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SAE Media Group’s Oil & Gas Telecommunications conference will tackle the challenges the oil and gas sector faces in some of the most dangerous, harsh, and remote environments on earth requiring a range of means to communicate with and draw information from platforms and land-based sites of all kinds from across the world. 

Far removed from infrastructure, support teams and in extreme temperatures and unpredictable weather conditions, secure, scalable and, most importantly, reliable communications, are vital for the success of all involved.

Robust communication requires personnel to be in touch with senior and expert decision makers at another (central) location to carry out instructions given to them based on data supplied to decision makers from a variety of sources including equipment, seiSAE Media Groupc data, telemetry information, and security applications.

SAE Media Group's seventh annual conference focuses on all aspects of your telecommunication needs, from initial exploration through to extraction, transport and processes covering the following topics:

• How is the industry managing the increasing complexity and volume of data being tranSAE Media Grouptted across the organisation?
Big Data - Enabling real-time production decision making with super-fast connectivity
• Project managing the telecoms requirements for frontier exploration and production sites
• Deploying telecommunications during the construction phase of a new production site or platform
• Securing and getting data from A to B across your organisation - Optimising the network and access control
Real-time machine condition monitoring for oil and gas production sites
• Determining the best use for KA band – Is it destined to be restricted to primary communication in Europe?
03B update – Examining the benefits of low orbit satellite for oil and gas industry communications
High throughput VSAT – Exploring the benefits of improved bandwidth and dealing with its deployment
• Where does satellite fit in an overall oil and gas exploration and production telecoms strategy?
• What part will microwave technology play in accelerating the realisation of remotely operated offshore platforms?
• Implementing a cybersecurity strategy that benefits the delivery of exploration and production operations and business requirements
• Security and on-site communications - deploying cctv security systems and physical access control systems


Based on extensive discussion with industry experts this year’s conference will bring practical case study insight on the following:

• Improving service quality and meeting evolving on-site needs
• Integrating fibre optic, line-of-sight, and satellite systems
• Remote pipeline monitoring and control
• Crisis management, emergency evacuation and disaster recovery
• Tracking of people, vessels and assets
• Overcoming vulnerabilities in telecommunications infrastructure
• Implementing vertical communication systems
• Integrating broadband and remote sensing into digital oil and gas fields


Chiefs, Managing Directors, Vice Presidents, Directors, Heads, Managers, and Team Leaders in:

• Telecommunications and Telecoms Engineering
• Satellite Communications
• Network Infrastructure
• Information Technology
• Information Systems Security
• Communications and Instrumentation
• Production and Exploration Operations
• Data Management
• Integrated Operations
• Emergency Response and Disaster Management
• Cybersecurity

Past attendees include:

ABB Limited; ABB Offshore Wind Connection; Access Partnership; African Petroleum Corporations; Anritsu Ltd; Arqiva; Astrium Services; Avanti Communications Group ; Bechtel Ltd; Bord Gais Eireann; BP; Cairn Energy PLC; Cambium Networks Limited; Cambridge Consultants Ltd; Centrica Energy; Comtech Systems Inc; De Montfort University; DESFA; Enquest; Eutelsat; Hermes Datacomms; Inmarsat; Iskratel; ISN Solutions Ltd; Ixia Technologies; Marathon Oil Company; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; mobil filling station ; Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute; Oxford e-Research Centre; Premier Oil; Radwin; Royal Norwegian Air Force; Salym Petroleum Development ; SATIS-TL-94; SES ; Shell U.K Ltd; Siemens; SK Group; SkyVision Ltd; Statoil; Symantec UK; Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications; Tullow Oil; University Of Glamorgan; University of Oxford; University of Strathclyde; Waterfall Security Solutions; Woodgroup PSN; World Fuel Services Inc;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Bill Green

Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

9:10 The power of cyber resilience – managing risk and recovering from breaches

Alan Calder

Alan Calder, CEO, IT Governance Ltd


• There have been several attacks targeted at oil and gas firms in the last two years
• Good risk-mitigation strategies can reduce cyber risk, but they cannot eliminate cyber attacks
• Oil and gas companies need to assume a breach will happen and prepare accordingly
• An organisation’s ability to respond to and recover from security breaches – its cyber-resilience – is fundamental to its risk management strategy
• Information security standards are an important element in building a strong, resilient information and communication infrastructure
• This session will examine cyber risk in the oil and gas sector, the pervasiveness of cyber-incidents and the key steps in building a cyber-resilience strategy



9:50 Lubricating the moving parts - Defining tomorrow’s (oil)fieldcloud

Matthew  Smith

Matthew Smith, Founder & Principal Consultant, Fieldcloud


•From sensor to engineer desktop (and back again)
•Current situation - a veritable cast of thousands, will your automation system and support organization scale to fit the oncoming data deluge?
•Information security, rights management, traceability and business relationships
•The promise of efficient production and reservoir optimisation workflows

10:30 Morning Coffee

10:50 High-speed, fibre-optic submarine communications systems; critical infrastructure to facilitate the digital oil fields of the future

Mike Constable

Mike Constable, Corporate Development Director, Global Marine Cable Systems Pte Ltd

·         How does this state-of-the-art-technology benefit the oil and gas community?
·         Challenges, risks, and rewards
·         An overview of system design and implementation  

11:30 Management and technology in cyber security - Delivering results more cost effectively in combination with people management

Petros  Theodorakis

Petros Theodorakis, ICT Director , DESFA


  • Developing a security culture with the right processes in support of the latest technology
  • How a private fibre optic based corporate network afforded greater flexibility and control for cyber security
  • Authentication, logging, and security policies for multiple services – when does managing cyber security become too complex for it to be effective?
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Frontier communication challenges

    Berry Mulder

    Berry Mulder, Global Program Leader Wireless Technology for Process Facilities, Shell

    ·         Robotics: driving, flying, swimming, climbing. Where are they and how do we control them?
    ·         Arctic & remote: how to create long-distance high-bandwidth communication to extreme locations
    ·         Collaboration & commercialisation: when to go from spot-solutions to generic services 
    ·         Sensor networks: a hundred sensors is OK, a thousand is a challenge, how about communicating with a million?

    14:10 Panel discussion: The role of telecommunications in delivering the digital oil/gas field

    ·         What are the major obstacles to implementing the digital oil/gas field?
    ·         How is the industry managing the increasing complexity and volume of data being transmitted across organisations?
    ·         Global MPLS or internet network?
    Berry Mulder

    Berry Mulder, Global Program Leader Wireless Technology for Process Facilities, Shell

    Bill Green

    Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

    Nick Courtney-Jones

    Nick Courtney-Jones, Telecommunications Specialist, Tullow Oil

    14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Deploying telecommunications in Libya for onshore drilling

    Richard  Brown

    Richard Brown, Managing Director, Straxia


    ·         Challenges of implementing IT in the field and an in-country data centre
    ·         Implementing a decision-making process for technology specifications
    ·         Coordinating the requirements of contractors and the client

    15:50 Keeping the users your focus - Optimising your network strategy

    Bill Green

    Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms


    ·         How to face inwards to users, rather than outwards to vendors
    ·         Delivering cost efficient communications across a diverse global WAN
    ·         Managing the Users rather than the Service Providers

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    Bill Green

    Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

    16:35 Drinks Reception hosted by Global Marine Systems

    18:00 Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Bill Green

    Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

    9:10 Cybersecurity - back to basics

    Martin Smith

    Martin Smith, Chairman, The Security Company (International) Limited



    ·         Current myths and legends surrounding cybercrime
    ·         Trust versus online security – know the difference
    ·         Maintaining our privacy online
    ·         Phishing, Pharming and email scams
    ·         The dangers from social engineering

    9:50 New advances in wireless real-time sensing and control for high-density networks

    Tim Ensor

    Tim Ensor, Business Development Manager, Wireless Division , Cambridge Consultants Ltd


    ·         What are the technical challenges of using wireless technologies to manage a high-density of terminals with real-time control requirements?
    ·         How the latest telecoms approaches from LTE and WiMAX are being applied for localised sensing and control for industrial applications.

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Enabling integrated operation in deep water exploration and production

    Eirik  Nesse

    Eirik Nesse, Vice President, Global Oil & Gas Competence Centre, Ceragon

    ·         Reliable high-capacity, low-latency communication to offshore vessels and rigs
    ·         Integrated voice, video, and data network for operations and crew welfare
    ·         Cost effective with no recurring cost
    ·         ATEX certified solutions for safe operation in classified areas

    11:30 Defining the important questions about Ka-band

    Simon Bull

    Simon Bull, Senior Consultant, Comsys


    ·         What is the best frequency band for my satellite link?
    ·         Determining the best use for Ka-band
    ·         Is Ka-band destined to be restricted to Europe for primary communication?
    ·         Technology and specification update for Ka-band communications technology
    ·         Just how big a problem is rain fade? Could the frequency support telecoms needs in extreme weather environments?
    ·         What are the advantages of Ka-band in the digital oilfield?

    12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Satellite technology update: High-throughput satellite – Exploring the benefits of improved bandwidth and dealing with its deployment

    Paul Febvre

    Paul Febvre, Chief Technology Officer, Satellite Applications Catapult


    ·         Does higher throughput necessarily mean higher performance?
    ·         How will end users need to upgrade other legacy equipment to take full advantage?
    ·         Developing a pooled-bandwidth model for satellite - the benefits of having satellite on demand rather than specific site links

    14:10 Creating a community of users with M2M communications in oil and gas

    Paul Green

    Paul Green, CTO, Arkessa Limited

    ·         Data can be gathered from 1000s of points
    ·         Needs to be used by 100's of people with completely different requirements
    ·         How can we enable a community of users to interact in meaningful ways
    ·         These maybe different organisations with diverse business drivers

    14:50 Telecommunication Licensing & Regulation in the Oil & Gas Space

    Brendan O'Mahony

    Brendan O'Mahony, Director, Market Access and Licensing, Access Partnership


    ·         What are the key developments in satellite communication regulation?
    ·         What are the key licensing issues and how does it impact on your operations?
    ·         How are regulators interacting with industry for new service offerings?
    ·         How to manage the regulatory environment

    15:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    Bill Green

    Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms

    15:35 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Close of Conference



    Fundamentals of Satellite Communications Technology

    Fundamentals of Satellite Communications Technology

    Marriott Regents Park
    18th March 2014
    London, United Kingdom

    Managed Network Services - Delivering Value on the Global WAN

    Managed Network Services - Delivering Value on the Global WAN

    Marriott Regents Park
    21st March 2014
    London, United Kingdom

    Marriott Regents Park

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    Marriott Regents Park

    This 4 star north London hotel in zone 2 is the perfect destination for the astute business traveler as well as the leisure guest that knows how convenient north London hotels are, as a base from which to explore the city .Bond Street is just 3 stops from Swiss Cottage underground station on the Jubilee Line, so you can be shopping, exploring the sights and taking in one of London’s world-renowned West End shows in less than 15 minutes when you stay at this hotel near central London. At the same time, the hive of activity that is Camden Town, the chic shops, cafes and restaurants of Primrose Hill and ZSL’s London Zoo in Regents Park are all just a short walk from this hotel in north London.



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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.

    CPD Certificates

    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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