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17th – 18th – 19th February 2014 Abu Dhabi – UAE

This three days event will showcase latest developments and solutions on Training & Simulation strategies on a exclusive exhibitors area.  Additionally we will go through one day workshops and a two days forum/conference where attendees can hear cutting edge presentations from Experts representing Oil and Gas Industry, Training and Simulation Vendors, Training & Development Institutes, Research Institutes and Universities on following topics:

Day One: 17th February

08.30 – 09.00
Morning coffee and registration exhibiting area

09.00 – 09.10
Opening remarks from our Chairman and Brian Tjon, NRG Events

09.10 – 09.40
The Future of Training for the Oil and Gas industry: New Simulation and technology tools – Michael Bolton – MD – TSC Simulation

09.40 – 10.10
Shell Experience with simulators and collaboration to develop UAE nationals – Cees Brummelkamp – Technical Manager Downstream – Shell

10.10 – 10.40
Integration of Simulation within Vocational Education & Training Programs in Oil & Gas – Prof. Abdelaziz Khlaifat – Head of Petroleum Engineering Technology – Abu Dhabi Polytechnic

10.40 – 11.10
Coffee, exhibition and networking sessions

11.10 – 11.40
Simulation Training – The Job to be Done – Graham Provost – Senior Consulting Manager – Invensys Training Services

The presentation focuses on simulation training work processes and delivery methods including; High Fidelity Dynsim and Eyesim (3D Virtual Reality) implementation, current and future delivery methods and advancements in OTS delivery methods. Also highlighted are best practices for designing, developing, integrating and maintaining simulator training programs in changing industrial environments



11.40 – 12.10
Operator Training and DCS Check Out in Margarita (Bolivia) Oil & Gas Field – Jose Maria Ferrer – OTS Business Manager – Inprocess

The use of steady state process models for plant design is a well-established technology in oil and gas industry. In recent years, there has been an increased interest in the use of dynamic process models in this industry along the lifecycle of the oil and gas processing plants. Our work shows the benefits of using dynamic models at the end of the process engineering cycle of the plant for checking out the DCS database and for operator training system. The Margarita Field operating company, located in southern Bolivia, requested the construction of the new Central Processing Facilities in order to process 6 MMSCMD of gas. Inprocess was selected for the development of an Operator Training System for that plant.


12.10 – 13.40
Lunch and Networking

13.40 – 14.10
Reservoir Simulation – Future Training needs from an Academic and Industry Perspective  – Dr Karl D. Stephen – Lecturer –  Heriot Watt: Institute of Petroleum Engineering

14.10 – 14.40

IFP Training has signed a Memory Of Understanding with TOTAL Exploration & Production to certify new Operators in upstream production facilities. As such, a new program is being developed to train Panel Operators who play a key role in Oil & Gas production as they monitor the oil & gas chain from wells to export. In addition to coordinating Field Operators, they must identify and react to plant upsets. Therefore, the course schedule relies on extensive practice on dynamic simulators to provide experienced operators with a safety mindset and essential know-how of production facilities operation.

The targeted audience is experienced Field Operators moving to Panel Operators position. The main topics covered include Well effluent line transportation and processing, Rotating machinery operation, transient conditions, plant upsets, crisis situation, alarm Management and decision making. Training is performed using the Dynamic Simulators developed by RSI including Subsea Production Systems, Complete FPSO, Standard 3-Phase separators, pumps and compressors.

This certifying 35 day nominal duration training can be tailored to fit specific client requirements and will be available from May 2014.

Jean-Paul Juguet has been working for more than 30 years in the Exploration & Production Industry in various technical and business positions.

He joined Total in 1982 as Process Engineer and was then seconded to Phillips Petroleum Norway on the Ekofisk field. Then he moved to Aberdeen in the North Alwyn Production Platform Commissioning team. In 1988, he was seconded to Elf Netherlands as Commissioning Coordinator of the Harlingen gas terminal. His next assignment, 1998-1992, was Total ABK (UAE) where he held the position of Khuff Development Coordinator and start-up Manager. Back to Paris, he became part of the Development Study Group, specifically in charge of Subsea R&D.

In 1998, he joined the Asset Management Division of Total E&P, as Senior Negotiator for Latin America. In 2002, he was appointed Vice-President, Nigeria and in 2005 became Tempa Rossa Oil development Project Director, based in Rome. In 2008-2009 he returned to the Total Head Quarters as Vice-President Canada. Late 2009, Jean-Paul joined IFP Training as Senior Lecturer. He opened a new department in Project Management and since 2012, he has been Executive VP of the E&P Division.


14.40 – 15.10
What is Pulse Transformations? – Technip – Ann McGregor
Pulse Business Unit Director

Transforming people and organisations for success – Pulse Transformations is a Technip business unit which provides safety climate change solutions tailored to provide unique organizational transformation. It is important to establish a positive and proactive safety climate as this will determine future safety performance and ultimately business performance.

Why transform Safety Climate?
Safety climate is the way in which safety is perceived and the prevalent health and safety attitudes and behaviours of personnel. Research and experience highlight that safety climate directly impacts safety performance, reputation, staff retention and ultimately business performance. Without clear direction and guidance in this area undesirable attitudes, behaviours and practices are likely to develop which are then difficult, time consuming and expensive to correct.

15.10 – 15.40
Coffee, exhibition and networking sessions


15.40 – 16.30
Panel Discussion : Building the bridge to the next generation. Simulation, essential but not exclusive for Training – best practices and different applications.

16.30 – 17.00
Reliability of Dynamic Simulation to reproduce plant dynamics: Applied case study for control analysis of double propylene-propane splitter – Jose Maria Ferrer – OTS Business Manager – Inprocess

The double column heat-integrated propylene-propane splitter of a refinery cracker is a challenging unit to control with Multivariable Control. It is characterized with long settling times, heat interaction, external disturbances and intrinsic non-linearity. A rigorous Dynamic model was developed and validated. The validation process used a novelty method, running the dynamic simulation in synchrony against historical plant data input. This validation method proved the fidelity of the dynamic model versus real plant responses, and allowed the control engineers to be confident with it. Once validated, the simulation has been used by the control department for different matters (change the basic control layout, understand interactions, generate a dynamic simulation-based multivariable controller model, etc). Some challenges have been found during this use and they will be exposed. Additionally the Dynamic model was upgraded to a Process Trainer to provide regular training to operators.

Cocktail Reception and Entertainment: We will end the day with a special networking session in the exhibition area.

Day Two: 18th February

08.30 – 09.00
Morning coffee and registration exhibiting area

09.00 – 09.05
Opening remarks from our Chairman

09.05 – 09.35
Building a Technician workforce with minimal Experience,  Infrastructure or Training Facilities through Training & Simulation – Jack Haddock – Technical Training & Development Lead – BP

This is really a story of how we rose to the challenge of developing a National workforce and how we plan for the future.The key points are :

How do you start ? Understanding the problem ? Identifying the need ?Assessing the capability ?Resources, in country facilities, target workforce, desired outcome.Getting into Action.Working with Others. What was the outcome ?

09.35 – 10.05
Integrating e-Learning, 3D, Universal Simulations and customized OTS for Competency Development – Mr. Santosh Joshi – Vice President – GSE Systems Inc.

10.05 – 10.35
Novel Uses of 3D Immersive Visualization Platforms for Safety Training in the Oil and Gas Industry – Hazem Abdel-Moati – Research Lead of The Safety Research Program – ExxonMobil Research Qatar (EMRQ)

As part of an effort to enhance process safety, EMRQ has implemented a research program to develop an advanced, immersive, 3D training platform. Initial work involved the development of generic 3D models for typical oil and gas facilities equipment such as compressor skids, and a patented linkage protocol for connecting the 3D training environment to control room panel training simulators in real time. This unique aspect will enable multiple 3D platforms and control panel simulators to be connected, allowing teams to train simultaneously on the same scenario. In this case, field operators and control room operators can interact in real time simulations similar to how they would interact in a field environment. Current work is focusing on enhancing the robustness of the system by building a large, complex 3D model of a full gas processing facility, the development of critical work process training scenarios, and executing the work needed to allow for the connection of multiple platforms. Also, work continues to enhance the realism of the training environment through visual enhancements and the incorporation of other sensory stimuli to the training experience. The element of realism being developed in this program will allow for more effective training and enable workers to perform their jobs more safely.

The presentation will go through objectives, background, compressor simulator, marine simulator, gas processing facility simulator, augmented reality, 4D enhancements and conclusions.

10.35 – 11.05
Coffee, exhibition and networking sessions

11.05 – 11.35
Immersive Training Simulator for Oil&Gas field operator SOP training and HSE scenarios – based on the as-built 3D plant model. – Andoni Gonzalo – Prod Mgr COMOS Walkinside ITS – Siemens.

Using intelligent 3D models makes plant engineering and operation safer and more efficient. COMOS Walkinside is a powerful 3D virtual reality visualization software solution which directly accesses all plant information to display the current status of a plant in visually appealing, realistic 3D graphics. The COMOS Walkinside Immersive Training Simulator (ITS) fully immerses operators in their plants. It simulates real-life scenarios and supports multiple avatars to test team performance and communication.

11.35 – 12.05
Training for Teamwork: Innovative Multi-player Simulation-based Heavy Equipment Training – Dr Arnold Free – COO – Vortex CM Labs Simulation

12.05 – 12.35
ROV Simulation: Technip Operations, ROV Types, Robotic Manipulators, Simulation Capabilities, Advantages of Simulation, Restrictions of Simulation. What we can do? Future Developments – Anthony Starbuck – ROV Resource & Training Manager – Technip

12.35 – 14.00
Lunch and Networking

14.00 – 14.30
Operator Full Scope Simulator and Training strategies to increase returns on investments by improving knowledge and secure decisions. – Tonny Moeller – Operations Manager – MAERSK Training

14.30 – 15.00
Beyond Budgeting – a management model for new business and people realities – the Statoil implementation journey – Bjarte Bogsnes – Vice President Performance Management Development CFO PMR – Statoil

  • The problems with traditional management, including budgeting
  • The Beyond Budgeting principles and companies on the journey
  • Statoil’s “”Ambition to Action”” model;
  • redefining performance – dynamic and relative targets and a holistic performance evaluation
  • dynamic forecasting and resource allocation and no traditional budgets
  • from calendar-driven to event-driven; a more self-regulating management model
  • Implementation experiences and advice “

15.00 – 15.30
ROI of learning – Earning through Learning – Rob Veersma – Training & Development Director – Gazprom International

15.30 – 16.00
Coffee, exhibition and networking sessions

16.00 – 16.45
Panel Discussion lead by – Rob Veersma – Training & Development Director – Gazprom International – In this panel-discussion a couple of myths will be addressed:

  • Myth 1. HR professionals are increasingly asking themselves just how they can actually provide a useful contribution to their organisation. The debate around ROI is very relevant. But so far, the hunt for the ultimate proof of ROI has not produced anything, despite all the analyses and causal relationships. But we believe in cause and effect. In the HRD profession, this has led to a number of persistent myths: “a course should have deliverables”, “the results of training should be measurable”, “competencies can be learnt” or “course evaluation is useful”.
  • Myth 2. We believe that all people in the world learn in the same way, in the Netherlands they learn in the same way as in Russia, or as in Oman. This believe is very persistant specially through the eyes of the West, where we have a very differentiated learning attitude, we only learn what we need. But how do Russians learn?
  • Myth 3. We believe that all generations are learning in the same way. Altough only the Silent generation, and the Boomers are firm believers in classroom teaching, we still see this very persistent along the Xers and Nexters. Do they all want to learn in an instructional way, or do generations have a different preference, e.g. for simulations, or peer learning? With some presentations, this panel-discussion will provide a lively and interactive discussion with the audience. In which myth do you believe?”

16.45 – 17.15
The importance of Learning Design for the best results (interactive). Being the Leader of Learning Function. To be a Corporate University or not to be (interactive) – İlhan Çağlar – Training and Development Manager

Conclusion of day 2: We will end the day with a special networking session. This will be the perfect platform to meet people in a relaxed manner.

Day Three: 19th February

Full Workshops Day by:

08.30 – 10.00 Yokogawa
10.05 – 11.35 RSI
11.35 – 12.00 Coffee Break
12.00 – 13.30 TSC Simulation
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 IFP Training

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