IADC International Well Control 2020 Conference & Exhibition

Welcome – The IADC International Well Control Conference goes virtual!

The 2020 IADC International Well Control Conference will seek to examine the innovations that are shaping the future of well control, from technology to personnel competencies.

This event will focus on timely technical presentations highlighting recent developments and innovations in technology, techniques, training, management systems, and a wide variety of other topics that affect well control. Presentations that pose provocative questions and prompt discussion are especially welcome.

StartOctober 13, 2020EndOctober 14, 2020

2018 Event Demographics

Registrants by Job Title

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








Registrants by Location

  • Registrants

Registrants by Company Type

  • Equipment Manufacturer
  • Government
  • Independent Oil Producer
  • Land Drilling Contractor
  • Land Well Servicing Contractor
  • Land/Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Land/Offshore Well Servicing Contractor
  • Major Oil Producer
  • National Oil Company
  • Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Oilfield Service/Consultant
  • Trade/Professional Association
  • Training
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Registration Information

  • Registration fee: EUR € 375
  • 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)
  • 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? Europe@iadc.org / + 31.24.675.2252



Tuesday, 13 October 2020

10.00 hours CEST
Welcome, Introduction:
Lars Nydahl Jorgensen, Regional Director-Europe, IADC



10.10 hours CEST
Keynote Presentation:
Leif Nelson, Chief Operational Officer and Senior Vice President, Seadrill



Wednesday, 14 October 2020


10.00 hours CEST
Welcome, Introduction:
Lars Nydahl Jorgensen, Regional Director-Europe, IADC


10.10 hours CEST
Keynote Presentation:
Erik Kirkemo, Senior Vice President Drilling & Well, Equinor



14.00 hours CEST
Panel discussion: Sustaining the Barriers that Prevent a Well Control Incident in Challenging Times
Moderator: Gary Kelso, Well Operations Manager, BP


In recent years, as a consequence of major incidents in our industry, improvements have been in the measures we have in place in drilling and completion operations to prevent a well control incident.  A panel made up from representatives from operators, drilling contractors, industry bodies, regulators … will discuss the key improvements made in these barriers, including; people related, equipment, the quality of processes and procedures. The panel will also address the challenges of maintaining the quality of these barriers in the current economic environment.


Erik Kirkemo, Senior Vice President Drilling & Well, Equinor


Sam Samuelsen, Drilling Manager, LOTOS Exploration & Production Norge AS





Kjetil Gjesdal, Executive Vice President MODU, Odfjell Drilling



Alan Milne, Director of Sales, National Oilwell Varco



*Keynote presentations and panel discussion will also be available on demand.



Market Outlook: Lars Eirik Nicolaisen, Deputy CEO, Rystad Energy




Session: Well Design and Planning
Session Chair: Stein Arild Tonning, Drilling and Wells Manager North Sea, DNO Norge AS

Bridging the Gap between Kick Tolerance Calculations and Operational Practices:
Ivo Selent, Senior Drilling Engineer, Mark Davis, Thierry Matthey, Schlumberger
Advanced well control models are used to calculate the kick tolerance and compare them to the standard model. The entire well control sequence from kick detection to shut-in and circulation can be evaluated.
The paper will show that transient modeling provides more and better detail than the conventional methods, so more competent decisions can be made.

Well Control Incident Statistics, Trends and Causes for the NCS: Roar Sognnes, Principal Engineer, Oyvind Tuntland, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway
Well Control Incidents (WCI) on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) have been systematically reported, classified and trended for many years as part of identifying the total risk level related to the petroleum activities on the NCS. This presentation will give insight into the different types of drilling activities that were ongoing at time of the individual incidents, as well as identifying root causes for the past three years.

Subsea Well Response – A Timeline: Neil Munro, Subsea Engineer, Chris Lund, Oil Spill Response Ltd
A timeline is provided for a simulated scenario where subsea loss of well control has occurred. Guidelines from the recently released reports from the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP Reports 592 and 594) will be used as reference to build the response time model providing an appreciation of the level of pre-planning and preparedness that is required.

Enhancing Passive Magnetic Ranging by Pre-magnetizing Casing for Wells with potentially Shallow Relief Well Intersect: Martin Myrvang, Senior Engineer, Add Wellflow AS, Jed Sheckler, Elliott Swarthout, David Mohler, Vector Magnetics LLC, Morten H. Emilsen, Ray T. Oskarsen, Add Energy AS
Cost reduction in drilling operations combined with exploration in the Arctic and formerly disregarded areas has led to an increase in wells with a shallow relief well intersect. High inclined wells due to the limited vertical window requires a direct intersect relief well with passive magnetic ranging (PMR). Pre-magnetization of casing enhance PMR and reduce the risk of long duration blowouts and hydrocarbon spill volume.


Session: Barrier Management
Session Chair: Corrado Leali, Well Area Manager North Europe – Americas – Kazakhstan, ENI

A New
Integrated Approach to Risk Assessment of Well Blowout Probability and Hydrocarbons Release Duration: Fabrizio Zausa, Manager Drilling & Completion Risk Analysis, L. Besenzoni, Eni SpA, A. Caia, G. Giudici, Kwantis srl.
This presentation will describe the Eni workflow, based on proprietary software, to assess the blowout risk, by far the most significant threat to upstream activities , which integrates the study of blowout scenarios and probabilities of occurrence with the evaluation of their impacts, in terms of blowout duration and hydrocarbons spill volume.


Drillmec Kick Mitigation System: Coupling Automation with Safety Standards to Mitigate Human Error in Well Control Scenarios: Francesco Curina, Head of Training & Elia Abdo, R&D Engineer and Technical Trainer, Leonardo Bori, Gilberto Gallo, Drillmec SPA.
The Kick Mitigation System (KMS) is a system that embodies Drillmec’s view of a safe working rig environment. It has the objective of assisting the rig crew in safety critical  operations, reducing the risks associated with the human factors. The results of the conducted field tests demonstrate how automation combined with real time monitoring can constitute a strategic asset especially for critical wells in Deepwater and HP/HT environments.


DP MODU Emergency Disconnect Barrier Strength and Weaknesses: Paul Landeråen, Leading Advisor D&W Facillities – Well Control Equipment, Lorents Reinås, Equinor ASA
Loss of station during a DP MODU operation while staying connected to a subsea well is an accidental scenario with potential catastrophic well control consequences. DP operations with the presence of a BOP emergency disconnect function is a requirement, but what constitutes a reliable emergency disconnect function? This presentation addresses how technical, operational and organizational barriers contribute to a reliable disconnect function.

Implication of Swap Out, Gas Solubility and Thermal Effects in Drilling and Completion: Dag Vavik, CEO, Future Well Control AS, Sigbjørn Sangesland, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Knut Steinar Bjørkevoll, SINTEF
Important results from a four-year research project will be presented. The major finding is that simultaneous loss and gas influx is more common than previously assumed. Another important finding is related to thermal effects particularly in deep water. The presentation will question the way primary well barrier is currently managed by the industry. New innovative solutions for EKD, MPD and drilling riser pressure protection will be presented.


Session: Data Collection & Information Sharing
Session Chair: Andrew Parkinson, Principal Technical Expert, Shell


Thad Dunham, Director, Government & Industry Affairs – Offshore & Michael Kucharski, Project Manager RAPID-S53, IADC
RAPID-S53 in a unique collaborative initiative within the drilling industry that brings operators, contractors and equipment manufacturers together to collect and analyze information related to well control equipment performance. RAPID-S53 stands for the Reliability And Performance Information Database for all equipment covered by API Standard 53. The mission of the JIP is to advance the safety and efficiency of global drilling operations by promoting improvements in the reliability and performance of well control equipment and related products and services.



Session: BOP Technology
Session Chair: Andrew Parkinson, Principal Technical Expert, Shell


Using Digital Twins to Test BOP and MPD Control System Software: Einar Leirvik, Project Manager, DNVGL
By utilizing a digital twin of the physical assets and the environment, it will be presented how BOP and MPD control system software can be tested in a lab environment, outside of the project’s critical path. Such testing will enhance efficiency and safety by identifying potential weaknesses related to control system execution, network stability, alarm systems, log-servers and operator user interface.


Session: Well Control Competencies
Session Chair: Øyvind Tuntland, Principal Engineer, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway


The Reduction in Human Factors Risk due to Automated Well Control: Bryan Atchison, Drilling Manager, Safe Influx
An overview of industry research into the frequency and causes of blowouts is presented. This is followed by a recommended solution and the benefits of Automated Well Control. The timeline of the technology development is discussed, followed by a video recording of the results of a successful field trial.

Assessment of Well Control Competence in Drilling Activities: Monica Ovesen, Department Manager, Arne Mikal Enoksen, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway
Well Control training has evolved in recent years following learning from major Well Control incidents such as the Macondo disaster and recommendations from investigations. The PSA conducted a survey in Q4 2019 in collaboration with Reflect and DNVGL. The survey reflected an in-depth study of roles and responsibilities and status of industry understanding of needed well control competence and training.


Session: Conventional and Unconventional Well Control
Session Chair: Gerhard Thonhauser, CEO, TDE Group


Digital Pressure Testing: John Hoefler, Engineering and Compliance Manager, Lloyd’s Register
The paper will discuss comparisons and associated challenges with the progression from analog chart recording to digital chart recording for pressure testing applications, and on to predictive chart recording. The goal is to determine one pressure drop rate for low-pressure tests and one for high-pressure tests and analyze predictive methods to shorten testing duration.

MPD Well Control Statistics: Sayamik Ameen, MPD Control System and Software Technical Manager, Rich Norton, Weatherford
The findings from the study demonstrate how automated early kick detection and control minimize influx volume and increase operational safety. The implementation of MPD system with such capabilities significantly reduces NPT by enabling circulating of an influx at full drilling rate and eliminating the operational delays such as the need for flow-check, BOP closure, weighting up mud and etc inherent with conventional well control.


Conference Program Committee

  • Giorgio Chiapponi, Pergemine
  • Paolo Croatto, Saipem
  • Gary Kelso, BP
  • Corrado Leali, ENI
  • Ronald Lee, Noble Drilling
  • Angus Mather, Baker Hughes
  • Alan Milne, National Oilwell Varco
  • Steve Mullen, Northern Offshore Ltd.
  • Andrew Parkinson, Shell
  • Thor Paulsen, Equinor
  • Mike Simpson, Cansco Well Control
  • Gerhard Thonhauser, TDE Group
  • Stein Arild Tonning, DNO North Sea
  • Øyvind Tuntland, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway
  • Bruce Worthington, Seadrill
  • Lars Nydahl Jorgensen, IADC

Virtual Exhibition Opportunities

The virtual IADC International Well Control Conference & Exhibition is the perfect opportunity for you to position yourself in front of the International Drilling Industry.

We offer you the opportunity to exhibit through an exhibition landing page which includes:

  • Company name, logo, details, and biography
  • Key products & services
  • Embedded video
  • Photo’s
  • Google maps
  • Easy buttons for Call/Email/Website
  • Company social media pages
  • See example: iadc.org/exhibitor-your-company-name/

Your virtual exhibition landing page will be made available/recognized at:

  • Conference website
  • E-broadcasts to targeted audience (± 10.000)
  • Recognition in advertisements and any marketing for the conference
  • Recognition in the confirmation e-mail to all conference delegates
  • Virtual announcement throughout the event
  • Included in conference proceedings
  • Included in online onsite conference program

The costs for a virtual exhibition landing page is EURO 1250,- including 2 complimentary event passes (EURO 375,-) and 2 discounted (50%) passes.

Interested? Please download the letter of agreement and return it to us at europe@iadc.org

Questions? Please contact us at +31 24 675 2252 / europe@iadc.org


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




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