c�b�, IO-Hub and Kiron Consulting partnered to help the co-chairs of the Society of Petroleum Engineers' (SPE) Intelligent Energy 2012 conference, held in Utrecht (Netherlands) on March 27-29, increase the level of interaction and the use of multimedia technologies.
Instead of a "Death by Powerpoint" opening, co-chairs Derek Mathieson (Baker Hughes) and Edwin Verdonk (Shell) introduced a newscast from the year 2020 about a revolutionary discovery in how to produce energy from an oilfield. The audience then watched clips of today's experts, commenting on the technological, social and economic implications of changes in oil/gas supply and demand.
While the rest of the event reverted to the tradition of slide-based presentations, we kept demonstrating new ways to capture and share knowledge. A team of 8 "student reporters" from the Technical University of Delft roamed the hallways armed with Flip cameras and recorded thoughts from the attendees. These were replayed a few hours later at our "Vision 2020" booth, as well as during the closing session.
Finally, we created a free online community (which you can still join) in collaboration with Igloo Software. The discussion posts and the video clips can be found there. We expect to maintain this site to keep the momentum going through successive events (Digital Energy 2013 near Houston in March, Intelligent Energy 2013 in Bahrain in October, and beyond).
Intelligent Energy is not just about real-time data acquisition and modeling software, it is also about knowledge management. We hope the work we did opened some eyes about non-traditional way to foster interaction and knowledge sharing.