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2nd – 3rd – 4th November 2015 Houston

This three day event will showcase the latest developments and solutions in Training & Simulation strategies including on the 2nd November an exclusive and interactive tour to the brand new state of the art Maersk Training Center in Houston. Following the tour there will be a two day forum/conference – 3rd & 4th November – where attendees will hear cutting edge presentations from experts representing the Oil and Gas Industry, Training Simulation Vendors, Training & Development Institutes, Research Institutes and Universities. The three day event will go through the following topics:

Day One: 2nd November

Exclusive visit to the brand new state of the art Maersk Training Center

The Visit is organized together with Maersk Training and NRG Events. The delegation will initially meet at the reception of the Houston University Hilton Hotel the 2nd November around 08.00 to then head to the 40,000 sqft advanced simulation facility and follow an interactive schedule where visitors will go through the 4 main training scenarios on Drilling – Maritime – Crane – Engine Room as follows:

  • 08.00 – 08.30 Registration and Meeting point at University of houston Hilton Hotel
  • 08.30 – 09.45 Transport to the Maersk Training Center facility
  • 09.45 – 10.15 Arrival at facility & refreshments – Safety briefing and welcome
  • 10.15 – 10.30 Dividing into groups for the tour (3 groups of 20 persons)
  • 10.30 – 11.00 Tour Stage 1 and Tutorial session
  • 11.00 – 11.30 Tour Stage 2 and Tutorial session
  • 11.30 – 12.00 Coffee Break and Networking
  • 12.00 – 12.30 Tour Stage 3 and Tutorial session
  • 12.30 – 13.00 Tour Stage 4 and Tutorial session
  • 13.00 Break
  • 13.15 – 13.45 Presentation and Q&A session – Human factors in operational environments
  • 13.45 – 14.15 Networking session and end of Day 1
  • 14.15 – Bus leave back to the University of Houston Hilton Hotel

Maersk Training Center facility is located at the 15882 Diplomatic Plaza Dr -Houston – TX 77032

Day Two: 3rd November

08.30 – 08.50
Morning coffee and registration exhibiting area

08.50 – 09.00
Opening remarks from our Chairman Michael Bolton – MD – TSC Simulation

Simulation, Emulation, and Cyber Physical Environments – Dr. Raymond E. Cline, Jr – Department Chair, Information and Logistics Technology – University of Houston

The use of simulation and emulation for educational and research purposes has become an ingrained part of the current academic culture. At the University of Houston, College of Technology we have a range of activities which utilize computational simulation and emulation of physical environments for both student instruction and research.

The combination of these more “traditional” approaches with integration to real physical environments is now emerging as a powerful research, education and training tool. Such cyber physical environments are particularly important in the energy space, providing students and faculty with both more realism and a margin of safety to explore new solutions for a wide range of system challenges. Examples from riser design and simulation, physical plant cyber security protection, and micro-grid/smart grid training and research will be discussed.

Designing and Implementing Effective Simulator Training for all Learning Levels. Simulators can and must play a significant role in both basic and advanced operator training – Tim Judge – MD – Simtronics

Integrate Operator Training Simulators into your existing training program Operator Training Simulators (OTS) have long been recognized as a powerful tool for industry and educational institutions to teach process industry skills. Both new and experienced users of simulators are continually looking for ways to improve the return on investment by more effectively using it in their training programs.


OilSim Upstream Learning Simulator – ‎Keith Jesudasan – VP and Managing Director – NExT

  • taking learners through the entire exploration and production business process
  • engaging the next generation of petroleum professionals
  • contextualizing instruction with oil and gas companies’ business objectives


Coffee, exhibition and networking sessions

11.00 – 11.30
Interactive 3D and Immersive Training for the Energy Market – Joe Cheben – Former Senior Engineering Associate at ExxonMobil

Demographics show that a large number of experienced individuals working in industry will retire over the next few years resulting in a severe knowledge and experience drain in the workforce. These experienced workers need to be replaced with highly skilled individuals. Conventional training systems will be put under a lot of pressure to get these new workers trained quickly while maintaining high safety performance and plant reliability. Normal classroom and “on-the-job” training are insufficient to get these new workers assimilated into the workforce in a timely manner. A 3D immersive training platform linked to a plant computer simulator is a major improvement to the way training is done. ExxonMobil Research Qatar and EON Reality Inc. partnered on a research project to develop this innovative patent pending training technology.

11.30 – 12.00
Implementing a Successful Simulation Based Training Program – David Kibler – Director, Projects and Training Technologies – NOV

12.00 – 12.30
Offshore drill floor simulation – Bringing reliability to new frontiers – Erlend Engum – Senior Product Line Manager – NOV


Lunch and networking sessions

14.30 – 15.00
Advanced downhole simulations and crew – Jacob Petz – MD – Maersk Training

Looking at the operational effects on drilling performance achieved when training full crews on advanced downhole simulations. How to drill advanced wells on simulator and prepare the full drilling operation crew for complicated drilling programmes involving operator, contractor and third party MPD operators.

15.00 – 15.30
BP OTS Global Program overview – BP – Wayne Dibble – Global OTS Training Lead

  • Systems we are currently building for our Refineries.
  • Maintaining deployed system
  • Global Training Program
  • Implementing consistent training across all sites
  • Procedure Based Practice


15.30 – 16.00
Coffee, exhibition and networking sessions

16.00 – 16.30
The Future of Training for the Oil and Gas industry: New Simulation and technology tools – Michael Bolton – MD – TSC Simulation

16.30 – 17.00
Panel Discussion: The Future of Simulation: What’s Next in Technology and Application

  • Lead by Mr Cason Swindle – President – Context Associates

Day Three: 4th November

08.30 – 08.50
Morning coffee and registration exhibiting area

08.50 – 09.00
Opening remarks from our Chairman Mr Cason Swindle – President – Context Associates

Bringing simulation to the masses: Simulation beyond the rig floor. – Don Quitter – CEO – Insight Interactive

Integrating Simulators and Virtual Reality Technology into your Training – Cassandra Dillon – Compliance & Training Advisor – Systran

“One to Simulators” – Now and future – Manas Goyal – Lead Technical Instructor | Simulator Responsible Drilling Lifecycle Services – MHWirth

  • Philosophy behind one to one simulators
  • HIL Testing
  • System Topology
  • Global Needs and Demands
  • Integrated Topside with DownHole Simulations
  • Future


Coffee, exhibition and networking sessions

Full Scale Simulation: Meeting New Industry Needs – Michael “Earl” Williams – Sr. Training Specialist – Diamond Offshore Drilling

The presentation will cover the following topics:

  • Diamond Offshore Drilling’s Investment in simulator training to enhance our crews performance
  • Industry workforce transformation “The Big Crew Change” and its impact
  • Meeting the challenge of changing technology for our drillers
  • Importance of Human Factors and integration into simulator training

Knowledge Management and Contextual Learning for HROs – Bob Newhouse – President – Newhouse Consultants

As technologies advance, industry must continue to reduce risk and improve high reliability organizations and safety culture. Learning plays a significant role in building core competencies, safety culture and non-technical skills development; in order to increase competency and maintain public trust, advances in knowledge management and contextualized learning will give operators new tools to work under tighter budgets and with technologies that engage Generations X, Y and Z.

Proven and emerging KM and immersive learning approaches will be reviewed. Artificial intelligence to drive learning objectives and assessment, visualization tools for familiarization and review, and rapid authoring tools will be outlined and examined for application to individualized skills development and competency evaluation. The session is a discussion of the role for new technologies with promise for improving learning outcomes in high-risk operations.

Maximizing Employee Development and Knowledge Retention Through the use of Procedures, On-the-job Training, and Scenario based-training – Michael Fry – President – Deepwater Subsea

This presentation will focus on the 3 key areas of employee development and will give examples on how each should be utilized to get the most out of your training investment.

Simulation, gaming and instructional design – Do we have a connection? – Meta Rousseau -Director Training & Leader Development – Blackhawk Specialty Tools

Performance-driven, embedded learning
Simulations, gaming, and instructional design
Lessons learned and best practices

  • Performance-driven, embedded learning
  • Simulations, gaming, and instructional design
  • Lessons learned and best practices


Lunch and networking sessions

Smartphone and Tablet Simulations: Revolutionizing Oilfield Training – Ruchir Shah – Founder of

​The future of training and simulation is all mobile. Through smartphones and tablets, simulation technology can move from a static, boring classroom or training facility into the pockets of rig workers across the globe. Drawing from examples in the Well Control space, this presentation will discuss the power of smartphone and tablet based mobile simulations and animations in dramatically improving student competency- not just once every two years but all the time.

  • Refresh simulations anytime, anywhere at your own pace
  • Promote competency by practicing until perfection. Each student gets their own simulator! Keep practicing again and again until competency is achieved.
  • Cut costs while improving quality through powerful combinations of simulation and animation on an inexpensive mobile device
  • Mobile provides friendly, easily usable interfaces. Much easier to program scenarios and learn to use than conventional, hardware simulators

Panel Discussion: Simulation’s role in the development and adoption of new Offshore Technology


Coffee, exhibition and networking sessions

Conclusion of day 2: We will end the day with a special networking session. This will be the perfect platform to evaluate the past two days.

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