Digital Innovation Course

Digital Innovation in the Energy Industry:

Challenges And Emerging Opportunities

The official dates for the Course in Digital Innovation in the Energy Industry are:

19 November 2020 time: 13-15 CET (MODULE 1 | INNOVATION)

26 November 2020 time: 13-15 CET (MODULE 2 | VALUE CO-CREATION)

3 December 2020 time 13-15 CET (MODULE 3 | TECH POSITIONING INSIGHTS)


Course overview

Digital innovations are fundamentally changing almost every industry, and the oil & gas and energy sectors are not immune to these
forces. What are the specific digital innovations that are most likely to play a significant role in these industries, and how might they change the sector’s strategic contours?

How can an organization manage the development, deployment, and use of new digital innovations that are emerging within the industry?

This intensive 3 x 2-hour course gives participants an awareness of how innovation and R&D happen within the sector and, by learning from examples of digital innovation that have emerged both within the energy industry and elsewhere in the marketplace, sheds light on the strategic dimensions of digital technologies in the marketplace.  The course also equips participants with the tools and processes to get these technologies deployed and maximize outcomes.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Develop an appreciation for the role of innovation in the success of energy firms

  • Understand the industry-specific challenges of R&D in the energy industry Develop a working familiarity with the high-level details of the main digital trends impacting the oil & gas and energy sectors

  • Understand how digital disruptions have occurred in other sectors and, in so doing, develop an appreciation for how these dramatic changes can take root in our industry, too.

  • Understand how and why technologies get deployed, including the technical and business drivers that ensure success and how to position technology accordingly.

  • Know how to use the right tools and processes to effectively address business challenges with technology.

  • Understand the critical success factors for making technology deployment happen and how to organize the technology delivery in line with these critical factors.




  • Explaining the growing importance of digital innovation in the energy sector

  • Specific challenges of R&D and innovating in the upstream oil & gas and energy industries

  • Sources of innovation

  • Digital oil field/ “smart fields” design philosophy

  • Big Data & Cloud computing



  • Internet of things, Blockchain & Artificial Intelligence

  • How digital technologies are resulting in business model innovations that are changing the strategic contours of the industry

  • How would Google run the Energy sector?  Microsoft? Apple?

  • The potential “uberization” of the Energy industry—what changes are unfolding, and how can we prepare for them?



  • a digital platform for the Oil & Gas industry

  • Understand which digital technologies make sense in today’s world of COVID-19 and the low oil price

  • Increase the chances of success with the Tech Positioning Program: a structured dialogue around ~30 criteria grouped under 7 themes.

  • Based on the outcome, which specific actions can be taken to make technology deployment happen

  • Learn how to create a balanced portfolio of digital solutions, addressing short-term needs as well as longer-term needs.

  • Best practices for presenting the case to your management and for getting the full support


General Information:

  • The course is held online.

  • It will host maximum 20 participants, as we want to ensure a great level of interaction with your tutors!

  • The Course Fee is 750€ (exc. VAT). 

    You can benefit from the Early Bird ticket discount and save your spot for 600€ (exc. VAT). The Early Bird price is valid until 31/10/2020. After that, regular price applies.

  • You will receive a certificate of attendance after completing the course.

  • You can reserve your seat by sending an e-mail to We will send a link to process the payment by credit card. If preferred, you can also do the payment by bank transfer. We will send you a confirmation the moment we have received the payment.

  • The Deployment Matters Workshop/Training

  • Read Terms&Conditions here.




Rob Perrons
Dr. Robert Perrons 

Prior to joining the Queensland University of Technology in Australia as an Professor in 2011, Dr. Robert Perrons worked in a wide variety of technical and non-technical roles for Shell International’s Exploration & Production division.  In this last role, he was the company’s Executive Coordinator of R&D. 

Robert has a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering from McMaster University in Canada, a Master's degree in Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a PhD in engineering from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar.  He is a Fellow of both the UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Engineers Australia, and is chartered as a Eur. Ing. in Europe. 

Rob is a member of the United Nations’ Resource and Energy Expert Group, and is a technical adviser to MIT's Mining, Oil & Gas Club and several energy and resource sector technology startups around the world.  He works for the Australian Government on an ad hoc basis as a member of their Expert Network, where he provides advice about the energy industry and emerging innovations in the energy sector.  He was the lead architect and researcher for the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Global Innovation Survey in both 2012 and 2017, and has written and evangelized extensively on the topic of innovation in the oil & gas sector.

Erik Nijveld
Erik Nijveld

Erik has a strong track-record of leading the development and deployment of technology, resulting in extraordinary business outcomes. He is managing partner and co-founder of, the fastest-growing technology platform that aims to connect Oil & Energy companies with innovative technology. The platform was developed based on first-hand experience that it is often difficult for decision makers to stay up to date on available technology-driven improvement opportunities for their business. The platform helps technology providers to create more visibility for their technologies. As end-user, you have technologies at your fingertips.

Before starting, Erik worked for 19 years at Shell; in his last role, he was Technology Deployment Manager. In this role he set up Shell’s “Technology Replication Thrust for Production Excellence”, which is considered one of the most successful technology deployment vehicles that the company has ever seen. Prior to this he held various other roles related to development and deployment of technology, covering subsurface, wells as well as facilities technologies. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Twente and received an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management.

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