IADC Contracts & Risk Management Conference

Start: 9 October 2018

End: 10 October 2018

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


Registration Information

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  • Registration for this event is $500 per attendee. 
  • Employees of federal regulatory agencies may be eligible for a 50% discount on conference registration.
  • Speakers and sponsors 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)
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Conference Links

For questions regarding the conference, please contact Lori Gagula at lori.gagula@iadc.org or +1.713.292.1945.


The biennial IADC Contracts & Risk Management Conference explores pertinent issues affecting contracts and risk management within the drilling industry. Speakers report on market issues, contract provisions, new contract requirements and indemnification issues, to name a few.

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IADC will apply for MCLE hours with the Texas State Bar Association, the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Oklahoma Bar

The Call for Abstracts has expired. Authors will be notified by 6 April.

We are pleased to issue a call for abstracts for the upcoming IADC Contracts & Risk Management Conference. The conference will be held 9-10 October 2018 at the Norris Conference Center – CityCentre in Houston, Texas. Speakers at the biennial IADC Contracts and Risk Management Conference address pertinent issues on contracts and risk management within the drilling industry, including contract provisions, new contract requirements, insurance costs and concerns, and indemnification issues.

IADC will apply for MCLE hours with the Texas State Bar Association, the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Oklahoma Bar Association.

IADC encourages prospective authors to submit abstracts on topics related to contracts and risk management. Presentations related to the topics below are of particular interest.

  • Contractual Provisions Addressing Anti-Bribery/Anti-Corruption Law Compliance
  • Recent Court Decisions Involving Drilling Activities
  • Recent State Court Decisions Involving Contractor’s Liability & Insurance
  • Pointers on Contract Drafting
  • Drilling Contract Incentive Bonus Provisions
  • Practice Pointers on Choice of Law & Arbitration Provisions
  • Effectively Working with Insurance Loss Adjusters
  • International Security Concerns: Impact on Contract Provisions
  • Risk Allocation, Hold Harmless, Release of Liability & Indemnity Agreements
  • New Country Entry Considerations
  • Unique Provisions Found in NOC Contracts
  • Insurance Market & Related Issues
  • Commercial Issues
  • Ethics
  • Intellectual Property
  • Data Quality/Collection, Data & Cyber Security
  • Well Control
  • Decommissioning Vessels & Interaction with P&A Rigs
  • Maritime Focus

For consideration, an abstract for each proposed presentation must be submitted to IADC no later than Thursday, 22 February 2018. Authors of selected papers will be notified by 6 April 2018. Formal papers are not required for this conference.

To be selected for presentations, papers must be of great interest to drilling contractors, operators, service companies, training institutions and equipment manufacturers.

Conference Program Committee

Andrew Tietz, Paragon Offshore
Bill Cobb, Latshaw Drilling
Chris Menefee, Independence Contract Drilling
David Faure, Transocean
Ernie Nelson, Nabors Drilling USA
John Alvarado, Seadrill
Mark Rankin, Rankin Risk Analytics
Marvin Moos, Ebanks Horne Rota Moos LLP
Nick Patterson, Ensco plc
Ron Potter, Ensco plc
Scott Keller, Sidewinder Drilling
Stacey Earley, Transocean
Mike DuBose, IADC

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are five levels of sponsoring: Diamond sponsors, Platinum Sponsors, Gold Sponsors, Silver Sponsors and Event sponsorships.  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:

Lori Gagula, lori.gagula@iadc.org or Stephanie Carling, stephanie.carling@iadc.org at +1.713.292.1945.

* Comps refer to number of complimentary registrations

Venue Information

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

Click here for map and driving directions

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

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 Contracts & Risk Management Conference