2017 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference & Exhibition

“Exploring Advanced Technical Solutions for Onshore and Offshore Drilling”

Start: 24 October 2017
End: 25 October 2017

Venue: Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre
Location: Amsterdam

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Monday, 23 October 2017

13.00-15.00 IADC ART Committee Meeting
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; please use this link to register online. 

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

07.00 Conference Registration, Coffee Service & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Wärtsilä

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing: Robin Macmillan, Senior Vice President, National Oilwell Varco; Chairman, IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee

08.40 Keynote Presentation: Jonathan Crane, Vice President Wells Technology Deployment & Service, Shell

09.00 ART Committee Update & Live Audience Survey (using automated response system): Robin Macmillan, Chairman, IADC ART Committee

  • ART Overview: Robin Macmillan
  • Drilling Controls Systems – Co-chair: Robert Van Kuilenburg, Noble Drilling
  • BOP Controls Systems – ART Vice Chair: Trenton Martin, Transocean
  • Cybersecurity – Chair: Siv Hilde Houmb, Secure-NOK

10.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Wärtsilä

10.30 Automation for Drilling Safety & Efficiency
Session Chair: Keith Ross, Strategic Business Manager – Rig Installation, Halliburton 

Combining Autonomous and Human-Controlled Robotics to Enhance Well Construction: Dieter Wijning, Product Manager Drilling, Ed Adams, Huisman
This presentation explores how combining autonomous and human-controlled robots enhances well construction, which is nearly evenly split between drilling/running casing and completions. While autonomous robots excel at repetition, force and precision, human-controlled robots deliver dexterity and ingenuity. Thus, in tandem the human handles problem solving while the machine performs the physical work.

Rig Technology Facilitates Directional Driller Removal: Tyler Clark, Technology Manager, Chris Papouras, Anju Dvakaran, Nabors Drilling Solutions
A new technology system challenges the status quo of directional drilling folklore, enabling an automated, repeatable, process-driven system. The technology leverages the thought processes of the highest performing directional drillers, automation experts, drilling optimization teams, rig control system engineers, and advanced software developers resulting in a scientific approach taken towards the task of wellbore placement. Continuously analyzing directional drilling needs, the system monitors wellbore placement versus geologic and engineering requirements.

Efficiency Gains Beyond Human Capabilities: Ryan Hanford, Product Development & Commercialization Manager, National Oilwell Varco
Process automation has enabled contractors to achieve efficiencies that humans simply cannot match. Process automation provides better data, a better platform for process improvement, and the ability to execute processes far beyond human capabilities.

12.00 Luncheon & Open Exhibition

13.15 Featured Presentation: 
Transforming the Industry through Innovation, Digitization and Partnerships: Jørn Madsen, CEO, Maersk Drilling
Session Chair: Patrick O’Neill, Project Director- R&D Engineering, Noble Drilling

13.45 Remote Monitoring & Support
Session Chair: Brian Ellis, Vice President Business & Technology Development, Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd

Realities and Benefits of Remote Drilling Operations: Nahum Ronquillo, Product Line Manager, National Oilwell Varco
Remotely operated offshore drill floors are closer to becoming a reality. This technology will create a safer environment, improve operator’s field of view, reduce footprint on the drilling module and enable decision making personnel with easier access to the drilling process. The drill floor equipment can be controlled remotely by installing high-quality cameras in relevant points of interest around the drill floor and by creating an augmented environment that displays the video and audio stream in real time. This presentation details progress, benefits, and value of remote operations based on a joint project between an OEM and the Research Council of Norway. 

Enhanced Drilling Technology Support: Seth Robert, Director of Operations,William Fiffick, Robert Guillory, Kevin Henry, Canrig Drilling Technology, Chakra Mandava, Nabors Corporate Services
This case study will detail each phase in technician support, remote support, technical documentation, along with tools implemented to track life-cycle maintenance. This study reviews the technology implemented to monitor equipment status and generate proactive alerts. When these modular systems are incorporated, they lead to a superior service offering that helps leverage the latest technology for the next generation drilling rigs. 

14.45 Networking Break & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Wärtsilä

15.15 Deepwater MPD and Well Control
Session Chair: Thomas Kipker, Head of Sales, Bentec 

20k: Is the Solution More Steel or a Smarter Approach to Well & Pressure Control? Robert Ziegler, Global Director Well Control, Weatherford International
Conventional solutions have reached their technological and material limit in many areas of deepwater drilling, be it water depth, extreme pressure control or economic production conduit size. This paper will explore learnings from the aviation industry on how to achieve ultra-high pressure control process safety via appropriate levels of reliable sensor-drive automation and dynamic configuration changes. These control systems allow modern civil aircraft to land and take off at slow speeds with no visibility and cruise fast at altitude. Fasten your seatbelts and take a journey to the new drilling convention that solves technical challenges not with more steel and more cost, but with smart process control systems that can utilize much of the existing, conventional equipment beyond its traditional performance envelope.

Subsea Detection of Drill Pipe Tool Joints and Unshearable Drilling Components: Greg Myers, Senior Product Manager, Emad Andarawis, Yuri Plotnikov, Ed Nieters, Greg Gillette, Gerardo Sanchez, Fabio Fonseca, Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE)
This paper discusses techniques for reliably detecting drill pipe tool joints through the use of an instrumented riser pup joint. The system development and early results will be presented. 

Augmenting Deepwater Well Control with Riser Gas Handling and/or MPD and Advanced Kick Detection: Brian Piccolo, Technology Development Leader, AFGLobal Corp.
Well control benefits of a riser-gas handling system as a stand-alone system, as well as the additional benefits of a closed loop MPD system will be clarified. Both RGH and MPD equipment, operational methods, design, and testing will be discussed. Additionally, an improved kick detection system will be described which accurately measures the flow rates and fluid properties in and out of the well and riser in addition to correcting for vessel motion allowing for rapid detection of influxes. 

16.45-17.45 Welcoming Reception & Open Exhibition


Wednesday, 25 October 2017 

07.30 Conference Registration, Coffee Service & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by National Oilwell Varco

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing: Trenton Martin, Senior Manager-Technical Support Services, Transocean; Vice Chairman, IADC ART Committee 

08.35 Keynote Presentation: Arindam Bhattacharya, President, Schlumberger Land Rigs

09.00 Transforming Our Industry Through Technology: A Conversation
Session Chair: Guido van den Bos, Director Business Development Europe, Africa & Middle East, National Oilwell Varco

The drilling industry is undergoing a significant transformation in its approach to drilling and technology, driven by low commodity prices, the departure of many seasoned veterans, and new vistas opened by super-charged computing capabilities. The drive toward improved data quality and analytics and toward integrated automation is transforming drilling from an art to a science, to improve safety and enhance efficiency. This highly focused session will feature a short presentation by a seasoned operator, followed by a conversation with the session chair and the audience. The conversation will provide insights on what must come next to achieve a sustainable industry that will provide solid margins for all players.

  • Christophe Amadei, Vice President Unconventionals, Total 

09.45 What We Say Now And What We Said Then: A Year to Year Comparison of ART Audience Survey Responses: Robin Macmillan, Chairman, IADC ART Committee

The results of this live survey will be compared to responses from years past on Wednesday morning. Don’t miss this chance to review some surprising trends.

10.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by National Oilwell Varco

10.30 Reliability and NPT Management
Session Chairs: Trenton Martin, Senior Manager – Technical Support Services, Transocean, & Thomas Myrvold, Director Rig Solutions, Cameron, A Schlumberger Company

Alarm Analytics Management Can Improve the Use of Drilling Control Alarm Systems: Christopher Goetz, Partner, James Keeble, Robert Woolford, Kingston Systems
A case study-based review of how alarm analytics and industry-recommended alarm management practices can be used by operators and contractors to increase the operational safety and maintenance of a rig through improved use of drilling control alarm systems. 

Transocean’s Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) Experience: Emanuele La Bella, Senior Lead Control Engineering, Trent Martin, Shane McClaugherty, Transocean
This paper will share Transocean’s hardware-in-the-loop testing experience. HIL is an effective means of black-box system verification during system development. With proper planning, execution and a dedicated team, HIL can identify software issues before system integration and can identify issues not normally found during factory-acceptance testing (FAT) or commissioning efforts. 

11.30 Can Technology Heal Our Pain?
Session Chair: Thomas Kipker, Head of Sales, Bentec

Can Technology Heal Our Pain?: David Reid, Chief Marketing Officer, Andrew Craig, National Oilwell Varco
We are witnessing early signs of creative destruction from a dayrate to an incentive model. This presentation will look at models that focus around the job to be done in the highly efficient US shales, while considering expansion to all future drilling models.  The emergence of technologies that can deliver a well more consistently and repeatedly may be the enabler for compensation based on footage within the target zone, while maintaining limits on tortuosity as a part of a drilling contractors business model.

12.00 Luncheon & Open Exhibition 

13.15 Rigs of Tomorrow
Session Chairs: Han Tiebout, Director Business Development, GustoMSC, & Joop Roodenburg, CEO, Huisman 

New Rig Design Combines Power and Intelligence: John David Rowatt, Engineering Manager, Paul Throw, Richard Harmer, Alexandre Jourde, Gokturk Tunc, Schlumberger
An approach to bringing advanced mechanization and automation to land drilling rigs will be outlined. These new rigs feature advanced pipe handling for crewless drill floor operation during most drill pipe and casing operations, while retaining modularity and transportability. Pipe and BOP handling equipment facilitate offline activities to accelerate well center operations and reduce flat time. The updated backyard provides faster rig-up and rig-down, as well as quicker walking between wells on a pad. The integration of cementing and MPD equipment reduces the time required to rig up while incorporating them in the rig control system.

LNG and Peak Shaving Technology – Impact on Power Generation on Drilling Rigs: Robert van Kuilenburg, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Noble Drilling
The process of determining the optimal size of the “peak shaving system” using operational data, rig characteristics and the drilling process will be outlined. “Peak shaving” is a technique to reduce electricity consumption. Several design options are highlighted, focusing on challenges, cost and advantages. LNG power plants designs will be presented on two different class drilling rigs, drillship and semisubmersible. Practical aspects, size, weight and endurance will be highlighted. The final part of the presentation will be dedicated to the combination of the two technologies and opportunities offered for other rig types as well.

Automated Pipehandling for Land Rigs: Trond Widar Løyning, Product Line Manager, Cameron, A Schlumberger Company
 The land drilling market lacks fully automated pipehandling systems. This paper discusses a completely hands-off pipehandling solution that will increase performance, safety and up-time. This consists of a catwalk machine, a stand-building system and a vertical pipe racking system, put together in perfect harmony, still reducing the overall cost of operation and ownership. Automated operations will lead to self-running operations and ultimately an autonomous drilling operation, completely integrated into the rig, thereby allowing drillers to optimize safety, performance and rig moving. 

Euryale Moonpool: Naval Architectural Novelty Unlocks Drilling Technology Potential on a Drillship: Dimitris Chalkias, Senior Engineer Vessels, Sjoerd Hendriks, Pieter de Man, Goof Zijderveld, GustoMSC BV
Current rig design requirements, the growing need for safety and efficiency, and the potential benefits of two fully equivalent well centers will be addressed. The Euryale transversely oriented moonpool will be introduced and the layout potentials will be presented, using different equipment layouts, including a vertical riser option. The performance benefits of the moonpool with respect to sloshing phenomena will close the presentation.

15.15 Networking Break & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by National Oilwell Varco

15.45 Data Management and Cybersecurity for Smarter Drilling
Session Chairs: Andy Westlake, Engineering Director, Ocean Rig, & Siv Hilde Houmb, Chief Technical Officer, Secure-NOK AS & Associate Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Drillers have long focused on iron and technology specific to drilling. But big data and data quality have never been more important in drilling operations. At the same time, the threat to operational integrity (OT) through cyber-attacks can cripple critical systems, including dynamic positioning and drilling control systems. These papers will examine the advantages savvy data management can bring to our operations. 

Non-Intrusive and ICS Tailored Virus and Malware Protection: Erlend Engum, Sales and Marketing Director, Siv Hilde Houmb, Secure-NOK AS
The rate and sophistication of cybersecurity attacks continue to increase rapidly. These cyber-attacks represent a significant financial and environmental risk for operation of industrial control systems (ICS). Making matters worse, today’s industrial control systems rely on outdated security models. Antivirus solutions, patch management and similar IT security solutions work well to protect IT networks, but may cause more problems in ICS than the malware itself. This presentation discusses a non-intrusive, ICS-specific alternative to antivirus that also removes the need for automated software updates, including Windows updates.

Drilling Analytics at the Edge: Jonathan Curtis, Chairman Emeritus, PetroDAQ International Ltd.
The analysis of drilling efficiency requires good quality data, but despite significant advances in other areas the quality of drilling sensor data has not improved. A fundamental redesign of the drilling data acquisition system improves the quality of this information and brings the analytical process to the driller’s console.

Whose Data is it Anyway? Andrew Bruce, CEO, Data Gumbo
The question is a can of worms with legal, competitive and confidentiality issues running all through it. It is a question that very quickly sparks fierce debate! There are compensation vs risk questions to be answered as well as liability and warranty issues. However, our current model is broken. Industry committees have been discussing it for years. Given technology developments currently available and the drive to make drilling economical low oil prices, shouldn’t we address this? 

17.15 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.

Drilling Mud Process Control: Rachid el Boubsi, R&D Scientist, Engineer, Jan Alte Andersen, Geertjan van Og, Huisman, Knut Bjørkevoll, Roar Nybo, SINTEF Petroleum, Jan Ove Brevik, Statoil, Gerhard Nygaard, Cybernetic Drilling Technologies, George Smith, Intelligent Mud Solutions
How do the work processes of mud and choke control work today in MPD operations? The choke is operating faster in automated mode, but mud is still controlled in a conventional way. Pressure is monitored in real-time at surface and downhole, but mud is checked only few times a day. This project brings together companies that can supply these components to make use of real-time information and a closed-loop automation system, not only to control the pressure along the well, but also mud parameters.

Advancements in the Operation of Onshore Drilling Rigs through Efficiencies from the Electrical Power Distribution System: Kurt Held, Product Line Manager, Power Systems, Rex Bomer, Cameron, A Schlumberger Company, Jacques Orban, Schlumberger
Over the last few years, onshore drilling has been in a sort of Renaissance period, experiencing major advancements in operational efficiency. Some notable technology contributions have come in the form of hydraulic fracturing, extended reach horizontal wells, rig walking systems, increased mechanization, and factory drilling processes. However, the last step change in the electrical component came over a decade ago with the transition away from SCR-driven DC motors to VFD-controlled AC motors. This presentation aims to expand that category by introducing some forward thinking in terms of the rig’s electrical power distribution system. The level of thoughtfulness was achieved through the combination of ideas gathered from a drilling contractor, services company, rig-up yard, rig designer, and an original equipment manufacturer for the first time all working harmoniously together under one roof. Sharing the theme that simplicity is the key to excellence, less and better wins out.

Enabling SIMOPS on Jack-ups: Govert Zijderveld, Expert Drilling Consultant, Han Tiebout, GustoMSC
The new add-on device will increase rig efficiency during development drilling, well workover/intervention and plug & abandonment operations. It for instance enables wireline guidance into the well through its moveable arm with the hoisting point below the cantilever. The new device is fitted out with a series of wireline guide sheaves to guide the wireline to any position where the movable arm can reach. In addition it provides a 20-ton lifting capacity underneath the cantilever at any position outside the drilling riser while it also has the capability to pick up cargo from the main deck of the jack-up and transfer it to the wellhead platform deck. Hoisting and lowering operations involving separate rigging under the cantilever is no longer required, which enhances safety.

Assessing Reliability of Drilling Equipment and Dealing with Data Quality Issues: Subrat Nanda, Analytics Leader, Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE)
Assessing the reliability of drilling systems is critical for subsequent decision making including product design and improvement, detecting emergent risks and preventing during-operation failures with potential to cause rig down situations leading to significant loss of production revenue. Approaches to reliability assessment and challenges posed by data quality issues will be outlined. The presence of data quality issues is further magnified if appropriate caution is not practiced when interpreting results from models built on such data.


Program Committee Members

Guido van den Bos, National Oilwell Varco
Brian Ellis, Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd
Todd Fox, Nabors Industries
Siv Hilde Houmb, Secure-NOK LLC
Bob Judge, Baker Hughes, a GE company
Kevin Kennett, Schlumberger
Thomas Kipker, Bentec
Robin Macmillan, National Oilwell Varco
Trenton Martin, Transocean
Thomas Myrvold, Cameron, A Schlumberger Company
Patrick O’Neill, Noble Drilling
Joop Roodenburg, Huisman
Keith Ross, Halliburton Energy Services
Han Tiebout, GustoMSC
Andy Westlake, Ocean Rig
Mike Killalea, IADC

Exhibition Information

The cost of each 3 x 2 meter stand is Euro 2300. 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 Euro 375. 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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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 more information please contact us at europe@iadc.org or phone: +31 24 675 2252.


Breuer Motoren GmbH & Co. KG

Derrick Equipment Co.

Drillmec S.p.A.

Herrenknecht Vertical




Tolomatic Inc.

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 Euro 25,000
(10 Comps*)


Platinum Euro 15,000
(5 Comps*)


Gold Euro 12,000
(3 Comps*)


Silver Euro 7,500
(2 Comps*)


Reception Euro 12,000
(3 Comps*)


Luncheon Euro 6,500
(2 Comps*)


Brochure Euro 4,000
(1 Comp*)


Coffee Euro 3,750
(1 Comp*)

* Comps refer to number of complimentary registrations

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Conference Venue & Hotel Information

Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre
Piet Heinkade 11, 1019 BR Amsterdam
Phone: +31.20.519.1200
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Rates: Classic Single Room Euro 219.00 per room per night including breakfast and tax, excluding city tax 5%
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation free of charge until noon one day before arrival. If cancelled later , the first night will be charged.
Reservations: can be made online using the booking code “IADC oktober 2017


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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2017 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference & Exhibition