History

Celebrating 80 Years

IADC was founded in 1940 by a group of visionaries who believed that drilling contractors needed a collective voice to advocate for their interests within our industry. From that small but auspicious start, IADC has weathered massive industry changes to become the modern and influential association we are today.

IADC operates on 6 continents, and our members are the global leaders in the drilling industry. IADC is recognized worldwide for our accreditation programs, publications, conferences, and advocacy work. We work to gain global recognition for the industry’s vital role in enabling the global economy and its high standards of safety, environmental stewardship and operational efficiency.

Our strong 80-year history has only been possible because of our Membership’s commitment to supporting the Association, and your expertise and participation is valued.

Statements on IADC’s 80th Anniversary