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  • Headline Sessions

  • Engineering & Construction

  • Reliability / Maintenance & Turnarounds

  • Supply Chain & Logistics

  • Shutdown & Turnarounds

Headline Sessions - Full Audience

9:00am - 10:00am (60 mins)
Plenary Track Room

HEADLINE: The Team Never Quit Mentality

  • In an exclusive presentation, experience a bold, powerful talk from the author of Lone Survivor who has faced extreme adversity, continues to persevere and embodies the Team Never Quit mentality.

Marcus Luttrell, Author Lone Survivor, Former Navy Seal

10:00am - 10:30am (30 mins)
Plenary Track Room

HEADLINE: Learning from the past, and looking to the future of downstream at Chevron

  • In a new headline address, explore Chevron’s lessons learned the last five years in downstream safety, workforce development, productivity, project sustainability, logistics and digitalization and how these experiences will have a bearing on the next big projects from Chevron now and in the years to come.

Mike Coyle, President of Manufacturing, Chevron

10:30am - 11:15am (45 mins)

Morning Coffee Break (Exhibition Hall)

Engineering & Construction

Reliability / Maintenance & Turnarounds

Supply Chain & Logistics

11:15am - 11:45am (30 mins)
Engineering & Construction Track Room

KEYNOTE: Applying globally acquired best practice to the next wave of SABIC mega projects

  • As SABIC grows its major downstream project portfolio, evaluate the major best practices gained from global mega project experiences at SABIC and how they intend to learn from and optimize their next wave of projects

Jim Ellis, General Manager Global Engineering & Project Management, SABIC

11:15am - 12:00pm (45 mins)
Reliability / Maintenance & Turnarounds Track Room

KEYNOTE: The SME factor - Celebrating Excellence

  • With a ramped-up economy, finding skilled workers continues to be a challenge. This increasing demand for labor, combined with reduced labor availability, is forcing organizations to re-think their strategies to recognize, engage and retain the most talented maintenance professionals.
  • Historically employee turnover has been rapid, with expectations by some that to progress they need to change jobs every two years. Many organizations are now looking to offer increased recognition of the importance of SMEs within their plants.
  • This session will give an overview of the strategic shift that is needed to change the culture to one where remaining in the same role is actively encouraged. How do you reward excellence? How do you keep people engaged?

Victor Ortega, VP - Technical Site Management, Covestro

Cindy Gross, Director of Reliability, Flint Hills Resources

Miguel Hernandez, Refinery Maintenance Field Execution Supervisor, Shell

Kevin Ruda, Senior Business Development Manager, Per Se Group

Mark Montanari, Vice President - Chemicals, Oil & Gas, Maine Pointe

11:00am - 11:45am (45 mins)
Supply Chain & Logistics Track Room

KEYNOTE: Back to Basics: Fundamental Considerations for advancement of your Supply Chain Program

  • Only 15% of Petrochemical Companies have sufficiently agile business processes to execute their business strategy within their supply chain. Hear from leaders who will share the critical practices they use to develop their best in class supply chain business strategy deployment program
  • Discover the right metrics to connect your supply chain improvement plan with real-time financial benefit
  • Best practices in supply chain & logistics organizational design. Centralized vs. decentralized; which structure is right for your organization?
  • The fundamentals of Disruption Management: Know the best practices to managing risk in your supply chain
  • Hoshin Kanri, Balanced Scorecard, and Agile Transformation - understand more about how advanced strategy deployment techniques can empower your supply chain
  • Embody continuous improvement and reduce waste with Lean Six Sigma applications in your supply chain

Moderator: Clifford Lee, Vice President, Octagon Supply Chain

Paul Jepson, Supply Chain Manager, SABIC

Sunny Lopez, Supply Chain Manager, Phillips 66

William Cure, President, APICs Houston

11:45am - 12:15pm (30 mins)
Engineering & Construction Track Room

KEYNOTE: Lessons learned specific to downstream mega-projects

  • Explore the transferable lessons learned from planning and executing major construction projects and how they relate to upcoming downstream mega-projects
  • Understand how Wood has been able to work effectively with project stakeholders and how to optimize your navigation from strategy to final project delivery

Thomas Grell, President Downstream & Chemicals, Wood

12:15pm - 12:45pm (30 mins)
Engineering & Construction Track Room

Indicative Costs of US Ethylene Projects 2018 - 2020 - What do they mean?

  • This session will address the findings of the report ‘Indicative Costs of US Ethylene Projects 2018-2020 delivered in cooperation with Pathfinder LLC, Compass International and Petrochemical Update

Steve Cabano, President, Pathfinder LLC

12:00pm - 12:45pm (45 mins)
Reliability / Maintenance & Turnarounds Track Room

KEYNOTE: Wading through the Perfect Storm - Delivering Performance Excellence in a Digital Era

  • This session will address the market context and business case for digital technology in the oil, gas and petrochemicals sectors. Illustrating success factors, challenges, and routes to optimize and incorporate digital technology into businesses.
  • How does the journey look? What can we learn from the leaders? How we can close the gap faster? And provide innovative solutions for tomorrow that will help address industry challenges and create value in the future.
  • There will also be discussion of digital experiences from a “Good” and “Not So Good” implementation.

Walter Pesenti, Global Petrochemical Operational Excellence Manager, BP

11:45am - 12:30pm (45 mins)
Supply Chain & Logistics Track Room

KEYNOTE: The Digital Supply Chain - How to Supercharge your Supply Chain Operations

  • A look at the new and emerging IT strategies and technologies that will allow you to not only compete, but also evolve and grow in tomorrow’s marketplace.
  • Examples of the latest integrated technologies to encompass every business need.
  • Gain control by connecting and harmonizing data across all supply chain nodes and organizations, both internal and external
  • SRM systems, cloud solutions, terminal management systems, benchmarking data, network optimization and modelling capabilities - analytics and optimization solutions that could help you see clearly and manage your supply chain more effectively
  • How artificial intelligence, machine learning, predictive analytics and more, can help you make cost saving decisions when planning your supply chain strategy

Moderator: Mark Montanari, Vice President, Chemicals and Oil & Gas, Maine Pointe

Reggie Brown, Category Manager, Logistics, Chevron

David Cahn, Director Global Marketing, Elemica

12:30pm - 2:00pm (90 mins)

Lunch Break (Exhibition Hall & VIP Lunch Zone)

12:30pm - 2:00pm (90 mins)
Workshop Room E

Advisory Board Lunch Break

Members of the prospective Downstream 2020 will be invited to a private lunch. Contact info@petchem-update.com for information.

Engineering & Construction Workshops

Engineering & Construction Workshops

Reliability & Maintenance Workshops

Reliability & Maintenance Workshops

Shutdown & Turnarounds Workshops

Supply Chain & Logistics Workshops

2:00pm - 2:30pm (30 mins)
Workshop Room G

Becoming a champion of AWP - lessons learned

  • In this session, learn about the transition from being a project manager to applying critical AWP principles and methodologies within your organization - as well as understand what AWP knowledge you will need to be successful
  • Learn how to review your company’s current unique internal processes, structures and management tools and then explore how to take AWP best practice off paper and customize a version of AWP that fits your organization
  • Finally, discuss lessons learned from owner operators who have looked to drive the use of their company’s AWP structure through the rest of the business, their EPCs, and critically, their contractors

Joel Perez, AWP CoE Lead, ExxonMobil

Silvana Lara, Global Director of Advanced Work Packaging, Fluor

Karan Cleland, Senior Construction Manager, Dow

2:30pm - 3:00pm (30 mins)
Workshop Room G

Taking AWP to the front-end & early planning

  • Discuss the value operators are actually trying to extract from AWP, and how to better communicate the cost/productivity value of AWP to other business units and key project stakeholders
  • Share experiences on aligning the different business units and interests within a project so that construction managers define and plan the ‘path of construction’ as early as possible in and reap the cost benefits later on
  • Explore stories and lessons learned from AWP leaders who have managed to align business interests early, as well as reflect on the effect of not doing so has on spiraling costs and timeline overruns

Joel Perez, AWP CoE Lead, ExxonMobil

Silvana Lara, Global Director of Advanced Work Packaging, Fluor

Karan Cleland, Senior Construction Manager, Dow

2:00pm - 3:00pm (60 mins)
Workshop Room E

Workforces: Critical perspectives; break the back of the North American workforce and project sustainability crisis

  • Unpack the trends in workforce availability in North America and realize the worrying disconnect between feedstock, workforce and project sustainability
  • Share innovative case histories of major initiatives to secure the next-generation resource and better handle the transition of knowledge from an aging project management workforce
  • Explore what needs to be done at an executive level by Owners and EPCs to promote and sustain the necessary manufacturing and infrastructure jobs market in North America and prevent major lost opportunities

Glenn Johnson, Workforce Development Manager, BASF

David King, Workforce Development Manager, INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA

David Esquibel, Workforce Development Advisor - Crafts & Operations, Shell

Daniel Groves, Director of Operations, CURT

2:00pm - 3:00pm (60 mins)
Workshop Room D

Moving Beyond BIM to Digital Twins

  • Understand the importance of assessing your organization for digital capabilities within the context of Industry 4.0 (or the Industrial Internet of Things). Recognize that best practice is being challenged and often replaced by next practice as a result of fast paced technology change. Appreciate the impact of immersive digital operations created by a digital handover between the project and performance digital twins. Allows an organization to move well beyond BIM and deliver new services and increased value from of a connected data environment.

Rob Harper, Director - Product Management, Bentley

John Sanins, Director, Bentley

2:00pm - 3:00pm (60 mins)
Workshop Room C

Achieving Certainty of Outcome for Bolted Joint Disassembly and Assembly

  • How does the Bolted Joint affect production efficiency - during operation and shutdown events.
  • Identify and eliminate bolting discovery work that causes significant delays.
  • Utilize joint assembly data recording methods to assign accountability for work performed and facilitate long term service reliability.
  • How to bridge the gap between procedure and field execution.
  • Discussion on the evolution of bolting methods in terms of accuracy, safety and speed.

Mark Johnson, Engineering Manager, Integra

2:00pm - 3:00pm (60 mins)
Workshop Room B

Celanese: A journey to TA Excellence

  • Look back at prior historical KPI performance and behaviors that drove a cycle of continuous turnaround failure
  • Review of the step changes to correct Turnaround performance, road map to success
  • Work processes, summary review of the key work processes implemented to make the changes needed
  • Review of results, path forward for continued improvement and conclusions

Heith Robey, Turnaround Leader, Celanese

2:00pm - 2:30pm (30 mins)
Workshop Room A

OPTIMIZE! How to Manage Trucking Costs in Times of Tight Capacity

  • Truck capacity is tight, and rates are rising. That’s old news! Find out where the industry is at now
  • Discover the latest innovative actions trucking companies are taking to address the workforce & capacity shortfall
  • Learn about driverless truck innovations as a solution for tomorrow’s needs!
  • Learn from the best in class shippers who are managing trucking costs and creating capacity in today’s trucking environment
  • Discover the best practices associated with truck fleet management

Moderator: Chad Burke, President/CEO, Economic Alliance Houston Port Region

Jason Howe, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Schneider

David Jones, Group Manager - Domestic Transportation Procurement, BASF

2:30pm - 3:00pm (30 mins)
Workshop Room A

Improving Rail Service Reliability and Consistency

  • Hear from our experts on how they strengthen infrastructure through rail solutions for the petrochemical market
  • Get a play by play on current and upcoming capital investments and how it will increase rail capacity
  • Understand efforts toward a better customer experience. Hear on service performance, agility and technological enhancements
  • Practical steps that can be taken for great visibility

Moderator: Graham Brisben, CEO, PLG Consulting

Otha Church, Senior Analyst, Bulk Truck & Bulk Rail, SABIC

John Thomas, Rail Asset Manager, Huntsman

Reliability & Maintenance Workshops

Shutdown & Turnarounds Workshops

Supply Chain & Logistics Workshops

3:00pm - 4:00pm (60 mins)
Workshop Room D

Getting it right first time - Process, process, process

  • A consideration of all elements of the maintenance process - Equipment failure, notification, prioritization, planning, execution schedule, execution. What process should be followed to achieve the most cost effective and efficient fix first time round. What are the core responsibilities and accountability?

David Reed, Director of Plant Maintenance, Eastman Chemical

Amy Odom, Asset Effectiveness Engineer, BASF

Jimmy Jernigan, Manager - Global Reliability Process, LyondellBasell

Dana Hanning Jr, Manager - Reliability & Maintenance, Flint Hills Resources

Gerry Brooks, Director of Maintenance, Westlake

Jeff Major, Global Product and Service Line Director, Team Inc

3:00pm - 4:00pm (60 mins)
Workshop Room B

Staying on Top of Your Turnaround Planning - How to Alleviate Bottlenecks and Prioritize Resources

  • Turnaround responsibilities are often above and beyond the regular responsibilities of full-time employees what are the key processes and initiatives than can allow your plant adequate time to plan for events.
  • What are the key milestones? Where and when should you be enlisting external resources to help lighten the load and have the biggest impact?
  • What impact can technology have on efficient turnaround planning and prioritization?

Joe Jackson, Process Quality Assurance, LyondellBasell

Charlie Dodd, Turnaround Planning & Scheduling Lead, Phillips 66

Tim Ganger, Lead Turnaround Planner, BP

Randy Pound, Global Director of Maintenance & Reliability, Olin Corporation

Arthur Davidson, Director of training / Turnaround SME, Onpoint

3:00pm - 3:40pm (40 mins)
Supply Chain & Logistics Track Room

KEYNOTE: The Digital Supply Chain - How to Supercharge your Supply Chain Operations

  • A look at the new and emerging IT strategies and technologies that will allow you to not only compete, but also evolve and grow in tomorrow’s marketplace.
  • Examples of the latest integrated technologies to encompass every business need.
  • Gain control by connecting and harmonizing data across all supply chain nodes and organizations, both internal and external
  • SRM systems, cloud solutions, terminal management systems, benchmarking data, network optimization and modelling capabilities - analytics and optimization solutions that could help you see clearly and manage your supply chain more effectively
  • How artificial intelligence, machine learning, predictive analytics and more, can help you make cost saving decisions when planning your supply chain strategy

Moderator: Mark Montanari, Vice President, Chemicals and Oil & Gas, Maine Pointe

Reggie Brown, Category Manager, Logistics, Chevron

David Cahn, Director Global Marketing, Elemica

3:40pm - 4:00pm (20 mins)
Workshop Room A

The Next Evolution: Bringing Blockchain to Petrochemicals

  • Overview of Distributed Ledgers for Physical Trading
  • Why All Physical Trading will move to Distribute Ledgers in the next decade
  • Details on VAKT Petrochemical Use Cases going live in the ARA market in July

Lyon Hardgrave, Vice President, Business and Product Development, VAKT

4:00pm

Conference Close

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2020 Sponsors

VIP Zone Sponsor

  • Zachry

Gold Sponsors

  • Aspen Aerogels
  • ATR
  • BPS
  • mobideo
  • TEPCO

Silver Sponsors

  • aptim
  • Clear-Metal
  • Elemica
  • Hilti
  • intergraph
  • Precision
  • SUEZ
  • wood

Bronze Sponsors

  • Universal-Plant-Services
  • Veson

2020 Partners

Strategic Partners

  • Gas-Processing
  • Hydrocarbon Processing

Digital Content Partner

  • BIC

Official Association Partners

  • CURT

Media Partners

  • Chemical Engineering Online
  • Hydrocarbon
  • Industrial-Info-Resources
  • MyTechMag
  • NGW
  • Reuters
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