IADC World Drilling 2020 Conference & Exhibition


IADC World Drilling 2020, the leadership event for wells professionals, will explore our industry’s challenges and opportunities from a strategic, leadership perspective. The conference will examine improving the value proposition from multiple perspectives – technology, diversity, contracting, collaboration, digital solutions, and more for all stakeholders. Through high-level panels and speakers and through cutting-edge technical papers, the conference will chart each inflection point and trace the path to the industry’s future.

StartDecember 8, 2020EndDecember 9, 2020
Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel

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2019 Event Demographics

Registrants by Job Title

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








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
  • National Oil Company
  • Trade/ Professional Association
  • Press

Registrants by Location

  • Registrants
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Venue & Hotel

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel

Address 18 Avenue de Suffren, 75015, Paris, France
Phone +33 1 46 62 45 76

Negotiated Room Rate € 320
Classic Room
incl. Breakfast, excl. Local City Tax, Country Tax, Regional Tax

NOTE: The negotiated room block will be released by the 8th of November, please make your bookings timely to be ensured of a sleeping room.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation of the room can be done without penalty up to the 8th November 2020. After this date the booking is non-refundable.

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

24 Rue Jean Rey 75015 Paris, France

Registration Information

  • Registration fee: € 800 Member / € 1000 Non-Member.
  • Federal government employees 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)
  • 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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Tuesday, 8 December 2020

07.00 Conference Registration, Coffee Service, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing

  • Jason McFarland, President, IADC
  • Julie Robertson, 2020 IADC Chair; Chairman of the Board, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, Noble Corporation
  • Johana Dunplop, SPE Technical Director – HSE, Affiliate – Schlumberger Professional Societies Program

09.10 Keynote Presentation: Khalil Abderrazak, Vice-President Drilling & Wells, Total

09.30 The Drilling Contractor as an Integrated Service Provider: A Novel Approach to Optimizing Mature Field Drilling: Cliff Kirby, Vice President Integrated Drilling Services, Khalifa Al Nuaimi, Ahmed Eldemerdash, ADNOC Drilling, Mohammed Sarhan Al Sawafi, ADNOC Onshore, Saad Imtiaz, Baker Hughes
This presentation will highlight the impact on the well duration when all concerned parties share the same common goals of 100% HS&E, reduced total well costs & increased efficiency.

10.00 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

10.30 Global Market Outlook
Moderator: Loren Singletary, Chief Industry Relations Officer, National Oilwell Varco

With another year of an extended downturn behind us we look forward to better times in the oil and gas industry, but when? It appears we have a bifurcated market with capital discipline and muted rig count growth in North America and slow growth in offshore and various international markets. The industry is also challenged by the demand/need for low carbon emissions from land and offshore drilling rigs. Additionally, ESG reporting is an important discussion point for the investment community.

This panel will bring together leading market analysis and investment community expertise together with senior management from both offshore and onshore drilling communities to discuss these industry fundamentals and their influence on the market.

  • Terry Childs, Director RigLogix, Westwood Global Energy
  • David Phillips, Managing Director, Head of Equity Research, Developed Europe Global Research, HSBC Bank plc

 12.00 Luncheon, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

 13.30 Data Analytics and Remote Monitoring – How to get Value
Session Chairs: Marta Lafuente, Business Development Manager, National Oilwell Varco, & Josselin Gere, Director, Europe/Africa, Transocean

DrillX Program: Data Analytics for Drillers, to improve even Further Total Safety and Operational Performances: Nicolas Baudouin, Head of DrillX Program, Remi Banquet, Guillaume Morash, Vincent Milville, Total
Discover DrillX program, Total Drilling & Wells Division data analytics program, within which a transverse team of Drillers, Data Scientists and Developers deliver and deploy, in Agile mode, new proprietary algorithms for monitoring and analyzing in real time drilling operations, including predictive analysis by Machine Learning, to significantly improve the safety and performances of its drilling operations.

A New Operating Model Leads to Success in Mauritania and Senegal: Hunter Fontenot, Drilling Engineer, Thomas Bond, Mohamed Abu Ahmed, Nicholas Mutch, BP
BP has successfully delivered its first drilling campaign in Mauritania and Senegal using a new Global Well Planning (GWP) operating model for managing drilling projects out of its Sunbury business hub. This presentation will provide detail into the organization structure of the GWP model, the information technology infrastructure required to support the operations and lessons from campaign.

Cloud-based Analytics Using Real-Time Drilling Data Support Increased Automation: Ross Philo, CEO, Philip Neri, Energistics
The presentation will define the data, analytic, decision and action processes for rig automation, followed by the data flows and the data standards governing real-time and cloud. The issues raised by the limitations of non-standard or legacy real-time data transmittal implementations when working with cloud infrastructure will be covered, with an overview of the current state-of-the-art.

15.00 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

15.30 Social and Environmental Responsibility Panel
Moderator: Lamberto Nonno, Global HSE Leader, Baker Hughes

In a low-carbon future, is natural gas invited to the dinner table or will it be on the menu?
What is the role of our industry in the low-carbon emission energy transition? What are the transition paths, opportunities, and challenges? Are we ready to change or will we be overtaken by the transformation?

With the oil and gas industry facing the challenge of maintaining a long-term license to operate, we will be asking prominent Leaders representing different perspectives, what are the Objectives, Technologies and Policies that will drive the energy transition; and discuss with them in what order and weight they will be encouraging change. Let’s understand together where we are now in the transition and how Gas & Oil companies and suppliers can respond to the challenge and thrive outside their comfort zone.

For the conversation, the following Leaders will join us:

  • Allyson Anderson Book, Vice President Energy Transition, Baker Hughes
  • Olivier Branellec, CFR Manager for Drilling & Wells, Total

17.00-18.00 Welcoming Reception, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

07.30 Conference Registration, Coffee Service, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by REACH

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing

  • Jason McFarland, President, IADC

08.35 Keynote Presentation: Anton Dibowitz, Chief Executive Officer & President, Seadrill

09.00 Panel: How to Adapt to Next Generation Oil & Gas Market Terms and Conditions
Moderators: Celine Martin, Rig & Services Coordinator, Total Upstream, & Bjørn Engedal, Chief Engineer, Equinor

The upturn in global onshore unconventional exploration and production activity is putting an increased focus at how the operators and drilling contractors manage both carbon footprint and associated social responsibility of big scale remote logistic operations. Offshore drilling has moved to deeper waters and harsher environment. Drilling Contractors are challenged by consolidations and a lack of interest from investors.

The world first 20k psi offshore field developments are in pipeline for execution. The next generation of conventional offshore reserves may require more technically advanced means of drainage strategies in order to make them commercial. This move into higher subsurface complexity imply a step up in well control and risk management. Digitalization and automation will be enablers to sanction future unmanned field development projects. This also put new demand to what competencies, rules and regulations and working processes to develop and capitalize at for operators in the years to follow. These changes must be addressed by operators and contractors in close collaboration and for mutual commercial benefit.

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

10.30 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by REACH

11.00 Workforce Attraction
Session Chairs: Adebayo Aremu, Operations Super Intendent Land BU, KCA Deutag, & Miguel Sanchez, Vice President Operations, Latin America, Nabors Industries

The New Element of Safety – The Safe and Respectful Workplace: Kristina Mays, Director Community Relations and Sustainability, Lisa Mullins, Transocean
In our industry, physical safety is the foundation of our operations and the baseline for success. As we consider the needs of our workforce and aim to increase diversity of gender and ethnicity, we recognized and began implementing practices to extend this baseline to include intellectual and emotional safety via our Safe and Respectful Workplace program, covered in this presentation. 

Shift to Remote Operations Transforming Drilling: Data, Value, Organization, Roles: John de Wardt, President, DE WARDT AND COMPANY, John Macpherson, Baker Hughes, Pradeep Annaiyappa, Nabors Industries
De-manning of drilling operations is the result of a robust digital infrastructure, systems automation, and the need to control operational costs. Interviews with service companies, drilling contractors and operators reveal business drivers and values of remote operation centers in de-manning rig-site operations, the impact of infrastructure and organizational change, and the critical role played by subject matter experts.

12.00 Luncheon, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

13.30 People – Attract, Develop & Retain!
Brian Woodward, Director – Operational Excellence, Noble Drilling Services, & Shane Marchand, Vice President Marketing, Helmerich & Payne

Over the past decade we have witnessed periods of unprecedented expansion and contraction in our workforce. As a result, there has been a steep reduction in students seeking degrees related to the oil and gas field.  At the same time, however, new talent is needed to drive further innovations and performance improvements.  This panel discussion will address attracting the next-generation workforce, development of both new and existing personnel, and retention of employees within the company and industry.

  • Tural Mammadov, Head of Learning and Capability Development, Socar AQS
  • Steven Harris, Global Head of Wells Heath, Safety, Security and Environment, Lloyd’s Register
  • Jacob Jespersen, Senior Management Consultant, Maersk Training
  • Saad Imtiaz, Lead Engineer Field Services, Baker Hughes
  • Ken Fraser, Founder and Chairman, Norwell

 15.00 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by REACH

 15.30 CO2 Reduction, Well Control and Harsh Environment
Session Chairs: Morten Kelstrup, Chief Operating Officer, Maersk Drilling, & Rob Munger, Operations Manager Africa Region, BP

Development of a Hybrid Energy Storage System Reduces Overall Carbon Footprint: Richard Verhoef, Product Line Director, Oddbjorn Oye, National Oilwell Varco
Reducing the carbon footprint of a drilling installation is of growing importance. A true hybrid energy storage system, whereby a flywheel system is working in conjunction with a battery system to optimize the recovery and release of energy, has been developed and is currently being tested. This presentation covers details of the system, the hurdles that had to be overcome, and lists its achievements.

Evolution of Automated Well Control – Kick Detection and Shut In: Bryan Atchison, Drilling Manager, Safe Influx
The frequency and causes of blowouts are established. The Topology of the solution is explained enabling the listener to have an overall understanding of the system. A short video capturing the technology is shown.

Brulpadda- 1AX: Innovating for Drilling in Very Harsh Met-Ocean Conditions: Aurelien Joathon, Head Prospective & Metier Management for Drilling & Wells, Total
To drill in the extreme Metocean conditions offshore South Africa, where no one had never dared to drill before, Total developed several innovations: a marine riser restraint system, the use of a tug to assist the station keeping, and the installation of high frequency radars to improve current forecast. This resulted in safe and successful operation for the Brulpadda-1AX well.

17.00 Adjournment

Poster Session & Unassigned Papers of Note:
The following proposals will be presented at the conference at the Poster Session. The proposals also might be included in the plenary 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.

Applying Artificial Intelligence to Achieve Further Drilling Efficiency, Challenges & Changes: Rodrigo Rendon, Well of Innovation Project Lead, Adebayo Aremu, Sarah McElroy, KCA Deutag, Ming Gao, Peter Sawyer, Endila Malcom Banks, Oil and Gas Technology Centre
We will discuss approach that has been followed, including the challenges that the organization faced to get these projects off the ground. Depending on progress and confidentiality, we will show some detail around the AI model(s) and the conclusions on the free text analysis, including some operational insight.

The Contribution of Corporate Social Responsibility to Sustainable Development: SOCAR AQS path to Sustainability: Gunay Huseynalizada, Sustainability Reparting Team Lead/Economic Planning Analyst, Socar AQS
Sustainability was initially viewed as an environmental issue. In last two decades it became clear that economic and environmental issues cannot be separated from social concerns. Not only governments but also businesses should act in favor of sustainable development through CSR. The UNGC is the largest CSR initiative in the world helping companies develop network of organizations sharing best practices to advance solutions to common challenges

Smart Offshore – Enabling a Safe and Sustainable Offshore Environment, Utilizing Smart Technology: Joel Thigpen, General Manager Segment Sales Offshore Drilling, Wärtsilä
This presentation will explore smart technologies that exist today in other industries that can be adopted and adapted for the offshore exploration market in an effort to remove inefficiencies and waste (financial and environmental), all while improving safety. The intent is to elicit new thoughts and ideas, and generate discussions of how we can collaborate, as an industry, in creating a safe and sustainable Smart Offshore ecosystem.

A Drilling Automation Journey from Concept to Execution: Nahum Ronquillo, Product Line Manager, Control Systems & Automation, National Oilwell Varco, Diego Arana, Noble Drilling, Jonathan Barry, ExxonMobil, Matt Jackson, National Oilwell Varco
This presentation details an automation journey and performance indicators obtained from a first implementation of a drilling automation system on a deep-water rig. Workflow processes and methodologies as well as data analytics are emphasized as key components with key performance indicators (KPIs) used to evaluate the success of this project.

Change of Cost Culture within Drilling & Wells Entity: Eric Moigny, Head of Drilling Engineering, Total
Following a continuing increase of cost within oil and gas industry, the Total Group launched a global program of cost reduction early 2014, ahead of the oil price slump. In the framework of this program, the drilling and wells entity implemented successfully various initiatives that reduced significantly wells expenditures. This presentation summarizes the main initiatives implemented and the results achieved.

Conference Program Committee

  • Adebayo Aremu, KCA Deutag Drilling
  • Nuno Correia, Valaris
  • Gordon Donald, Northern Offshore Ltd.
  • Markus Doschek, OMV E&P
  • Daniel Elias, GALP Energia
  • Bjørn B. Engedal, Equinor
  • Diego Ferrandes, Drillmec SpA
  • Josselin Gere, Transocean
  • Morten Kelstrup, Maersk Drilling
  • Hege Kverneland, National Oilwell Varco
  • Marta Lafuente, NOV Grant Prideco
  • Shane Marchand, Helmerich & Payne IDC
  • Celine Martin, Total
  • Rob Munger, BP
  • Lamberto Nonno, Baker Hughes
  • Franco Pandolfi, Saipem
  • Miguel Sanchez, Nabors
  • Gerhard Thonhauser, TDE Group
  • Brian Woodward, Noble Corporation
  • Lars Nydahl Jorgensen, IADC
  • Leesa Teel, IADC

Exhibition Information

The cost of each 2 x 3 meter stand is Euro 2.500. Each standard shell scheme stand will be set with 1 table, 2 chairs, 1 power point, 2 spotlights and 1 fascia with company name. With the stand, you receive 1 complimentary conference registration and up to 2 additional registrations at half price or Euro 400. All registrations are including admission to the conference & exhibition, coffee breaks, luncheons, reception, and access to the conference proceedings.

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.

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.
Space applications will be confirmed after receiving the signed letter of agreement and payment of the invoice. We will include your company in all marketing activities after receipt of payment.
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






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