Operational Sustainability, LLC

Operational Excellence
June 20-21, Houston, TX

Reduce Risk. Optimize Performance. Achieve True Operational Excellence.

June 20-21, 2017 – Houston, Texas

Download OE Conference Brochure & Agenda  

How do you consistently deliver operational excellence in today's complex, highly regulated industries? Join us in Houston, June 2017, to learn first-hand how some of the most successful organizations worldwide manage operational risk and effectively optimize safety, efficiency, and operational integrity.

Walk away with 6 key insight to help your organization drive world-class business performance:

  • Gain an understanding of how top operating companies are approaching Operational Excellence
  • Discover best practices of benchmarking and lessons learned
  • Learn how to align work processes to maximize facility availability (i.e. maintenance, safety, production, reliability)
  • Reduce unplanned outages, process upsets, and profit losses
  • Improve your safety culture and operational discipline
  • Better manage your operational risks to achieve operational integrity


Download OE Conference Brochure & Agenda  

Day One / Magnolia Room

  • 8:00 – Welcome from Operational Sustainability

  • 8:15 – Morning Keynote: The Journey to Operational Excellence

    Presenter: BP

    Like the majority of energy companies, BP must address low margins and the retiring workforce to continue to safely and reliably operate. In spite of increasing operating cost pressures, BP will share new ways that it is transforming its operations. This philosophy is anchored on the principals of BP's Operations Excellence Framework. We will share the background, successes, challenges, and vision going forward as we continue to evolve this operating philosophy.

  • 9:30 – Achieving OE through Sustainable Risk Management and Process Monitoring

    Presenter: ERM

    OE is achieved through the consistent management and execution of effective, repeatable processes, and deliberate risk management. It can be difficult to achieve, much less maintain, without a measurable and actionable definition of OE. Attendees will learn how companies who exhibit recognized and sustained operational excellence use strategies based on structured management systems and defined business processes – along with tools to enable those processes – to provide the necessary insight for tracking, measuring, analyzing, and acting.

  • 10:30 – Break

  • 10:45 – Using Asset Integrity & Reliability Data to Drive an Integrated Risk Management Framework

    Presenter: The Aladon Network

    Attendees will explore best practices in data driven asset integrity and reliability as a part of a comprehensive integrated risk management framework. This presentation will explore emerging best practices and methodologies to maximize the uptime of equipment and to maintain the integrity of the assets. Learn from real world examples and key insights.

  • 11:45 – Lunch Keynote: Operational Integrity

    Presenter: SAP

    SAP is working with OS to deliver a new integrated offering for Operational Integrity. This presentation will share the benefits of the solution and how the framework addresses the needs of the process industries.

  • 1:15 – Building Vision and Culture for Rapid Implementation of Operational Excellence Solutions

    Presenter: The International Group, Inc.

    Hear the first hand account of one company's journey to identify issues, address health and safety needs, and implement a common vision and process. With Operational Excellence as the goal, and faced with multiple locations and varying cultures, how do you successfully define a common vision and fast track implementation? Explore lessons learned and outcomes two years into the process.

  • 2:15 – Leverage the Power of AI to Make Your Operations Safer and More Efficient

    Presenter: SparkCognition, Inc.

    Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are not new fields of study, but they have garnered significant media coverage over the past year because these techniques are solving problems that have been previously unsolvable. Attendees will get a brief introduction to AI and ML, and learn how this disruptive technology can improve reliability and safety in ways that traditional approaches cannot.

  • 3:15 – Break

  • 3:30 – Controlling Risk Ranking Variability by Using a Progressive Risk Registry

    Presenter: Operational Sustainability – Vice President

    Risk in the process industries is often overstated or understated due to insufficient information. This is especially true regarding Process Hazards Analyses (PHA) and incident investigations. Compliance audits often reveal risk ranking consistency issues even between identical hazards at the same operating facility. This session introduces the "Progressive Risk Registry" concept for controlling risk variability by integrating industry risk information and company-specific data with modeling.

  • 4:30 – Evening Keynote: Practical Operational Excellence

    Presenter: Operational Sustainability

Day One / Elm Room

  • 8:00 – Magnolia Room

  • 8:15 – Magnolia Room

  • 9:30 – Admitting Human Error in the Workplace – The Mindset Shift to Attaining Operational Resilience

    Presenter: Vetergy

    Attendees will explore the ideas and systems that address effective management of human factors. People do not set out to cause failure – their desire is to succeed – but they are part of a multi-dimensional operating framework. Learn how to preemptively design operational systems and reactively probe causes of failure, then holistically address accountability – not merely fix the actions of an individual – to encompass everything that makes up the operating framework.

  • 10:30 – Break

  • 10:45 – Mission Critical: Conduct of Operations as part of Operational Excellence

    Presenter: Operational Sustainability

    The overall objective of Conduct of Operations (CoO) is to structure operational tasks in a manner consistent with the organization's risk tolerance to ensure that every task is completed in a way that minimizes variations in performance. In other words, ensuring that "Everyone is doing the right thing, at the right time, every time." This session identifies the core elements of CoO and will share how companies are successfully addressing CoO.

  • 11:45 – Magnolia Room

  • 1:15 – Managing Change in Relief Device Management

    Presenter: Hess Corporation

    Pressure relief devices are integrity critical safety equipment. Once properly designed and installed, operational and piping changes can impact the ability to meet original design relief specifications. Learn how Hess Corporation prevents issues by using an effective screening tool to determine if a system change may impact the operational capacity of an existing relief device. Explore how we integrate Management of Change with a database of key relief device data to manage a system-wide maintenance work order program.

  • 2:15 – Preventing Incidents, Near Misses and API 754 Compliance

    Presenter: Huntsman Corporation

    Learn how Huntsman Corporation is using integrated data to reduce incidents and near-misses, mitigate unsafe conditions and meet API 754 and OSHA standards. Attendees will see the how the metrics gathered improve insights into behavior and indicate if work is being performed safely or not. This integrated look at incidents uses data points from environmental, process safety, personnel safety, and facility security to provide a clear picture of at risk behavior and insight into conditions that cause a plant operate outside safe upper and lower limits of operation.

  • 3:15 – Break

  • 3:30 – Using a Mobility Mindset to Drive Operational Excellence

    Panel discussion; Hess Corporation, Huntsman Corporation, IGI, DAQRI, OS

  • 4:30 – Magnolia Room

Day Two / Magnolia Room

  • 8:00 – Morning Keynote: New Ways to Manage Resource and Workforce Challenges

    Presenter: Verified Market

  • 8:30 – Automating SIS Workflow

    Presenter: Kenexis Consulting Corporation

    This presentation will discuss the requirements for achieving functional safety in accordance with international standard IEC 61511 (ISA 84.00.01 in the US), with a focus on automating the workflow defined in the standard's safety lifecycle using data driven applications. Implementation of the SIS lifecycle is easier using enterprise software that allow data from one phase to be passed automatically to subsequent phases. When the SIS moves into the operation and maintenance phase, integration with management of change and corrective action databases allow for simplified continued compliance.

  • 9:30 – Alarm Management Meets SIS

    Presenter: ProSys

    Alarm floods negatively impact plant operations, yet very little progress has been made to eliminate them. One of the worst contributing factors to this problem is the proliferation of alarms typically configured in a SIS.

    Attendees will see a cohrent, sane approach to SIS alarms, including field examples.

    • Alarm requirements per SIS Standard (ISA-84)
    • Requirements from the Alarm Management standard (ISA 18.2)
    • Potential conflicts between standards
    • Conforming to standards while still having a rational alarming scheme
    • Pitfalls and misconceptions to successful alarm management with SIS
  • 10:30 – Break

  • 10:45 – The New Mobile Landscape

    Presenter: CEO, Operational Sustainability

    More than 4 billion people have a mobile phone or tablet. A significant portion of the workforce will turn over during the next 2-3 years, bringing a dramatic shift in how mobility and the convergence of the Internet of Things affects facilities and processes. Hear how specific applications for mobility coupled with the IT/OT convergence will be game changers for achieving Operational Excellence.

  • 11:45 – Lunch Keynote: The New Perspective on Asset Performance Management

    Presenter: Operational Sustainability / SAP

    APM involves operating and maintaining physical assets to optimize their performance. Traditionally, APM included Enterprise Asset Management, Condition-Based Monitoring, RCM, Inspection, and Safety Instrumented Systems. The newer expanded view of APM incorporates three major strategic areas: process safety, human performance and compliance, and conduct of operations. Attendees will learn how a new, integrated APM strategy improves asset performance, reduces risk, and enhances compliance assurance.

  • 1:15 – Insights into Performance Excellence

    Presenter: Sinclair Group

    When seeking operational excellence, companies often focus on improving systems, processes, and/or behaviors. This view is limiting. We will define performance excellence, offering an alternate view that encompasses business intent and organizational culture, and how their integration with systems and behaviors can dramatically shift business results – results that redefine profitability, production, predictability, and process safety.

  • 2:15 – How to Successfully Implement an EHS Management System

    Presenter: Huco Consulting

    While the individual organizations in asset-intensive industries are unique, collectively they are subject to similar regulations and requirements – especially in the same geographical area and/or industry segment. Learn how to better manage routine EHS responsibilities and risks using proven solutions that go beyond mere compliance and help move companies to OE. Learn how to take advantage of best practices for planning, set up, and support of user-friendly EHS Management Systems.

  • 3:15 – Break

  • 3:30 – Strategic Integration

    Presenter: Vesta Partners

    Strategic integration enables Operational Integrity, a critical component to achieving OE. This presentation, delivered by Vesta Partners, will focus on the real world example of how SAP and OS integrate to enable key data, enhanced governance, and enhanced operational efficiency.

  • 4:30 – Evening Keynote: Applying The Knowledge

    Presenter: Operational Sustainability

    Companies exhibit several recurring keys to success when seeking to achieve Operational Excellence. One of the core needs is architecting successful data management strategies. This presentation will focus on proven best practices and how to ensure that a proper balance is struck between management systems and IT to achieve the desired transformation. New technologies will be discussed including mobility.

Day Two / Elm Room

  • 8:00 – Magnolia Room

  • 8:30 – Workforce Development

    Presenter: Systran, Inc.

    Workforce competency is a key component of OE. Delivering discipline specific content, tied to competency requirements, objective assessment, and a process for continuous improvement must be key aspects to any program. As the needs of industry ebb and flow, effective delivery mechanisms that use the latest technology such as procedure automation, mobile learning access, micro-learning, virtual reality and gamification open new opportunities to meet workforce development and OE needs.

  • 9:30 – Management of Change in Processes, Personnel, Equipment: Today's Best Practices

    Presenter: Operational Sustainability

    Attendees will learn how today's operators effectively and efficiently manage change – including personnel and organizational change. Overcome challenges such as how MOC affects so many things in a facility and culture, and how high levels of interoperability can lead to overly complex systems and approaches. Learn how to implement an MOC process to prevent situations like carrying inventory you don't really need or buying equipment that has unintended consequences… and how automating the MOC process helps achieve overall operational excellence.

  • 10:30 – Break

  • 10:45 – Process Safety Culture, Leadership, and Operating Discipline In Pursuit of Operational Excellence

    Presenter: ABS Group

    How do these aspects/issues fit together? How do we confidently assess them and improve them? Where should we start? Learn the answers from real-world examples and then explore how to institutionalize a way to measure and nurture culture in the future. Process safety culture and leadership has been a focal point of US and international efforts to learn from major accidents. Operating discipline, a product of a Conduct of Operations program, has been a sore point for many companies having chronic incidents involving "people did not follow the procedures." Attendees will gain insight into effectively addressing these challenges.

  • 11:45 – Magnolia Room

  • 1:15 – Enterprise Risk Management / Operational Risk Management

    Presenter: DuPont Sustainable Solutions

    Despite efforts to reduce risk, incidents still happen. Ultimately, reducing incidents is not simply a matter of more effort, but rather better matching the effort to the level of risk. Unfortunately, the biggest challenge with many organizations is the lack of recognition and organizational agreement by leaders on what the top risks truly are. In this presentation, we explore the topic of Operational Risk Management (ORM) within the context of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and show how an effective implementation results in shared understanding of risks, optimized application of resources, and incident reduction.

  • 2:15 – Visualization for Asset Information Management

    Presenter: Metanoia Corporation

    Learn how asset intensive companies around the world are managing assets and shrinking workforce knowledge gaps by providing an easy to use graphical environment that dramatically reduces the time and effort needed to identify spare parts and technical documents for maintenance. Explore real world solutions to increase overall maintenance productivity and reduce equipment downtime by making parts and technical documents available in seconds.

  • 3:15 – Break

  • 3:30 – Using Technology to Support and Sustain Operational Excellence

    Presenter: Operational Sustainability

    In this session, attendees will see technology in action to address Workforce, Assets, and Compliance across organizations. Technology helps turn data into actionable information, and when it's delivered as part of an integrated, real-time platform, companies can leverage the experience of their entire organization and apply it at the point of need, every day, every time to achieve long term Operational Excellence.

  • 4:30 – Magnolia Room


Norris Conference Center at CITYCENTRE
816 Town and Country Blvd #210
Houston, TX 77024
View Location

Produced by

Driving Operational Excellence™.