Postponed until July - Managing Innovation and New Technologies in the Upstream Oil & Gas Industry
Event Date Time Duration Registration Closing Date Registration Closing Time
Tue 18th Feb 2020
Wed 19th Feb 2020
Thu 20th Feb 2020
8.30am for 9.00am start Full Day Workshop - Finish at 5.00pm 14th Feb 2020 05:00 PM

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Registration Price:

SPE Member $2000.00 ea
Non-Member $2400.00 ea
Student $1600.00 ea
Sponsor Non SPE Member $2160.00 ea
Sponsor SPE Member $1800.00 ea


Managing Innovation and New Technologies in the Upstream Oil & Gas Industry


Course Overview

The upstream oil and gas industry has become more technology-intensive over the years, and the pace of technological change within the sector is accelerating.  But how should an organization manage the development, deployment, and use of new innovations that are emerging within the industry?  Designed by the researcher behind both of the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Global Innovation Surveys, this course gives participants an awareness of how innovation and R&D happen within the sector and, by teaching them how to apply a broad range of tools, shows them how they can get better results from their organization’s innovation-related activities.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will:


  • Develop an appreciation for the role of innovation in the success of oil & gas firms
  • Understand the industry-specific challenges of R&D in the oil & gas industry
  • Know how to be innovative even in a low-price or turbulent environment
  • Understand “open innovation,” and know a few ways that they can become open innovators who successfully leverage innovations and good ideas from other organizations and industries
  • Know how to articulate the potential value of oil & gas technologies, and to recognize the limitations of different valuation methods
  • Understand how innovation can help the oil & gas industry to survive and compete in a carbon-constrained world
  • Develop an appreciation for how digital technologies like Big Data, cloud computing, Internet of Things, blockchain, etc. are changing the competitive dynamics of the sector
  • Understand how/why dominant designs emerge in the marketplace, but not always (and the market conditions that typically give rise to each scenario)
  • Know how to connect your technology strategy to the larger strategic aims of your organization
  • Know how organizational designs impact innovation processes, thereby helping them to design organizations that are more innovative and successful in managing novel technologies
  • Understand tools and approaches for managing and tracking new product development and their organization’s R&D portfolio



Who Should Attend?

This course is appropriate for anyone who is connected to the innovation-related aspects of their organization, who works in decision-making roles that are frequently impacted by the emergence of new technologies, or who wants to play a role in creating a more innovative environment within their business.  No prior experience or training in this area is required for this course.

Venue Information

The Tattersall's Club

215 Queens St



Lucie at SPE Qld


Prior to joining the Queensland University of Technology in Australia as an Associate Professor in 2011, Dr. Robert Perrons worked in a wide variety of roles and locations for Shell International’s Exploration & Production division.  He started his career in Shell’s Strategy & Economics team in 1997, and then worked for several years as a production engineer in the company’s overseas operations (offshore and onshore).  He then left Shell for three years to work as an Industrial Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, but re-joined Shell again in 2004 to become the company’s Executive Coordinator of R&D. He has a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering from McMaster University in Canada, a Master's degree in Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a PhD in engineering from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar.  He is a Fellow of both the UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Engineers Australia, and is chartered as a Eur. Ing. in Europe.

Date: 18th – 20th February 2020

Venue: Tattersall Club







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