IADC Drilling Caspian 2019 Conference & Exhibition

Start: 20 February 2019
End: 21 February 2019

Venue: Hilton Baku
Location: Baku, Azerbaijan


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The Caspian region continues to face challenges around changing market conditions, workforce development, drilling efficiency, safety and security, and equipment maintenance. The first IADC Caspian Drilling 2019 Conference & Exhibition will bring together industry leaders and drilling professionals to discuss such challenges and share best practices and experiences. Cutting-edge technology advances, including drilling automation, will be featured, as will case studies of relevant technical achievements. The premier event also will highlight evolving approaches to safety and training, providing practical information on new tools and processes that can be used to improve HSE performance.

Conference Program

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

08.00 Conference Registration, Coffee Service & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

09.00 Opening Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing

  • Jason McFarland, President, IADC

Keynote Presentations: 

  • Rovnag Ibrahim Abdullayev, President, SOCAR (invited)
  • Gary Jones, Regional President, Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey, BP 

IADC Caspian Chapter Update: Graham Clark, IADC Chapter Chairman, Drilling Manager, Socar AQS 

10.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag 

10.30 Human Factors
Session Chair: Mike DuBose, Vice President International Development, IADC 

 “Big Shoes to Fill”, Leadership Transition in the New Industry! Andrew Knight, Senior Manager Safety & Leadership, The REACH Group
Awareness will be created, and experiences will be shared about the challenges that young leaders of the new industry are currently facing. How they are not prepared well enough for the rigors of a such competitive and tough industry will be discussed and explained. We as an industry have the perfect opportunity to invest in the future today, or risk making the same mistakes we always have. We put our people in leadership positions that are not equipped or prepared to make good leadership decisions.

Human Factors and Workforce Development Challenges in the Drilling Industry: Parviz Qasimov, Head of Human Resources Department Azneft PU, Zemfira Shahbazova, Culara Novruzova, Gulnara Jafarli, SOCAR
Expansion of the oil and natural gas drilling industry is coinciding with a rapid technological change, automatization and aging workforce factor. Such changes create new challenges for employers, as industry demands new types of employees with far more sophisticated and up-to-date skills than have ever been required in previous generations. The ability to respond to these realities and manage change stands among the most difficult issues facing HR professionals in the oil and gas sector. 

Integrating Human Factors into Ongoing Work to Optimize Performance and Reduce Risk: Rufat Garadaghi, AGT Wells HSE Manager, Chris Parker, Sandra Adkins, BP
We have all heard people dismiss HSE initiatives as just the next flavor of the month. Yet, when organizations integrate a Human Factors approach and tools into the HSE and risk management processes our businesses already use, it can become a sustainable force to optimize and reduce risk in our operations. We will share examples of how BP is integrating Human Factors through our six focus areas of Leadership and Culture, Critical Tasks, Facilities and Equipment, Conduct of Operations, Managing Work Safety, and Investigation and Learning. If implemented well, Human Factors will not succumb to the fate of “just another flavor of the month.”

12.00 Luncheon & Open Exhibition

13.30 Panel Session: Innovation & Modernization: The Impact of Digital Technology on Performance Improvement
Moderator: David Reid, Chief Marketing Officer, National Oilwell Varco 

Digital technologies are beginning to revolutionize the upstream industry. This high-level panel, featuring representatives from all segments of the wells industry, will discuss the possibilities and (potential) impact of digital technologies on performance improvement. 

  • Sarah McElroy, Chief Technology Engineer – Digitization Projects, KCA Deutag
  • Elkhan Mamedov, Vice President Operations, BP
  • Norazan A. Kadir, Head International Wells, Petronas
  • Yashar Latifov, Vice President Field Development, Socar
  • Raj Raichoora, Vice President, Chemicals & Petroleum Leader Europe, IBM

15.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

15.30 Risk Management
Session Chair: Rosli Hamzah, Deputy Director & Technical Advisor Wells, Petronas

Ridiculously Positive Results in Safety & Operational Performance: Digital Checklist Use in the Oilfield – 3 Years of Lessons Learned: David Hazell, Vice President, Check-6
Nuclear Power and Commercial Aviation are two Industries where “Failure Is Not an Option” with procedural discipline essential in saving lives. To accomplish this, a checklist culture was implemented incorporating digital checklists, which has proven essential in accomplishing 7 sigma performance and successful implementation of standards. The key is establishing a mindset and culture of excellence sustained by active, engaged leadership, and process perfection using digital checklists. This presentation will show significant improvements in efficiency, safety and productivity through remarkable lessons learned using digital checklists as part of standard operations procedure in drilling, completion and mid-stream operations.

Identifying Risk using Bow Ties & Barriers: Phil Burns, HSE Manager, Maersk Drilling
Self-verification is a key element in ensuring that Maersk Drilling’s Management System is understood and followed and that gaps in our procedures are identified and rectified. Self-verification engages front line leaders in verifying compliance, testing understanding of our management system, coaching the gaps, and in recognizing and reinforcing the right behaviors. Self-verification demonstrates Maersk Drilling’s commitment to procedural discipline. A description of what a bow tie is showing the development of both sides into their various branches, the control of the risk and the mitigations. The development of the SV system, how to monitor the output and follow up and track the actions will be addressed. 

16.30 Training
Session Chair: Hisham Zebian, Regional Representative, Middle East, Caspian & Africa, IADC

Well Control Training Advancements: Scope, Credibility and Effectiveness: Mark Denkowski, Vice President Accreditation, IADC
IADC’s well control training program has advanced rapidly in the past 3 years in terms of scope, credibility, and effectiveness. Eleven courses now provide a comprehensive set of position-specific options comprising drilling operations, well servicing, and integrated human factors content. More courses will be added in 2019. With the goal of improving the program’s credibility and effectiveness, IADC committees and workgroups have used a research- and data-driven approach to content delivery and have refined course content and testing protocols. Through IADC, the industry has now embarked on a new venture to measure baseline knowledge retention, facilitate continuous learning, and reduce knowledge decay between renewal cycles.

Downhole Anomalies Spotting and Mitigation with Using 3D Virtual Drilling Simulator in Caspian Region: Ahmad Mirhaj, Senior Drilling Analyst, MHWirth
An introduction of the components of the stat of the art 3D virtual drilling simulator. How these different components will be put together such that the 1:1 simulator environment is built will be addressed and some example cases of real wellbore from Caspian region that is configured in the 3D virtual simulator will be used to simulate some of the what-if scenarios (i.e. pack-off, tight-hole, stuck pipe, differential sticking, kick and loss, etc) in order to train the crew and increase their awareness in terms of these challenging downhole problems. 

17.30-18.30 Welcoming Reception & Open Exhibition

Thursday, 21 February 2019 

08.00 Conference Registration, Coffee Service & Open Exhibition sponsored by Derrick Equipment Company

09.00 Opening Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing 

  • Jason McFarland, President, IADC

Keynote Presentation: 

  • Ramin Isayev, President, Socar AQS

09.45 Well Integrity
Session Chair: Bob Petrie, General Manager, KCA Deutag 

Well Integrity Issue, Sustained Casing Pressure: Tural Aliyev, Drilling Engineer, Socar CDWT
The most crucial causes of Sustained Casing Pressure derived from poor casing and cementing operation involved in the drilling process of the offshore oil & gas industry of Azerbaijan will be discussed. Reviewing the most important sources of sustained casing pressure in the area such as poor cementing jobs (gas or liquid migration through unset cement), micro channels caused by casing shoe test, leakage from casing or tubing, lost circulation and developing guidelines for the best practices to mitigate SCP in new wells and managing it in existing wells will be the fundamental objectives of the study. Lessons learned by analyzing different approaches to handle the presence of sustained casing pressure. 

Selective Isolation of Water Zones Using a Controlled Penetration Sealant in Multiple Sandstones: Katya Campos Monroy, Technical Services Advisor, Alejandro Javier Flores, Halliburton, Karen Delgado Soto, Petrofac
The tertiary formations in Mexico are typically completed by perforating more than 10 different pay zones through several formations. Some of these sandstones present high-water cuts, which can compromise the total production in these mature assets. A saturation log was used to identify oil and water zones to help selectively isolate the unwanted zones with a controlled-penetration sealant. After this process, it may be possible to use a rigless workover to reperforate the oil zones and maintain good well integrity to continue the economical exploitation of the assets. 

10.45 Networking Break & Open Exhibition sponsored by Derrick Equipment Company

11.15 Efficiencies & Cost Reduction
Session Chair: Elman Mikayilov, Senior Drilling Engineer, BP

The Training is Over, it is Time to Run the Race..and Win! Tom Yost, Director Business and Technology Development – Rig Systems, Nick Morris, National Oilwell Varco
Like exercise, automation requires discipline, practice and a certain amount of discomfort and setbacks. Positive results are dependent on energy applied but include challenges during the training or trial processes to succeed.    Our industry has been training for many years and has struggled to transition from multiple exercises to sustaining automation in our competitive arena. This presentation will highlight a few technologies that have been in this mode for some time but are now being deployed into our industry with positive results. Your teams will now need to engage all systems in your business: human resources, education, operations, supply chain, business development, and management to not get left behind.  

Adapting Simulation Techniques from Aerospace to Drilling: Marco Veltri, Senior Technical Consultant, Mark Hutchinson, MSC Software
Simulation techniques used by the aerospace industry are now being used to develop more robust drilling tools, optimize drilling assembly designs and improve drilling efficiency. Multi-body dynamics techniques offer faster simulation times than the more typical non-linear finite element modeling techniques and with greater fidelity than frequency-based structural finite element models. Comparing the physical data to their digital twins enables a faster recognition of the onset of drilling dysfunctions. Ultimately the simulated dynamics of the drill string can be integrated into rig control systems to deliver better quality boreholes which are less costly with fewer drilling tool failures. 

New Generation of Super High Torque Connections Change Drill String Design Again: Andrey Matveyev, Business Development Manager, Grant Prideco National Oilwell Varco
The industry is still suffering from the market downturn, so any new product shall prove being cost-effective before entering the market. The presentation provides a short overview of the development process of a high torque drilling connection with improved use and maintenance cost from the concept stage to field deployment. We present two examples to demonstrate how the unique drill pipe shape design with exceptional torque-tension capacity enables to look at drill pipe / string design in terms of to enhance performance results and reduced total cost of ownership on ERD development wells. 

12.45 Luncheon & Open Exhibition 

14.00 Panel Session: The Skills Shortage Challenge – Revitalizing the Oil and Gas Industry
Moderator: Graham Clark, IADC Chapter Chairman, Drilling Manager, Socar AQS

The oil and gas industry is going through probably one of its most challenging periods in the last century. At a time when completion for talent from other energy sectors is probably the strongest it has ever been, and the “missing generation” gap being most acutely felt, the recent prolonged oil price drop further decimated and demotivated the oil and gas workforce. The distinguished panel will discuss the challenges and smart approaches that will be required to revitalize the industry over the next decade. 

  • Seva Principe, Director of Global HR, Parker Drilling Company
  • Jacob Johansen, Senior Director Strategy & Capability Partner, Operations, Maersk Drilling

15.30 Networking Break & Open Exhibition sponsored by Derrick Equipment Company

16.00 Drilling Plans
Session Chair: Steven Thorley, Unit Director, Maersk Drilling 

Performance Improvement Through Well Readiness Tracking and API Q2 Application: Gunay Huseyalizada, Organizational Development Officer, Aytan Zeynalli, Graham Clark, Socar AQS
SOCAR AQS firmly believe that greatest value is delivered to the client when significant upfront time and effort is put into the planning process. In fact, the company is trying to move to a norm where twice as much time and effort is invested in planning as in execution. As part of this initiative, a revised Well Delivery Process has been introduced containing a set of defined “readiness” criteria which are tracked publicly and visually. These criteria are time constrained and must be met or mitigated for a well to retain its planned execution date in the Drilling Sequence. Combined with the companies drive to fully implement the risk and mitigation requirements of API Q2, this initiative has significantly reduced both Lost Time and more significantly Invisible Lost Time.

Key Technical Parameters for Rig Selection in Offshore – Enduring Harsh Weather: Azizul Atemin, Head Wells System & Application, Mohamad Nor Rafie Jainuddin, Ong Chong Yew, Petronas
Selecting the right drilling rig is very important for offshore drilling since offshore operation is naturally occurring of technical and adaptive challenges. Over time, the exploration of valuable hydrocarbon moves to further complex and more remote area, and in those cases the technical challenges of drilling rig increase even higher. High environmental risks and extreme weather conditions will cause high capital expenditures, which put significant burden of responsibility on the project team. Optimum drilling rig selection criteria generated will have significance chain effects on various parameters affecting the development and subsequent campaign progress. 

Well Planning and Construction Process Digitalization: Milind Rakhade, Upstream Business Transformation Consultant, Caspian Innovation Centre
The delivery and governance approach, business drivers, benefits and challenges related to implementation of the solution selection and implementation project in SOCAR as part of the digital transformation will be addressed. Also, will the importance of the collaboration between IT, Business functions in delivering digital solutions explained.  

17.30 Adjournment

Unassigned Papers of Note:

The following paper proposals will be included in the conference if a scheduled paper becomes unavailable. In addition, these presentations will be made available in the IADC conference proceedings, should the author so desire.

Reaching a New Density Limit for a Non-Damaging Complietion Fluid in Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Gamal Iskander, Regional Technical Manager, Wael El Essawy, Reza Hashemi, Kewal Rana, QMAX Solutions
The steps taken for the selection of the completion fluid to use that can meet all safety, formation testing, and financial objectives will be outlined. Also, will be show the results of such detailed planning and the importance of the proper execution of such plan.

Case Study with IBM Hybrid Drilling Analytics Based on Experience in Maersk Oil: Pavel Sementsov, Upstream Business Transformation Consultant, IBM
Solutions and benefits will be discussed as well as the testing phase of this project . The general focus will be how this solution can be used in Caspian area and what benefits it brings.

MWD and MPD System Combination Successfully Manages Ultra-High LCM Concentrations and Cement Slurries in Loss Scenarios: Gabriela Luisa de Oliveira Carvalho, MPD Application Engineer, Alexander Valerio, Stuart Imrie, Emil Stoian, Graeme Barron, Weatherford, Tom Brian, Total
A demonstration of the pre-planning, onshore testing, field application, results and the ability of the MWD and MPD systems partnership to control loss scenarios in HPHT wells will be shown. Some critical details of onshore testing conducted to prove that the MWD pulser could handle the LCM in concentrations in excess of 112 lbs/bbl and how this created confidence to the client to proceed with the operation. The field application will be shown in detail followed by the LCM application and the “through the bit” cement squeezes, data transmission and then how the MPD system’s bottom-hole pressure management was critical in the success of this. 



Program Committee Members

Graham Clark, SOCAR AQS
Bryan Freed, Halliburton
John Gass, Nabors Drilling
Rosli Hamzah, Petronas
Tom Hardy, Eurasia Drilling Company
Alish Hasanov, SOCAR
Ramis Imamkuliev, National Oilwell Varco
Ramin Isayev, SOCAR AQS
Jim Kay, Applus Velosi
Joe Lochridge, Parker Drilling
Elman Mikayilov, BP
Bob Petrie, KCA Deutag
Steven Thorley, Maersk Drilling
Jim Vagher, Halliburton
Mike DuBose, IADC
Hisham Zebian, IADC


Derrick Equipment Company

Global Gravity

Global Offshore

Harris Pye / Joulon Group

Hi-Force Caspian FZCO


Plexus Ocean Systems Limited

Royalton Holdings Ltd.

Stevens Supply International

Stopdrop Tooling

Techno Rig Group FZCO

Exhibition Information

Cost for the 3 x 2 meter Table Top Space + 2 complimentary registrations is USD 2.250.
The space will be set with a skirted table (size 180 cm wide x 45 cm deep, 80 cm height), two chairs and access to electricity. With the space, you receive 2 complimentary/free conference registrations and up to 2 additional registrations at half price (USD 425).

  • Exhibitors can set-up between 6.00-7.30 hours on Wednesday, 20 February 2019.
  • You may tear down your booth space on Thursday, 21 February after 16.00 hours.
  • The exhibitor space is a 3 x 2 meter area. Maximum height is 2 meters. It will be set with a skirted table (size 180 cm wide x 45 cm deep, 80 cm height) and two chairs with access to electricity. Please do not exceed the given space as 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.

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. IADC Membership is mandatory for booking an exhibition space at this event. Non-members will receive an USD 200 discount on their IADC Membership when booking exhibition space. IADC Exhibitions will solely be visited by conference attendees. Non-conference attendees are not allowed to enter the exhibition area.

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Reservations can be made by completing the letter of agreement and returning it by e-mail: europe@iadc.org
Exhibition space is being allocated on a first come, first served basis.


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*)


Reception $7,000
(2 Comps*)


Luncheon $6,500
(2 Comps*)


Coffee $5,000
(1 Comp*)


Brochure $5,000
(1 Comp*)

* Comps refer to number of complimentary registrations

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Conference Venue & Hotel Information

Hilton Baku
1B Azadlig Avenue, Baku 1000, Azerbaijan
Phone: +994.12.464.50.00

Room Rates: USD 154.40 per room per night including 18% VAT, municipality tax, breakfast & internet
Cancellation Policy: 3 weeks prior (27.01.2019)
Expiration date room block: 4 weeks prior (27.01.2019)
Bookings: for bookings please follow this link.

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 Caspian 2019 Conference & Exhibition