10 Oil & Gas Conferences You Should Attend in 201902/14/2019
Attending conferences is a great way to get up to speed on the latest and greatest in the oil and gas industry, no matter which area you work in – accounting, data, land, or production.
Conferences are the best resource to learn new skills, get inspired from industry experts, and rub elbows with other professionals who do what you do every day.
So, we did some legwork for you and made a list of ten upstream oil and gas conferences you should consider attending in 2019. Whatever your area of expertise (or budget), you’re sure to find the perfect option for you.
#1: NAPE Summit – February 14-15
For 25 years NAPE (North American Prospect Expo) has been the premier event for making deals and connecting with upstream oil and gas professionals. Last year’s NAPE drew in more than 23M prospect acres, 900 exhibitors, and over 15K attendees from 16 countries, 24 U.S. states, and 450 cities. This year’s event will attract attendees with a full-day conference, four networking opportunities, technical seminars, and, of course, the massive trade show hosting domestic and international exhibitors from exploration companies, service and capital providers, and endorsers.
#2: Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo – April 9-10
Are you a petroleum data expert looking to “drive better business decisions through exploration and production data management standards?” Then this Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association expo is the event for you. Attendees will learn about the changes in data management and the oil and gas industry, as well as “hear about the latest innovations, processes, and techniques implemented by other organizations and what they learned.”
#3 COPAS Spring Meeting – April 22-26
COPAS (Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies) meetings are must-attend events for all you oil and gas accounting professionals out there. Hosted by the Petroleum Accountants Society of Mississippi, the Spring meeting will cover audit, joint interest, financial reporting, revenue, and other emerging accounting issues.
#4: Offshore Technology Conference – May 6-9
Celebrating 50 years, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is the largest equipment exhibition and conference “where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters.” Last year’s conference attracted more than 61,000 attendees from over 100 countries and more than 2,000 exhibiting companies. Because of its large international participation, OTC provides great opportunities for sharing best practices, expertise, products, and technology on a global scale.
#5: Esri Petroleum GIS Conference – May 15-16
This conference puts you at the heart of the petroleum, gas, and pipeline GIS user community. “Last year, 1,240 attended the Esri Petroleum GIS Conference. 91% of users said it was valuable, 90% fulfilled their reason for attending, and 83% learned something new.” As an attendee of this year’s event, you can expect to learn valuable GIS best practices, add more contacts to your GIS network, hear about GIS technology trends, and get your most important GIS questions answered in person.
#6 North American Petroleum Accounting Conference – May 16-17
Are you wanting to stay abreast of the latest trends, legislative updates, and best practices in oil and gas accounting – all while gaining continuing education credits? If so, you should consider the North American Petroleum Accounting Conference (NAPAC). “NAPAC brings petroleum industry professionals together for two days of intense and important educational sessions enhanced by lively, productive discussions. The conference provides access to outstanding industry-experienced speakers from both the government and private sectors, and informative exhibits from leading industry vendors. This perennial favorite, considered by many to be the premier oil and gas industry accounting conference, has been running for more than 40 years and remains a highly regarded and well-attended event.”
#7: Data Driven Drilling & Production Conference – June 11-12
The Data Driven Drilling & Production Conference (DDDP) has been dubbed the largest and “industry’s most forward-thinking upstream” event with the “greatest minds in one room.” Attendees will learn about the digital transformation and future of oil and gas, digital in the field and on the rig, data collection, management and integration, driving operational efficiencies, and data driven optimization. The conference averages more than 750 attendees of which 40% are operators, over 50 are expert speakers, and over 50 are exhibitors.
#8: NAPE Summer – August 21-22
Can’t get enough of NAPE? Why not attend for a second time? “More intimate than the annual NAPE Summit, the regionally-focused Summer NAPE is a must-attend event to network with the people and players who have firsthand knowledge of the opportunities and prospects.” With a growing list of exhibitors, NAPE Summer is the go-to event for making deals “for the buying, selling, and trading of oil and gas prospects and producing properties.”
#9: SPE’s Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition – September 30 – October 2
Work in production? Pay attention to this one. Since the first ATCE over 90 years ago, this conference has attracted more than a half million of the exploration and production industry’s brightest minds from around the globe. This year’s event is expected to draw more than 8,000. With over 300 technical presentations, attendees can expect to learn about Optimizing Production Through Surveillance, Artificial Lift Technology and Applications, New Developments in Reservoir Engineering, Petroleum Advanced Analytics, Advancements in Drilling Automation and Tools, and Emerging Technologies for Reservoir Monitoring and Characterization.
#10: P2 ASCEND 2019 – Fall 2019
With over 450 attendees from 300 companies and 19 cities, ASCEND is the premier upstream oil and gas technology conference. Known as the Platform for Success, ASCEND offers more than 100 customer-led sessions covering oil and gas accounting, land, data, and production advancements, best practices, and tips and tricks – as well as leadership and people development sessions. ASCEND helps customers expand their knowledge of P2’s solutions and solve challenges by equipping them with the tools to make better, quicker decisions to drive operational efficiencies.
Attendees of ASCEND will network with peers and P2 staff, learn about the P2 partner ecosystem, and qualify for continuing education credits. This year’s ASCEND will take place in the Fall, so be sure to keep an eye on your email and our website.
About The Author
Torrye Metoyer is the Event Marketing and Public Relations Manager on P2’s corporate marketing team. Torrye’s focus is on creating and executing strategic event plans and public relations to increase brand awareness and customer engagement. When she’s not planning an event or chasing PR, she is likely traveling with her son, planning her next trip, or reading a novel. Torrye holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Dallas Baptist University.