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Technical Sessions and Plant Tours

A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Why is Oil & Gas Lagging Other Industries in Automation and How Do We Fix It?

Numerous industries have achieved step-changes in performance, efficiency and safety through the implementation of automated systems and processes. In oil & gas, too often we still depend on individual manpower or brainpower to get the work done, with many critical activities relying on human analysis and decision with someone at the well site physically ‘making it happen’. In this session, we’ll explore some of the historic barriers that have kept oil & gas from achieving the basic automation-related improvements that have become commonplace in other fields. We’ll also look at how today’s investments in new infrastructure, technologies, and advanced digital tools are setting the stage for an automation revolution in the oilfield.

Production Enablement - how do we get more from our existing assets in a ‘lower for longer’ environment?

With oil prices in the $50 range, there is a drive to uncover how we can capture more oil from our assets. Operators have been relatively effective at maximizing recoverable reserves from conventional fields, but the same can’t be said for the more complex subsea/deepwater fields or unconventional resource plays where the cost and/or production learning curve is limiting recoverable reserve recovery.   This session will cover how BHGE can enable a step change in enhanced reserve recovery with our approach to technology , business models and ways of working between operators and service providers. 

Plant Tours

Option 1:  Experience Brilliant manufacturing for turbo-compression

This plant tour is designed to showcase our digital revolution, along with the products we are designing and manufacturing that merge minds and machines.
During the tour you will have access to our manufacturing areas and laboratories to learn more about: 

  • Additive Manufacturing

  • 3D Scanning and Printing

  • Advanced materials

  • Condition Based Maintenance (CBM)

  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

Our products meet the needs of customers in on/offshore, LNG, pipeline, refinery & petrochemical as well as industrial power gen. During the tour you will also see our showcase lines dedicated to gas and steam turbines, centrifugal and reciprocating compressors.

Option 2:  Turbomachinery services and asset performance management

When customers work with us, they have full access to the tools and technology to maintain, repair and upgrade their turbomachinery equipment including the expertise of our Field Services Engineers (FSEs).

Our range of services participants will encounter during the tour includes:

  • APM Solutions and Remote Monitoring & Diagnostics Services

  • Advanced Welding & Brazing, ACR Cleaning and Advanced Metallurgy, CBM inspection laboratory

  • BHGE’s FSE Academy and Customer Trainings for skills development

Customers will also learn more about Brilliant Factory, and how machines and computers connect with each other, creating an ecosystem which includes Asset Performance Management, additive 3D repair, virtual training and augmented reality.

Option 3: Automated technologies for turbomachinery manufacturing and services

Our manufacturing and service shop located in Massa is investing in technology and expertise to digitalize and automate manufacturing lines, to deliver increased product quality and overall safety.

Tour participants will be able to explore the facilities with a particular focus on:

  • Seal Gas Panels moving line for Centrifugal Compressors

  • Aero-derivative Gas Turbines service line

The Massa plant is strategically located on Italy’s west coast, close to the Mediterranean Sea. Comprising 350,000 sqm, this facility hosts full testing at full speed for turbo-compression trains - from LNG to on/offshore and downstream applications. The total tour duration is about 4 hours including transportation. Seats are limited to 40 participants and registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis.