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The Road to AI - Energizing the Domain Experts

JAN 26-27 2022 II DIGEX.NO



Digital technology is enabling the oil & gas industry to completely change the way geoscientists work, how it impacts our daily jobs and the possibilities that comes with it.


You get concrete examples on how companies are embracing the possibilities within this emerging domain and how they are changing their workflows and approach to the entire value chain from a subsurface perspective.

For whom?

Geoscientists working within the subsurface domain in the oil & gas industry.
- Oil companies
- Service companies
- Authorities
- Research and educational institutions





Digital Mindshift

Extracting Value from Data

New Ways of Working

Call for Papers

We are now accepting abstracts for #DIGEX 2022

The Road to AI - Energizing the Domain Experts

Technology - Workflows - Geoscientists - Data

The groundwork in digitalization in oil, gas, and energy has already been done by a few notable industry innovators, but more companies are joining the revolution and have started their own digital transition by venturing into the world of cloud platforms, interactive visualizations, analytics, and predictions by applying the first ML algorithms to their datasets. Richer datasets and new workflows - together with ML and AI - have a massive potential to positively influence exploration and production in oil and gas.

Yet, there are many unresolved problems and challenges, and the next phase within digitalization requires the involvement and ownership of domain experts.

We are told that geoscientists will be empowered by data and machines. But what are the benefits, challenges, pros, and cons, and are there workflows more optimal for empowerment than others?

For the human-machine interface, how do we translate our knowledge and experience into algorithms? For data readiness, what does it take for our data to become machine-readable? The data may currently be easily understandable for a domain expert, but how do we ensure the required level of consistency, quality, and context for algorithms and machine learning?

The digital transition still requires a massive mind-shift in the industry. Going forward, geoscientists will need to acquire new skills, learn to use new tools, and adapt to new workflows. How do we ensure that we are bringing everyone along on this journey? Likewise, geoscientists will need to be involved with data scientists, developers, and programmers to ensure that the AI and ML algorithms are capable of obtaining accurate, low risk – high confidence, results that add value to the E&P workflow.

We want to hear about your experiences navigating this territory, and how your organization is ensuring human involvement and geoscience integration in developing algorithms and applications for the exploration and production domains.

Conference Topics

  • Case Studies
  • Human and Geoscience Integration
  • New ways of working
  • The Vendor Perspective
  • In the Cloud
  • Advances in AI / ML for the subsurface

Abstract Requirements

  • Min. 500 words
    • Word format
  • Min. one illustration
    • jpg/png/pdf
    • min 72 dpi
    • min 711x474px


Questions or Ready to Submit?

Abstract submission is now closed. To enquire about presenting, contact Ingvild Carstens in GeoPublishing AS. 


Please contact Ingvild Carstens, ingvild@geonova.no, for information about pricing for start-ups, students and out-of-work professionals.

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We regret that no refunds can be made after January 20th, 2021. Any cancellations received after January 20th, 2021, or non-attendance will be liable for the full registration fee.


Day 1

Welcome to #DIGEX 2021
08:55 Ingvild Ryggen Carstens, General Manager at GeoPublishing

Digital Perspectives: 09:00 GMT +1

Moderated by Kine Johanne Årdal, Digitalization Manager at Pandion Energy

Approaching AI
09:00 Marianne Selle, Customer Success Lead at Microsoft

Transforming Interaction between People, Data & Technology
09:25 James Elgenes, Leading Advisor Digitalization at Equinor

09: 50 Johan Krebbers, IT CTO & CP TaCIT Architecture at Shell

Virtual Coffee Break: How to make your Corporate Data Impact the Bottom Line
10:15am - 10:45am
Hosted by Magnus Tvedt, Founder & CEO, and Cathrine Eide, Chief Sales Officer at ProWellPlan

New Ways of Working: 10:45 GMT +1

Moderated by James Elgenes, Leading Advisor Digitalization at Equinor

How Open Innovation and The Future of Work meet to Deliver Value to Shelland the Industry at Large
10:45 Paul Genberg, Interim CEO & Head of Product, Alice Hildick, Program Director, XCover, & Jessica Noglows, Program Director, Xeek at StudioX & Shell

Winning with Open Subsurface Datasets!  Results from the FORCE 2020 Machine Learning Competition on Wells and Seismic
11:10 Peter Bormann, Exploration Geologist at ConocoPhillips

Cuttings Insight Collaboration – making Data Exploration Fun 
11:25 Kine Johanne Årdal, Digitalization Manager at Pandion Energy

Transforming the Wellbore Operations Experience
11:40 Victoria Baines, Wireline Digital Product Champion at Schlumberger

Q&A and Discussion w/ speakers
11:55 Moderated by James Elgenes, Equinor

Lunch Break
12:10 - 13:15

Virtual Field Trip - Svalbox: Festningen
12:20 - Hosted by Kim Senger, Associated Professor at The University Centre in Svalbard

Virtual Field Trip - 3D Gaia: Clastic Outcrop Analogs from the Wessex Basin
12:50 - Hosted by Claudia Ruiz-Graham, CEO & Founder, & Stavros Vrachliotis, Geologist at Imaged Reality

Maximizing Data Value - 13:15 GMT +1

Moderated by Dan Austin, Business Development Manager at Earth Science Analytics

The Necessity of a Single Truth for Geoscience and Engineering Data 
13:15 - Philip Neri, Director of Marketing at Energistics

Improving Data Quality and Reliability for Subsurface Workflows
13:30 - Victoria O'Connor, Director Geoscience at PDS Group

The Advantages of an Integrated Data Overview for G&G Application Users
13:45 - Tom Roger Grovassbakk, E&P Information Architecture & Master Data Management at KADME

From Unstructured Data to Efficient E&P Decisions
14:00 - Kim Gunn Maver at Iraya Energies

Accelerating Enterprise Data Discovery, Integration, and Value Extraction across the E&P Lifecycle
14:15 - Priya Soni, Product Champion - GAIA Xchange at Schlumberger

Q&A and Discussion w/ speakers
14:30 - Moderated by Dan Austin

Virtual Coffee Break: Whereoil Image Search
14:45 - 15:15
Hosted by Jesse Lord, Technical Account Manager at KADME

Virtual Coffee Break: Swiftly Discover, Analyze and Present Business Opportunities in a Global Mapping Interface
14:45 - 15:15
Hosted by Jørgen Engen Napstad, Managing Director at Glex

Well Data Analyzis & Visualization - 15:15 GMT+1

Moderated by Tormod Slettemeås, Digital Subsurface Solution BDM at Schlumberger

Developing New Workflows and Tools to Handle Big Amounts of Data
15:15 - Susanne Møgster Sperrevik, BD & Exploration Director at M Vest Energy

Big Mineral Data - Full Well QEMSCAN Data from Cuttings
15:40 - Jenny Omma, Chief Geologist at Rocktype

Machine Learning Assisted Lithology and Carbonate Lithofacies Classification - ​A Barents Sea Case Study
15:55 - George Ghon, Geoscientist at Earth Science Analytics

Q&A and Discussion w/ speakers
16:10 - Moderated by Tormod Slettemeås, Schlumberger

Deliver on Digital: From Silicon Valley to Kardemomme By
16:30 - Nils Nilsen, Subsurface Modelling Engineering Manager at SNTC

Day 2

Digital Mindshift: 08:30 GMT +1

Moderated by Kristian Brandsegg, EVP Projects at Exploro

Using Hackathons to Foster Subsurface Citizen Data Scientists
08:30 - Vidar Furuholt, Senior Advisor - Digitalization at Aker BP

How to Implement Collaborative Well Planning
08:50 - Cathrine Eide, Chief Sales Officer at ProWellPlan

Unlocking the Hidden Value of Subsurface Digitalisation: To Operationalize Data and Scale Solutions in Subsurface and Wells
09:05 - Kristian Stautland, Customer Success Director at Cognite

Digital Innovation: Exploring New Ways of Working as a Geoscientist with Focus on Data Science, End-to-End Integration, Automation, and Auditability
09:20 - Martin Haege, Senior Research Scientist, & Jimmy Klinger, Innovation and Geoscience Technical Marketing Manager at Schlumberger

Q&A and Discussion w/ speakers
09:35 - Moderated by Kristian Brandsegg, Exploro

Virtual Coffee Break: Human in the Loop - What does Digital Mean to You?
09:50 - 10:15
Hosted by Dan Austin, Business Development Manager at Earth Science Analytics

Virtual Coffee Break: Whereoil Image Search
09:50 - 10:15
Hosted by Jesse Lord, Technical Account Manager at KADME

New Digital Workflows - 10:15 GMT +1

Moderated by Kine Johanne Årdal, Digitalization Manager at Pandion Energy

From Analog to Digital Geology: a Novel Workflow for Improved Subsurface Characterization and Exploration using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. A case-study from the Svalbard Archipelago
10:15 - Juha Ahokas, Senior Geologist at Aker BP & Pierre LE GUERN, Research Program Manager at Schlumberger

Enabling Data Science against Legacy Software Application Data
10:30 - Sebastian Grebe, Product Manager at Cegal

Digital LTRO
10:45 - Babak Moradi, Senior Reservoir Engineer at Ridge - a part of THREE60 Energy

Sensitivity Analysis of Plio-Pleistocene Glacial Erosion Timing and Magnitude on the Maloy Slope, North Sea, using an AI-based Basin Simulator
11:00 - Jean-Marie Laigle, CEO/CTO at Belmont Technologies

Q&A and Discussion w/ speakers
11:15 - Moderated by Kine Johanne Årdal, Pandion Energy

Lunch Break
11:30 - 12:30

Virtual Field Trip - Lime: Multiscale VFT to the Book Cliffs, Utah, USA. Virtual Field Experiences for Times of Global Pandemics and Beyond
11:40 - Hosted by Simon John Buckley, Principal Researcher at NORCE

Virtual Field Trip - 3D Gaia: Deep Water turbidites, County Clare, Ireland
12:00 - Hosted by Claudia Ruiz-Graham, CEO & Founder, & Stavros Vrachliotis, Geologist at Imaged Reality

ML - Seismic, Processing & Inversion - 12:30 GMT +1

Moderated by Peder Aursand, Senior Engineer - Machine Learning at Aker BP

One-click Processing and Interpretation with Pre-trained Networks
12:30 - Aina Juell Bugge at Lundin Energi Norway

Hybrid Deep Machine Learning Inversion
12:45 - Ali Moradi Tehrani, Regional Technical Manager at CGG

“Old” Big-Data Awakened to New Life with AI / ML Processing
13:00 - Peter Keller, Advisor Geology & Geophysics, and Director at AGGS

Q&A and Discussion w/ speakers
13:15 - Moderated by Peder Aursand, Aker BP

Virtual Coffee Break: Last Mile Delivery - How do you Create Business Value from Digital Projects?

13:30 - 14:00

Hosted by Pernille Hammernes, Manager Exploration International & Marie Østensen, Digital Program Manager Exploration at Equinor

Virtual Coffee Break: Accelerate your Digital Future - Unlock the Power of your OSDU Data Platform and Beyond
13:30 - 14:00
Hosted by Preetika Shedde, Project Manager – Global Cloud at Schlumberger

ML - Seismic & Well Interpretation - 14:00 GT +1

Moderated by Peder Aursand, Senior Engineer - Machine Learning at Aker BP

Characterizing Injectites on a Basin Scale - A Northern North Sea Case Study 
14:00 - Eirik Larsen, CEO and Founder at Earth Science Analytics

Integration of Human & Artificial Intelligence Technology to Identify Sub-Seismic Features
14:15 - Ryan Williams, Senior Geoscientist at Geoteric

Seismic Structural Interpretation using Geology-driven Machine Learning Approaches: A North Sea case study
14:30 - James Kiely, Senior Explorationist at OMV Norge & Çağıl Karakaş, Senior Research Geoscientist at Schlumberger

Geological Process Modeling coupled with Geostatistics for Facies Modeling: a Case Study in the Brazilian Pre-salt Carbonates
14:45 - Danilo Jotta Ariza Ferreira, Geologist at GIECAR Universidade Federal Fluminense

Use of Artificial Intelligence to maximize the petroleum resource potential on the Norwegian Continental Shelf 
15:00 - Petter Dischington, Geoscientist at NPD

Q&A and Discussion w/ speakers
15:15 - Moderated by Peder Aursand, Aker BP

How University-Industry Collaboration Shapes the Future Geoscientist
15:35 - Alexey Pavlov, BRU21 Program Manager & Professor, Petroleum Cybernetics at NTNU

Program Committee


Kine Johanne Årdal

Digitalization Manager at Pandion Energy

Kristian Bjarnøe Brandsegg

EVP Projects at Exploro

Peder Aursand

Senior Engineer – Machine learning, Aker BP

Ingvild Ryggen Carstens

General Manager at GeoPublishing

Tormod Slettemeås

Digital Subsurface BD Manager Scandinavia at Schlumberger
James Elgenes

James Elgenes

Leading Advisor Digitalisation at Equinor

Dan Austin

Global Business Development Manager at Earch Science Analytics

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