Following the lessons learned from the first-ever online Pipeline Technology Conference in March 2020 the organizing EITEP Institute developed a new Virtual Pipeline Summit (VPS) series of events.
On 30 June 2020 more than 600 participants from 69 different countries joined the first VPS on “Digital Transformation in the Pipeline Industry” online. Almost 30% of the participants came from pipeline operators the world over.
The goal of the online event was to give back to the pipeline industry the lost opportunities for knowledge transfer and networking, and to provide a comprehensive overview and competitive technology showcase of a spectrum of problems and solutions in these challenging times.
Amid the global pandemic, pipeline operators in particular must adapt their processes, procedures and staff to more extensive digitalization in order to meet supply and safety responsibilities. Pipeline operators need to shift staff to crisis management tasks, which leave a large gap in the capacity to perform business-as-usual operations. The ability of pipeline operators to leverage process automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities has become essential. In addition, pipeline companies around the world are more vulnerable than ever to cyberattacks as a result of the pandemic. As attackers try to take advantage of the situation, the ability of all companies to defend themselves against this threat has become critical.
All these aspects were covered during the 3-hour event in several live presentations from DNV GL, ILF Consulting Engineers, BIL, Hifi Engineering, Baker Hughes, ROSEN and Vallourec, and a live panel discussion with participants from Shell UK, Energinet Denmark, BIL and Baker Hughes. The participants made extensive use of the chance to ask live questions and to talk to each other via a LinkedIn-like activity feed and to exchange virtual business cards with each other.
Even beyond the date of the live event, the participants could follow up with the speakers and the other representatives from the presenting companies in case there are questions that had not been answered during the sessions. Moreover, all live content will stay online as recorded videos for participants who were not been able to join the live video feed.
The organizing EITEP Institute is already working on the announcement of the upcoming 2nd Virtual Pipeline Summit to be held in September and of the 16th Pipeline Technology Conference & Exhibition that will take place as usual in Berlin from 15-18 March 2021.