Speaker Interviews

2018 Speaker interviews

Bhawana Suphavilai, Director and President, PTTES, Thailand
Most of the CEO fully aware to retain their competitiveness by application of digital technology to advance their cost reduction, higher efficiency and connect to the higher value market tier. Download the interview to read more.
Arun Kumar, General Manager (Maintenance & Reliability), HPCL-Mittal Energy Ltd
Transformation is part of industrial internet of things where objective is integration of all the available data , processes, apply big data analytics and AI to the integrated data to drive big benefits in terms of reliability, availability and productivity. Download the interview to read more.
Mohd Yusri Bin Mohamed Yusof, Vice President, Refining and Trading, PETRONAS Malaysia
The power of technology is multiplying and costs are plummeting at an exponential rate - making possible, what was impossible only yesterday. Download the interview to read more.
Arvind Subramanian, Vice President Human Resources, Reliance Industries Ltd
Working in teams will be an imperative, and therefore the challenge will be to create structures, processes and mechanisms that encourage team work, through rewards and career paths. Working in teams requires colleagues to be more empathic, more collaborative and more inclusive. Download the interview to read more.
Csaba Fehér, Head of Maintenance and Technology – Downstream, MOL
The main benefit is that these sensors with the focus will be able to add more benefits to the predictive maintenance and maximize the operational/mechanical availability through higher asset reliability. Download the interview to read more.

Dr Marcio Wagner da Silva, Process Engineer and Project Manager, Petrobras, Brazil
Big Data creates an amazing opportunity to improve operational efficiency in the sense that it allows a great content of information with quality, accuracy and velocity. It ensures a more efficient and reliable processes. Download the interview to read more.
Dr Khairil Azwan bin Khabri, Manager (Reliability Management), Maintenance Excellence, PETRONAS Upstream
Artificial Intelligence might help in terms of giving the right information especially in predicting the future but human intervention is still needed at the final stage when it comes to concluding the decision. Downlaod the interview to read more.
Chawarin Poyomrut, Lead Process Safety Engineer, SCG Chemicals, Thailand
The positive impacts that Big Data have on operational efficiency are cost reductions, time reductions, and new product developments and optimised offerings. Not only that, it allows the management to make better and smart decisions. Download the interview to read more.
Julia Harvie-Liddel, Global VP - Head of Resourcing, BP, United Kingdom
IoT, data analytics and AI have already begun to have an impact on the oil and gas industry, and these, as well as new technologies, will continue to do so in the future. After years of investment and hype around AI, there is a growing consensus that this technology is actually starting to deliver real value for early adaptors. Download the interview to read more.
Atik Suvittham, Lead Manufacturing Intelligence Engineer, Process Technology Center, SCG Chemicals Co, Thailand

In the digital age, future workers will change jobs more often.  Loyalty to company will be less.  To utilize the workforce, the organization shall have quick learning process and tools to minimize mis-operation. Download the interview to read more.

Fuad Al-Ansari, Vice President Information Technology (IT) Division, Takreer, UAE
The more reliant you are on the IT systems in your operations the more prone you are to be targeted with the cybersecurity threats. Download the interview to read more.
Robby Kambey, GM Asset Management, PT Kreasindo Resources, Indonesia
The greatest impact is some type of jobs maybe changed or eliminated and new jobs are also created. The operators should be ready to adapt changes on the way they are doing their job and learn a new way of monitoring asset performance. Download the interview to read more.
Rodrigo Becerra Mizuno, Corporate Director & CIO (Business and Digital Transformation), PEMEX, Mexico
One of the biggest concerns of operational workers regarding process automation and digital operations is that eventually humans will be displaced. Download the interview to read more
Shahrul Rashid, Principal Engineer - Instrument and Control, Petronas Penapisan Terengganu (PPTSB), Malaysia
With this paradigm shift, it is important for operators to learn and adapt to the new technology so that they can make improvements to their ways of working. Download the interview to read more
Yuan-Sheng Yu, Senior Analyst, Lux Research, Singapore
The next era of digital transformation will revolve around the analytics and capabilities of pulling actionable insights from the large datasets that already exist and the even larger datasets that are being collected at a rapid rate. Download the interview to read more.
Dr Pratap Nair, CEO & President, Ingenero
Big Data analysis using Machine learning algorithms in conjunction with fundamental knowledge models, will enable capture of insights not otherwise seen, early attention to anomalies and actions to be taken that may otherwise slip attention, improved efficiency and Reliability of operation. Download the interview to read more.
Partha Ray, CEO, dDriven Solutions
Operations Digitalization will play a massive role in the industry as it not only provides tactical insights into day to day operations, but strategic foresight that is economically contextualized. Download the interview to read more.
Michel Tol, VP Product Marketing, eVision Industry Software
IoT is an inherent part of moving forward. Companies are using more and more digital systems, but if the information captured in them is not shared between solutions, or not up-to-date, the entire concept of IoT falls apart. Download the interview to read more.
Edi Gittenberger, CEO, Rider International
The development of the IoT will highly support the standardization and optimization of all normal operations and work processes, making sure that the remaining workforce can focus on handling abnormal situations and not be distracted by normal operations. Download the interview to read more
Paul Steinitz, Director of Strategic Services, ARC Advisory Group

Downstream operators are using machine learning to mine historical data to correlate  causes of equipment failures, and they are using new real-time data to make real-time adjustments to reduce waste and increase output. Download the interview to read more.
Adrian Park, VP of Information Technology & Global Business Development, Hexagon PPM
As a software vendor, Hexagon PPM is undergoing their own digital transformation. For example, they have been using automated testing of our software for many years and now automating the build process system. It means that their software is more robust and better tested than ever before and that they can deliver more frequent releases and respond even faster to user requests. Their customers increasingly see us not as just a software vendor but as a trusted advisor and partner in the digital transformation journey that we are both undertaking together. Download their interview to read more.
Bryan Eunson, SVP Asset Integrity Solutions, WOOD
For most plants, historically there has only been limited importance placed on the accuracy and careful logging of integrity data. In many cases the data is in very poor condition, has not been well maintained, is not in an easily accessible electronic system, etc. Even on new plant, this is still seen on a regular basis. Download the interview to read more.
Philippe Audrain, Business Consultant Director Energy, Process & Utilities, Dassault Systemes
The paradigm to achieve transformation is to move from a vertical silo existing approach to a transversal lifecycle approach provided by digital continuity. This is relevant to downstream facing competitive environment and looking for CAPEX and OPEX optimization. Download to read more.
Tim Shire, New Solution Strategy and Launch, KBC (A Yokogawa Company)
Agility is the key attribute that these technologies can bring – being able to react to internal or external events in much closer to real time, or predict the events before they occur, enables agile operators to take advantages of short term opportunity, at the expense of their slow-footed competitors. Download the interview to read more.
Bob Gill, General Manager, ARC Advisory Group
AI can augment human abilities by providing high quality and timely information e.g. on impending asset failure but unlikely to result in wide scale replacement of people. Download the interview to read more.

2017 Speaker interviews

Zainal Amar Zainal Abidin, Senior Materials Engineer, Project Delivery & Technology (PD&T), Petroliam National Berhad (PETRONAS)
  More information will demand a more structured approach to everything from operations planning to alarm management to make sure the data enables optimized decision making instead of data paralysis. Download the interview to read more.
Woravuth Sivapetranart, Executive Vice President, Refinery and Petrochemical Operation, IRPC Public Company Limited
The greatest impact is the rapid enabling to Improve plant productivity and safety through better real time visibility automatic and performance management as application platform. Download the interview to read more.
Shahrul Rashid, Principal Engineer - Instrument and Control, Petronas Penapisan Terengganu (PPTSB)
With the global connectivity, Asia’s rate of digitalisation is equally at par with other continent. Download the interview to read more.
Arun Kumar, General Manager – Maintenance & Reliability, HPCL – Mittal Energy (HMEL)
The latest technologies for plant asset management being adoped that includes integration of all the monitoring tools to a common platform by digitalization. At HMEL, we have started the process and expects the same for production deployment by March’2018. Download the interview to read more.
Jefferi bin Kamarudin, Principal Engineer (Machinery Control), Instrument Section, Engineering Department, PETRONAS Penapisan Melaka Sdn Bhd
Petronas Penapisan Melaka has implemented various technologies such as robotics in plants inspections that can reduce inspection time and improve personnel safety. Download the interview to read more.
Dang Ngoc Dinh Diep, General Deputy Manager, R&D Division, Binh Son Refining & Petrochemical
What lies ahead is to get maximum benefit out of the internet where all the decision makers should be able to see the real time performance of the plants always at home, during travel and any time to get maximum value to the Refinery. Download the interview to read more.
Rinzan Akhirjulima, Specialist RTC-Downstream, PT Pertamina, Indonesia
Digitalisation is upcoming issue that most Asia’s downstream must adopt in order to accelerate process decision for operators and engineers, even business decision for top management to keep productivity profitable. Download the interview to read more.
Richard Mark Soley - Executive Director, Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
Pipeline and refinery surveillance through cameras and drones is a key opportunity. While it can reduce security risks, this is also an opportunity for attackers to penetrate monitoring systems unless strong cybersecurity measures are implemented. Download the interview to read more.
Paul Steinitz, Director of Strategic Services, ARC Advisory Group
The rate of digitalisation is due more to industry drivers than geography; for example, the oil & gas industry globally has been forced by the oil prices to find efficiencies. Download the interview to read more.
Dr. Steve Matza, Chief Scientist, ZymeFlow Decon Technology
Vapour-Phase Process is widely used globally and been accepted as the best practice for the fastest way to clean a unit in addition to greatly reducing effluent and manpower. Download the interview to read more.
Satyajit Dwivedi, Principal Industry Consultant, Global Process, Sensors and Smart Practice, APAC, SAS
Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Streaming Analytics are some of the key frameworks / technologies that we see being adopted by leaders. These are in the areas of profit maximization, enhancing equipment performance, integrating supply chain and making it more responsive and delivering new services to the customer. Download to read more.
Taco van der Maten, ASTM Vice Chairman and Malvern Panalytical
As globally many initiatives emerge using digitalization and energy operators get more distributed, it should be a big drive for the Asian Downstream Industries to adopt new services and business models. Download the interview to read more.
Guy Lewis, Vice President, Strategic Marketing & Planning, UOP Honeywell
The concept of using a cloud-based platform is quickly becoming the foundation for connected solutions and services that address these customer needs. Download the interview to read more.
Mohammed Loch, Director Industry Development, International Society of Automation (ISA)
Operators need to look for opportunities to use new digital technologies to improve their overall operational outlook. Download the interview to read more.
Bob Gill, General Manager, Southeast Asia, ARC Advisory Group
Critical capital equipment employed in the downstream industries, operators can see fast ROI from deploying much more effective and sophisticated plant asset management strategies. Download the interview to read more.
Partha Ray, CEO, dDriven Solutions Pte Ltd
The greatest impact of IoT, Analytics, Artificial intelligence and related technologies will be change of business processes, changes in the traditional organization structure and culture, required skill-sets, and best-practice benchmarks in every aspect of the business. Download the interview to read more.

2016 Speaker Interviews

 Yan Bastian Panggabean – Investment Planning Analyst of PT Pertamina, Indonesia
Data is very expensive and whoever have data can survive in energy business. Based on my experience, the challenges is a lot in change management. Download the interview to read more
Brett Schroeder – Managing Director of Asset Performance Networks, LLC    
Measurement is becoming more prevalent, and is playing a critical role in optimizing asset reliability and performance. Download the interview to read more 
Vishal Mehta– Head of Digital Strategy, Architecture and Technology, Reliance Industries Ltd
Asset reliability is central to the downstream business and there are a lot of platforms where companies are leveraging IoT and advanced analytics to run assets with greater predictability of reliability. Download the interview to read more 
Senthil Ramani – Managing Director, Digital Business Lead and Director, IOT Center of Excellence - Resource Industries, Accenture Consulting
To win in the coming years, operators will need to consider new approaches to customers, business models, innovation, operations and the workforce. Download the interview to read more
Charles Nie – E-business and Supply Chain Optimization Manager, Covestro
Certainly asset utilization on a global scale is the key fundamentals to strive for improvement on production efficiency. Download the interview to read more
Dr. Ulku Oktem, President and CEO, Near-Miss Management, USA
Most downstream operators are looking into different ways to utilize process data to improve their productivity and efficiency.  However, to be successful in data based process management, teams must select the right tools. Download the interview to read more
Steve Sullivan – VP Oil & Gas of Aconex
The benefits that are available will not be delivered unless the industry fully embraces the change in collaborating adopting new business processes. Download the interview to read more
Erik Walenza-Slabe, CEO, IoT ONE    
Oil and gas companies currently utilize little of the data they produce. The vast majority is pooled in weakly structured data lakes where it is effectively meaningless. Download the interview to read more 
Felicia Tristanto, Asset Performance Management Solution Consultant, Meridium
What has changed in the digital age is ‘big data’ where analysis paralysis is becoming a common theme – reliability engineers are spending most of their time to understand data and are left with no time to do something about the analysis. Download the interview to read more 
Rob Howard, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Business Consulting & Sales Operations, AspenTech
Technology should be seen as a competitive differentiator, not simply a cost of business. Advances in such areas as process optimisation software help refineries increase profitability and strengthen competitiveness. Download the interview to read more