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Using Apps to Improve Incident Reporting

It can happen when you least expect it: one minute everything is fine, and then a worker goes down with a sudden injury triggering an immediate response from management.    Managers in high-risk environments like utilities, construction, oil and gas, and manufacturing need to be ready to spring into action whenever emergencies arise. And part of this job involves knowing how to produce clean, professional, and accurate incident reports.  One way to improve incident reporting is to create dedicated reporting apps that include forms and fields employees can use to easily share data.  Read on to learn about the advantages to using digital incident reporting.  Establishing a formal process  Companies run into problems when employees lack clear guidelines for creating and escalating incident reports. For example, when an accident happens, a manager may overlook an important detail and take the wrong course of action. These snafus spur unnecessary complication.   By creating a digital incident reporting app, companies create official reporting protocol that offers managers detailed step-by-step instructions. This way, when injuries happen or incidents occur, there are no guessing games.  With the right app in place, managers will know exactly what to do and when they should do it. Scheduling interviews When an incident occurs, it’s necessary to interview employees who were directly involved and have first-hand knowledge so that management can accurately assess the information on hand. Apps can help here, too.  For example, an incident reporting app could contain an embedded scheduling assistant to coordinate follow-up interviews. Managers can track who they reach out to, as well as when and why. This type of information comes in handy when dealing with union or legal representatives and third-party auditors, among others.  Compiling evidence The more data that management can collect following an incident, the better. This is very important for both administrative and legal purposes.  An app can serve as a central repository for photos, interviews, documents, and more. The app becomes an easy, convenient, and secure way to track information as it flows in during the investigation process.  Submitting reports After an incident occurs, administrators must respond in a timely manner. There’s no room for dismissing, overlooking, or misplacing reports.  Incident reports can be easily shared with all relevant parties via SMS or email. Digital signature requests can also be added to ensure issues are followed up on.  Apps also lead to more accurate reporting. Traditional reports are submitted on paper forms and then entered manually into the computer. However, hand-written reports can be difficult to read and are easily misinterpreted. By eliminating the need for transcription, apps improve accuracy while reducing the time that’s needed to close investigations.  As you can see, digital reporting apps deliver a number of benefits to organizations like yours.  To learn more about how you can create custom apps for your organization using AppSheet, check this out.

A Beginner’s Guide to Digital Facility Management

Efficient facility management is critical in industrial environments where large teams of workers interact daily with complex, dangerous, and sensitive equipment.  Small mistakes can lead to massive industrial accidents, endangering lives and harming both facilities and local environments. For this reason, facility managers need access to modern solutions that provide visibility and control over daily operations. Many facility management teams are using digital solutions to improve the way they execute tasks and communicate.  Three technologies enabling digital facilities management  There are three major technologies that are transforming the way organizations approach facilities management: 1. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Facility managers are increasingly using connected devices like cameras and sensors to record environmental data and respond more efficiently. For instance, a camera can be used to detect activity and adjust temperature and lighting controls. This functionality can save money and improve sustainability.  In addition, sensors can be used to collect data, triggering alerts that could lead to potential safety issues — like chemical leaks, sudden power spikes, and pressure changes in sensitive machinery.  2. Big data As IoT devices become more common in industrial environments, we can expect a huge influx of data. As data is processed and studied over time it can be used to make vital operational decisions related to power, sustainability, and performance. 3. Mobile apps Communication is critical for any facilities management team — which is why a growing number of facility managers are using apps to improve their operations. Apps are useful for assigning tasks and projects, tracking performance, sharing data, and compiling reports, among countless other tasks.  Up until recently, apps were very expensive to design and deploy. However, recent advancements in no-code development have made it possible to build apps quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively.  Using apps for facilities management  Here are some of the top benefits that come with digital facilities management:  Task triage  Managing a large industrial facility can be a never-ending job, especially for teams that are short-staffed or spread out across multiple buildings. Projects can change by the hour, requiring rapid attention from workers. Managers need to quickly adjust employee workflows and communicate changes to workers.  Workflow apps make it easy for managers to assign tasks to team members. They also make it easier to close them out once the work is done, providing receipts to ensure they are read and acted on. Inventory management Inventory management is critical for managers, who need a constant supply of spare parts, equipment, and other similar items. Managers are now building apps to view, request, and replenish inventory supplies. Applications make it possible to prevent bottlenecks and delays, increasing productivity and boosting profitability along the way.  Employee scheduling  Managers need to carefully balance employee schedules, considering a range of factors like shift limitations, daily responsibilities, location, and worker availability. These functions are difficult to accomplish through manual data input.  Apps can be used to create flexible schedules, alerting workers when they are needed on a job site ahead of time and letting them know what they will be working on. These capabilities set proper expectations and increase alignment. To learn more about how you can design apps to streamline facilities management using AppSheet’s no-code platform, check this out. 

The Modern Approach to EAM

Utilities, gas, construction, and manufacturing providers are increasingly using custom apps to streamline enterprise asset management (EAM). This makes digital EAM a top technology to watch in 2020 and beyond. Enterprise asset management challenges any large industrial provider. The average company can have hundreds of thousands of assets scattered across multiple locations. These assets include human resources, machines, vehicles, wide area networking components, servers, and more. And each system plays a vital role in the ongoing stability and profitability of the organization. Using software to manage EAM Traditionally, most of these systems and machines operated independently, making it difficult to achieve effective enterprise asset management (EAM) goals. Today, though, more and more industrial providers are moving digital transformation initiatives forward, implementing cutting-edge solutions to oversee the sum of their assets. There are hurdles to the digitization of EAM, however. Off-the-shelf EAM software is very expensive with costs often exceeding $11,000 per user. EAM can be a costly investment for the budget-conscious organization, especially when considering all of the additional technological expenses facing companies today (e.g., data management, the cloud, computers, communications, insurance, and more). It’s possible, however, to build your own EAM apps using a no-code app platform — saving your company thousands of dollars while building a solution that matches your precise needs. The no-code approach to EAM Using a no-code app platform like AppSheet, it’s possible to build individual apps for specific EAM processes. For example, you could build apps to track HR processes, workflows, data management, inventory, and more by merging these functions into a centralized reporting app. Here are some of the benefits that come with using no-code EAM apps. Agile asset tracking One of the problems with out-of-the-box EAM platforms is that they lack the ability to enable you to easily create and track new and custom assets.  By using a no-code EAM platform, however, a company can create specific apps on an as-needed basis. For example, a manufacturing company may decide to start tracking IoT solutions. This could be easily accomplished by taking data from Sheets or Excel and building an app to provide ongoing expense reports.  Fewer errors  Human error remains a major challenge with EAM solutions, which still require physical data entry. It’s very common for data to be entered incorrectly, resulting in inaccurate reporting and untrustworthy results.  No-code EAM eliminates manual data entry by creating a system where information can be entered via digital fields and intuitive drop-down menus. This removes the need to manually transcribe data — increasing data integrity and helping your business make smarter decisions.  If a data value is entered incorrectly on a no-code platform, it’s far easier to detect and correct the mistake. No-code apps offer greater data transparency than traditional paper-based data entry systems. Authorized users can access, review, and update data from any device. Cloud-based management  A study by Software Advice found that 86 percent of EAM buyers prefer a cloud-based EAM solution. This statistic highlights the need for streamlined back-end management and affordable storage. No-code app platforms like AppSheet leverage the cloud to deliver powerful, SaaS-based building functionality. It’s a far more cost-effective approach to running an on-premise EAM solution or hiring developers to build one from scratch for you.  Learn more about AppSheet’s no-code platform.

New Horizons for Digital Transformation in Oil and Gas

In the oil and gas sector, extracting valuable resources and transforming them into usable assets is the name of the game. The digital transformation of this industry is not all that different. Incorporating technologies into the oil and gas sectors is all about extracting value in areas that are either under served or reliant on outdated systems and processes. In other words, digital transformation involves using technologies to make an a oil and gas company operate more efficiently. This work leads to greater output and improved financial performance.  Digital transformation is impacting all areas of the global oil and gas industries, including exploration and production (E&P) companies that search for hydrocarbon reservoirs, drill and sell raw materials; drilling companies that contract with E&P companies; refineries that purchase and manufacture energy products; well-servicing companies that construct and maintain drilling rigs; shipping companies that transport materials to global distribution centers; and regulatory bodies that govern all of the above organizations. Basically, everyone is turning their heads toward technology to provide solutions for issues in their businesses. Here are some specific examples of how digital transformation can impact the oil and gas sector today: A new reservoir of resources Before a company can start drilling, a team of engineers must plan ahead to form a safe and operationally efficient strategy that is also cost-effective. Drilling engineers create these plans, using a combination of engineering specialties, including completion engineering, operational engineering, production engineering, and reservoir engineering. Technological advancements in drilling engineering are helping companies tap into new reservoirs of natural gas and oil that were previously inaccessible. In the past, companies were typically confined to depths of about 30 meters when drilling for oil and gas. Now, companies are using extended reach drilling and advanced stimulation technology to better understand rock and fluid interactions. As a result, companies can drill deeper and more effectively than ever — all while reducing their environmental footprint. There are two types of well stimulation practices: Matrix stimulation, which involves acidizing wellborne areas in order to dissolve dolomite and limestone formations and make the reservoir rock more permeable. Hydraulic stimulation, which is the more common approach and involves forcing open fissures in subterranean rock formations using high pressure liquid in order to extract natural resources. Advancements in stimulation software have made it possible to create and execute well stimulation projects. MFrac, for instance, is a leading hydraulic program, while STIMPRO is used commonly for matrix acidizing analysis. Fabricating toward the future In the ultra-competitive oil and gas industry, time is critical for success. Broken parts need to be fabricated and replaced rapidly — especially in something like a central delivery point (CDP), where several different operators may use the same CDP system to process gas, separate natural gas liquids and different pressure gasses, and scrub hydrocarbons. Downtime in this type of system can impact multiple operations, driving the need for fast and cost-effective repairs. Over the past few years, oil and gas companies have been increasingly relying on additive engineering or 3D printing to enable affordable and timely part fabrication; 3D printing also makes it possible to manufacture parts locally, reducing travel time, and lowering total repair costs. For example, an oil rig in the Persian Gulf no longer has to ship a product from a plant in China or the U.S. Now, that part can be manufacured on-site. Looking forward, 3D printing will play a massive role in digital transformation for the oil and gas industry.  The key idea to remember when thinking about technology integration is that it should always be agency-driven. Integrating technology into your industry shouldn't be limiting your choices, it should be expanding them. 3D printing has allowed business to create parts for themselves so there is less time waiting on others to complete jobs. Finding new technological horizons for refining While we think that adopting technologies into one's business is invaluable in this current age, that doesn't mean that industry professionals always know how or why they should do it. The refining industry is at a crossroads right now with cracking the code for how they can use digital transformation to grow their businesses. Digitization is occurring in the refinery sector, albeit slowly. According to Accenture, 50 percent of oil refiners consider themselves to be digital or semi-digital. But there is little evidence of advanced digital maturity beyond pilots and proofs of concept. “Most refineries have not moved beyond basic digital technologies like cloud technologies or next-generation advanced process control,” Accenture says. “More cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and edge computing are still not prevalent.” Right now, there are three major hurdles inhibiting digital adoption for refineries: Budgetary restrictions, a lack of strategy, and a lack of digital skills in the refinery workforce. “By failing to grow their digital operations, there is still significant potential value which refiners are not realizing,” Accenture continues. A good start for any refining business is to work through what problems they'd like to find digital solutions for. Then, begin documenting the data they currently have on that problem. No-code application development is able to start solving so many problems as long as you're able to input the data in a cleanly-formatted, and standardized manner. Machine learning improves R&D processes E&P companies need to know where to drill for oil. To determine the best locations, they rely on geophysical data gleaned from geophysicists, who conduct surveys using digital sensing instruments, which extract information from above and below the Earth’s surface. Over the last two decades, we have seen dramatic advances in geophysical software and instruments. Today, geophysicists are using advanced seismic processing solutions, prestack seismic interpretation, depth imaging, and quantitative predictive interpretation in order to figure out where to move their operations. Looking forward, artificial intelligence (AI) and similar technologies will play a massive role in helping geophysicists process the vast amounts of data they are collecting on a daily basis. In one example, machine learning is being applied to analyzing well log data. “Reliably predicting lithology becomes one of the key problems in reservoir characterization,” explains data scientist Tannistha Maiti. “In practice, combination of physical models, local geological knowledge, and experience to reduce large seismic and well log datasets into low-dimensional models of the Earth are used. Unfortunately, these simplified physical and geological assumptions do not always hold true in practice, making the inferred model highly uncertain and biased.” “This problem can be reformulated using general machine learning models,” Maiti continues. “Hence, it would be a good idea to predict the lithologies of the huge well dataset in a basin with some algorithms.” Machine learning is being implemented across industries because of its power and adaptability. Not only is it streamlining work processes, but it’s future-proofing businesses by growing with the data that is collected as opposed to only updating when a technician releases a new iteration of the software. Safety can improve with digital transformation Oil and gas companies are under enormous pressure to ensure their systems are operationally sound. This is critical for both personal and environmental safety. The BP oil explosion, for instance — which killed 11 people and resulted in one of the greatest environmental disasters of all time — was partially the result of valve malfunctions, leaks, and misinterpreted pressure tests. Technology is playing a much bigger role today in helping companies avoid this type of issue. Connected devices and sensors, for example, can now be embedded directly into various parts of a well and transmit data back for analysis. Advancements in big data and AI are also helping crew members notice trends and predict when equipment should be checked or repaired. It's easy to forget just how much new technologies play in making work environments safer, if implemented carefully and consciously. One of the first thoughts for any business wanting to digitally transform their business should be: how will this make my business and workers more safe? Conclusion We've covered a few key areas of oil and gas that have potential to improve through incorporating technology. All of these hurdles can be overcome with careful planning, and a conscious effort in trying to make your business run more smoothly and efficiently while also keeping your worker's safety in mind. The first step is always the hardest, but we hope this inspires you dig a little deeper, you'll be surprised what good things you'll bring to the surface!  

Oil and Gas Goes Digital: Achieving Operational Excellence in 2020

Oil and gas enterprises touch nearly every aspect of the global economy, as well as individual consumers’ pocketbooks. Clearly, the industry has huge external impact. The inner workings of the industry, however, carry complexities to match its external reach and influence. Oil and gas’s upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors function independently, yet rely on the health of one another to thrive. The upstream sector handles the search for and extraction of crude oil or raw natural gas, while the midstream sector covers the transportation and storage of these products. Finally, the downstream sector refines the products for distribution to businesses and consumers. This simplified breakdown of the industry doesn’t do justice to the operational complexities involved with each step along the way of discovering, extracting, and refining energy resources. In this article, we’ll dig deeper into three key challenges that span the oil and gas sectors, and how digitization can help alleviate major and minor industry pain points. Read on to learn all about what’s changing in equipment inspections, field data collection, and material transportation. Spoiler: the digital transformation of oil and gas processes and operations will elevate the industry in 2020 and beyond. Influencing a digital mindset Let’s start by exploring the many blockers in the way of technical advancement of oil and gas industry processes. Gartner Inc. surveyed oil and gas CIOs and other IT leaders in its 2019 Gartner CIO Survey.  According to Gartner, “The purpose of the 2019 Gartner CIO Survey is to help CIOs and other IT leaders set and validate their management agendas for the coming year. To achieve this, Gartner gathered data from 3,102 CIO respondents in 89 countries and across major industries, representing $15 trillion in revenue and public-sector budgets and $284 billion in IT spending. Respondents come from a range of industries, including manufacturing, government, professional services, banking, energy/utilities, education, insurance, retail, healthcare, transportation, communications and media. This report focuses on the answers from 84 oil and gas industry CIO respondents and compares them with the total sample.” According to Gartner Inc.’s 2019 CIO Agenda: Oil and Gas Industry Insights*, (report available to subscribers), the top four most significant barriers to CIOs achieving their objectives are: insufficient numbers of IT/business resources; weak management understanding of digital business; business culture blocking change; and insufficient depth/breadth of digital skills. The good news? It is clear to us that these roadblocks hinge on matters of perception which can be confronted through education and information. Gartner recommends that oil and gas CIOs “educate stakeholders and help operationalize digital initiatives and — critically — address embedded cultural issues at all levels in their firms.” We know that technology done right simplifies processes while reducing resource requirements and costs in the long-term. The following sections demystify the path towards digitization in order to help inspire a digital mindset in the oil and gas industry. Operational excellence Despite these challenges of perception, we believe digitizing processes in the oil and gas industry has the potential to fulfill longstanding priorities the industry’s CIOs. According to the 2019 CIO Agenda: Oil and Gas Industry Insights Gartner Inc. report, the top two priorities for 2018 and 2019 for these leaders were revenue/business growth and operational excellence. We believe that the digitization of processes aligns well to both goals. Investment in the right technology today will lay the bedrock for successful operations down the line. The term “operational excellence” doesn’t always inspire excitement and instead conjures up stymied images of paper, spreadsheets, whiteboards, and flimsy rules begging to be broken. However, we know that operations work can be both creative and flexible, and that digital innovation isn’t a one-size-fits-all path. As Gartner Inc. points out, “there is no single correct model of digitalization in the [oil and gas] industry, and digital ambitions with different emphases — and levels of intensity — are developing across all types of industry enterprises.” In other words, we believe that the beauty of digitization lies in customization. Oil and gas companies can customize their digital priorities and processes. So which challenges within the energy industry have the most potential to be faced by digitization? The following sections explore how digitization can improve oil and gas equipment inspections, field work, and materials transportation and tracking. Equipment inspections The energy industry relies on vast ecosystems of equipment which require upfront and ongoing capital investment. Oil and gas assets are expensive and highly regulated. It’s in the best financial interest of companies to keep this equipment in top shape. Also, the safety of workers and the security of products depend on well-managed equipment. In the upstream sector, crude oil is stored in field tank batteries, bulk terminals, and refinery holding tanks. Natural gas lives in underground tanks until it’s ready to be transported to market. After field processing, intricate transportation pipelines deliver the gas.  These are just a handful of examples of oil and gas equipment that need to remain efficient and safe. On top of that, there’s a variety of inspection methods including visual, ultrasonic, and x-ray techniques. In short, each organization runs on a variety of equipment and corresponding operations to ensure compliance to industry standards. Digital inspection platforms can facilitate seamless operational processes by tracking and providing guidance on the correct protective apparel, safety training, procedures, and equipment inspection techniques. Applications provide the universal means in which workers, wherever they’re based, can follow and log the same processes as other colleagues. This technology provides quick, easy, and error-free routes for oil and gas worker to do inspections right. Copy and customize the AppSheet equipment inspections app to get started on digitizing your oil and gas equipment inspections: Field work The upstream and midstream sectors center around work done in the field. In the energy industry, “the field” can denote a wide array of spaces including shale plays, reservoirs, oil fields, drilling and fracking sites, wells, offshore drilling platforms, and refineries. Each of these places, as varied as they are, require operational gusto to run properly and profitably. Take wells. The exploration and production of oil and natural gas requires coordinated efforts to locate natural resource wells and determine how deep the drills need to go. Further, wells need to be optimized in terms of design, construction, operations, and management. Take onsite refinement. Field processing locations employ workers and equipment that measure production rates, remove impurities, and store crude resources prior to transport. In addition to the complexity and seriousness of work done on these sites, energy field locations are scattered across the globe, often situated in remote places. The digitization of field operations promises to revolutionize the inner workings of oil and gas locations by facilitating data collection and project management, as well as the communication between workers separated by long distances. Check out AppSheet’s sample project management and field survey apps, which can be customized for specific oil and gas sites: Materials transportation and tracking The transportation of crude oil and natural gas represents an integral part of the industry’s supply chain. Each material requires unique specifications to assure safe transport. For instance, natural gas flows at a higher pressure than crude oil and therefore require large, regulated pipelines. Crude oil, on the other hand, can be transported through some existing pipelines but is often shipped via truck or rail. Basically, energy resources are perpetually on the move by way of highly complex and specific modes. In the United States alone, hundreds of thousands of miles of natural gas, crude oil, and liquids pipelines stretch the land. Meanwhile, workers need foolproof methods to accurately and efficiently track the transportation of these materials. The literal and operational expanse of materials transportation boggles the mind. It’s now safe to say that no modern oil and gas organization can get by without the help of tracking software. But which software and application features should companies consider when it deciding on the right solutions to manage material tracking and transportation? Look for GPS-powered tracking, barcode scanning, and smartphone-enabled incident reporting for when the unexpected happens. Explore and customize AppSheet’s incident reporting app: Build your own energy industry operations suite The digital transformation of the oil and gas industry has just begun. There are so many options for how to improve operations through technology — from buying out-of-the-box software to hiring developers to build custom applications. AppSheet provides an alternative to these options. Instead of building or purchasing individual apps, the AppSheet platform lets you create an endless number of apps specific to your workplace and needs. Contact us today to learn more about how you can create an entire suite of energy industry operations applications all under one roof. *Gartner, 2019 CIO Agenda: Oil and Gas Industry Insights, Simon Cushing and Rich McAvery, 15 October 2018

The Top 2020 Conferences for the Oil & Gas Industry

Interested in attending the top oil & gas industry conference & events in 2020? We created an app with a curated shortlist of the top events this year. If you are starting to plan which events to participate in next year, this list will come in handy. Click on the Details tab to copy the app and you'll also have access to the data that's powering the app. You can create your own web or mobile app for your oil and gas needs with AppSheet.  If you're interested in building your own custom mobile and web apps for processes like oil rig inspections, inventory management, and field service, explore how to create your own app and discover how other manufacturing leaders are leveraging AppSheet to empower their field teams.   Society of Petroleum Engineers North America Student Symposium Sun, Feb 09, 2020 - Tue, Feb 11, 2020 University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA Society of Petroleum Engineers North America Student Symposium is a massive conference put together by SPE International Students across North America. The Symposium presents an opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge of the oil and gas industry through the insights and experiences of industry leaders and advocates. It also provides attendants with a myriad of networking opportunities, as students, faculty, and industry experts from around North America will be participating. WpmaExpo Tue, Feb 18, 2020 - Thu, Feb 20, 2020 The Mirage, Las Vegas, USA WpmaExpo features illustrations of oil, petroleum, technology, pumps & equipment, security products, tank & environmental, power service and much more. Petroleum and Convenience Expo Thu, Feb 27, 2020 - Fri, Feb 28, 2020 Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, USA Petroleum and Convenience Expo is an event that illustrates products like business services, ice and cold storage, sunglasses, fuel and chemicals, petroleum types of equipment and services, transport and much more etc. This event draws more than 2,500 attendees and features 300+ leading industry suppliers - offering c-store owners and related industry suppliers. Minnesota Petroleum Marketers Association Convention & Trade Show Mon, Mar 30, 2020 - Wed, Apr 01, 2020 Saint Paul RiverCentre, Saint Paul, USA Minnesota Petroleum Marketers Association Convention and Trade Show aims to make the leading experts related to petroleum industry aware of the latest trends and techniques which will help in the advancement of this industry. Developmental changes which are taking place in the petroleum industry will also be discussed in this event. It will facilitate the petroleum marketers and key decision makers by giving them an opportunity to interact and communicate with each other. The interaction and communication between the petroleum marketers and key decision makers will give rise to new ideas. Michigan Show Convention & Trade Show Tue, Mar 31, 2020 - Thu, Apr 02, 2020 DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, USA Michigan Show Spring Convention & Trade Show features the latest tanker trailers, gasoline pumps and fast food products with companies on display. OGIS New York Mon, Apr 20, 2020 - Wed, Apr 22, 2020 Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York, USA OGIS New York provides the attendees with the opportunity to hear presentations from oil and gas leaders and how they are creating value in their companies, network with oil and gas industry insiders and institutional and private investors. Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable Conference & Expo Tue, May 05, 2020 - Thu, May 07, 2020 David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, USA Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable Conference & Expo is to provide the Natural Gas Industry with cost-effective training programs focusing on engine and compressor maintenance. One of the most popular tracks is the Entry Level Compressor Station Operator Training which focuses on the basics for those new to the industry including yard piping, auxiliary systems, prime movers, compressor components and operating characteristics of reciprocating and centrifugal compressors. Inverse Gas Chromatography Symposium Mon, May 11, 2020 - Tue, May 12, 2020 Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District, Philadelphia, USA Inverse Gas Chromatography Symposium aim is to facilitate interdisciplinary interactions within the research community, discussing the different challenges faced by researchers and scientists in characterising materials such as powders, films, nanomaterials, composites, fibers and bulk solids, and how an instrument based on iGC principle can solve these challenges. BioBased Re-Invention of Plastics Tue, May 12, 2020 - Thu, May 14, 2020 Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott, Newark, USA BioBased Re-Invention of Plastics cover the areas like use of Renewable/Bio-Sourced raw-materials (vs petroleum) addresses Sustainability/Global Warming; invention of “New Plastics from Newer Building Blocks” being an added benefit while maintaining the production of traditional polymers & plastics, Use of Polymer & Plastic Waste (vs petroleum) addresses “Sustainability/Global Warming”, Conversion of GreenHouse Gases (CO2/CH4) into building blocks for polymers has a Compounded Impact on “Sustainability/Global Warming”. Williston Basin Petroleum Confrence Tue, May 19, 2020 - Thu, May 21, 2020 BISMARCK EVENT CENTER, Bismarck, USA The Williston Basin Petroleum Confrence, organized by the North Dakota Petroleum Council will take place from 22th May to the 24th May 2018 at the Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck, United States Of America. The conference will cover areas like energy supply and demand, to highly technical Bakken talks, to managing community impacts. Washington Oil & Gas Forum Wed, Jun 03, 2020 - Thu, Jun 04, 2020 Cosmos Club, Washington DC, USA The Washington Oil & Gas Forum is a unique commercial platform for US government and energy leaders to gain market insight and promote commercial agreements. This year's focus is on the energy policy of the Trump Administration and the international impact of US LNG exports. Northwest Gas Association Energy Conference Wed, Jun 03, 2020 - Thu, Jun 04, 2020 Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, USA Northwest Gas Association Energy Conference brings both the regional natural gas and electric industry together to discuss the future of energy. Industry participants, along with energy leaders, policymakers and regulators come together to hear relevant, timely and useful information presented by speakers actively involved in shaping the future. Kentucky Oil & Gas Association Meeting Mon, Jun 08, 2020 - Tue, Jun 09, 2020 Embassy Suites Lexington, Lexington, USA Kentucky Oil & Gas Association Meeting provide quality service and affordable energy while pursuing the nation's goal for energy independence. Our goals include promoting, protecting and advancing the interest of the oil and gas industry, opposing any unfair and unjust legislation which may adversely affect the oil and gas industry, and, disseminating reliable publicity to further and protect the oil and gas industry. LDC Gas Forums NorthEast Mon, Jun 08, 2020 - Wed, Jun 10, 2020 The Westin Copley Place, Boston, Boston, USA Annual Northeast Forum is the premier event where more than 600 of the Natural Gas Industry's leaders gather in Boston for 3 days of networking, insights, & deal making. Northeast Petrochemical Conference & Exhibition Mon, Jun 29, 2020 - Tue, Jun 30, 2020 David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, USA The NEP Exhibition attracts all of the major Petrochemical, Chemical & Gas Power Plant asset owner / operators in one unique exhibition. From senior level business executives to lower level engineers and project managers this is your chance to meet with the decision makers and technical professionals working at the heart of the region's leading projects and plants. American Public Gas Association Conference Fri, Jun 19, 2020 - Mon, Jun 22, 2020 Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, Chicago, USA American Public Gas Association Conference is the largest gathering of municipal natural gas professionals across the nation. There are plenty of reasons why our members attend the APGA Annual Conference year after year. From the educational sessions with key industry figures generating new ideas to networking opportunities with hundreds of colleagues from across the nation, the APGA Annual Conference is the event of the year for city- and community-owned natural gas utility professionals and industry experts. American Coalition for Ethanol Conference Wed, Aug 12, 2020 - Fri, Aug 14, 2020 Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, Minneapolis, USA The American Coalition for Ethanol Conference features sessions and panels on the most timely topics for the ethanol industry, including an overview of future demand for liquid fuels and electricity in the U.S. with emphasis on ethanol's high octane qualities. The LDC Gas Forum, Mid Continent Mon, Sep 14, 2020 - Wed, Sep 16, 2020 Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, USA The LDC Gas Forum, Mid Continent brings together 400+ of the natural gas industry’s leaders for 3 days of networking, insights, & deal making. This event provides the attendees with the opportunity to meet the peers, meet current and potential new suppliers, meet producers and pipelines, and much more. American Petroleum Institute Storage Tank Conference & Expo Mon, Oct 12, 2020 - Thu, Oct 15, 2020 Holston House Nashville, Nashville, USA American Petroleum Institute Storage Tank Conference & Expo provides attendees with new information on tank-related research, latest technologies, and API petroleum standards. This informative conference features multiple panels that will help you understand the requirements to maintain tank integrity while complying with environmental rules.