Where Energy and Innovation Intersect…

Now in its 10th occurrence, the Global Energy Forum is a prestigious annual technology-focused energy industry event welcoming business leaders in both Business Operations and Information Technology roles.

Join 500 of your peers for the Microsoft Global Energy Forum on Thursday, January 24, 2013. Please note that this year we have moved to a new location! Join us at the George R Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, Texas for this spectacular event!

Event Speakers for GEF 2013

Thomas K. Sneed
Iraj Ershagi
Iraj Ershagi
Iain D.W. Urquhart
Tom Koulopoulos
Customer Keynote: Thomas K. Sneed, Vice President & Chief Information Officer – Marathon Oil Corporation
Thomas K. Sneed is vice president and chief information officer at Marathon Oil Corporation. He began his current assignment in 2003.
Since joining Marathon in 1981 as a computer application programmer, Mr. Sneed has progressed through a series of increasingly senior technical and management positions. He served as vice president of Information Technology at Speedway SuperAmerica, a convenience store chain, and led the Information Technology group for Marathon Petroleum Company LP.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Mr. Sneed holds a bachelor's degree in computer & information science from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He is past chairman of the American Petroleum Institute's (API) Information Management and Technology Committee. He serves on the board of the Greater Houston Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Hispanic Scholarship Foundation. Mr. Sneed is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC).
Industry Keynote: Iraj Ershagi, Director of the Petroleum Engineering Program and Executive Director of CiSoft − University of Southern California
Iraj Ershaghi is the Omar B. Milligan Professor and the Director of the Petroleum Engineering Program at the University of Southern California. He is also serving as the Executive Director of CiSoft (Center for Smart Oilfield Technologies) and USC Executive Director of USC-KOC Center of Education and Research. His areas of research and publications and consulting are smart oilfield technologies, reservoir characterization, naturally fractured reservoirs, unconventional resources, well testing and improved recovery processes.
He is a licensed petroleum engineer and has conducted studies for many U S based and international oil and Gas companies. He worked for Signal Oil and Gas Company and the oil and Gas division of California State Lands Commission before joining USC. Since at USC, he has served as a petroleum engineering consultant to Companies such as Texaco, Aera, OXY, Southern California Gas Company, Federal agencies such as the Department of Justice, and the U S Department of the Interior, and national oil companies such as Pertamina and PetroVietnam. He has been the recipient of SPE's Distinguished Faculty Award, Distinguished Member Award, Western North America Distinguished Service Award, and Technology Transfer Award for Development of the Smart Oilfield Technology Curriculum and Western Regional North America Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award. As a fellow of Institute for Advancement of Engineering, he received the Outstanding Educator Award of American Association for Advancement of Engineering and the Outstanding Educator Award of Orange County Council of Engineers and Scientists. He served as SPE's Distinguished Lecturer during 2006-2007. In 2010 he was the recipient of the SPE’s John Franklin Carll award. In 2012 he received the SPE/AIME Honorary Member Award.
Opening Keynote: Lane Sorgen, General Manager, South Central US – Microsoft
As General Manager and Partner of Microsoft’s South Central US, Lane is responsible for Microsoft’s Customer and support teams that service South Central’s Enterprise Customers, which are primarily Oil & Gas. Lane’s team ensures customer satisfaction through consulting, delivery and support of Microsoft’s customers’ operations.
Lane joined Microsoft in 1996 as a Manager of Product Development and has held various jobs within the organization. Prior to his current position, Lane was Vice President for Microsoft’s Small and Mid-Market Solutions and Partners (SMS&P) in the US.
Innovation Keynote: Iain D.W. Urquhart, General Manager, US Specialist Sales & Enterprise Partner – Microsoft
Iain Urquhart is the General Manager of Microsoft’s National Solutions Organization. The National Solutions Organization is responsible for setting and executing go-to-market strategies with Microsoft’s Industry, Partner, and Technical Specialist that service Microsoft’s US Enterprise Customers.
Iain brings over 17 years of Industry experience to his current role including direct sales, sales and marketing management, operational, and executive management. As an employee of Microsoft for over 11 years, Iain has served as the Managing Director across Microsoft’s US Commercial Industries where he managed Industry Solution engagement across Manufacturing (Process and Discrete), Financial Services, Retail and Hospitality, Healthcare and Life Sciences, and Professional Services customers.
Prior to Microsoft, Iain served as Vice President of Partner Services for BroadVision, Incorporated. In this role, he led an organization directly responsible for worldwide alliances with technology providers, independent-software-vendors, business integration consultancies and outsourcers.
Luncheon Keynote: Tom Koulopoulos – Expert on Innovation, The Cloud, Future Trends, Technology, & Author of Cloud Surfing and The Innovation Zone (Photo courtesy of Leading Authorities Speakers Bureau)
Tom Koulopoulos is passionate about helping business people understand the challenges and opportunities of leading edge technology. He urges business leaders to think young, rise to the occasion, and never underestimate the next big idea. As founder of the global think tank Delphi Group, Koulopoulos maintains a keen insight and vision on the direction and evolution of business and technology. He was named one of the industry’s most influential information management consultants by InformationWeek magazine and he is widely recognized as an authority on the implications of technology on global organizations, with articles and market insights appearing frequently in print and broadcast media. He has also authored nine books.
Koulopoulos is an Executive in Residence at Bentley University and has been the executive director of the Center for Business Innovation at Babson College, an adjunct professor at the Boston College Wallace E. Carroll Graduate School of Management and a guest lecturer at the Boston University School of management and Harvard University.
Room 310 E
Room 310 F
Room 320 A/B
Room 320 C
SHELL OIL COMPANY: Providing Real-Time, Secure Information Access to Partners, Clients & Customers
Sponsored by:Covisint
Companies must conduct business with a variety of resources. Some relationships are with vendors, others are with multiple project partners, and still others are with customers. To make these relationships work, it requires flexibility, reliability, and speed with the highest level of security. As applications have matured, access is now being granted in layers – basic information for everyone, and then specific access is created for users from other areas of the organization (such as engineering, human resources, senior staff members, investors and more). It has become critical for companies to search out alternative choices to internally provisioning access to their assets.
Utilizing Microsoft and Covisint solutions, this presentation will discuss how Shell is able to provide a solution that gathers and assigns specific roles to an individual, and defines application access based on these roles. This solution leverages the Microsoft Unified Access Gateway as network edge security and token consumer ADFS, FIM as the security store, and Covisint as the external federation gateway and external IDP and for 2-factor authentication.

Speaker: Adrian Estala, Product Management – Shell Oil Company

Adrian Estala has over fifteen years of experience in the IT Strategy, IT Security, Program Management and the IT Audit fields. He spent thirteen years with KPMG LLP before joining Shell Oil Company in 2012. His work experiences have taken him to 18 countries and over 80 different corporate environments. Adrian has also worked with France Telecom in Europe and with Nortel Networks in the US.
Adrian has a proven track record for delivery. He has strong communication skills, and he brings a deep and diverse knowledge base. He has led large business and IT teams to address business problems in many different client environments. Adrian has a contagious passion for his work and he invests the time to mentor and motivate his team.
HESS: The Path to Knowledge Transfer and Collaboration: Platforms for Connecting Results with Direction in a Changing E&P Landscape
Sponsored by:3Gig
To complement their value assurance process, Hess has developed a common system for subsurface evaluations performed by asset teams throughout the global E&P business. This system, the Subsurface Milestone & Deliverables (SMD), was designed to provide guidelines for project management and stewardship, define milestones for the delivery of technical products, set standards for integrity of technical products, and emphasize timely collaboration, documentation and knowledge transfer.
In 2012, HESS began a project to develop an online platform to house the SMD system and overcome the implementation challenge. The presenter will discuss how the project evolved to create the Hess Pathfinder2020. Pathfinder2020 is one of several Hess applications of 3GiG’s Prospect Director™, which leverages Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, SQL Database solutions and Office Products. Prospect Director’s interface enables Hess to dynamically and rapidly build structured/unstructured data models and intranet user interfaces for specific use cases or storyboards to support a range of proprietary business decision processes and knowledge management requirements. Join this session to learn more about this project and how it has progressed.

Speaker: Rick Beaubouef, Chief Geologist – Hess

Rick Beaubouef is Chief Geologist for the Hess Corporation. Rick has a PhD in Geology from the University of Houston and has worked in the E&P industry since 1992. Prior to joining Hess he worked for ExxonMobil in a variety of roles in the upstream business. Rick joined Hess E&P Technology in 2007.
In current role he leads a team of specialists who provide expertise and technology solutions to the global E&P businesses. Aside from the addressing technical and commercial challenges, Rick’s key interests are in enhancing collaboration and knowledge transfer, and building an innovation culture in the E&P arena.
OCEANEERING: A Real-Time Common Operating Platform to Support Safety and Environmental Planning of Oil & Gas Operations
Sponsored by:Esri
Drilling in Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) has new challenges and complexities imposed, by heightened governmental standards for protecting the health and safety of workers and the public, while safeguarding the environment. Operators must successfully demonstrate their compliance with these new standards, or face the non-issuance of appropriate drilling permits. There is consequently a drive amongst operators to establish a common operational platform to address these new challenges and demonstrate compliance.
Oceaneering, in partnership with Esri, is working closely to respond to these legislative changes and safety concerns. They are building an integrated offshore operations suite, which leverages the best of Microsoft, Esri and Oceaneering technology platforms to deliver on-demand services to the leading operators in the Gulf. Join this presentation to learn about some of the technology developments available to assist operators striving to meet the challenge.

Speaker: Mark Stevens, Director-Communications/Application Development – Oceaneering International, Inc.

Mark Stevens, Director of Communications, has worked at Oceaneering for over 13 years and has over 20 years of IT experience including positions within USAA, Battle Mountain Gold and Shell. Mark and his team are responsible for deploying the latest communications infrastructure offshore and providing live and recorded video solutions for clients globally. Oceaneering is currently rolling out the latest Common Operating Picture (COP) GIS solutions to provide real-time asset tracking for clients. Mark currently resides in Houston and enjoys his off-time racing in the NASCAR Modified series.
HALLIBURTON: Mobile Computing with Windows RT for Decision Space Production Allocation
Sponsored by:Dell/Qualcomm
Using a Windows RT device, field operators and engineers can access well production data, without worrying about battery life, and without sacrificing performance or security. By working on a proof-of-concept with Dell, Qualcomm, and iLink Systems, Halliburton is able to prototype a light weight, all-day, always-connected version of their Decision Space Production Allocation (DSPA) solution.

Speaker: Shaji John, Product Architect - Drilling and Production Technology – Halliburton

Shaji has over 12 years experience in E&P upstream operations, primarily with solution conceptualization and architecture definition for software products for upstream oil and gas industry. Shaji is fortunate to have worked on most of the E&P life cycle from exploration data acquisition through production operations. Shaji has been involved in defining leading solutions for production optimization, surveillance, production allocation and E&P data management. Shaji actively participates in E&P industry forums and organizations like Energistics, PPDM, MURA.
Shaji holds Bachelor’s degree in Production Engineering from University of Calicut and is trained and certified in Petroleum Engineering under Oxford Princeton Programme.
AFREN: Improving User Productivity by Integrating Business & Petrotechnical Platforms
Sponsored by:Schlumberger
Over the last several years, our joint Schlumberger and Microsoft vision has always been to address the challenges of E&P through a unified, familiar and open petrotechnical computing environment that promotes collaboration, accelerates innovation, amplifies insight and reduces risk.
In the same period, Schlumberger has established the Petrel E&P software platform as the standard for petrotechnical users and has sought to leverage the strength and ubiquity of Microsoft’s technology. Over the years this development across all scales of corporations has led to increasingly beneficial technology synergies which now reach beyond Petrel into the other software platforms from Schlumberger to deliver a shared and common standard technical computing environment for all petrotechnical functionality. With the release of the Studio E&P Knowledge Environment, fully optimized for SQL Server 2012, Schlumberger continues its commitment towards addressing the new E&P challenges by offering a knowledge management and data collaboration environment that willimprove users’ productivity. In this presentation, we will discuss how the tight integration of the Microsoft business platform and Schlumberger petrotechnical platform are providing organizations more freedom to focus on productivity and less on the management of infrastructure.

Speaker: Ricardo Ramirez, Geoscience Manager – Afren

Ricardo Ramirez is VP of Geoscience for Afren Plc, in charge of producing and development assets. He has over 30 years’ experience in the upstream geosciences having worked for Exxon Corporation; PDVSA in Venezuela, Englehart Energy and Addax Petroleum. Mr. Ramirez holds a BSc in Geology from Duke University and an MSc in Coastal Marine Geology from the University of South Carolina.
DEVON ENERGY: Consumerization of IT in Oil & Gas
Sponsored by:Microsoft Consulting Services
Attend this session to learn how Devon Energy is embracing the Consumerization of IT and leveraging Microsoft technology and Services to further its business goals and to drive innovation in its workforce culture in 2013 and beyond. In addition, hear about the key learnings Devon has gained since embarking on this project last year.

Speaker: Anurag Gupta, Senior Director Business Process & Administration – Devon Energy

Anurag Gupta is a Sr. Director in IT at Devon Energy. He joined Devon in 2009. In his current role, Anurag is responsible for collaboration technology (conference room technology, mobility and content management), IT support (service desk, IT training and communications, business partners), Business Intelligence, QA/Testing and Records Management. His key interests are in leveraging technology and people to make a positive impact on E&P worker productivity. Prior to Devon, Anurag worked in management consulting. He has an MBA from Duke University, MS from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and BS from IIT

Speaker: Quinton Crenshaw, Senior Manager of IT Services – Devon Energy

Quinton Crenshaw leads the Collaboration Services and Endpoint Computing Team for Devon Energy, a North American onshore oil and natural gas producer where his responsibilities include endpoint computing, collaboration and support for Devon’s 7,000+ workers. Quinton has a wide range of experience in business applications, software development, infrastructure, networking, managed services and process re-engineering. He has held positions in technology and services leadership for industry leaders in the energy, IT services and telecommunications sectors.
In his current position, Quinton is responsible for leading Devon’s key initiatives in content and collaboration management, knowledge management, application rationalization, virtualization, application delivery and collaboration technologies as well as leading the IT effort for design, construction and migration into Devon’s headquarters in Oklahoma City. Prior to joining Devon Energy, Quinton served as the Chief Information Officer for Maxum Petroleum, a national marketer and logistics company for petroleum products. While at Maxum, his focus was on stabilizing the IT infrastructure services, developing automation solutions to control inventory, resources and optimize cash flow.
Prior to joining Maxum, Quinton was a Senior Manager at Dell where he managed service transition, integration and service delivery for large, global outsourcing engagements. Prior to Dell, Quinton managed large, complex systems deployments and support services agreements for government, retail and telecommunications customers. Prior to entering the public sector, Quinton served as an artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps where he retired at the rank of Major. Quinton holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.
CHEVRON: PetroTechnical Portal – Improving Engineering Team Productivity by Automating Information Collection (320 A/B)
Sponsored by:Accenture/Avanade
Chevron has focused on improving the productivity of their engineering teams by automating the collection of information needed to support the high value analytical work these teams perform. This presentation will discuss how leveraging the power of Microsoft’s SQL Database Solutions and working in partnership with Accenture and Avanade, Chevron has been able to realize a significant improvement in productivity, freeing resources to focus more on increasing production.

Speaker: William Gilmore, IT Advisor – Chevron

William Gilmore is Chevron’s project manager for its Global Upstream Petro-Technical Portal Project. William started with Chevron in drilling after graduating from LSU with a degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1986. He spent 15 years with Chevron in engineering and IT roles in various locations, including its Gulf of Mexico Business Unit, Tengizchevroil in Kazakhstan, P&M Coal and Chevron Nigeria Limited. He left Chevron in 2001 to join Lucent in their Enterprise Consulting Group and subsequently joined EDS as Chief Technology Officer for Oil and Gas in the Americas. He returned to Chevron in 2007 where he has since managed various projects that provide IT solutions to support Petro-Technical workflows. William’s goal is to deliver solutions that enable Chevron’s technical staff to access the raw data that they need, when they need it; so that through their analysis, they have the needed business information upon which to make high-quality decisions faster.

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CHEVRON: Mobile Decision Support at Chevron’s San Joaquin Valley (320 A/B)
Sponsored by:OSIsoft
Chevron’s Mobility group is providing real-time dashboards embedded into their business processes and workflows. Human workflow is exposed for Subject-Matter Experts (SMEs) to provide real-time analysis and share recommendations with Decision Makers. Using OSIsoft’s PI System and Microsoft technology, this analysis is converted into Engineering Algorithms and fed into the Applications BI process. SharePoint is leveraged to provide real-time insight to decision makers. Real-time information is also provided to mobile operators using handhelds via dashboards, and trends. This innovative approach keeps feeding intelligence back into the system for ever-improving value.

Speaker: Ravi Malla, Upstream Workflow Transformation Program Manager – Chevron

Ravi Malla is the Mobility Program Manager for Chevron’s Upstream Workflow Transformation (UWT) in San Joaquin Valley Business Unit where his goal is to eliminate paper based data capture in various base business operations and also to enable the real-time dashboard capabilities to monitor field data like oil and chemical spills, emissions, asset maintenance and performance tuning etc. Mobility is playing a key role in maintain Health and Equipment Safety in SJV. Establishing the data historian for Mobility data especially for Field Asset Maintenance, Reliability and Health and Safety leveraging SharePoint-based field data capture are his primary goals.
Ravi has Civil and Computer Engineering background with over 17 years of experience in implementing Microsoft technology based solutions and over 8 years of knowledge in Upstream, Midstream and Downstream worlds of Oil and Gas domain. Ravi and his wife Lalitha have two children and they reside in Southern California. Ravi’s favorite pastime include playing guitar, singing and oil painting besides playing Spiderman with his 6 year old son.

Speaker: Michael Burt, Operations Program Manager – Chevron

Michael Burt is the Operations Program Manager for Chevron’s Upstream Workflow Transformation (UWT) in San Joaquin Valley Business Unit in Bakersfield California where his passion is to implement M2M based solutions to achieve digital oilfield automation. Michael is responsible for coordinating delivery of new integrated oil field (i-field TM) technologies to oil field operations, which includes SharePoint and Mobility applications.
Michael’s background includes IT Infrastructure and Corporate Emergency Response. He is also currently the president of the Energy Telecommunication and Electrical Association (ENTELEC) located in Dallas Texas. Michael’s favorite pastimes include BBQing and volunteering with his church.
EXXONMOBIL: Information Management and Collaboration for Capital Projects (320 A/B)
Sponsored by:Access Sciences
Following the deployment of MS Office and SharePoint 2010, ExxonMobil wanted to develop an Information Management Framework to improve information management, collaboration, and findability, while leveraging the standard IT offering. They also wanted to provide a sustainable framework for ongoing information and knowledge management through the application of consistent storage, metadata, security, and retention of information.
This presentation will explain the method of assessing current state and capability of existing information repositories and practices, designing an updated Information Framework, and implementing the framework and processes using an out-of-the-box SP2010 solution.

Speaker: Bret McKee, Information and Knowledge Management Lead – ExxonMobil

Bret McKee is the Information/Knowledge Management Lead for ExxonMobil Development Company where he provides strategic I/KM governance, facilitates rollout of I/KM initiatives, and ensures ongoing alignment with ExxonMobil’s corporate I/KM strategies. Throughout his 20+ year career with ExxonMobil, Bret has held various leadership roles in IT Infrastructure Operations, Application Support, and Organizational and Process Design.
Bret, a Mississippi native, joined ExxonMobil in 1992 upon graduation from the University of Alabama with a BS in Computer Science Engineering. He and his wife Rhonda have three children and reside in Katy, Texas. Bret’s favorite pastimes include BBQing and volunteering with his church.
MISSION WELLS SERVICES: Business Automation from Bid to Frac
Sponsored by:Catapult Systems
Scheduling of crew personnel and equipment assets for fracturing of wells of their Drilling clients had become complex. Mission needed an easy visual way to assign and move crews and equipment to various job sites depending on when the well is ready to be fractured. Multiple dependencies impact the crew type and project duration and must follow the job or the crew or the asset so scheduling conflicts do not occur. In this presentation, the speaker will discuss how this system was created and the best way it is being used to increase productivity and efficiency.

Speaker: Louis Wilpitz, Technical Sales Support Engineer II – Mission Well Services, LLC

Louis Wilpitz serves as a Technical Engineer supporting the corporate sales team at Mission Well Services. Mr. Wilpitz joined Mission Well Services in 2011, as a field engineer working in the Permian and South Texas basins. He also worked at Halliburton Energy Services as a Technical Professional under the Production Enhancement PSL. Prior to that, Mr. Wilpitz worked for several Exploration and Production companies performing land, geology, and engineering support services. He graduated from Letourneau University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Joining Engineering.
Use of Microsoft Dynamics in Oil & Gas
Do you have customer data is scattered across many systems? Are you finding collaboration among sales and service teams difficult? If customer correspondence is not captured in a central location, it cannot be effectively used to understand what’s happening (or not) with the customer.
Attend this session to learn how Microsoft Dynamics CRM solutions are being applied to different scenarios in the Oil & Gas industry and the value Dynamics can bring to your business.
Self-service Business Intelligence in Upstream Oil & Gas
To meet the demands of global competitive pressures, resource industries, such as Oil & Gas, need to be more nimble and think of providing business insight in terms of days, hours and minutes. The trend toward self-service is likely a critical-path item on your Big Data roadmap. It is no longer sufficient for IT to be involved in producing reports for the business to decipher. The information arrives too late to provide the value demanded today by operations.
Attend this session to learn how Microsoft Self-Service BI solutions are being applied in the Oil & Gas industry.

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