Managing Innovation and New Technologies in Upstream Oil and Gas 


Few would argue that the upstream oil and gas industry has become more technology-intensive over the years.  But how should a company manage the development, deployment, and use of new innovations that are emerging within the sector?  Broadly speaking, this course gives participants an awareness of several of the recurring innovation-related themes and patterns that have emerged throughout the marketplace over the years, and then explains how they are relevant to the upstream oil & gas industry.

This course will:

  • Develop appreciation for the role of innovation in the success of oil and gas firms
  • Understand the industry-specific challenges of R&D in the oil and gas industry
  • Understand how good ideas get turned into marketable innovations
  • Understand the different types of innovation
  • Understand how/why dominant designs emerge in the marketplace, but not always
  • Know the advantages and disadvantages of different market entry strategies
  • Know how to connect technology strategy to larger strategic aims of organisation
  • Survey analytical tools and concepts for choosing innovation projects
  • Know how to set up organisational aspects of innovation to achieve best results
  • Understand tools and approaches for managing and tracking new product development

Who Should Attend

This course is most appropriate for people who are directly connected to the innovation-related aspects of their organisation, who work in decision-making roles that are frequently impacted by the emergence of new technologies, or who want to play a role in creating a more innovative environment within their business.  No prior experience or training in this area is required for this course.


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/ or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDH).

Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.


Robert Perrons

Robert Perrons worked in a wide variety of roles and locations for Shell’s International Exploration & Production division prior to joining the Queensland University of Technology as an Associate Professor of Technology Management and Strategy in 2011.  He started his career in Shell’s Strategy & Economics team in 1997, and then worked for several years as a production engineer in the company’s overseas operations (offshore and onshore).  He then left for three years to work as an Industrial Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, but re-joined Shell again in 2004 to become the company’s Executive Coordinator of R&D.  He has worked with several oil and gas technology development and deployment teams over the years, including Energistics and Shell’s Smart Fields program.  Rob has a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering from McMaster University in Canada, a Master’s degree in Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a PhD in engineering from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar.  He is a Fellow of both Engineers; Australia and the UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers.