GVF/UK-EMP Conference to Take Place On 12th &13th May 2010

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 4/29/2010, Location: Europe

The GVF/UK-EMP Conference Partnership is pleased to announce the continuing growth of sponsorship support for the 3rd Annual Oil & Gas Communications Europe Conference: ‘Digital Applications & Communications Dynamics from the North Sea to the Arctic Ocean’, which takes place in Aberdeen; Scotland on 12th & 13th May, 2010.

Organisations contributing to the conference programme in a speaking capacity will include Schlumberger, Eutelsat, Hermes Datacomms, IPX International Systems Inc., Arqiva Satellite & Media, Orange Business Services, Gilat Satellite Networks, ND SatCom, Baker Hughes Inc., Marlink, iDirect-SatManage, Advantech Wireless, MetroData, ViaSat Inc., Euroconsult, and the European Space Agency Telecommunications Division (ESA Telecoms).

As in previous years, Schlumberger will be the lead sponsor for the 2010 Aberdeen conference, with Eutelsat, Hermes Datacomms, IPX International Systems, Arqiva Satellite & Media, and Orange Business Services also Featuring as key sponsors.

Other attending organisations will include Acergy, Baker Hughes (Russia), British Petroleum, Centrica, Eye2Sky, Maersk Oil, PSN, Subsea7, and Telenor.

IPX International Systems Vice President, Jean-Robert Barallon, referencing his company’s support for the conference said, “IPX is extremely pleased to once again sponsor and participate in this important industry event. Successful business strategy is built upon solid, long term relationships with customers, vendors and service providers, and this event provides the perfect medium to compare, contribute and collaborate in this challenging market. The VSAT itself is only the tip of the iceberg. It is the capability to deliver key applications that meet the customers' specific demands that is a benchmark of success.”

Mr. Barallon will contribute to the conference session ‘First Mile... Last Mile... for Oil & Gas: Networking Solutions & Technology Hybrids’ which will investigate how it is incumbent on communications industry operators and service providers to ensure that their offerings to the oil & gas industry continue to provide multi-platform, multiple technology, hybridized solutions to meet the complex and extensive voice, data, and video applications needs of this vertical environment.

“New additions to the programme in this, the 9th Oil & Gas Communications Conference, will include a live satellite-link demonstration, the introduction of a series of mini-panel dialogues on key – and contentious – issues in the oil & gas communications sphere, and an extended geographical scope to include subjects related to the ommunications imperatives of oil & gas exploration and production in the Arctic Basin” said Martin Jarrold, GVF Chief of International Programme Development and Conference Chairman.

Added James Trevelyan, Head of Sales, Enterprise Services at Arqiva, "Arqiva Satellite & Media is a key player in the Oil & Gas Communications market place. We look forward to supporting this important annual event." Arqiva will be one of the companies contributing to the mini-panel dialogues that will take place during the conference, focusing particularly on:

- 21st Century Oil & Gas ICT Networking: Development & Deployment Dynamics which will pose such questions as

- Technology & Topology in Networking Communications and the Digital Application – Which is the chicken? Which is the Egg?

- Commercial Applications in the Satellite Environment – What do developers need to know beyond their fibre frame of reference?

- North Sea Oil & Gas Field Maturity – What does this mean for satellite-based application functionality and cost-effectiveness?

- The North Sea Experience – What lessons for new oil & gas exploration and production frontiers?

- Next Generation Applications in Oil & Gas – What does it mean for satellite technology?

- Advancing E&P Horizons: Evolving the Satellite Networking Requirement to the Arctic Frontier, which will examine such issues as:

- Satellite Operators & the High Polar Latitudes – What are the current limitations and future prospects?

- Elliptical & Inclined – Will there be a realistic, new market-driven business model for growth beyond GEO?

- LEOs – Where will the existing constellations fit into the Arctic communications landscape?

- How will earth station/terminal/antenna manufacturers and vendors position themselves for this new and important, but niche, market?

- Will the limited market size reduce opportunities for competitive equipment pricing through the absence of economies of scale?

- How will existing stabilized and tracking antenna technologies be adapted and deployed for the new Arctic communications market?

The Aberdeen programme will also feature the following elements: Leveraging Digital Oilfield Advantages in the Lower Latitudes of the North Sea, Current & Future Generations of Communications Infrastructure: Realizing Access to the Digital Oilfield in Higher Latitudes | How to Ensure Your Satellite Communications Provider Will Support Your Business Needs. And Not Their Business Wants | Maximising the Potential of Commercial Applications & the Communications Environment: Helping Developers to get on the Satellite “Wavelength”!

Remote Collaborative Deployment – A Demonstration: From Auto-Deploy & Out-of-Band Management to Meshed TDMA & Content Prioritisation, Redundancy Maximization: Extending Out-of-band Control & Monitoring GVF Satellite Installation New Training Dynamics for Oil & Gas Communications in the North Sea, Real-Time Data Monitoring, Data Management Remote Collaboration & Operations Support Centres, SLA Agreements and VSAT Networks, First Mile... Last Mile... for Oil & Gas: Networking Solutions & Technology Hybrids | Multi-service Resilient Fibre Networking via CWDM – A North Sea Case Study, SCADA in a Broadband Satellite Oil & Gas Environment, Maintaining the Business Mission Critical Link: Oil & Gas Communications When Disaster Strikes. The Design & Ergonomics of the Collaborative Visualization Environment.

Paul Stahl, Managing Partner of UK-EMP, remarked “The role of satellite in oil & gas is well developed, but still has potential to evolve and to expand. Therefore, the Aberdeen conference will explore this future evolution and expansion, not only with reference to the later stages of North Sea exploration and production, but with reference to the emergence of the fresh energy-yielding potential of the high northern latitudes.”

GVF’s Maritime Initiative Ramps Up Recognising the increased strategic importance to the satellite industry of the entire offshore and maritime sector, GVF is currently extending its long-standing activity and collaboration in this space by building on its three-fold focus in Promotions, Advocacy, and Training. * Promotions – GVF is about to expand the Broadband Maritime Conference Series into Europe.

This follows the 2009 and 2010 conferences in the series for the South East Asia region, which were held in Singapore. The 2010 GVF Broadband Maritime conference, ‘New Communications Networking for Offshore & the High Seas’, attracted participants from across the user and vendor communities – as follows (alphabetical order): Anglo Eastern Ship Management, APL (Neptune Orient), B&H Equimar, CGP Solutions, CSIT, EMS Ship Management, Executive Ship Management, Fr8, Gardline Shipping Australia, Germadept (S) Pte. Ltd., Gilat Satellite Networks, Hallin Marine, Hong Lam Marine, Horizon Mobile Communications, Hughes Network Systems, IM Skaugen Marine Services, Inmarsat, Intellian Technologies Inc., Intelsat, JR Orion Services Pte. Ltd., KT Corp., Marine Technologies LLC, Mari-Time Solutions (S) Pte. Ltd., MTM Ship Management, MTN Satellite Communications, Norgas, Northern Sky Research, Pacmar Shipping, POSH Fleet Services, POSH Maritime Pte. Ltd., Remas2/C-Comm, Schlumberger, Singapore Maritime Academy, SingTel Satellite, Speedcast, Thome Group, Thrane & Thrane, TORM Shipping Singapore, United Ocean Ship anagement, V-Ships Singapore – and GVF has now been encouraged by both users and vendors to introduce the Broadband Maritime Conference Series to Europe.

- Advocacy – GVF advocacy for the maritime VSAT industry has continued for more than a decade. Indeed, the successful defence of C-band satellite spectrum – a valuable maritime communications resource – at the International Telecommunication Union World Radiocommunication Conference in 2007 was recognised in the form of an “Industry Innovator” award given to GVF by the Society of Satellite Professionals International.

Further examples of GVF advocacy work for the maritime market included action related to an ITU Resolution pertaining to "Earth Stations on Vessels" (ESVs).

The initial interpretation of the ITU Resolution made by OFCOM, the UK regulator did not favour satellite, and GVF was among the first to set in motion a regulatory initiative that ultimately reached all of Europe and the Americas, resulting in a far more favourable interpretation and implementation of the licensing regime.

In addition, October 2009 saw publication of the ‘Two-Way Satellite Market Survey’ a European Space Agency-funded report to which GVF contributed the major research effort with the satellite industry. The Report provided a detailed analysis of the maritime market User Segment, a profile of current satellite industry Services and Products, and an examination of the various features/benefits of Maritime Networks. Amongst its conclusions, the Report identified the most important and sensitive parameters in the delivery of satellite-based services to the maritime market. The Report featured in a GVF-organised meeting during the Satellite 2010 event in Maryland, USA recently.

Most recently, GVF has begun planning an advocacy effort in India, where the government has strong prohibitions against maritime and aeronautical satcom. In March this year, the GVF Secretary General was in New Delhi attending to this issue, in coordination with the GVF local affiliate, the VSAT Services Association of India (VSAI).

- Training – GVF runs the VSAT industry's global VSAT Certification Programme, winner of the STARs ‘Best Skills Developer Award’ at Satcom Africa 2009, and recently cited in the SSPI's Industry Innovator awards ceremony. Integral to the GVF VSAT installation-training curriculum is a focus on the deployment of systems used in the martime environment. For example, GVF has developed and have been delivering a Schlumberger Spacetrack 4000 installation course for their stablized platform. Likewise, GVF has a similar agreement with Cobham to develop Seatel courses. Planning is underway for a course tailored for those who install VSATs in the yachting market. Maritime interests who have embraced the GVF training include KVH, CapRock, Broadpoint, Schlumberger, Seatel, iDirect, Viasat, Gilat, Hughes, and 18 of the world's largest satellite operators.

To open the second day of the Aberdeen Oil & Gas Communications Europe Conference 2010, Martin Jarrold will provide a detailed insight into the latest offerings in the GVF suite of VSAT training resources as applicable to the various installation environments of oil & gas E&P operations, including offshore deployments of the latest ruggedized, stabilized, and self-pointing/auto-deploy antennas.

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