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Leveraging Value Add Programs to Support Economic Recovery Webinar Presented by AmCham Abu Dhabi

Join AmCham Abu Dhabi in collaboration with ADNOC, ALDAR and Etihad for a live webinar on Wednesday Nov. 18th, 2020 from 1:30 – 2:30 (UAE Time)  on ” Leveraging Value Add Programs to Support Economic Recovery”.  This session will be moderated by T&M Associates VP, Dr. Tom Deeb.

Panelists include:

  • Mona Ahmed Balalaa: Manager ICV Execution ADNOC
  • Sultan Almheiri: Local Content Manager Sourcing & Procurement Etihad Airways
  • Kim Schofeild: Founder and Managing Partner O2K Limited
  • Leya Al Damani: VP Sustainability Department Procurement ALDAR

RSVP By Tuesday Nov. 17th

For more information visit: https://amcham.olasoft.com/client/event/roster/eventRosterDetails.html?productId=10997&eventRosterId=7


ADNOC Launches Version 2.0

ADNOC launches enhancements to their In-Country Value Program under version 2.0. The program has undergone key upgrades designed to help suppliers capture all their value add activities. Furthermore, ICV Improvement Plans are a part of the contract award process and allow suppliers to demonstrate future value add. The Improvement Plan will be taken into consideration, along with historical performance. Based on the ICV Improvement Plan committed to by suppliers, ADONC will now tie ICV performance to contractual progress payments worth 5% of the contract value.

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Q3 2018

Oman – ICV: 940 Graduated with Technical Qualification

940 Omanis graduated with technical qualification on May 2nd, 2018

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) today (Wednesday, 2 May) celebrated the graduation of 940 young Omanis as part of its training-for-employment program.  The graduates were awarded international certifications in different trades which will enable them to take up full-time positions as scaffolders, electricians, HSE officers, mechanics, welders, drilling fluids engineers and cabin crew. They will take positions in over 30 companies including Oman Air, INCO Engineering, Halliburton and Oman Trading Establishments LLC. This is also the first group to graduate from the Knowledge Grid HSE program with certifications including the IOSH Managing Safely, the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Health and Safety, and the City and Guilds NVQ Level 5 in Occupational Health & Safety Practice, which qualify them to work as HSE advisors.

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OTC 2018 Technology Spotlight – XMReality

Showcasing XMReality's Software

Photo From XMReality Website


XMReality was founded in 2007 by researchers from the Swedish Defense Research Agency to develop technology to remotely assist bomb disposal experts.  From this background came their new solution for industry use: XMReality Remote Guidance.

This software allows a user to project into another user’s environment in real time using Augmented Reality (AR). AR is the result of using technology such as cell phones, to superimpose information – sounds, text, images- in real time onto the world. It is different from Virtual Reality (VR) in that VR is a computer-generated environment you interact with and are immersed in whereas AR adds to the reality you would normally see.

XMReality’s software allows someone to remotely demonstrate to other users how to do a job.  This solution could be used in many areas, including training and maintenance.

For more information and demos, please visit: https://xmreality.com/

OTC 2018 Technology Spotlights – Cloud Based Work Environments

Smartwork Environments and Cloud Based Work Environments

Cloud Based Work Environments

The cloud has come to O&G in a big way. Companies, such as Schlumberger and Tenaris, hit the stage at OTC demonstrating their cloud-based environment software. Schlumberger’s DELFI program allows all software and management tools to be in the same environment allowing everyone working on the same project globally to have access to everything right at their fingertips. It is like an Office 365™ but with for example AutoCAD, SAS and the ability to look at your projects output in real time.

For more information on DELFI please visit: www.software.slb.com/delfi

OTC 2018 Technology Spotlight – HMI: Aquanaut

Houston Mechatronics INC Aquanaut Submarine Mode Houston Mechatronics Aquanaut Humanoid Mode

Photos Courtesy of Houston Mechatronics INC

Houston Mechatronics Inc. (HMI), a robotics startup founded in 2014 by NASA roboticists, is designing a new generation of minimally supervised unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs), that can work up to 3,000 meters without support vehicles.  Aquanaut is their flagship project in this area. It transforms from an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) which removes the need for vessels and tethers. Finally, someone has built a real-life Transformer: it truly transforms from submarine to humanoid robot mode.  It is expected to be available next year.

Aquanaut is a game changer. “Existing ROVs need large support vessels for deployment and operation, need to be tethered for power and human control. Aquanaut can be dropped off from a small boat (or even dropped from an autonomous helicopter), and then it swims to its final destination. The robot is fully electric and carries its own power supply and it communicates acoustically through the water, which places severe limits on bandwidth (a few tens of kilobytes per second, at best). To compensate for this, Aquanaut will incorporate sophisticated autonomy that is completely new to UUVs[1].”

For more information please visit: houstonmechatronics.com

To read more visit: https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/houston-mechatronics-raises-20m-to-bring-nasa-expertise-to-transforming-robot-submersibles

[1] Ackerman, E. (2018). Houston Mechatronics Raises $20M to Bring NASA Expertise to Transforming Robot Submersibles. [online] IEEE Spectrum: Technology, Engineering, and Science News. Available at: https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/houston-mechatronics-raises-20m-to-bring-nasa-expertise-to-transforming-robot-submersibles [Accessed 30 Jun. 2018].

The Next Wave: The Next 50 – Evolution of the Industry

OTC Next Wave 2018 Committee

2018 Committee (12 of 16 members from across the world and industry sections, 13 companies and 5 of the OTC sponsoring organizations)

OTC 2018 marked the 10th and final Next Wave program, a young professional networking and career development event.  This year’s program focused on the changes in the O&G industry over the last 50 years, the technology improvements and disrupters that will come in the future, and how to manage your career as a young professional.   Round table discussions included cyber security, improving products by working with software vendors, and work-life balance.

Next Wave 2018 presented 2 exciting key note speakers. Emeka Emembolu, Vice President Reservoir Development, Gulf of Mexico at BP, spoke about his career journey from his start in the UK to his postings in Alaska, and his current position in Houston.  He highlighted the impact these postings had on both his career and his personal life. His career advice was to do good work and the promotions will come.

Åshlid Larsen, CIO and Senior Vice President IT for Statoil (now Equinor), spoke about technological changes in the energy industries; how O&G companies are expanding into alternative energies such as solar and wind, and on what to expect, both career-wise and technology-wise, in the next 50 years of O&G.

Elisabeth Deeb, T&M Associates Business Development Manager, attended OTC 2018 and has been active on the communication outreach subcommittee of Next Wave 2018.

T&M Associates will be at the 8th Arab-German Energy Forum

T&M Associates will be at the 8th Arab-German Energy Forum on November 28th and 29th, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

Michael Hackenbruch will be representing T&M Associates at this event and will be available to talk about what we can do for you. Including:

      • If your company is bidding on work in Saudi Arabia, you may be asked to provide your  iktva plan. T&M Associates provides  iktva training and consulting.
      • We design and execute successful, sustainable in – country value addition programs for governments and IOC’s. We maximize economic development through localization, while delivering substantial cost savings and return on investment.
      • We also offer workforce and supplier development including for small medium enterprises.

If you would like to set up  meeting please contact us at info@tmalunch.com or give us a call at 770-360-5503.

For more information on the 8th Arab-German Energy Forum: www.energy.ghorfa.de

iktva: Creating Your 5-Year Plan Workshop

Has your company encountered iktva as part of your RFPs?

Are you looking for guidance in understanding iktva?

Do you need assistance in preparing your 5-year plan?


T&M Associates offers the short course iktva: Creating Your 5-Year Plan to help you gain invaluable training in just a few days. This course teaches you a systematic step-by-step approach to iktva certification and 5-year plans and answers the following questions:

  • Where to begin, who must be involved, and what information is needed?
  • How to synthesize all of the data and information into a successful iktva certification and 5-year plan.
  • How to leverage your company’s iktva program as a differentiator that helps your company gain market share and new revenues.
  • What steps your company needs to take in order to effectively comply.
  • How to develop the iktva plan in a way that balances cost and iktva.


This course will teach the best approach to iktva so that your company receives maximum credit for all added value to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The course is taught in a small-group setting to facilitate attendee discussions, Q&A with the instructor, as well as attendee networking. The instructors include former Saudi Aramco, iktva core team members.

This program was designed for finance, human resources, procurement, and iktva professionals.


For more information and course availability, please visit our training website:  www.tmlaunchtraining.com

T&M Associates also offers:

    • customized iktva training programs
    • iktva for Management seminars

For these and additional training sessions, please contact E. Deeb at edeeb@tmlaunch.com

Come meet us at our booth at the 2017 Annual getenergy Global Conference in London May 7 to 9, 2017

To learn more about what we can do for you:

  • We design and execute successful and sustainable in-country value addition (ICVA) programs for governments and IOCs.  We maximize economic development through localization, while delivering substantial cost savings and a return on investment.
  • For more than a decade we have designed and executed workforce development programs, including SME development.
  • If your company is bidding on work in Saudi Arabia, you may be asked to provide your iktva 5-year plan.  We provide iktva training and consulting.

Come listen to Dr. Maria Beug Deeb, President and CEO, as she participates as a guest panelist for   “Maximizing the contribution of local companies in the project supply chain”.

If you would like to set up a meeting with us lease contact us at info@tmlaunch.com or call us at 770.360.5503

For more information on the getenergy Conference : http://www.getenergyevent.com/