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Supply chain management - reducing complexity

Ways to make supply chains easier to manage - reducing staff errors, improving predictability
Derek Bain
» Procurement Specialist
» Petrofac
Steve Johnson
» Head of Global Procurement & Supply Chain Management at Prosafe Offshore Ltd
» Prosafe Offshore

Thursday, November 28, 2013
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Aberdeen Treetops

I would like to invite you to register for our 3rd Digital Energy Jourrnal supply chain management forum in Aberdeen on reducing complexity on Thursday Nov 28th, free of charge to attend.

This event to share ideas about what works and what doesn't when it comes to making supply chains easier to manage and less complex.

People already registered to attend include head of supply chain, SAP team lead, maintenance manager, supply chain manager, senior buyer, contracts specialist, purchasing manager, contract manager, category specialist, A/P manager, stores manager, SAP consultant, and catalogue controller (see list of people registered so far on the right hand column).

We have speakers from Petrofac, IBM, ShareCat, Kardex and Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. Topics will include strategies for reducing complexity, how better offshore work planning can make it easier to manage supply chains, use of automated warehousing systems, managing supply chain information and standardising the approach taken to supply chain management.

We look forward to seeing you in Aberdeen on Nov 28th!

Kind regards

Karl Jeffery, editor
Digital Energy Journal, London

Please also see our event in Aberdeen on the previous day improving offshore engineering data

Event history:
Stavanger, February 2013, "Improving supply chains decision making" - see the agenda - see the delegates list
Aberdeen, November 2012, Optimal supply chain and logistics - see the agenda see the delegates list


8:30 Welcome coffee
9:10 Karl Jeffery - Editor
Digital Energy Journal
Chairman's introduction

Karl Jeffery is editor of Digital Energy Journal and managing director of Future Energy Publishing, which also publishes Tanker Operator magazine and Carbon Capture Journal. He was previously co-founder and editor of Digital Ship Ltd, a publishing company focussing on IT in the shipping sector. He has a BEng in chemical engineering from Nottingham University

Digital Energy Journal
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9:15 Derek Bain - Procurement Specialist
Reducing complexity in supply chain management systems

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Procurement Specialist providing effective supply chain management solutions to the Renewable Energy and Oil & Gas sectors.

Specialties:Listening to your requirements, identify and implement solutions to fulfill your requirement.
eProcurement implementation.
Train incumbent staff in good procurement practices.

Petrofac is a leading international service provider to the energy industry, with a diverse client portfolio including many of the world's leading energy companies. Petrofac designs, builds, manages and maintains oil, gas, refining, petrochemicals and renewable energy infrastructure. Our purpose is to enable our clients to meet the world's evolving energy needs. Our six values - safe; ethical; innovative; responsive; quality & cost conscious; driven to deliver - are at the heart of everything we do.

Petrofac's core markets are in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the UK North Sea, where we have built a long and successful track record of safe, reliable and innovative execution, underpinned by a cost-effective and local delivery model with a strong focus on in-country value. We operate in several other significant markets, including India, South East Asia and the United States. We have 11,500 employees based across 31 offices globally. Petrofac is quoted on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: PFC).

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9:45 Deb Chakraborty - Asset Management Consultant for Process, Energy and Utility Sectors
How better work and asset management planning leads to more efficient supply chain

Talk Description.
- Work and asset management can be seen as the 'front office' of the E&P supply chain
- Work and asset management creates demand for materials and spare parts, which are met by materials management staff, which depend on procurement staff
- If asset management is poor in planning, demand forecasting will be weaker, creating chaos in the entire value chain
- Better predictions of future maintenance needs can help plan for supplies in advance
- By integrating front office with back office can help improve visibility and drive overall supply chain efficiency
IBM is a globally integrated enterprise operating in over 170 countries. Today IBM UK has around 20,000 employees, bringing innovative solutions to a diverse client base to help solve some of their toughest business challenges. In addition to being the world''s largest IT and consulting services company, IBM is a global business and technology leader, innovating in research and development to shape the future of society at large. IBM''s prized research, development and technical talent around the world partner with governments, corporations, thinkers and doers on ground breaking real world problems to help make the world work better and build a smarter planet.
10:15 Richard Price - Sales Director UK and Ireland
Kardex Remstar
How automated warehousing systems can help improve supply chain quality

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Kardex Remstar develops, manufactures, and sells dynamic storage and retrieval systems. The company is a leading provider of storage lifts, vertical carousels, order picking software, and life cycle services. Kardex Remstar solutions provide customers from all industries with transparent savings both in space and process costs as well as with high quality that ensures seamless in-house logistics processes. Kardex Remstar''''s customers can be found in a broad range of industries, e.g. automotive, electronics, chemical/pharmaceutical, warehousing/distribution, mechanical engineering, health care, oil & gas, and others.

Kardex Remstar has two manufacturing sites, both located in Germany (Bellheim and Neuburg). Over the last decades, the company has successfully completed around 140,000 dynamic storage systems across the globe. With its sales network and business partners, Kardex Remstar is actively present in over 30 countries and employs 1,200 people.

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10:45 Steve Johnson - Head of Global Procurement & Supply Chain Management at Prosafe Offshore Ltd
Prosafe Offshore
Advice for students on embarking on a career in supply chain management

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Prosafe is the world's leading owner and operator of semi-submersible accomodation and service rigs.
11:00 Coffee
11:30 Yngve Nilsen - VP Sales & Business Development
Information - a supply chain challenge

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Sharecat is a Content Management solutions and services provider, with focus on the Oil & Gas industry. The company was established in Bergen, Norway in 1993 and employs more than 130 highly skilled people. Our offices are based in Norway, UK, USA and Australia with a low cost service center in Malaysia. The company's main owner is a large Norwegian private equity fund, ensuring financial capacity to grow and invest in new products and markets.
SHAREcat has been used by more than 30 major oil & gas operators. It has been deployed in close to 40 capital greenfield projects as well as for plant improvement/cataloguing programs covering more than 100 installations. Sharecat has a number of Global Agreements with Major Owner Operators and a Major Global EPC Organization. The company has ongoing projects in Australia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Oman, Iraq, Gulf of Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the North Sea. A global strategic alliance is established and in operation with WorleyParsons.

Sharecat's experience

Inadequate supply chain information and procedures are costing the process industries billions of dollars a year in plant startup delays, needless capital expenditure on inventory, procurement and maintenance inefficiencies, and significant revenue losses from unnecessary facility shutdowns.
Sharecat has for 20 years been focused on addressing this challenge, and has developed a set of Solutions that drives inefficiencies out of the industry's supply chain to provide early visibility of quality, fully validated content to all parties in the plant life cycle. Uniquely, SHAREcat improves information on existing facilities to give a true picture of the physical plant configuration, linked through the bill of materials to inventory spares. SHAREcat accelerates facility startup, minimises capital expenditure on inventory, and delivers major improvements in procurement, operations and maintenance.

The SHAREcat Solutions

SHAREcat is an internet based 'Software as a Service' solution, enabling access from any computer via a web browser. No hardware of software installation is required. The Solution comes with a set of configurable interfaces to external IT systems.

Product Catalogue

Sharecat is a global product catalogue that is updated on a continuous basis with manufacturers, product numbering, data templates and documentation. It contains product information captured over an 18 year period including products no longer in production, but still installed at thousands of assets. Companies can choose to be part of this shared catalogue by providing and getting information, but still being able to manage their special requirements. Alternatively private catalogues can be established for companies. These collect information from the global catalogue but do not share information they themselves bring in to this private catalogue. Regions/countries may have (or want to have) unified and special requirements for their local industry with the purpose to improve quality and efficiency. All product information in the catalogue are standardized (ISO15926 compliant) and validated.

SHAREcat Capture and Collaboration

Sharecat provides a solution to manage capture, approval and delivery of all technical information from the supply chain. The solution is an intelligent, rule-based workflow and validation software suite. Detailed management reporting gives visibility and control. Sharecat allows for dynamic hand over to operations when needed and the solution is seamless Integration with the Product Catalogue.


Many operators experience that a lack of information challenge the ability to run their asset efficiently. Most operators also experience how tough it can be, to fill the information gaps. Sharecat Solutions offers a program that deals with this problem. It captures all available information from various systems (including paper based archives) and makes it available in a structured way. This also prepares the ground for the powerful auto recognition features in the system, to bring validated information from the catalogue to fill missing gaps.
12:00 Phil Broughton - Head of energy and Oil & Gas sectors
Introducing the Charterered Institute of Purchasing and Supply sustainability index

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Talk Description.
Joint presentation with Sajid Ghani, CIPS

The CIPS Sustainability Index:

- supports the sustainable supply chain objectives of the oil & gas sector
- reduces the cost of dealing with the most commonly asked information of shared suppliers within the sector
- provides a trusted source of sustainability benchmarking for both the Buyer and Supplier
- provides coverage across all 3 dimensions of sustainability: economic, environmental and social/ethical
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) is the world's largest procurement and supply professional organisation, with 88,000 members. It has developed a program for Aberdeen oil and gas supply chain professionals, to "support the development of professionalism in procurement and supply chain management."

The training covers supply base analysis, risk management, negotiation skills, customer and client management, contract management, contract selection and legal, procurement process management, finance for procurement and supply chain analysis.

The first group of students have already been given certificates, including employees from Prosafe Offshore Ltd, Total E&P UK, Marathon Oil, KCA Deutag, Apache Oil and Wood group PSN.
12:30 Panel discussion with all morning speakers - what is the best way to reduce complexity in supply chain management?
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13:00 Lunch
14:00 Close
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