IADC Drilling HSE Middle East conference & exhibition, 21-22 April 2009, Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers,
   Abu Dhabi, UAE


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Conference Program

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

07:30 – 08:30 Conference Registration, Coffee Service and Open Exhibition - Thuraya Lobby

08:30 - 09:00 Opening Remarks - Thuraya Ballroom B&C
Mike Killalea, Group Vice President/Publisher, IADC
Claus Hemmingsen, CEO, Maersk Drilling, Chairman, IADC

09:00 – 10:30 Panel Discussion: “Leading Behavioural Change”
Moderator: Eamon Gorman, Petroleum Development Oman

Accomplishing exemplary HSE performance requires leadership from all levels of the organization. Demonstrable leadership from the highest level is proven to be a necessary element. Senior executives from five leading companies tell how they personally inspire their organizations to achieve incident-free operations.


Niels Espeland, Group Vice President, Weatherford
Ali H. Al-Ghamdi, Drilling Operation Manager, Saudi Aramco
Philip Prestridge, Drilling Operation Team Leader, ADMA
Abdul Rahman Al Hawari, Technical Safety Manager, ADCO

10:30 – 11:00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition - Thuraya Lobby

11:00 – 12:30 Advancing Drilling Industry Safety
Moderator: Abdullah Al Ghamdi, Saudi Aramco
Thuraya Ballroom B&C

Update on Safety Data from the Middle East HSE Effort
Joe Hurt, IADC
At the IADC Drilling HSE Middle East 2007 Conference, Joe presented IADC incident statistics for the Middle East & other regions. This presentation will detail changes in trends and present new data. It will also contain additional information on fatal incidents.

Advancing Safety: A Leadership Case History The LSF Project in PDO
Fredric Young, Dalma Energy

One Year No Recordable Case Injury through Integrated Operator and Service Company Safety Management
Harrie Krus, Stephen Landgrave, Brunei Shell Petroleum, Friedel Johan Krone, KCA-DEUTAG, Dave Christiansen, Seadrill, Ron Mientjes, Schlumberger, Mark Dawson, Halliburton, Juan Flores, Baker Hughes Inteq
The significance of the achievement against the background of the historical safety performance in the Brunei Shell Petroleum Wells department will be outlined. In addition, a description of the structure of the organization to demonstrate how alignment of objectives on safety can be achieved and the tools developed and used by Brunei Shell Petroleum and its contractors to achieve the common safety goal. They fall under the common categories of leadership, training, compliance, intervention and attitude. Conclusions and further improvement areas will be presented.

12:30 – 14:00 Luncheon & Open Exhibition - Thuraya Lobby

14:00 – 15:30 HSE Management
Moderator: Scott Murray, Petroleum Development Oman & Ashok Garlapati, Kuwait Oil Company
Thuraya Ballroom B&C

Managing Safety in a Joint Venture Project
Bill Mitchell, Qatar Gas 3 & 4 JADT Project
The QG3&4 Joint Venture Project consists of three primary shareholders, each with their own HSE Management System. When completed, the project will form part of one shareholder’s LNG production facility. The challenge for the project during the engineering, construction and installation stages is to create an HSE Management system that is fit for purpose, for the limited time span of the Project. The presentation describes some of the challenges met and successes achieved.

Supervisor Safety Leadership – A Practical & Effective Safety Leadership Training Program for Supervisors and Managers
Bradley C. Richards, National Drilling & Services Co. L.L.C.
The development, implementation and evolution of a supervisor safety leadership program is based on the premise that “When leaders understand and positively influence employee attitude and behaviour along with environmental factors, morale is high, safety records are strong, communication is open and frequent and mutual respect pervades the culture”. The results of the program in terms of exceptionally positive program attendee feedback, testimonials and improved overall company safety performance are shown.

ADCO Drilling Division the Safest in the Gulf Region
Mustapha Nasreddine Boucif, Abdelfattah Eissa Abdelfattah, Medhat Salem Ahmed Al-Habsi, ADCO
The HSE performance of the ADCO Drilling Division has improved drastically since 1998. ADCO Drilling Division succeeded in reaching one full year without LTI on 29 September 2008. This paper explains how the milestone was attained, and will detail the inspections, workshops and Behavioural Safety Audits used to achieve this outstanding performance.

15:30 – 16:00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition - Thuraya Lobby

16:00 – 16:30 Special Presentation: Understanding Asset Integrity
Arun Pushkarna, National Drilling Company
The offshore industry frequently neglects to address the safety and integrity of the asset as opposed to the behavioural aspect of HSE. Clearly the sequence of failures of assets over the years bears testimony to the fact that failures do continue and can easily be traced back to a lack of true appreciation of the various aspects of asset integrity. Asset Integrity should address all the aspects for the safe design, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance, inspection and ultimate decommissioning of an asset. Until that is done the risk of asset failure along with the accompanying risk to people and environment will remain a serious risk for the industry.

16:30 – 17:00 HSE Culture (I)
Moderator: Wasfi Abdul Hadi Chamat, National Drilling Company
Thuraya Ballroom B&C

Safety Culture: Safety and Productivity: What's in It for Me?
Ian Ward, EDN
This industry has made significant safety performance improvements in recent times. Much of this improvement has been achieved through regulations and systems. To move further we need to have people go about their work because they believe it is the right thing to do – not because they have to. Understanding how to achieve this is critical for leaders. Important insights into proven strategies are provided, that have been used successfully develop effective safety cultures; approaches delegates may choose to use in their organisations as well as personally.

17:00 – 18:30 Welcoming Reception & Open Exhibition - Thuraya Lobby -
Sponsored by Saudi Aramco

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

07:30 – 08:30 Conference Registration, Coffee Service & Open Exhibition - Thuraya Lobby

08:30 - 9:00  Opening Remarks - Thuraya Ballroom B&C
Mike Killalea, Group Vice President/Publisher, IADC

Keynote Presentation: Sheikh Khalfan Al-Esry, Executive Coach, Managing Director , Prosper

09:00 – 10:00 New Techniques in HSE Improvement
Moderator: Brad Richards, National Drilling & Services Company
Thuraya Ballroom B&C

Integration: The Next Evolution in Safety Performance
Teg Matthews, BST
Workplace exposure to injury is influenced by a variety of factors. In order to reduce exposure in a comprehensive and sustainable way, leading organizations are tackling these influential factors by integrating their safety systems with what have traditionally been separate organizational processes. This presentation describes how organizations are building these integrated systems, which organizational processes are included, and the various outcomes of this effort.

Working Condition Improvement through Human Factors Results Application
Mohammad Ebrahimi Ahouei, Global Petro Tech FZCO
The recognition of human factors is important for both health & safety because they can be the cause of serious human errors on the levels of physical behaviour. Using study results for improvement of working conditions and development of tools will facilitate the achievement of reduction of hazards and incidents and will affect operations on the rig. To do this, it is necessary to identify the deficiencies in the human-system interaction of the existing system. After defining the problems there are five different approaches that can be used to implement the solution.

10:00 – 10:30 Networking Break & Open Exhibition - Thuraya Lobby

10:30 – 12:00 Panel Discussion: "Facing the Challenges of a ‘Green Hat’ World"
Moderator: Charlie Mearns, Weatherford
Thuraya Ballroom B&C

The huge growth in drilling activity has resulted in a large number of inexperienced and under-experienced personnel, often seen on the rig floor wearing a distinctive green hardhat. Increasingly, these ‘green hats’ appear not only in entry-level positions but also in supervisory roles. Companies are turning to fast-track programs to build competence but does training replace years of rig site experience? This panel of industry experts will address how their companies are dealing with the challenges of a ‘green hat’ world.

Ron Wilcockson, Middle East Region HSE&OE Manager, Halliburton
Jack Lusk, Supervisor of Quality, Safety & Best Practices Groups, Saudi Aramco
Fahad A. Al-Hamad, Eastern Province Saudi Council of Engineers
Abdalla Al-Suwaidi, General Manager, National Drilling Company

12:00 – 13:30 Luncheon & Open Exhibition - Thuraya Lobby

Thuraya Ballroom B&C

13:30 – 14:00 Special Presentation: Green Beans & Ice Cream-The Definitive Recipe for Employee Engagement, Motivation and Recognition

Douglas Hamilton, Bill Sims Jr., The Bill Sims Company
The role of recognition as it relates to changing employee behaviour is explored and its focus on identifying unsafe behaviours, attitudes and conditions and replacing them with desirable ones will be presented. What are the most ‘popular’ recognition tools in use today and how effective are they? Mr. Sims will consider the causes of injury hiding and how your company can avoid the ‘bloody pocket’ syndrome. Finally, ways to involve the middle managers in the implementation of your program without overwhelming them with yet another job task will be demonstrated.

14:00 – 15:00 Training & Competency
Moderator: Abdelfattah Hendy, ADCO
Thuraya Ballroom B&C

Competence Assurance

Mustafa Eideh, International Petroleum Centre Abu Dhabi
Managing performance involves much more than setting up a system. The mechanics, targets, indicators, and plans are only a small part of the process and they are easy to deal with in comparison in getting the right focus, leadership, and culture in place. Performance management is a fundamental and critical tool for best practice. It starts with recognising competencies or the skills knowledge and behaviours that make performance effective.

Talent Management: Addressing Employee Performance, Engagement, Retention, and Succession Planning at National Oilwell Varco
Stacey Winter, National Oilwell Varco
Talent Management is the strategic process utilized at National Oilwell Varco that actively supports our philosophy that employees are the number one asset of the organization. Utilizing a common language of performance, potential and developmental readiness, the outcomes of Talent Management include employee succession planning, retention and the creation of development plans for each employee. The goal of this presentation is to share the concept of Talent Management, its implementation hurdles, and to grow awareness of the idea that individual employee success directly impacts the financial bottom line of an organization.

15:00 – 15:30 Networking Break & Open Exhibition - Thuraya Lobby

15:30 – 16:30 HSE Management (II)
Moderator: Wes McDonald, Rowan Drilling Company Arabia Drilling Inc.
Thuraya Ballroom B&C

ADCO Contractor HSE Management Program
Shehdeh Suleiman Mohammad Rajabi, Rashid Hamsayeh, C.S.P., Future Trends EHS Services Company, Abdullah Al Marzooqi, ADCO
A comprehensive contractor HSE Management System along with checklists developed to gauge contractor HSE performance will be presented.

The Road to  ZERO LTI
Medhat Shoukry, Khaled Abdel-Ghani Moussa, ADMA
ADMA-OPCO has just logged more that 517 days LTI free since last LTI in 2007, and determined to continue the same as much as it reaches. This success is based on a strong environment of auditing worksites incident reporting and open feedback between worksite-floor and management; all these as a part of ADMA-OPCO HSE Management System. The company's success in achieving this milestone was guided by its Health Safety and Environment (HSE) policy and was achieved through three key areas of focus; rig site, systems and people.

16:30 Adjournment

Unassigned papers of Note:
The following paper proposals will be included in the conference if a scheduled paper becomes unavailable. In addition, these presentations will be made available in the IADC conference proceedings, should the author so desire.

CASE: Learn How DONG Energy Has Made Extensive Improvements to Their Emergency Management Plan by Using CrisWare’s Interactive Platform
Troels Munck, CrisWare Egypt Ltd, Bjarne Siir Hansen, Dong Energy
It is crucial that all our engineers are able to handle emergency situations independently of team, shift and individual tasks, says Bjarne Siir, head of security at DONG Energy (Copenhagen, Denmark), Therefore we had to seek a method that can do training and evaluation at a high level on a frequent basis. CrisWare’s interactive platform offers all of the above.

Linking Leadership to the Workforce through EHS: Creating Measurable World-Class Performance
Teg Matthews, BST
Research shows that success in safety tends to generalize to success in other key performance areas. Leaders can leverage this link by “leading with safety” toward a more productive, robust and effective organization. Using case studies, this presentation presents the principles of this approach, the ways in which site-level leadership impacts front-line work practices, the link between safety and other performance measures, and how an individual leader’s practices and style influences performance outcomes.



Conference Hotel:

Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers
PO Box 45200
Abu Dhabi,

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Program Committee Members:

Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, Saudi Aramco

Roger Berge Ananian, QP

Helal Hussain Ashour, Gulf Drilling International

Ashok Garlapati, Kuwait Oil Company

Wasfi Abdul Hadi Chamt, National Drilling Company

Khaled Mohamed A. El Ghany, ADMA

Abdelfattah Hendy, ADCO

Jack Lusk, Saudi Aramco

Mike McClure, Noble Drilling

Wes McDonald, Rowan Drilling Company Arabia Drilling Inc.

Eddie McWilliams, Transocean

Charlie Mearns, Weatherford Drilling International

Scott Murray, PDO

Brad Richards, National Drilling & Services Company LLC

Ken Fischer, IADC

Mike Killalea, IADC

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