IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference & Exhibition


The IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Conference & Exhibition serves as a leading forum to explore the state of the art in rig technology, downhole operations, and integrating the two seamlessly with minimal human intervention. The event will also review activities of the IADC ART Committee, which has steadily advanced drilling technology, by exploring future technology, drilling control systems, automation, questions of reliability and more. The committee has developed operational guidelines, assessed pros and cons of advanced drilling technology, developed new definitions and more.

NOTE: The 2020 Cybersecurity for Drilling Assets Conference & Exhibition will take place immediately following this event. Attendees will examine existing cybersecurity regulations, industry best practices and standards of relevance for industrial control systems and drilling assets. Separate registration is required. Further details can be found at: https://www.iadc.org/event/iadc-cybersecurity-for-drilling-assets-conference-exhibition/.

StartSeptember 1, 2020EndSeptember 2, 2020
CountryUnited States
Hyatt Regency Austin

2018 Event Demographics

Registrants by Job Title

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




Registrants by Company Type

  • Equipment Manufacturer
  • Independent Oil Producer
  • Land Drilling Contractor
  • Land/Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Land/Offshore Well Servicing Contractor
  • Major Oil Producer
  • Training
  • Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Oilfield Service/Consultant
  • Offshore Well Servicing Contractor
  • Land Well Servicing Contractor
  • National Oil Company

Registrants by Location

  • Registrants
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Venue & Hotel

Hyatt Regency Austin

Address 208 Barton Springs, Austin, Texas, USA, 78704
Phone +1.512.477.1234

Negotiated Room Rate $239
Single/Double Occupancy

NOTE: The negotiated room block will be released by the 10th of August. Please make your room reservations directly with the hotel. Please be sure to mention IADC to obtain discounted rate.

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.

Venue Details


Registration Information

  • Registration fee: IADC Member: $625 Non-Member: $780
  • Employees of federal regulatory agencies may be eligible for a 50% discount on conference registration.
  • Speakers, sponsors and exhibitors are not eligible for online registration.
    (Complete the Conference Registration Form PDF above)
  • In order to receive a letter of invitation, IADC requires payment via Wire Transfer. The wire transfer information is included on the registration form.
    (Complete the Conference Registration Form PDF above)

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.

Need Help? registration@iadc.org / +1.713.292.1945

The call for abstracts expired on 19 February.  Please check back, a program will be posted soon.

The 2020 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference & Exhibition will be held on 1-2 September at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Austin, Texas. For consideration, an abstract for each proposed paper must be submitted to IADC no later than 19 February 2020. General subject themes envisioned for the conference include the following, though abstracts exploring other areas will also be considered:

Transforming the Process

  • Training
  • Success stories
  • Workflow Processes
  • AI Assisted operations

Data & Automation

  • Smart Communications, WebRTC
  • Data Management: Quality, Collection and Removal
  • Automation and Control Systems
  • Autonomous inspection and repair
  • Digital Twins, Robotics, SDx

Rig Upgrades & Re-Activation

  • Capability Upgrades (20k, 12,000ft WD, …)
  • Integrating drilling systems
  • Reactivation challenges and possibilities

Drilling 2030 & Beyond

  • What’s next in drilling
  • Drilling economics post 2030
  • Program your own rig…

Renewables – Future Opportunities

  • Low emission drilling rigs
  • Economics of drilling for renewables

Out of the Box Technologies

  • AI as a Service
  • 5G Data Networks
  • Autonomous Control (non O&G)
  • Computer Vision, Extended Reality
  • Advanced Computing (Edge, Cognitive, Web scale)
  • 3D Printing

NOTE: Selected abstracts might be assigned to interactive panel discussions, rather than scheduled as conventional presentations.

Authors are invited to submit proposals for presentations at the conference. For consideration, an abstract for each proposed paper must be submitted to IADC no later than Wednesday, 19 February 2020. Authors of papers selected will receive confirmation and guidelines by Thursday, 9 April 2020. Please note that formal papers are encouraged, but are NOT required for this conference.

Prior to paper proposal submission, management clearance must be obtained. Any issues concerning clearance should be outlined when the paper proposal is submitted.

We look forward to your participation and hope to see you at this important event!

Program Committee

Conference Program Committee

  • Assaad Mohanna, National Oilwell Varco
  • Austin Johnson, AFGlobal
  • Bob Judge, Baker Hughes
  • Dan Gudall, MHWirth
  • Dieter Wijning, Huisman Equipment
  • Duane Cuku, Precision Drilling Corporation
  • Gilberto Gallo, Drillmec
  • Guido van den Bos, National Oilwell Varco
  • Han Tiebout, GustoMSC
  • Joop Roodenburg, Huisman
  • Marco Perez, Weatherford
  • Patrick O’Neill, Noble Corporation
  • Rob Shank, Parker Drilling
  • Robert van Kuilenburg, Noble Corporation
  • Robin Macmillan, National Oilwell Varco
  • Sarah McElroy, KCA Deutag
  • Sean Halloran, Ensign Energy
  • Linda Hsieh, IADC

Conference Exhibitions

Exhibition Information

Cost for the 10′ x 10′ space is $2,000.

The space will be set with a skirted table, two chairs and access to electricity.

With the space, you receive one complimentary conference registration and up to two additional registrations at half price.

No refunds for cancellations will be issued.

  • Exhibitors can set-up after 3:00 pm on Monday, 31 August. All booths must be completely set up by 6:30 am on Tuesday, 1 September.

  • You may tear down your booth space after the last coffee break ends on Wednesday, 2 September.

  • The exhibitor space is a 10′ x 10′ area. It will be set with a 6′ skirted table and two chairs with access to electricity. Please do not exceed 10′ across, as the space in the exhibition area will be limited.

  • Wall space for signs/banners will not be available. All signs/banners must be affixed to the table or free standing.

  • All personnel working the exhibition must be registered. With your space, you will receive one complimentary registration and up to two additional registrations for half price.

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.

Interested? Contact stephanie.carling@iadc.org / +1.713.292.1945
Exhibition space is being allocated on a first come, first served basis!


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

*Comps refer to number of complimentary registration
Interested? Contact stephanie.carling@iadc.org / +1.713.292.1945



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