IADC Offshore Regional Forum


In conjunction with the IADC Houston Chapter, IADC is pleased to announce the IADC Offshore Regional Forum. With its top speakers and panels, this forum will explore specific issues affecting this prolific sector. Presentations will include topics such as Market Outlook, Regulatory Impact, and Operator Insight.

StartSeptember 26, 2023EndSeptember 26, 2023
CountryUnited States
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Venue & Hotel

Transocean Offshore Training Facility

Address 1414 Enclave Pkwy, Houston, TX 77077


There are many area hotels to choose from including Holiday Inn, Hyatt Regency West and Hilton Garden Inn.

Venue Details


  • Registration fee: $100
  • Employees of federal regulatory agencies may be eligible for a 50% discount on registration.
  • Speakers and sponsors are not eligible for online registration. (Complete the Registration Form PDF above)
  • IADC offers discounted registration to full time students not currently employed in industry.  Please contact registration@iadc.org for further information.
  • No refunds will be made for cancellations 30 days prior to the forum date.

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.

No unauthorized photos, videos or recording allowed.
Recording in any form (audio, video, still photography, etc.) of presentations and/or speakers during sessions, poster presentations, workshops, etc., without the express written consent of IADC and the party to be recorded is strictly prohibited.  *Those who do not comply with the Recording Equipment/Photo policy may be asked to leave the premises and barred from receiving complimentary press registration for future IADC events.

Press registration must be received 1 week prior to the event to ensure entrance.  Members of the press will be identified with a green press ribbon attached to their name badge.

Need Help? registration@iadc.org / +1.713.292.1945


Tuesday, 26 September

Please arrive early to allow time to pass through Transocean security.

7:30 am Registration, Coffee Service & Networking

8:05 am Welcome & Introduction: Matt Eve, Chair, IADC Houston Chapter; VP Marketing Strategic Accounts, Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc.

8:15 am Market Outlook:  Cinnamon Edralin, Head of Rig Market Research, Esgian
Insights on the state of the global drilling market will be presented.

8:45 am Deepwater Revival: Changing the Industry by Necessity?
The last business cycle decimated the deepwater industry in terms of broad business impact throughout the well construction value chain.  As the demand for petroleum increases and deepwater prospects return to active drilling programs, can the industry recover and what will be different?  Drilling contractors, operators, and service providers have changed as has industry so that past practices in terms of re-commissioning rigs and equipment will be difficult. Is the ecosystem of supporting stakeholders still capable or even willing, to design and manufacture drilling rigs or equipment, both offshore and onshore for the next replacement cycle? Do we need to act now not to be too late, or risk being stuck with obsolete designs not capable of supporting more efficient ways of working? Will the nature of cooperation and competition change to reflect new business priorities and technology capabilities? What are the defining aspects of the next five years? What kind of cooperation is needed with industries outside of the drilling industry to keep them engaged?

9:45 am Safety as an Outcome of the Management Equation: A Systemic Approach to Safety in Offshore Teams: Dr. R. Aylmer, PhD, Partner, Aylmer Human Development
In this presentation, we present real cases based on qualitative research that point out the distance between “work as imagined” by shore-based leaders and teams and “work as done” by entry-level employees, with recommendations to broaden the perspective on managing personnel offshore.

10:15 am Coffee Service & Networking

10:35 am Contractor Panel
Drillers representing the offshore sector will share insights on training, recruiting, and attracting talent, safety & compliance, and competency.

  • Eric Midden, General Manager – Operations, Valaris
  • Ben Pomford, Operations Manager – GOM, Noble Drilling
  • Jess Richards, VP Operations, Transocean
  • Patrick “PJ” Janes, Managing Director/Area Manager – Gulf of Mexico & West Africa Operations, Diamond Offshore Drilling
  • Dustin Torkay, Director of Operations, Seadrill

12:05 pm Luncheon & Networking

1:15 pm Key Drilling Markets: Matthew Hale, Vice President of Supply Chain Research, Rystad Energy
Mr. Hale will share his thoughts on active drilling markets both onshore and offshore.

1:45 pm Offshore US Regulatory Update
This session will feature the regulators’ insights and observations on trending issues and concerns relating to the performance of prevailing offshore operations. The ensuing conversation will provide chapter meeting attendees the opportunity to directly engage regulators in pertinent discussion regarding questions and clarifications sought by industry stakeholders in the performance of offshore and related activities.

  • Matt Denning, United States Coast Guard
  • Tom Horan, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs – Offshore, International Registries, Inc. (IRI)

2:45 pm Coffee Service & Networking

3:00 pm Operators’ Perspectives
Operators representing various regions will share their perspectives on market outlook, drilling plans, current challenges, and opportunities for the offshore sector.

  • Joseph Leimkuhler, COO, Beacon Offshore Energy
  • Matt Naeher, Sr. Commercial Advisor – Wells, ExxonMobil Upstream
  • Adam Shrives, Sr. Vice President, Hornbeck Offshore
  • Molly Smith, VP Drilling, Murphy Oil & Gas

4:30 pm Adjournment: Matt Eve, Chair, IADC Houston Chapter; VP Marketing Strategic Accounts, Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc.

Program Committee

  • Dustin Torkay, Seadrill
  • Garrett Reinert, Valaris
  • Jeff Kessler, Blake International Rigs, LLC
  • John Williams, IADC Houston Chapter Vice Chair; Unit Drilling
  • Matt Eve, IADC Houston Chapter Chair; Patterson UTI Drilling
  • Patrick Ewbank, Noble Corporation
  • Remko Hiinloopen, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.
  • Shawn Vigeant, Transocean
  • Leesa Teel, IADC


There are five 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. Sponsors will receive high profile recognition before, during and after the forum. IADC membership required to be eligible.

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

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