Oil price and energy transition challenge digital transformation

Our industry is facing a period of renewed challenge and change, a balance between traditional focus and emerging sustainable energy solutions according to the chair of ENGenious 2020, the sister event to SPE Offshore Europe.

Sian Lloyd-Rees, conference chair of ENGenious 2020 and head of UK & SVP Europe & Africa at Aker Solutions says learning from others how digital technologies have re-shaped their industries, sometimes dramatically, can help us maximise the business benefits of data and new technologies in our own industry. Similarly, broader understanding of the technologies already developed for our industry will help us achieve the pace of change needed.

She commented: “As an industry we have continually innovated and adjusted to new norms. ENGenious is an opportunity to learn and share experience on how we accelerate the next stage of our journey using digital tools, technologies, knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the new oil price environment and the energy transition. Each company will choose its own approach, but we can all learn from listening to what others have done.”

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The second edition of ENGenious 2020 will take place at P&J Live, Aberdeen from 22-24 September 2020 under the theme ‘Accelerating to a New Energy Norm’. The event will feature a conference programme curated by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and an exhibition staged by Reed Exhibitions, the partnership behind SPE Offshore Europe.

The organisers expect more than 1,200 attendees and 40 exhibiting companies to participate in the three-day event that will unite the most inspiring leaders and thinkers in digital and technological transformation.

Two plenary panel sessions will focus on learning from industries as diverse as healthcare, military, space, automotive and banking and from those that are leading the way in the energy industry. Day three will introduce a hackathon organised in collaboration with the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC). An Innovation Hub will give small companies the opportunity to present to delegates on the show floor.

Partners already committed include ABB, BP, Baker Hughes, Microsoft, OGTC and Saudi Aramco.

Simon Marshall, exhibition director of ENGenious 2020 and SPE Offshore Europe 2021 said: “ENGenious was launched due to the pace of digital change in the upstream community. The ENGenious Zone at Offshore Europe last September built on the momentum from the inaugural event in 2018 and this year we focus on how to hasten and smooth the path to radical digital transformation across the industry.”

ENGenious is organised by Reed Exhibitions Ltd and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading event organiser, with over 500 events in 40 countries. In 2013 Reed brought together over six million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 34 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events and is part of the Reed Elsevier Group, a world leading provider of professional information solutions.

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