The event was “by invitation only” and focused on some of the most current global technology trends in leading industries, such as oil and gas, healthcare and aerospace. Topics of this year’s conference included Digital Deluge, Big Data, Blockchain and Robotics. The audience was represented by the leading experts and senior leaders in aerospace, heads of technology departments of some of the major oil and gas operators and service companies, real estate developers, heads of technology and engineering programs from various universities, representatives of venture capital firms and startup companies, and other business executives who were eager to learn more about the emerging and breakthrough technological innovations.
Welcome remarks were followed by the keynote presentation made by Tom Moroney, Former Vice President, Deepwater and Wells Technology, Shell Innovation, Research & Development, addressing innovation in Gulf of Mexico exploration and production.
Another USRCC Technology and Innovation Committee Member, David Gadzhimirzaev, Senior Digital Solutions Leader, Baker Hughes, a GE Company moderated the “Big Data” session, which covered topics from digital transformation to machine learning. Speakers included Hassane Elias Kassouf, Global Technical Business Director, Paradigm, Exploration and Production Software, Emerson Automation Solutions, Dr. Mario Ruscev, Director, Expro, Former Chief Technology Officer, Baker Hughes, a GE Company, Justin Conroy, Program Manager, Radix Engineering and Software, Dr. Ashwani Dev, Digital and Data Science Officer, Landmark Software & Services, Halliburton.
“I had the privilege of moderating a panel on Robotics at the 2018 USRCC. The quality of the speakers was on par with a conference 20X the size. NASA, NOV, and TMK IPSCO covered immense ground from advances in robotics to change management associated with the threat to jobs many robots pose. Always a good outcome when you leave better informed”.
John W. Gibson, Jr., Chairman, Energy Technology, Tudor, Pickering & Holt, Former President, Halliburton.