All eyes are on the future at this year’s Offshore Europe

Pipelines into sunset - top things to see at Offshore Europe 2015 - 306x172John Wishart, Group Energy Director, outlines his “must-sees” at Offshore Europe this year.

“Inspiring the next generation”, this year’s theme at Offshore Europe, highlights a priority that is shared by all industry stakeholders. As part of that, there is a need to understand what the industry’s future looks like and build a talent pipeline to support it. Our Global Insights programme brings together research and expert opinion on this and some of the other significant issues facing the energy industry now and in the future. 

The “digital oil field” brings an increased need for strong capabilities in mathematics, statistics and data alongside the traditional science and engineering skill sets. This is centre stage at this year’s Offshore Europe, with two technical sessions dedicated to talent development. Lloyd’s Register Energy’s Vivien Broughton will be chairing the second of these, ‘Technical Session 09: Developing Talent to Meet Demand II’ on Thursday 10 September. Click here to read her expert view on how employee engagement can support this.

Whilst the need for technological innovation is beyond question, the majority of energy companies prefer to wait for new technology to be comprehensively proven before committing to it (as revealed by our recent Technology Radar research). ‘Technical Session 07: Subsea Processing and Operations’ and ‘Technical Session 06: Maximising Recovery: From Basin to Pore Scale’ both highlight the benefits of early adoption, both for organisations and the industry as a whole. 

Finally, I am pleased to see the important topic of broader industrial collaboration getting the exposure it deserves, such as Technical Session 04: Smarter and More Efficient Field Development. This session considers what learnings we can take from military project management and management of cost escalation in other industrial sectors.

Alongside presenting at some of the technical sessions, our experts will also be presenting on 9 September in Room Two at the AECC. You can find full details of the presentation programme and which experts will be on our stand (2C100) at our Offshore Europe page here. 

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