April 8 - 10, 2019 | Houston, Texas

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Download the Operational Excellence in Refining & Petrochemicals Agenda

This exclusive event will bring together over 150 Operations Leaders from North America’s downstream and chemicals community to discuss how to embed operational excellence across their organization to improve operational efficiency, reliability and safety performance.We're currently bus ...

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Safety Culture at Arkema: Focusing on culture to drive Operational Excellence

At a time when the industry is putting increased pressure on improving operational efficiency, how can you ensure that safety remains a top priority for your organization? Paul Leonard – Vice President of Health, Safety and Environment at Arkema

Maximizing Continuous Improvement at Europe's largest refinery

In this exclusive interview, Ýr Gunnarsdóttir – Operational Excellence / Continuous Improvement Leader for Shell, talks us through how Continuous Improvement (CI) can act as a key enabler for business performance and outcome and how CI ways of working enabled Shell to start-up th ...

Controlling Risk in a Dangerous World: How to prevent the next accident

Exclusive interview with Jim Wetherbee, the only American astronaut to have commanded five missions in space, a former Vice President of Operational Leadership at BP and author of the recently published “Controlling Risk"! In this exclusive article, Jim discusses the ...

Leading Millennials to Operational Excellence

Everyone seems to have an opinion about the millennial generation – positive, negative, or otherwise. Regardless, it is difficult to deny that this blossoming generation grew up in a very different environment than preceding generations.These differences invariably lead to different perspe ...

Human Factors meets Data and Analytics at Chevron

Graciela Perez, Global Manager at Chevron, shares how the global oil and gas giant is leveraging human factors and data analytics as part of their Lean Transformation.Download the interview to learn how human factors, linked together with Lean Six Sigma, can help facilitate change manageme ...

[INFOGRAPHIC] The State of Operational Excellence in Refining and Petrochemicals

In the fiercely competitive – and hazardous – refining and petrochemicals industry, Operational Excellence is the key driver of safety, competitive advantage and profitability. We have recently spoken to over 100 refining and petrochemical professionals about the most pressing issues on their age ...

Human Factors and Next Generation Procedures

In this exclusive interview Dr. Camille Peres (CP), Ph.D, Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University, and Nate Rightmer, Vice President of Procedure Services at ATR, discuss the Next Generation Procedure Research and share the key findings from this study that are informing significant adjustments ...

Operational Excellence at Veolia: how culture change can improve financial performance in high risk industries.

Matt DiGeronimo, Vice President of Operations at $50B energy company Veolia, shares his insights on transforming the cultural, operational, and financial underpinnings of a failing coal-fired power plant in just 12 short months. Download the full interview to find out what are the cha ...

Manufacturing Excellence at Shell Oil

Lynne Buchanan, America’s Regional Manufacturing Excellence Lead at Shell Oil, provides us with insight into the importance of leadership and the management behaviors required in driving operational excellence.Download this exclusive interview to see what is driving Shell’s manufacturing e ...

Improving Productivity Safely: Driving Operational Excellence to the Frontline

Kristen Kulinowski, board member of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, provides her insight into CSB’s recent investigations and efforts to identify common drivers behind several major chemical incidents.CSB Investigators have closed high profile investigations into Macondo, the West Fertiliz ...

Shell Oil Case Study: Building Human, Asset and Environmental Risk Management

Aamir Farid, Former Vice President of Manufacturing at Shell Oil, shares his thoughts on culture, leadership, and strategies for managing the balance between operational efficiency and risk management. Download the interview to find out more.

Exclusive interview with Deepwater Horizon Investigator Captain Hung Nguyen

Just seven days after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, U.S. Coast Guard Captain Hung Nguyen was designated as the co-chair for the US Departments of Homeland Security and Interior joint investigation into the incident that killed 11 workers and resulted in the largest oil spill in US history. Cap ...

Dow Chemical: How to reduce unplanned events related to procedure use errors

Dow Chemical Operational Excellence Specialist Wendy Schram shares with us how Operational Excellence is managed at Dow and gives her perspective on applying human factors to procedure use at the $50B chemical giant.

American Refining Group: Reducing waste to increase profitability in downstream industries

Robin Augustine, Vice President of Operations at American Refining Group, shares how they are responding to the unique challenges around achieving operational excellence in the refining and petrochemical sectors.

Beyond Budgeting: Management Innovation for New Business and People Realities

Bjarte Bogsnes, Vice President of Performance Management Development at Statoil, shares how the Norwegian oil giant is pushing the boundaries of operations management with a concept called Beyond Budgeting.Download the full interview to see how Statoil is redefining performance by setting ...

Cascading Operational Excellence at Duke Energy

Ed Brewer, General Manager, Generation Strategy and Planning at Duke Energy, explains what prompted the energy giant to rethink - and rework - their approach to Operational Excellence.

Downstream Operational Excellence: The Winning Framework

Raymond Floyd, former senior operations leader with Exxon and Suncor and author of ‘Liquid Lean’, explains how Operational Excellence can make America’s refining and petrochemicals industry the best in the world.Download the full interview to see what it takes to create and lead large ...

Operational Excellence in Refining and Petrochemicals 2017 Report

Recently KBC and IQPC teamed up to survey more than 100 operations leaders across the refining and petrochemicals industries to understand how leaders are responding to the current market conditions and setting themselves on a more sustainable path.Download the report to understand how the ...

Re-inventing Operational Excellence in Refining and Petrochemicals

Recently Chemical Week teamed up with Argo Consulting to conduct an industry-wide survey on the executive-level view on operational excellence.Rob Westervelt, Editor-in-Chief at Chemical Week, talks us through the survey results including how America’s refining and petrochemicals industry ...

Project Risk Management at BP

Hugo Ashkar, Global Projects Risk Manager at BP, talks through the important combination of holistic and evergreen risk management approach deployed at BP.In this interview Hugo discusses the biggest risks to large capital projects today - particularly in the current market and environment ...

Immersive Data Visualization for Oil and Gas Industry

Bringing data to life for better decisions.The New Way of Data Analysis: Immersive Data Visualization for O&G in Practice - What is Next?This whitepaper, brought to you by Hashplay, provides ...