SAE Media Group presented their 5th annual conference on

Oil and Gas Communications

Understanding the importance of satcomm and telecommunication channels

21st and 22nd March 2012

Energy exploration is moving into new and isolated regions and the technical workforce, both on and off site, face many new challenges. In order to reduce risk, improve productivity & efficiency, reduce costs and safety threats in such demanding working environments, a robust and reliable communications solution is needed.

The need for oil and gas companies to ensure reliable connectivity to all major human and operational assets is crucial.

Often far removed from infrastructure and security, the Oil and Gas industry works in some of the harshest environments on earth.

Our forthcoming Oil & Gas Communications conference will address the requirements, challenges and emerging communication solutions companies are deploying to mitigate risk and ensure success.




The deployment of robust communication architectures are vital in the management and optimization of critical assets, and reducing vulnerability across the entire value chain.

"I gained a great deal of information...time well spent" Deputy Infrastructure Operations Manager, Tullow Oil, 2011

  • Gain essential insight into operator needs within the market
  • Learn about the regulatory risks, social responsibility and environmental compliance for the industry
  • Improve your understanding and reduce operational costs with use of the effective networks and techonolgies
  • Develop project excellence by utilising a variety of communications in challenging environments
  • Hear about the latest communications driving the industry


  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Network Manager
  • Head of Communications
  • Head of Information Systems
  • Systems Manager
  • IT Manager
  • IT Infrastructure Manager
  •  Vertically integrated NOCs
  •  Oil majors 
  • Independents
  • Refineries
  • Power generation and  transmission companies 
  • Utility companies 
  • Ship-owners and Shipbrokers 
  • Gas and LNG producers 
  • Pipeline Companies 
  • Petroleum Retail companies 
  • Oil Traders 
  • Petrochemical and Feedstock companies 
  • Port Authorities involved in Emergency Response Management


Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Bill Green

Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

9:10 Regulatory risk in nascent markets: new oil, improved regulators

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson, Technical Development, Access Partnership

• After the Arab Spring:  regulatory changes in key MENA markets
• New oilfields, new countries, and emergent regulatory practices
• Most challenging markets:  change on the horizon?

9:50 Oil and Gas Sector against Regulation

Kassim  AL-Hassani

Kassim AL-Hassani, Director General of Iraqi Telecommunications and Post Company, CMC

• OIL & GAS wireless communications requirements
• OIL & GAS facilitating requirements
• Systemic licensing challenges

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Onshore Field Communications

Dennis Vause

Dennis Vause, Infrastructure Operations Manager, Tullow Oil

• The cost of unreliable communications during drilling / exploration operations.
• Mobile communications packages that work anywhere on earth.
• Unmanned remote support model
• Wimax, 3G and GSM reliable cost effective alternatives?

11:40 Bandwidth Efficiency: Maximising your return on spectrum investment

Ifiok  Otung

Ifiok Otung, Professor of Satellite Communications, University Of Glamorgan

• Everyone is talking about it, but what really is bandwidth and what are its constraints on telecommunications?
• Radio spectrum allocation for satellite communications and evolutionary pressures
• The rise and fall of frequency modulation (FM) in satellite communications
• Techniques for increasing available bandwidth in today's satellite communication systems
• Making better use of available bandwidth in future systems: The techniques, challenges and market benefits

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:50 VSAT-based Threat vectors for Oil & Gas

Hassan  Karim

Hassan Karim, Communications Security Engineer, Saudi Aramco

• Analyzing the VSAT Attack Surface
• Countering the threats at the data level
• Addressing the VSAT Signal threats
• Communication Quality vs Security Trade-offs

14:30 Afternoon Tea

15:00 Bandwidth Growth in the Oil Patch: Pipelines to Deepwater Platforms

Christopher Baugh

Christopher Baugh, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Sky Research

• Assessment of oil patch demands over next ten years for safety, environmental concerns, remote control and diagnostics, and crew welfare
• Bandwidth trends related to traditional narrowband SCADA midstream pipeline distribution markets
• Offshore platform and tanker demand for broadband capacity
• The effects of MSS global satellite capacity and renewed constellations
• High Throughput Satellites (HTS) as a game changer in the oil and gas market

15:40 Panel Discussion - Managing multiple service providers on a global network

Bill Green

Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

David  Flemming

David Flemming, Regional Director, Hermes Datacomms

16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Bill Green

Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Bill Green

Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

9:10 Emergence of Ka-band satellites and implications for oil & gas satellite communications

Jan Hetland

Jan Hetland, Director, Datacomms Systems, Telenor Satelitte Broadcasting

• Ka-band signal propagation
• How does Ka-band satellites differ from Ku-band satellites
• Fade mitigation measures
• Implications for equipment and services

9:50 SCADA Optimized VSAT - Oil & Gas Communications

Alex  Adam

Alex Adam, Sale Director, Europe, iDirect Europe

• An overview of smart meter networking and emerging requirements for AMI backhaul communications
• An overview of VSAT capabilities, and how it can help utilities with  smart metering
• An overview how VSAT can help enable and optimize offshore oil & gas production via real-time sensor management, and work collaboration via voice, video  and data exchange.

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 KA-SAT for increased capacity, accessibility and new opportunities

Stefano Zara

Stefano Zara, Tooway Regional Sales Manager, Europe Emerging Countries and Balkans, Skylogic Italia

11:40 Mobile communications in a natural gas transmission company

Petros  Theodorakis

Petros Theodorakis, ICT Director , Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA) S.A.

•   Communications landscape
•   Requirements for mobile communications
•   Prerequisites for using commercial mobile telephony
•   Other options (i.e. satellite telephony, TETRA, privately-owned land mobile network)
•   Analysis and conclusion

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:50 Process monitoring, control and safety with wireless instrumentation

Stig Petersen

Stig Petersen, Research Scientist, Communication Systems, Sintef Ict

• Motivation and benefits
• Technology and standards
• Case studies from monitoring, control and safety applications

14:30 Afternoon Tea

14:50 From Tsunami to Oil Field – Pioneering Communications in Oil & Gas

Bill Green

Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

• Introduction – The 2004 Tsunami
• The Tsunami Operation
• Lessons learnt
• Applying these lessons to Oil & Gas Communications

15:30 Managing relationships in Oil & Gas Communications

Hugh McIntyre

Hugh McIntyre, Service Delivery Manager, Wood Group Offshore Limited

  • Continued competitive markets
  • Expansion into emerging and new markets
  • Clients desire global consitency of service
  • How can we deliver against those requirements
  • 16:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Bill Green

    Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms


    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@saemediagroup.com

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