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How Malaysia is leading the way with data science and data architecture
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Emad A. Elsebakhi
» Head Data Science, PRSB (PD&T-GR&T-FOF)
Alvin Alexander
» Geo-Technician, Exploration Department
» JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration
Sanjay Chakraborty
» Deputy General Manager; Technology Services
» Cairn India
Jane McConnell
» Industry Consultant - Oil and Gas
» Teradata

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Kuala Lumpur
ADAX, Bangsar South

The second day of our Kuala Lumpur event focusses in opportunities to individuals from developing better digital technology / architecture skills in the oil and gas industry. (The first day focusses on opportunities for organisations - see the agenda here).

Event strategic partner - Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation

Oil and gas companies, like most large organisations in 2018, are working hard to improve their competence working with data. We use the word 'data architect' to mean the person involved in making sure the right piece of information gets to the right place, in the right format for maximum value.

If organisations can improve their profitability through better digital technology (see separate event on the previous day), there should be improved opportunities - employability and salary - for people who develop the necessary skills. This includes skills in different technologies, such as graph databases, analytics and data management, and also domain skills - what is required to build and maintain an effective IT architecture and digital system.

Topics we anticipate covering include:

- mastering graph databases
- best practises from the field
- competencies to make digitisation work
- competency development structures
- how to work in a data driven organisation
- opportunities for data scientists
- how to maintain data quality
- using common sense in data management
- domain specific skills - subsurface, production, drilling, operations
- experiences improving data quality

You can see a report from our 2017 forum, with articles published in Digital Energy Journal, here

This forum follows on from our Oct 4 2017 forum "Workforce of the Future". View the agenda view the attendees list


8:30 Welcome coffee
9:15 Emad A. Elsebakhi - Head Data Science, PRSB (PD&T-GR&T-FOF)
Data Science Essential Needs in Oil and Gas Industry

Talk Description.
- Data Science Platform
- Oil and gas becomes data-driven
- Big Data in Action in oil and gas: E&P
- Use case scenarios
* Exploration
* Drilling
* Real-Time Monitoring
* Equipment Failure
* Reservoir Management

PETRONAS was incorporated on 17 August 1974 as the national oil company of Malaysia, vested with the entire ownership and control of the petroleum resources in the country. It has since grown from merely being the manager and regulator of Malaysia's upstream sector into a fully integrated oil and gas corporation, ranked among the FORTUNE Global 500® largest corporations in the world.
9:45 Alvin Alexander - Geo-Technician, Exploration Department
JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration
Practical scripting ideas for data managers with Python

Talk Description.
- Actual experience and concrete real examples
- automating mundane and boring tasks
- Deciding when to automate and when to use manual - my rule of thumb
- Value in time saving
- Friendly tools which can be used with Python
NOEX is involved in a wide range of oil and natural gas projects around the world. We are actively seeking new prospects and working to develop breakthrough technologies to ensure a sustainable future for the energy industry.
10:15 Sanjay Chakraborty - Deputy General Manager; Technology Services
Cairn India
How the life of data managers or data professional

Cairn, Oil & Gas vertical of Vedanta Limited, contributed ~ 27 percent to India's domestic crude oil production in FY 2017-18. With its affiliates, the vertical has been operating for over 20 years, playing an active role in developing India's oil & gas resources. Till date, Cairn has opened 4 frontier basins with numerous discoveries, of which, 38 are in Rajasthan alone.

With a portfolio of 7 blocks, of which 6 blocks are in India and one in South Africa, Cairn has made over 50 hydrocarbon discoveries in the last decade and operates the largest producing oil field in the Indian private sector.
10:45 Coffee
11:15 Speaker from -
ASEAN Data Analytics Exchange
Skills and development pathways

ADAX is an initiative by MDEC (Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation) to enable businesses, governments, academia and professionals to rapidly adopt Data Analytics as a tool to empower decision making and innovation. ADAX seeks to be the definitive Data Analytics Exchange Hub for knowledge, information, resources and collaboration for the ASEAN region. The main goal of ADAX is to develop the ecosystem, build a critical mass of talent pool in the big Data Analytics category and to foster collaboration amongst businesses, start-ups, academia and professionals so that Data Analytics becomes an integral part of business innovation and decision making
11:45 Jane McConnell - Industry Consultant - Oil and Gas

An experienced Information Management consultant with excellent analytical skills, Jane has focused on Information Management in Upstream Oil and Gas since 2000.
With many years of experience inside Landmark and Schlumberger Information Solutions, Jane has had exposure to most O&G software applications and data management strategies, and has detailed knowledge of the current IM offerings in the Oil and Gas space.
A desire to bring the best of modern data management tools and technologies into Upstream Oil and Gas triggered Jane's move to Teradata, the leaders in Enterprise Data Warehousing.

Teradata helps companies get more value from data than any other company. Our big data analytics solutions and team of experts can help your company gain a sustainable competitive advantage with data. Teradata helps organizations leverage all of their data so they can know more about their business and do more of what's really important. With more than 10,000 professionals in 43 countries, Teradata serves top companies across oil and gas, utilities, automotive, financial services, healthcare, communication, sconsumer goods, and more. A future-focused company, Teradata is recognized by industry analysts for technological excellence, sustainability, ethics, and business value. Visit
12:15 Arpan Rapaiee - CEO
EJ Joint Venture Group of Companies
Training programs for data scientists

One of the founders of EJJV. He has extensive experience in the Oil & Gas industry through his active involvement in the industry for the past 38 years. With his experience abd enthusiasm, he nurtured EJJV into a success company

EJ Joint Venture Group of Companies
We serve Petrochemical, Oil & Gas and Power industries with a conscious effort towards improving safety and economy while introducing innovative and creative concepts.
12:45 Panel discussion with all morning speakers
13:15 Lunch
14:00 Speaker from -
Technology company (not confirmed)

14:30 Speaker from -
Technology company (not confirmed)

15:00 Multiple -
Panel Discussion

Used for panel discussions

Panel Discussion
This is part of our agenda where Finding Petroleum has a panel discussion.
15:30 Close
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