Oilfield Connectivity – The Next Generation Digital Oilfield

Aberdeen, 15 May 2019

British Petroleum-led discussion of digital oilfield modernization started the programme with following sessions covering satcoms technologies and services supporting Industrial IoT, advanced data analytics and big data management techniques, Cloud-based applications, with expansion of in-orbital capability, development of digital gateways, matching different service solutions to different oil & gas customer needs.

The first panel was Communications Technology Solutions and Building the Digital Oilfield where we found out that the industrial IoT market is expected to be US$300 billion by 2020 and huge financial savings can be made if companies based their decisions on understanding the variety of satcom solutions.


  • Drew Klein, Vice President Sales & Marketing, C-COM
  • Robert Irvine, Global Account Manager Energy, SpeedCast
  • Jean-Michel Rouylou, Head of Enterprise Market, Newtec
  • Steve Chambers, Chief Operating Officer, Cloudsoft Corp.
  • Dawn Murray, Field Networks Service Delivery Manager, British Petroleum

The following panel Communications Service Solutions and Building the Digital Oilfield addressedOil & Gas investment in satcoms technology that led to increased efficiency, productivity, profit, safety and environmental control. It is apparent that the Oil & Gas sector recognizes satellite connectivity as the most important driver for Industrial IoT deployments.


  • Sebastien Couvet, EMEA Sales Manager, Integrasys
  • Mark Bennett, Sales Director, Marlink
  • Richard Moir, SD – WAN Senior Solutions Architect, Silver Peak Systems
  • Mike Manson, Sales Manager Oil and Gas, Telenor Satellite AS
  • Alessandro Caranci, Senior Vice President Satellite Communications, Telespazio

Further we found that ‘Ground Stations as a Service’ are emerging to support CAPEX moving to OPEX and FPAs will help reduce technical barriers to entry to satcoms solution market which was discussed in the Digital Oilfield Applications: Development and Roll-Out session.


  • Andy Lucas, Senior Vice President Operator Vertical, Comtech EF Data
  • Christian Rigal, Principal System Engineer, ViaSat
  • Theo Priestley, Chief Marketing Officer, WFS Technologies
  • Mark Lambert, Vice President Business Development, Kratos
  • Callum Norrie, Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence, Heriot Watt University

Last session of the day, Strategic Connectivity Ecosystem: The Compliance Environment addressed the key element of critical Oil & Gas infrastructure needing systems protection in real-time as well as data transfer regulatory environment and Lawful Intercept rulings.

This highly informative event was well attended by key players in communications of the Oil & Gas sector. Thank you to all the participants, audience members who took an active part and our presenters and panellists. If you could not attend this time or are interested in referring to subject matter that was presented, you can download any or all presentations.

We would like to extend our special gratitude to the sponsors: Comtech EF Data, Hughes, Newtec, iDirect, Marlink, C-COM, Integrasys and Silver Peak.

Without their generous support this independent programme – dedicated to tackling important subjects with ‘gloves-off’ and which offers free attendance to GVF members – would not be possible.

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