IADC Sustainability Conference & Exhibition


HSE + ESG: Ensuring Future Success

As IADC and its member companies strive to advance ESG (Environment, Social Responsibility and Governance), IADC’s long-standing Health, Safety, Environment, & Training Conference will take a different twist in 2021. IADC’s Sustainability Conference & Exhibition will specifically explore ESG, as it relates to industry, while covering our core activities in the HSE&T arena. ESG metrics will be used to determine the value of a company in the future and will be key to attract new talent to industry. The conference will be held 9-10 February 2021, at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside.

StartFebruary 9, 2021EndFebruary 10, 2021
CountryUnited States
Omni Houston Hotel - West Houston

2020 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

Conference Attendees


Exhibiting Companies

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
  • Government
  • Land Well Servicing Contractor

Registrants by Location

  • Registrants

2019 Event Demographics

Registrants by Job Title

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

Conference Attendees


Exhibiting Companies

Registrants by Company Type

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

Registrants by Location

  • Registrants
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Venue & Hotel

Omni Hotel Houston Westside

Address 13210 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079
Phone +1.281.558.8338

Negotiated Room Rate $158/$168
Single/Double Occupancy

NOTE: Rates available until 18 January 2021. 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

Omni Houston Hotel - West Houston
13210 Katy Freeway
Houston, Texas, USA 77079

Registration Information

As industry continues to navigate the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, IADC will tailor its 2021 conferences to better serve its members and their guests. For the 2021 conference line-up, IADC will offer two ways to attend – both in-person and virtual attendance options. Conference registration will be structured for these options. IADC will resume its member/non-member registration pricing for the 2022 conferences.

  • Registration fee: In-person: $550, Virtual: $467.50*  *Use PDF form to register virtual attendee
  • 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)
  • 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 conference 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.

Need Help? registration@iadc.org / +1.713.292.1945


Monday, 8 February

1:00 pm Joint HSE & Workforce Development Committee Meeting Separate registration required.

Tuesday, 9 February

7:30 am Registration, Coffee Service & Exhibition Texas Ballroom & Foyer

7:45 am Speaker Briefing (Speakers, Moderators & Session Chairs only) Texas Ballroom 5-7

8:30 am Welcome & Introduction  Texas Ballroom 5-7

  • Jason McFarland, President, IADC
  • Ryan Smallwood, Co-Chair, IADC HSE Committee; Patterson-UTI Drilling Company

8:45 am 2021 IADC Chairman Address: Bob Geddes, 2021 IADC Chairman; President, Ensign Energy Services

9:00 am Keynote Presentation

10:00 am Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing 

10:30 am Social Responsibility

What Do We Do When Human Errors Occur?: Yancey Edwards, Senior Manager – Safety and Leadership, The REACH Group
Why does the subject of human error come up so often during incident investigations? What do we, as leaders, need to do when we identify human error? How do we treat our people when mistakes are made and how can we use human error as an improvement opportunity for operational and safety performance?

Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Drilling Activities: Kevin Wallgren, Global Manager, Mark Salkeld, Business Development, Katch Kan USA LLC
The paper will present three studies conducted in different regions, Canada, USA and Latin America and show the amount of drilling fluids released to the environment under different drilling conditions. It was found that in all the cases, contamination could have been reduced by at least 98%.

 Sustainability Index for Well Panning, Engineering, and Drilling: A Metric-Based Methodology for Well Life Cycle: Robello Samuel, Chief Tech Advisor and Technology Fellow, Halliburton
Digital transformation is providing impetus to advancements in the oil and gas industry. We are at the crossroads of technologies such as real-time embedded systems, distributed public ledger (blockchain technologies), IOT, IiOT, sensors, cloud computing, digital twins, edge computing, and cloud communication. Despite such advancements, presently, there is no method for estimating sustainability when a well is designed or drilled and completed in real time. A new artificial intelligence-based methodology to estimate and display well design and tracking information is presented.

12:00 pm Luncheon & Exhibit Viewing   Lakeview Room

1:15 pm Out of Industry Lessons Learned: HEB’s Covid-19 Response: Lisa Helfman, Director of Public Affairs, HEB
HEB representative will discuss their safety precautions, emergency preparedness, supply chain management, messaging, and people with regard to Covid-19.

1:45 pm SPE Gaia Sustainability Program: Johana Dunlop, Technical Director, Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability, SPE
Introduction to the SPE Gaia Sustainability Program, where we reach deep within the oil and gas industry to mobilize and aggregate sustainability actions by balancing a sense of urgency without the sense of panic. 

2:15 pm The Pursuit of Net-negative Emissions Technology: Morten Kelstrup, COO, Maersk Drilling
Maersk Drilling plans to invest $1 million in California-based Clean Energy Systems to help develop a new technology named “Carbon-Negative Energy.” The concept, derived from a process developed for the aerospace industry, should lead to net-negative carbon emissions, assisting Maersk Drilling’s drive toward carbon-neutral drilling. Under the agreement, Maersk Drilling has an option to offset the emissions resulting from drilling for its customers or for the company itself. The Carbon-Negative Energy concept involves use of biomass waste as fuel to produce syngas, from which renewable natural gas and hydrogen is separated for sale. Resulting hydrogen-depleted syngas would be used to produce electricity with full capture of associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. And by using fuel that consumes CO2 over its lifetime, in combination with safe and permanent CO2 storage, Maersk Drilling said, the process results in net-negative emissions, effectively removing CO2 from the atmosphere.

2:45 pm Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing  

3:00 pm Environment

Onshore Drilling – Technology and Environmental Care, Now Together for the Future: Chiara Perotti, Environmental Manager, Luca Motti, Onshore Drilling Digital Transformation and Innovation Manager, Saipem SPA
Finally, environmental defense topics are becoming popular all over the world, awareness and responsibilities are being raised amongst people, companies and institutions. The Oil and Gas Industry has historically been considered as a source of pollution due to its final products and the energy source of its main activities. Within Saipem Drilling Onshore fleet, Rig 5946 and Rig 5913 reflect the new focus on this area of improvement undertaken by the Division. These two assets, equipped with 3000 Horsepower joystick-controlled Drawworks, have been working since 2017 in Kuwait on high pressure and temperature gas fields. In order to guarantee high performance, continuous effort is put in place by the management to optimize operations and HSE performance.  From the start of the operations to date, many initiatives have been implemented to make the activities more environmentally sustainable: green procurement, water recycle and plant growing, energy assessment, operation and power generation real time monitoring. In addition to this, different disciplines within the Drilling Onshore Division are working together to drive further changes in the near future: utilization of cleaner or renewable power sources, installation of energy storage systems for efficiency improve and peak shaving, logistics optimization.

Driving Value through Sustainability for Capital Access: Rita C. Reed, Sustainability Strategist, Jeff Dangremond, Consultant, Principal Financial Specialist, Round Rock Advisory
Investors are challenging oil & gas companies to rethink their portfolios and future capital investments and elevate disclosure of their sustainability performance. But despite increasing focus on ESG, many investors miss value creation levers. Therefore, we’ll explore how to embed ESG across the value chain to identify and tackle material risks and opportunities to unlock additional value and benefits for capital access. Investors want to understand how companies assess, manage and mitigate climate-related risks. This has led to increased demands for companies to share clear and defendable positions with respect to their climate-related financial risks. Many businesses will likely need to radically transform their business models to respond to market conditions calling for greater sustainability. This is a collective effort across multiple sectors but the world is watching the oil & gas sector’s ingenuity to adaptation and how we square up during these tumultuous times.

 How Low Can You Go? Pathways to Low-Carbon Drilling: Anton Rushakov, Senior Consultant, Kaitlyn Allen, President & CEO, Global Affairs Associates, LLC, Susan Agar, Atlas Impacts
As oil and gas super-majors move to meet the carbon reduction goals of Paris Agreement, promising significant reductions in greenhouse gases throughout their supply chains, drilling and services companies are seeking ways to compete in a low-carbon world. This presentation will provide an overview of select tactics that may be appropriate to help drilling contractors adapt profitably to the low-carbon transition, including corporate greenhouse gas management, voluntary market-based solutions such as carbon offset credits, and carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) technology applications.

4:45 pm Welcoming Reception & Exhibit Viewing Texas Ballroom & Foyer

Wednesday, 10 February

7:30 am Registration, Coffee Service & Exhibition Texas Ballroom & Foyer

8:30 am Welcome & Introduction   Texas Ballroom 5-7

  • Rhett Winter, Director, Government & Industry Affairs – Onshore, IADC
  • Lisa Mullens, Chair, IADC Workforce Development Committee; Transocean

8:40 am Keynote Address: Transocean’s Actions to Ramp-up Efforts to Decarbonize Offshore Rigs & Vessels: Darrell Pelley, Director Technical Marketing, Kenny Thomson, Marketing Manager, Transocean
Transocean Ltd. deployed what it claimed is the world’s first hybrid energy storage system onboard a floating drilling unit. The system is now operational on the semisubmersible Transocean Spitsbergen, which is drilling at the Equinor-operated Snorre field offshore Norway. Trans ocean’s patented hybrid power technology, developed in partnership with Aspin Kemp and Associates, is said to reduce fuel consumption and increase a dynamically positioned (DP) rig’s station-keeping reliability by capturing energy generated during normal rig operations that would otherwise be wasted, and storing it in batteries. This energy is then used to power the rig’s thrusters.

9:10 am IADC Young Professionals Committee Panel
Throughout 2020, COVID-19 quickly transformed the working world in a number of ways. With stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions in place, most office-based workers shifted to working from home. What are the impacts to young professionals in the drilling industry? How will it impact training and development? Will there be long-term career implications for this cohort of workers? IADC’s Young Professionals (YP) committee will report the results of a web-based, multi-discipline survey conducted with professionals throughout the industry to provide answers to these questions. 

10:10 am Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing

10:40 am Orphan Wells: Texas Railroad Commission (Invited)

11:10 am Evolving Risks in the Water Transfer Industry: Glenn Legge, Partner, Cade White, Senior Associate, HFW, Dean Fanguy, Director of Business Development, Natasha Cherednichenko, TETRA Technologies, Inc.
Water management has become increasingly important as produced water becomes more valuable and operators are pressured to reduce costs associated with water transfer/disposal increase. The water management industry’s focus on optimizing operations and reducing costs has led to technological advances in automation that can increase operating efficiency and reduce fuel consumption and pressure-related events that could cause safety issues and downtime. Through an industry and legal lens, relevant issues regarding the evolution of automated water management, ownership of produced water and the commercial and regulatory risks associated with same are analyzed and options for improved operating efficiency and risk minimization are explained.

11:40 am 3-D Dynamic Risk Assessment Monitoring System: Renan Carvalho, Process Safety Manager, Carlos Junior, Sustainability Director, Ocyan SA
3-dimension dynamic risk assessment monitoring system was created to improve fleet Process Safety Management, providing Rig Management onshore and offshore specific tool that allows to check rig operational risks in real time, supporting assertive decisions and improving operations. Using LOPA and Bow tie risk assessment methodologies, the 3-Dimensions dynamic system monitors human, organizational and physics risk assessment barriers, providing automatic LOPA dynamic calculation based on barriers real time condition considering rig equipment, weather conditions, crew members qualification, training needs, Management System forms, checklists and surveys like permit to work audits, area surveys, drillers daily checklists.

12:10 pm  Luncheon & Exhibit Viewing

 1:25 pm How to Develop ESG at your Company – The Basics/How the Investment Community Looks at ESG Investments within Companies: Jade Strong, Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Nabors
Companies generally focus their goals on how to build and sustain profits, however, environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) is becoming a larger consideration for investors.  For an industry that is viewed as lagging behind, how do you demonstrate a sincere commitment to ESG and what resources and capital do you devote to this area? Additionally, the various standards and rating agencies differ wildly in how and what they measure which all adds to the challenge. This presentation will help you develop or refine your ESG program.

1:55 pm ESG/Sustainability Panel
Panel  of onshore and offshore contractors discussing their current approach to sustainability – including challenges and successes of their journey thus far. 

  • Alan Quintero, Sr. Vice President, Business Development, Valaris
  • Additional panelists to be named

3:25 pm Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing

3:35 pm Leadership Panel

  • Questioning Leadership and Leadership Questions: The Power of Unique Perspectives: Andrew Knight, Senior Manager, Asia Pacific, The REACH Group
  • Front line Leadership Development: Terry Barrett, Chief Strategy Officer, CAVU
  • Safe and Efficient Operations Consistently: Kris Callen, President, The Callen Group

4:35 pm Adjournment

Conference Program Committee

  • Clyde Loll, Gulf Marine Contractors
  • Cody Ashley, Latshaw Drilling
  • Dave Massey, The REACH Group
  • Derek Hibbard, Seadrill
  • John Karish, GTZ Consulting LLC
  • Lisa Mullins, Transocean
  • Melvin LeBlanc, Shell E&P
  • Mike Truitt, Independence Contract Drilling
  • Nicolas Le Gouhinec, Valaris plc
  • Paulo Moritz, Noble Drilling
  • Richard Grayson, Nabors Industries
  • Rium Johnson, National Oilwell Varco
  • Ryan Smallwood, Patterson-UTI
  • Brooke Polk, IADC
  • Rhett Winter, IADC

Conference Exhibitions

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

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, 8 February. All booths must be completely set up by 6:30 am on Tuesday, 9 February.

  • You may tear down your booth space after the last break ends on Wednesday, 10 February.

  • 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 or $275.

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.

IADC Membership is mandatory for booking an exhibition space at this event. IADC Exhibitions will solely be visited by conference attendees. Non-conference attendees are not allowed to enter the exhibition area.

Exhibition space is sold on a first come, first served basis!
Interested? Contact stephanie.carling@iadc.org / +1 713.292.1945


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. The conference sponsor will receive high profile recognition before, during and after the conference. IADC membership required to be eligible.

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

COVID-19 Safety Updates & Information

Travel advice for Houston, Texas: https://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/Resources/2019-Novel-Coronavirus/Travel

Safety & Hygiene measures for Omni Houston Hotel Westside: https://www.omnihotels.com/omni-safe-and-clean

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