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22nd & 23rd October 2014 Houston – USA

This two days event will showcase latest developments and solutions on Training & Simulation strategies also with an exclusive exhibitors area.  We will go through 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: 22nd October

08.30 – 09.00
Morning coffee and registration in the exhibiting area

Opening remarks and Welcome from our Chairman

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 – Dave Young – Director of Sales – 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.

Implementing a Successful Simulation Based Training Program – Dr Stuart Furgang – Ph.D.Global Refinery Training Lead – Phillips 66

  • Not just another “computer game”
  • The four audiences for plant based simulation training
  • Making it part of your training plans – the keys to success
  • It comes with a price – takes resources and management support
  • A case study at Phillips 66


Coffee, exhibition and networking sessions


Integrating Simulators and Virtual Reality Technology into your Training – David Hirsch – President – Systran

Using Simulators to Teach Operators to Run the Plant, not the Simulator! – Don Glaser – President – Simulation Solutions

Too often, Simulator Training is about getting the right answer versus understanding process /controls / troubleshooting so that unique or new problems that come up in the plant can be solved safely, correctly, and efficiently.

From Training Simulators to Learning Simulators – Raymond Dimitri-Hakim – L-3 MAPPS

  • Introduction to L-3 MAPPS
  • Training vs. Learning
  • More Efficient Learning
  • Evolution of L-3 MAPPS Simulation Tools for Today’s Needs
  • L-3 MAPPS Learning Simulators


Lunch and networking sessions

Improving Operational Performance using Smarter e-Learning and Universal Simulations – Santosh Joshi – President – GSE EnVision / GSE Systems

Training programs can have a huge impact on the performance of any facility, including maximizing uptime, minimizing costly mistakes and reduced risks. Many are struggling to develop the skilled workforce not only for replacement of operators but there is also a need for new operators due to the natural gas boom in the US and all the petrochemical expansions going on in gulf coast area.

The e-Learning / Tutorials on process fundamentals, controls and operations are ideal to provide the knowledge needed for the core competencies required of Operators and Engineers.

  • For new Operators/Engineers: It provides an introduction to the process and shortens their learning curve
  • For less experienced Operators/Engineers: It helps develop competencies and problem solving
  • For experienced Operators/Engineers: It helps to maintain & enhance competencies

Dynamic simulation allows trainees to practice operations skills and develop competencies for process operations and troubleshooting.The combination of e-learning and Simulation, provides focused and structured learning using a Blended Learning approach.

This presentation will discuss how to design and implement a state-of-the-art training program at your facility that will develop highly-trained personnel. The secret is a proven methodology that blends self-paced tutorials (e-learning), mentoring and real-time, dynamic simulators (universal and custom operator training).

Address Competency Gaps in Console Operations – George Dzyacky – Director of Training Services – RSI Simcon

  • Who trains whom?
  • Training by osmosis
  • The Capability – Demand Gap
  • Center for Chemical Process Safety of AIChE, on human error in our industry
  • Stark contrasts in expectations of competency assurance
  • Can we do it?
  • From pockets of excellence to standards of excellence

“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.


Coffee, exhibition and networking sessions


BP Refining Global OTS Program – Kheng Lau – Senior Modelling Advisor – BP

  • Program structure and organization
  • Importance of procedure based training
  • Making it part of your training plans – the keys to success
  • OTS and Deliberate practice
  • DCS Procedural Prompts

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

When knowledge and skill come together: Instructional design allows for knowledge and skill to come together and combine strength for maximum impact. This is best done through competency-based, performance-driven, embedded learning – applied /hands-on, in-context/embedded in the work place. Etc.

  • How do we ensure competence? Building and maintaining a competent workforce.
  • Performance-driven, contextual learning

When do we have a game? Simulation versus gaming – Comparison

  • Knowing the difference – Simulations versus games. Characteristics of effective simulations. Characteristics of effective games
  • What is essential? Do simulations and games require rich media? How do simulation and gaming fit into the instructional design world? What about the “media continuum”. Do we always need candy? Do all simulations and games have to be flashy and cool? Could simple meat and potatoes do the trick – at least sometimes?
  • How do simulation and gaming fit into the instructional design world? What about the “media continuum”? Do simulations and games always require rich media?

Ready for tomorrow. Building the bridge to the next generation– Generation-friendly learning

  • Mentoring
  • Employee/learner-driven professional development

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

Cocktail Reception: We will end the day with a special networking session

Day Two: 23rd October

08.30 – 09.00
Morning coffee and registration in the exhibiting area

Opening remarks and Welcome from our Chairman

Operator Training and DCS Check Out in Margarita (Bolivia) Oil & Gas Field – Jesús Gil – Business Development – 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.

Closing the knowledge gap – Michael Fry – Director of Subsea Operations & Training – Northwest Technical Solutions

How the future of the oil and gas industry relies on quality training, mentoring and coaching to maximize…

  • The “Great crew change”
  • Biggest challenge facing today’s industry
  • Career development path for today’s offshore worker
  • Identifying the 5 levels of competency
  • How to develop training curricula to produce the most qualified employees
  • The role of performance-based assessments in the workplace

Integrating Simulations in Preexisting Training Courses – Craig Findley – Global Technical Training Manager – Deborah Haluch – Training Specialist – ION Geophysical Corporation

The talk will discuss taking preexisting training materials and adding simulations. The goal is to engage the audience more effectively. Topics include:

  • Reviewing previous evaluations to make smart decisions
  • Deciding how much time can be spent on the simulation?
  • Creating effective simulations
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of the simulations after the course
  • Case study at ION Geophysical from software development


Coffee, exhibition and networking sessions


“A solution driven by the operational needs of companies” – Jaime Aguilera – CEO – Voovio

Simulation is the best form of learning – it’s memorable, interactive, immersive and engaging.

So why hasn’t simulation or CAD-based training been implemented for the majority of the workforce across the industry, such as field operators who perform maintenance, safety checks, isolation procedures and other hands-on tasks?

The reality is that companies are not convinced because they think the ROI is questionable. The industry claims that these tools are expensive to acquire and implement, and almost impossible to keep updated. Simply put, the investment required to make the workforce more productive and efficient is too large. This is why we have developed Voovio and are introducing it to the US market, starting here in Houston. We believe Voovio is the right solution to boost productivity and efficiency across your operations.

How Simulation improves Corporate Training Strategies helping your workforce apply their engineering knowledge and experience in a control room environment – Cassandra Dillon – Director ShaleNET US Western Hub – ShaleNET

Drilling Rigs and Use of Simulation in Training. Customization: an imperative for simulation-based training – Work Force Development Consultants – Mr Bill Schraer

There is an increasing need to create exceptionally realistic immersive and interactive virtual environments. The fidelity of the mathematical and physics models combined with real time visualization presents a “near real” experience for the trainees. Today’s drilling simulators use state of the art algorithms that allow the user with the wide range of customized as well as rig specific modeling options, scenarios including routine operations and emergencies with catastrophic potential. Some examples of the various simulation modules would be:

  • Custom/Rig specific Rig pass module
    • Basic familiarization of rig/platform
  • Simulation of Custom and Rig-specific operations
    • Customization of rig controls and associated tools
  • Simulation of customized process controls
    • Integration of authentic custom process controllers
  • Simulation of Surface tool operations
  • Operator control of inclusive operations
  • Simulation of Downhole model and well scenarios and consequences


Lunch and networking sessions

Lessons for Energy Sector from Military Simulation – Joseph O’Connell, COL, USA (Ret) – Vice President, Engineering & Computer Simulations – ECS

  • Similarities Between Military and Energy Sectors
  • Simulators/Simulations History
  • Use of Simulations for Workforce Development
  • Use of Virtual Table Top Exercises for Critical-Thinking
  • Latest Innovations Support Engagement
  • Re-Use of Military’s Investment

“Integrating Learning Solutions with Simulation on the Cloud” – Graham Provost – Senior Consulting Manager – SimSci Training Services – Schneider Electric SimSci

  • Providing operations and training information in real time, to the operator in the working environment.
  • Demonstration of an open source, integrated, simulation and training platform accessed via the cloud.
  • Supporting simulation training with eLearning and other training services.

Make Training Work – Don Shoultz – Head of Learning and Development for BP, Exploration & Production Segment (Retired) – Conference Speaker & Consultant


Coffee, exhibition and networking sessions. We will end the day with a special networking session in the exhibition area. This will be the perfect platform to meet people in a relaxed manner.



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