Digitalization in the Automation Domain 2023

15.03.23 - 16.03.23

- Towards Industry 4.0

Once again, we are happy to announce that we follow up with the success from last year, and present the greatest ideas and examples on how the industry can onboard the industrial revolution, I4.0.

This years conference will give you an understanding on how Industry 4.0 will affect the evolution of automation systems.

In tomorrow’s industrial world, components, devices, or applications will be able to communicate and interact with each other and work together seamlessly and interoperable – across company, industry, and national boundaries without a leading system. Plattform Industrie 4.0 offers concrete technical concept and specifications to achieve this vision. The central concept for semantic interoperability is the Asset Administration Shell (AAS).

Automation systems is heavily influenced by what is happening in the IT industry. Platform Industry 4.0 is one major player defining a framework for the manufacturing industry. But many other important players like the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), the Open Group and the Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF), NAMUR Open Architecture and Module Type Package are another examples.

Communication Technologies like OPC UA and Engineering Technologies like AutomationML are important building block for the evolution of engineering and we will have a separate engineering session to clarify the role of these technologies related to Industry 4.0.

So, with these, and many more important initiatives ongoing, we like to invite you to Digitalization in the Automation Domain, a conference where we have collected experts from many of these areas to talk about these exiting initiatives. There will be a mix of high level and detail level presentations.

For you to understand what influence these initiatives will have on the evolution of automation systems, please join us!

Also take a look at NFEAs complete event overview


Program (the program is subject to change)

  • 08:00

    Registration & Coffe

  • 08:50


    Karin Sundsvik | NFEA

  • 09:00

    Norwegian industry, a leading player in Industry 4.0 - Fact or fiction?

    Jan Christian Vestre | Minister of Trade and Industry | The Norwegian Government

  • 09:30

    Interoperability and Industrie 4.0

    Karsten Schneider | Siemens

  • 10:00


  • 10:30

    Digital Factory in the perspective of IEC TC65

    Trond Salater | Norsk Elektroteknisk Komite

  • 11:00

    Industry 5.0, the human Revenge!

    Bjørnar Henriksen | SINTEF Digital

  • 11:30


  • 12:30

    Swedish industry standing on Industry 4.0 SEIIA / ITF perspective

    Erik Molin | SEIIA – Swedish Industrial Interoperability Association

  • Session:

    Industry 4.0 building blocks

  • 13:00

    Interrelation of Asset Administration Shell and AutomationML

    Rainer Drath | University of Applied Sciences Pforzheim

  • 13:30

    NAMUR onboarding into Industry 4.0

    Andreas Schüller | NAMUR & YNCORIS GmbH & Co

  • 14:00


  • 14:20

    Ontology -> RAMI4.0 -> RDF

    Per Øyvind Øverli | Aibel

  • 14:50

    Standardized Device and Update Management based on Asset Administration Shell and OPC UA

    Andreas Orzelski | Phoenix Contact

  • 15:20


  • 15:40-16:10

    Recent developments around AAS: DEXPI submodel and product carbon footprint demonstrator

    Sten Grüner | ABB Corporate Research Center Germany

  • 16:10

    MTP Framework, Recent Developments and Demonstrators

    Mario Hoernicke | ABB Corporate Research Center Germany

  • 16:40

    End Day 1

  • 16:40

    Refreshments and networking at the hotel

  • 19:00-

    Conference dinner

    Street Food inspired dinner at the hotel

  • Session:

    Industry Initiatives

  • 09:00

    Field Device Integration, explained

    Trygve Harvei | ABB AS

  • 09:30

    OT information modelling

    Sølve Raaen | Kongsberg Maritime AS

  • 10:00


  • 10:30

    Evolution of field busses into the I4.0 area

    Karsten Schneider | Siemens

  • Session:

    Use cases

  • 11:00

    SIF Digital Twin

    Shenae Lee | SINTEF Digital

  • 11:30


  • 12:30

    5G and its relation to IOT use-cases

    Morten Kveil | Nokia Solutions

  • 13:00

    How to Navigate and capture value along the road towards digital twins

    Bjørn Harald Snersrud | Semcon Norge AS

  • 13:30


  • 13:40

    DEXPI+: Standards-Compliant Modelling of Processes for Process System Engineering

    David Cameron | University of Oslo

  • 14:10

    Information Modelling Framework

    Magnus Oanes Knædal | Equinor ASA

  • 14:40

    Ultra-quick sum-up

    Jan Munkejord | Equinor ASA

  • 14:45

    End of conference



Jan Christian Vestre | Minister of Trade and Industry | The Norwegian Government

Jan Christian Vestre was born in 1986 and comes from Haugesund. He was general manager of the furniture manufacturer Vestre AS until he was appointed Minister of Trade and Industry.

Vestre has a law degree from the University of Oslo.

Trond Salater | Sector Manager | NEK

Trond Salater (1968) is an electrician and has an bachelor’s degree in power electronics, power engineering. He has several years of experience in the process industry (pulp and paper), HVAC as well as in testing and certification of electrical equipment, Household, Ex/Atex and Machinery.

He is now sector leader for the subject area Industry and automation at NEK. He is secretary in NEK NK 65 and NK 44, which mirrors the work done by corresponding Technical Committees at Cenelec and IEC.

Erik Molin | Project manager and responsible for operations | SEIIA - Swedish Industrial Interoperability Association

Background: Electrical and Automation Engineer and have also been local manager of Technical- and IT-consulting companies. Active in the founding of SEIIA 2019.

Now: Active as the operational resource in association SEIIA and project manager for several project within the SEIIA organisation.

About SEIIA: SEIIA works for a more and better Digital Technical Information Exchange in the industry. The work is both national and international in many Interoperability Networks.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Drath | University of Applied Sciences Pforzheim

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Drath (1970) is one of the architects of the AutomationML data format (IEC62714) and a board member of AutomationML Society. Through his work as editor and author of several AutomationML reference books, he is well connected to the scientific community in the field of engineering, data integration, Industry 4.0 and the asset administration shell. 

In his talk, he will report on the big picture of the integration of various interoperability solutions with the AAS, namely the integration and interaction of AML, AASX and OPC UA. This work is currently underway and a joint effort between IDTA, OPC Foundation, VDMA, AutomationML e.V. and further industry partners. 

Dr. Andreas Schüller | NAMUR & YNCORIS GmbH & Co

Dr.-Ing. Andreas Schüller (1984) received his doctorate from the Chair of Process Control Engineering at RWTH Aachen University was subsequently employed as a lead engineer for automation technology at YNCORIS GmbH & Co. KG. He is currently employed there as a Key Expert Automation Technology. His work in I&C planning focuses on digitalization, functional safety and explosion protection. In NAMUR he leads the working group 1.3 «Information Management and Tools» as well as he collaborates in the working group 1.4 «Asset Administration Shell». In IGR he leads the working group «future automation technology».

NAMUR is an international user association of automation technology and digitalization in process industries. We have been representing the interests of our members for more than 65 years.

In his talk, he shows the digitalization strategy of NAMUR consisting of the four blocks Advanced Physical Layer (APL), Module Type Package (MTP), NAMUR Open Architecture (NOA) and Asset Administration Shell (AAS).

Per Øyvind Øverli | Senior IT advisor | Aibel AS

He is Software Engineering with more than 35 years of experience in the Oil And Gas Industry. His experience owner operator where he was involved in projects for managing reservoir data, drilling data as well as production data. His main responsibility today is within Aibel with technical systems for life cycle information gathering and handover.

He will share some of the Abibel’s experience with development and operation of ontologies using RDF graph databases. He will also share some of the experience with testing of RAMI/Asset Administration Shell with client and suppliers in the NOAKA FEED project.

Andreas Orzelski | Specialist Standardization AAS Digital Innovations | Phoenix Contact GmbH KG

After 20 years as managing director for KW Software and EVP for its successor Phoenix Contact Software Andreas is now one of the dedicated senior specialists driving the development of the Asset Administration Shell. Whit his hart and competence in automation software realizing the framework for Digital Twins is the full focus and passion of Andreas. Trough the industry wide initiative Industrie 4.0 and in the IDTA (Industrial Digital Twin Association) he is one of the experts shaping the Asset Administration Shell.  Andreas also serves as a board member for IDTA.

In the IEC Working Group 24 he co-develops the corresponding standard IEC 63278 AAS and he leads the German mirror committee DKE 931.0.16.

In addition, Andreas also leads related Open Source projects in GITHUB and the Eclipse Foundation.

In the past Andreas coordinated KW Software and its successor Phoenix Contact Software development of IEC 61131 programming system and IEC 61131 runtime system, IEC 61508 SIL 3 programming system and IEC 61508 SIL 3 runtime system as well as the PROFINET configuration and PROFINET runtime stack.

The presentation will focus on a specific use case to exemplify the function of Asset Administration Shell (AAS) as the framework for Digital Twins (IEC 63278). An AAS sub-model for product change notifications based on SmartPCN (VDMA 24903) is explained.

With this sub-model in combination with OPC 10000-100 (OPC UA Part 100: Devices) which defines a standardized software update model multiple vendors can provide their device and update information in a standardized way allowing for vendor independent device and update management.

As a part of the presentation the AAS V3 data model and the V3 REST API are explained. This includes vendor neutral authentication and authorization. Both theory and live demo are covered.

Dr.-Ing. Sten Grüner | Principal Scientist | ABB Corporate Research Center Germany

Sten Grüner is Principal Scientist for Industrial Digitalization Technologies at ABB Corporate Research Center Germany. His research focuses on software architecture for industrial automation systems and information modeling with OPC UA and Industry 4.0 Asset Administration Shell (AAS). Sten is actively participating in Industry 4.0 standardization activities within Plattform Industrie 4.0, ZVEI and IDTA.

In his talk Sten will give an overview of two recent developments around AAS which took place in 2022. The first topic is the activity of German association of electrotechnical industry (ZVEI) to model and exchange Product Carbon Footprint information with help of AAS. The second topic is the results of IDTA working group to establish a link between DEXPI (a data exchange standard for P&I Diagrams) and AAS.

Mario Hoernicke | Senior Principal Scientist | ABB Corporate Research Center Germany

Mario Hoernicke (1984) is Senior Principal Scientist at ABB Corporate Research Center Germany. He is one of the inventers of the Module Type Package (MTP) and strongly involved the MTP standardization activities. His main research interest is in new and innovative Automation Engineering methods and tools.

In his talk, he will give an insight into the current developments and status of the MTP, as well as its application in industrial pilots and further developments for the usage of MTP for the engineering of world-scale plants.

David Cameron | Manager for External Engagements | University of Oslo

David Cameron, PhD, FIChemE, is the manager for External Engagements at the dScience Centre at the University of Oslo and leads digital twin projects in the SIRIUS Centre at the same place.

He is a Chemical Engineer with 30 years of industrial experience in the metals, chemicals and petroleum industries. His technical specialization is the application of simulation to the optimization of operations. He has worked in applied research, strategy and development management roles in BHP Billiton, Norsk Hydro, Kongsberg Group and then in consulting and senior business development roles related to the internet of things in IBM and Sopra Steria.

He earned his doctorate in simulator-based process analytics from the University of Cambridge.

Practical information


15.03.23 - 16.03.23


Clarion Hotel Oslo
Dronning Eufemias gate 15
0191 Oslo


Participation fee

  • Company member kr. 7 300,-
  • Personal member kr. 7 300,-
  • Education member kr. 4 000,-
  • Education Non member kr. 5 000,-
  • Non member kr. 10 300,-
  • Press participates for free! (*dinner is not included) Send email to for registration.

(Subject to changes)



Street Food inspired dinner at the hotel March 15th. Price NOK 1100,- incl. 2 beverages.


We have a booking code if you choose to stay at the conference hotel. The booking code is NFEA2023

Here is the hotels step-by-step guide on how to use the code.

Exhibition / logo


  • kr. 6 000,- (+ Participation fee)

Exhibition incl. logo on eventpage/in app etc:

  • kr. 10 000,- (+ Participation fee)

Maximum exhibition size: 3 meters width x 2 meters depth

Logo in the program:

  • Members kr. 6 000,-
  • Non members kr. 8 500,-

(Subject to changes)

Program Committee

Jan Munkejord | Equinor ASA
Morten Dalsmo | SINTEF Digital
Idar Pe Ingebrigtsen | Equinor ASA
Sølve Raaen | Kongsberg Maritime
Robert Skaar | Equinor ASA
Karin Sundsvik | NFEA
Tonje Olsen | NFEA

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