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  • Mark your calendars for PTAC’s first Technology Information Session (TIS) of 2024 and be a part of the momentum on February 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (MST). This event will feature three industry leaders who are making significant impacts in their respective fields:


    To facilitate more collaborative dialogue, we are changing the format of our TIS sessions. This year’s events will feature multiple presenters and end with a Q&A session. Our new platform for TIS promises to be a valuable networking and learning opportunity for all attendees.


  • 9:00 a.m. (MST)Introduction

    Moderator: Allan Fogwill, COO, Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada
    9:05 a.m. (MST)Harmonizing Digitalization and Environmental Stewardship: Ambyint's Approach to Reducing Carbon Emissions in O&G Production

    Presenter: Ferdinand Hingerl, Chief Technology Officer, Ambyint
    9:20 a.m. (MST)PMAP: Advancing sustainable and smart in-situ treatment of oil sand tailing ponds

    Presenter: Mohsen Barkh, President and Principal Engineer, PMAP
    9:35 a.m. (MST)TBD

    Presenter: Reza Javahery, CTO and Co-Founder, QuadroCore Corp
    9:50 a.m. (MST)Q&A
    10:25 a.m. (MST)Closing Remarks
    10:30 a.m. (MST)Virtual Webinar Adjourned
    11:00 a.m. (MST)Networking Session Adjourned
  • Ferdinand Hingerl, Ph.D., is the Chief Technology Officer of Ambyint, an organization that provides Artificial Intelligence-Driven Production Automation and Optimization for upstream Oil and Gas companies. Ferdinand has over a decade of experience in Energy-focused R&D at international research institutions across the globe and has served in various technical roles in the energy industry, where he designed and implemented cloud-based, physics-assisted AI solutions for process automation and optimization, analytics and simulation. Entrusted with spearheading the delivery of innovative SaaS solutions, Ferdinand leads an interdisciplinary technology and data science team, aligning Ambyint’s strategy with the growing emphasis on energy security, Sustainability compliance, and net zero targets in North America. Under his strategic guidance, Ambyint’s solution assists customers in optimizing production, extending well lifecycles, and achieving sustainability goals. Ferdinand has a PhD in computational geochemistry from ETH Zurich and performed his postdoctoral research at Stanford University.

    Mohsen Barkh (M.Eng., P.Eng., PMP) has more than 25 years of experience in wastewater treatment around the globe. He was the key design person for a wide variety of treatment systems targeting different contaminants such as heavy metals, TSS, sulphate, chloride and so on. His past experiences as a senior process engineer in different countries such as France, Russia, Peru, Namibia, Mexico and Canada with different regulations and standards has made him a well-versed technical leader with deep knowledge of issues related to water treatment. Mohsen currently serves as President and Principal Engineer at PMAP (Professional Mine Water Action Plan), a company founded based on his experience in wastewater treatment.




    Dr. Javahery is a renowned Physicist who has been involved in the innovation of Mass Spectrometers for over 30 years. He is the CTO and Co-Founder of QuadroCore Corp, a Mass Spec company intending on shaking up the industry with the most transportable and cost effective advanced Mass Spec’s ever made.


  • Harmonizing Digitalization and Environmental Stewardship: Ambyint’s Approach to Reducing Carbon Emissions in O&G Production

    Presenter: Ferdinand Hingerl, Chief Technology Officer, Ambyint

    In this presentation, we describe Ambyint’s pioneering approach for reducing greenhouse gas emissions during oil and gas production phases leveraging physics-assisted AI for process automation. The presentation outlines how this approach enables the reduction of methane venting events, on-site field visits, windshield time, and electricity consumption for pumping units. Ambyint’s strategy for process automation includes closed-loop setpoint optimization, anomaly detection and predictive maintenance. Ambyint has been successful in delivering these capabilities through the fusion of Subject Matter Expertise, profound understanding of underlying physics, and Artificial Intelligence algorithms (AI). This holistic approach not only facilitates a marked reduction in emissions but also augments operational efficiency, productivity, and compliance with evolving environmental mandates. Through a blend of empirical analysis and practical case studies, we aim to shed light on how Ambyint’s synthesis of human expertise and advanced automation technologies is propelling the O&G sector towards a more sustainable and economically viable operational framework.

    PMAP: Advancing sustainable and smart in-situ treatment of oil sand tailing ponds

    Presenter: Mohsen Barkh, President and Principal Engineer, PMAP

    PMAP (Professional Mine Water Action Plan) revolutionizes oil sand tailings treatment by employing an Unmanned Smart Dispensing Vessel (USDV) and eco-friendly reagents for in-situ wastewater treatment. In-situ treatment eliminates the need for utility power, making PMAP a sustainable, cost-effective solution for oil sand tailings, improving environmental impact and water treatment in the oil sand industry.

    Key technology components include the Unmanned Smart Dispensing Vessel (USDV) and controlled release of innovative neutralization reagents. The USDV optimizes treatment by continuously monitoring water in tailings and injecting the optimum reagent amount through iterative cycles.

    This adaptive learning process maximizes efficiency and minimizes costs. PMAP eliminates the need for large-scale treatment facilities, hence, reducing CAPEX. In addition, using the USDV cuts operating costs to %50. PMAP efficiently removes metals, including silica, nickel, copper, and cobalt, reducing arsenic, aluminum, and iron to undetectable levels. The PMAP reagent outperforms traditional methods, preventing pH overshoot and reducing sludge volume, boosting ESG scores.

    Presenter: Reza Javahery, CTO and Co-Founder, QuadroCore

    Application of gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS) data has been presented for analysis of hazardous hydrocarbon compounds and other molecules of interest. This technique offers unprecedented accuracy and sensitivity for these compounds. A brief description of Noorion source, which is a soft ionization technique that improves the limit of detection by more than two orders of magnitude, is also presented.

    A potential application of a portable tandem mass spectrometer for infield direct analysis of these compounds is promising. Rapid detection of these compounds offers a much greater simplifying workflow and accuracy. The accelerated detection of these compounds not only streamlines workflows but also meets the baseline requirements, with an emphasis on time efficiency. This time efficiency contributes to operational expediency and underscores its cost-effectiveness, aligning with practical considerations for broader adoption.