IADC Advanced Rig Technology 2019 Conference & Exhibition

“Exploring Advanced Technical Solutions for Onshore and Offshore Drilling”

Start: 22 October 2019
End: 23 October 2019

Venue: Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre
Location: Amsterdam

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  • Registration fee: € 750 Member / € 937 Non-Member.
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The 2019 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference, organized by the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee, is a leading forum exploring the state of the art in rig technology, downhole operations, and seamlessly integrating the two with minimal human intervention. IADC 2019 ART will focus on advances and challenges in both land and offshore rig technology. 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, cybersecurity and more. The committee has developed operational guidelines, assessed pros and cons of advanced drilling technology and developed new definitions.

Conference Program

IADC Advanced Rig Technology 2019 Conference & Exhibition
“Exploring Advanced Technical Solutions for Onshore and Offshore Drilling”

22 October 2019

07.30 Speaker Briefing (conference speakers and session chairs only) 

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

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing

  • Leesa Teel, Vice President, Conferences & Membership, Chief of Staff, IADC

08.35 Keynote Presentation: Celine Genevieve Martin, Head of Rig & Services Strategy Coordination, Total

09.00 IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee Update & Interactive Audience Response
Session Chair: Robin Macmillan, Senior Vice President, National Oilwell Varco

ART Subcommittees have been busy all year focusing on industry issues of high priority to IADC members. This session will provide a brief update on project progress and a synopsis of future plans.

As a bonus, attendees will be asked a series of questions about drilling technology. IADC’s Automated Response system will display results in real time for all to consider and review.

  • ART Drilling Controls Subcommittee: Assaad Mohanna, National Oilwell Varco; DCS Chair
  • ART BOP Controls Subcommittee: Michael Estep, Noble Corporation; BOP Controls Chair
  • ART Spark Tanks: Robert van Kuilenburg, Noble Corporation; ART Committee Chair
  • Project Update on Data Stewardship: Robin Macmillan, National Oilwell Varco

10.00 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

10.30 Offshore Operations
Session Chairs: Goof Zijderveld, Technology Coordinator Drilling & Mining, GustoMSC, & Keith Ross, Strategic Business Manager, Halliburton

Drilling at 12,500-13,000 ft of Water Depth with 7th Generation Drillship: Kristian Hansen, Lead Structural Engineer, Konstantin Puskarskij, Head of Commercial Support Center, Maersk Drilling
Ultra-deep-water O&G prospects recently capped by 12,000 ft of water depth due to generation 7 vessels design limitations currently started to be extended to 12,500-13,000 ft of water depth and even beyond. Paper elaborate on the feasibility of the 7th generation floater conduct drilling activities at water depth up to 13,000 ft but also methods employed to confirm such ability.

Machine Learning Applications for Riserless Drilling: John Henley, Senior Wells Engineer, Shell
New work that was conducted in support of riserless drilling applications will be shared as well as the outlook for hydraulics for riserless drilling and video based early kick detection results. The challenges with riserless drilling, the solution with time-series neural nets will be shared and how the NN’s performed, including the ability to detect a drilling kick several stands before the crew could detect it are shared and video based riserless early kick detection system and its success in detecting gains and losses will be explained.

Field Development Semi-sub with Heave Compensated Drill Floor to Improve Efficiency, Safety and Impact on the Environment: Dieter Wijning, Product Manager Drilling, David Roodenburg, Huisman Equipment
The key challenge for successful tie-back projects is cost reduction and accelerated first oil production. Other challenges for harsh environment floating rigs are reduction of Non-Productive Time (NPT) caused by downhole issues and Waiting on Weather, which can range from 15 to 35%. The presentation will describe a multi-functional field development semi-sub with a massive flat deck to perform all field development work including installation of manifolds and flexible jumpers. Both features will reduce the field development cost and will accelerate first oil. The semi further features a Heave Compensated Floor, a movable drill floor, which can heave compensate tubulars when hung off in the slips, enabling MPD system on floaters and running completions in heavy seas.

12.00 Luncheon, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

13.15 Panel: Winning in Times of Change
Moderator: Guido van den Bos, Business Development Europe, Africa & Middle East, National Oilwell Varco

As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, change is the only constant in life. In the drilling industry, significant changes are under way, both in terms of our business models and our technologies. In times like these, how can companies ensure that they end up on the winning side amid these big changes? How can companies transform themselves to becomes agents of change, rather than simply react to change and hope for the best? In this panel, speakers will talk about strategic risk taking, as well as look at how other industries have responded to big shifts in their businesses, providing examples of successes and failures.

  • John F. Carrier, Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School
  • Peter Achten, Owner & Director, Innas B.V.
  • Terry Barrett, Chief Operating Officer, CAVU International

14.45 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

15.15 Automation
Session Chairs: James Franks, Director, Technology Development and Implementation, Pioneer Natural Resources & Sean Halloran, Vice President, Wellsite Technology, Ensign

Drill Faster, Drill Leaner: Results from Testing of an Integrated Drilling System: Vinay Pemmansani, Field Test Coordinator, John David Rowatt, Beatriz E. Barbosa, Alexandre Jourde, James Cahalane, Juan-Carlos Yepez, Paul Thow, Schlumberger
Safely achieving consistently high performance in land drilling requires an integrated drilling system that combines data-driven workflows, advanced mechanization and a new crew model. This study outlines the steps taken to validate and verify the many components of this new integrated drilling system and the complex interplay between these components. A well was designed to assess well construction workflows and software, hardware and surface equipment, downhole systems and the well delivery organization. The resulting digital drilling plan was implemented to drill the test well. During operations, over 50 individual tests were conducted, and 62 key performance indicators validated.

Drilling Mud Process Control – A Step Change in Automatic Mud Management: Jan Ole Skogestad, Research Scientist, Manuel Aghito, SINTEF Industry & Jan Atle Andresen, Regional Director Huisman, Jelmer Braaksma, , Jan Ove Brevik, Equinor, George Gibbs Smith, Intelligent Mud Solutions

By controlling the mud properties in real-time during the drilling operation, new steps towards automation of the drilling operation may be taken. Experiences from a demonstration test combining real-time monitoring of mud density and rheology with wellbore hydraulic modelling and a control system that adjusts mud properties in real-time are presented. A full-scale facility with drilling rig and a 400 m deep test well was used during the demonstration.

Integrating Best in Class Stick and Slip Mitigation Technology into an Open Platform Process Automation Control System: Fawzi Irani, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, North America, Duane Cuku, Ariel Torre, Precision Drilling, Nathan Tuckwell – Shell
The presentation shares our experience of integrating a proven soft torque controller into an open platform process automation control system from concept to field deployment. It discusses the challenges from a rig integration point of view as well as the successful results of the initial field trials.

16.45-17.45 Welcoming Reception, Poster Session & Open Exhibition


23 October 2019

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

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing

08.35 Keynote Presentation: Simon Drew, President Land Drilling, KCA Deutag Drilling

 09.00 Operators Perspective Panel
Moderator: Duane Cuku, Vice President Sales, Precision Drilling Corporation 

How are major operators responding to the market dynamics as we emerge from the deepest downturn most of us in the industry can recall? Is drilling within cash flow a sustainable policy or should the focus be on providing energy from multiple sources? Is more offshore activity required to both boost production and significantly replace reserves? Is automation providing the promised efficiencies? This panel will address many of the operational and financial challenges of the companies they represent. 

  • Xavier Rouzaud, Deputy Vice President Drilling & Wells, Total

10.30 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition 

11.00 Managed Pressure Drilling PD
Session Chairs: Robert van Kuilenburg, Mechanical Engineering Manager, Noble Drilling, & JG Samuell, Global Wells – MPD SME, ConocoPhillips 

The First Fully Integrated MPD Deep-water System Provides Drillers with a New Tool at an Affordable Price Point: Christian Stridsklev, MPD Eastern Hemisphere Sales Account Manager, Jan Gjersdal, Colin Munro, National Oilwell Varco
From concept to operation within 9 months this shift in the MPD Business Paradigm has enabled the Drilling Contractor to re-establish a Drillers fundamental responsibility towards well stability and control by providing a full monitoring capability with key inputs to the MPD operation via the rig’s standard drilling screens and optimises pressure control performance by actively controlling the mud pumps, top drive and drawworks in addition to the choke.

Continuous Circulation Drilling, MPD: Adding Value Through Safety Enhancements and Cost Control: Francesco Colaianni, Well Tech. Engineering Manager, Diego Ferrandes, Angelo Calderoni – Drillmec
Continuous circulation as an MPD technique provides a downhole steady-state condition and, as a result, the formations do not suffer from pressure oscillations while hole-cleaning and borehole stability improve, reducing the chance of problems while the hole is open. The case study showcases a deep water well in the Black Sea with a high level of uncertainty due to lack of calibration wells and seismic velocity anomalies due to gas effect. The system utilized brought to 58 operational days with 100% success rate, zero accidents and zero LTI. 

12.00 Luncheon, Poster Session & Open Exhibition 

13.15 Featured Presentation – Shell Scenario Sky, Meeting the Goals of the Paris Agreement: Wim Thomas, Chief Energy Advisor, Shell
The Sky scenario illustrates a technically possible, but challenging energy pathway for society to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit global warning to well below 2°C and preferably to 1.5°C. Sky builds on previous Shell scenarios publications and is our most optimistic scenario in terms of climate outcomes. This presentation also reflects on possible implications for the offshore energy industry.

14.15 Comparison of this Year’s Interactive Audience Response with Previous Years: Robin Macmillan, National Oilwell Varco, ART Committee Chair

14.45 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition 

15.15 Digitalization
Session Chair: Austin Johnson, MPD Technology Leader, AFGlobal 

Digital Standardization and Code Granularization of the World’s Most Widely-Used DDR Leads to Drilling Efficiencies: David Shackleton, Regional Manager, Americas, Independent Data Services, Robert van Kuilenburg, Noble Corporation, Nathan Moralez, BP, Robin Macmillan, NOV, John de Wardt, de Wardt & Company Inc., Mike Killalea, IADC
The world’s most widely-used daily drilling report has seen a major review and modernization procedure – led by leading industry companies, drilling and data specialists. The result is a standardized and digitalized granular report for the twenty-first century, that could lead to significant savings in manpower, increased data accuracy, standardized analytics tools, inter-company benchmarking and in turn lead to significant gains in safety, productivity, performance and cost optimization. 

Development of Ocyan’s Real-Time Integrated Operations Center Based on Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning (AI) and CBM Solutions – Ocyan Live: Rodrigo Chamusca Machado, CSD Manager, Weverton Nazario, Augusto Brito, Paloma Ferreira, Pietro Sales, Rodrigo Vellasco, Isaac Florencio, Cristiano Xavier, Marcos Berlinsky, Ocyan
The development of a Real-time Integrated analytics plataform based on Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning (AI) and CBM Solutions for Critical Equipment and accessible everywhere.

Condition Based Maintenance and Monitoring Solutions using Digital Twins: Kenneth Bhalla, Chief Technical Officer, Kelly Fisher, Stress Engineering Services, Jason Waligura, Laserstream
A life cycle condition based monitoring, maintenance and inspection system that can be deployed on the MODU, enabling resources to be deployed only when necessary, instead of on a calendar interval. The solution consists of: Performing a baseline inspection on the riser joints to assess their present state, Collecting the environmental and operating data when the rig is on site drilling, Feeding the environmental and operating data into a digital twin. The tuned digital twin can be used to predict future damage. 

16.45 Adjournment

Poster Session & Unassigned Papers of Note:
The following paper proposals will be included in the conference if a scheduled paper becomes unavailable. In addition, these presentations will be made available in the IADC conference proceedings, should the author so desire.

Novel Technology Enables Visualization of Real-time EFD and Vibration Data from Multiple Points in the Drillstring: Jennifer Taylor, DDS Engineer, Andrew Creegan, National Oilwell Varco
Presented is a case study of a rig in West Texas that employed multiple pressure sensors, distributed across the drillstring, transmitting high speed telemetry via wired drill pipe. Examined are examples of downhole events that were captured with ECD data. An easy to read visualization of the downhole events allowed the rig crew to instantly see the problems as they formed. A case is made that this visualization successfully digests multiple streams of data to a single, easy-to-interpret screen, thus enabling the crew to more quickly identify these problems as opposed to raw data transmission to an EDR.

Hydraulic Fully Automatic Rigs and their Advantages in Oil and Gas Wells Drilling: Zamir Abdullaev, CEO, PNG Drilling Co. Ltd.
PNG Drilling operates fully automatic hydarulic no drawworks, no floormen, no derrickmen rigs in Russia. PNG Drilling gained substantial 10 years experience in Russia from coldest regions of Siberia (-45 C) to the hotest area of Astrakhan and Kalmykya (Norht Caspian Sea onshore). Hydraulic fully automatic rigs allow Operators to drill faster, safer and more efficient. PNG Drilling presents advantages of hydraulic fully automatic rigs vs conventional drawworks rigs. Presentation is based on 10 years of PNG Drilling experience of such automatic rigs operaitons in Russia.



Program Committee Members

Andy Westlake, Ocean Rig
Austin Johnson, AFGlobal
Bob Judge, Baker Hughes, a GE company
Dan Gudall, MHWirth
Duane Cuku, Precision Drilling Corporation
Guido van den Bos, National Oilwell Varco
Han Tiebout, GustoMSC
Jon Holvik, MHWirth
Joop Roodenburg, Huisman
Keith Ross, Halliburton Energy Services
Marco Perez, Weatherford
Mitch Eichler, Parker Hannifin
Nathan Moralez, BP
Patrick O’Neill, Noble Corporation
Robert van Kuilenburg, Noble Corporation
Robin Macmillan, National Oilwell Varco
Sarah McElroy, KCA Deutag
Sean Halloran, Ensign Energy
Terry Boyd, Nabors Drilling
Terry Loftis, Loftis Offshore Oilfield Consulting
Thomas Myrvold, Cameron, a Schlumberger company
Linda Hsieh, IADC


Derrick Equipment Company

Drillmec S.P.A

Global Gravity ApS

Herrenknecht Vertical

Independent Data Services

igus GmbH


PetroDAQ International Ltd



SPM Marine & Offshore B.V.

Stress Engineering Services, Inc.

Exhibition Opportunities

The cost of each 3 x 2 meter stand is Euro 2300. Each standard shell scheme will be set with a skirted table, two chairs, access to electricity and 1 fascia with company name. With the standard shell scheme stand, you receive 1 complimentary conference registration and up to 2 additional registrations at half price or Euro 375. All registrations are including admission to the conference & exhibition, coffee breaks, luncheons, reception, and access to the conference proceedings. All personnel working the exhibition should be registered.

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. Non-members will receive an USD 200 discount on their IADC Membership when booking exhibition space. IADC Exhibitions will solely be visited by conference attendees. Non-conference attendees are not allowed to enter the exhibition area.

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!

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Sponsorship Opportunities

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.

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Diamond Euro 25,000
(10 Comps*)


Platinum Euro 15,000
(5 Comps*)


Gold Euro 12,000
(3 Comps*)


Silver Euro 7,500
(2 Comps*)


Reception Euro 12,000
(3 Comps*)


Luncheon Euro 6,500
(2 Comps*)


Brochure Euro 4,000
(1 Comp*)


Coffee Euro 3,750
(1 Comp*)

* Comps refer to number of complimentary registrations

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


Conference Venue & Hotel Information

Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre
Piet Heinkade 11, 1019 BR Amsterdam
Phone: +31.20.519.1200
Click here to visit the hotel website

Room Rates: Single Room €239,- per room per night including breakfast, service tax and VAT. 6% city tax is not included.
Cancellation Policy: Individual reservations may be cancelled free of charge latest 48 hours prior to arrival. 
Cut off Date: 20 September 2019, afterwards, the hotel will provide rooms at the Best Available Rate, subject to availability.
Reservations: can be made by calling +31 20 519 1234 or e-mail hotel.amsterdam@movenpick.com Please make sure to mention the IADC room-block to obtain the negotiated rate.

Warning: 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.


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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IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference & Exhibition