IADC World Drilling 2017 Conference & Exhibition

Start: 28 June 2017
End: 29 June 2017

Venue: Beurs van Berlage
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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IADC World Drilling 2017, through high-level panels and speakers and through cutting-edge technical papers, will chart each inflection point and trace the path to the industry’s future.

Conference Program

“Enabling the Upturn: Collaboration, Integration & Technology”

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

07.00 Conference Registration, Coffee Service, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing 

  • Jason McFarland, President, IADC
  • Presentation of IADC Exemplary Service Award – Olusola Falodun, General Manager Drilling & Completion Systems, OES Energy Services Limited
  • Andy Hendricks, 2017 IADC Chairman; CEO, Patterson-UTI Drilling Company

08.45 Keynote Presentation: Michael Collins, VP Wells, Shell

09.10 Returning to Balance: Outlook for Commodities and Rigs
Session Chairs: Rustom Mody, Vice President/Chief Engineer, Baker Hughes, & Akshay Sagar, Vice President, WDI

Through the Inflection Point – Moving Toward the Future: Susan Farrell, Vice President, IHS Markit
In the past two years, IOCs and NOCs have focused relentlessly on re-configuring organizations, projects and portfolios to be competitive. 2017 is the inflection point, but where do we go from here? IHS Markit Vice President Susan Farrell will discuss the new dynamics of price, cost and competition.

Drilling Outlook: Matt Adams, Senior Analyst, Douglas-Westwood
A review of the fundamentals driving investment and activity levels globally, considering the current state and future outlook for drilling and associated services both onshore and offshore.

10.00 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

10.30 Advances in Rig Automation
Session Chairs: Marcus Doschek, Head of Workover & Drilling, OMV, & Gilles Bocabarteille, COO, Ocean Rig

Development and Validation of the Wholly Robotic Drill Floor: Dieter Wijning, Product Manager Drilling, Huisman
This presentation details the engineering of a robotics drill-floor and complementary full-scale test tower to evaluate system integrity and efficiencies under real-world conditions. The rig floor features robotic multifunctional manipulators, distinctive modular wide-range power slips and an independent load path top drive/travelling block assembly, proven to optimize efficiencies, cut costs and enhance safety in deep-water drilling operations.

Wired Drillpipe on Jackup Enables Automation and Optimization of the Drilling Process: Sarah Balangalibun, Mechanical Engineer, Maersk Drilling & Sanna Zainoune, Senior Dynamic Drilling Solutions Engineer, National Oilwell Varco
Along-string measurements and wired drill pipe (WDP) technology were implemented to successfully develop a complex field. The drilling control system was slightly modified to integrate an interface with automation applications and visualizations. A step-by-step approach was used to manage the transition to future state of automation. Deployment of optimization applications with WDP and a perspective on further automation development are presented.

BOPX – Automated BOP Testing: Lewis Dutel, Senior Well Engineer Automation, Shell International, Lee Hilpert, Engenuity Inc.
The BOPX project is a Shell Automation project purposed with the task of developing an automated BOP testing system. The primary focus has been to develop a ruggedized, automated, hydrostatic BOP test system to replace the current technology suite consisting of manually operated pumps and circle chart recorders. Innovations to BOP testing are impacting test procedures as well as BOP reliability.

12.00 Luncheon, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

13.30 Panel: Opportunities and Threats for Drilling in a Green World
Moderators: Sjoerd Brouwer, President & CEO, AVCA Wells BV, & Igor Brucher, Director Marketing – Strategic Accounts, Transocean

Technology and innovation are the keys to satisfying public demand for acceptable, affordable and trouble-free energy. This diverse panel will discuss how innovations in drilling-and-completion and clean-engine technologies offer opportunities to minimize the environmental impact of hydrocarbon wells across their life cycle. Further, the panel will explore how low-cost drilling enables development of alternatives, such as geothermal energy. The panel will present case histories and show how learning and creativity are shaping the drilling industry as a force for good.

  • Darrel Pelley, Director Technical Marketing, Transocean
  • Frederik Smidth, Chief Technical Officer, Maersk Drilling
  • Amy Triesscheijn, Business Development, Kapp Nederland B.V.
  • Ralph van Hof, CEO, Transmark Group

15.00 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

15.30 At the End of the Well’s Life Cycle: Strategies for Decom and P&A
Session Chair: Francis Nwabudike, Managing Director, Vallourec

Well Abandonment Now or Later?: Bart Joppe, Manager Integrated Well Abandonment, Baker Hughes
Plugging and abandoning wells can strand more than 80% of oil in place and 20% of natural gas. Because the economic limit is a dynamic metric strongly linked to regulations, commodity prices, and technology, it is challenging for operators to decide when to abandon a well. From the tactical conversion of a producer to an injector to a strategic alliance between neighboring operators to discuss field end of life, innovative approaches are necessary to extract more with less, and push abandonment further out. Leveraging hydrocarbon management practices beyond the field and beyond production time, together with converting existing data to valuable insight for abandonment, can not only extend field life, but also reduce uncertainties around abandonment.

A Joint Industry Approach to Decommissioning and Restoration in The Netherlands: Jan-Willem van Hoogstraten, CEO, EBN
A Netherlands Masterplan for Decommissioning and Re-use has been created with the vision to ensure a safe, efficient and effective Dutch decommissioning market by minimizing the residual footprint and continually reducing costs through collaboration. The four initial priorities of the Masterplan will be outlined. These four topics will be addressed as a JIP in the first half of 2017. The presentation will elaborate more on the well P&A content of the Masterplan and provide a sneak preview of the initial results of the JIP.

Decommissioning: Embarking on the Journey: Win Thornton, VP Decommissioning, BP & IOGP Decommissioning Committee
This presentation will provide an overview of the North Sea decommissioning landscape from the perspective of the IOGP. Key topics covered will include planning and safety, supply chain, decom methods, and disposal and reuse.

Integrated Approach for Plug and Abandonment Using a New Light Weight Drilling Package: Jean-Christophe Le Guen, Business Development Manager, Sapura Energy
For a well abandonment campaign planned for 5 years, SKD developed a rig specially designed for P&A to be hooked up to one of its tender assisted rig. The selection process and key driver, design specification and 3rd party integration will be presented.

17.30-18.30 Welcoming Reception, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Drilling Systems


Thursday, 29 June 2017

07.30 Conference Registration, Coffee Service, Poster Session & Open Exhibition Sponsored by IFS

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing

  • Mike Killalea, Group Vice President/Publisher, IADC

Preview screening of IADC DrillingMatters.org: IADC DrillingMatters.org is a multimedia educational tool designed to dispel myths, misconceptions and faked news harbored by many in  the public about the petroleum industry, and to showcase the value our industry brings to everyday life. This brief trailer highlights key elements of this important IADC initiative. Drilling Matters: Spread the word.

08.40 Keynote Presentation: Jeremy Thigpen, President & CEO, Transocean Ltd.

09.00 Panel: Drillers Look Ahead
Moderators: Jim O’Leary, Vice President Wells Africa, BP, & Brian Woodward, Investors Relation Manager, Noble Corporation 

IADC World Drilling kicked off with an absorbing and comprehensive preview of the macro fundamentals of the hydrocarbon and rig supply/demand equations. This panel shifts the perspective to the operators, drilling contractors and suppliers working in the real world to sustain their businesses and plan for the future. These highly respected panelists, representing offshore and onshore drillers, major operator and leading OEM/technical service firm, will provide insights into the thinking of these key sectors during these challenging times.

  • Ian Garrett, Chief Well Engineer, Tullow Oil
  • David Reid, Chief Marketing Officer, National Oilwell Varco
  • Shane Marchand, VP Business Development & Marketing, Helmerich & Payne IDC
  • Terry Bonno, Sr. VP Industry and Community Relations, Transocean Ltd.

10.30 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by IFS

11.00 Advances in MPD and HPHT Drilling
Session Chairs: Brett Chandler, President, Grant Prideco at NOV Wellbore Technologies, & Colin Ayton, Global Business Development Manager, Halliburton

Augmenting Deepwater Well Control with RGH and/or MPD and Advanced Kick Detection: Brian Piccolo, Development Leader, Austin Johnson, Henry Pinkstone, Christian Leuchtenberg, Justin Fraczek, Bo Anderson, AFGlobal Corp.
The well control benefits of an RGH system as a standalone system as well as the additional benefits of an MPD system will be outlined; both RGH and MPD equipment, operational methods, design, and testing.  Additionally, a rapid 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.

Technical Problem Solving: Modifying a Rig to Drill an Ultra HPHT Well: Adebowale Oluwafemi Solarin, Drilling Engineer, Nikolaj Golovinskij, Sadi Ozturk, Maersk Drilling
A 15,000 psi rated rig, the Mærsk Gallant jack-up, was adapted to drill an 18,000 psi reservoir with a maximum expected wellhead pressure (MEWHP) in excess of 16,000 psi. The drilling contractor’s perspective on the planning, preparation and execution of this project is the subject of this presentation.

12.00 Luncheon, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

13.30 Big Data for Better Decision Making
Session Chairs: Hege Kverneland, Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, National Oilwell Varco, & Daniel Elias, Head of Development and Production, GALP Energia

Benefits of Big Data Usage in the Daily Drilling Business: Christian Herbig, Engineer, Hanno Reckmann, Simon Mantle, Andreas Hohl, Dennis Heinisch, Armin Kück, Baker Hughes
The technology of “big data” analysis is attracting considerable attention from the oil and gas industry as a possible route to achieve further performance improvement. Using and evaluating the data collected over years offers multiple opportunities to increase overall drilling operational efficiency. Big data analysis techniques to drilling related data and its potential benefits for the drilling process are shown.

Cognitive Computing in Oil & Gas: Opportunities to Change the Way We Work: Ulisses Mello, Director, IBM Research Brazil
Data generation is surpassing the abilities of people analyze them creating opportunities for  cognitive technologies which are expected lead the next wave of the way we work with computers and scale knowledge. Cognitive computing is creating a new partnership between professionals and computers that enhances, scales and accelerates human expertise. In this presentation, I will discuss the prospects of applying cognitive computing to Oil & Gas industry which is notoriously a data and knowledge intensive industry.

IADC/IOGP BOP Reliability JIP: Big Data Implications: Steve Brady, Senior Vice President, Eastern Hemisphere, Ensco plc
The IOGP/IADC BOP Reliability JIP is the first industry-wide effort to gather high quality, statistically significant data to improve the industry’s approach to BOP maintenance and integrity management and to feed BOP performance  data back to manufacturers. By examining a common set of data, JIP members collaborate to solve common problems and identify trends that can influence future designs.

15.00 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition Sponsored by IFS

15.30 Panel: Step Change, What’s Next?
Moderators: Celine Martin, Rig & Services Coordinator, Total, & Bjørn B. Engedal, Chief Engineer, Drilling Facility and Subsea Vertical Axis, Statoil 

Since 2014, most oil companies have cut their exploration budget and drastically slowed drilling activities. In our cyclical industry, operators have had no choice but to adapt practices to ensure exploration/appraisal activities are still conducted, however, in order to ensure steady reserves and potential growth in a low oil-price environment.

Operators have innovated both technically and contractually to reduce costs. This panel of operators will discuss the new opportunities being implemented to ensure the survival and resiliency of both operators and contractors in the current environment.

  • Benoit Ludot, Vice President Deepwater & Subsea, Total
  • Jim O’Leary, Vice President Wells Africa, BP
  • Kees Wijsman, Wells Operations Manager, Shell
  • Janeen Judah, Chevron & 2017 President, Society of Petroleum Engineers

17.00 Adjournment


Poster Session & Unassigned Papers of Note:
The following paper proposals are presented in the Poster Session and 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.

HoD, a Field Proven Technology for Contiguous Circulation Drilling: Angelo Calderoni, Vice President Research & Development, Drillmec SpA
Introduction of typical drilling problems and MPD techniques, with a focus on continuous circulation drilling and its benefits. Brief description about Drillmec HoD Continuous Circulation System. Results of field applications are being presented.

How to Extract More Value from Daily Drilling Report Databases for Improved Analysis of the Organizational “Performance Datascape”: Frank Hoke, Senior Manager, The REACH Group
Digital technology is continually developing methods to deal with larger and larger quantities of data. What may have been overlooked is that computers also enable viewing complexity quickly and easily by configuring the data the right way and then analyzing it with the right tools. What if there was an easier way to analyze information and extract the embedded knowledge?

Are You Prepared for the Challenge of Abandonment?: Paul Hardman, Senior Vice President- Americas EURO & MENA, The REACH Group
A methodology for ensuring that all opportunities are considered and all contingencies mapped out. A continuous improvement cycle will be described that starts with benchmarking and trend analysis and ends with lessons learned and a detailed end of well performance report.

Risk Reduction and Enhanced Operational Performance: The Technology Challenge: Edi Gittenberger, CEO, Rider International
Results of a project that is delivering cost savings and operational improvement across multiple drill sites by applying the latest techniques for software development. It embeds technological improvements with team performance and has been designed to provide a scalable solution for multiple site operations whilst allowing maximum flexibility in the workforce.

Driving Operation Efficiency by Use of Targeted Technologies in a Downturn: Guillaume Plessis, Director of Global Marketing, Nelson Allen, NOV – Grant Prideco
The adoption of technology in a downtime will be discussed. We use three examples of products, which were introduced to market in 2015 and 2016 to address specific operational challenges. Two address operational inefficiencies with an ultimate goal of well cost reduction, while the last one focuses on reaching remote reservoirs in a safer manner.

Fast Track to an Asset Performance Management Approach for Maintenance: Hege Wroldsen, Director Oil & Gas, IFS Data
Utilizing modern technology can help you to cut costs and optimize asset management, but how to enable big data in a practicable and cost-effective way? IFS will demonstrate its accelerating customers’ IoT initiatives with an end-to-end architecture that takes IoT discoveries into business actions, proven by a customer case.

Conference Program Committee

Khalid Al Abdulgader, Saudi Aramco
Adebayo Aremu, KCA Deutag Drilling
Colin Ayton, Halliburton
Gilles Bocabarteille , Ocean Rig
Sjoerd Brouwer, AVCA Wells BV
Igor Brucher, Transocean
Angelo Calderoni, Drillmec SpA
Kevin Carey, Chevron
Brett Chandler, NOV Grant Prideco
Steen Damgaard, Seadrill
Markus Doschek, OMV E&P
Daniel Elias, GALP Energia
Bjørn B. Engedal, Statoil
Hege Kverneland, National Oilwell Varco
Shane Marchand, Helmerich & Payne IDC
Celine Martin, Total
Rustom Mody, Baker Hughes
John Monks, Northern Offshore Ltd.
Francis Nwabudike, Vallourec
Jim O’Leary, BP
Joachim Oppelt, Clausthal University of Technology
Lars Ostergaard, Maersk Drilling
Akshay Sagar, Weatherford
Hermann Spörker, Saudi Aramco
Tjerk Suurenbroek, IRO
Brian Woodward, Noble Corporation
Jens Hoffmark, IADC
Mike Killalea, IADC



Breuer Motoren

CS Inc.

Derrick Equipment Co.

DrawWorks LP

Drilling Systems




Engenuity Inc



Global Gravity

Hardbanding Solutions by Postle


High Arctic Energy Services


Klüber Lubrication



Oiltec Solutions AS


Rider International



Tolomatic Inc.

Vallourec Drilling Products

Exhibition Information

The cost of each 2 x 3 meter stand is Euro 2.500. Each standard shell scheme stand will be set with 1 table, 2 chairs, 1 power point, 2 spotlights and 1 fascia with company name. With the stand, you receive 1 complimentary conference registration and up to 2 additional registrations at half price or Euro 400. All registrations are including admission to the conference & exhibition, coffee breaks, luncheons, reception, and access to the conference proceedings.

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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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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 Co-Sponsor Euro 5,000
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Luncheon Euro 12,000
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Brochure Euro 4,000
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Coffee Euro 3,750
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Conference Venue & Hotel Information


Beurs van Berlage
Damrak 243 – Beursplein 1-3 – 1012 ZJ Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 531 33 55 – www.beursvanberlage.nl


To serve you best, IADC has negotiated several room blocks at hotels in Amsterdam, please find them listed below.
Please make sure that you mention IADC to obtain the negotiated rate and use the reservations method advised.

NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky: Dam 9, 1012 JS, Amsterdam
Location: This hotel is located on a 2 minute walking distance from the Beurs van Berlage.
Rates:  Superior Room, € 291,50 incl. breakfast and VAT (6%) excl. city tax (5%)
Cancellation Policy: Without any charges up to 24h prior to arrival. In case the reservation is cancelled later the hotel has the right to charge the guest for the total cost of the first night.
Reservations: Please follow this link to book your room.
NOTE: This room block will expire on 1 June 2017. After this date rooms are upon availability. Please contact Ms. Sabine Zuijderhoudt for availability and prices s.zuijderhoudt@nh-hotels.com

NH Barbizon Palace: Prins Hendrikkade 59-72, 1012 AD, Amsterdam
Location: This hotel is located on a 5 minute walking distance from the Beurs van Berlage.
Rates: Standard Room, € 291,50 incl. breakfast and VAT (6%) excl. city tax (5%), Premium Room, € 366,50 incl. breakfast and VAT (6%) excl. city tax (5%)
Cancellation Policy: Without any charges up to 24h prior to arrival. In case the reservation is cancelled later the hotel has the right to charge the guest for the total cost of the first night.
Reservations: Please follow this link to book your hotel room.
NOTE: This room block will expire on 1 June 2017. After this date rooms are upon availability. Please contact Ms. Sabine Zuijderhoudt for availability and prices s.zuijderhoudt@nh-hotels.com

Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel: Kattengat 1, 1012 SZ, Amsterdam
Location: This hotel is located on a 15 minute walking distance from the Beurs van Berlage.
Rates: Deluxe Room Single € 269,- / Deluxe Room Double € 289,- / Club Room Single € 314,- / Club Room Double € 334,- all rooms are incl. breakfast and VAT (6%) excl. city tax (5%)
Cancellation Policy: From the moment of booking to the room to 42 days prior cancellation is free of charge, from 90-31 days prior to arrival, 70% of the contracted room night commitment, from 30-15 days prior to arrival 80% of the contractedr room night commited, from 14-0 days to arrival, 100% of the room nights committed.
Reservations: Please follow this link to book your hotel room.
NOTE: This room block will expire on 28 May 2017


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2017 IADC World Drilling Conference & Exhibition