Professor John G. Kaldi

Chair of Geosequestration

Australian School of Petroleum

The University of Adelaide, Australia

John Kaldi is the Chief Scientist for the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC), and Professor and Chair of Geosequestration at University of Adelaide. John’s career includes being the inaugural Head of the Australian School of Petroleum (ASP) and earlier, Director of the National Centre for Petroleum Geology and Geophysics (NCPGG) at University of Adelaide.

He received a PhD in Geology from Cambridge University, England and prior to academia, John spent 18 years worked for the Saskatchewan Geological Survey in Regina, Canada; Shell Canada in Calgary; ARCO Oil and Gas Co. in Plano, Texas; ARCO, Indonesia, in Jakarta and VICO in Jakarta.  He has received Distinguished Service, Honorary member and Special Commendation awards from AAPG and has recently served as AAPG’s International Vice-President. John has been an SPE, AAPG, IPA and PESA Distinguished Lecturer. He is an accomplished short course instructor, providing training to industry, government and professional societies on Carbon Capture & Storage, Reservoir and Seal Evaluation, and Capillary Pressure Principles.  He has been the author and presenter of over 150 journal articles and technical conference papers.


Dr. Zahidah Md Zain

Principal Scientist for Group Research & Technology

 Project Delivery & Technology Division, PETRONAS

Zahidah Md Zain is the Principal Scientist for Group Research & Technology, Project Delivery & Technology Division, PETRONAS, and Adjunct Professor of Geoscience at University Technology PETRONAS. She was responsible in spearheading the Technology Development Program for Unconventional Resources focusing on fracking optimization and sweet spot mapping for Shale Gas to support business in Unconventional Resources. Her current roles as part of Value Assurance Team and Principal Scientist is focusing on Technical Leadership in area of expertise, consultancy, talent development and technical/professional excellent.

She received a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK in the area of Hydrate Monitoring and Early Warning System. In PETRONAS, she had been involved in initiating and leading the team in several R&D areas which include Advanced Gas EOR and WAG pilot design, Microbial EOR Pilot trial, Gas Hydrate Early Warning System for Deepwater and Experimental design of CO2 Storage. She has been an author and presenter for more than 50 related publications in the various area.


 The 4th Industrial Revolution and Its Influence on Oil and Gas Industry

The future outlook of oil and gas is challenging due to many factors. The most prominent of these are low oil prices, emergence of new hydrocarbon sources, stringent carbon regulations, increasing focus on renewable energy, electric vehicles, and better energy storage technologies.

To deal with these challenges, many companies involved in the mid and downstream industry of oil and gas are changing their business models and shifting their main revenue streams. However, this is not an option for the upstream industry whose business is built entirely on oil and gas extraction. Therefore, the only way for upstream companies to overcome the above challenges is to improve their efficiency and this is where the fourth industrial revolution can be applied in oil and gas upstream industry.

Most upstream companies have allocated sufficient budgets to invest in a robust 4.0 strategy form the exploration to production despite of shrinking in margins. The strategy includes solutions that improve project design and evaluation, enable unmanned drilling operation, increase reliability on the ecosystem and predict maintenance needs. Specifically, for exploration, the companies can build capacities to analyses geological data by digitizing all the data and knowledge gathered or developed in house. Applying advanced analytics and machine learning technique on such big data sets will provide precise and meaningful evaluation of the assets. Such capabilities will not only increase efficiency but also increase the effort to support profitability growth of the company.