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Automation and Data Analytics in the O&G industry

January 25, 2022 @ 4:45 pm - 7:30 pm

$40.00 – $70.00

Society of Petroleum Engineers Western Australia is proud to present the details of our Jan 2022 Technical Evening Meeting.

About the Presentation

Constant change is occurring in industry and society. The advent of ‘smart’ technologies is changing our lives, and we have to deal with the buzz words of ‘automation’, ‘data analytics’, ‘machine language’, ‘block chain’ and ‘Python’. But what does it all mean for today’s petroleum engineer and why now? All engineers are natural data analysists, but we need to get ready for the next leap in technology and if we are not, we will founder. Our companies must stay competitive, but they may lose their edge if we don’t, and we individually may fail to keep up with the tech changes which our kids will take for granted.

Industry is adapting technologies to optimise its controlling processes, with the ability to remotely control as many as 10,000 valves on a single offshore platform. But do we understand the latest technology, and how do we compare with other similar industries such as mining?

This presentation will provide a background of the basic technologies which are being used in most ‘smart’ applications. It will provide an insight into the simple processes used, such as pattern recognition, infra-red monitoring, the digital twin and automation analytics. Armed with this knowledge, it will then explain the shock effect when quantum computers arrive and how the next major tech leap will affect both business, but more importantly our daily lives.

About the Speaker – Brian Evans

Brian started his career in 1970 as an automation control design engineer with GEC Automation, following which he learnt geology with Geoservice Paris as a mud logger. He then worked out of London/Dallas with Geophysical Service Inc as an instrument engineer. Subsequently, he was an oil and gas geophysical consultant arriving in Perth in 1977 having worked in most areas of the world, representing most of the oil majors of the day. During a time of industry downturn, he did a Masters/PhD in Geophysics and enjoyed the research aspect of reservoir geophysics so much he stayed in academia while maintaining close contacts with industry. Over that whole period in time, he worked in data analytics.

Brian was responsible for establishing the Departments of Exploration Geophysics and Petroleum Engineering at Curtin, becoming Head where he introduced the Bachelor and Master by research in Petroleum Engineering. He was also responsible for developing the Curtin Master of Predictive Analytics and the Master of Subsea Engineering courses.

A winner of many international awards including the 2013 SPE: International Faculty Pipeline Award and 2014 Subsea Energy Australia: Business Special Recognition Award, he holds five industrial patents, published over 250 journal papers, graduated 21 PhD students in geophysics/petroleum engineering and retired in 2019 after receiving the lifetime award of JCD Emeritus Professor from Curtin. He wrote the recently published book “A Simple Guide to Technology and Analytics”.

About the Event

Price:               Early Bird SPE Member         $40 <Until the 21st of Jan 2022>
Ticket Price:  Early Bird Non-Member        $60 <Until the 21st of Jan 2022>
Ticket Price:  SPE Member                            $50
Ticket Price:  Non-Member                           $70

Date:                Tuesday, 25th of Jan 2022

Location:        Parmelia Hilton Hotel
Location:        14 Mill Street, Perth WA 6000

Time:                4.45 pm – 5.00 pm Registration & Networking
Time:                5.00 pm – 5.10 pm SPE WA Opening Marks
Time:                5.10 pm – 5.45 pm Presentation
Time:                5.45 pm – 6.00 pm Q&A Session
Time:                6.00 pm – 7.30 pm Networking Drinks & Nibbles

Please, notice the tickets sale closes on the 24th of January at midday.


January 25, 2022
4:45 pm - 7:30 pm
$40.00 – $70.00
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Parmelia Hilton
14 Mill St, Perth
Perth, WA 6000 Australia
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