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The Right Tools for the Job: Validating and Adopting Digital Technologies in Industry

Vopak explains its approach to validating digital tools in an industrial setting

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the already rapid adoption of digital technologies and highlighted the importance of being able to instantly access trustworthy data and put it in the hands of those who need it for quick decision-making.

Vopak, the world's leading independent tank storage company, has in recent years expanded its digitalization agenda and introduced new technologies for improved operational efficiency, safety, and improved services for customers.

In this session, Mathijs Kossen, Innovation Manager at Vopak, and Geir Engdahl, CTO of Cognite, discuss the principles for validating digital technologies in an industrial setting, where “fail fast, fail often” is not always the best approach. They will also discuss what drives digital innovation at Vopak, including the company’s thoughts about data platforms, which technologies they want to develop in-house, and where working with a larger ecosystem is the best approach.


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The Right Tools for the Job: Validating and Adopting Digital Technologies in Industry


Mthijs Kossen

Mthijs Kossen

Innovation Manager, Vopak

Mathijs Kossen is an Innovation Manager at Vopak, focusing on digital platforms and robotic inspection technology. Before Vopak, he co-founded Leapfrog 3D Printers, which sold the first assembled desktop 3D printer. Kossen has a master’s degree in nuclear chemistry from Delft University of Technology.

Geir Engdahl

Geir Engdahl - Session Manager

Co-Founder & CTO, Cognite

Geir Engdahl runs Cognite’s R&D department, leading the development of Cognite Data Fusion. In 2011, Engdahl founded Snapsale, a machine learning classifieds startup. He served as CEO/CTO until Schibsted acquired the company in 2017. Before that, he spent three years working as a senior software engineer for Google in Canada. Engdahl has a master’s degree in computational science from the University of Oslo.