IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference & Exhibition

Start: 11 September 2018
End: 12 September 2018

Venue: Hyatt Regency Austin Location: Austin, TX, USA


Registration Information

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  • Registration for this event is $600 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)
  • In order to receive a letter of invitation, IADC requires payment via Wire Transfer. The wire transfer information is included on the registration form. (Complete the Conference Registration Form PDF below)
  • Click here to download the Conference Registration Form (PDF format)

Conference Links

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


The 2018 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference & Exhibition, organized by the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee, is a leading forum exploring the state of the art in rig technology, downhole operations, and seamlessly integrating the two with minimal human intervention. The event will focus on advances and challenges in both land and offshore rig technology and review activities of the IADC ART Committee, which has steadily advanced drilling technology by exploring future technology, drilling control systems, automation, questions of reliability, cybersecurity and more. The committee has developed operational guidelines, assessed pros and cons of advanced drilling technology, developed new definitions and more.

Monday, 10 September

2:00 pm  IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee Meeting
The IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) committee is dedicated to improve safety and efficiency through sound operating procedures, design of automated systems and standardizing automation. Separate registration for this meeting is required; click here for to register online.

Call for Abstracts

IADC is pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for the 2018 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference & Exhibition. The conference will be held on 11-12 September at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Austin, Texas. For consideration, an abstract for each proposed paper must be submitted to IADC no later than 9 March 2018. Authors of papers selected will receive confirmation letters and guidelines by 13 April 2018. 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. Key elements defining the state-of-the-art in rig technology, both today and tomorrow, will be considered. Presentations related to the topics below are of particular interest:

  • Adaptive well construction & considering completions in drilling rig design
  • Alarm management
  • Automation in drilling rigs, downhole operations & integration of surface equipment & downhole processes
  • “Big Data” / AI / machine learning solutions for well construction
  • Condition-based maintenance
  • Completions, with emphasis on automated or highly mechanized systems & integration with drilling systems
  • Cybersecurity for drilling assets & operations
  • Data quality, collection & management
  • Decommissioning
  • Impact of 20K BOP on existing rigs
  • Innovative/new drilling equipment or processes
  • Integrating drilling systems during rig modifications
  • New approaches to drilling
  • Plug & abandonment
  • Reliability & NPT management
  • Rigs of tomorrow
  • Transmission of downhole data to surface

NOTE: Selected abstracts might be assigned to interactive panel discussions, rather than scheduled as conventional presentations.

Authors are invited to submit proposals for presentations at the conference. We look forward to your participation and hope to see you at this important event!

Click here to review general guidelines on abstract submission.

Click here to submit your abstract

Conference Program Committee

Andy Westlake, Ocean Rig
Bob Judge, Baker Hughes, a GE company
Brian Ellis, Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd
Duane Cuku, Precision Drilling Company
Guido van den Bos, National Oilwell Varco
Han Tiebout, GustoMSC
Joop Roodenburg, Huisman
Keith Ross, Halliburton Energy Services
Kevin Kennett, Schlumberger Land Rigs
Mitch Eichler, Parker Hannifin
Nathan Moralez, BP
Patrick O’Neill, Noble Drilling
Robert van Kuilenburg, Noble Drilling
Robert Ziegler, Weatherford
Robin Macmillan, National Oilwell Varco
Roy Mills, Noble Drilling
Siv Hilde Houmb, Secure-NOK LLC
Terry Loftis, Loftis Offshore Oilfield Consulting
Thomas Kipker, Bentec
Thomas Myrvold, Cameron, a Schlumberger company
Trenton Martin, Transocean
Mike Killalea, IADC


Frank’s International
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 5:00 pm on Monday, 10 September.  All booths must be completely set up by 6:30 am on Tuesday, 11 September.

  • You may tear down your booth space after the last coffee break concludes on Wednesday, 12 September.

  • 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.

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.  No refunds for cancellations will be issued.

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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.

Hyatt Regency Austin

208 Barton Springs
Austin, Texas, USA, 78704
Phone: +1.512.477.1234
Single/Double Occupancy……..$229
Rates available until 20 August 2018.
Click here to book your hotel room online.

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 Advanced Rig Technology Conference & Exhibition