Digitalization in the Automation Domain 2024

10.04.24 - 11.04.24

The evening before the conference, April 9th, you are welcome to join a Light Ice Breaker!

Digitalization in the Automation Domain 2024 takes place in Oslo April (9th) 10th – 11th.

In tomorrow’s industrial world, components, devices, or applications will be able to communicate and interact with each other. They can work together seamlessly and interoperable – across company, industry, and national boundaries without a leading system.

OT systems is heavily influenced by what is happening in the IT industry. Platform Industry 4.0 is a major player because it defines a framework for the manufacturing industry. 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 other examples.

Communication Technologies like OPC UA and Engineering Technologies like AutomationML are important building blocks for the evolution of engineering. Digitalization in the Automation Domain 2024 contains a 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 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.

Welcome to Oslo for two days of exciting technological input!
Allthoug: April 9th, that is the evening before the conference, you are welcome to join a Light Ice Breaker. This pre-event will take place in Teatersalen at Hotel Continental, and is sponsored by Aucotec and Phoenix Contact  All you need to do is register for the conference and tick the box that you are participating at the Light Ice Breaker.


Also take a look at NFEAs complete event overview

Program (the program is subject to change)

  • 18:00-20:00

    Light Ice Breaker at Hotel Continental

    The evening before the conference you are welcome to join a Light Ice Breaker, in Teatersalen at Hotel Continental

    The Light Ice Breaker is sponsored by Phoenix Contact and Aucotec.

    Registration is required! Tick the box for participation when registering for the conference.

  • Informational gathering sponsored by Aucotec & Phoenix Contact

  • 18:00


    Fingerfood will be served

  • 18:15

    Presentation from Aucotec by Anders Høie

  • 18:30

    Presentation from Phoenix Contact by Jon Kåre Solås

  • 18:45

    End of presentations & time for mingling

  • 20:00

    End of the evening

  • 09:00

    Registration & coffee

  • 09:50

    Opening & Welcome

    Karin Sundsvik | NFEA

  • 10:00


    State Secretary | Tomas Norvoll | Ministry of Digitalisation and Public Governance

  • 10:20

    Industry 4.0 status in the Automation domain

    Karsten Schneider | IDTA

  • 10:50


  • 11:20

    Implementing the EU Digital Product Passport with the Digital Data Chain and the Asset Administration Shell

    Christoph Attila Kun | BASF SE

  • 11:50

    ChatGPT for PLC/DCS control code generation

    Sten Grüner | ABB Corporate Research Center Germany

  • 12:05

    Lunch in the breakfast room «Caroline»

  • 13:00

    Towards Autonomy: the role AAS can play in engineering

    Sten Grüner | ABB Corporate Research Center Germany

  • 13:30

    High-Performance Digital Communication with Ethernet – APL to the Fieldlevel

    Our Journey and experience in BASF

    Gerd Niedermayer | BASF SE

  • 14:00


  • 14:30

    Information modeling initiatives at NAMUR

    Andreas Schüller | Yncoris

  • 15:00

    Information Model management architecture experience in Equinor Industry 4.0 piloting activities

    Bjørn Jone Jacobsen | Equinor ASA

  • 15:30


  • 16:00

    Legacy, innovation, and standards can come together in the Industrial Knowledge Graph (IKG)

    Outline and demonstration how open semantic technologies are able to bring information integration to industry segments and build a foundation for industrial or operational knowledge graphs.

    Øivind Rui | Data Treehouse AS

  • 16:30

    IEC TC 65/ NEK 65

    Trond Salater | NEK

  • 16:45 - 16:50

    Sum up day one

  • 18:30

    Social interaction at Theatercafeen

  • 19:00

    Conference dinner at Theatercafeen

  • 09:00

    Handling Bid Clarification Meetings (BCM) and Handover with Digital Twins

    Practical use of Asset Administration Shell for data exchange of structured data

    Per Øyvind Øverli | Aibel AS
    Michael Mayer | Endress+Hauser Group Services AG

  • 09:30

    Requirements and regulations for Industry 4.0

    Christian Markussen | DNV AS
    Per Jahre Nilsen | DNV  AS

  • 10:00


  • 10:30

    Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the AEC Industry

    • The history of BIM
    • Collaboration and structured data
    • Connection to the coming EU legislation

    Thomas Ingvaldsen | Cobuilder

  • 11:00

    Digital Twin of Safety Instrumented Functions

    Thomas Fossen Halleland | Kongsberg Maritime

  • 11:30

    Lunch at Theatercafeen

  • 12:30

    Dat4Zero, I4.0 Initiatives in EU

    Odd Myklebust | SINTEF Manufacturing AS

  • 13:00

    Digital Safety Twin

    Maria Vatshaug Ottermo | SINTEF Digital

  • 13:15


  • 13:45

    Device and update management as part of the AAS and OPC UA ecosystem

    Jon Kåre Solås | Phoenix Contact AS

  • 14:15

    The information model of Yaras Digital Production Platform

    Stig Are Remmen | Yara International ASA

  • 14:45

    AAS as an exchange format for IMF (Facility Asset Information Modelling Framework)

    Arild Waaler | Sirius

  • 15:15

    Sum Up

  • 15:20

    End of conference



Tomas Norvoll | State Secretary | Ministry of Digitalisation and Public Governance

Tomas Norvoll was born in 1972, raised in Andenes, and resides in Bodø. In 1993, he was elected as a member of parliament for Nordland, and served on the church, education, and research committee for two terms.

He also served as the first alternate member of parliament from 2001 to 2005. From 2013 to 2022, he was the leader of the county council in Nordland County.

Tomas Norvoll served as a state secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion from September 2022 to November 2023.

He was appointed as a state secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation on December 1, 2023.

Christoph Attila Kun | Global Product Manager Digital Data Chain | BASF SE

Christoph Attila Kun joined BASF in 2011 as a maintenance engineer. After various optimization projects in maintenance, he took over the development and management of the SAP Plant Maintenance Services unit from 2013. In 2018, he moved to the area of digitalization and took over the management of the Digital Asset Master Data Management unit as product manager. In 2022, he took over the management of the Digital Data Chain unit as global product manager.

In addition to this role, he is involved in standardization for and digitization of the process industry as chairman of the VDI Technical Committee 2770 Digital Manufacturer Information, as manager of the DIN SPEC Consortium 91406 Automatic Identification of Physical Objects and as head of the working group Digital Platforms for Asset Management and Maintenance in the Process Industry.

2022, these three initiatives have been merged in the Digital Data Chain Consortium. BASF SE is the consortium leader. Christoph Attila Kun has been managing the Digital Data Chain Consortium on behalf of BASF since 2022.

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 a collaborative study ABB performed together with Equinor to explore the applicability of Industry 4.0 technologies and especially AAS in the collaborative engineering process of assets in energy industries. In addition, he will give a glimpse into control code generation using generative AI.

Gerd Niedermayer | Senior E+I Engineering Manager | BASF SE

I studied in the Technical  University of Karlsruhe Automation, Instrumentation and Electrical in the 80`s. After that I joint in November 1988 BASF SE in Ludwigshafen Germany in the Large Capital Project Organization for International BASF Projects in the department of Electrical, Automation and Instrumentation.

I worked in the last 35 years on projects all over the world from 50 Million to 2 Billion € in Europe, Russia, South America, North America and in China. Since 2017 I`m working for the new digitalization concept with Ethernet APL to digitalize our new plants up to the field level.

Dr. Andreas Schüller | Key Expert Automation Technology | YNCORIS

2011 PhD-Student, Chair of Process Control Technology, RWTH Aachen University
2016 E&I Engineer at YNCORIS
2022 Key Expert Automation Technology at YNCORIS

Bjørn Jone Jacobsen | Enterprise Architect | Equinor ASA

Background as an IT engineer. Have 40+ years of experience in Statoil / Equinor in management positions and projects across most of Equinor’s value chain. For the last 12 years I’ve had a role as Enterprise Architect within Project development. For 3 years now I have been working with Industry 4.0 and Asset Administration Shell.

I will talk about the importance of information models in digital transformation and experiences from the studies we have done together with our partners in the AIR I4.0 study in Equinor.

Øivind Rui | OCB | Data Treehouse AS

Seasoned automation and digital expert with enthusiastic and dedicated approach to integration. 20+ years’ experience in industrial SW.

Trond Salater | Sector Manager | Norsk Elektroteknisk Komite

Trond Salater holds a degree in electrical power engineering but also has a background as an electrician within industrial settings, machinery safety, and testing/certification of machinery and electrical equipment.

He has several years of experience from onshore industrial companies as well as a testing engineer for companies supplying equipment to offshore industries.

Per Øyvind Øverli | IT Advicor | Aibel AS

He is a Software Engineer with over 35 years of experience in the Oil and Gas Industry. He has worked as an operator, actively involved in projects managing reservoir, drilling, and production data. Currently, his primary role at Aibel involves managing technical systems for gathering and handing over life cycle information.

Together with Endress + Hauser he will be sharing Aibel’s experience in implementing a specific Asset Administration Shell for exchanging data. This implementation is based on the generic technical data submodel and the IEC CDD semantics.

Christian Markussen | Global Practice Lead for Technology Qualification and Digital Twins | DNV AS

Christian Markussen has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and more than 28 years of international experience from the oil & gas and energy sector. Currently he has the role of Global Practice Lead for Technology Qualification and Digital Twins within DNV, responsible for the services related to DNV-RP-A203 on “Technology Qualification” and DNV-RP-A204 “Assurance of Digital Twins”. Previously, he has held various positions such as Service Director, Head of Section, Business Manager. His experience includes five years in Houston, and several secondments to O&G operators, working with field developments, technology qualification, and development of digital twins.

Topics for the presentation:

  • The challenges with merging OT and IT
  • Utilizing simulation models and AI
  • Managing uncertainties
  • Creating trustworthy digital twins

Lars Christian Fredenlund | CEO | Cobuilder

Lars Christian Fredenlund is a leading figure within the buildingSMART International working with BIM and open standards, and a true supporter data driven processes.  Currently, Lars advises European Commission governments and national/European associations on data aggregation and exploitation.

He is working with various construction industry actors across Europe to promote the importance of implementing digital product passports (DPP), and how this can help the industry to reach the goals of the European Green Deal and establish a more circular economy.

Odd Myklebust | Director of Research | SINTEF Manufacturing AS

Odd Myklebust is director of research at SINTEF Manufacturing and has a long career at SINTEF both in management positions and projects.

Today he will talk about the EU project DAT4.ZERO for which he is the coordinator. In short, the project is about «Zero defect manufacturing» and how to use solutions from digitization (Industry 4.0) to increase quality and avoid errors.

Maria Vatshaug Ottermo | Senior researcher/Research manager | SINTEF Digital

Maria Vatshaug Ottermo, senior researcher/research manager at SINTEF Digital in the group Safety and Reliability. Main focus on safety instrumented systems, interoperability and digital transformation. My background is from Engineering Cybernetics (PhD) at NTNU.

Jon Kåre Solås | Industry responsible Process – Marine – Power to X | Phoenix Contact AS

Jon Kåre Solås holds two bachelor’s degrees in industrial automation, and medical technology and instrumentation.  He joined Phoenix Contact in 2010 where he since has worked with automation sales, product support and product management for network, communication, and functional safety. Through own experience and contact with system integrators, cyber security professionals and system owners a standardized device and update management solution has emerged as a vital common denominator to enable cyber security, asset management and to bridge physical systems and their digital twins.

The presentation aims to provide insight to the alternatives, requirements and functionality considered when searching for and selecting future proof mechanisms and interfaces when developing a common solution for a secure, IEC 62443-aprovable standardized device and update management for OT systems. It will review the motivation to choose OPC UA as secure interface between OT devices and a common management platform as well as Asset Administration Shell as the common standard framework to monitor and transfer updates, including ongoing initiatives influencing the implementation, like Factory X.

Stig Are Remmen | Engineering manager | Yara International ASA

Background as a skilled process operator and a Master of Science degree in engineering- and process cybernetics from NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) in 2007.

Currently more than 18 years in Yara occupying various roles as process operator, automation maintenance lead, project automation lead and IT/OT convergence lead.

Now working as Engineering manager for OT & Connectivity for the Digital Core Solution team with a main responsibility of enabling dataflows from OT devices and systems to Yara’s cloud platform, Digital Production Platform.

Arild Waaler | Professor | University of Oslo

Arild Waaler is professor in computer science at The University of Oslo. He has for many years promoted industry-university collaboration and has led several large cross sector research initiatives.

Since 2015 he has led the SIRIUS centre at the University of Oslo. He one of the key persons behind the Asset Information Modelling Framework that combines system modelling, ontologies and graph technology, and that is receiving increased interest from both industry and research communities.

Practical information


10.04.24 - 11.04.24


Hotel Continental
Stortingsgaten 24/26
N-0117 OSLO

Conference Hall: Teatersalen


Participation fee

  • Company member kr. 7 500,-
  • Personal member kr. 7 500,-
  • Education member kr. 4 500,-
  • Education Non member kr. 5 500,-
  • Non member kr. 10 500,-

Press participates for free! (*dinner is not included) Send email to for registration.

(Subject to changes)


NFEA will arrange a conference dinner at Theatercafeen. Price: NOK 1.200 incl 2 beverages. We hope you will attend this social gathering. Remember to sign up for the dinner.



Each participant must book their own accomodation.

To book a room, please send an email to using the booking code 090424THE

Parking: Book well in advance – the offer is popular with our hotel guests and we have limited capacity. Parking currently costs NOK 675 per night, + NOK 200 for charging.


Exhibition / logo

NOK 6 000,- (+ Participation fee)

Exhibition incl. logo on eventpage/in app etc:
NOK 10 000,- (+ Participation fee)

Maximum exhibition size: 2 meters width x 2 meters depth

Logo in the program:

  • Members NOK 6 000,-
  • Non members NOK 8 500,-

(Subject to changes)


Program Committee

Jan Munkejord | Equinor ASA (Committee Leader)
Morten Dalsmo | SINTEF Digital
Sølve Raaen | Kongsberg Maritime AS
Idar Pe Ingebrigtsen | Equinor ASA
Karin Sundsvik | NFEA
Tonje Olsen Benestad | NFEA

Other information

Light IceBreaker in Teatersalen at Hotel Continental, April 9th

The evening before the conference you are welcome to join a Light Ice Breaker.

The Light Ice Breaker is sponsored by Phoenix Contact and Aucotec.

Registration is required! Tick the box for participation when registering for the conference.


The app is available in Appstore and Googleplay and it is named NFEA.
Use the same email as you used to register for the conference to log in.

In the App you`ll find list of participants, program, sponsors and eventually also PDF version of those lectures we are permitted to share.
PS: The same app will also apply if you participate at other NFEA conferences.
List of participants: each participant can choose to hide their identity in the app.

The app for this event will be available aprox. 4 weeks before the event starts

HERE you will find NFEAs Terms for cancellation and refund