2018 Conference Agenda at a Glance

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Conference Day One: May 31 2018


Join us in the exhibition hall and start the event with a bang! We will be serving a hot breakfast buffet for all delegates. This is your chance to break the ice with your fellow attendees and enjoy a great breakfast and networking.

Start your day right and join us from 7am!
9:10 - Welcome to the event

Pathfinder LLC Chairman: Steve Cabano President Pathfinder LLC

9:15 - HEADLINE: Outlook for the US & Global Downstream Industry
  • Session overview to come…

IHS Markit David Witte SVP & Division (Co-) Head, Energy & Chemicals IHS Markit

9:45 - HEADLINE: Digital Transformation in the Industrial World
  • Digital transformation is emerging as a driver of sweeping change in the world around us. Connectivity has shown the potential to empower millions of people, while providing businesses with unparalleled opportunities for value creation and capture. While digitalization could be a source of positive change, there are many challenges that need to be overcome to realize its full potential for both business and society. Digital Transformation influencer William Ruh will discuss the digital transformation journey currently under way and will show how it can lead to significant increases in productivity and performance in the oil & gas industry.

GE William Ruh Chief Digital Officer GE

10:15 Morning Coffee Break
Innovation & Development Theatre (Exhibition Hall):
10:20 Bentley Systems
  • Details coming soon.

Bentley Systems Bentley Systems

10:40 Draeger
  • Details coming soon.

Draeger Kendall Burgess Rental & Sales SpecialistDraeger

10:55 - Reimagining Field Operations with Mobility
  • Introducing one of Hexagon PPM's newest technologies, the Catavolt mobile app platform.
  • Transform construction, production, operations, and maintenance processes by providing your mobile workforce access to all the data they need, in one app.
  • Increase the value and accuracy of your engineering data by securely extending access to operators and technicians in the field.

Hexagon PPM Patrick Harrigan Director of Business Development Hexagon PPM

Workshop & Live Demo slots available - please contact Andrew York at andrew@petchem-update.com to enquire
11:10 - Chairman’s Track Introduction

Pathfinder LLC Chairman: Steve Cabano President Pathfinder LLC

11:10 - Chairman’s Track Introduction
  • Chairman TBC Zachry Group
11:10 - Chairman’s Track Introduction
  • Chairman opportunity available
11:10 - Chairman’s Track Introduction
  • Chairman opportunity available
11:10 - Chairman’s Track Introduction

NAPTA Eric Newby Executive Director NAPTA

11:15 - KEYNOTE: Building our future - How do we do it different this time?
  • Leveraging global execution
  • Leveraging technology and data
  • Leveraging our workforce

Albemarle Corporation Keith AckleyVice President & General Manager, Energy and Chemicals - Houston & Major ProjectsJacobs Engineering

11:15 - KEYNOTE: Tailored execution strategies for small-/midsize projects
  • One size doesn’t fit all, the advantage of tailored strategies
  • Best practices applied (AWP, ECI)
  • Brownfield vs greenfield
  • The advantage of self-performed EPC

woodThomas Grell President, Downstream and Chemicals, Asset Solutions Wood

11:15 - KEYNOTE: Digital Knowledge Systems for Operators: Bridging the Gap Between Training and Operations
  • Digital knowledge systems transforming the way people access critical information
  • Training, work instructions and performance support delivered to the point of need
  • Reducing the effort to keep this critical information evergreen

Innovatia Blair Morgan President Procedure Accelerator Innovatia

11:15 - KEYNOTE: TBC
11:15 - KEYNOTE: DuPont Workforce Engagement
  • Session details to be confirmed...

DuPont Speaker to be confirmed DuPont

11:40 - KEYNOTE: Spotlight: Dow’s $6 Billion Gulf Coast Expansion
  • Motivations behind Dow’s $6 billion investment in the Gulf Coast
  • Project focus: Freeport Projects - Lessons learned
  • Milestones & successes eliciting on-time completion
  • Looking forward: What is next?

Dow Chemical Ron Huijsmans U.S. Gulf Coast Program Director Dow Chemical

Dow Chemical Scot Scherwitz Program Director Dow Chemical

Dow Chemical William Newton Commissioning & Startup Leader Dow Chemical

11:40 - KEYNOTE PANEL: Achieving Cost-Effective Small-Medium Sized Project Execution Success
  • Best practices for reducing costly overruns and scope change in execution phase
  • Obtain and retain the best contractor fit for your small-midsized projects
  • Enhancing productivity in engineering, and construction to get more bang for your buck
  • Tailored procurement strategies for tightening project budgets

Hargrove Engineers & Constructors Moderator: Ralph A. Hargrove President & CEO Hargrove Engineers + Constructors

Invista Charles (Butch) Verret Project Engineering Manager INVISTA, Orange Tx.

Audubon Engineering Solutions Rick Beaubien Director of Project Development Audubon Engineering

Arkema Matt Taylor Director, Project Engineering and Construction Arkema

Huntsman Randolf Perez Manager of Capital Projects Huntsman

11:40 - KEYNOTE: Initiating and Maintaining Cultural & Behavioral Change
  • Starting a reliability cultural transformation
  • Key elements for success
  • Sustaining the gains
  • Recognizing when to revitalize efforts

Dow Chris Leonard Continuous Improvement Project Director Dow

11:40 - KEYNOTE PANEL: The power of your past
  • Hear how to better learn from your mistakes and take advantage of the successes and failures of your previous STOs with successful event critique.
  • Refine your schedules and look for lessons learned across your entire company portfolio of sites.

Project Assurance Moderator: Bobby Singh President Project Assurance

LyondellBassell Joe Jackson Process Quality Assurance Lyondellbasell

Westlake Chemical Lawrence Crow Turnaround Manager Westlake Chemical

11.40 - KEYNOTE: Systems Approach to Workforce Development
  • Increase the QUANTITY of workforce potentials in the pipeline
  • Increase the QUALITY of workforce potentials in the pipeline
  • Create SYNERGY within the workforce pipeline system

BASF NA Glenn Johnson Workforce Development Leader BASF NA

12:05 - KEYNOTE: Transformative Change: A Necessity for Current and Future Success
  • Transformational change for major projects through technology, innovation, efficiency, and collaboration
  • Current state of our industry and why change is necessary
  • Views on the global energy outlook and evolution of the industry over the coming decades

ExxonMobil Decie Autin Vice President Project Management ExxonMobil Development Company

12:05 - PANEL: Increasing engagement at all workforce levels
  • While overarching KPIs and targets can motivate at the senior level what are the best ways to drive engagement at the mechanical level?
  • What is the best way to create and implement personalized KPIs and performance metrics?
  • How do you reward robust performance and correct failings?

Occidental Oil & Gas Craig Cotter Maintenance and Reliability Leader Occidental Oil & Gas

Celanese Frank Tanner Maintenance Section Leader Celanese

Day & Zimmermann Bill Wasilewski President, Process & Industrial Day & Zimmermann

BASF Chad Bates Operations & Maintenance Gatekeeper BASF

12:05 - KEYNOTE The impact of Mega Projects and site expansion on organizational leadership and culture
  • Session details to be confirmed...

Sasol Brett Richard HR & Organizational Effectiveness Sasol

12:30 - Lunch Break (Exhibition Hall & VIP Lunch Zone)
1:15 - Derive the Full Value of Your Plant-Based Project Portfolio

Companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year on small, plant-based projects, but attain much less value than promised from these investments. The industry focuses improvement efforts on optimizing management practices for individual projects, while ignoring the questions of whether projects are properly prioritized and if they deliver all promised business objectives. In this interactive workshop, attendees will answer questions about their own approach to the project portfolio, with AP-Networks providing insight on best practices related to:

  • Project Prioritization
  • Portfolio Management
  • Project Implementation Practices
  • Portfolio-Level KPIs and Analytics


AP-Networks Joel Godfrey Practice Area Leader, Value and Competitiveness Assessment of Plant-Based Projects (VCAP) AP-Networks

1:15 - Workshop topic to be confirmed
  • Details coming soon.

Bentley Systems Speaker to be confirmed Bentley Systems

Innovation & Development Theatre (Exhibition Hall):
1:30 - Boss
  • Project Cost Savings comparing 60'80'&100' high mast stadium light towers against 25' commercial light towers for larger long term construction and turnaround industrial projects.
  • The ability of massive amounts of light to be projected over longer distances to allow for illuminating specific task light areas.
  • High Light levels on overall projects improves workers safety and productivity.

BOSS Todd Chambers Product Certification Director BOSS

1:50 - Plangrid
  • Details coming soon.

Plangrid Speaker TBC Plangrid

Workshop & Live Demo slots available - please contact Andrew York at andrew@petchem-update.com to enquire
2:15 - Executive Productivity Spotlight Panel
  • Executive leaders discuss game-changing strategies to dramatically improve major project schedule and execution productivity
  • Hear best practices for tackling poor construction labor productivity head on
  • Explore best practices for capital efficiency enhancement
  • Tangible solutions & proven tactics to enhancing productivity on major projects

Dassault Systèmes Thomas Grand VP of Energy, Process, and Utilities Dassault Systèmes

LyondellBasell Walter Pinto Sr. Director, Global Projects, Engineering, Reliability, Maintenance & Turnarounds LyondellBasell

Freeport LNG Taylor Auburg Vice President, Projects Freeport LNG

KBR Michael Day Vice President, Construction KBR

2:15 - One Size Fits All (Or Not): Effectively Scaling Down for Small-Medium Sized Projects
  • Fit- for-purpose approaches for small and medium-sized capital projects. Where to start and who to pull in
  • How the mega-project model is being scaled down and adapted, to successfully guide smaller project planning and execution
  • Learn the opportunities and limitations around scaling down existing processes
  • Next steps and lessons learned: how has this worked so far?

wood Moderator: Vikas Moharir Senior Vice President Business Development, Downstream & Chemicals Service Line, Asset Solutions Americas Wood

ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Brad Young Discipline Technical Lead - Execution Planning & Scheduling ExxonMobil Research & Engineering

Andeavor Justin Shapiro FHR Sr. Project Engineer Andeavor

2:15 - Output vs Reliability - Planning and scheduling of routine maintenance
  • With increasingly squeezed budgets and stretched teams the need to balance long-term reliability and short-term cost/time savings has never been more vital.
  • Learn how to effectively classify and rank maintenance goals and short term/long term objectives
  • Discover how to and demonstrate the long-term ROI on increased early spending

Eastman Chemical David Reed Director of Plant Maintenance Eastman Chemical

Olin Corporation Randy Pound Global Manufacturing Director - Maintenance & Reliability Olin Corporation

Suncor Energy Sri Mattu Engineering Project Manager Suncor Energy

Prima Strategic Group Inc. Mohan Sharma CEO Prima Strategic Group Inc.

BASF Chad Bates Operations & Maintenance Gatekeeper BASF

2:15 - Increasingly Complex - Fail to prepare, prepare to fail
  • With the trend for integrating capital project work into Turnarounds set to continue, what are the key elements to successful project outcomes.
  • Hear key stakeholders discussing the fundamental requirements for successful integration

Fluor Moderator: Bob Frawley Director of Gulf Coast Operations Fluor

BP Kevin Strader Turnaround & Reliability Engineer BP

Addivant Chris Vaughn Plant Manager Addivant

LyondellBasell Jeff Brock Global Manager - Performance Improvement LyondellBasell

2:15 - Simtronics/Systran Session
  • Session details to be confirmed...

Simtronics Simtronics

Systran Systran

2:55 - Improving Productivity on Major Projects with Advanced Work Packaging
  • Owner implementation, involvement and encouragement for kick-starting change
  • How owners & EPCs are increasing profitability and productivity in project front-end planning with AWP
  • Getting the industry up to speed – who is championing AWP and what are the tangible results so far

Bentley Systems Moderator: Eric Crivella Construction Solutions Director Bentley Systems

ExxonMobil Jamie Gerbrecht Global Technology Sponsor - Construction ExxonMobil

Zachry Group Decker Barnard Project Manager Zachry Group

2:55 - Revamp vs New Build: How to Achieve Extra Capacity at a Fraction of the Cost
  • Examine the pros and cons of revamp over new build projects; and whether it’s the right move for your plant.
  • Hear case study examples of significant downstream plant capacity growth via revamp projects.
  • Explore what is required from your teams in terms of strategy, scope, execution, and construction hours for a series of revamp projects versus a new build for additional production capacity.

Audubon Rick Beaubien Audubon Engineering Solutions

2:55 - Achieving the goal of predictive maintenance
  • With all organizations looking to reduce and eventually eliminate unplanned downtime, how do plants begin to reach this new reality?
  • Discover how to take a holistic approach linking technological advances, a cultural shift and revised training.
  • Hear examples of how you can capture improved performance, lower overall maintenance cost and not sacrifice production.

Pruftechnik Florian Buder CEO - North America Pruftechnik

BASF Amy Odom Asset Effectiveness Engineer BASF

2:55 - The Digital Turnaround: Managing the Unknown in Real-time

What if you could manage scope growth, and react to it in real-time? What if you could manage the unknown? In a case study, we will examine how our customer was able to stay on time and on budget during their last turnaround by implementing a digitalization strategy.

  • Improved adherence to schedule
  • Improved manageability of evolving scope
  • Improved resource utilization

Mobideo Paul Muir President Mobideo

2:45 How Simulation will solve the industry’s ‘Training Challenges’

Training in field operations is challenging because:

  • Experts and “tribal” knowledge are leaving (baby boomers retiring). Millennials’ needs are different to those of Baby-boomers
  • Pressure to make onboarding & training cycles more effective and efficient (shifts vs events)
  • Training evaluation and Certification processes are based on subjective assessments

The industry needs new tools to solve these challenges. We will show why simulation is the solution and how Enhanced Reality procedure simulators instill operational discipline and reduce the risk of process safety incidents.

Voovio Christian McDermott Country Manager Voovio

3.20 - Bechtel Presentation (Title to be confirmed)
  • Session overview to come…

Bechtel Charles Cappello Operations Manager, Downstream & Petrochemicals Bechtel

3:20 - 30 Minutes without Power: Maximizing Efficiency and Mitigating Risk when Planning the Temporary Power for your Outage

Trinity Power Jordan Maryniuk Director Business Development Trinity Power

3:15 Sasol Presentation 
  • Session overview to come...
3:45 - Session to be confirmed
  • Session overview to come…

Speaker to be confirmed

3:45 - Value Building Journey from CAPEX to OPEX: Enterprise and Operational Readiness
  • Good Capital Project (CAPEX) management does not automatically translate into Operational Readiness or OperationalExcellence (OPEX) management.
  • Operational Readiness adds value in the Development phases of the capital project lifecycle and must maintain an Owner/Operator emphasis during Execution.
  • Operational Readiness incorporates Commissioning and Startup during the transition to initial operation and builds the foundation for Operational Excellence during normal operations
  • Enterprise Readiness further prepares the business to fully utilize the assets to their full potential to create enterprise value, as was the basis for investment

Sinclair Group Michael Mourot Senior Vice President Sinclair Group

3:45 - Presentation to be confirmed
3:45 - Presentation to be confirmed
3:45 - Workforce Development Track Continued...
4:10 - CLOSING KEYNOTE: Lessons Learned Specific to Megaprojects
  • Analyze the definition of “Lessons Learned” in major capital projects
  • Examine owners, contractors & suppliers view of Lessons Learned and what it means to their organizations
  • Take a look at some of the main factors that have contributed to success in past major capital projects
  • Take a look at some negative factors that have occurred in past major capital projects
  • Overcome challenges relating to Lessons Learned and achieve an effective communication that capitalize knowledge

Chevron Carlos Camera Major Capital Projects - Senior Advisor Chevron

4:10 - CLOSING KEYNOTE: Challenges in Managing a Small Projects Portfolio (up to 5 Million)
  • Owner small project challenges
  • Potential contractor challenges
  • Skills sets required for small project portfolios
  • Soft skill requirements

Huntsman Chemical Muhammad Junaid Director - Capital Project Management Huntsman Chemical

4:10 - CLOSING KEYNOTE: Successfully Reconfiguring your maintenance team
  • How does the goal of shifting from a model of reactive to predictive maintenance impact on the make-up of your maintenance team?
  • Hear how to determine the best split of responsibilities for the day-to-day and strategic engineers.
  • Once you’ve made the changes how do you ensure continued engagement across both teams.

Covestro Herman Verhoeven VP - Global Reliability Excellence Covestro

4:10 - CLOSING KEYNOTE: Turnaround Scope Optimization Drives Success
  • The Details Behind Detailed Scope Definition
  • Planning vs. Value Planning
  • Keys to Achieving Execution Excellence

Fluor Chuck Ramey Gulf Coast Operations Manager Fluor

4:10 - Workforce Development Track Continued...
4:35 End of Conference Sessions
Pre-Networking Party Drinks & Prize Draws in the Exhibition Hall

With great food, music, alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments and travel all taken care of, we encourage all attendees to jump on one of the complimentary coaches and take in the sea air at Brick House Tavern and Tap, whilst networking with the best in the industry, building relationships, sharing knowledge, and most importantly… rehydrating with an ice-cold beer!

Complimentary coaches will be provided to delegates Leaving the Galveston Convention Centre from 5:30pm.

There will also be coaches running throughout the evening back to the Galveston Island Resort.
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Conference Day Two: June 1 2018

7:30 Networking Breakfast (Exhibition Hall)

Presentation/Demo opportunity available - contact Andrew York at andrew@petchem-update.com
9:00 - HEADLINE: INTERSTELLAR Leadership - Lessons Learned in Space
  • Step in to the shoes of Mike Foreman, a recently retired United States astronaut who flew on two Space Shuttle missions (STS-123, STS-129), and conducted five spacewalks. In this opening talk, Mike will draw upon his leadership expertise and experiences as an astronaut with NASA and previous military service roles, and explore what it really takes to achieve interstellar leadership within high pressure roles.

NASA Michael Foreman Retired U.S. Navy Pilot & NASA Astronaut NASA

9:30 - HEADLINE: Increasing Diversity & Inclusion in the Downstream Industry
  • Learn how attracting, developing and retaining the best talent from all backgrounds can help the downstream industry meet the challenges facing it today
  • Hear how increasing diversity and inclusion is not just important but also profitable and a boost to productivity
  • Discover how leading downstream companies are leading the way with diversity and inclusion and how you can do the same

Society of Petroleum Engineers Moderator: Janeen Judah 2017 President - Society of Petroleum Engineers (former General Manager - Chevron Southern Africa)

BASF Patricia Rossman Chief Diversity Officer BASF

HollyFrontier Corporation Denise McWatters Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer HollyFrontier Corporation

ExxonMobil Decie Autin Vice President Project Management ExxonMobil Development Company

Jefferson County Zena Stephens Sheriff Jefferson County

10:15 Morning Coffee Break

Workshop & Live Demo slots available - please contact Andrew York at andrew@petchem-update.com to enquire
11:00 - Chairman’s Track Introduction

Bentley Systems Eric Crivella Construction Solutions Director Bentley Systems

11:00 - Chairman’s Track Introduction

Chairman opportunity available - contact Andrew York at andrew@petchem-update.com

11:05 - KEYNOTE: Predicting Productivity: Construction Costs V Craft Labor Productivity for Downstream

According to Ernst & Young, “there has been a significant decline in performance relative to other industries both in ways of working and standardization of components” – This presentation will help you to understand:

  • Where the downstream industry stands in terms of construction labor productivity across the U.S.
  • The key factors impacting construction & field productivity and why
  • Possible initiatives for bolstering productivity and why they are being adopted, and direct benefits to be seen
  • Advanced Constructability to expedite construction efficiency: AWP as the possible answer?

Pathfinder, LLC Christopher Michalak Senior Executive Associate Pathfinder, LLC

11:05 - KEYNOTE: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement - Ideas on how to Select and Assess Initiatives that will deliver the most value to the business
  • When looking to drive reliability improvement it can be easy to overlook the cultural side which is often where the most value lies.
  • In order to aid success, it is important to select solutions that align with the long-term business vision and are within capabilities. Successful Implementation with appropriate incentive and authority in a manner that will deliver the most value while protecting against “change fatigue” is the challenge.
  • Hear how to work within a holistic framework that will help you assess the appropriateness and likelihood of success of solutions before implementation begins, a form of Front End Loading.

Flint Hills Resources Bob Gleichman Director of Innovation Flint Hills Resources

11:25 - KEYNOTE PANEL: Project Execution Best Practices Relating to Process and Innovation
  • Hear Owner/Operator change management best practices you can adopt to enhance your project execution & contractor management
  • Discover EPC perspectives on gaps in project execution optimization and possible solutions
  • Explore how different industry stakeholders are evaluating execution gains brought about by data analytics and mobile technology
  • Learn how you and your team can improve collaborative project execution via interface management

Moderator: Glen Staggs Independent Consultant (former Project Director, Major Capital Projects, LyondellBasell)

Bechtel Ann Esbeck Innovation Manager Bechtel

SABIC Sajjad Ahmed Senior Project Manager SABIC

Coreworx Stephen Airey Director, Global Project Solutions & Consulting Coreworx

 Jacobs Engineering Tracie Griffitt Director of Quality Jacobs Energy, Chemicals and Resources

11:25 - GE Presentation
  • Details TBC

GE Speaker TBC GE

11:40 - Modern Digital Transformation Initiatives and Operational Excellence

Turnaround (TAR) and maintenance leaders are faced with pressure to automate processes, deliver efficiency, and streamline operations in a difficult to manage and unpredictable climate. To gain and sustain a competitive advantage, adopting new digital capabilities to empower project management and ensure operational excellence is critical.

  • Join us for an informative discussion exploring how digital transformation, mobile enterprise capabilities, and operational agility can transform maintenance and TAR executions, including:
  • What are the technology building blocks and business models needed to support scaling digital and mobile capabilities?
  • What strategy is recommended to automate turnaround tasks, increase collaboration, and make data available throughout the enterprise?
  • How can you leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to empower automation initiatives?
  • What are the success factors you need to achieve to stay ahead of the competition?

Appian Chris Hyland Strategic Account Executive Appian

12:05 - Digital Adoption for Capital Projects - Culture, Complexity, and Cybersecurity

Digital innovation is seen by many outside the industry as the key to future construction/operational cost reductions and increased productivity – but why are we so slow to adopt? Our panelists weigh up the barriers to digital adoption against the opportunities for increased capital project success, across these areas:

  • A culture built on risk mitigation: Assess the impact this is having on digital adoption and cybersecurity at your organization
  • Integrating digital tools in a complex environment – learn from those taking the first steps in on-site execution, back-office integration and digital collaboration
  • Urban Renewal: Considerations for Obsolete Digital Technology and Controls as we Become Digital
  • Big Data: You’ve Got to Know What You’re Looking at To Benefit
  • Pitfalls and traps to avoid when implementing digital innovations
  • What’s next: assessing the digital influence of millennial workers over the next 5-20 years

KPMG Moderator: Clay Gilge Principal - US Leader for Major Projects Advisory KPMG

Eastman Chemical Jan Shumate Director, Worldwide Engineering and Construction Services & Solutions Eastman Chemical

Halliburton Dr. Satyam Pritadarshy Technology Fellow & Chief Data Scientist Halliburton

Chevron Boyd Parker Global IT Executive Chevron

Autodesk Dominic Thasarathar Industry Strategist: Construction, Energy, Natural Resources Autodesk

Hexagon PPM Stefan Ceulemans Senior Executive Industry Consultant Hexagon PPM

12:05 - KEYNOTE: Excellence & Innovation Acceleration
  • In a fast-changing world, how do you build a culture where extraordinary innovation becomes ordinary? A culture that lasts and consistently delivers exponential leaders, growth and value creation.
  • The key ingredients to innovation acceleration are not what you see portrayed most often in the media. Great, enduring organizations know what it really takes to create and, most importantly, scale innovation.
  • We will explore how to blend disciplined innovation methods with elements of venture capitalism, crowdsourcing and collaborative leadership to deliver rapid and sustainable business improvements and innovations in any industry.

Andeavor Jose Pires Global Excellence & Innovation Leader Andeavor

12:50 - Lunch Break (Exhibition Hall & VIP Lunch Zone)

Workshop & Live Demo slots available - please contact Andrew York at andrew@petchem-update.com to enquire
2:15 Integration Strategies: Creating and Nurturing Cross-Team Buy-In for Ground-Breaking Capital Project Results
  • Integration strategies for Projects and Operations, and benefits
  • Integration strategies for Business Unit and Projects, and benefits
  • Integration strategies for the Office and the Field, and the benefits
  • Insights and comments on integrations strategies relating to mergers/acquisitions, AWP, Technology, Skilled & Craft Labor

NOVA Chemicals Bruno Lavoie Director, Manufacturing East Growth Projects NOVA Chemicals

Sustainable Operations Solutions Jim Porter President Sustainable Operations Solutions

2:15 - Digitalization and Innovative Technologies - How to create value and avoid over complication
  • Whilst few disagree that digitalization and innovative technologies are key to reducing costs long-term, deciding where to invest remains a critical question.
  • Listen to discussions regarding potential methodologies to help define a digital roadmap and begin the process of modernizing your processes and activities.
  • Hear ideas and examples of how to select, test and evaluate the effectiveness of new innovations at your plant.

LyondellBasell Theunis Myburg Portfolio Manager: Maintenance & Reliability, Turnarounds, Warehouse Management, & Capital Projects LyondellBasell

Innovatia Blair Morgan President Procedure Accelerator Innovatia

Additional Speakers TBC

2:55 Effective Procurement and Cost Management: The Cornerstone for Successful Mega Projects
  • Assessing the Focus Shift on to Procurement for Improving Productivity and Cutting Cost on Mega Projects
  • Overcome challenges relating to cost controls and achieve effective cost management for all sized capital projects - driving better end results
  • Integrate successful cost management initiatives at design phase – benefit from multi stakeholder input on your bottom line
  • Achieving high procurement cost performance without impacting construction productivity through AWP

Dow Chemical Dayna Harper Global Project Procurement Coordinator SME/Coach Dow Chemical

Air Liquide Joye Runfola Sr. Project Logistics Specialist, Americas Procurement Center Air Liquide

Covestro Rick Rashall Head of Construction & Turnarounds Covestro

INEOS Styrolution America LLC Margaret Martin Procurement Leader, Gulf Coast Region INEOS Styrolution America LLC

NextDecade, LCC Jay O’Connor Senior Estimator NextDecade, LCC

2:55 - PANEL: Tackling a shrinking and Aging Workforce
  • What impact, if any, has the recent spate of natural disasters had on the talent pool?
  • How does the industry mitigate against knowledge and skill loss through retirement?
  • What are the current most salient strategies for encouraging a new generation of workers, what more needs to be done?

Jacobs Steve HillierSenior Vice President & General Manager - Construction, Maintenance & Turnarounds

Industrial Info Resources Tony Salemme VP Craft Labor Group Industrial Info Resources

Dow Chemical Madhivanan T. A. Global EPC Contracts Manager Dow Chemical

3:35 Chairman’s Final Words - Key Takeaways

No sessions in this track - please head next door for Turnaround & Maintenance closing session...

3:35 The Secret Is to Budget and Control Maintenance Opex Dimensionally

Traditional one-dimensional budget and variance control practices can neither prove nor assure plant management that maintenance spending is truly aligned to the plant’s best short-, middle- and long-term business performance. In contrast, two-dimensional maintenance budgeting and variance control clearly can. During the session you will discover:

  • What the difference is between one- and two-dimensional methods with respect to what we can know, prove and make happen.
  • What the two-dimensional budget and monthly variance report actually look like and the actionable insight they will give your plant.
  • Why your plant’s maintenance data is already acceptable for kicking off the two-dimensional budgeting and variance control process; even if your maintenance operation is still far from excellence.

Richard Lamb Founder Analytics for Strategy Institute

4:10 End of Conference

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