IADC Drilling Middle East 2017 Conference & Exhibition

Start: 3 October 2017
End: 4 October 2017

Venue: The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City
Location: Dubai

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Conference Program

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

07.00 Conference Registration, Coffee Service & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by RDC Arabia
Al-Joud Foyer

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing:  Mike Dubose, Vice President International Development, IADC
Al-Joud A

08.35 Keynote Presentation: Ihab Toma, CEO, Vantage Drilling

09.00 Market Outlook: Erik Tønne, Director/Head of Offshore Research, Clarksons Platou Offshore

09.30 IADC Regional Chapter Updates:

  • Hamoud A. Al-Shammari, Chairman, IADC North Arabian Gulf Chapter; Manager, Saudi Aramco
  • Dave Formas, Chairman, IADC Southern Arabian Peninsula Chapter; Sr. Marketing Manager, Ensco plc, & Peter Cunnion, Incoming Chairman, IADC Southern Arabian Peninsula Chapter; Vice President, Northern Offshore

10.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by RDC Arabia
Al-Joud Foyer

10.45 Technology & Innovation
Session Chair: Abdullah Al Marri, Superintendent (Drilling Rig Services Division), Saudi Aramco

Drilling Control Rooms of the Future: Espen Botnan, Product Line Manager Drilling Control, Cameron Sense AS
The driller, or well execution engineer, as some call it, is now responsible for a bigger part of the overall drilling process as automation and mechanization on rigs increase and the market moves toward performance-based, as opposed to day-rate, contracts. More information must now be absorbed and analyzed; hence, the driller is more important for safe and efficient drilling processes. Therefore, it is more critical than ever to ensure that the well execution engineer has an optimal working environment.

The Horsepower Misconception – Why Hoisting Efficiencies and Economies Improve with Multi-speed Draw Works and Intelligent Power Management: Don MacDonald, Technical Director & Jon Deagle, Chief Engineer, Pacific Rim Engineered Products
Why hoisting efficiencies and economies improve with multi-speed draw works and intelligent power management. A comparison of a single-speed draw works with the performance of a 3 speed draw works and the benefits that can be derived from adding energy management will be made.

Process Automation Provides Optimization Platform, Leads to Reduced Vibrations When Engaging the Formation: Chris Mullin, Product Development Engineer, Ryan Hanford, Francisco Ocegueda-Hernandez, Gilbert Chahine, National Oilwell Varco
An overview is given of how the process automation system lowers the drill bit to bottom. Several examples of detailed field data are presented to highlight engaging techniques before and after the process automation system is installed. Specific examples of vibration data are provided to show performance gains from the automated bit engaging process, versus manually lowering the bit into the formation. Additionally, the technology required for the process automation system to fully optimize the formation engaging process will be outlined and the next steps in present and future development discussed. 

12.15 Luncheon & Open Exhibition
Restaurant Seasonal Tastes

13.30 Technology & Innovation
Session Chair: Mike Simpson, CEO, Cansco Dubai 

A Holistic Approach to Automating Current Drilling Processes Using Machine Learning: Philippe Herve, VP Solutions, Spark Cognition
There’s been a great deal of enthusiastic discussion around the idea of automation, but it can’t take place overnight. Before you automate your processes, you need to ensure that your rigs are safe, your assets are in good condition, and your operations are optimized—otherwise, you’re simply automating poor or suboptimal procedures. Machine learning can address these three needs by (1) using anomaly detection to guard against cyber threats; (2) monitoring and optimizing operations using prescriptive maintenance; and (3) sensing and adapting to downhole conditions in real time. 

Development of Comprehensive Inspection Program for Drill Bits through Joint Industry Project for Failure Risk Mitigation and Reduction of Inspection Cost: Amol Mulunjkar, Service Quality Manager, Bala Durairajan, Anthony Griffo, John Williams, Schlumberger, Samit Gokhale, Austin Wells, TH Hill Associates
This presentation shows the procedures and acceptance criteria developed by the technical committee that address the inspection of cracks & porosity in matrix & steel bit bodies, wear and erosion of bit bodies, cracks in PDC cutters, and other damage to cutters. Based on this information the DS-1 Bit Inspection Technical Standard (BITS) was developed to address the necessity of a globally accepted standard for the inspection of bits.

A New HPWBM Bridging System Facilitates in Drilling High Over Balance and Depleted formations- A Success Story from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Ajay Addagalla, GeoMarket Technical Manager, Rafael Pino, Carlos Parra, Prakash Jadhav, Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE)
The new fluid design used to drill the high OB wells (>4500 psi) in sandstone formation will be discussed and a detailed lab customization, field application, and recommendations will be outlined.

15.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by RDC Arabia
Al-Joud Foyer

15.30 Health, Safety & Environment
Session Chair: Mohammad Eljaber, Product Line Manager, National Oilwell Varco 

Importance of Verifying that Our People on Board Understand they are All Barriers in Preventing a Well Control Incident: Graham Robertson, Director SHE, Shelf Drilling
Process safety is so important for the majority of companies for now and the future, how do we ensure we have the barriers in place and those barriers are fit for the task? People are involved in all major hazards and we must verify and validate that the barriers are in place, whether they be human or hardware. Going back to basics and good industry practice is getting the response desired and we are seeing the change. 

DROPS Safety and Mitigating Risk with Technology: Leon Dashwood, Global Operations Director, OES Asset Integrity Management
DROPS Safety is a major focus for the onshore and offshore Oil & Gas Industry. The prevention of predictable and needless incidents or accidents is imperative. No more so than in the arena of DROPS Safety, where every near miss or incident carries a human factor, either as an originating occurrence or as a consequence. Technological advances such as Tablet based inspections, RFID & remotely operated drones are contributing to saving lives and livelihoods. We, in the inspections industry, are investing heavily in these and other technologies to improve onshore/offshore safety and rig equipment integrity to reduce both the consequences of a DROPS event or the likelihood. This presentation will focus on why DROPS safety is still fundamental and how the technologies at our disposal, are helping all in the Oil & Gas community manage this risk. 

Effective Communication in a Diverse Industry: Kenny Adams, Head of Land Drilling QHSSET, KCA Deutag
Effective communication is crucial for a safe working environment to exist; we simply cannot work safely if we fail to communicate effectively. Within our organization we now develop various ways to successfully communicate the HSE message utilizing various types of technology and initiatives. Acknowledgement is easy to achieve in the work place but engagement is the critical key to success, engagement through communication is one area that we have developed to improve our safety performance. 

17.00-18.00 Welcoming Reception & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by IADC Southern Arabian Peninsula Chapter

 Wednesday, 4 October 2017 

07.30 Conference Registration, Coffee Service & Open Exhibition
Al-Joud Foyer

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing: Hisham Zebian, Regional Representative – Middle East & Africa, IADC
Al-Joud A

08.35 Keynote Presentation: Paul Foreman, Vice President Wells, Middle East, BP Oman

9.00 Drilling Technology & Innovation
Session Chair: Salaheddin Turki, Head Development and Learning, National Drilling Company

Innovative Solution to Enhance Directional Drilling Performance in Multilateral and Extended Reach Wells: Ossama Sehsah, Drilling Technology and Innovations Subject Matter Expert, Muhammad Muqeem,  Oscar Bautista Sayago, Saudi Aramco, Roel Zaadnoordijk, Tom Newman, Vladimir Bochkarev, ED-Projects BV
This technology was developed to challenge the shortcomings of the 40+ year old conventional blade stabilizer. This Drillstring Stabilizer (IDS) design is considerably different. Performance of the tool was compared to that of a conventional spiral blade stabilizer. Field deployment including the setup, process and going forward plan will be outlined. 

Lessons Learnt from Using a Drilling Connection in Extreme Conditions: Marta Lafuente, Product Champion Drilling Connections & Fabien Carrois, Development Project Leader, Vallourec
An overview is given of the different techniques for increasing the available torque of existing drilling products, the limitations of these techniques and the best practices that can be implemented to reduce the risks when using drilling tubulars beyond the API-recommended make-up torques. 

10.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition
Al-Joud Foyer

10.45 Managing Risk during the Extended Downturn
Moderator: John Huffman, Middle East Manager – Operations, ENSCO plc 

In today’s challenging market, lower remuneration for services grabs headlines and receives the most attention.  What goes unseen by the public yet has the potential to be even more detrimental to a company’s survival, are the terms and conditions contractors are being offered in the service contracts.  As service providers face fewer and fewer opportunities, the pressure increases to accept risks that they would not otherwise accept in a more typical market environment.  Risks such as early termination and providing additional integrated services, while not preferred, are known and quantifiable. Other risks related to liabilities and indemnities with potentially unlimited exposure are difficult to quantify and have the potential to have catastrophic consequences to companies. This panel will discuss some of the trends in service contracts and address some risks that contractors are being pressured to accept. 

  • Rania Tadros, Partner, Ince & Co
  • Paul Finnett, Managing Director Global Sector Leader, Contractors, Aon Risk Solutions
  • Holger Boettick, Regional Commercial Manager, KCA Deutag Drilling
  • Salim al Mawali, Well Engineering Planning & Design Manager, Petroleum Development Oman
  • Peter Tan, General Counsel, Middle East Asia, Weatherford

12.15 Luncheon & Open Exhibition
Restaurant Seasonal Tastes

13.30 Market Challenges
Session Chair: Peter Cunnion, Vice President, Northern Offshore Drilling

Big Value from Big Data – Reducing your Total Cost of Ownership: John Hoeflich, Product Line Director, Equipment Monitoring Solutions, National Oilwell Varco
Big data provides big value when the data translates to actionable information that reduces cost. Rig owners are transitioning from calendar based maintenance to 21st century techniques such as usage, condition and predictive based maintenance. Field examples will highlight how manual analysis is being replaced by automated analytics, enhanced by equipment design knowledge and historical data. Evolving technology makes it easier and more cost effective to apply these capabilities across a wide range of rigs and equipment, enhancing return on investment for programs that significantly reduce total cost of ownership, helping to offset the effects of today’s challenging environment.

Towards Improved Reliability of Offshore Control Systems: Experiences from Hardware in the Loop (HIL) Testing: Einar Leirvik, Project Manager, Mirnes Alic, DNV GL
The use of software based control systems in offshore industry has increased rapidly the last decade, and the increasing dependence of software driven systems results in less transparency and added complexity for testing and verification. Most of the software driven control systems on today’s vessels are put into operation without independent testing and verification, meaning that software verification of complex automation systems has not kept pace with the technology development on vessels. HIL technology enables testing of software in control systems both as standalone and as integrated part of a larger automation system.

14.30 Adjournment: Hisham Zebian, Regional Representative – Middle East & Africa, IADC

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.

Reducing Stuck Pipe Costs through Collaborative Stuck Pipe Prevention Approach: Devi Putra, Senior Drilling Specialist, Pertamina
The background, the objective and the programs of the Pertamina stuck pipe prevention campaign will be outlined. It will elaborate the collaborative stuck pipe prevention training program. The presentation will explain how the training has been conducted and the feedback from the trainees. The results in terms of number of stuck pipe incidents will be reported and also how near miss has been handled by the trained drilling teams.



Program Committee Members

Said Abdullah Al Mahrooqi, Petroleum Development Oman
Abdullah S. Al Marri, Saudi Aramco
Ghassan Al Muhanna, Bahrain Petroleum Company
Wayne Bauer, Vantage Drilling
Jason Crowe, Paragon Offshore
Raymond Dunn, Noble Corporation
Mike Edmonson, National Services and Drilling Company
Mohammad Eljaber, National Oilwell Varco
Eric Houlleberghs, Sakson Drilling & Oil Services DMCC
John Huffman, Ensco plc
Nick McBride, RDC Middle East
Manoj Raghavan, KCA Deutag
Eric Roth, Dubai Petroleum
Simon Rushton, Shelf Drilling
Mike Simpson, Cansco
Mike Strauss, Ensign Energy Services
Salaheddin Turki, National Drilling Company
Kees van de Vrede, Dubai Petroleum
Hisham Zebian, IADC

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 $10,000
(3 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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For more information and sponsor bookings please contact us at europe@iadc.org or phone: +31 24 675 2252.


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Drilling Systems

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IR & E Trading LLC


Wild Well Control

Woodhouse International FZE

Exhibition Information

The cost of each 3 x 2 meter stand is USD 3000. Each standard shell scheme will be set with a skirted table, two chairs, access to electricity and 1 fascia with company name. With the standard shell scheme stand, you receive 1 complimentary conference registration and up to 2 additional registrations at half price or USD 475. All registrations are including admission to the conference & exhibition, coffee breaks, luncheons, reception, and access to the conference proceedings. All personnel working the exhibition should be registered.

IADC Exhibitions will solely be visited by conference attendees. Non-conference attendees are not allowed to enter the exhibition area.

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.

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Hotel/Venue Information

The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City
PO Box 124405, Dubai, UAE
Phone: + 971 4 275 15544 –  www.westindubaialhabtoorcity.com

Room Rates:
Deluxe room, inclusive breakfast, exclusive tax, single occupancy AED 850,-, double occupancy AED 950,-
Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations received before 25.09.2017 are free of charge. Cancellations received during 25.09.2017-30.09-2017 the equivalent of 1 night accommodation charges will be applied. Cancellations received after 01.10.2017 the entire length of stay booked will be applied as cancellation fee. The room-block will expire on 10 September 2017. After this date rooms are upon availability.
Reservations can be made by following this link or calling the reservations department at +971 4 275 5544. Please do not forget to mention IADC to receive the negotiated group rate.

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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 be sure to make your hotel reservations exclusively through the contracted hotel.



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IADC Drilling Middle East 2017 Conference & Exhibition