IADC Drilling HSE&T Asia Pacific 2018 Conference & Exhibition

Start: 24 January 2018
End: 25 January 2018

Venue: Le Méridien Saigon
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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 Registration Information

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  • Registration for this event is $700 per attendee. 
  • Employees of federal regulatory agencies may be eligible for a 50% discount on conference registration.
  • Speakers, sponsors and guests are not eligible for online registration. (Please contact europe@iadc.org to obtain the correct registration form)
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Even in the midst of our industry’s current market correction, IADC remains committed to improving safety performance, both in terms of personal safety and process safety. As an industry, we owe it to our members, your staff and stakeholders to strive for an incident-free workplace. The 10th edition of the IADC Drilling HSE&T Asia Pacific Conference & Exhibition seeks to focus attention on health, safety, environment and training in drilling and completion operations. Papers and topics will be presented on ensuring and sustaining incident free operations during drilling and completion, as well as competency, worker health and environmental stewardship. Sessions will emphasize areas of special interest in Asia Pacific, a drilling and producing arena of increasing importance.

Call for Abstracts

Deadline extended till 19 September 2017!

The Asia Pacific region continues its transformation amid low oil prices and low day rates. Operators, drilling contractors and service/equipment providers all recognize the urgency in continuing to reduce costs and improve efficiency. During this downturn, technical innovations – from real-time monitoring to data analytics to slim-hole technologies – are being deployed to help lower operators’ breakeven prices. At the same time, significant attention is being devoted to workforce recruitment and training, with human factors coming to the fore as the drilling industry gains a better understanding of its implications on safety performance.

The 10th anniversary of the IADC Drilling HSE&T Asia Pacific Conference & Exhibition, which will be celebrated on 24-25 January 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, will explore the critical challenges that drilling professionals face in this environment. In the face of prolonged low oil prices, how can companies high-grade their assets, right-size their organizations and equip their employees with the right competencies, all while staying on the cutting edge of the digital oilfield evolution?

The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) is pleased to issue a call for abstracts for presentations at the upcoming IADC Drilling HSE&T Asia Pacific 2018 Conference & Exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City. Key topic areas are outlined below. Authors are encouraged to come equipped with not just the how’s and why’s but also with compelling results to share.

Performance optimization: Focus is shifting from reducing prices of goods and services to generating value by improving efficiency through technology, better work processes and changing standards. Collaboration – between operator and drilling contractor, between operator and service company, and among contractors themselves – has also become increasingly critical. Companies are invited to share experiences where improvements in technology, processes, standards and collaboration have helped to optimize their operations and performance.

Safety and human factors: Downturns challenge the morale and focus of our workforce, so organizations must work harder to help their employees understand that safety expectations do not change with fluctuations in the oil price. How can we take the opportunity of the downturn to high-grade the workforce? Share your innovations in safety technology; how to build company cultures to sustain incident-free operations; behavior-based safety; safety leadership; management of change; fitness for duty; and how to apply human factors to influence HSE results. Process safety-related topics are also of interest, including procedural compliance and self-verification; the use of leading and lagging indicators; hazard assessment and risk management; and training and awareness.

Big data and data analytics: Data is more than a buzz word, and the drilling industry is increasingly learning to embrace data as the key element in pushing the next level of performance gains. A significant amount of data is already being collected, but how can the industry make such data actionable? Presentations are invited that share the state-of-the-art in data science, on cybersecurity, on innovations in applying data so that people on the rig can make better data-driven decisions, and on data standards and issues around interoperability.

Rig equipment and innovations: A significant number of drilling rigs around the world are stacked – how can drilling contractors ensure the proper maintenance of these units during the stacking period so that they can be efficiently brought back to work once the market recovers? For the rigs that continue to work, what can drilling contractors, operators and equipment providers do to reduce nonproductive time, particularly in the critical path? Presentations on mechanization and automation innovations, as well as equipment maintenance, are also welcome.

Workforce development and training: The industry has learned from past experience that it must continue to invest in talent recruitment and development despite economic challenges. This is especially critical considering the rapid evolution of technology and the growing use of data to manage and optimize drilling operations. How can we skill the teams to keep the staff agile and adaptable to the market requirements? What changes are needed for current training systems? The industry still needs employees with the appropriate competencies to crew the rigs and to ensure wellbore integrity to prevent well control incidents. Presentations on innovative training methods, talent attraction, recruitment and retention, as well as engaging with next-generation employees, are invited.

Authors are invited to submit proposals for presentations at the conference. For consideration, an abstract for each proposed paper must be submitted to IADC no later than 11 September 2017. Authors of papers selected will receive confirmation letters and guidelines by 6 October 2017. Please note that formal papers are encouraged but are NOT required for this conference.

Prior to paper proposal submission, management clearance must be obtained. Any issues concerning clearance should be outlined when the paper proposal is submitted.

We look forward to your participation and hope to see you at the 10th anniversary of the IADC Drilling HSE&T Asia Pacific Conference & Exhibition!

Click here to review general guidelines on abstract submission.

Click here to submit your abstract

Program Committee Members

Kirk Atkinson, Noble Drilling
Malik Faisal Abdullah, MPM (Malaysian Petroleum Management)
Jan van Bohemen, Ensco plc
Norazan A Kadir, Petronas
David Kennedy, Premier Oil
Keith Kotval, Japan Drilling
Manav Kumar, Dynamic Drilling
Louay Laham, Sapura Energy Bhd
Tri Le Tran Minh, Phu Quoc POC
Peter Malpas, Cuu Long Joint Operating Company (CLJOC)
Benny Margawijaya, Apexindo Pratama Duta Tbk.
Izwan Megat, UMW Oil & Gas Corp Bhd
Aziz Merchant, Keppel Offshore & Marine Technology Center
Joachim van der Meulen, IADC South East Asia Chapter
Ian Miller, PetroVietnam Drilling
Truong H. Nam, PetroVietnam
Sarah Molyneux, Shell
Adrin Shafil Ahmad Nasir, Petrofac
Varun Ramdas, Maersk Drilling
Arthur Russi, Transocean
Erwindo Tanjung, Pertamina PHE WMO
Pham Thanh Minh, ENI
Sindhu Tjahyadi, Total
Gergely Varadi, Lloyd’s Register
Chit Hlaing, IADC
Derek Morrow, IADC

Exhibition Information

The exhibition space of 6m2 (3 x 2 m) will be offered for US $1,500.

The exhibition space will be set with a skirted table, two chairs and access to electricity. With the exhibition space, you receive one complimentary conference registration and up to two additional registrations at half price or US $350. All registrations are including admission to the conference & exhibition, coffee breaks, luncheons, reception, and access to the conference proceedings.

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 a stand at IADC events. IADC Exhibitions will solely be visited by conference attendees. Non-conference attendees are not allowed to enter the exhibition area. All personnel working the exhibition should be registered.

Exhibition space is being allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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For more information, please contact europe@iadc.org or call +31 24 675 22 52.

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*)


Luncheon $6,500
(2 Comp*)


Reception $5,000
(1 Comp*)


Coffee $5,000
(1 Comp*)


Brochure $5,000
(1 Comp*)

* Comps refer to number of complimentary registrations

Click here to view complete sponsor packages and benefits

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For more information and sponsor bookings please contact us at europe@iadc.org or phone: +31 24 675 2252.

Conference Venue & Hotel Information

Le Mérdien Saigon
3c Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Phone: +84 8 6263 6688

Please make sure to mention “IADC  Conference”  to obtain the negotiated room rate.

Rates: classic single/double room VND 3.450++ per room per night including breakfast and tax, excluding 10% government tax and 5% service charge. The negotiated room block will expire on 21 December 2017. After this date rooms are upon availability.

Reservations: reservations can be made to complete the hotel reservations form and return it directly to the hotel by e-mail lemeridien.saigon@lemeridien.com or by fax +84 8 3823 1906

Cancellation policy:
7 days prior to arrival: free of charge
Between 7 days and 48 hours: 1 night penalty
Less than 48 hours and no-show: full charge

Warning: Please note that there are several 3rd party companies actively approaching conference delegates and exhibitors by phone and email trying to sell hotel rooms at the contracted hotel for a cheaper rate than the published rate on this conference website. Please note that these companies do not represent IADC or the hotel, nor has IADC or the hotel authorized them 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 be sure to make your hotel reservations exclusively through the contracted 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 HSE&T Asia Pacific 2018 Conference & Exhibition