IADC Critical Issues Latin America Conference & Exhibition

Start: 16 October 2018
End: 17 October 2018

Venue: Hyatt Regency Mexico City
Location: Mexico City, Mexico


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IADC is pleased to announce its first “Critical Issues Latin America Conference & Exhibition.” Critical Issues are market, technology and commercial factors shaping business today and tomorrow. These factors present either opportunities or challenges to the global drilling industry. Regional operations have their own unique requirements and IADC’s Critical Issues Latin America will explore those opportunities and challenges important in the region.

Conference Program

Tuesday, 16 October

8:00 am  Registration, Coffee & Exhibit Viewing  Foyer & Ballroom A&B

8:05 am  Speaker Briefing  (Speakers, Moderators & Session Chairs only)  Ballroom C

9:00 am  Welcoming & Introduction: Jason McFarland, President, IADC  Ballroom C

9:15 am  Keynote Address: Pedro Virgilio Sánchez Soto, Subdirección de Ingeniería de Pozos y Desarrollo del Negocio, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX)

Session Chair: Mick Leary, VP Major Projects, OBO, New Ventures, Decommissioning, BP
9:45 am  Human Resources: Recruitment, Training & Retention
Impact of Training in the Drilling Business
: Francisco Lago Alonso, CFDCH Coordinator, Carlos Pérez Téllez, Ignacio Ramirez Martínez, PEMEX Drilling & Services
The MIDCH (Integral Model of Human Capital Development, acronym in Spanish) strengthens and develops the behavioral, academic and technical-safety competencies of all the members of PEMEX Drilling & Services, sustaining a culture of high performance, and creation of value, profitability and customer satisfaction.

10:15 am  Optimizing Drilling Performance
The Impact of Culture on Performance
: Dave Massey, President, Mark Sprague, The REACH Group, Jon Richards, VP of Global Operations, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.
Comparing the performance of two identical rigs where one had a culture by design, the other by default.

10:45 am  Networking Break & Exhibit Viewing

Session Chair: Maria Clara Silva, VP Business Development Latin America, Ensco plc
11:15 am  Optimizing Drilling Performance
Drilling Performance Optimization Utilizing Crew Resource Management:
Erica Barron, Human Factors Instructor, Maersk Training
This presentation highlights key elements of crew resource management (CRM) and includes an overview of the CRM challenges often faced in the drilling industry. Innovative training options that serve to merge critical skill sets among multiple disciplines are also explored. The overall focus strives to demonstrate the link between expertise in both technical and CRM skills and increased operational efficiency.

11:45 am  Project Planning, Implementation & Development
Lessons from 6th gen “Warm” & “Cold” Stacked Restarts
: Chris Goetz, Partner, Kingston Systems LLC
5th, 6th and 7th generation rigs are now coming out from “warm” and “cold” stack.  It was not fully and clearly understood how the Software and PLC control systems would respond to the stacking and warm/cold storage. Now we are starting to bring these rigs out from the cob webs and we are experiencing the implications of how the rigs were maintained prior to stacking and during the stacking period. The challenges have been significant and the expectations of management perhaps misaligned with reality based on historical unstacking experiences of more “manual” rigs. Via a presentation of case-based lessons learned, Mr. Goetz, will share some of Kingston Systems experiences on recent rig re-starting projects with the aim of better preparing both contractor and operator to anticipate, prepare for and mitigate the risks that we have encountered. This is especially relevant given the many operational and logistical opportunities presented by operations in Latin America. The lessons center on advanced automated and PLC controlled rigs both on and offshore, and the contractor processes and systems that govern them.

Subsurface & Production Management – How to Achieve a Smooth Transition Until CoP: Steve Gilbert, Director, Asset Management & Decommissioning, Julie Copland, Lloyd’s Register
With the inevitable approach of field decommissioning it is important to manage the last years of an assets life carefully. This will allow the maximum economic recovery to take place and also commence the process of planning for decommissioning. A planned transition into CoP and careful preparation for decommissioning will allow a smooth, predictable and efficient asset retirement process.

12:45 pm  Luncheon & Exhibit Viewing  Regency D&E

2:15 pm Identifying Challenges & Opportunities for the Latin American Upstream Energy Industry – An Operator’s Perspective
Jorge Rios, Vice President, Operations Latin America, Precision Drilling
Industry leaders from the onshore operating arena will share their insights on a variety of topics related to their company’s business and drilling plans in the region.

  • Gerardo Reyes Reza, Vice Principal, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX)
  • Carlos Francisco Rangel Hernández, Subdirección de Operaciones en Intervenciones a Pozos, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX)
  • Additional panelists to be named

3:45 pm  Networking Break & Exhibit Viewing

Session Chair: Angel Hernandez Gutierrez, SDS Mexico Geozone Business Manager, Weatherford
4:15 pm  Deepwater Drilling
Drilling Salt at Deep Waters in Mexico, Experiences & Challenges:
Felipe Guillen, Deepwater Drilling Engineer, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX)
Drilling salt experiences and so many lessons learned have been acquired by PEMEX in shallow waters since a long time. Nowadays, deep water exploration in Mexico is developing more locations and wells, all of them with different challenges. Several things have changed since deep water drilling operations started in Mexico. One of the biggest challenges is the Allochthon salt, gas intrusions, rubble zones and tar on surface. This presentation is about how the drilling engineers have been interacting with different disciplines to face and understand the mechanical structure and chemical composition.

4:45 pm  Health & Safety
Beyond Traditional Lagging Indicators
: Jorge E. Cortés, HSE Manager for International Operations, Helmerich & Payne IDC
The traditional way we see safety and the safety metrics will not get us to zero. The journey to zero requires a paradigm change in the way we define safety and the application of the new tactics that are needed to transition from a culture of compliance to a culture of caring at all level of the organization.

PinSAFE – Development & Implementation of Onboard System for Improved Efficiency of Jackup Rig Installation: Mason Melkowits, Director Engineering – Structural & Marine, Ensco plc
Compared to the elevated and transit modes, jack-up 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.  This presentation explores 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.

5:45 pm  Welcoming Reception  Ballroom A&B

Wednesday, 17 October

8:15 am  Registration, Coffee & Exhibit Viewing  Foyer & Ballroom A&B

9:00 am  Welcome & Introduction: Mike DuBose, VP International Development, IADC  Ballroom C

9:15 am  Keynote Address: Juan Carlos Zepeda Molina, President Commissioner, La Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH)

Session Chair: Mateo Herrera, Latin America Sales Manager, Helmerich & Payne IDC
9:45 am  Well Control
Differential Pressure Rating of Subsea BOP’s
: John Hoefler, Global Engineering & Compliance Manager, Lloyd’s Register
By utilizing external hydrostatic pressure from the working environment, subsea Blow Out Preventers (BOPs) can be differentially pressure rated and repurposed for higher Maximum Anticipated Surface Pressures (MASP) than originally rated for.  This presentation will review all failure modes and demonstrate that the industry can safely differentially pressure rate equipment through design verification, validation and operational procedures.

Structure & Process of Response to Emergency Incidents & Critical Well Conditions: Case Histories: Fernando Garcia, Well Control Engineer, Leonardo Portillo, Gary Barbee, Boots & Coots – A Halliburton Service
The presentation covers the response structure to two critical well conditions. The first scenario describes an emergency response to an uncontrolled flow from a well during workover condition in shallow water. The workover vessel caught on fire and collapsed on the well which resulted in complex response to the situation and capping operation.  The second scenario provides details of response to compromised surface casing on a HPHT well. The engineering response required multidisciplinary engineering analysis and included finite element analysis, thermal stress analysis on multiple casing strings and production tubing, a tensioning system, civil engineering load analysis on soil, risk evaluation, and the development of robust contingency plans. Details of response and planning are provided as possible guideline for similar critical cases.

10:45 am  Networking Break & Exhibit Viewing

Session Chair: Jose Leal, WellSite Services, NOV Wellbore Technologies
11:15 am  Optimizing Drilling Performance
The Technical & Economic Impact of the Synchronization of Times & Movements During the Flat Stages of Drilling
: Elvira Rivera Rivera, Design and Operation Support Engineer, Carlos Pérez Téllez, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX)
The synchronization of times and movements during the flat stages of drilling allows the identification of areas of opportunities for improvement, establishing strategies of conformity and optimization of times and costs during the execution; the technical and economic impact of its application has allowed us to reach excellent results in the optimization of times and costs in the flat stages of the drilling interventions, implementing the application of new technologies and simultaneous activities, which has shown that the synergy, the team work and the commitment of PPS with our customers implies to continue the improvement of the operational efficiency and to reach the established goal of 92%.

Optimization in Complex Under-ream Application Trough Highly Interbedded Tertiary– Offshore Field Study Case: Ivan Luna, Field Service Coordinator, Victor Zamora, Linda Malena Doria Carrascal, Baker Hughes a GE Company, Luis Alvares, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX)
Description of the evolution suffered by a specific under-ream application to optimize the results obtained during the drilling and development of an important field located in Mexican southwest offshore region, decreasing associated expenses, maximizing earnings for the contractor and reaching casing point in a safe manner.

Optimized Strategy to Drill Total Circulation Loss Zones: Carlos Omar Gavira Juarez, Well Intervention Engineer, Antonio Enrique Zamarrón Galván, Gustavo Alejandro Higa Pino, PEMEX Exploration & Production
Drilling the reservoir interval with total circulation losses is a challenge that involves many operational complications. This condition observed in few parts of the world and its complexity resides in that there are no returns of drilling fluid to the surface. Until this day there is not a single company in the world that has the capacity to predict the hole cleaning behavior under this condition.

12:45 pm  Luncheon & Exhibit Viewing  Regency D&E

2:15 pm  Identifying Challenges & Opportunities for the Latin American Upstream Energy Industry – An Operator’s Perspective
Jose Firmo, Senior Vice President Western Hemisphere – Americas, Seadrill
Industry leaders from the offshore operating arena will share their insights on a variety of topics related to their company’s business and drilling plans in the region.

  • Rafael Perez Herrera, Vice Principal, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX)
  • Miguel Ángel Lozada Aguilar, Subdirección de Aseguramiento Tecnológico, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX)
  • Mick Leary, VP Wells – Major Projects, OBO, New Ventures & Decommissioning Global Wells Organization, BP
  • Additional panelist to be named

3:45 pm  Networking Break & Exhibit Viewing

Session Chair: Francisco Soriano Guerrero, CEO, Felco Energy Solutions
4:15 pm  Innovative Application of Technical Solutions
Real-Time Drilling Geomechanics Services in Carbonate Environments: Application in Inclined Wells in Offshore Mexico
: Juan Almeida, Senior Real Time Geomechanics Expert, Massiel Rangel, Luis Rodriguez, Baker Hughes, a GE company, Miguel Reyes Garcia, Angel Suarez Rodriguez, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX)
The presentation provides some operational guidelines according to downhole and surface technologies by managing unstable zones into an integrated real-time drilling geomechanics workflow for the successful drilling of inclined wells through carbonate environments. This solution demands closer collaboration between well construction engineers, drilling engineers, rig site staff, geomechanics and geoscientists. The configuration of real-time geomechanics service, drilling practices and post-well logs analysis is designed to use information from mud logging (MWD), logging while drilling (LWD), wireline logging (WL), managed pressure drilling (MPD) and drilling parameters predicting what lies ahead to reduce risks during drilling, wireline logging and cementing operations.

4:45 pm Human Resources & Regional Economic Drivers
Your People, Ready to Work:
Mark Denkowski, Executive Vice President, Operational Integrity, Brooke Polk, IADC, Cason Swindle, Context Associates, Inc.
Local worker training and development infrastructure in developing markets for the oil and gas industry is often inadequate, and almost never matches what the industry needs.  The industry needs qualified workers trained and competent for the positions they will hold, and needs to trust the programs the local training and development providers use to develop those qualified workers. Context Associates and IADC have teamed up to create the Ready to Work program to address this specific issue, encompassing entry-level employee development, promotional position training, and positional competency assurance by integrating IADC’s DIT, Gateway, and Competency Assurance Accreditation programs into a unified framework. This presentation will cover the Ready to Work program details, and how the program can be applied across Latin America.

5:15 pm   Closing Remarks & Adjournment: Mike DuBose, VP International Development, IADC

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 conference proceedings, should the author so desire.

Overall Performance Analysis of the Sevan Brasil, West Carina & West Tellus Operating in Brazil Offshore: Jose Newton Melo Junior, Technical Supervisor, Marcos Losito, Seadrill Servicos de Petróleo Ltda
Overall performance analysis of the Sevan Brasil, West Carina and West Tellus operating at pre-salt area; Critical analysis of AFE Curves on wells which final actual results surpassed either predicted or expected performance; Specific analysis of Casing, Riser and Tripping Record Operations; Use of specific Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) Technology on high production potential pre-salt wells; Off-line Capabilities and Time Savings Protocals; New Safety Culture Construction: Human Factor Focus; and Binary Success Model: Seadrill & Client Daily Partnership and Ownership Model will be shared.

Alarm Management Standards: Improving the Value Received from Rig Alarm Systems: Robert Woolford, Senior Inspector, Chris Goetz, Stephen Hadley, Kingston Systems LLC
A case study based review of how industry recommended alarm management practices can be used by operators and contractors to increase the operational safety and preventative maintenance of a rig through improved use of the Control Alarm Systems. This paper is related to recent work by the IADC ART DCS committee with their production of Alarm Management guidelines for Drilling Contractors published this year.

Innovative Use of a Quality Verification System Applied to Interventions to Oil Wells to Reduce NPT: Erika Nino, Design Engineer, Omar Oscar Ramírez Amayo, Carlos Frnacisco Rincón Pedrero, Manuel Bulmaro Garcia Ramón, Evaristo Garces Muñoz, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX)
The implementation of a system of quality verification contributes to optimize costs through a reduction of non-productive time in offshore drilling rigs, strengthening the security and the reliability of the operations, through the use of tools of documentation control.

Cementing innovation of 7 5/8”  Liner with MPC Method to Mitigate the Ballooning Effect in High Pressure Zone, in High Temperature Conditions: Eric Ramirez, Engineer Drilling Design, Omar Oscar Ramirez Amayo, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX)
The successful application of the cementing method with surface pressure control (MPC, acronym in Spanish) helped with an efficient mitigation of problems generated by the Ballooning effect and in this way NPT was avoided for re-cementing, establishing a good practice in the cementing jobs in the Gulf of Mexico with PEMEX.

Conference Program Committee

Angel Hernandez, Weatherford
Carlos Perez Tellez, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX)
Francisco Soriano Guerrero, Felco Energy Solutions
Hugo Espinosa, Baker Hughes, a GE company
Jorge Rios, Precision Drilling
Jose Firmo, Seadrill
Jose Leal, NOV Wellbore Technologies
Maria Clara Silva, Ensco plc
Mateo Herrera, Helmerich & Payne IDC
Mick Leary, BP
Pam Gerrans, Consultant
Victor Villegas, Nabors Corporate Services
Mike DuBose, IADC


Felco Energy Solutions
International SOS
IADC Bookstore
IADC Accreditation & Credentialing

Exhibition Information

Cost for the 3m x 3m 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 3:00 pm on Monday, 15 October. All booths must be completely set up by 6:30 am on Tuesday, 16 October.

  • You may tear down your booth space after the last coffee break ends on Wednesday, 17 October.

  • The exhibitor space is a 3m x 3m area. It will be set with a skirted table and two chairs with access to electricity. Please do not exceed 3m 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.

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: 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 (SOLD)
(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 Mexico City
Campos Eliseos No. 204 Polanco Chapultepec
Mexico City,  Mexico, 11560
Phone: +52.55.5083.1234   Fax: +52.55.5083.1235
Single/Double Occupancy……..$230.00
Rates available until 24 September 2018.

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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.


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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 Critical Issues Latin America Conference & Exhibition