Speaker Interviews

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 

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