There will be three forums featured at AOG 2017, with the content shaped by input from industry and in particular AOG’s high profile content committee members. The three forum topics selected for 2017 are:
- Collaboration Forum - Hosted by Woodside, NERA, Accenture and the WA Department of Commerce, this Forum will focus on enhancing collaboration between operators, contractors and the supply chain, driving greater understanding of challenges and access to opportunities;
- Subsea Forum – In conjunction with the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT), Subsea Energy Australia (SEA) and Subsea UK, this Forum will focus on how the Australian Subsea industry adjusts to the challenges and opportunities in the current market; and
- Knowledge Forum – This Forum aims to educate, inspire and inform by bringing specialised industry sectors together to discuss the latest techniques and technology that will enable the industry to overcome both current and future challenges.
“We’ve already had really positive feedback for this innovation,” Mr Hare said. “Exhibitors in particular are really impressed by the fact that there will be such a dynamic range of activities on the Expo floor, ensuring strong interaction between forum attendees and exhibitors.”
Significantly, the Forums will be free to attend, with Diversified supporting the industry’s desire to reduce costs in a “lower for longer” oil price environment. It has also reduced exhibition stand space charges quite substantially.
AOG exhibitors have also welcomed the confirmation that next year’s event will once again feature a number of specialist “Zones” on the exhibition floor, covering key topics such as subsea, health, safety and environment, NDT and condition monitoring, instrumentation control and automation. Also, new for 2017, asset management and maritime.