Well Control Committee

IADC Well Control Committee

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Well Control Committee is to advance the Drilling Industry, from pre-drill planning to plug and abandonment including remedial work, by providing an international, industry-wide forum for collaboration and exchange of best practices related to well control.

Officers

Chairman
Nial Shepherd, Ensign Energy Services

Staff Liaison
Jim Rocco, IADC

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Committee Structure

A member appointed by the Chairman of IADC will chair the IADC Well Control Committee. The Committee Chairman may at his discretion appoint a reasonable number of Committee Vice-Chairmen to oversee specific disciplines or issues (e.g., onshore/offshore safety issues, environmental practices, specific regulatory issues, etc.)

General meetings are open to participants from all categories of IADC membership. The Chairman may invite non-members to attend when it furthers the interests of the Committee. At the discretion of the Chairman and IADC staff, the meeting or portions of the meeting may be exclusively reserved for drilling contractor members. Meetings will be held at such times and locations as may be selected by the Chairman with the advice of the Committee.

IADC Committee activities are governed by IADC’s Antitrust Policy and Guidelines.

Meeting Minutes

Date Function Location
2020
16 September 2020 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
2019
11 December 2019 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
26 August 2019 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
13 March 2019 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
2018
11 December 2018 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
13 September 2018 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
13 June 2018 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
14 March 2018 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
2017
5 December 2017 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
22 June 2017 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
8 March 2017 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
2016
7 December 2016 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
21 September 2016 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
8 June 2016 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
16 March 2016 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
2015
2 December 2015 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
24 August 2015 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
20 May 2015 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
2014
20 August 2014 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
21 May 2014 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
19 February 2014 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
2013
13 November 2013 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
19 August 2013 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
15 May 2013 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
20 February 2013 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
2012
14 November 2012 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
15 August 2012 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
16 May 2012 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
7 March 2012 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
2011
17 November 2011 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
24 August 2011 General Committee Meeting San Antonio, TX
11 May 2011 General Committee MeetingPresentations:

Overview of RP96WellCAP Panel Meeting 18 April 2011Handout – Well Service Committee Updates & Recommendations

Houston, TX
10 February 2011 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
2010
17 November 2010 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
19 August 2010 General Committee Meeting

Cementing Presentation

Houston, TX
19 May 2010 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
17 February 2010 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
2009
3 December 2009 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
24 August 2009 General Committee Meeting Denver, CO
20 May 2009 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX
18 February 2009 General Committee Meeting Houston, TX

Meeting Schedule

Date Function Location
9 December 2020 General Committee Meeting Virtual Only

Committee Meetings Policy

General meetings are open to participants from all categories of IADC membership. The Chairman may invite non-members to attend when it furthers the interests of the Committee. At the discretion of the Chairman and IADC staff, the meeting or portions of the meeting may be exclusively reserved for drilling contractor members. Meetings will be held at such times and locations as may be selected by the Chairman with the advice of the Committee.

All dates and times are subject to change.

Subcommittees

Well Control Practices Subcommittee

Chair
Paul Sonnemann, SafeKick

Resources & Links

This page contains lists of all available resources, documents, videos for the Well Control Committee. These may include best practices, guidelines, and/or special reports, as well as documents on topics such as onshore/offshore safety issues, environmental practices, specific regulatory issues and more. Also included is a section for links to useful websites.

Standardized Killsheets

IADC has developed killsheets for the Wait & Weight Method (both Surface & Subsea Stacks), the Bullheading Method, and the Driller’s Method. Each type of killsheet is available in Field, Metric, and SI Units.

The IADC killsheets were developed by a subcommittee comprising:

  • Edwin L. Geissier, Chairman
  • Hal Kendall
  • Frank Klepper
  • Tommy Najar
  • Gary Nance
  • Steve Vorenkamp

The project was sponsored by IADC, with additional financial support from Nabors International Inc.

During the killsheets development, the subcommittee members involved with development concluded that an ideal killsheet would have the following characteristics:

  • Easy to read and understand (legible font size and layout)
  • Two-sided, letter size (8-1/2 x 11)
  • Black and white with one color
  • Surface and subsea stacks
  • Covers most utilized methods (Wait & Weight, Bullheading, Driller’s Method)
  • Field (US Customary), Metric and SI Units
  • Data section
  • Calculation section with boxes/lines
  • Well diagram
  • Decline schedule
  • Conversion, formula and table section
  • Available in electronic format (i.e., PDF)

WellSharp Training Providers are encouraged to use the IADC standardized killsheets. Approved Training Providers can download PDFs of these killsheets from the WellSharp webpage.

Please e-mail questions or comments to accreditation@iadc.org

DrillPad: Developing Well Control Proficiency

The goal of DrillPad is to build and assure individual and crew well control competency and proficiency anywhere drilling rigs operate. The materials freely available on this web page are aimed at helping to develop well control proficiency.

By clicking these links, you agree not to repackage or resell DrillPad Deployment Well Control Drill Trainer Training Template nor the DrillGuide Example.

The PowerPoint file DrillPad Trainer Training is offered to assist trainers in developing an effective program of well control drills. It includes keys to effective drills, critical skill sets, grading criteria, common pitfalls, and more.

The PDF Well Control Drill Guide provides lists of drills, questions, and attributes within DrillPad. The guide is meant to be used in conjunction with rig-specific well control procedures to conduct and assess performance during well control drills. The objective is to ensure that all members of the rig team with well control responsibilities are aware of their specific responsibilities, possess an understanding of well control commensurate with those responsibilities, and can confidently execute their duties when required.

Each well control drill details the drill type, potential participants, exercises, caution guidance, assessment guidance, questions, skills assessed, and more.

IOGP Videos

IOGP Weak Signals Video
IOGP Well Control Lesson Sharing #16-1
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Committee Initiatives

  • Develop industry definition of Returns Managed Drilling (RMD)
  • Seek opportunities to create RMD/MPD awareness in Wellsharp curriculum
  • Liaise with Onshore Safety Program’s Process Safety group
  • Monitor development of API standards related to well control
  • Maintain communication between Well Control and UBO/MPD Committee