IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference & Exhibition

Start: 11 September 2018
End: 12 September 2018

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


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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  Big Bend Ballroom 
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.

Conference Program

Tuesday, 11 September

7:15 am  Registration, Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing  Texas 1 & Foyer  Sponsored by Wartsila

7:20 am  Speaker Briefing  Texas 4-7  (Conference speakers & session chairs only)

8:15 am  Welcome & Introduction: Robin Macmillan, National Oilwell Varco, ART Committee Chair

8:30 am  Keynote Presentation: David Forbes, GM Global Wells, ConocoPhillips

9:00 am  IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee Update & Interactive Audience Response
Session Chair: Robin Macmillan, National Oilwell Varco, ART Committee Chair

The IADC ART Committee has been very active during 2018, publishing recommendations for valve qualification testing, baseline guidelines for cybersecurity for drilling assets, launching the DDR Plus project, and convening two Spark Tanks to date, with a third planned for December. Further, we announced the “promotion” of the ART Cybersecurity Subcommittee to a full-fledged IADC Committee. This is an IADC first – a humble work group that worked its way through the ranks to a full Committee.

As a bonus, attendees will be asked a series of questions about drilling technology. IADC’s Automated Response System will display results in real time for all to consider and review.

  • ART Committee Vice Chair: Trenton Martin, Transocean
  • Cybersecurity Committee: Siv Hilde Houmb, Secure-NOK LLC, Chair; Juan Negrete, Rowan Companies, Co-chair; Ben Ramduny, Seadrill, Co-chair
  • ART Drilling Controls Subcommittee: Nathan Moralez, BP, Chair; Robert van Kuilenburg, Noble Corporation, Co-chair
  • ART BOP Controls Subcommittee: TBD, Chair; Mitch Eichler, Parker Hannifin, Co-chair

10:00 am  Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing  Sponsored by Wartsila

10:30 am  Automation in Drilling Systems: Reality Or Still Blue Sky?
Session Chairs: Duane Cuku, Precision Drilling Corporation & Nathan Moralez, BP, ART Drilling Controls Subcommittee Chair

Field Experience From Robotic Technology Use on the Drill Floor: Lars Raunholt, CEO, Canrig Robotic Technologies AS
Field experience, video footage and real life results from the first pilot applications of robotic technology use on the drill floors of land and offshore drilling rigs.

The World’s Most Advanced Drilling Automation System on a Floater – Proving Optimized Drilling Rig Efficiency: Bjarne Sandrib, VP Software Products, MHWirth, Bjørn Rudshaug, Statoil
Overview on development and testing of technologies addressing challenges of effectiveness and safety associated with drilling operations. The concept has an open structure enabling the seamless integration with third-party technologies. Automating and connecting each other’s technology into one solution can potentially reduce time spent on drilling operations by as much as 30%. In 2017, these solutions were installed on a semisubmersible drilling rig, and an intensive field testing program was started. The initial feedback from the operator is very positive, stating that implementation of this technology has actually prevented costly mistakes and errors from happening.

A NOVOS Application for an Action Driven, Self-Learning Auto Driller: Parham Pournazari, Graduate Research Assistant, Abhinav Sinha, Pradeepkumar Ashok, Eric van Oort, University of Texas at Austin, James Robertson, Ryan Hanford, Benjamin Facker, National Oilwell Varco
In collaboration with the NOVOS team, the RAPID group at the University of Texas at Austin has developed a NOVOS application enabling iterative learning in the drilling environment for ROP optimization. The application obtains control of WOB and RPM set points, and by observing ROP, controls the top drive and drawworks controllers to maximize drilling performance while avoiding drilling dysfunctions.

12:00 pm  Luncheon & Exhibit Viewing  Texas 2-3

1:15 pm  Cybersecurity for Drilling Assets: Risk Assessment & Mitigation
Session Chairs: Trenton Martin, Transocean, ART Committee Vice Chair & Bob Judge, Baker Hughes, a GE Company

Few doubt the potential risk of cyber-attacks and the potential consequences for drilling assets. This is a huge industrial challenge, not just for drilling, but for all commerce and government. Several well-publicized incidents have brought home the need for a clear focus on cybersecurity. However, opinions differ as to the best approach to safeguard drilling assets. This panel will provide differing insights, but leave attendees with a clear path forward for their companies.

  • Siv Hilde Houmb, CTO, Secure-NOK LLC; Cybersecurity Committee Chair
  • Donald Shafer, Chief Security & Compliance Officer, Athens Group Holdings, LLC
  • Smarty Mathew John, Advanced Technology & Research Manager, ABS

2:15 pm  Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing  Sponsored by Wartsila

2:45 pm  Advances in Drilling Equipment I
Session Chairs: Brian Ellis, Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd & Patrick O’Neill, Noble Corporation

PSA Market Surveillance Project Case Study – Drawworks: Ola Heia, Principal Engineer, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway
In Europe (EU/EEA) we have several regulations and directives that member states must follow. This includes the “machinery directive” (Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC) that tells how to “CE-mark”, and how to ensure that machinery has a safe design. Due to these regulations, member states must perform “market surveillance activities” (Regulation (EC) 765/2008). This presentation is a short summary of the result of this pilot project involving drawworks integrating other equipment with their control systems, and what this has led to.

Makeup Control & Breakout Monitoring of Iron Roughnecks by an Automatic Torque Control System: Fei Li, Reamer & Electronics Project Manager, Gerre Voden II, Product Engineering Manager, V. Nair, R. Neelgund, J. Meadows, C. Peacock, Schlumberger
An automatic torque control system (ATCS), introduced to oilfield operations in 2016, has been successfully installed on five US land rigs with over 50,000 makeup and breakout events. The ATCS provides the ability for automatic makeup torque (MUT) control and breakout torque (BOT) monitoring. A previous paper by Zenero (2016), et al, highlighted significant MUT variations associated with iron roughnecks (IRN), which caused various joint issues and incurred excessive operations costs. The ATCS can improve MUT accuracy of IRN to +/-5%.

Solid Propellant Accumulators – Advanced Hydraulic Power Sources for BOPs: Nazareth Bedrossian, Director Engineering and Oil & Gas Division, Joseph Welker, Bastion Technologies
Solid propellant accumulators are a next-generation hydraulic power source to provide rapid shutdown capability to subsea and surface BOPs. They utilize a solid propellant charge to generate gas, much like an automotive airbag, to dispense their hydraulic fluid. Solid propellant accumulators have higher volumetric efficiencies than conventional accumulators, so weight and footprint savings are substantial. They can function as per-demand power sources or provide fluid to the control system and are available as whole units or conversion kits to existing accumulators. They are also extremely reliable, because they are based on aerospace, defense and automotive technology.

Field Testing of a Next Generation Shaker System: Richard Manning, Product Manager – Equipment, George Fisher, National Oilwell Varco
The objectives and results of the field testing of the new SABRE shale shaker system, where the level of complexity may be selected to suit the operator’s requirements will be described. Using a core basket design, which is configurable to single, dual or triple deck options, the ability to add screening decks in the field allows for a full range of flexibility. The presentation explains how increased flow capacity and solids removal capabilities can deliver significant savings to the operator and drilling contractor. The ability to run LCM recovery as well as to change and repair screens quickly is also highlighted.

4:45 pm  Welcoming Reception & Exhibit Viewing  Texas 1

Wednesday, 12 September

7:30 am  Registration, Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing  Texas 1 & Foyer

8:20 am  Welcome & Introduction: Trenton Martin, Transocean, ART Committee Vice Chair  Texas 4-7

8:30 am  Keynote Presentation: Kevin Neveu, President & CEO, Precision Drilling Corporation

9:00 am  Panel: Thank Heaven for the Downturn!
Session Chairs: Robert van Kuilenburg, Noble Corporation, ART Drilling Controls Subcommittee Chair & Guido van den Bos, National Oilwell Varco

It’s a truism that technical advances are more prevalent during downturns, and adoption of new techniques have repeatedly saved the industry’s collective bacon during periods of low energy prices. Conversely, when commodity prices are high and the living is easy, there is little incentive to adopt possibly risky innovations. Or is there? This panel will review the adoption of technology in good times and bad, how technology helps us survive, and how we can work toward sustainable, continuous improvement.

  • James Franks, Director, Continuous Improvement, Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Chris Menefee, VP Business Development, Independence Contract Drilling
  • John Dale, CEO, Electrical Subsea & Drilling AS
  • Robert Ziegler, Global Director, Well Control Technology, Weatherford International Inc.

10:00 am  Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing

10:30 am  Digitally Driven Transformation in Drilling Operations
Session Chairs: Terry Loftis, Loftis Offshore Oilfield Consulting & Han Tiebout, GustoMSC

Putting People First: A Systems Thinking Approach to the IIoT Revolution in Oil & Gas: John F. Carrier, Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School, Michael Fry, Deepwater Subsea
Industry is now experiencing a technological revolution based on the IIoT. However, the technology itself, which is readily available to all competitors, will not determine the winners. The companies with the best problem-solving cultures will win, because only these companies will understand how to integrate the technology efficiently into an existing system without introducing new “unknown unknowns”. These companies will also understand how to interpret the massive amounts of information to diagnose and eliminate the “hidden factories” that lurk in their operations. Dr Carrier will present several examples from the O&G industry demonstrating the value and risk reduction that is possible – if we put people at the center of the technology.

Improvements in Data Collection & Quality Drive Operation Excellence & Better Equipment: Charles Yang, Project Manager, National Oilwell Varco
Discussion of key aspects in constructing and implementing vigorous methodology and process for data collection and data management. Will demonstrate benefits of quality data through applications in equipment failure analysis, operation optimization strategy and equipment improvement. The presentation illustrates the framework to collect and manage data and how to transform better data to equipment safety and reliability while increasing productivity and operational efficiency.

Integrated & Automated Fluids Delivery System: Vidar Hestad, Segment Product Champion, Cameron, a Schlumberger Company, Andrew Marlatt, Sr. Project Engineer, Schlumberger Land Rigs
This presentation describes optimization of well construction fluids handling and delivery for both drilling and cementing. The business drivers are to reduce total cost of ownership through new technology, rig automation and implementation of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT). A new and re-designed single mixing point for all fluid systems required in well construction is employed. This will include the delivery of bulk cement, barite and bentonite, powder additive chemicals, liquid additive chemicals and other materials to the point of mixing. The new automated mixing system works with the RheoProfiler ATEX instrument, which measures and analyzes drilling fluid properties in real time. Proprietary algorithms, designed to care for the known wellbore situations, automatically create optimal recipes for the chemicals to be mixed into the drilling fluid.

12:00 pm  Luncheon & Exhibit Viewing  Texas 2-3

1:15 pm  Machine Learning in Drilling
Session Chairs: Sean Halloran, Ensign Energy Services Inc. & Terry Loftis, Loftis Offshore Oilfield Consulting

Harnessing Technology to Reach Optimal Performance: Richard McConomy, Performance Enhancement Manager, David Gouldin, Seadrill
Historically, optimal operational performance pertained to drilling wells on time to the parameters set by customers, whilst measuring ourselves against pre-set KPIs. One key operational KPI is unrestricted tripping, which is easily calculated, without realizing its limited value. The reality is that we predominantly trip in numerous forms of restricted capacity dictated by the well plan. Furthermore, it is often assumed safe to trip unrestricted, when this actually leads to negative consequences. We now believe it’s preferable to shift to restricted operations, a far more common and time-consuming activity. Using modern technology, we can now calculate optimal tripping rates at all phases of a well post-BOP installation. This practice links the relationship between restricted and unrestricted tripping and can simply be called “Optimal”.

Holistic Approach Applies Digital Methods to Reduce Asset Cost and Downtime: John Hoeflich, Product Line Director, Julian Zec, Lance Staudacher, National Oilwell Varco
Innovations in essential rig equipment such as blowout preventers, top drives and drawworks have enabled quantum leaps in well construction capabilities. Uptime is critical and proper upkeep gets lots of attention. Increased access to data provides value when it translates to actionable information that reduces both operating cost and non-productive time. Combining equipment and sensor data, machine learning, comprehensive equipment design knowledge enables maintenance optimization to reduce cost while improving both reliability and performance. The presentation will cover how data is analyzed and utilized to optimize equipment health and upkeep, with emphasis on programs that reduce total cost of ownership. The process lays the foundation for utilizing data to drive improvements in all phases of the equipment life cycle.

2:15 pm  Coffee Break & Exhibit Viewing

2:45 pm  Advances in Drilling Equipment II
Session Chairs: Andy Westlake, Ocean Rig & Robert Ziegler, Global Director, Well Control Technology, Weatherford International Inc.

NextGen XXL Linear Electro-Mechanical & XXL Linear Electro-Hydraulic Actuators: Thomas Wintjes, Sales Engineer Large Cylinders, Bosch Rexroth
There is a trend for XXL Linear electro-mechanical or XXL Linear electro-hydraulic actuators in the market to ensure safe and efficient operation in harsh environments. The solutions outlined in this presentation are energy efficient, intelligent, cost effective and plug & play available, only requiring a control & power cable.

PinSAFE – Development & Implementation of Onboard System for Improved Efficiency of Jackup Rig Installation: Mason Melkowits, Director Engineering – Structural & Marine, Ensco, Jose Vazquez, 3Dent
Compared to elevated and transit modes, jackup installation and removal operations are permissible during relatively calm metocean conditions. Historically, rig operational limits have been poorly defined and understood, increasing risk of waiting on weather, or damage to asset. Explore the development and implementation of an onboard data acquisition and analysis system for rig installation. Using PinSAFE, time spent waiting-on-weather is reduced, crew estimation of prevailing wave conditions is eliminated, and consistent, acceptable level-of-risk for rig installation operations is maintained.

Dual Positioning Catwalk Drilling Rigs Enhance Optimal Pad Placement: John Wray, Vice President Drilling Operations, Matt Porter, David Truax, Jeremiah Jones, Xtreme Drilling Inc.
This presentation describes a dual-positioning catwalk drilling rig in which the catwalk can be oriented in either the traditional front location or the space-saving drillers’ side location. The latter configuration reduces the overall drilling rig footprint by 12%. Dual-positioning catwalk operations, drilling complex multi-well pads with existing wellhead, rig walking, and the ability to load drill pipe into the racking boards from the traditional front orientation or from the drillers’ side orientation are discussed.

4:15 pm  Wrap-up & Adjournment: Robin Macmillan, National Oilwell Varco, ART Committee Chair

Unassigned Papers of Note
Should a scheduled paper become unavailable, one of the unassigned papers will be accepted for presentation. In addition, these presentations will be made available in the IADC conference proceedings, should the author so desire.

Drilling Systems Automation – Things you need to know are contained in “DSABOK”: John de Wardt, President, DE WARDT AND COMPANY, Mark Anderson, Shell, John Macpherson, BHGE, Moray Laing, Halliburton
Knowledge about Drilling Systems Automation (DSA) is of high value to engineers and managers from Equipment Manufacturers, Drilling Contractors, Service Companies and Operators alike. The DSA Body of Knowledge (DSABOK™) can answer many questions on DSA.  Highlight of a few key knowledge components contained in the DSABOK, focusing on improved decision making for DSA adoption.

Optimizing Communication Resources to Support Remote Monitoring of Drilling Operations: Philip Neri, Director of Marketing, Energistics Consortium Inc.
The move in the drilling industry to monitor drilling operation from remote centralized control centers is predicated on relaying in real-time increasing amounts of digital data. With a bottleneck in communication bandwidth in harsh locations on- and offshore, a new data transfer protocol was needed to make better use of available communication channels. This new protocol reduces lag time from 10-15 seconds to 1 second, while using 1/10th of the bandwidth, making it possible to multiply the amount of digital data being transferred on existing infrastructure while delivering a true real-time user experience.

Smart Contract are Creating the Blockchain for Drilling: Andrew Bruce, CEO, William Fox, Data Gumbo
A blockchain is a network of interconnected computers that distribute an encrypted electronic ledger of transactions. Smart contracts sit on top of distributed ledgers, executing the terms of a contract automatically. Smart contracts encode the terms of an existing legal contract. By combining IoT data, distributed ledgers and smart contracts, we can automate the execution of many of the terms of a legal contract without human intervention. Automating execution of contracts eliminates accounting expenses, time delays, inaccuracies, legal fees, mistrust and disputes. At the same time, it increases audibility and profitability.  It aligns incentives of all participants within the drilling industry, towards a common goal.

Next Generation of Power Optimization: T.E. “Dra” Wiersema, Product Manager, Caterpillar Inc.
Over the life of a drilling rig the single largest equipment related expense will be fuel. More money will be spent on fuel then on the equipment purchase, or the equipment maintenance, yet the vast majority of drilling units have limited to antiquated systems for extracting fuel savings from the power units. This paper will examine the history of drilling rig power optimization and the recent changes in technology that now enable drilling rig operators to optimize each engine hour and liter of fuel for the best possible efficiency.

Digitally Enabled Top Drive: Anders Henrik Holm, Segment Product Champion, Cameron, a Schlumberger Company
The Cameron top drive is exceptional when it comes to onboard instrumentation, automation and hardware for Condition Based Monitoring (CBM). TD-500-AC-2M is the first top drive with such a high level of instrumentation and this is a clear sign of leadership.

Drilling Riser Asset Integrity Program – Condition Based Monitoring Process: Kenneth Bhalla, Principal, Kelly Fisher, Stress Engineering Services, Jason Waligura, LaserStream LLP
Presently, drilling riser joints are inspected every 5 years. This is usually accomplished by rotating 20% of the riser onshore every year to be dis-assembled and inspected.   This requires extensive boat trips and trucking of the riser. Typically, 20 riser joints from each riser system are transported on a boat and 1 riser per truck to an inspection facility each year, making the logistics of drilling riser inspection costly. The program presented is a Condition Based Maintenance and Monitoring System that is compatible with all present equipment owner’s maintenance programs and ensures maintenance requirements are supported with robust engineering, the program integrates, preventive, corrective and condition based maintenance (with monitoring) and is applied in a continuous improvement cycle and predictive manner. The program process results in lower overall costs, reduced risks and greater efficiency of managed assets.


Conference Program Committee

Andy Westlake, Ocean Rig
Bob Judge, Baker Hughes, a GE company
Brian Ellis, Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd
Duane Cuku, Precision Drilling Corporation
Guido van den Bos, National Oilwell Varco
Han Tiebout, GustoMSC
Joop Roodenburg, Huisman
Keith Ross, Halliburton Energy Services
Mitch Eichler, Parker Hannifin
Nathan Moralez, BP
Patrick O’Neill, Noble Corporation
Robert van Kuilenburg, Noble Corporation
Robert Ziegler, Weatherford International Inc.
Robin Macmillan, National Oilwell Varco
Sean Halloran, Ensign Energy Services Inc.
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


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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.
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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.


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IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference & Exhibition