Summit Agenda

3 Days – 4 Focus Groups – 6 Trailblazers – 8 Panels – 9 Workshops

Join us for 3 days of thought leadership discussions and insights. Verdantix events and content are crafted and delivered through sessions such as Keynotes, Panels, Best Practices Workshops, Innovation Trailblazers, Analyst Teach-Ins, Focus Groups, Roundtables, and Customer & Vendor Workshops.

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The EHS & OpEx split will be as follows:
Tuesday 15th September: OpEx workshops only
Wednesday 16th September: EHS & OpEx day
Thursday 17th September: EHS focused day
Sponsored session allocation subject to change

  • Welcome
    13:45-14:00
    Ballroom 3

    Welcome & Overview

    Speaker:
  • Keynote
    14:00-14:25
    Ballroom 4

    Digital Strategy For Operational Excellence: The Next Five Years

    Operations leaders share a vision for the use of digital technologies to improve operational excellence. But the practical execution of these visions across the business is often held back by technical barriers and insufficient funding. With a wide range of new technologies aimed at operational excellence coming into the commercial mainstream there is a real opportunity to make a step change in implementing a digital strategy to enhance operational excellence over the next five years.

  • Panel
    14:25-15:05
    Ballroom 4

    Closing The Gap Between Vision And Reality For Digital Operational Excellence

    Going from vision to implementation with digital projects for operational excellence typically involves putting together multiple parts to complete the whole picture. The panellists will explain how they have shaped their vision for a digitally-enhanced approach to operational excellence as well as their project implementation approach. Delegates will hear about using permit to work systems to improve contractor safety, various digital twin strategies, asset information management and analytics for maintenance optimization.

  • Networking Break
    15:05-15:30
    Exhibition

    Networking Break

    Sponsored by SafetyTek

  • Workshop
    15:30-16:15
    Ballroom 3

    Sponsorship Available
    Overcoming Showstoppers To Your Asset Management Digitization Strategy

    Operational Excellence Workshop

    Speaker:

    Whilst digital transformation is relentlessly moving up the corporate agenda, the reality of transforming asset management with digital projects is often a far off prospect. This is especially the case for legacy industrial site in low margin sectors. This session will provide recommendations on how to overcome barriers such as a lack of long-term vision, immature operational technology, confusion over APM software offerings and sceptical stakeholders. The Verdantix analyst team will share findings from interviews with 284 operations decision-makers and recent best practice studies on asset management digitization.

  • Workshop
    16:15-17:00
    Ballroom 3

    Sponsorship Available
    Next Generation Risk Management: Digital Twins, Bowties & Human Factors

    Operational Excellence Workshop

    Speaker:

    Separate organizational responsibilities have historically kept data about asset health and worker safety in separate decision-making silos. But asset owners and safety leaders know that serious incidents virtually always involve the interplay of workers with assets. Whether it is injuries caused by forklift trucks or shutdowns resulting from badly planned hot work. This session will explore findings from human factors research in the context of recent technology developments which enable plant managers to view and control interdependent risks across equipment and workers. Attendees will learn about new information management strategies to improve risk management capacity.

  • Dinner
    18:30-21:00

    Sponsorship Available
    Operational Excellence Networking Dinner

  • Welcome
    08:30-08:45
    Ballroom 4

    Welcome & Overview

    Speaker:
  • Keynote
    08:45-09:15
    Ballroom 4

    Organizational Resilience For Safe Operations

    In the last 2 years, the mindset of EHS leaders has changed from “Why should we align with digital strategies?” to “How should we implement digital strategies?”. Reflecting this overall shift in business thinking which has spread from the technology and consumer sectors into the industrial world, this keynote speech will illuminate the strategic implications of digital transformation for the EHS function.

  • Panel
    09:15-09:45
    Ballroom 4

    Winning People Strategies To Deliver EHS And Operations Innovation

    Chair:

    As operations and EHS leaders take on more responsibility for process innovation they encounter a broad range of organizational challenges relating to technology adoption, negative views about automation and organizational scalability barriers. This panel will share best practice recommendations on how to prepare the organization for projects relating to asset reliability, maintenance optimization, process safety and safe operations. Key topics include communicating proposed changes to stakeholders, engaging frontline workers, getting unions to support the initiative, creating a dedicated innovation team and identifying new skills and job definitions.

  • Panel
    09:45-10:15
    Ballroom 4

    Shaping An Effective Digital Twin Strategy

    Chair:

    The popularity of a “digital twin” which replicates in close to real-time the actual operations of an industrial facility has rapidly taken off. Both operations leaders and heads of EHS see usage scenarios such as better asset health monitoring, better understanding of maintenance requirements and real-time risk management. Whilst it is easy to get bamboozled by 3D visualizations, what is an effective way to shape your digital twin strategy? This panel will share insights on their approaches and give delegates an update on the current state of development of digital twin technologies.

  • Networking Break
    10:15-10:45
    Exhibition

    Networking Break

    Sponsored by SafetyTek

  • Workshop
    10:45-11:30
    Ballroom 3
    Ballroom 4

    Best Practices Workshop

    Sponsorship Available
    Driving Operational Excellence Through Digital Transformation

    Sponsorship Available
    Bottom-To-Top Stakeholder Engagement – Through Evolution, Innovation, And Digitization

  • Trailblazer
    11:30-11:50
    Ballroom 3
    Ballroom 4

    Innovation Trailblazer

    Sponsorship Available
    The Contractor Safety Compliance Management Maturity Model

    Sponsorship Available
    From Workplace Accidents To Mental Health & Wellbeing: How Technology Can Reduce Health & Safety Risks

  • Trailblazer
    11:50-12:15
    Ballroom 3
    Ballroom 4

    Innovation Trailblazer

    Sponsorship Available
    Does User Engagement Matter?

    Sponsorship Available
    Using Technology To Optimize Supplier Performance

  • Lunch
    12:15-13:15
    Exhibition

    Sponsorship Available
    Lunch

  • Workshop
    13:15-14:15
    Ballroom 3
    Ballroom 4

    Best Practices Workshop

    Sponsorship Available
    A Glimpse Into How Industry 4.0 Technology Is Changing What Is Possible

    Sponsorship Available
    Integrated Management System In The Renewable Energy Sector

  • Focus Group
    13:30-14:15
    Focus Suite

    Focus Groups

    Focus Group A
    Sponsorship Available

    Focus Group B
    Sponsorship Available

    Focus Group C
    Sponsorship Available

    Focus Group D
    Sponsorship Available

  • Verdantix Keynote
    14:15-15:15
    Ballroom 4

    Six Operational Excellence Technologies To Prioritize In 2020

    Speaker:

    To inform operations and HSE technology strategies, six Verdantix analysts will each provide 10 minute, high impact technology overviews. Delegates will learn about control of work/permit to work software; holistic contractor safety management; digital twins based on APM software, connected worker platforms, anti-drone defence systems, IoT smart building platforms.

  • Networking Break
    15:15-15:40
    Exhibition

    Networking Break

    Sponsored by SafetyTek

  • Panel
    15:40-16:20
    Ballroom 4

    Contractor Safety: New Solutions For Individuals, Sites & Firms

    Chair:

    The issue of contractor safety contains to raise its ugly head as incident rates among contractors are often 2x or 3x those for workers and many firms outsource more hazardous work to contractor organizations. This panel will explain how they are tackling the complex issue of contractor safety by using digital solutions which pre-qualify organizations, monitor individuals’ competency and ensure site-level work is undertaken in compliance with standard operating procedures. The panellists will also debate the potential for digital safety passports to improve behavioural safety.

  • Panel
    16:20-17:00
    Ballroom 4

    Key Success Factors For Operations/EHS Collaboration

    Chair:

    For more than 10 years senior managers have been discussing the challenges posed by the different expectations of millennials in the workplace. As the entire demographic is now in work, what should operations and EHS leaders learn about their expectations for technology availability and use? The panel, composed of millennials will share their views on what firms should and shouldn’t do to keep them engaged and align with the new value of this demographic group. They will also explain how they will approach technology strategy as they take on increasingly senior management roles.

  • Wrap up
    17:00-17:15
    Ballroom 4

    Day One Wrap Up

    Speaker:
  • Reception
    17:30-18:30
    Exhibition

    Cocktails Reception

  • Dinner
    18:30-21:30
    Ballroom 4

    Sponsorship Available
    Verdantix Gala Dinner

  • Welcome
    08:30-08:45
    Ballroom 4

    Welcome & Overview

    Speaker:
  • Keynote
    08:45-09:15
    Ballroom 4

    Approaches For Managing Safe Operations In A Digitally Dirupted Era

  • Panel
    09:15-09:45
    Ballroom 4

    Tactical EHS Technology Investments: Smart Or Stupid?

    Chair:

    Few heads of EHS have a discretionary annual budget for technology investments above EUR 200,000. As a result, most EHS technology investment decisions are tactical. Firms buy an EHS software platform but only implement three modules or VR safety training is limited to a small number of high hazard tasks and workers. The panel will discuss how prevalent this tactical approach to EHS tech investment is. And will engage in debate with the audience as to the positives and negatives from such a strategy. Delegates can then determine how they should reframe their own investment plans.

  • Panel
    09:45-10:15
    Ballroom 4

    Expectations Of Millennial Workers For Frontline Technologies

    Chair:

    From 2020 onwards technology-savvy millennials will be 39 to 24 years old and will be the biggest demographic group in the workforce. At the same time cloud-based software and the Industrial IoT will accelerate information collection, sharing and analysis between functions and sites. The panel will discuss how these two factors – and others – lay the groundwork for closer collaboration between operations and EHS. Delegates will be able to share their success stories in terms of organizational design and technology adoption which have improved collaboration and enhanced performance.

  • Networking Break
    10:15-10:45
    Exhibition

    Networking Break

    Sponsored by SafetyTek

  • Workshop
    10:45-11:30
    Ballroom 3
    Ballroom 4

    Best Practices Workshop

    Sponsorship Available
    The Art Of The Possible - Improving Mobility

    Sponsorship Available
    Analytics for Best Practice Insight and Performance Reporting

  • Workshop
    11:30-12:15
    Ballroom 3
    Ballroom 4

    Best Practices Workshop

    Sponsorship Available
    Improving While Evolving: Implementing EHS Software During Times Of Changes

    Sponsorship Available
    EHS Cultural Transformation: Before Technology Can Happen

  • Trailblazer
    12:15-12:30
    Ballroom 3
    Ballroom 4

    Innovation Trailblazer

    Sponsorship Available
    How Merck Drives Frontline Safety—And Business Value—With Modern Training

    Sponsorship Available
    Tackling One Of The Most Dangerous Activities On Earth

  • Lunch
    12:30-13:30
    Exhibition

    Sponsorship Available
    Lunch

  • Panel
    13:30-14:15
    Ballroom 4

    Industrial Wearables: Monitoring The Problem Or Resolving The Root Cause?

    Chair:

    Operations and safety leaders are bombarded with marketing about the potential value of wearable devices such as vital signs monitors, environmental hazard alarms and augmented reality visors. But do these wearable technologies just monitor workplace health and safety hazards or do they resolve the root cause of the problems? With regulators pushing to eliminate the hazards monitored by some wearables, this panel will discuss a variety of wearable devices and give their opinion on the value they deliver in terms of protecting workers and solving operational challenges.

  • Panel
    14:15-15:00
    Ballroom 4

    Serious Injuries And Fatalities: From Root Cause To Elimination

    Over the last 10 years, most organizations with an active safety programme have reduced their overall Lost Time Injury Rates. It is widely accepted, however, that serious injury and fatality (SIF) rates have remained stubbornly high across industries and all regions even though many firms have zero harm targets. This panel will discuss new management approaches and technology solutions that can be applied to reduce SIFs. Delegates will learn how analysis of an increased volumes of data on near misses and high potential events may be one of the most effective strategies to eliminate SIFs.

  • Wrap up
    15:00-15:15
    Ballroom 4

    Summit Wrap Up & Close

    Speaker:
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