Conecta is the most important learning event the Graña y Montero Group organizes through the Academy, the internal area that seeks the professional growth of the company’s employees and the engineering community.
This four-day edition of the event included speeches, classes, and visits to projects and workshops where internal and external professionals and experts from the country’s different sectors shared their knowledge about current trendsetting innovations, good practices and solutions.
Through the experience and perspective of Luis Enrique Díaz, an employee of the Graña y Montero Group, we would like to tell you about Conecta 2018.[/vc_column_text]
By Luis Enrique Díaz,
Exploration and Production Supervisor, who has been working in the GM Petroleum Engineering area for three years
A couple of years ago, I heard about Conecta in the Group. However, it wasn’t until 2018 that I had the chance to go. I can truly say it was a valuable experience where every participant could benefit from others’ knowledge.
Conecta gives us the possibility of attending more than 50 sessions, including workshops, panel discussions and talks, over a four-day period. We were able to sign up for the ones in which we were most interested, so I signed up for the ones that involved sharing experiences in the oil and gas industry.
Eight talks, extensive learning
I started on Tuesday, April 10 with a talk called “Digital transformation applied to the Oil & Gas industry,” which showed us how digitization helps to optimize processes. Later, a talk called “The Natural Gas Value Chain” explained the exploration, drilling and production of a well and the commercialization of natural gas. Since I’m no expert on the subject, it was very interesting to know the factors that can affect this great industry.
I had high expectations for the talk held on Wednesday 11 because Sergio Gonzalez, Digital Advisor Latin America for Microsoft, would be speaking about digital transformation. He more than fulfilled my expectations! The contribution that a giant such as Microsoft offers is undeniable, and he reminded us that we need to keep up with change to avoid losing value in the market.
The next talk, “Modernization of the Talara Refinery,” held sentimental value for me because my wife works on the project. The speaker emphasized the success of executing a project as leaders in safety and told us that, because of this, the project was among the best in the region. I felt very proud because my wife, who works in the Safety area (HSE), is one of the 3 thousand people who made it happen.
Then I went to a hear a talk by former minister of Energy and Mines Gonzalo Tamayo, who knows about the problems in the oil and gas sector and everything that still needs to be done to drive investment. To end the day, I went to a screening of a documentary titled “Roman Engineering Part I: Cities,” where we learned about the planning and design of the most ancient Italian cities. There is much to be learned from the technology used at that time.
On Thursday 12, I learned about differentiated royalties for exploratory wells, thanks to a talk called “Project 6000: Results of the Drilling Campaign.” This is a project in which I’m involved and we’re making a great effort to carry out an intensive drilling campaign.
Conecta 2018 was a great experience. I think these events help us grow as professionals and as individuals. I’ll definitely be back next year!