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Edge Computing and the future of Upstream Automation

Recorded On: 11/28/2017

As automation hardware for upstream O&G applications improves in terms of processing capabilities, it is important for end-users to understand how they can use these new technologies to improve operations. The myth has always been that upstream automation technologies have limited capabilities, and hence are used with a lot of constraints; this is specifically true for Edge Devices such as Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs).  

Enhancement in integrated circuit technologies, and hence the improvement in processing capabilities on Edge Devices, now allows technology companies to program custom applications nearer to the process rather than doing it on desktop computers. Analytics, fuzzy logic and pattern matching can now be pushed closer to the wellhead. Combined with latest IoT based Machine Learning platforms, these Edge Devices can provide operators with the capability to do specific number crunching activities right at the source of the data, and therefore reduce latency when it comes to decision making.  

This presentation will discuss current trends in edge computing, with possibilities on how these technologies can shape the future of upstream O&G applications.

Fahd Saghir

Solution Manager, Upstream Oil & Gas, Schneider Electric

In his latest role, Mr. Saghir is responsible for outlining automation and software solutions for the Upstream Oil & Gas market and providing support to Schneider’s regional/international teams with technical input which helps solve diverse Oil & Gas problems using the latest operation and information technologies. He is an Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Houston who has 10+ years’ experience in Upstream/Midstream/Downstream Oil & Gas sector where he has been providing Smart Field solutions to National and International Oil Companies. His focus has been in creating Optimization Solutions based on the latest hardware and software automation technologies for the Exploration, Production and Operations verticals within the Oil & Gas sector.

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11/28/2017 at 3:30 PM (EST)   |  90 minutes
11/28/2017 at 3:30 PM (EST)   |  90 minutes
0.15 CEU/1.5 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
0.15 CEU/1.5 PDH credits  |  Certificate available