Program

Day 1 (September 17)

10:00-12:00 Session 1. Plenary discussion: Digital response to the COVID-19 pandemic, slumping prices and demand for hydrocarbons

  • Have newly implemented digital technologies helped oil & gas companies to mitigate the adverse effects of the pandemic? 
  • Can digital technologies enable a quick switch to remote or unmanned work at continuous cycle facilities (upstream, downstream, pipe-lines)?
  • Do digital transformation programs and strategies need to be revised in view of large-scale switch to remote/hybrid work and cuts in corporate expenses? 
  • What is the role of digital technologies for the mitigation of drastic reduction in hydrocarbons’ prime costs?
  • Has the 2020 market situation created new opportunities or new barriers for cooperation between oil & gas sector with digital companies (in predictive analytics, AI, Big Data, and etc.)?
  • How can oil & gas players recover or reinforce their image of “dream companies” for digital technology experts?
  • Optimization  of State Information System for Fuel and Energy Complex: direct integration with corporate information systems rather than companies having to fill up special forms on a weekly basis
  • Is it time for oil & gas companies to start investing into digital projects on other markets (similar to Rosatom’s data centers or Sberbank’s digital eco-system)?
 

12:00-12:30 Digital Coffee Break: brief video clips from partners, time to visit the 3D exhibition 

12:30-14:00 Session 2. New ideas and proposals from global IT companies in response to drastic changes in the oil & gas market

  • Fight for every dollar of prime cost – what novelties do digital technologies have to offer? 
  • Operational data and their analysis in online mode – how to fully implement it in practice? 
  • New business models and strategies of digital transformation for oil & gas companies – how flexible can global software developers be. 
  • Data is more expensive than oil – changing importance of digital data in the new economic situation 
  • COVID-19 as a driver of digital transformation – positive and adverse effects of the pandemic for the technological sector
  • New Normality – which technologies should oil & gas companies invest into to recover their previous profitability as soon as possible? 

14:00-14:30 Digital Lunch: Digital Coffee Break: brief video clips from partners, time to visit the 3D exhibition

14:30-16:00 Session 3. Themed sections

Session 3А. Digital upstream
  • Digital field vs unmanned field – similarities and differences
  • How to ensure maximum safety of staff at continuous operation facilities, where most staff can’t work remotely 
  • New role of drilling support and field remote control centers
  • Industrial automation systems – has time come for standardized end-to-end solutions?
  • Industrial Internet of Things IIoT) – lessons of the pandemic and new approaches
  • Applied software for field construction and exploration – focal points brought forward by the new economic situation
  • What has changed for digital technologies in oilfield services
Session 3B. Telecommunication systems and services for the oil & gas sector
  • Private LTE networks and Industry 4.0 
  • Outlook for 5G networks in the oil & gas sector (ability to connect multiple devices at ultra-low latency, private 5G networks, managed services offered by vendors or mobile operators)
  • VSAT-systems: new competitive solutions for the industry
  • Low-orbit satellite constellations as a tool to have broadband connection anywhere in the world
  • Trunked communications (PMR) enabling mobile workstations
  • Special industry-focused mobile solutions and apps
 

16:00-16:30 Digital Coffee Break: brief video clips from partners, time to visit the 3D exhibition

16:30-18:00 Session 4. Themed sections

Session 4А. Digital downstream
  • Digital vs unmanned plant – similarities and differences
  • How to ensure maximum safety of staff at continuous operation facilities, where most staff can’t work remotely 
  • Digital transformation of brownfield facilities – how to accelerate it and what should be the focal points  
  • Industrial automation systems – has time come for standardized end-to-end solutions?
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – lessons of the pandemic and new approaches
  • Flexible adaptation to the changes in demand for hydrocarbons – new solutions and approaches
  • Evolution in “digital twins” of continuous operation facilities
 
Session 4B. Artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI & ML)
  • What are the actual accomplishments of “weak” AI in the industry?
  • Outlook for and potential timelines of “strong” AI systems appearing on the market
  • Supercomputers as the foundation for AI
  • Condition-based prediction of equipment status and maintenance using AI (rather than simply following the technical regulations)
  • Advanced process control (APC) with help of AI
  • Cooperation between the industry and the task team for Artificial Intelligence of independent non-profit organization ‘Data Economy Russia’ 
  • ARM services as a technological basis for AI
  • Demand for domestic processors and accelerators for AI-based projects 
 

Day 2 (September 18)

10:00-12:00 Session 5. Workplace of the future

  • How should corporate information systems change in view of increased demand for remote/hybrid work? 
  • A fresh angle on cloud services now that a large share of the staff are still working remotely
  • Virtualization as a tool to enable remote work 
  • Video collaboration platforms as a key element of remote working: big global services vs domestic products vs in-house solutions
  • New digital technologies to support remote teamwork
  • Technologies to connect new staff members and external specialists with remote teams 
  • Safe remote workplace as a service
  • Distributed users’ software and hardware maintenance amid extensive remote work: new ideas and business models 
  • Security of corporate IT resources when working remotely 
 

12:00-12:30 Digital Coffee Break: brief video clips from partners, time to visit the 3D exhibition

12:30-14:00 Session 6. Themed sections

Session 6А. Unmanned systems – applications and practices
  • Беспилотные летательные аппараты (БЛА) – изменения и потребности в корректировках правового статуса
  • Беспилотные транспортные средства – изменения и потребности в корректировках правового статуса
  • Практика применения БЛА для сейсморазведки и облета месторождений
  • Практика применения БЛА для инспекции трубопроводов
  • Практика применения беспилотных транспортных средств
  • Дрон не пролетит – подходы к защите от недружественных /опасных БЛА и противодействию им
  • Пандемия COVID-19 как драйвер в развитии беспилотных систем
 
Session 6В. Technologies to meet increasing sustainability standards 
  • Nornickel case: lessons to be learned in order not to make the same tragic mistake
  • How to ensure real-time information about oil spills?
  • How to get the coordinates and total area of the spill immediately?
  • What digital technologies can be used for the production of low-sulfur marine fuel  (in relation with the new ecological standards of the International Marine Organization (IMO) that took force on  1.01.2020)
  • How can digital technologies facilitate environmentally clean manufacturing? 
 
 

14:00-14:30 Digital Lunch: brief video clips from partners, time to visit the 3D exhibition

14:30-16:00 Session 7. In-house software development by oil & gas companies vs outsourcing 

  • Can in-house software development by vertically-integrated oil companies be efficient?
  • What types of software products can be developed by oil & gas companies and their IT subsidiaries?
  • Do vertically integrated oil companies need to coordinate their SW development to make sure they don’t create duplicating products? 
  • Is it advisable to use the services of offshore software developers for dedicated industry-specific IT solutions? 
  • Will there be a boom in the market of low-code development platforms (Appian, Visual LANSA, KiSSFLOW, Mendix, OutSystems, Salesforce, Microsoft PowerApps and etc.) as an alternative to expensive developers? 
  • Will IT-subsidiaries of oil companies dedicated to software development be entitled to new tax benefits for software companies (insurance contribution for IT companies has been reduced from 14% to 7.6%, and profit tax – from 20% to 3%)?
  • What will be the impact of VAT on software products, which will be implemented in January 2021, for IT subsidiaries of oil companies, dedicated to software development, and narrow-focused independent developers? 
  • Is there a chance that domestic software will be featured on global IT companies’ price lists? (in the footsteps of ASUproekt, whise project ‘Upstream Field Activity Management’ was included into SAP’s global price list)