global Operations, National Oilwell Varco
Mike Turner - Senior Vice President, Global Production, Hess Corporation
• Identifying the strategic value levers and performance improvement opportunities in your company
• How to truly determine how reliable, safe and efficient your operations are – and then set targets for change. What is the benchmark?
• Setting clear goals and targets for operations excellence
• Aligning leadership and the rest of the organization
• Creating a sustainable Operational Excellence framework - even as conditions change
• Linking your Operational Excellence plan to business needs and changing objectives

Ashe Menon

Senior Vice President, Global Operations
National Oilwell Varco


Mike Turner

Senior Vice President, Global Production
Hess Corporation

8:55 am - 9:35 am Bridging the Strategy Execution Gap to Deliver Sustainable Breakthrough Results

Nathan Holt - Head of Continuous Improvement, Americas, Shell
• Bridging the Strategy Execution Gap To Deliver Sustainable Breakthrough Results
• Why building capability to operationalize the strategy is an imperative in achieving sustainable competitive advantage
• How can well-planned strategies fail at execution
• How to align the organization both vertically and horizontally to a common direction
• How to release staff creativity in pursuit of shared goals
• How distributed leadership unlocks everyone as an influencer and change agent
• How to shift a culture of blame, victim, and “them” to one of “us” with performance ownership
• How to get improved KPI’s/ metrics that really link to business needs
• How to create organization focus and alignment to seize large opportunities
• How to get an organization to develop “one” plan, collaboratively engaging every manager at every level

Nathan Holt

Head of Continuous Improvement, Americas

9:35 am - 10:15 am Connecting Operational Excellence to the Bottom Line

There has never been a more critical time for energy, chemicals, and resources companies to be focused on Operational Excellence – its critical not just for survival but in order to thrive in the years ahead. The innovators that have strategically invested in operational efficiency programs are demonstrating their operational resilience – while marginal operators must significantly improve in order to position themselves for long-term growth in an increasingly competitive marketplace. With so many companies hampered by complexity and inefficiency, now is the time to optimize your operations to yield more productivity and fully harvest the benefits of technology, scale and standardization.
Many of us have an Operational Excellence or CI program in place – but does it truly link planning and operations to
strategy? Are you getting the most business value you possible can out of it? What about metrics – what is the true impact of OE on your business’ financial performance? Do you know? This dynamic panel will discuss these issues and more – including how to reduce complexity and variability with clearly defined standards and accountabilities, build the most compelling case for deeper OE focus and demonstrate to your executive leaders and shareholders the true impact that Operational Excellence can have on the bottom line.

10:15 am - 10:45 am Morning Networking Break

10:45 am - 11:15 am Operational Excellence: Standardization and Optimization at Kinder Morgan Terminals

Earl Crochet - Director of Engineering and Operational Optimization, Kinder Morgan
Kinder Morgan Terminals owns and operates approximately 60 terminals in North America – over 1900 storage tanks in total – most of which were previously built and operated by other companies. Early on, each facility operated independently, which caused a variety of issues long term. Earl Crochet, Director of Engineering and Operational Optimization at Kinder Morgan, will discuss how the company started on a journey towards Operational Excellence through standardization and optimization across their terminals:
• Instilling core SQE principals in the workforce and building an SQE culture
• Standardizing reliability and maintenance of operational assets
• How operational, financial, and customer excellence work together to
- Reduce TRIR from over 5 to 1
- Reduce spills and contamination
- Increase revenue and EBITDA


Earl Crochet

Director of Engineering and Operational Optimization
Kinder Morgan

Building LEAN capabilities in OE and line leaders - getting the journey started
  • Moving past the tools and using the power of leader involvement
  • Changing where work happens to improve business results - the why?
  • Understanding the behavior/priority shift required
  • Building a plan to make LEAN leadership 'the way we work'

Kenneth Woolridge

Director, Continuous Improvement
Air Liquide


Steve McIntosh

Director, Process, Performance, and Reliability

  • Why the need for optimization?
  • Assessing the Current State of your Organization
  • Transforming you Organization to a Future State of Optimization

Robert Hutcherson

CEO & Founder
Optimize Consulting, Inc.


Lee Winters

Senior Director, Strategy Optimization
Optimize Consulting, Inc.

10:45 am - 11:15 am Leadership Behavior to create a culture that sustains Operational Excellence

  • Identify leader practices that guide employees towards repeatable, optimized behaviors that drive Operational Excellence
  • Identify organizational levers to enhance conditions for optimal performance
  • Draft an action plan to implement changes in leadership thinking and behaviors to support organizational transformation during difficult business conditions
  • Predict the behavioral impact of operational improvement efforts

11:15 am - 11:45 am Making the connection between culture and safety, reliability, and overall performance

Dennis Lynch - Director, Health, Safety, Environment & Service Quality, Halliburton
What's the link between culture reliability and Operational Excellence?
  • With so much volatility and risk in hazardous industries today - what impact can culture change have on safety performance? environmental performance? compliance? financial performance?
  • Where should the responsibility for changing culture sit in an organization?
  • Can you measure organizational culture?
  • Where do you start when it comes to changing culture?

Dennis Lynch

Director, Health, Safety, Environment & Service Quality

11:45 am - 12:15 pm Culture Change Programs: Where do you start?

• Where do you start when it comes to changing culture?
• Where should the responsibility for changing culture lie within an organization?
• What are the stages of culture change? Can a new culture really be learned?
• What are the fundamentals of culture change programs?

10:45 am - 11:15 am Asset Life Extension: Improving efficiency, agility, and cast performance of aging assets

Aging assets can propose integrity, obsolescence, reliability, and maintenance issues. This case study will explore asset life extension management and how you can overcome aging asset problems.
• Implementing the proper systems to extend asset life AND reduce operating costs
• Optimized 20 year Life Extension actions
• Long term Budget visibility
• Effectively monitoring Current Condition & Remnant Life Score & Status

11:15 am - 11:45 am Identifying - and eliminating - sources of value loss: applying operational excellence tools to enhance reliability and performance

Lawrence Rearick - Director, Pipeline Integrity, American Midstream Partners
Matt Wood - Director, Asset Management & Program Development, Enbridge
• Defining the key elements for asset integrity and reliability excellence, and the culture that goes with it
• Addressing the critical components to ensure long term sustainability
• Monitoring asset condition by collecting and analyzing real time data
• Eliminating unnecessary costs and reducing potential losses through improved data analytics
• How can companies make the most out of this available data and use the power of big data to reduce production losses?


Lawrence Rearick

Director, Pipeline Integrity
American Midstream Partners


Matt Wood

Director, Asset Management & Program Development

11:45 am - 12:15 pm Real time performance optimization: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence in Hazardous Industries

• Using Machine learning and AI for equipment condition monitoring and predictive analytics
• How can a production engineer use this technology to optimize his work day?
• How can AI really drive bottom line benefits for your company?
• What about the risks?

12:15 pm - 1:10 pm Networking Luncheon

1:10 pm - 1:40 pm Digital Strategy: taking the next step toward digital transformation

• Selecting, designing and installing operations systems to ensure operations availability and integrity
• Assessing and ensuring readiness for operations, taking into consideration all aspects of the transition, including operational processes, roles and delegations of authority, legal and/or operations documentation, data and IT systems, resources and competencies; and governance
• How do you identify – and then develop - the digital skills and capabilities you need?
The Energy sector is changing: the challenging economic landscape has forced
businesses to scrutinize their operations in pursuit of greater productivity and asset efficiency. Meanwhile, the market is growing increasingly diverse as renewables mature and new entrants emerge. Digital is becoming increasingly pervasive as companies turn to technology to modernize processes and deliver competitive advantage. From remote monitoring and automation, to data analytics, asset visualization and HPC, digital technology is changing the game. This transformation has seen IT become a core business asset, drawn from a background support role and repositioned as a center of value creation, innovation and insight.

Rustom Mody

Vice President, Technical Excellence - Enterprise Technology
Baker Hughes, a GE Company


Fersheed Mody

Director, Global Research and Development
Apache Corporation

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm Real time production optimization: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence

  • Using Machine learning and AI for equipment condition monitoring and predictive analytics
  • How can a production engineer use this technology to optimize his work day?
  • How can AI really drive bottom line benefits for your company?
  • What about the risks?

1:10 pm - 1:40 pm Unlocking Human Potential with Robotic Process Automation

• What are the specific opportunities, challenges and best practices to take advantage of this dynamic technology to drive business results today?
• Have you considered the creation of a ‘virtualized workforce’ that emulates the rapid automation and execution of repetitive steps in a process interaction with systems in the same way as a human user, meaning no complex system integration required?
• How RPA can free up your employees to do more value added work and achieve more on a daily basis

1:40 pm - 2:10 pm The Digitally Enabled Worker: Supporting your workforce through digital transformation

  • Fostering a culture that accelerates technology adoption
  • Understanding the potential impact of digitization on your business - and your people
  • How do you identify - and then develop - the digital skills and capabilities you need?

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm Asset Optimization: Making your operations more predictive

Energy companies now sit on vast proprietary data pools. By becoming good data refiners and being increasingly customer-focused, they will achieve remarkable improvements in processes across the value chain.
All of this needs to be done using a rigorous management of change process and significant process or technology change should include considerations on safety and risk management, governance, organization and communication to ensure a safe transition.

1:10 pm - 1:40 pm Next Generation Operational Excellence: Physics-based Digital Twins

John Bell - Senior Vice President, Akselos
• New, patented technology that overcomes the limitations of the industry standard simulation tech, Finite Element Analysis
• Sensor-enabled, real time condition-based monitoring of fixed and floating assets, that uses machine learning and AI to empower predictive maintenance
• The only technology of its kind to be compatible with digital oilfield technology and the IIoT
• Case study of a physics-based Digital Twin of a FPSO

John Bell

Senior Vice President

1:40 pm - 2:10 pm Optimized Production: Converting Data into Insights

  • Applying technologies and artificial intelligence to optimize or production systems and maximize recovery
  • Converting data into insights - and taking action based on those insights

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm Leveraging (simulation) technology to drive human reliability has an immediate impact on safety and profitability

Christian McDermott - Country Manager, Voovio
Accidents and unplanned events are among the biggest nightmares of any operations leader - exacerbated by the great crew change with knowledge leaving organizations. Industrial manufacturing leaders are looking to boost workforce competency and skills while remaining lean. This session will explore how organizations can leverage simulation technology, in particular Enhanced Reality technology, to increase ‘human reliability’ and dramatically reduce the risk of accidents and downtime. We will look at how these kinds of tools can have an immediate impact on safety and profitability.

Christian McDermott

Country Manager

2:35 pm - 3:05 pm Solutions Insight Session

Branded as “the best networking session I’ve ever attended” by a number of past Summit delegates, this structured networking session is the ideal opportunity for you to capitalize on time out of the office by speaking to the experts in attendance and learning about the solutions available to your specific OE challenges. How does it work? It’s easy. You spend seven minutes at a table of your choice, and when the bell rings you’ll be directed to the next one to start another round of networking. At the end of the session you’ll have met most of your peers, and if you haven’t, you can continue into the networking cocktail reception at the end of the day.
  • Integrating people, process & technology to properly drive transformational change
  • Developing the necessary skills throughout the workforce,including leadership
  • Properly shaping systems and technology and creating fit-for-purpose platforms
  • Establishing effective, standard, ways of working
  • Creating a culture that fosters technology adoption and continuous improvement

Phaneendra Bollavaram

Global Operations Excellence Manager
Apache Corporation


Jorge Cerame

Organizational Effectiveness & EH&S Delivery Leader
The Dow Chemical Company

3:40 pm - 4:20 pm How BP is Improving Safety and Operational Integrity with Automation and Artificial Intelligence

Lauren Goodwin - Former Vice President, Digital Transformation, BP
  • Balancing ethics, cyber-security and regulations for critical onshore/offshore assets' safety and sustainability are the industry's biggest gaps
  • Understanding the safety and regulatory impact and financial, safety and reputation damages that can occur without strong cyber-security infrastructure and procedures in place
  • Automation and artificial intelligence: how to supplement your resource gaps without compromising safety and operational integrity

Lauren Goodwin

Former Vice President, Digital Transformation

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm Controlling Serious Injury and Fatality Exposures: Integrating Human Performance Reliability Concepts into your Layers of Defense

Greg Robinson - Vice President, DEKRA
Rajni Walia - Principal Consulatnt, Dekra
Many organizations struggle in the area of human performance reliability thus potentially increasing the risk they face to experience a serious injury, fatality, or catastrophic event. The human performance tools they use are often not embedded into the daily work of their organization thus they do not achieve their full potential. To increase the effectiveness of these tools to control exposures, it is important for organizational leaders to understand how the human brain works and what brain-centric layers of protection are needed. The speakers will discuss best practices for integrating human performance reliability concepts into an organizations’ layers of defense so that serious injury and fatality exposures can be controlled.

Greg Robinson

Vice President


Rajni Walia

Principal Consulatnt

4:50 pm - 5:30 pm Environmental Excellence Through the Use of Innovative Technology

Sheryl Corrigan - Director, Environment, Heath & Safety, Koch Industries
Next generation leak detection approaches seek to reduce emissions of air pollutants, create safer work environments, optimize resources, and provide more transparency for regulators and communities. Through a collaborative agreement with EPA’s Office of Research and Development, Flint Hills Resources and Molex, subsidiaries of Koch Industries, are designing and piloting an innovative system to remotely detect gas plumes from industrial equipment leaks. The system utilizes a combination of sensors, wireless communication, user-friendly software, advanced data analytics to provide 24-7 monitoring coverage, and personalized notifications and reports to key stake holders. We see this approach as facilitating increased stewardship of the environment, greater safety for our workforce, and more efficient utilization of resources to create value for our communities.

Sheryl Corrigan

Director, Environment, Heath & Safety
Koch Industries

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Cocktail Reception for all Conference Attendees, Speakers and Sponsors

With 300+ attendees at the Operational Excellence in Oil & Gas Summit, take advantage of this opportunity to meet new industry colleagues and reconnect with old ones. Plus all of our conference speakers and sponsors will be present - an exceptional time to follow up on ideas you've heard throughout the day and continue the conversation!