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

• 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 at National Oilwell Varco

Ashe Menon

Senior Vice President, Global Operations
National Oilwell Varco

Mike Turner, Senior Vice President, Global Production at Hess Corporation

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

• 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 at Shell

Nathan Holt

Head of Continuous Improvement, Americas

9:25 am - 9:55 am Fine Tuning Your Assets for Peak Performance

• The most common issues in asset maintenance, and how they can be avoided
• Unlocking golden nuggets that yield significant return on investment
• A case study showcasing how an onshore gas plant reduced their annual planned maintenance expenditure by $20,000,000
• Optimizing you maintenance management regime
• 5 key steps in building a successful CMMS
Robert Hart III, Technical Manager: Electrical Engineer at Add Energy

Robert Hart III

Technical Manager: Electrical Engineer
Add Energy

9:55 am - 10:25 am Operational Excellence: Standardization and Optimization at Kinder Morgan Terminals

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 at Kinder Morgan

Earl Crochet

Director of Engineering and Operational Optimization
Kinder Morgan

10:25 am - 10:55 am Morning Networking Break

Organizational Optimization

10:55 am - 11:25 am Driving Operational Excellence to the Frontline: How to translate the business strategy into action and engage the frontline
• Creating a roadmap for the implementation journey from the boardroom to the frontline
• Aligning strategy with execution
• Identify opportunities to leverage OE tools to eliminate sources of value loss in your
• Embedding OE in your organizational DNA by engaging all employees
• Learning along the way: recent challenges and lessons learned
Chris Korites, Operational Excellence Assessment Lead at Saudi Aramco

Chris Korites

Operational Excellence Assessment Lead
Saudi Aramco

Organizational Optimization

11:25 am - 11:55 am Building an Organization for the 21st Century: An award winning case study in transformation at Veolia
Veolia Group, headquartered in France, is a $30B company with 164,000
employees worldwide. It has four main service and utility areas traditionally
managed by public authorities – water management, waste management,
transport and energy services. The vast Business Management experience
with Veolia Group of Madalin Mihailovici, Mihai Savin, Irina Munteanu
and their Colleagues within the Apa Nova Bucharest Management
Team was combined with Cristian Matei’s experience who - after 20
years working with ABB, Alstom Power or General Electric as Global
Head of Operational Quality & Continuous Improvement or Global
Head of Learning & Development - joined Veolia in 2016 as Head of
Transformation. In this inspiring case study, they will take the audience
through the company’s transformation journey, including insight into:
• “The burning platform” and how to deal with crisis management - while
transforming problems into opportunities
• Using a three-phased holistic approach to re-engineer business
processes and organisational architecture achieve higher business
• Putting necessary tools and methodologies in place to transition from
opinionbased leadership to a data-driven organization
• How to design continuous improvement management processes to
continuously exceed all stakeholders’ expectations while creating the
selfsharpening organisation
Cristian Matei, Head of Business Transformation at Veolia Group

Cristian Matei

Head of Business Transformation
Veolia Group

Organizational Optimization

11:55 am - 12:25 pm Organizational Optimization: The Holistic Transformation
  • 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 at Optimize Consulting, Inc.

Robert Hutcherson

CEO & Founder
Optimize Consulting, Inc.

Lee Winters, Senior Director, Strategy Optimization at Optimize Consulting, Inc.

Lee Winters

Senior Director, Strategy Optimization
Optimize Consulting, Inc.

Leadership & Culture

10:55 am - 11:25 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
Walter Pesenti, Global Petrochemical Operational Excellence Manager at BP

Walter Pesenti

Global Petrochemical Operational Excellence Manager

Leadership & Culture

11:25 am - 11:55 am Making the connection between culture and safety, reliability, and overall performance
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 at Halliburton

Dennis Lynch

Director, Health, Safety, Environment & Service Quality

Leadership & Culture

11:55 am - 12:25 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?

Asset Performance Optimization

10:55 am - 11:25 am Effective Sponsors for Operational Excellence
Enbridge operates the world's longest crude oil and liquids transportation system - A substantial asset footprint with a commensurate requirement for clear accountabilities around Asset Project Management. This session will illuminate the role of the Sponsor and provide guidance to Asset, Maintenance, and Project professionals on recognizing a good Sponsor or surviving a bad one! This session will demonstrate:
  • Why Sponsors should support Asset, Maintenance and Project professionals throughout asset lifecycles
  • Skills and behaviors of effective Sponsors to ensure the 'right' work is being sanctioned
Laura Kennett, Manager, Liquids Pipelines Integrity Execution Program at Enbridge

Laura Kennett

Manager, Liquids Pipelines Integrity Execution Program

Asset Performance Optimization

11:25 am - 11:55 am Identifying - and eliminating - sources of value loss: applying operational excellence tools to enhance reliability and performance
• 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 at American Midstream Partners

Lawrence Rearick

Director, Pipeline Integrity
American Midstream Partners

Matt Wood, Director, Asset Management & Program Development at Enbridge

Matt Wood

Director, Asset Management & Program Development

Greg Bussing, Director, Maintenance & Reliability at Andeavor Logistics

Greg Bussing

Director, Maintenance & Reliability
Andeavor Logistics

Asset Performance Optimization

11:55 am - 12:25 pm Achieving Operational Excellence through Digitalization and Condition Based Maintenance
C ontinuous value from Condition Based Maintenance depends on
more than the introduction of software and analytical tools. A lack of
competent support and field service may significantly reverse the gains
created by digital technology. The presented CBM model combines digital
and human contribution managed by a central CBM Program team.
• Levaraging the capabilities of advanced analytical platforms
• Evaluating results with real time abalytics, historical maintenance
records, inspection records and operational plans
• Effectively using data to make short term and long term maintenance

Julian Zec, Chief Engineer and Global Manager, Maintenance at National Oilwell Varco

Julian Zec

Chief Engineer and Global Manager, Maintenance
National Oilwell Varco

12:25 pm - 1:15 pm Networking Luncheon

Digital Transformation

1:15 pm - 1:45 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?

Digital Transformation

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm Digital as a driver of efficiency, business improvement, and problem solving
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 at Baker Hughes, a GE Company

Rustom Mody

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

Fersheed Mody, Director, Global Research and Development at Apache Corporation

Fersheed Mody

Director, Global Research and Development
Apache Corporation

Digital Transformation

2:15 pm - 2:45 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?

Digital Transformation

1:15 pm - 1:45 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

Digital Transformation

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm Effects of Time Pressure & Experience on Procedural Performance: Can we use Machine Learning to Predict this?
Well-written procedures can be an integral part of safe operation, managing
risks, and continuous improvement in the high-risk settings of process industries.
Although the importance of procedures is recognized by all industries in general,
significant incidents have occurred in past due to procedural systems not being
designed to support human performance. This presentation will share results
from a series of studies investigating the effects of time pressure and experience
on procedural performance. Further, findings regarding how machine learning
may be able to facilitate the translation of Human Factors research to
specific design criteria for procedures and procedural systems.
Potential applications of these findings will be discussed.
Camille Peres, Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health at Texas A&M University

Camille Peres

Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health
Texas A&M University

Digital Transformation

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm Maximizing Operational Performance & Improving Safety: Addressing Contamination Issues
Particulate contamination, such as black powder contamination, in hydrocarbon systems significantly increases operating expenses, causes facility downtime, increases equipment expenditures, lowers product quality and needlessly increases the environmental footprint and number of touch points. Instead, by ‘getting to know your contamination’ and recognizing there are alternatives, you can increase spending efficiencies, uptime, safety and significantly reduce your waste.
• We’ll talk about some of the impacts of contamination in hydrocarbon systems and talk about how to look at that contamination differently.
• Recognizing the status quo and “ignorance is bliss” are not best practices, we’ll talk about some lessons learned and how it can be done better, as well as some conventional filtration biases.
• Finally, we will review a technology alternative using magnetic separation and talk through some interesting examples.
Jason Kulsky, President at Black Powder Solutions

Jason Kulsky

Black Powder Solutions

Digital Transformation

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Next Generation Operational Excellence: Physics-based Digital Twins
• 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 at Akselos

John Bell

Senior Vice President

Digital Transformation

1:45 pm - 2:15 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

Digital Transformation

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm Leveraging (simulation) technology to drive human reliability has an immediate impact on safety and profitability
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 at Voovio

Christian McDermott

Country Manager

2:45 pm - 3:15 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 at Apache Corporation

Phaneendra Bollavaram

Global Operations Excellence Manager
Apache Corporation

Jorge Cerame, Organizational Effectiveness & EH&S Delivery Leader at The Dow Chemical Company

Jorge Cerame

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

Brandon Brown, Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Laredo Petroleum

Brandon Brown

Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Laredo Petroleum

3:50 pm - 4:25 pm Improving Safety and Operational Integrity with Automation and Artificial Intelligence

  • 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 at BP

Lauren Goodwin

Former Vice President, Digital Transformation

4:25 pm - 4:55 pm Controlling Serious Injury and Fatality Exposures: Integrating Human Performance Reliability Concepts into your Layers of Defense

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 at DEKRA

Greg Robinson

Vice President

Rajni Walia, Principal Consulatnt at Dekra

Rajni Walia

Principal Consulatnt

4:55 pm - 5:35 pm Environmental Excellence Through the Use of Innovative Technology

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 at Koch Industries

Sheryl Corrigan

Director, Environment, Heath & Safety
Koch Industries

5:35 pm - 6:35 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!