IADC Drilling Middle East 2021 Conference & Exhibition


Although the Middle East market has remained resilient through the downturn, this region continues to face challenges around workforce development, drilling efficiency, safety and security, and equipment maintenance.
The 2021 IADC Drilling Middle East Conference & Exhibition will bring together industry leaders and drilling professionals to discuss such challenges and share best practices. Cutting-edge technology advances, including drilling automation, will be featured, as will case studies of relevant technical achievements. The premier event also will highlight evolving approaches to safety and training, providing practical information on new tools and processes that can be used to improve HSE performance.

StartDecember 13, 2021EndDecember 14, 2021
CityAbu Dhabi
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi

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Registrants by Job Title

  • Management
  • Geologist/Geophysicist
  • Quality, Health, Safety & Environment
  • Library/Miscellaneous
  • Training/Education
  • Company Owner/Corporate Officer
  • Completion Engineer
  • Student
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Drilling & Completion Engineer








Registrants by Location

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Registrants by Company Type

  • Equipment Manufacturer
  • Land Drilling Contractor
  • Land/Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Major Oil Producer
  • Trade/Professional Association
  • Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Oilfield Service/Consultant
  • Government
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Venue & Hotel

Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, UAE - Booking.com

Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi

Address Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed St – Al Tibbiya W13-01 – Abu Dhabi, UAE
Phone +971 2 304 7777

Negotiated Room Rate AED 505.00
All Prices are inclusive 10% Tourism and Municipality fee, 10% service charge and 5% VAT and AED 15.00 Room Municipality fee.

NOTE: The negotiated room block will be released by 12 November 2021, please make your bookings timely to be ensured of a sleeping room.

Cancellation Policy
All reservations made through the reservation link will be subject to cancellation fees if cancelled within 3 days prior to the arrival date.

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

Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed St - Al Tibbiya, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Registration Information

As the 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: $950, Virtual: $808*      *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 guests are not eligible for online registration.
    (Please contact europe@iadc.org to obtain the correct registration form)
  • 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 europe@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.

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Monday, 13 December

07.00 Conference Registration, Coffee Service, Poster Session & Open Exhibition 

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing: Hisham Zebian, Vice President – Eastern Hemisphere, IADC

08.40 Keynote Presentation

09.00 Session: Human Resources

Session Chair: Nikolay Dimitrov, Commercial and Business Development Manager (Middle East), KCA Deutag



Coaching & Mentoring to Unlock the Full Potential and Achieve the Organization Strategic Goals: Sami Al Sharkih, Senior Manager, Training & Development, ARO Drilling
The unexpected change in economy, technology and the localization of workforce are key factors that influence the need of knowledge transfer and education. In this presentation, will talk about the importance of two development approaches which are coaching & mentoring, I’m going to discuss the experts’ point of view, some of the theories, concepts, and types to meet the different needs of businesses. In addition, will present ARO Drilling current practices and future initiatives to enhance people development.

Proactive Rig Activations (Crew Training): Nick Coyle, Drilling Subject Matter Expert, IAS International
Without question, the most effective method of achieving a standard of “operational excellence” is to improve the competence standards of the workforce by way of progressive and continuous training, development, and assessment in an environment that promotes a culture of continuous improvement. By implementing this method of rig start up, the industry can move towards the goal of zero accidents/incidents, increase in overall crew competencies, increased revenue efficiency, reductions in NPT and an industry wide, well established method for all future successful rig activation projects.

10.00 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

10.30 Panel Discussion: How Do We Retain Knowledge in the Industry?
Moderator: Morgan Munter, Human Resource Director, Seadrill
With oil prices being a decisive factor in the oil & gas industry workforce and knowledge retention activities, the panel will discuss what the industry is doing regarding knowledge loss from old employees and how is it transferred to new employees. Is the oil & gas industry paying the price twice with every downturn? The panel will include different views from Human Capital & operation professionals, leadership coaches and also a students point of view in what the young generation thinks of the oil & gas industry, and if the industry is doing a good job in attracting the best talents?


Wesley Spence, Safety, Performance and Leadership Coach, CAVU Intl


Chris French, Business Development Executive – Europe, Middle East & Africa, The REACH Group


Derrek Massie, Vice President Human Resources, Vantage Drilling

12.00 Luncheon, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

13.30 Session: Technology & Innovation
Session Chair: Erin Wilson Cunning, Vice President-Jack-ups, Seadrill Global

Operational Performance Training using High Fidelity Simulations and Advanced Human Performance Techniques: Kuhanesapathy, Senior Drilling Engineer, Khairul Amir, PETRONAS, C. Battisby, Drilling Systems, G. Wallace, B. Christie, Salos Sunesis.
This paper highlights the excellent results achieved by a Malaysian Operator and its business partners utilising a unique coaching and training methodology, for a challenging well project. The team collaborated closely with the operator to develop highly realistic simulations, using the latest digital twin technology. The simulations were combined with technical and advanced human factors coaching at the rig site which accelerated learning and resulted in top quartile performance.

The Design Process Behind a Fully Rig-Integrated Managed Pressure Drilling System: Martin Culen, Chief Commercial Officer, Glenn-Ole Kaasa, Christian Berg, Sean Minnie, Chris Leleo, and Mark Hartle Kelda Dynamics.
In this presentation, we will reveal details behind the design process of a fully rig-integrated managed pressure drilling (MPD) system, from the development to commissioning of the first system in the field. We will highlight some important aspects relating to integrating an advanced MPD control system fully into the drilling control system with a dedicated user interface to the driller, and how such systems should be tested to ensure adequate performance and reliability over the full range of expected operating conditions and possible failures.

The Risk of Driving Blindfolded: Tommy Evensen, Specialist Engineer Digital Technology, MH Wirth
External threats to operational technology involve high risk of significant downtime. An analysis of potential security breaches throughout the whole process control systems can be obtained through detection and logging capabilities. Thus, cyber forensics identify breaches and collect evidence with the aim to respond in a timely manner and prevent future threats. This presentation will help to understand the implications of events and incidents on operational technology and how Threat Detection Systems and a solid architecture can be of help to protect your networks and digital initiatives.

15.00 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

15.30 Panel Discussion: Innovative Contracts


Moderators: Attila Vasvary, International Account Manager, H&P International Holdings LLC & Nikolay Dimitrov, Commercial and Business Development Manager (Middle East), KCA Deutag

  • Olga Labai, Director, Oil and Gas Consultants.
  • Mike Finlay, Head of Commercial and New Business (Land), KCA Deutag
  • Joe Lockridge, Senior Business Development Manager, MEAP, Parker Drilling
  • Marc Dahm, EH Manager -Rig Management, Halliburton

17.00-18.30 Welcoming Reception & Open Exhibition, Sponsored by IADC Southern Arabian Peninsula Chapter

Tuesday, 14 December

07.30 Conference Registration, Coffee Service, Poster Session & Open Exhibition 

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing: Hisham Zebian, Vice President – Eastern Hemisphere, IADC

08.40 Keynote Presentation: 


09.00 Panel Discussion: Rig Automation
Moderator: Kees van de Vrede, Drilling Advisor, Dubai Petroleum


This panel will not only cover the usual rig automation topics, such as off-line operations and pipe handling equipment, but as well how modern downhole technology and real-time data analysis coupled with surface equipment can reduce on bottom drilling time and flat time.


Mayez Al Isber, Middle East BDM, Petrolink International limited

  • Joel Ferland, Director of Engineering, Helmerich & Payne


Nathan King, Sales Director, National Oilwell Varco

10.30 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

11.00 Session: Human Resources
Session Chair: Gary Castell, Business Development Manager – New Markets, Sparrows FZE

Ensuring our Future Success by Retaining the Knowledge: Steve Taylor, Human Resources Director, IAS International
The Drilling Industry’s ageing workforce is an issue that has caused concern for many years. The oil price crash in 2014 saw thousands of workers leave the industry then, just as we were starting to recover, the Covid-19 pandemic dealt our industry another blow. These events exacerbated the aging workforce problem and also meant very little new talent was recruited and developed over the last 7 years. We must find ways to utilize the skills, knowledge, and experience of the people who are likely to leave the industry in the next 5-10 years before that expertise is lost to us forever. Having sufficient numbers of competent workers who can carry out their duties safely and efficiently is the biggest challenge our industry will face over the next 5 years.

Extended Reality Applied to Training: The Change of Paradigm: Ivo Speranza, Technical Support Manager, Anibal Rodriguez, Ernesto Rodriguez, Global Computer Reality Training Technology
Technology is a very important tool for the training of industry personnel, but this technology must be applied thinking of the person who is going to receive it. It cannot be pretended that an operator who works dynamically for 12 hours a day sits listening to a person speak for hours to transmit knowledge. This does not work, we waste time, we have the tools, but we must use them well. We have changed the paradigm, not only with the use of technology, but also with our vision of the training method.

12.00 Session: Well Control Solutions
Session Chair: Gary Castell, Business Development Manager – New Markets, Sparrows FZE

Creating the Next Generation of Well Control Solutions Through Electrification of Pressure Control Equipment: Samantha Beim, Product Champion, Matthew Olson, Matthew Givens, Schlumberger
Recent developments in batteries and stored energy have brought significant changes to the products we use in our everyday lives. The advances in this enabling technology means it is time to make a step change in Well Construction. This presentation will cover Schlumberger’s transition from hydraulics to the Electrification of Cameron Pressure Control Equipment. Included is an introduction to the benefits and challenges, the development roadmap, and the long-term ambitions of this program.

12.30 Luncheon, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

14.00 Panel Discussion: ESG-Sustainability


Moderator: Wayne Bauer, Director of QHSE, Vantage Drilling

ESG or Environment, Social and Governance, is a term that has gained prominence over recent years and investors, operators and local governments are placing increasing expectations on Drilling Contractors in this area. Generally ESG is considered to describe areas that characterise how a company ensures a sustainable, responsible and ethical approach to business but what does ESG mean for the Drilling Industry? This panel discussion will explore how our industry is managing this new approach and what some of the strategies being implemented across the industry are.


Kenny Adams, Head of Land Drilling QHSSET, KCA Deutag

  • Panos Koutsourakis, Director, Sustainability Strategy, ABS

15.30 Adjournment

Poster Session and Unassigned Papers of Note:
The following paper proposals will be included in the poster presentation that is available for all conference participants in the exhibition area. If a scheduled paper becomes unavailable, one of the alternate papers might be presented. In addition, these presentations will be made available in the IADC conference proceedings, should the author so desire.

Case History: A Description of the Technical Experiences, Benefits and Challenges of a Real-time Drilling Fluids Monitoring System when Integrated into a Drilling Campaign: Reagan James, Fluids Specialist, Intelligent Mud Solutions AS.
This presentation will include the Operator’s experience and will expand on the 55000 hours of service time the RheoSense measuring system has provided to drilling operations to date. It will address the durability of the system, installing the equipment, the maintenance and monitoring requirements and data integration for well characterization compared to conventional drilling fluids practices. The true real-time drilling fluid data gained will be discussed relative to the mud engineer’s practice and process of providing the same properties.

Digital Transformation for Mobile Rigs: Armando Ochoa, Product Line Director & Joe Ghabach, Product Line Manager, NOV
This presentation details the introduction of digital transformation to mobile rigs utilizing existing technology used on traditional coil tubing rigs scaled to a service rig. This approach will expand data aggregation from coil tubing units conducting completions/drill outs operations and well service. A visualization consisting of digital readouts and was developed that is a simplified visualization that displays sensor data in a manner that the users are familiar seeing. Outputs and animation specific to mobile rigs operations (travelling block, mast lean scale, automatic slip detection) were then added to provide the user visual representation of the rig’s operations. Industry standard sensors were utilized to capture high resolution data processed. In addition, the same data archiving and visualization platform used for traditional rig instrumentation was utilized to provide users access to all drilling and post drilling activities on the same platform.

Conference Program Committee

  • Ahmed Abdelhady, Shelf Drilling
  • Walid Abed, Baker Hughes
  • Said Abdullah Al Mahrooqi, Petroleum Development Oman
  • Abdullah S. Al Marri, Saudi Aramco
  • Ghassan Al Muhanna, Bahrain Petroleum Company
  • Salman Ansari, Sakson Drilling & Oil Services DMCC
  • Wayne Bauer, Vantage Drilling
  • Gary Castell, Sparrows
  • Erin Cunning, Seadrill
  • Peter Cunnion, Northern Offshore Drilling
  • Nikolay Dimitrov, KCA Deutag
  • Raymond Dunn, Noble Corporation
  • Mike Edmonson, National Services and Drilling Company
  • Mohammad Eljaber, NOV
  • Salaheddin Elkatatny, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals
  • Mehdi Hamel, ARO Drilling
  • Joey Husband, Nabors Drilling
  • Marije van Koolwijk, DNO Technical Services
  • Mike Simpson, Cansco
  • Mike Strauss, Ensign Energy Services
  • Salaheddin Turki, ADNOC Drilling
  • Atilla Vasvary, H&P IDC
  • Kees van de Vrede, Dubai Petroleum
  • Mike DuBose, IADC
  • Hisham Zebian, IADC

Exhibition Information

Cost for the 3 x 2 meter Table Top Space + 2 complimentary registration is US $ 3.000.

The space will be set with a skirted table, two chairs and access to electricity. With the space, you receive 2 complimentary conference registration and up to 2 additional registrations at half price (US $ 950).

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 Exhibitions will solely be visited by conference attendees. Non-conference attendees are not allowed to enter the exhibition area.

For more information and exhibition bookings please contact us at europe@iadc.org or phone: +31.24.675.2252.
Reservations can be made by completing the letter of agreement and returning it by e-mail: europe@iadc.org.

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.

*Comps refer to number of complimentary registration

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

For more information and sponsor bookings please contact us at europe@iadc.org or phone: +31.24.675.2252

COVID-19 Safety Updates & Information

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Your Safety is Our Priority

The health and safety of all IADC participants at our live conferences will be our highest priority.

Please view below the IADC safety standards for our conferences, which will be used alongside those imposed by the venue’s own regulations and protocols.

Wearing a face mask will be mandatory at our live conferences.

Sanitization stations will be accessible throughout the venue.

Frequent cleaning and disinfection will be carried out especially in areas of the restaurant, conference room, exhibition area and further touchpoints.

Capacity will be limited in session rooms, the restaurant, and on the exhibition floor.

Refrain from physical contact and practice 2m social distancing.

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