IADC Drilling HSE&T Asia Pacific 2021 Conference & Exhibition









Welcome – IADC Drilling HSE&T Asia Pacific goes virtual!

Presentations and panel sessions will be recorded and made available for 60 days for conference participants exclusively.

The Asia Pacific region continues to position itself as a dynamic and vibrant market where rapid economic and demographic growth will sustain demand for oil, and gas drilling and exploration in Asia in the foreseeable future.
However, the industry needs future-ready leaders to drive the transformation to ensure the industry is equipped with relevant competencies and capabilities in order to overcome current and future industry challenges.

Collaborative efforts and partnerships; continuous innovation and investment with regard to attracting and retaining a competent and skilled workforce; and also the implementation of new technologies and practices that work will all be crucial in addressing those evolving challenges with achieving cost and operational efficiencies, sustainability and meeting stakeholder expectations.

The IADC Drilling HSE&T Asia Pacific 2021 Conference & Exhibition, which will be held on 18-19 May 2021, will explore the critical challenges that drilling professionals face in this environment. In the face of prolonged low oil prices, how can companies high-grade their assets, right-size their organizations and equip their employees with the right competencies, all while staying on the cutting edge of the digital oilfield evolution?

StartMay 18, 2021EndMay 19, 2021

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2019 Event Demographics

Registrants by Job Title

  • Management
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  • Quality, Health, Safety & Environment
  • Drilling & Completion Engineer
  • Training/Education
  • Company Owner/Corporate Officer
  • Completion Engineer
  • Drilling and/or Completion Operations
  • Drilling Engineer








Registrants by Company Type

  • Equipment Manufacturer
  • Government
  • Land/Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • National Oil Company
  • Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Oilfield Service/Consultant
  • Trade/Professional Association

Registrants by Location

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Registration Information

Presentations and panel sessions will be recorded and made available for 60 days for conference participants exclusively.

  • Registration fee: USD $595
  • Employees of federal regulatory agencies may be eligible for a 50% discount on conference registration.
  • Speakers, sponsors and guests are not eligible for online registration.
    (Please contact europe@iadc.org to obtain the correct registration form)
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  • No refunds will be made for cancellations 30 days prior to the conference date.
  • IADC offers discounted registration to full time students not currently employed in industry.  Please contact europe@iadc.org for further information.

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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Presentations and panel sessions will be recorded and made available for 60 days for conference participants exclusively.


*Keynote presentations and panel discussions will be recorded and available on demand.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 Time Zone: GMT +7


13.00 Welcome & Introduction: Hisham Zebian, Vice President Eastern Hemisphere, IADC


13.10 Keynote Presentation: David Anthony John, Specialist, Process Safety, PTTEP


13.30 Panel: Workforce Attraction & Today’s Development
Moderator: Keith Kotval, HSQE Assistant General Manager, Japan Drilling Company

Today’s great compression and COVID-19 have created a dichotomy for the oil and gas sector – big layoffs amid the great crew change! Although attracting new talent may not be an immediate priority – and understandably so given the slowdown in drilling activity and the pressure to reduce costs – attaining the right balance between new and tenured workforce has never been more challenging. With a constricted and limited pool of talent, how to manage it? How to expand it? Where to source these assets? What to prioritize? And, how to do it in a financially and sustainably judicious manner? If proper preparation prevents poor performance, then prudence propounds planning to mold the workforce of today and tomorrow.


Sunantha Kitisarasak, Manager Learning and Development Section, PTTEP Services Ltd


Mira Bush, GDPR & HR Generalist, Maersk Drilling


Lars Nydahl Jørgensen, Regional Director-Europe, IADC

14.30   15 minute break


14.45 Panel: COVID-19: Lessons Learned
Moderator: Alex Maroske, Head of QHSSE, Energy Drilling

Managing a drilling rig has become significantly more challenging this year amid the COVID-19 outbreak.  Quarantine requirements, travel restrictions, supply chain constraints and weakening oil prices have all added to the industry’s stress levels. However, no challenge is more important than keeping our rig crews safe and physically and mentally healthy.  In this virtual panel session, professionals from key drilling contractors and doctors will engage in a discussion around lessons learned and some the best practices required to keep workers safe and healthy while dealing with a global pandemic.


Frano Mika, HEMOV, System Health Manager, Saipem


Jamon Ngoencharee, Chief Medical Officer, International SOS


Varun Ramdas, Head of HSSE – Asia Pacific, Maersk Drilling


15.45 Recap & Adjournment: Chit Hlaing, Regional Director-Asia Pacific, IADC

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 Time Zone: GMT +7


13.00 Welcome & Introduction: Chit Hlaing, Regional Director-Asia Pacific, IADC


Moderator: Wayne Bauer, Director of QHSE, Vantage Drilling

As oil and gas companies adapt to changes in markets, stakeholder expectations and new regulations, they are consistently being forced to develop new strategies and change their structures. However, for those changes to be successful, the organization’s culture needs to be in alignment with its strategy and its structure – a process that often requires a cultural change.

In this session, industry stakeholders, leaders and experts will share their insights and responses as they explore the industry’s embedded work processes, resources and solutions for achieving the desired cultural qualities.


Peter Hone, VP Technical Business Development, MR Group


Marc Vaillancourt, COO Eastern Hemisphere, The REACH Group


Thanawee Kreethapon, Manager, Well Completion and Intervention, PTTEP


Scott Denon, HSE Advisor / Drilling & Completion Department Myanmar E&P, POSCO International Corporation

14.15   15 minute break


Moderator:  Chidpon Jantarawaranyoo, Director of Operations, South – East Asia, Shelf Drilling

As we emerge from a period of inactivity for many drilling rigs, it is important to understand the obligations and responsibilities that are associated with rig re-activation and startups, whilst managing the additional risks and challenges/restrictions that the current COVID-19 pandemic incorporates. This session will focus on the perspective from those involved with each phase of the process from the regulatory direction, drilling contractor management, shipyard assistance, and operator expectations upon these assets as they all contribute to the assurance that the integrity of the systems have been poised and maintained to manage the associated risks, alongside those challenges associated around preparing for the rig crew at all levels to be engaged.


Russ Brown, Asia and Australia HSE Manager, Transocean


Sarit Rattanachan, Manager, PTTEP Drilling Operations, Myanmar


Sagar Raut, HSSEQ Manager, Seadrill


Jason Bailey, Manager (Rig Transition), Borr Drilling

15.30 IADC Initiatives

Hisham Zebian, Vice President Eastern Hemisphere, IADC
Open session for audience to ask questions about IADC initiatives


16.00 CLOSING REMARKS: Chit Hlaing, Regional Director-Asia Pacific, IADC



Human Factors
Session Chair: Wayne Bauer, Director of QHSE, Vantage Drilling

Using Surveys to Understand the Climate Versus Understanding the Culture of an Organization: Andrew Knight, Senior Manager, Asia Pacific, the REACH Group
This presentation will provide valuable insight into the benefits of using surveys, the steps needed to design a survey for accurate and meaningful data along with the implementation approach used on two semi-submersible rigs where the goal was to have a lasting effect on the organisational culture and ultimately the performance of the rigs.

Fatigue Counter Measures Offshore Light Treatment: Koos Meijer, Director, KM Human Factors Engineering, Martin Robb, Human Factors Applications
Operator fatigue is a major brain hazard and a serious safety hazard. It reduces brain performance, decision making, and overall alertness. This, in turn, increases human error risks on the work floor. Offshore light treatment using special blue-blocking sleep glasses and energy lights have proved to reduce fatigue levels and to enhance operator alertness and energy levels. This Human Factors innovation will raise HS&E and process safety to a new level.


Emerging Technologies to Improve Safety Operations
Session Chair: Jumasri B. Terimo, Head, Wells International, Upstream, PETRONAS

Data Analytics using Power BI in Oil & Gas – Readiness to Industry 4.0: PVN Chandrasekaran, Director, PetrelTech Pte Ltd
This paper brings limelight to the application of Data Analytics in the oil & gas industry with Power BI data modelling techniques. Thereby encourage embracing Big Data to improve business performance through prescriptive analysis on the processed data corresponding to drilling, production, well data, HSE & HR heading towards the business success.


Session Chair: William Lai, HSE Leader Asia Pacific, Health, Safety & Environment, Baker Hughes

DROPS Asia Initiatives: Joachim van der Meulen, Chapter Secretary & Facilitator, DROPS Asia
Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, the DROPS Asia Chapter have continued to engage the drilling industry to develop and promote best practices for dropped object prevention. This presentation will highlight some of the key topics and initiatives like the Recommended Practice Checklist, Assignments of Petroleum Engineering students in India, DROPS Surveys and Inspections, Red Zone Management and Machine Learning. It will provide an update of the DROPS Virtual Reality Training and Collaboration tool first demonstrated at the IADC Drilling HSE&T Asia Pacific Conference & Exhibition in Malaysia in 2019.

DROPS Presentation: Kenny Adams, Head of Land Drilling QHSSET, KCA Deutag
Throughout our industry, over 60% or more of all High Potential incidents are dropped object related and dropped objects continue to account for many fatal and potentially fatal incidents in the upstream oil and gas industry. Within our organisation we have focused on managing DROPS and Lifting as an integral part of our HSSE Systems and are now seeing marked improvements throughout our rig operations. The session will give an overview of the systems and training we have introduced which includes: Interactive DROPS Training Media to raise further awareness on DROPS specifically- Identifying a potential dropped object, appreciating the significance of dropped objects in our industry, Heightening awareness of our Risk Assessment Process, and identifying preventative and mitigation controls that can be used to reduce the risk of dropped objects. To support this we have also introduced a DROPS Inspection Application using tablet technology to reduce Human Error whilst completing these essential inspections. DROPS is an area we can all improve on to achieve our vision of #Drivetozero.


Session Chair: William Lai, Regional HSE Leader Asia Pacific, Health, Safety & Environment, Baker Hughes

WellSharp Analytics and Knowledge Retention Study Results: Gerardo Barrera, Program Manager, IADC
As WellSharp approaches its 5-year anniversary, IADC has taken a deep dive into the exam database analytics and has conducted a knowledge-retention study to form a base line for future analytics tied to the new continuous-learning system, called Knowledge Retention and Education for Our Workforce (KREW). This presentation comprises a comprehensive WellSharp program update, current analytics from the WellSharp database, well control topics that need to be addressed, and the recent knowledge retention data IADC has obtained. Now offered by 160 training providers in 36 countries, WellSharp employs 825 instructors and 1,500 proctors worldwide and has trained more than 160,000 people. The WellSharp program comprises 11 courses, and the exams include 3,500 questions in five languages. IADC and its members are working to continue improving initial learning and knowledge retention, as well as to close gaps identified by the WellSharp exams.

Conference Program Committee

  • Wayne Bauer, Vantage Drilling
  • Rahul Bhanot, Shell
  • Rachit Cheerajin, PTTEP
  • Garry Dick, the REACH Group
  • Jack Gomes, Noble Corporation
  • Nicolas le Gouhinec, Valaris
  • Michael Hartvigsen, Maersk Drilling
  • Chidpon Jantarawaranyoo, Shelf Drilling
  • Keith Kotval, Japan Drilling
  • Louay Laham, Sapura Energy Bhd
  • Alex Maroske, Energy Drilling
  • Joachim van der Meulen, DROPS Asia
  • Sagar Raut, Seadrill
  • Arthur Russi, Transocean
  • Jumasri Terimo, Petronas Carigali
  • Mike DuBose, IADC
  • Chit Hlaing, IADC

Virtual Exhibition Information

We created a special online exhibition environment where people can go to obtain information on products and services from companies that would like to position themselves in front of the International Drilling Industry.

We offer you the opportunity to exhibit through an exhibition landing page which includes:

Your virtual exhibition landing page will be made available/recognized at:

  • Conference website
  • E-broadcasts to targeted audience (± 10.000)
  • Recognition in advertisements and any marketing for the conference
  • Recognition in the confirmation e-mail to all conference delegates
  • Virtual announcement throughout the event
  • Included in conference proceedings
  • Included in online onsite conference program

In addition to the exhibition landing page, after the live sessions have ended, each exhibitor will be assigned a separate breakout room where they can meet with interested conference particiants for a liv e discussion.

The costs for a virtual exhibition landing page is USD 1500,- including 5 complimentary event passes.

Interested? Please download the letter of agreement and return it to us at europe@iadc.org

Questions? Please contact us at +31 24 675 2252 / europe@iadc.org


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.

*Comps refer to number of complimentary registration

Note: no refunds for cancellations of sponsorships will be issued.

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