IADC International Well Control 2018 Conference & Exhibition

Start: 23 October 2018
End: 24 October 2018

Venue: Melia Milano Hotel
Location: Milan, Italy

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The IADC International Well Control 2018 Conference & Exhibition will seek to examine the innovations that are shaping the future of well control, from technology to personnel competencies.

Conference Program

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

07.00 Conference Registration, Coffee Service & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Cansco Well Control

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing

08.35 Keynote Presentation: Sebastiano Burrafato, Senior Vice President Drilling, Completion & Production Optimization, ENI.

 09.00 Emergency Preparedness
Session Chairs: Corrado Leali, Well Area Manager North Europe – Americas – Kazakhstan, ENI, & John Huffman, Manager Operations, Ensco plc 

Divert and Emergency Disconnect Sequence (EDS) Scenarios, Criteria and Guidelines for Deep Water Drilling: Alex Parmenter, Wells Superintendent GOM, BP, Evelyn Baldwyn, Maersk Training, Matias Machum, Seadrill
In conventional deep-water drilling operations, the initial response to a well control issue is critical, as prompt and informed decision making is required to minimize escalation. This presentation covers the development of scenarios, criteria and guidelines for Divert and Emergency Disconnect Sequence (EDS) activation, and how implementation will further improve the rig teams current understanding and responses to these well control situations.

09.30 Remote Monitoring
Session Chairs: Corrado Leali, Well Area Manager North Europe – Americas – Kazakhstan, ENI, & John Huffman, Manager Operations, Ensco plc

Data Solutions Drives Monitoring, Reliability and Optimization Objectives: John Hoeflich, Product Line Director, Curt Kling, Lance Staudacher, National Oilwell Varco
Post Macondo regulations are adding new requirements for remote monitoring of offshore well control systems. The rules, which take effect in 2019, require that real time blowout preventer data is available onshore. Industry leaders are providing tools to meet these regulations, while simultaneously using big data technology to further strengthen reliability and cost optimization strategies. An end-to-end data-driven framework has been developed and tested, diagnosing and prognosing failures in BOP related components. The framework will have positive impact on maintenance planning and operational efficiencies.

10.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Cansco Well Control

10.30 Innovations in Well Control Training
Session Chairs: Robert Eifler, Vice President & General Manager Marketing & Contracts, Noble Drilling, & Gus Mather, Regional Sales Director, Baker Hughes, a GE Company

Round II – Skilled for the Future: Olav Skar, Manager Wells Learning, Fedderik van den Bos, Jan Terwogt, Shell
The Round II program has remained the wells competency development pillar in Shell for close to 50 years. It covers skills required to manage process safety risk and optimize efficiency throughout the life-cycle of wells assets. The latest upgrade went live in March 2018, and brings together completion and well intervention with well engineering in a single wells curriculum. The learning is presented in a new intuitive learning environment, has a program approach and will deliver engineers ready for future deployment across the life-cycle of our well assets. Round II remains leading. It is a key enabler for our business ambitions and helps control (process safety) risks across our global operations.

Updates and Analytics from IADC’s Multi-Faceted Approach to Well Control Training: Mark Denkowski, Vice President Accreditation and Credentialing, IADC
IADC continues to improve well control training through numerous ongoing efforts. Newly offered well control courses include Workover, Wireline, Snubbing, Coiled Tubing, and a Wellsite Leader course that comprises the supervisory-level content from all four. A new course, WellSharp Plus, integrates human factors throughout low-probability, high-impact technical scenarios for experienced trainees in a team-based environment. Improvements to the effectiveness of content delivery are resulting from enhanced instructor development, as well as analysis of exam database metrics, which enables data-driven decisions. New efforts are underway to measure knowledge retention and implement a continuous learning system, as well as offer the Level 5 “Engineer” course and the Introductory Well Servicing course. 

Coupling a Visual Simulator and a Multiphase-flow Simulator Provides a “Real-Time” Experience and Enhances Spill-drill Exercises: Thomas Selbekk, Vice President Marketing, Add Energy
The VROV simulator was originally developed for ROV pilot training. With the addition of source-control hardware being included in the simulator and by coupling it with the OLGA-WELL-KILL transient simulator, it has become an invaluable tool for spill drills and training. Since conception, the simulators have successfully been used on several spill drills. With the improved visualizations and physics of the source-control operation, significant improvement in learning and understanding of the operation has been observed. 

12.00 Luncheon & Open Exhibition

13.30 Panel Session: Capping and Containment
Moderators: Stein Arild Tonning, Group Drilling Manager, Faroe Petroleum, & Arjan ter Haak, Principal Technical Expert Well Control, Shell

Since the Macondo accident in 2010 the industry has developed several new techniques for subsea source control. This includes equipment for subsea surveying, debris clearance, BOP intervention, subsea dispersant, water column monitoring, capping and containment (flow), and offset installation operations. The utilization of this equipment will depend on the incident scenario, well and location specific details, and may require additional well owner equipment and resources for deployment of the complete source control solution within a reasonable response time. This panel session will consider the advances made in subsea source control since the Macondo accident with focus on available equipment from the various providers, operability limitations and well owner pre- and post-incident requirements for the planning and deployment of the relevant source control solutions. 

  • Paolo Croatto, Head of Drilling Operations, Saipem
  • Christopher Hawkes, Safety Director, IOGP
  • Andy Cuthbert, Global Engineering and Technology Manager, Halliburton
  • Jack Nedrum, Director International Business Development & Senior Technical Advisor Well Control Europe, Russia & Kazakhstan, Wild Well Control
  • Andy Myers, SWIS Engineering Manager, Oil Spill Response Limited

15.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Cansco Well Control

15.30 Managed Pressure Drilling
Session Chair: David Gouldin, Well Control Manager, Seadrill

Successful Application of Managed Pressure Drilling in Deep HPHT Wells Kuwait: Jasem Al-Jarki, Senior Driling Engineer, Dipak Patil, Mohannad Al-Mohailan, Sounderrajan Mahesh, Nellayappan Karthikeyan, Salah Al-Azmi, Abdul Aziz Al-Mutairi, Kuwait Oil Company, Sunil Lobo, Marin German, Weatherford
The past history of wells drilled and complications of deep HPHT wells in Kuwait will be outlined. It will cover the need of MPD technique, basis of selection of MPD, planning phase and execution phase summary. It will also demonstrate the pilot wells success one by one along with the lessons learnt during implementation of technique. The saving and benfits will be mentioned in the presentation. 

MPD Rigs: Essam Sammat, Technical Sales Specialist – MPD, Jonathan Morrow, Weatherford
Although the value and understanding of MPD has been accelerating at an exponential rate, the cost and time associated with installing and removing an MPD package from the rig is not cost effective in some cases. Several rigs have been upgraded to be MPD rigs, the presentation explains what is MPD rig, how it can be done and why it is important to be done. Moreover the presentation demonstrates some real cases of MPD Rigs.

16:30 The Recognition and Management of Human Factors in Critical Operations
Session Chair: David Gouldin, Well Control Manager, Seadrill 

The Philosophy of Well Control – Pursuing What is “Right”: Paul Sonnemann, Vice President Technology, Helio Santos, SafeKick, David Gouldin, Seadrill
Decisions regarding how to manage well control operations and who should perform key roles sometimes depend on agreement about what is “right” – something that may depend on differing priorities of various stakeholders.
Evolving, closed-loop drilling technologies offer promise to align these priorities by use of enhanced primary well control (EPWC) concepts, thereby leading to more agreement regarding what is “right”.

17.00-18.00 Welcoming Reception & Open Exhibition

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

07.30 Conference Registration, Coffee Service & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Cansco Well Control

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing 

08.35 Keynote Presentation: Marco Toninelli, Offshore Drilling Director, Saipem 

09.00 RAPID-S53 BOP Reliability JIP Update: John Knowlton, Senior Vice President – Technical, Ensco plc
The IOGP/IADC BOP Reliability JIP, known as RAPID-S53, began collecting BOP performance data in 2015.  A collaborative venture between drilling contractors, operators, and OEMs, it is gradually evolving from a failure reporting system under API Standard 53 to analyze trends to assist in predicting BOP component reliability.  This update will focus on recent developments to benefit the industry.

09.30 Featured Presentation: Trends and Analysis of Well Control Incidents on the Norwegian Continental Shelf: Roar Sognness, Principal Engineer, Oddvar Fattnes, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway
Reports of Well Control incidents during drilling and well operations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) have been systematically collected, summarized and trended for many years as part of identifying the risk level related to the petroleum activities. This presentation will look at the trends and offer analysis of activities and causes that can be extracted from the well control incident data. Also, will be discussed the frequency of incidents in exploration and production wells and shift in trends over time. Recent events are analyzed and grouped into main activities that have trigged or contributed to well control incidents, such as drilling, completion, P&A, slot recovery, MPD etc. Some key learnings from major well control events on the North Sea will also be reviewed.

10.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Cansco Well Control

10.30 The Recognition and Management of Human Factors in Critical Operations
Session Chairs: Paolo Croatto, Head Offshore Drilling Operations, Saipem, & Gary Kelso, Well Operations Manager – North Sea, BP

Enhancing Well Control Competencies with Simulated Case Studies: Evelyn Baldwin, Assistant Operations Manager, Maersk Training, Barry Braniff, Transocean
Transocean, partnered with Maersk Training, enhanced the standard well control curriculum in order to challenge and grow the problem-solving skills of their rig crews. This intensive 5 day course involves using a high fidelity drilling rig to mimic real life well control scenarios while being guided by Maersk Training’s Crew Resource Management (CRM) specialists. All simulation scenarios were designed based on actual Transocean case studies. Moreover, classroom time is used to further drill down into more detailed discussions around these case studies and focus on Transocean’s Key Well Integrity Requirements and specific well control policies and procedures. By coupling CRM, Technical Expertise, and High Fidelity simulations, the Transocean drill crews leave the course better equipped to prevent and mitigate real-world well control events.

Human Factors in Critical Operations – Process Safety Threat Response Drills at the Well-site: Terrance Sookdeo, Global Process Safety Advisor, John Lewis, Baker Hughes a GE Company
How can we validate operational readiness at the well-site? How can we develop resilience in transient and rotating crews performing critical operations? For oil service companies, these goals are especially challenging. These companies deploy a wide range of well-site products and services globally – on land and offshore. The assurance of crew performance is not just a question – it is THE question in an ever-challenging and evolving industry. The commercial value of using Threat Response Drills and developing crew resilience includes the immediate demonstration of operational readiness, proactive risk management and threat readiness while minimizing non-productive time. The benefits of crew resilience is the optimization of response capability and team performance while reducing human errors.

Who Watches the Watchmen? The Need for High-reliability Rig Teams: Douglas Nunn, Managing Director, Well Basis Limited.
Effective well control requires an operator management team capable of coherent work planning, proactive site supervision and effective management of change. High-profile blowouts, together with less public failings such as cost overruns are testimony that some oil company rig teams fail to live up to this ideal. In this presentation Doug reviews the sometimes surprising blind spots typical of such teams. Based on 33 years of offshore drilling experience he goes on to highlight field-proven methods for organizing, training and managing operator rig teams to transform performance in this niche but safety-critical profession. 

12.00 Luncheon & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Pergemine 

13.30 Panel Session: Challenges in Training & Competency
Moderators: Guido van den Bos, Director Business Development Europe, Africa and Middle East, National Oilwell Varco, & Øyvind Tuntland , Principal Engineer, Drilling and Well Technology, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway

A various group of industry leaders with different visions will examine and discuss training and competency as it relates to today’s high demanding well control. How can our industry adjust to the challenge and ensure that the training and competency meets the future requirements? How can the industry players re-define the training requirements? The current rig forecast shows that the rig count will continue to increase by the end of this year and beginning of next year. More rigs, more work, more training and more competent people is what is laid out for the future. A challenge for the industry.  

A constructive discussion in this open forum will be held with ample opportunity for the audience to challenge, question and deepen their understanding.

  • Kim Laursen, Head Well Control Services, Maersk Training
  • Jerome Guyon, Well Control Prevention Leader, Total

15.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Cansco Well Control

 15.30 Well Control Competencies
Session Chairs: Marco Pellei, COO, Hydro Drilling, & Mike Simpson, CEO, Cansco Well Control

Competence Based Well Control Equipment Training Reduces Both the Risk of Equipment Failure Leading to Blowouts and Rig Based NPT: Gary Castell, Training, Learning and Development Manager, Ian Davidson, Cansco Well Control
The presentation shall explain the issues that surround the use of well control equipment in normal operations, combined with routine maintenance, and how if these practices are not conducted correctly that the integrity of the equipment may be compromised however the operator may not be aware, and thus allowing for a potential well control incident. Industry comparisons are drawn by referencing the development of operator training via the catalyst of IOGP 476, with equipment analysis establishing that the industry in vulnerable to having equipment in situ that may not have integrity, due to poor practices being carried out in normal operations and maintenance. The generation of corrective action is identified in the development of personnel competence, and an industry path to action this is explained, including industry integration within this path and timeline. 

Forget 9 till 5, it’s 5 till 9 We Need to be Concerned About: George Galloway, Director, The Well Academy
This presentation will initially give examples of well control incidents that happened during non-routine operations and provide insight to the causes. It will then go on to offer up solutions to tackle this situation which is forecast to only get worse as workforce experience levels drop and the shift towards late life well operations continues 

16.30 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.

The New Role of OEMs in Developing a 20k BOP System: Bob Cowan, Product Line Director – Pressure Control & Subsea Systems, Kevin Scherm, National Oilwell Varco
The change of the OEMs role in developing a 20K BOP system will be reviewed also will be  discussed  the impacts of changing requirements, and provide an updated overview of our technology. New BSEE requirements on operators to submit CDWOP plans have changed the OEM role from vendor to partner as the OEM must perform and provide substantial testing and documentation to qualify a competent design. Continually redefined regulatory requirements, industry standards, and customer specifications force the successful OEM to adapt quickly to change while minimizing schedule and cost impacts. Thankfully, our methods and technology have been able to meet or exceed these challenging conditions.

Program Committee Members

Giorgio Chiapponi, Pergimine
Paolo Croatto, Saipem
Robert Eifler, Noble Drilling
David Gouldin, Seadrill
Arjan ter Haak, Shell Global Solutions International
John Huffman, Ensco plc
Gary Kelso, BP
Corrado Leali, ENI
Angus Mather, Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Steve Mullen, Northern Offshore Ltd.
Marco Pellei, Hydro Drilling
Bjørn Risvik, Statoil
Mike Simpson, Cansco Well Control
Stein Arild Tonning, Faroe Petroleum
Øyvind Tuntland, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway
Guido van den Bos, National Oilwell Varco
Derek Hart, IADC
Jens Hoffmark, IADC
Steve Kropla, 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.

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.

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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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
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Platinum Euro 15,000
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Gold Euro 12,000
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Silver Euro 7,500
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Reception Euro 12,000
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Luncheon Euro 6,500
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Brochure Euro 4,000
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Coffee Euro 3,750
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* Comps refer to number of complimentary registrations

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Hotel Information

Hotel Milano Melia
Via Masaccio 19, 20149 Milan, Italy
Phone: +39.02.444.06, www.melia.com

Room Rates: Single Rate € 259,- Double Rate € 284,- Included breakfast, € 5,- city tax per person per night excluded.
Cancellation Policy: Free cancellation until 10-10-2018, starting 11-10-2018 100% charge!
Reservations: please follow this link to make your hotel reservations.

Conditions for payment and cancellation remain the same as per contract.

Warning: Please note that there are several 3rd party companies actively approaching conference delegates and exhibitors by phone and email trying to sell hotel rooms at the contracted hotel for a cheaper rate than the published rate on this conference website. Please note that these companies do not represent IADC or the hotel, nor has IADC or the hotel authorized them 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 be sure to make your hotel reservations exclusively through the contracted hotel. 


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IADC International Well Control 2018 Conference & Exhibition