Agenda - May 21-23, 2018

Agenda For The 2018 Verdantix Summit In Houston

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    • 5:00

      Welcome Reception

      Sponsorship available

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    • 7:45

      Registration & Refreshments

    • 8:30

      Welcome & Overview

      Speaker: Stuart Neumann, Director of Advisory Services at Verdantix
    • 8:45

      Keynote: It’s Time To Create A Collaborative EHS Function

      Speaker: David Metcalfe, CEO at Verdantix

      The EHS function has changed significantly over the last 30 years. Technology innovation has been a significant factor in enabling and causing those changes. The rise of web-based software shifted decisions from sites to corporate leaders with global oversight. With a new wave of technologies now impacting every aspect of business operations, EHS leaders need to shape a new vision which moves their function from a hierarchy towards a network, from siloed activities towards collaborative workflows. How far have you moved on this journey?

    • 9:15

      Panel: The Benefits Of Technology-Fueled Collaboration For EHS Performance

      Chair: David Metcalfe, CEO at Verdantix

    • 9:45

      Panel: Changing Mindsets: Moving EHS From Thinking Like An Innovation Leader To Being An Innovation Leader

      Chair: Stuart Neumann, Director of Advisory Services at Verdantix

      In the annual Verdantix survey of 382 EHS decision-makers, only 35% of respondents stated that they consider technology is essential for successful EHS management. But how many EHS teams actually deliver on this belief? The experts on this panel will discuss the current mindset of EHS professionals in terms of their views on technology and innovation. We’ll then hear examples of what needs to be done to move from thinking like an innovation leader to acting out the role.

    • 10:15

      Networking Break

      Sponsorship available

    • 10:45

      Best Practices Workshop

      Redefining Operational Engagement and Worker Safety Through Emerging Technologies

      Speakers to be announced

      Operational engagement remains a critical component to driving compliance performance and safety programme success on the shop floor and at the global scale. Emerging technologies such as Virtual/Augmented Reality, Beacons/Sensors, Wearables, and Virtual Assistants are redefining the practical possibilities of employee engagement and worker safety. At this best practices workshop, led by Gensuite and one of their customers, you will learn how firms are applying these technologies as part of their core EHS strategy and integrated EHS management system

      Best Practices Workshop

      Clearing Through the Fog of Analytics

      Speakers to be announced

      There has been a lot of buzz in the industry around the use of Predictive Analytics to enhance your EHSQ programs, mitigate risk, and drive operational excellence. But what about the practical applications most EHSQ professionals need to understand? During this session, we’ll review the 4 critical elements for successful application of data analytics and take a deep dive into one: Data Quality. We’ll provide in-depth explanations on the impact dirty data has on your program, and the best practices to eliminate and clean. We will then take the first step into using your analytics program with benchmarking, and learn where to get rich data sets (and how to leverage for your company). Most importantly throughout the presentation, we will provide guidance and examples for leveraging this information to help explain the value of your analytics to internal stakeholders throughout your entire organization.

    • 11:30

      Innovation Trailblazer

      Integrated EHS, Risk And Compliance Software

      Speaker to be announced

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      Innovation Trailblazer

      HSE Vigilance & Compliance

      Speaker to be announced

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    • 11:50

      Innovation Trailblazer

      Speaker to be announced

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      Innovation Trailblazer

      Speaker to be announced

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    • 12:10

      Lunch

      Sponsored by: Dakota Software

    • 1:15

      Analyst Teach In: The 15 Minute Business Case For EHS Software

      Speaker: Trevor Bronson, Industry Analyst at Verdantix

      Securing additional funds for a new EHS software platform or simply getting money for a major upgrade of an existing application can become a frustrating, time-consuming process for corporate EHS teams. Often it takes 2 or 3 years before finance and IT come on board. This analyst teach-in, will provide you with a step-by-step process to navigate the capital requisition process, calculate financial benefits, flag up EHS performance benefits and emphasize compliance risks to CFOs who are bombarded by competing pitches for investment. Attendees will receive a copy of the Verdantix report “Mastering The Business Case For EHS Software” and an Excel template to calculate the ROI of your project.

    • 1:30

      Panel: Competing For Capital: How To Secure Funding For EHS IT Projects

      Chair: David Metcalfe, CEO at Verdantix

      Learn from four experts who have successfully shaped investment plans for EHS IT projects and build a winning coalition internally to get sign-off for the project. If you’re seeking investment you’ll learn what needs to be done to persuade the finance and IT teams to support your bid and get insight into how corporate processes for capital requisition typically work. The panellists will explain how you can partner with both software vendors and consultants who will help deliver the project to draw on their knowledge of other successfully-funded EHS projects.

    • 2:15

      Round Table Discussions: Best Practices For Funding EHS Innovation

      Delegates Conduct Small Group Discussions

      Building on the panel discussion, delegates share practical tips for securing funding for different types of EHS projects. Discussions will be framed by a worksheet which covers: new EHS software investments; EHS software upgrades; bulk purchases of intrinsically safe devices; integration between different EHS applications; pilot projects of wearable technology/smart PPE; health and safety learning management systems.

    • 3:00

      Networking Break

      Sponsorship available

    • 3:30

      Panel: Which Digital Tools Add Value For Health & Safety Capability Building?

      Chair: Stuart Neumann, Director of Advisory Services at Verdantix

      Training, learning and development have increasingly moved from instructor-led, classroom formats to digital formats delivered on learning management systems. Whilst online OSHA courses, micro-learning snippets and video content have been widely adopted do these techniques adequately build health and safety capability? Will tools such as augmented reality visors which deliver context-specific information during the performance of tasks get over the hurdle of cost and usability? This expert panel will share their experiences with new approaches to health and safety training and suggest where EHS directors should focus their time for maximum engagement of frontline workers.

    • 4:15

      Panel: New Directions For EHS Analysis, Insights & Reporting

      Chair: Stuart Neumann, Director of Advisory Services at Verdantix

      Whilst there are still firms trying to achieve a basic level of EHS compliance, the majority of EHS leaders in firms with revenues above $1 billion have their sights set on enhancing ISO-certified management systems and boosting overall EHS performance. The most advanced are seeking ways to add value to the business not just enhance EHS indicators. This expert panel will discuss what analytical techniques are generating the best insights and share their views on where data and technology need to be improved in the future. Does EHS really need ‘big data’ or should the focus be on applying proven analytical techniques to existing data sets?

    • 5:00

      Day Two Wrap Up

      Speaker: David Metcalfe, CEO at Verdantix
    • 6:00

      Cocktail Reception

    • 7:00

      Gala Dinner & VIP Keynote

      Sponsorship available

      Speaker to be announced

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    • 7:45

      Registration and Refreshments

    • 8:30

      Welcome & Overview

      Speaker: David Metcalfe, CEO at Verdantix
    • 8:45

      Keynote: New Frontiers In EHS And Operational Risk Management

      Speaker to be announced

    • 9:15

      Panel: Empowering Frontline Workers With Collaborative Safety Technology

      Chair: David Metcalfe, CEO at Verdantix

      Since 2000, most EHS technology strategies have been designed as top-down initiatives to improve the ability of the corporate centre to collect data from operational sites thereby achieving compliance with regulations, policies and procedures. In the last two years, cloud and mobile technologies have created an opportunity for EHS leaders to empower frontline workers to keep themselves safe in real-time. Fifty-seven per cent of EHS functions now use mobile apps for incident and audit. Rather than relying on plant operators and truck drivers to report historical incidents, technology can mitigate risks in the moment. This expert panel will discuss the feasibility of moving to an ‘in the moment’ approach to safety and risk management.

    • 10:00

      Networking Break

      Sponsorship available

    • 10:30

      Best Practices Workshop

      Solving The Leading Indicator vs Lagging Indicator Conundrum

      Speakers: Carrie Young, VP Solutions Consulting at Sphera

      Lagging indicators such as the Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) have been in use for decades and serve as a standard metric to measure safety performance. But as these lagging indicators have trended downwards at firms with a strong safety culture, it has become evident that looking at historic incidents, accidents and near misses will not enable future improvements. This best practices workshop, led by Sphera Solutions and one of their customers, explains how to get started with a leading indicators project and provides advice on what data, analysis and expert resources are required.

      Best Practices Workshop

      Maximizing HSE Performance Improvements From Intelligent Risk Management

      SAI Global

      Pro-active risk management helps organizations to achieve business excellence, maintain sustainable growth and retain their licence to operate. The HSE community has come a long way in its use of risk concepts to improve health and safety outcomes but there is more potential to elevate risk management to a more strategic level. This best practices workshop, led by SAI Global and one of their customers, will explore the value of intelligent risk management applied to HSE, operations and IT.

    • 11:15

      Best Practices Workshop

      Isometrix

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      Best Practices Workshop

      UL

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    • 12:00

      Innovation Trailblazer

      Speaker to be announced

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      Innovation Trailblazer

      Speaker to be announced

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    • 12:15

      Lunch

      Sponsored by: Dakota Software

    • 1:15

      Panel: Fixing The Complex Contractor Safety Challenge

      Chair: Stuart Neumann, Director of Advisory Services at Verdantix

      The ‘new normal’ for oil and gas prices has caused petro-chemical firms to shed permanent staff to align costs with expected revenues. Losing the tacit knowledge of safe operations held in the brains of long-term employees and at the same time bringing in hundreds of contractors creates a broad array of risks. This is especially true when contractors are expected to be fully productive from day one. This panel discusses the end-to-end risk identification and mitigation process required to ensure contractors, employees and operations stay safe in the new business context.

    • 2:00

      Roundtable Discussions: Best Practices For Reducing Contractor-Related Risks

      Delegates Conduct Small Group Discussions

      Building on the panel discussion, delegates share practical tips for reducing contractor-related risks. Discussions will be framed by a worksheet which covers: pre-selection risk management; training; communicating policies; liability; reporting; software access.

    • 2:40

      Networking Break

      Sponsorship available

    • 3:00

      Panel: Getting Your EHS IT Assets To Work Together: Secret Sauce Or Unfixable Problem?

      Chair: Stuart Neumann, Director of Advisory Services at Verdantix

      The Verdantix annual survey of 382 EHS decision-makers found that 81% of respondents prefer to invest in an EHS software platform which covers all of their workflows. However, in most large enterprises, legacy applications and ongoing acquisitions of other firms means that having a single software platform is not an achievable goal. Skunkworks projects with form building software for mobile dervices further complicate the EHS IT system landscape. This panel will share their expert view on how to you can get your disparate EHS IT assets to work together by investing in only those integration projects which add tangible value.

    • 3:45

      Panel: Transforming Operational Risk Management With Digitized Processes

      Chair: Stuart Neumann, Director of Advisory Services at Verdantix

      An increasing number of EHS leaders are jointly tackling safety and risk with operational leaders. The digitization of operational risk management spans a broad range of activities such as process safety, fleet safety, unloading containers at a port or protecting lone workers. Digital tools cover permit-to-work, barrier management, shift management, safeguards and MOC. This expert panel will share their view on current best practices and predict how operational risk management will evolve in the future.

    • 4:30

      Day Three Wrap Up

    • 4:45

      Customer Workshop: EHS Software Vendor Selection

      Speakers: Trevor Bronson, Industry Analyst at Verdantix
      Malavika Tohani, Principal Analyst at Verdantix

      This workshop will help EHS decision-makers to speed up the vendor selection process, minimize the risk of making a bad decision and avoid paying over the odds. Based on our benchmark of the 20 most prominent vendors and numerous best practice reports, the Verdantix analyst team will provide attendees with a step-by-step guide from setting the vision and strategy to structuring the RFP and product demo process. We’ll also share insights from the diverse vendor selection projects we have worked on to highlight potential pitfalls to avoid.

    • 5:45

      Summit Close