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Dr Lau Cher Han
» UCAN Technologies
Alvin Alexander
» Geo-Technician, Exploration Department
» JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration
Emad A. Elsebakhi
» Head Data Science, PRSB (PD&T-GR&T-FOF)
Sanjay Chakraborty
» Digital Leader, Subsurface and Field Development
» Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta Limited
Jane McConnell
» Industry Consultant - Oil and Gas
» Teradata
Arpan Rapaiee
» EJ Joint Venture Group of Companies

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

The second day of our Kuala Lumpur event brings the Malaysia oil and gas industry together to discuss opportunities for data scientists and other data specialists 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.

This event is a satellite event of Malaysia Big Data Week on October 2-8 2018

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 Dr Lau Cher Han -
UCAN Technologies
Skills and development pathways for the energy sector

Dr. Lau is a chief data scientist, keynote speaker and consultant in data science, analytics and big data. He has rained major companies, organizations, and government agencies across Australia, Malaysia, Taiwan and other ASEAN countries.

He has trained and advised many of the organizations including Standard Chartered, Intel, and Jabil. Dr. Lau has also been invited as keynote speaker in many of the data science and big data events, such as Microsoft Azure Global Bootcamp, Johor Corporation CIO circles.

As a member of the expert panelist in Malaysia Qualifications Agency (MQA), Dr. Lau provides accreditation to ensure the curriculum of universities meets the requirements and modern trend. He is also appointed by universities and government
agencies including MDEC and state governments as Industrial Advisory Panel to develop the blueprints and strategies on a
national level.

UCAN Technologies

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 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.
10:45 Coffee
11:15 Sanjay Chakraborty - Digital Leader, Subsurface and Field Development
Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta Limited
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.
11:45 Jane McConnell - Industry Consultant - Oil and Gas
Implementing an Enterprise Data Management strategy in Oil and Gas

Talk Description.
Search on the web, and you’ll find a lot of information on implementing a data strategy for the Enterprise. If you work for a retailer, or a financial institution, that information will be a great help. If, however, you work in an oil company, the data management needs are a bit more complex. We’ll highlight the additional needs in oil and gas, and propose strategies for implementing a data management organisation that unites subsurface, topside and business data.
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 and close
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