Big Data Transformation Takes Over Dallas * As Society of Petroleum Engineers showcases emerging technologies at annual event



Technology changes rapidly, not just in telecommunications and transportation but also in the oil and gas industry. Artificial intelligence, machine learning and nanotechnology are changing the industry’s perspectives and operations.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers is on point with these and other emerging trends in big data transformation. The Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) will host thousands of exploration and production engineers and companies 24-26 September at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center.

“This is an exciting time for industry as we look for ways to transform our industry using big data,” said Sara Ortwein, ATCE 2018 General Chairperson. “We continue to emphasize the key role of technology in improving our safety, efficiency and environmental performance. Many possibilities will be on display at ATCE this month.”

The oil and gas industry has entered an era of more intelligent software to help us make better decisions. The software will help engineers preserve knowledge and improve decision making. These technological advancements will be discussed during the opening general session, Translating Big Data Into Business Results.

The speakers panel consists of the brightest minds in emerging technologies:
Alisa Choong, Shell
Gavin Rennick, Schlumberger
Doug Suttles, Encana
Darryl Willis, Google Cloud
Companies representing more than 60 countries will exhibit their latest technologies including artificial intelligence, drones, 3D printing, robotics and augmented reality headsets. Also, technical sessions, ePosters and panel sessions will cover topics such as chemicals, hydraulic fracturing, production optimization, and other timely subjects.

Another key feature of ATCE is the Startup Village, which features business-focused table discussions and expert presentations. It will also host the Energy Startup Competition, in partnership with Rice University, which will showcase promising emerging technology companies in the energy sector as they pitch venture capitalists, angel investors, and industry leaders.

“The energy startups of today are helping to create the innovative technologies of tomorrow. It is important for these companies to get the recognition, resources and support they need, and that’s why ATCE will again host Startup Village and the Energy Startup Competition,” said 2018 SPE President Darcy Spady. “These programs continue ATCE’s legacy as the launchpad for new onshore and offshore technologies. They aim to equip oil and gas entrepreneurs with the tools, insights, and networks to turn their business ideas into realities that will ultimately support, benefit, and advance the entire industry.”
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose members are engaged in energy resources development and production. SPE serves more than 158,000 members in 143 countries worldwide. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry and provides services through its publications, events, training courses and online resources at


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