Let’s Do…Breakfast

EMCNext week, PennEnergy Research and the Oil & Gas Journal Site License program are hosting a breakfast with EMC.  A panel of experts will be on hand to discuss Critical Issues Facing the Energy Industry, specifically enabling a culture of safety and SEMS compliance.  Oil & Gas Operators the world over have always been concerned with safety, but recent incidents have brought the issue to the forefront.  Since the BP Macodo explosion (Deepwater Horizon) regulations have been put in place as an industry standard.  The Safety and Environmental Management Systems created by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) have been implemented and this not only impacts the operators but those companies who supply goods and services to them.

The discussion on April 8, 2014 tackles the issue of how Big Data can help.  It doesn’t matter if you’re an operator or a supply chain partner, Big Data can help assure operational excellence.

Beginning the Conversation

Bob Tippee, the Editor in Chief of the Oil & Gas Journal will kick things off with opening remarks.  Mr. Tippee has more than 30 years with the Oil & Gas Journal, and is one of the smartest men I know.  Every time I talk with him or hear him speak, I learn something new. Bob Tippee has been chief editor of Oil & Gas Journal since January 1999 and a member of the Journal staff since October 1977. Before joining the magazine, he worked as a reporter at the Tulsa World and served for four years as an officer in the US Air Force. A native of St. Louis, he holds a degree in journalism from the University of Tulsa.

The Panel of Experts

Dr. Scott Shemwell

Leading the panel of energy industry thought leaders is Dr. Scott Shemwell.  Dr. Shemwell, Managing Director of The Rapid Response Institute is an authority and thought leader in field operations and risk management with over 30 years in the energy sector leading turnaround and transformation processes for global S&P 500 organizations as well as start-up and professional service firms. He had been directly involved in over $5 billion acquisition and divestitures as well as the management of significant projects and business units.

He formerly served as Chief Operating Officer for an energy services company. He directed Oracle’s Energy Practice as vice president responsible for driving the strategic direction and business development.

While at MCI Systemhouse (now HP) he developed and implemented of the firm’s Y2K practice with a focus on the real-time systems responsible for both upstream and downstream petroleum production operation—forerunner of today’s Digital Oilfield.

While serving on the Halliburton Energy Services Leadership Team, he led its Information Technology line of business and was directly engaged in the transformation of the company into its Integrated Solutions business model as well acting as the CIO of the $2 billion Terra Nova (offshore Canada) project.

Dr. Shemwell has authored over 300 articles and presentations and three books; Essays on Business and Information, volumes I & II and just released, implementing a Culture of Safety: A Roadmap for Performance Based Compliance as co-author. He also serves as a member of the PennEnergy Research Advisory Board.

Formerly a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army Air Defense Artillery, he holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from North Georgia College, a Master of Business Administration from Houston Baptist University and a Doctor of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Martin Richards

Martin Richards joins Scott on the panel.   Martin is a member of the Energy Industry Solutions business within EMC’s IIG division. In 2010 Martin set up a team to design, develop and deploy content management solutions focused on the Energy Industry. Based on many years previous experience of content management Martin and his team built the Energy Industry solution suites and took them to market in mid 2011 – the EPFM suite. EMC Capital Projects, the initial solution, is aimed at managing content and processes and collaboration within a major Capital Project. The first EMC Capital Project solution was sold in Q3 2011 and this has now be sold in to over 40 organizations, in the Oil and Gas, Mining and Engineering markets. Based on the success achieved in 2011 EPFM became a fully managed EMC product in 2012.

To date the Energy Solutions have driven over $50m of sales revenue.

Capital Projects is now available as a cloud based subscription service, based on EMCs OnDemand hosting facilties (CPaaS)

At the start of Q1 2013 the EPFM suite was enhanced to include products for Asset Operations, Handover and Commissioning and Supplier Exchange.

2004-2009 – Senior Director EMC Consulting

Martin joined EMC in 2004 to develop the EMC IIG services business. Martin was initially based in the UK and focused on the EMEA market. Martin built the EMEA services team and developed the business from $10m to $50m per year in revenue. The key successes during this period was to build out the services operation in the emerging markets (Middle East, Africa, Russia) and to develop a key account strategy – driving >50% of annual revenues from a select number of strategic customers.

Martin moved to the USA in 2008 to take over the Americas Services business. During 2008-9 Martin operated a stable business generating $80m in services revenue annually.

I’m excited about the opportunity to watch these guys in action next week.  If you’re in Houston and would like to join us, you can register here.  I’ll be on hand for a little while after the event to talk one on one with individuals who would like more information surrounding these topics.  Hopefully, we’ll see you there!

‘Til next time,



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