2014 IADC International Deepwater Drilling Conference & Exhibition

Start: 18 March 2014
End: 19 March 2014

Venue: Hotel Sofitel
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Conference Sponsors

Registration Information

Advanced registration for this event is closed.  Please see IADC staff onsite for door registration.

  • Registration for this event is $650 per attendee.
  • All government employees are eligible for a 50% discount on conference registration.
  • Speakers, sponsors and guests are not eligible for online registration. (Complete the Conference Registration Form PDF below)

For registration inquiries, please contact Josh Sanchez at joshua.sanchez@iadc.org or +1 713 292 1945.

Click here to view the roster of attendees as of 11 March.  (A current list will be available onsite.)


Offshore resources have a huge part to play in meeting rising energy needs.  Further expansion into deepwater provinces is inevitable, with new-build rigs coming into the market to satisfy growing demand.  With this growth will come unexpected challenges and opportunities requiring innovative solutions.

Once again, IADC will convene its International Deepwater Drilling Conference in Brazil, one of the preeminent deepwater venues in the world. The conference will examine cutting-edge technological advances and challenges for deepwater drilling and completions in key deepwater markets worldwide.

This conference will examine a range of topics impacting accident prevention, environmental protection, competency, and training in the drilling industry.

Conference Program

Monday, 17 March

18:00  Speaker Briefing   Arpoador Room  (Speakers, moderators & session chairs only)

Tuesday, 18 March

07:30  Registration, Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing   Rio de Janeiro Ballroom III & Foyer  Sponsored by Wild Well Control

08:30  Welcoming Remarks   Rio de Janeiro Ballroom II

  • Mark Denkowski, Vice President – Accreditation & Credentialing Division, IADC

Keynote Presentation: Rudimar Lorenzatto, E&P Executive Manager for Offshore Wells Construction, Petrobras

09:00  Panel Discussion – Industry Collaboration & Lessons Learned  Moderator: Roberto Paschoalin, New Business Manager, Paschoalin Consultoria Tecnica
Highlights of the project monitoring the construction of six drillships in Jurong shipyard, performed by two Norwegian operators based and installed in Brasil, along with Sete Brasil, and with the support of project management performed by the Petrobras engineering group. The large number of players present in the construction process, added to the fact that the Jurong shipyard in Brasil is still under construction, the high local content required by the contract and all other difficulties in conducting a pioneer project in Brasil, makes this project special and outside the norm found in the oil and gas industry.

  • Vitor Azevedo, Project Director, Odfjell Galvao
  • Maurício de Aguiar Almeida, PhD, Project Manager, Seadrill

10:00  IADC Brazil Chapter Safety Workshop Series: Hugh Oliver, Dynamic Producer-Rig Manager, Ventura Petroleos
Early September, 2013 saw the beginning of a new era for the IADC Brazil Chapter, with the presentation of the first in a series of workshops to encourage local and international companies present in Brazil to participate in forums to improve the oil and gas industry within the region. The first of these workshops, simply titled “Safety Workshop” was held on 4-5 September in Macae. The goal of the workshop was to establish an IADC Safety Committee in the Brazil region, and to establish topics and targets for the committee to work towards. Learn about the deliverables and future initiatives of the workshops and how you can get involved.

10:30  Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing   Sponsored by Wild Well Control

11:00  HSE  Session Chair: Bob Warren, Vice President – International Development for Latin America, Middle East & Africa, IADC

Microwave Drying of Drilled Cuttings and Centrifuge Slurry: Curt Max Panisset, Chemist, Andre Leibsohn Martins, Petrobras, Marina Seixas Pereira, Marcos Antonio de Souza Barrozo, Carlos Henrique Ataíde, UFU (Universidade Federal de Uberlândia)
A study on a microwave batch dryer used to remove the organic phase from the drilled cuttings and decanting centrifuge slurry. Both residues are generated by a solids control system during a drilling operation carried out using a non-aqueous fluid. Through two sets of experiments, the drying of these two residues was studied using techniques of Design of Experiments (DOE). Using multiple regressions, the results were modeled into two equations. The first one correlates the efficiency of the cuttings’ drying to the initial fluid concentration, specific energy and mass. The second correlates the drying efficiency of the slurry as a function of the fluid temperature and specific energy.

Recommended Practice for Offshore Installations’ Oil Spill Risk Assessment and Response Planning: Peter Taylor, Principal Consultant, Petronia Consulting Ltd., Robert Cox, IPIECA
For many years, improving response to oil spills from shipping, rather than the upstream, has been regarded as a key priority. However the occurrence of the Montara and Macondo spills demonstrated the need for a different response paradigm for upstream spills. This paper details work carried out by IPIECA and OGP to advance understanding of the link between upstream activity and response preparedness using integrated risk assessment and management procedures, as well as the capacity and likely effectiveness of response strategies. The work will be published as an OGP “Recommended Practice” during the latter half of 2013.

12:00  Luncheon & Exhibit Viewing   Copacabana & Flamengo Rooms  Sponsored by Ensco plc

13:30  Well Construction  Session Chair: Heitor Lima, Senior Technical Advisor, Petrobras

Best Practices Applied to Achieve Competent Zonal Isolation for an Exploratory Well in Ultra-Deep Water – a Case History: Alejandro De la Cruz Sasso, Senior Technical Professional, Hector Enrique Sosa, Halliburton, Jose Antonio Martinez Ramirez, Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX)
A description of the challenge, relevance of this well and customer requirements will be presented. Customers worry about practices not applied before and how they were solved by analysis and simulations (explanation of the software and simulations regarding the application). Complexity of the well, characteristics and benefits of the hanger and centralizers selected and also the systems included for zonal isolation are included. The importance of agreements made at the meetings, including risk assessment, the real well’s condition and execution of the cement jobs will be discussed. Finally results, including a comparison of the expected values at the simulators vs. real and cement logs, and conclusions that impact future wells.

Technology Application and Process Optimization for Success in Riser-less Drilling: Ryan Groetsch, Drilling Applications Engineer, Rohit Mathur, Tarab Ali, Lauren Kickel, Andrew Boyd, Roger Williams, Baker Hughes, Ryan Wollam, BP America
Riser-less drilling technologies for successful well delivery and process management for optimized execution help attain cost efficiency through NPT reduction are presented.

Innovative Heavy Landing System for Ultra-Deep Offshore Completion: Vincent Flores, Global Product Line Manager, J. Franchi, S. Granger, VAM Drilling, A. Vierke Dipl.-Ing(FH), J. Grotherr Dipl.-Ing(FH), Blohm + Voss Oil Tools GmbH
The offshore industry’s current trend is driving towards ultra deepwater wells combined with deeper total depths. In order to be able to set and run larger and heavier casing strings with hook loads approaching or exceeding 2.5 million lbs, an innovative slip crushing resistant landing string solution has been successfully developed. One of the current operational challenges with existing heavy duty landing strings is linked to the positioning of the slips, in particular when using new extended slip designs. The limited length of the slip area requires additional time for proper positioning and set up. To address these issues, a new slip crushing resistant section design has been developed.  The design performance has been assessed using the Finite Element Analysis, but also full-scale physical trials performed on a specifically designed pulling unit. The trials have confirmed the expected performances of the Landing String prototypes under 2.5 Million pound load capacity.

15:00  Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing  Sponsored by Wild Well Control

15:30  Drilling Rigs  Session Chair: Christian Girard, Vice President & Managing Director, Brazil,  Ocean Rig

Moving a Wellhead Equipment Suspended by a Floating Drilling Rig through the Marine Riser: Celso Morooka, Professor, Jose Ricardo Pelaquim Mendes, Lucas Cantinelli Sevilanno, University of Campinas – UNICAMP, Kazuo Miura, Petrobras Research Center, Well Engineering
Initially, a brief introduction of objectives of this kind of operations will be introduced. Main objectives of the present study will be presented, and methodology of the proposed approach to analyze operational limits will be shown. The operational map for moving wellhead equipment suspended by a floating drilling rig through the marine riser will be explained, and the computer simulation model for the riser system dynamic behavior will be also presented. Finally, results based on a case study will be illustrated and conclusions from the discussion of the system operational limits for different environmental conditions will be presented.

Sondópolis: Petrobras’ Development of Transparent Rig Operating Metrics: Raiffy Davila, Petroleum Engineer, Joao Maria Cabral, Petrobras
Sondópolis was created to integrate information into an intuitive and user friendly intranet site, with the ability to sort and filter information, to display statistical charts and to compare a rig’s overall process and people safety based on KPIs (ISPS, ISEG and NPT). Since the software is web-based, it requires no local installation whatsoever making it easy for Petrobras work force to have a fleet overview from anywhere.

Applied Technology Improves Rig Floor Efficiency, Reliability and Safety with the Deployment of Wireless Machine Logic Controllers on Top Drive Cement Heads: Hank Rogers, Sr. Global Adviser, Nicolas Rogozinski, Daniel Ferrari, Halliburton, Leandro Mendonca, Petrobras
The development and deployment of the wireless remote-control system on multiple modern deepwater drilling platforms will be presented while detailing the operational efficiencies achieved through meticulous attention to detail during design, logic, and rig floor operations. The presentation will include the detailed process used to determine the capabilities of the machine logic controller to ensure functionality and operational safety is maximized.

17:00  Welcoming Reception & Exhibit Viewing  Rio de Janeiro Ballroom III & Foyer

Wednesday, 19 March

07:30  Registration, Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing   Rio de Janeiro Ballroom III & Foyer

08:30  Welcoming Remarks   Rio de Janeiro Ballroom II

  • Mark Denkowski, Vice President – Accreditation & Credentialing Division, IADC

Keynote Presentation: Marcelo Mafra Borges de Macedo, Superintendent of Safety Operations and Environment, ANP

09:00  Well Control  Session Chair: Otto Santos, Master Technical Advisor, Petrobras

Third Party Hardware-In-the-Loop Testing of Deep-water BOP Control System Software: Tom Pedersen, Product Manager Drilling Systems, Marine Cybernetics
A deep-water blow-out preventer (BOP) relies on a sophisticated redundant computer system to achieve desired performance and safety. The BOP must work seamlessly with sensors, accumulators, hot swap between redundant PLC’s and emergency systems. Failures in the BOP control system may lead to problems that make it necessary to abort drilling operation, and possibly pull the BOP, which in turn leads to non-productive time. The presentation will focus on Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) testing as test methodology for systematic testing of control system design philosophy, functionality, and failure handling capability. By using a virtual test-bed it is possible to verify and validate the BOP control system software without risk to man, vessel, equipment, or environment.

The Power of the Debrief: Affecting a Culture Change through Continuous Improvement: Vincent “Bluto” Saporito, Director of Latin American Operations, Ronny “Ronoo” Monsour, Check-6
High hazard operations, such as landing on an aircraft carrier or drilling a deepwater well, require cross checks, oversight and mutual support. Being like-minded with regard to planning, confirming understanding but most importantly capturing lessons learned through debriefing, brings about a predictable outcome, which leads to Incident Free Operations. This high-energy presentation filled with entertaining video clips, data from US Navy combat, commercial aviation, and NASA Space missions, will show how the Debrief can affect an immediate culture change on drilling rigs and production platforms.

Automated Well Control System: Getting Ready for 20,000 psi and Beyond: Helio Santos, President, Paul Sonnemann, SafeKick Ltd.
The modest equipment requirement and user friendly interfaces allow the system to be used by conventional rig personnel to reduce human errors and the need for large safety margins during well control operations, increasing efficiency and chance of success on challenging wells. As operators are encountering higher and higher pressures, more precise pressure control is a must. It is time for the industry to adopt improvements to well control equipment and procedures that have not significantly evolved for decades. Simply using ever-higher pressure equipment in the same inefficient and imprecise ways will not meet the industry’s future challenges.

10:30  Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing

11:00  Panel Discussion – Training & Competency  Moderator: Bob Warren, Vice President – International Development – Latin America, Middle East & Africa, IADC
In this panel discussion, IADC, the Well Control Institute, and industry representatives report on plans and current efforts to enhance well control training and the job-specific competencies of employees on the rig. In the very near future, the license to operate will depend on all parts of the competence assurance equation coming together to produce a credentialed employee and a system that ensures the value of his or her credentials. This system is being built upon a new Standard—shaped by the industry worldwide, then authored and governed by the WCI.

  • Grazy Silva, Training & Development Supervisor – T&D/HR, Noble do Brasil LTDA
  • Cason Swindle, Executive Director, Well Control Institute
  • Mark Denkowski, Vice President – Accreditation & Credentialing Division, IADC

12:00  Luncheon & Exhibit Viewing   Copacabana & Flamengo Rooms

13:15  Drilling Rigs  Session Chair: Steve Kropla, Executive Vice President – Operational Integrity, IADC

The Analysis of Subsea BOP Installations in Ultra-Deep Waters: Kazuo Miura, Consultant, Petrobras, Luiz Felipe Martins, Braulia Maqueli Borges, Genesis Do Brasil
A study was conducted on subsea BOP installations and data taken from 22 rigs operating in ultra-deep water for a period of almost seven and half years (2006 to May 2013) totaling 115 cases. The analysis of this data will be presented.

Upgraded Proven Drillship Design Incorporates the Latest Oil Field Demands Including Dual Gradient Drilling and 20,000 psi BOPs: David Roodenburg, Director Brazil, Dieter Wijning, Joop Roodenburg, Huisman
An overview of drilling equipment and drill ship design that allows for drill ship optimization and customization will be presented. Using the lessons learned from previous designs on the first four drillship projects, Huisman has made a new drillship design incorporating the latest oil field demands such as the 20,000 psi BOP, dual gradient subsea system including extra mud pump capacity, double BOPs, 30,000 ton pay load and a new feature allowing for significant BOP downtime reduction.

14:15  Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing

14:30  Well Control II Session Chair: Tony Cox, Regional Director – Brazil, IADC

Impact of Gas Solubility on Kick Detection in Non-Aqueous Drilling Fluids: Curt Max Panisset, Chemist, Roni Abensur Gandelman, Andre Martins, Gleber Tácio Teixeira, Petrobras, Leandro Victalino Galves, UFRJ
Non-aqueous drilling fluids have a capacity to solubilize hydrocarbons present in the drilled formation that hamper the detection of possible unwanted influx into the well. This increases the risk of blowout when the gas kick expands many times its initial volume. This paper is aimed to study the evolution of the gas kick through the well, simulating a blowout condition in view of a transient model. In order to achieve this, an algorithm considering gas solubility and formation volume factor correlations obtained from the literature, as well as the implementation of a reservoir model, two-phase slug flow and the consideration of the heat transfer from the formation to the drilling fluid. In the example considered, the kick took around three times more to be detected in n-paraffin-based fluids than if a water-based system was used.

15:00  Automation

Developments to Fully Automate Stand Building and Connections: Erlend Engum, Product Technical Manager, Kjell Rohde, National Oilwell Varco
The offshore drilling industry shows increasing interest in pipehandling automation for various reasons, the most important ones being: its ability to reduce the amount of personnel on the rig floor and drillers cabin, improve operational speed and consistency and ensure that machines are run within their operational limits. This paper will discuss advances in rig floor layout, instrumentation and multi-machine controls functionality necessary to allow one operator using one joystick to perform these processes safer, more efficiently while reducing wear on machinery and tubulars.

Technology Transfer of Automated Control Systems for Offshore Drilling Applications: Cameron Wallace, Communications Leader – Drilling, Silvia Gonzalez, GE Oil & Gas
Advancements in control systems that are utilized in nuclear, hydro, thermal, and wind power generation systems and the technology transfer of these proven electro-hydraulic controls to improve maintenance and support while addressing the challenge of obsolescence management being experienced with BOP Surface Control Systems in the offshore drilling industry will be examined.

16:00  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.

Expanding the Ultra-High Pressure Drilling Envelope: Richard Verhoef, Product Technical Director, National Oilwell Varco
Operators are seeking to develop fields with mud line pressures of up to 20,000 psi and they will need rigs that are up to meet the challenge. Is there a need for increased hoisting capacity to deal with a 20,000 psi BOP? Can currently designed drillships and semisubmersibles be used to drill 20,000 psi wells? The answer depends ultimately on the operator’s well program and the well’s geographic location. This paper will address all the systems to be affected by the need to drill 20,000 psi wells and from this evaluation a conclusion can be derived on whether current rig designs can be used to drill these well.

Reducing The Formation losses in Horizontal Drilling by Revising The Well Design- Case Study: Ibrahim Abul-hamd, Senior Petroleum Engineer, Qatar Petroleum
Drilling fluid losses in depleted horizontal reservoirs is one of the challenges in the Gulf and could be reached to worst critical level when it involves narrow pore-pressure/fracture gradient windows and high ECD. The author has proposed an initiative to minimize the re-occurrence of drilling fluid losses and to get a qualified cementing isolation bond to the production liner by revising the well design and replaced 7″ liner instead of the 6-5/8″, set same at optimum depth and drill the rest of the reservoir to the TD through 6″ hole. The revised design has successfully applied on three wells and the objectives have been successfully achieved.


Conference Program Committee

Maurício de Aguiar Almeida, Seadrill
Christian Girard, Ocean Rig
Heitor Lima, Petrobras
Clovis Lopes, BP
Miguel Mollinedo, BG Group
David Richardson, Transocean
Otto Santos, Petrobras
Orlando Scaringi Filho, Petrobras
Glen Singer, BP
Roberto Paschoalin, Paschoalin Consultoria Tecnica
Bob Warren, IADC
Tony Cox, IADC


Subsea Solutions
Wild Well Control
Arnco Hardbanding
TDE Pronova
MWF Services
The Reach Group
IPT Global, LLC
SafeKick Ltd.
Hardbanding Solutions
K2 do Brasil Servicos Ltda
Marine Cybernetics do Brasil Servicos de Teste Ltda
Nuphysicia Serviços Médicos Offshore
Sub Sea Services do Brasil Ltda.
Grupo Sotreq

Exhibition Information

Cost for the 10′ x 10′ space is $2,000.
The space will be set with a skirted table, two chairs and access to electricity.
With the space, you receive one complimentary conference registration and up to two additional registrations at half price.
No refunds for cancellations will be issued.

  • Exhibitors can set-up after 15:00 pm on Monday, 17 March.
  • You may tear down your booth space after the last coffee break concludes at 14:30 on Wednesday, 19 March.
  • The exhibitor space is a 10? x 10? area. It will be set with a 6? skirted table and two chairs with access to electricity. Please do not exceed 10? across, as the space in the exhibition area will be limited.
  • Wall space for signs/banners will not be available. All signs/banners must be affixed to the table or free standing.
  • All personnel working the exhibition must be registered. With your space, you will receive one complimentary registration and up to two additional registrations for half price or $325.

NOTE: Space in the exhibition area is tight.  Please inform IADC if you plan to build out.  Some spaces are better suited for a 10′ or 3m pop-up backdrop.

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Exhibitions at IADC events will be limited to showcasing products and services that advance technology, competency or HSE. Exhibitions centered on recruitment or employment should not take space at IADC events.

For exhibition details, please contact:
Stephanie Carling, stephanie.carling@iadc.org, or Lori Gagula, lori.gagula@iadc.org at +1 713 292 1945.

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are four levels of sponsoring: Diamond sponsors, Platinum Sponsors, Gold Sponsors, and Silver Sponsors. Event sponsorships are also available and will be categorized by monetary contribution with the appropriate level of sponsorship. Please find the benefits of the sponsor packages below. The conference sponsor will receive high profile recognition before, during and after the conference.

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Diamond $25,000
(10 Comps*)


Platinum $15,000
(5 Comps*)


Gold $10,000
(3 Comps*)


Silver $5,000
(1 Comp*)


Event sponsorships are also available!

For more information please contact:
Stephanie Carling, stephanie.carling@iadc.org, or Lori Gagula, lori.gagula@iadc.org at +1 713 292 1945.

* Comps refer to number of complimentary registrations

Hotel Information

Please make your room reservations directly with the hotel.
Please be sure to mention IADC to obtain discounted rate.

Hotel Sofitel Rio de Janeiro

Av. Atlantica, 4240
Rio de Janeiro, RJ Cep
Phone: +55 21 2525 1232
Fax: +55 21 2525 1240

Click here to view the hotel website

Room Rates:

R$ 809,00 (Superior) or R$ 889,00 (Deluxe) per night.  This rate includes the hotel breakfast buffet.
Please make your room reservations directly with the hotel.
Discounted rates available until 10 January 2014.

Warning: Please note that there is a company named Exhibition Housing Services (EHS) actively approaching conference delegates and exhibitors by phone and email trying to sell hotel rooms at the Hotel Sofitel for a cheaper rate than the published rate on this conference website. Please note that Exhibition Housing Services does not represent IADC or the hotel, nor has IADC or the hotel authorized EHS to use their names or trademarks on information they send out to exhibitors and delegates.

To avoid being a victim of fraud, please do not give out your credit card details to any other party and make your hotel reservations exclusively through the Hotel Sofitel.


Press Policy

Complimentary press registration is limited to one (1) person per company. This individual must be a titled editor, writer, reporter or other bona fide editorial representative of a legitimate industry or consumer publication. Publishers and sales and marketing specialists are excluded from this complimentary registration practice and must pay the full conference registration fee to attend an event.


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2014 IADC International Deepwater Drilling Conference & Exhibition