Speakers at the International Society of Automation (ISA) Automation Conference 2023, which kicked off Monday in Doha, hailed Qatar's major digitalisation strides, especially in oil and gas industry, underscoring the importance of coping with digital transformation developments amid rapid AI changes.
Speaking to Qatar News Agency (QNA), ISA Vice-President-Europe Middle East & Africa Dr Soloman Almadi hailed Qatar as the first Middle East country to host such a gathering of international automation leaders, an event which used to be convened in Europe over the past 75 years.
He commended Qatar's achievements in digital transformation and organisation of major global events such as the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, prompting ISA to select Doha as a venue for this year's conference.
Almadi added the attendees seek to develop industrial standards that take into account the multi-field transformations thanks to intelligence and cybersecurity, including in oil and gas industry, and to connect ME-based industrial and academic institutions and experts.
The event is being held at Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha, under the theme of 'Digitalisation in Oil & Gas Industry' and it brings together over 200 automation specialists from various oil and gas companies in Qatar and those interested in the oil industry around the world.
ISA Qatar Section Member and Chairperson of IMCO, Eng. Nasser Jeham al-Kuwari highlighted Qatar's advanced digital transformation efforts in all fields, stressing the importance of digital systems in raising the efficiency of oil and gas industry at the level of production, maintenance, security and for cutting costs and carbon emissions.
ISA Qatar Section President Nilangshu Dey lauded Qatar's accelerated automation growth in the oil, gas, petrochemical and energy industries in line with the country's multi-field rapid economic growth.
In a bid to maintain global oil and gas sustainability, the event included an exhibition of the cutting-edge digital programmes and solutions as well as nine papers presented by industry experts selected from various countries.
ISA sets the exclusive engineering standards for automation for various industries by helping over 50,000 worldwide members and other 300,000 automation professionals. It also develops industry standards, certifies industry professionals and provides education, training, publishes books and technical articles and hosts conferences, exhibitions for automation professionals worldwide.