IADC Asset Integrity & Reliability Conference & Exhibition

Start: 22 August 2017
End: 23 August 2017

Venue: Norris Conference Center – CityCentre
Location: Houston, Texas, USA

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From a life cycle perspective, which includes the design, storage, installation, operation and ultimately decommissioning, an asset should always perform to its required design function both effectively and efficiently. It is the goal of our industry to ensure that people, planned systems, processes and resources are all in place to ensure that our assets effectively function and are maintained in a fit-for-service condition in the most reliable, safe and cost-effective manner. A crucial ingredient in the dynamic environment in which we all work, is that each stakeholder needs to address the significant challenges in obtaining a consistent, unified understanding of the essentials of asset integrity.  The conference will be held 22-23 August 2017 at the Norris Conference Center in Houston, Texas.

Conference Program

Tuesday, 22 August

7:00 am  Registration, Coffee Service & Exhibition  Red Oak Ballroom AB  Sponsored by IFS

7:15 am  Speaker Briefing  (Speakers, Moderators & Session Chairs only)  Magnolia Room

8:00 am  Welcoming Remarks  Magnolia Room 

  • John Pertgen, Director – Offshore Technical & Regulatory Affairs, IADC

8:15 am  IADC Maintenance Committee Update: Frank Breland, Chairman, IADC Maintenance Committee; Director – Technical Support, Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc.
IADC’s Maintenance Committee chairman will update the audience on the committee’s current work and vision moving forward.

8:30 am  Keynote Address: An Onshore Perspective to a Recovering Market: Mike Garvin, IADC Division VP-North America Onshore; Sr. VP Operations, Patterson-UTI Drilling Company
Gain perspective on the current state of the US Onshore sector.  US Onshore Drilling Contractors have experienced a significant increase in activity.  How are we doing?  What challenges have we faced?  What challenges will we face in the future?  How do we continue to manage the growth?

9:00 am  Predictive Considerations for Effective Asset Management
Session Chair: Frank Breland, Chairman, IADC Maintenance Committee; Director – Technical Support, Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc.

How Predictive Analytics Can Predict Top Drive Failures: Philippe Herve, VP Solutions, Marla Rosner, Brant Swidler, SparkCognition
Top drives are a crucial piece of drilling equipment, and failure in a top drive can lead to days of downtime at minimum. We used predictive analytics and automated model building to help an oil and gas company predict top drive failures so that they could perform the needed maintenance on the top drive while it is not in use, or bring in a replacement beforehand if failure cannot be averted. An unsupervised model accomplished this by collecting sensor data, monitoring and analyzing the data, and raising an alert of impending failures long in advance, thus vastly decreasing asset downtime.

Leveraging Drilling System Alarms for Predictive Preventative Maintenance: Christopher Goetz, Partner, Dragan Lovre, Robert Woolford, Kingston Systems
Drilling Control System alarms have their shortcomings. From volume related alarm fatigue, to poor prioritization, to lack of a maintenance interface and more. The typical driller will agree that control system alarms are overwhelming. Maintenance personnel are frustrated from the lack of user interface features designed for their needs. Drilling Contractors seem limited in regards to what can be done. They have little influence over the design, construction or modification of alarm systems. By utilizing predictive analytical analysis of alarms, Kingston Systems illustrates, via field-based case studies, that maintenance crews can indeed use alarms for preventative maintenance. This reduction in non-productive time also has a secondary benefit of providing operational performance improvement information for HSE and operational performance teams.

10:00 am  Coffee Service & Exhibition  Sponsored by IFS

10:30 am  Leveraging Condition Based Monitoring for Value Added Maintenance
Moderator: Robert Urbanowski, Manager, US Operations, Precision Drilling

Panel Session: Continuous Certification
As an alternative to time based maintenance, a continuous series of surveys, inspections and examinations can be used to improve upon conventional methods for ensuring asset integrity.  Continuous certification offers reductions in non-productive time, improve equipment reliability and equipment availability, ensure well control is maintained and optimize maintenance cost for mission critical and safety critical assets.  Condition based monitoring can also be used as an enabler toward such improvements.

  • John Samuelsen, Sr. Manager Standardization & Monitoring Programs & Jarle Notland, CBM Asset Manager, National Oilwell Varco
  • David McKay, Chief Surveyor Offshore, Area Pacific & Gulf of Mexico, DNV GL
  • Robert Conachey, Sr. Principal Engineer, American Bureau of Shipping

11:30 am  Improving Availability through Condition Based Monitoring: James Cue, Business Development Manager, Raghav Vijaywargiya, Caterpillar Inc.
An illustration of CBM, what makes a good CBM system, and how it has enhanced reliability for a driller in offshore India.  This case study will underscore the advantages of CBM-based maintenance practices and the correlation to reduce operating costs by avoiding failures and increasing overhaul intervals.

12:00 pm  Luncheon & Exhibition  Red Oak Ballroom AB

1:15 pm  Applied Asset Management Approaches
Session Chair: Robert Conachey, Sr. Principal Engineer, American Bureau of Shipping

Prognostic Engineering: Rick Searway, Manager Aircraft Maintenance, United Airlines
Learn about the Airline Industry’s approach to predicting maintenance.  Identify the problems before they become a problem.

Virtual & Augmented Reality – ROI Projects Today?: Jeff Sattler, P.E., Consultant
Much ado has been made in many places about the future of augmented and virtual reality.  At the same time, a bigger question is what projects are being implemented today and how is ROI achieved?  This discussion will identify completed projects with application to drilling and to what extent these projects are meeting their defined objectives.

Using the Three T’s – Testing, Timing & Technology – to Increase Equipment Reliability through Maintenance Strategies: Jennifer Eckert, Global Product Manager, Ingersoll Rand
Rather than suffering the consequences of unplanned downtime, or guessing at maintenance schedules, a pre-planned maintenance regimen can extend the lifecycle of safety-critical equipment, while minimizing repair costs. This presentation will discuss the three T’s – Testing, Timing and Technology – to maximize maintenance approaches while minimizing the downtime needed to do it.

2:45 pm  Coffee Service & Exhibition  Sponsored by IFS

3:15 pm  Refining Subsea Assessment Techniques
Session Chair: Jim Rocco, Sr. Director – Policy & Regulatory Affairs, IADC

A Comprehensive Reliability Protocol for the Development of Downhole Systems: Kim Tijerina, Global Asset Manager, Doug Lehr, Sr. Manager, Design for Reliability, Baker Hughes
This presentation will cover a Reliability Protocol for the development of downhole systems. It will explain the influence of Design for Reliability in the areas of conceptual design, development, laboratory verification activities, and installation. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of FMEA in quantifying risk and uncertainty in product and system development, manufacturing, assembly, and installation. Finally, case studies will be presented which demonstrate how this Reliability Protocol is being used to elevate overall system reliability in complex applications.

Condition Based Monitoring & Maintenance of Drilling Risers: Kenneth Bhalla, Principal, Stress Engineering Services, Jason Waligura, Founding Partner, LaserStream, Kelly Fisher, Stress Engineering Services
The presentation will highlight a condition based monitoring, inspection and maintenance system fit for purpose for drilling riser joints. The system can be utilized onboard the vessel, thereby saving transportation costs. The system consists of riser monitoring to determine locations of high fatigue damage and onboard inspection to assess the extent any physical damage and provide a quantitatively assess the extent of any physical damage and continued “fit for service” integrity of drilling riser joints and resulting condition-based maintenance schedules.

Development & Deployment of Digital Inspection Technologies for Offshore BOPs: Bob Judge, Product Management Executive, Drilling, Dave Bowen, Product Manager, Digital Services-Drilling, Baker Hughes, a GE company
The use of digital inspection technologies provides minimally-invasive, efficient and cost-effective alternatives for assessment of offshore drill-through equipment. The digital “fingerprinting” of equipment affords not only an evaluation of existing condition but also assessment of change over time, supporting recertification of BOPs in-situ as compared to traditional inspection methods requiring disassembly.

5:00 pm  Welcoming Reception & Exhibition  Red Oak Ballroom AB

Wednesday, 23 August

7:30 am  Registration, Coffee Service & Exhibition  Red Oak Ballroom AB

8:10 am  Welcoming Remarks  Magnolia Room

  • John Pertgen, Director – Offshore Technical & Regulatory Affairs, IADC

8:15 am  Keynote Address: Safety Management as it Relates to Asset Integrity: Charlie Williams, Executive Director, Center for Offshore Safety
Continuous management of physical barriers is key to safe and reliable operations. The goal of major incident prevention can only be achieved by managing our operations – including drilling rigs – to effectively measure, monitor, and maintain these barriers.  Issues that can occur with the integrity of physical barriers is not limited to design, construction, or standards, but also includes aspects of human performance.  All of the barrier challenges in achieving asset integrity will be discussed.

8:45 am  Root Cause Analysis & the Human Factor
Session Chair: Chakra Mandava, Director – Operations Excellence & RIGLINE 24/7, Nabors

Failure Analysis an Important Tool in Root Cause Analysis: Sri Chimbli, Metallurgical & Welding Engineer, Scott Harding, Stress Engineering Services Inc.
The presentation will provide a brief introduction to root cause analysis methodologies and typical tools employed by a metallurgist to perform failure analysis. Select case studies of casing and drill pipe failures will be presented to show the importance of failure analysis determination when performing root cause analysis. The objective is to provide a broader perspective to understand and aid in prevention of failures.

Digitisation and the Impact of Disruptive Inspection Technologies on Asset Integrity Management: Danny Constantinis, CEO, EM&I Ltd
Disruptive inspection technologies are making a major contribution to the reduction of cost, improving safety and providing significantly better data quality.  In this presentation, the speaker considers how the early adoption of digitisation will further accelerate progress in Asset Integrity Management so that the insights emerging from inspection will be more intuitive, meaningful and strengthen compliance.

Driving Organizational Capability by Targeting Investments in the Right Human Factors: Jai Shah, Managing Partner – Product Innovation & Design, Hula Partners, Christiane Spitzmueller, Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, University of Houston, Bob Newhouse, CEO, Newhouse Consultants
Continuous improvement of Organizational Capability is a goal for any Operational Unit. This session will demonstrate how Competency Management is at the foundation of achieving this goal. Furthermore, showing how Organizations can move from being reactive to proactive when managing the Human Factors which affect key operational KPIs.  Finally, the importance of competency management in fostering employee engagement will be explored.

10:15 am  Coffee Service & Exhibition

10:45 am  Key Elements in Life Cycle Management
Session Chair: Doug Cooper, Director – Reliability & Maintenance Systems, Ensco

Understanding the new API Lifecycle Management Standard – 18LCM: Mike Briggs, Director of Quality & Reliability for Surface Systems, Cameron, a Schlumberger Company
The discussion will outline how the API 18LCM standard works with your QMS, API Q1, API Q2 and the API product specifications. It will also address specific requirements around product definition and other requirements of maintaining the product LCM status.

Patterson-UTI’s Asset Management System Role of Systems in the Lifecycle Management of Assets: Kevin Cox, Asset Manager – Top Drives & Catwalks, Patterson-UTI Drilling LLC
Patterson-UTI has developed a strong asset management system leveraging a mobile user interface to allow critical asset information to be captured, shared and reported on. Patterson-UTI recognizes the strategic importance of accurate information and inventory for all drilling assets. The development and implementation of the asset management system has been the center piece for information in the management of the asset life cycle and our Asset Integrity program.

11:45 am  Data Collection Essentials
Session Chair: Doug Cooper, Director – Reliability & Maintenance Systems, Ensco

Improve Data Collection for Operation Optimization & Sustaining Equipment Reliability: Charles Yang, Reliability Project Manager, National Oilwell Varco
The presentation focuses on quality equipment failure data collection and its impact on operation optimization and equipment reliability improvement. It first presents the benefits of equipment failure data collection to justify the investment. Then, it provides an overview of existing equipment reliability data that the equipment supplier collects and their limitations. The third part highlights the ongoing efforts of standardizing equipment data collection in taxonomy, failure causes and failure mechanism, which follows ISO 14224 and leverages equipment supplier’s expertise. Finally, it proposes a sustainable win-win data collection strategy between equipment supplier and equipment end users.

12:15 pm  Luncheon & Exhibition  Red Oak Ballroom AB

1:30 pm  Big Data Implications
Moderator: Jeff Marshall, TFS Manager SME/INV, Transocean

Panel Session: Using Big Data to Improve Asset Integrity & Maintenance
This session will consider a variety of applied methodologies and capabilities that underpin optimum asset life cycle utilization. 

  • Robert Conachey, Sr. Principal Engineer, American Bureau of Shipping
  • Julian Soles, Managing Director, Reliability, Innovation & Planning, Transocean
  • Robert  Ziegler, Global Director Well Control Technology, Weatherford
  • Anthony Hogg, Director of Operational Excellence, Pacific Drilling
  • Operator to be named

3:00 pm  Coffee Service & Exhibition

3:15 pm  Advancing Compliance Through Reliability
Session Chair: Frank Breland, Chairman, IADC Maintenance Committee; Director – Technical Support, Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc.

Equipment Reliability Regulatory Initiatives: Doug Morris, Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs, Bureau of Safety & Environment Enforcement (BSEE)
Focus on the collection of data and BSEE work with IADC.  Topics to include Reliability & operation equipment maintenance, reliability tied to safety management, Well Control Rule, direct contact from BSEE to NOV regarding fingerboard reliability – how is BSEE taking this forward?

Essential Integrity Evaluation – Understanding & Managing Risk vs. Criticality of Systems, Processes & Equipment: Peter Koopmans, Sr. Quality Assurance Advisor, Drilling & Completions, Hess
The ability to uphold integrity assurance and meet performance objectives largely depends on how an organization effectively manages risk.  With limited resources, both small and large companies need to determine how to prioritize efforts to look at criticality and its relationship to risk. This presentation provides a roadmap on how to take the first steps to developing a strategic plan on how integrity assurance will be achieved with these two fundamental principles in mind.

The Perfect Storm – Compliance, Reliability & Asset Management: Michael Fry, President, Deepwater Subsea
There’s a “Perfect Storm” brewing in the Gulf of Mexico as the battle among compliance, reliability, and asset management rages on. In this presentation we will take a look at the challenges that both operators and drilling contractors face in today’s Oil and Gas industry when it comes to maintaining regulatory compliance while increasing equipment reliability.

4:45 pm  Closing Remarks: Frank Breland, Chairman, IADC Maintenance Committee; Director – Technical Support, Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc.

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.

Offshore Rig Retirements – Why So Few?: Tom Kellock, Head of Offshore Rig Consulting, IHS Markit
This presentation will examine the reasons behind the lack of offshore rig retirements since the market downturn that started in 2014 and provide a forecast of rig supply over the next few years.

Designing for Functional Safety – Improving Safety Integrity Level (SIL) of Subsea BOP Systems: Crystal James, Sr. Consultant, Rhodri Morgan, DNV GL, Michael Colmenero, Rajesh Bade, Cameron
The presentation will describe representative designs, the implementation of diagnostics and the testing procedures in regards to safety critical applications, specifically for the BOP; and how these elements can impact the SIL and the operability of the BOP. The presentation will also describe how using techniques such as Reliability Block Diagrams (RBDs) as possible system modeling solutions for calculating the PFD and assessment of simple changes can result in differences in the PFD results.  The goal is to illustrate how test coverage of safety critical equipment can be optimized through testing as well as modifications in the Subsea BOP System design.

People Aren’t Perfect: How to Keep Human Biases from Resulting in Catastrophe: Alan Quintero
The book “Predictably Irrational” makes the case that people’s irrational behaviors are not random, but systematic and inevitable.  These human biases are root causes of major business “black swan” events – from major oil spills to worldwide automotive recalls.  This presentation will dig deep into some of these human biases and will outline the elements of a quality and reliability program that must be present to counteract them.


Conference Program Committee

Andy Westlake, Ocean Rig
Charlie Graff, Gravis Services LLC
Chakra Mandava, Nabors
Covey Hall, REDCON1 Maintenance & Reliability Services, LLC
Coy Christoffel, Esco Products Inc.
David Nape, Centris
Diana Hopkins, Caterpillar Oil & Gas
Doug Cooper, Ensco
Frank Breland, Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc.
Gordon Lentz, Master Rig International
Ian McWilliam, National Oilwell Varco
Jamie Vargas, Precision Drilling
Jeff Marshall, Transocean
Josh Westling, Pacific Drilling
Michael Anatra, Parker Drilling
Robert Conachey, American Bureau of Shipping
Robert Urbanowski, Precision Drilling
Tim Mournian, Delta Tee International
Jim Rocco, IADC
John Pertgen, IADC


Gulf Electroquip
Oniqua Intelligent MRO
Flutura Data Sciences & Analytics
IADC Bookstore
IADC Accreditation & Credentialing

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 3 pm on Monday, 21 August.  All booths must be completely set up by 6:30 am on Tuesday, 22 August.
  • You may tear down your booth space after the last coffee break concludes on Wednesday, 23 August.
  • 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 $300.

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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 at 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

Venue Information

Norris Conference Centers CityCentre
816 Town and Country Blvd., Ste. 210
Houston, Texas 77024
Phone +1.713.590.0950

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The venue is located between Hotel Sorella and Four Points Sheraton in CityCentre.
There is no negotiated room block associated with this meeting.

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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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IADC Asset Integrity & Reliability Conference & Exhibition