IADC World Drilling 2020 Conference & Exhibition









Welcome – The IADC World Drilling Conference goes virtual!

Presentations and panel sessions will be recorded and made available for 60 days for conference participants exclusively.

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

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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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Registration Information

Presentations and panel sessions will be recorded and made available for 60 days for conference participants exclusively.

  • Virtual Registration fee: € 400,-
  • 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.
  • IADC offers discounted registration to full time students not currently employed in industry.  Please contact europe@iadc.org for further information.

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


Presentations and panel sessions will be recorded and made available for 60 days for conference participants exclusively.


14.00 CET Welcome & Introduction


Jason McFarland, President, IADC


Presentation of IADC Exemplary Service Award – Hege Kverneland
IADC Exemplary Service Awards recognize individuals notable for outstanding contributions to the drilling industry and to IADC. Recipients have, during their career, repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to improving the drilling industry and advancing its safety, training, or technology.


Julie Robertson, 2020 IADC Chair; Chairman of the Board, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, Noble Corporation


14.20 CET Keynote Presentation: Khalil Abderrazak – Vice President Drilling & Wells, Total

14.50 CET Panel Discussion: Global Market Outlook

Moderator: Josselin Gere, Director, Europe/Africa, Transocean

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 today’s industries fundamentals.


Kevin Neveu, President & CEO, Precision Drilling


David Phillips, Managing Director, Head of Equity Research, Developed Europe Global Research, HSBC Bank plc


Terry Childs, Director RigLogix, Westwood Global Energy

15.50 CET Break

16.00 CET Panel Discussion: Covid-19 Challenges & Lessons Learned 


Moderator: Erik Roesen Larsen, Head of HSSE Operations, Maersk Drilling

The COVID-19 health situation triggered the biggest crisis in the oil and gas industry and challenged drilling contractors, oil and gas producers and service partners to rethink how we run our business in a safe and efficient manner.

But the health situation did not only introduce a threat to our industry, it also presented us with an opportunity. An opportunity to significantly rethink how we man our rigs. An opportunity to rethink how we manage fatigue and an opportunity to learn from the entire industry on how to rethink our operating model.

Join us for this panel discussion where we will first discuss how a global drilling contractor managed to perform during the crisis by analyzing the situation, understand the contributing factors and pull the entire organization together to come up with solutions. We will then listen to another global drilling contractor who will share perspectives on fatigue management and the long term consequences of prolonged rotations and quarantine periods. Finally we will be joined by the oil and gas producer’s association and they will utilize their global reach to pinpoint global lessons learned and best practice.

The insights from these three panel members will provide you with inspiration on how you can continue to operate safely and efficiently even in the midst of a crisis while maintaining a focus on long-term wellbeing of your crews.


Pandemic Lessons Offshore: Dr. Robina McCann, Corporate Medical Doctor, Seadrill


COVID-19 a Year in, What Did We Learn?: Olav Skår, Safety Director, IOGP


From Reactive to Proactive in Pandemic Times: Martin Windfeld Velin, Head of HR Operations, Maersk Drilling

17.00 CET Adjourn



14.00 CET Welcome & Introduction: Lars Nydahl Jorgensen, Regional Director – Europe, IADC


14.00 CET Keynote Presentation: Jeremy Thigpen, CEO, Transocean

14.30 CET Panel Discussion: Social and Environmental Responsibility


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


Yolanda Garcia Mezquita, Deputy Head of Unit Strategy, EU


David Linden, Head of Energy Transition, Westwood Energy

16.00 CET Break

16.10 CET Panel Discussion: People – Attract, Develop & Retain!


Moderator: Brian Woodward, Vice President-Corporate Services, Noble Drilling Services


Moderator: Shane Marchand, Vice President Marketing, Helmerich & Payne

Over the past decade we have witnessed periods of unprecedented expansion and contraction in our workforce. Most recently, the global pandemic has altered, perhaps permanently, the way that companies operate.  With the shift to a ‘new reality’ in mind, 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.

Steven Harris, Global Head of Wells Heath, Safety, Security and Environment, Vysus Group


Olav Vorup Jensen, Head of People Skills, Maersk Training


Saad Imtiaz, Lead Engineer Field Services, Baker Hughes


Ken Fraser, Founder and Chairman, Norwell

17.10 CET Data Analytics and Remote Monitoring – How to Get Value


Session Chair: Marta Lafuente, Business Development Manager, National Oilwell Varco

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.

Cloud-based Analytics Using Real-Time Drilling Data Support Increased Automation: Philip Neri, Director of Marketing, Ross Philo, 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.

17.50 CET Adjourn

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
  • Marta Lafuente, NOV Grant Prideco
  • Shane Marchand, Helmerich & Payne IDC
  • Celine Martin, Total
  • Jennifer Medcalf, The REACH Group
  • Rob Munger, BP
  • Lamberto Nonno, Baker Hughes
  • Franco Pandolfi, Saipem
  • Miguel Sanchez, Nabors
  • Gerhard Thonhauser, TDE Group
  • Guido van den Bos, National Oilwell Varco
  • Brian Woodward, Noble Corporation
  • Lars Nydahl Jorgensen, IADC
  • Leesa Teel, IADC

Virtual Exhibition Opportunities

The virtual IADC World Drilling 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
  • Presentation of your services
  • Photo’s
  • Google maps
  • Easy buttons for Call/Email/Website
  • Company social media pages
  • Click here for an example

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 1500,- including 2 complimentary event passes (EURO 400,-) 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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