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Billed as the World's Largest Oil and Gas Event, the Global Petroleum Show 2008 offers a view of tomorrow's technology
By Brian J. Hogan
From June 10–12, approximately 60,000 visitors from more than 90 countries will go to Stampede Park in the beautiful city of Calgary (Alberta, Canada) to attend the 2008 edition of the biennial Global Petroleum Show (GPS). With a population of more than a million and some 21,000 acres of park and open spaces, Calgary is located about an hour from the Canadian Rockies.
More than 2000 exhibitors will show the latest innovations in technology, products, and services for the global oil and gas industry in more than 660,000 ft2 (61,300 m2) of exhibit space. In addition to the exhibition of equipment and services, attendees can take part in the Global Petroleum Conference, the GPS Gala Dinner, the Alberta International House, the Microsoft Technology Pavilion, a charity golf tournament, a tour of the Fort McMurray oil sands mine site, and much more. During the event, shuttle busses will transport attendees and exhibitors from "official" hotels around Calgary to Stampede Park. Bus trips to the exposition begin at 9 am and the last bus out leaves the GPS at 6 pm.
On June 9, a series of activities and events will be available to attendees. At the Sheraton Suites Eau Claire, the Russian Oil and Gas Conference will cover the realities, priorities, and opportunities of that industry. Key trends in the field, as well as government and major company plans to develop upstream oil and gas projects in Russia will be discussed. Top officials from Russia's Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the Ministry of Natural Resources, major companies, and various experts and market analysts will be at the conference.
At the Hyatt Regency Calgary hotel, on Monday, June 9, from 9 to 11:30 am, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers will present a keynote panel discussion entitled: Manufacturing Influences on Final Product Delivery. Manufacturing's influence on the oil and gas industry involves a matrix of people, machines, technologies, and materials. During this discussion, attendees will learn how to best manage activities within this supply chain. From 12:30 to 4:30 pm, SME will present Process and Equipment Technology Sessions (Session 100), chaired by Deborah Robbins of Bodycote. This session represents a chance to interact with and listen to individual presentations on the latest engineering, design, and material technologies used to manufacture parts and components representing the heart of the oil and gas industry.
Sessions sponsored by SME continue on Tuesday, June 10, at the Hyatt Regency. From 9 to 11:30 am, a keynote panel discussion on Creating Manufacturing Competitiveness with Lean Culture will examine your company's ability to compete in the global market. Organized by SME's Human Side of Lean Tech Group, this discussion will focus on the how-to behind the culture change needed to implement and sustain Lean. From 12:30 to 4:30 pm, Process and Equipment Technology (Session 200), chaired by Mike Perkins of Schlumberger, will offer attendees an opportunity to learn about the latest process, quality, and equipment technologies needed to create a competitive advantage in the oil and gas component manufacturing industry.
Organizers of GPS 2008 are doing their best to take care of international visitors. There will be an International Delegate Open House on June 9 at the TELUS Convention Centre from 1 to 5 pm. International delegates can pick up name badges and delegate gifts, learn more about doing business in Alberta and Canada, and have an opportunity to register for Country Presentations.
If you're a golfer, the Global Petroleum Show Charity Golf Tournament on June 9 will be held at the Valley Ridge Golf Course. There's a 7:30 am registration and an 8:30 am shotgun start.
And at the end of the day on Monday, the 9th, also at the Hyatt Regency, you can attend the Global Petroleum Show Gala. The evening begins at 6 pm with a champagne reception, and the organizers say you'll be able to rub shoulders with distinguished guests from across the globe.
On June 10, GPS 2008 opens, and in addition to the exhibition of equipment, attendees can take advantage of the Global Petroleum Conference. Held in the Palomino Rooms at Stampede Park, the conference will include sessions on: Business Challenges and Opportunities; CO2 Capture, Storage, and Injection; Environmental Management and Resource Access; Expanding Heavy Oil and Bitumen Resources; Operating and Capital Cost Optimization; Operations; Ramping Up Recovery; Reducing the Carbon Footprint; Sustainable Oil Sands Development; The Nuclear Solution: an Alternative Heat Source for the Process Industry; Unconventional Gas; and Upgrading Refining, and Petrochemicals.
On Tuesday, June 10, and Wednesday, June 11, from 8 am to 4 pm in the Boyce Theater at Stampede Park, a two-day course called Oilpatch 101, An Introduction to the Oil and Gas Industry, will be offered. After completing the course, you'll be in tune with the organizations working in the Canadian oilpatch, and understand the basic steps, technology, and people involved in moving oil from the ground to the consumer.
On Thursday, June 12, from 8 am to 5 pm, also in Boyce Theater, the session Heavy Oil 101 will present a seminar from the Canadian Heavy Oil Association. The morning sessions are: Introduction to the Industry (9–9:30 am) and Geology (9:30–10:30 am). Reservoir Engineering will be offered from 10:45 to 11:45 am, and afternoon sessions will be Marketing (1:30–2:30 pm), Upgrading and Refining (2:30–3:30 pm), and Regulatory and Environmental Issues (3:45–4:45 pm).
Other notable events during GPS 2008 include The Global Petroleum Career Exposition, which will be held at the TELUS Convention Center. It's designed to help energy producers, service companies, recruiters, training institutions, and others make contact with job seekers. Some 60 producers from around the world will be recruiting at the career expo.
Special exhibit areas at GPS will be the Alberta International House (AIH), which is a collaboration among international energy partners, the Alberta private sector, and the governments of Alberta and Canada. You can use AIH in a number of ways—for example, to connect with oil and gas industry leaders and managers, and access the services and expertise of provincial and federal government officials. At the Upper Big 4 Building, the Microsoft Technology Pavilion and Presentation Theater will offer a technology-focused showcase of oil and gas solutions. It will include more than 3500 ft2 (325 m2) that will be devoted to featuring Microsoft technology partners and their solutions, tailored to the industry and its needs. The exiderdome, presented by Siemens Canada, will present "innovative solutions" to the challenges facing the oil and gas industry. It will be located in the north parking lot of Stampede Park.
There will be a Professional Bull Riders Invitational rodeo on June 11. It begins at 7 pm in the Pengrowth Saddledome, and should be a rompin' stompin' good show. And if all the above leaves you wanting more, try the Fort McMurray Tour. This event will take you through an oil sands operation. It involves a 1 1/2-hr flight from Calgary to Fort McMurray on June 12, followed by the tour on Friday, June 13.
For details and to register for GPS 2008 on line, go to www.globalpetroleumshow.com, click on Register to Attend, and follow the prompts. It's a good site, and pricing information is readily available as you work through the various pages.
This article was first published in the June 2008 edition of Manufacturing Engineering magazine.