IADC Drilling Onshore Conference & Exhibition

Start: 18 May 2017
End: 18 May 2017

Venue: Omni Hotel Houston Westside Location: Houston, TX, USA


Registration Information

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  • Registration for this event is $325 per attendee.
  • Employees of federal regulatory agencies may be eligible for a 50% discount on conference registration.
  • Speakers, sponsors and exhibitors are not eligible for online registration. (Complete the Conference Registration Form PDF below)
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Conference Links

For questions regarding the conference, please contact Stephanie Carling at stephanie.carling@iadc.org or +1.713.292.1945.


IADC’s Drilling Onshore Conference & Exhibition is the only event specifically targeting onshore drilling operations. Drilling Onshore, with its top speakers and panels, explores issues affecting the onshore drilling industry, including technology, management, perspectives on future onshore activity and regulation. The conference will be held 18 May 2017 at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside in Houston, Texas.

Conference Program

Wednesday, 17 May

4:00 – 5:30 pm   Texas Ballroom 5-7
IADC Onshore Operations Forum (Drilling Contractors Only)

5:30 – 7:00 pm   Lakeview Lobby
Welcoming Reception   Sponsored by Platts RigData

Thursday, 18 May

7:00 am  Registration, Exhibit Viewing & Coffee Service  Texas Ballroom & Foyer  Sponsored by Pason Systems Inc.

7:15 am  Speaker Briefing   (Speakers, Moderators & Session Chairs only)  Texas Ballroom 5-7

8:00 am  Introduction & Welcoming Remarks Texas Ballroom 5-7  Audio Visual Co-sponsor Henderson Rigs & Equipment

  • Jason McFarland, President, IADC
  • Mike Garvin, IADC Division VP North America Onshore; Sr. VP Operations, Patterson-UTI Drilling

IADC Texas A&M University (TAMU) Student Chapter Update: Zack Aldelamy, Chapter Officer, TAMU Student Chapter

Washington Update: Elizabeth “Liz” Craddock, VP Policy & Government Affairs, IADC

Session Moderator:  Joey Husband, Sr VP-US Northern Region – Global Drilling Operations, Nabors Drilling USA LP
8:30 am  Safety: What Got Us to 1.0, Won’t Get Us to Zero: Warren Hubler, CSP, VP HSE, Helmerich & Payne IDC
Traditional safety metrics and awards for OSHA-free achievements and declining injury rates will NOT get us to Goal: ZERO.  The journey to zero requires intense focus on the control and removal of exposures in drilling operations.  This presentation will flip traditional safety thinking and propose new tactics needed to transition from a culture of compliance to a culture of caring at all levels of an organization.  It’s time to chart a new course to NO HARM.

9:00 am  Data Quality Panel
In this challenging environment, aggressive efforts are being made to find methods to drive down drilling costs.  One of those methods is being able to monitor and analyze real time data to evaluate performance.  Much of the current real-time drilling data aggregation and visualization solutions have inhibited these efforts by making data difficult to move, aggregate and visualize.  This panel will discuss some of the leading data quality methods that have demonstrated enhanced operational efficiency.

  • Mike Bowie, Regional Executive, GE Oil & Gas
  • Michael Behounek, Sr. Drilling Advisor, Apache Corporation
  • Gilbert Chahine, Director of Data Science & Analytics, National Oilwell Varco

10:15 am  Exhibit Viewing & Coffee Service  Sponsored by Pason Systems Inc.

Session Chair: Trampas Poldrack, VP Central Region & Tubular Division, Basic Energy Services
10:45 am  Guidelines on Minimum Cybersecurity Requirements for Drilling Rigs:
Nina Hesby Tvedt, Area Sales Manager, Siv Hilde Houmb, PhD, Secure-NOK LLC
Cybersecurity is no longer just hype or a distant scare, but an integrated part of ensuring a robust and reliable drilling operation. Cybersecurity is a challenge that the industry needs to tackle together, as it requires collaboration across the drilling supply chain for it to be efficiently addressed. This presentation focuses on the guidelines on minimum cybersecurity requirements for drilling rigs produced by the IADC ART Cybersecurity Subcommittee, including how the guidelines relate to the ongoing cybersecurity efforts at the US Coast Guard, DHS, IMO and similar and how to use the guidelines in practice.

11:15 am  Moving from We Think to We Know: Kimberly McHugh, GM Drilling & Completions, Chevron
This presentation will talk about Chevron’s WellSafe program with respect to process safety and developing well control competency at the rig site. Also the incorporation of Human Performance to improve operational excellence. 

11:45 am  Improving Performance & Operations Excellence on a Large Land Drilling Rig Fleet: Chakra Mandava, Director Operations Excellence, Michael Lockridge, Drew Armstrong, Ryan Bott, Nabors Drilling USA LP
A decade ago a benchmark downtime for drilling rigs lower than 1% was considered unachievable. However, in the pursuit of more reliable rig operations and better well economics, E&P companies and drilling contractors have worked together in recent years to significantly reduce rig downtime. As the industry seeks to maximize efficiency, especially in cost sensitive environments such as US unconventional basins, the next step in improving performance and reducing well cost is mitigating Invisible Lost Time (ILT). This paper summarizes several initiatives implemented on a large rig fleet including extensive analyses on ~100 wells drilled in North Dakota. After analyzing ROPs, connection times, tripping speeds, casing running, BOP work, and other well activities, we conclude that well times can be reduced by 30-40% when operational excellence and exceptional performance of the rig operation alone are consistently achieved. Achieving this goal requires a close partnership between the drilling contractor and operator.

12:15  Luncheon & Exhibit Viewing  Lakeview  Sponsored by IFS

1:30 pm  Market Outlook Panel
Moderator: Chris Menefee, VP Business Development, Independence Contract Drilling
How is the Rig Count derived along with a breakdown by category & permit? Trend of forecast looking back vs. actual. When do we start building and where? What is the impact of rig count vs. production?   Panelists will discuss these important topics and provide perspective on the current market outlook.

  • Bob Williams, Director of Content, Platts RigData
  • Stephen Beck, Sr. Director, Head of N.A. Oil & Gas Supply Forecasting, IHS Markit
  • Allen Gilmer, Executive Chairman, DrillingInfo

2:30 pm  Process Automation System Leads to Faster, More Consistent Connection Times on Land Rigs: Duane Cuku, VP Sales of Rig Technology, Precision Drilling Corporation, Benjamin Facker, Sr. Manager NOVOS Strategy & Development, Ryan Hanford, Product Development & Commercialization Manager, National Oilwell Varco
Connections are a complex process controlled by human operated machines and are executed hundreds of times throughout the creation of a wellbore. On land rig operations, this process requires drilling crews to manually operate numerous machines that are all dependent on the operator skill. Human operated processes are commonly rife with inconsistencies, and the data for connections supports this. Automation of the connection process greatly reduces inconsistencies while increasing speed and accuracy of the operation. This presentation discusses the benefits of adding a Process Automation System to a land rig and highlights the performance and consistency increase over traditional manual operations.

3:00 pm  Exhibit Viewing & Coffee Service  Sponsored by Pason Systems Inc.

Session Chair: Scott Gordon, Account Manager, Helmerich & Payne IDC
3:15 pm  Sustainable Change Through Dynamic Leadership and Robust Safety Management Systems: Hilary Burden, HSE Advisor, Patterson-UTI Drilling
How does an effective leader communicate with their employees about expectations for safety and performance? Is safety performance a product of market conditions? Does an increase in activity guarantee a higher incident rate? Historical data has shown a direct correlation between rig count and TRIR.  However, this trend in not guaranteed!  In 2011, Patterson-UTI Drilling flipped the TRIR trend and cut our TRIR by over 50% while maintaining a rig count of over 200 rigs.  By placing dynamic leaders in key management positions and creating an online safety management system accessible to all employees, our leaders were able to clearly and efficiently communicate their expectations, consistently and effectively follow-up, and provide constructive feedback which drastically reduced TRIR.  Explore the three key elements to an effective safety management system and learn examples of tools you can implement in your company to begin to create sustainable change today.

3:45 pm  Oilfield is Family, America is Oilfield: Myra Crownover, Retired Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 64
Myra Crownover will share her experiences growing up in a multigenerational drilling family, Robinson Drilling of Texas, LTD., whose company is celebrating its 70th year. She will also provide insight into her experience as a Texas State Legislature for two decades, and how government and business in the oilpatch are working together to make America stronger.   

4:15 pm  Time for a Turning Point: Charlie Kirk, Founder & Executive Director, Turning Point USA
Charlie Kirk is the Founder and Executive Director of Turning Point USA, a national student movement dedicated to identifying, organizing, and empowering young people to promote the principles of free markets, and limited government.  The presentation provides a roadmap on how to return to a free America, with an emphasis on reaching our youth and engaging them in the process.

4:45 pm  Adjournment: Mike Garvin, IADC Division VP North America Onshore; Sr. VP Operations, Patterson-UTI Drilling

Conference Program Committee

Allen Williams, Helmerich & Payne IDC
Bill Cobb, Latshaw Drilling
Brian Tucker, Pioneer Drilling
Chris Menefee, Independence Contract Drilling
Fawzi Irani, Precision Drilling
Jay Minmier, Nomac Drilling LLC
Jim Nicklos, Nicklos Drilling
Joey Husband, Nabors Drilling USA LP
Kathy Willingham, Cactus Drilling LLC
Luke Crownover, Robinson Drilling
Mike Garvin, Patterson-UTI Drilling
Paul Mosvold, Scandrill Inc.
Scott Gordon, Helmerich & Payne IDC
Scott Keller, Sidewinder
Trampas Poldrack, Basic Energy Services
Brooke Polk, IADC
Rhett Winter, IADC


Exhibition for this event is sold out.

Action Specialties
Bishop Lifting Products
CAD Control Systems
Columbia Industries
Derrick Equipment Co
Drillinginfo, Inc.
Forum Energy Technologies
GDS International
Gulf Electroquip
Hardbanding Solutions
Hydraulic Systems, Inc.
Industrial Air Tool
J.D. Neuhaus
King Oil Tools
Lee C. Moore
Loadmaster Industries
Murchison Drilling Schools, Inc.
Nexans AmerCable
National Oilwell Varco
Platts RigData
Premium Oilfield Technologies LLC
The Reach Group
Rig QA International Inc.
RUS Industrial
Schlumberger – Rig Power & Controls
Shenkai Petroleum LLC
Smith Mason & Co
Stopdrop Tooling
TSC Drill Pipe
TSC Manufacturing & Supply
Vallourec Drilling Products
Veristic Technologies
Ward Leonard
Wayne Enterprises
Well Control School
Wild Well Control
Whitelfield Plastics
Worldwide Power Products
IADC Bookstore
IADC Accreditation & Credentialing

Exhibition Information

Exhibition for this event is sold out.

Cost for the 10′ x 10′ space is $1,000.
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 6:00 pm on Wednesday, 17 May.  All booths must be completely set up by 6:30 am on Thursday, 18 May.

  • You may tear down your booth space after the last coffee break concludes  on Thursday, 18 May.

  • 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 $162.50.

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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.

Omni Houston Hotel Westside
13210 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079
Phone: +1.281.558.8338   Fax: +1.281.558.4028
Single/Double Occupancy……..$159.00
Rates available until 17 April 2017.

Click here to view the hotel website.

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 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.


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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IADC Drilling Onshore Conference & Exhibition