The IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Conference & Exhibition serves as a leading forum to explore the state of the art in rig technology, downhole operations, and integrating the two seamlessly with minimal human intervention. 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 and more. The committee has developed operational guidelines, assessed pros and cons of advanced drilling technology, developed new definitions and more.

StartAugust 27, 2024EndAugust 28, 2024

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Monday, 26 August

2:00 pm  IADC ART Committee Meeting (Separate registration required)    Zilker Ballroom 3

Tuesday, 27 August

7:15 am  Registration, Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing Sponsored by KCA Deutag Foyer & Zilker Ballroom 1

7:30 am  Speaker Briefing  (Conference speakers, session chairs & moderators only)  Zilker Ballroom 3-4

8:05 am  Welcome, Introduction & IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee Update & Survey
IADC ART Committee co-chairs provide their second IADC ART Conference update for their two-year tenure. Topics discussed include goals, continuous improvement, committee structure updates, and current projects.  

  • Blaine Dow, Co-Chair IADC ART Committee; SLB
  • Sarah Kern, Co-Chair IADC ART Committee; Helmerich & Payne IDC

8:25 pm  Exhibitor Showcase
Exhibitor companies will have the opportunity to give a 1-2 minute pitch during the general session to feature their business/products and encourage attendees to visit their booth.

  • Rixio Morales, Pruitt
  • Additional speakers to be named

8:40 am  Keynote Presentation: Jesus Lamas, President, Well Construction, SLB

9:00 am Safety Session

Live Platform Eye Tracking Research: David Lobdell, Competence Manager, Steve Jarvis, BP
The presentation will provide findings from eye tracking research on live versus simulated drilling, human performance issues from layout, effects of Automation and Human Machine interface. The presentation will demonstrate software analysis from eye tracking glasses that support the findings and outline recommendations on improvements. These improvements would be for added simulator realism, automation policies, and human factors design philosophies to improve HMI.

Transforming Oil and Gas Operations: Leveraging Digital Integration for Enhanced Decision-Making and Safety: Andrew McLennan, MPD Product Manager, Hunter Reid Faucher, Halliburton
The presentation will delve into a case study showcasing how the introduced system seamlessly integrates and amplifies digital inputs in the surface environment of the oil and gas sector. It will illustrate how a synchronized visual representation of the operational environment enhances valve alignment visibility during intricate processes. The focus will be on demonstrating the transition towards digital procedures, reducing reliance on manual and experience-based decision-making. This shift not only streamlines operations but also significantly elevates safety and efficiency by leveraging advanced digital technologies and intelligent automation strategies.

Safety Advisory Tool – Leveraging Machine Learning to Enhance Safety Conversation: Malini Manocha, Director, Center of Excellence, Baruc Habacuc, Angie Ortego, Victor Villegas, Nabors Corporate Services
Safety conversations are critical on drilling rigs, and it encompasses a variety of best practices and procedures designed to keep workers safe. In this presentation, we discuss the safety advisory tool that leverages machine learning to enhance safety conversations with the rig personnel.  A data driven approach was taken to manage safety conversations by integrating data analytics and metrics to enhance the effectiveness of safety initiatives.  This provides a proactive approach aiming at continuous improvement for better safety management.

Advanced Technology Innovations, Automation Enhance Drill Floor Red Zone Safety: Tom Aitkins, Director, Innovation & Technology, Diego Reixach, Travis McGuire, Transocean
A dedication to ideation, rigorous assessment, and continuous improvement will help the offshore drilling industry to achieve its goal of minimizing red zone exposure on drill floors. The combination of new technologies enables a reduction of personnel exposure to the drill floor red zone and provides a way to measure, monitor and trend exposure for continuous improvement. At Transocean, the development and deployment of innovative technologies has enhanced crew safety while driving operational efficiency improvements.

Enhancing Operational Safety with PDS Redzone: A Computer Vision Solution for Exclusion Zone Management: Trey Wilson, HSE Specialist, Cole Carpenter, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., Kaneissa Pairett, Oxy
Pipe Delivery System (PDS) Redzone employs an onboard computer that processes imagery from dual cameras and creates a digital barricade that borders the PDS’s surface, creating an exclusion zone with e-stop control of the PDS hydraulics. Overall objective is to eliminate to severe injury or fatality (SIF) events.

Enhancing Digital Technologies in Well Construction: Unlocking Automation and Remote Operations in Tubular Running Services from a Digital and Intelligent Solution: Azfar Mahmood, Product Line Manager, Digital Systems, Logan Smith, Robbie Thibodeaux, Jeremy Angelle, Expro Americas LLC
The solution not only enhances the industry’s experience with improved service quality and reliability, but it is also a paradigm shift that revolutionizes the tubular running process by providing a fully autonomous solution with a purpose – to achieve operational excellence, cost reduction, enhanced safety, and reliability, thus validating proof of industry’s values. With the deployment of this technology, the successful integration of casing equipment in operations was reduced from 9 personnel to 4 – a 55% reduction of personnel. A tiered technology approach ensures the operational metrics are recognized and successfully implemented for the operator’s needs.  

10:00 am  Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing Sponsored by KCA Deutag Zilker Ballroom 1

10:30 am  Operator Panel
Moderators: Blaine Dow, Co-Chair IADC ART Committee; SLB & Sarah Kern, Co-Chair IADC ART Committee; Helmerich & Payne IDC
The much-loved operator panel returns to the IADC ART Conference, where the conversation will center around emerging technology and the well programs they impact. Learn from diverse perspectives as our panel offers a look into the unique role innovation plays in each company and what the future holds.

  • Cindy Taff, Chief Operating Officer, Sage Geosystems
  • Kal Singamshetty, Manager, Global Drilling Engineering, ConocoPhillips
  • Ian Landgraf, Remote Operations Center Lead, ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions Company

12:00 pm  Luncheon & Exhibit Viewing Zilker Ballroom 1/2

1:15 pm MPD Panel
Moderator: Eric van Oort, UT
MPD continues to mature, becoming more mainstream on land, offshore and deepwater.  The technology is helping reduce the number of undrillable wells while contributing to efficiency gains in unconventional drilling.  As drilling contractors quickly become the delivery arm for this service, how is this transition being managed within our industry?  And……should we anticipate a time when MPD intersects with Well Control?  

  • Andre Fernandes, IADC Underbalanced Operations & Managed Pressure Drilling (UBO/MPD) Committee Chair; Petrobras
  • Matthew Kvalo P.E., VP of Engineering & Technology, Stasis Drilling Solutions
  • Robert Howell, MPD Technical Advisor, Pruitt Tool & Supply
  • Jon Thain, MPD Manager, Transocean
  • Matthew Givens, Domain Expert – PCE, SLB
  • Rudy Flores, Technical Sales Manager – Americas, Enhanced Drilling

2:45 pm  Emerging Technology I
Moderators: Robert Van Kuilenburg & Adrianne Ramos, Noble

Full Scale BOP Electrification Test Rig Demonstrates Many of the Benefits Associated with an Electrified BOP: Brian Piccolo, Principal Systems Engineer, HMH
A full-scale electric shear ram test BOP was built in November 2023. The system consists of an industry proven 18-3/4”-15K Ram BOP and shear rams with electrified actuators and battery energy storage system. This development serves the vision of an electrified SSBOP which can improve reliability, reduce critical path test time and reduce weight by eliminating the hydraulic control system.

What’s Your Borehole Quality: Isaac Fonseca, Senior Drilling Optimization Engineer, Nabors, Matt Isbell, HESS, Paul Pastusek, ExxonMobil, Dmitry Avdeev Nabors NDS
This presentation will expand on the IADC/SPE paper and focus more on the rig’s influence on the borehole quality and will show some common wellbore artifacts associated with the different systems and practices. It will summarize the learning from applying this approach to multiple wells and explore some of its application to wellbore quality and placement considerations.

A Case Study of Stand Building Efficiencies Gained Through Automation: Anthony Montalvo, Project Engineer, Automation, Transocean
The presentation will consist of a case study involving equipment automation that was installed on an offshore rig. The main focus will be the improvements to the stand building process. The rig was able to build stands faster, more safely, and with less human involvement.

Enhancing BOP Reliability Through Advanced Analytics: A Shear Seal Valve Case Study: Aaron Blinka, Principal Software Engineer, Javier Franco, HMH
Despite the hype, most data analytics solutions fail to live up to their expectations. A common pitfall is lack of usable data – fielded systems frequently have poor data quality and sampling frequency. Overcoming this challenge without costly hardware upgrades leads to analytics systems that do the best they can with inferior data, limiting their effectiveness. This presentation features a case study on overcoming these challenges in BOP operations using innovative software updates, enabling targeted, advanced analytics. This presentation will share insights and methodologies that can be applied broadly within the industry, fostering a future where data-driven decision-making enhances drilling operations.

3:15 pm  Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing Sponsored by KCA Deutag

3:45 pm  Optimized Workflows
Moderator: Trent Martin, Transocean

Leveraging Cloud-Based AI for Optimized Drilling in the Williston Basin: William Fox, Corva, Kal Singamshetty, Eric Muller, ConocoPhillips, Tatiana Borges, Tino Haddad, Nabors
An AI/ML model was developed and run continuously in the cloud to simulate optimum setpoints within safe windows for Weight on Bit (WOB), Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), Differential Pressure, and Rate of Penetration (ROP). These setpoints were delivered via cloud API integration to the drilling contractor and executed via the rig automation system. The implementation resulted in significant improvements in rotary ROP of 10-30% versus offset wells, and a reduction in trips, with the average lateral in the sample completed with a single Bottom Hole Assembly (BHA).

Realizing our Vision of Real-Time Assurance: Reducing Risk and Increasing Confidence in well Execution: Ben Randell, Chevron, Anmar Nazhan, CVX, Aamer Zaheer, Thomas Murray, SLB, Alyssa Franklin, IPT
Chevron has embarked on a mission to assure our well execution in real time. We still have work ahead of us, but we want to share the progress we have made to Assure @ the point of execution. Historically, we have assured after the fact, with an expert auditor reviewing the daily activity report to check for compliance with key planned deliverables. Our vision is to assure in real time, leveraging algorithms and intelligent logic to compare real time data against plan for key parameters including depths, densities, pressure tests, cement jobs, etc.

Unlocking the Potential of Rig Automation for offshore operations: Andre Alonso Fernandes, Petroleum Engineer, Gabriel da Silva Felipe, Petrobras
Automation in the oil and gas industry is a transformative journey towards enhanced safety and efficiency. This presentation outlines a strategic project plan for automating offshore drilling rigs. The integration of specialized drilling apps and the cultural, technological, and commercial challenges are covered. The objective is to achieve operational consistency, incorporate lessons learned, and reduce the cognitive load on drillers. This presentation shares insights to promote discussion and help the development of drilling automation technology and consequently improved safety and efficiency in the oil and gas industry.

Directional Automation System Drives Performance Through Goal Prioritization: Adam LaCroix, Product Line Manager, Greg Peck, Product Manager – SmartNAV®, Nabors Drilling Solutions
Fully integrated directional guidance and slide automation system enables customers to prioritize higher rates of penetration or better tool face control based on criticality in any well section.  Included in a user-defined roadmap, the directional guidance system passes the performance goal to the slide drilling automation system which utilizes newly developed logic to adjust auto driller parameter setpoints to achieve the objective.

Autonomous Drilling Takes Drilling Productivity to the Next Level: David Forrest, P.Eng., Manager, Drilling Engineering, Precision Drilling
This presentation will highlight the implementation of autonomous drilling systems for enhanced rig operations. Utilizing digital process automation, analytics, machine learning, and robotics, operators improve safety and efficiency while optimizing economics. The driller’s role shifts from that of equipment operator to process supervisor.  Multiple systems working in synchronization with varying levels of automation and autonomy are deployed for both on and off bottom procedures, adapting to changing conditions and drilling dysfunction in real-time.  The process control system orchestrates operations, serving as the critical link between humans, machines, and processes.  Safety is prioritized by removing humans from danger zones to fulfill new roles on location or work remotely from a Real Time Operations Center.

Real-time Shock and Vibration Monitoring in a Cloud-based Planning to Execution Solution: Kewen Sun, Solutions Architect, Jian Zhao, Domain Champion, SLB
An introduction to the integrated, cloud-based real-time shock and vibration monitoring solution for drilling optimization that closes the loop between planning and execution, enables user interaction and supports third-party tools. It automatically processes downhole measurements and provides users with insightful results and intelligent alarms to mitigate potential risks.

Cultivating Learnings from Digital Ecosystems in Drilling: Jonathan Carney, Technical Business Development Manager, Rium Johnson, NOV Inc.
To stay relevant in the drilling industry of the future we must embrace flexibility, collaboration, and a visionary outlook. The presentation utilizes novel concepts and illustrations, “feeding the brain” to extract learnings. Examples are shared where collaboration across stakeholders around a common ‘brain’ have led to the development and implementation of technologies that automate drilling processes, optimize resource allocation, and predict equipment failures and drilling dysfunction before they occur.

An Innovative Workflow for Real-Time Torque and Drag Monitoring: Jian Zhao, Digital Drilling Domain Champion, Kewen Sun, Ashutosh Oli, SLB
An innovative solution to automate detection of abnormal torque & drag analysis is developed. Based on stiff-string model using finite element method, one new automate T&D analysis workflow is built on top of one integrated solution platform to automate the generation of T&D model and calibration upon real time measurements captured and trigger alert in case of deteriorating frictional trends downhole. The new workflow is fully automatic without a need for manual calibration and fixed thresholds. Furthermore, the workflow adjusts itself according to real-time observations, which makes it adaptive to the changing conditions of the well being drilled.

4:45 pm  Welcoming Reception & Exhibit Viewing  Zilker Ballroom 2

Wednesday, 28 August

7:30 am  Registration, Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing Foyer & Zilker Ballroom 1

8:35 am  Welcome & Introduction Zilker Ballroom 3/4

  • Linda Hsieh, Vice President, IADC

8:40 am  Keynote Address: Subodh Saxena, Sr. Vice President, Canrig and Nabors Drilling Solutions

9:00 am Human Factors

Why Designing for Human Performance is Key for Safe, Secure and Trustworthy AI – Preparing for the Workforce of the Future: Kristian Solheim Teigen, Principal Engineer, IACS, Digital & Cybersecurity, Fredrik Strøm Dørum, Norwegian Ocean Industry Authority – Havtil  (Formerly Petroleum Safety Authority Norway)
This presentation will share insights from the Norwegian Offshore Industry Authority’s (formerly PSA) regulatory project on high-risk use of AI. Digital solutions in the drilling industry are anticipated to be influenced by novel AI regulation and acts. The presentation will further explore findings from supervisory activities, address the “automation left-over principle”, and why designing for human performance is key for safe, secure and trustworthy AI,- preparing for the workforce of the future.

Navigating Talent Scarcity: Barnabe Foyan, Director Operations Assurance, Shelf Drilling
Exploring innovative solutions to talent scarcity in the drilling industry, resulting from a surge in rig activities and the addition of over 150 idle drilling units globally. Learn strategies to attract and develop the next generation of talent through a dynamic competency framework, supported by continuous training, assessment, and mentorship.

Digital Transformation in Drilling: Building the Workforce of Tomorrow: Michael Fry, Director of Real-time Monitoring, ModuSpec Deepwater Subsea
The seismic shift towards digitalization and automation within the oil and gas industry mandates a parallel evolution in the skill sets and competencies of its workforce. This presentation aims to delineate the crucial skills and competencies necessary for personnel to excel in the technologically advanced and automated oilfield environment. As drilling operations become more complex and reliant on digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics, the traditional workforce must adapt to maintain efficacy and safety standards.

The Need for Drilling Simulations in Training Today and Tomorrow’s Workforce: Marc Willerth, Technology Development Manager, Helmerich & Payne
Plan is to discuss the nature of the problem, then present some example applications where simulations have been refined and used to improve training and testing related to remote operations and automation technology

Empowering the Drilling Workforce with Generative AI: A Future-Ready Approach: Onega Ulanova, CEO, QMS2GO
Discover the pivotal role of generative AI in transforming the drilling industry by empowering its workforce and setting the stage for future automation. Our presentation, ‘Empowering the Drilling Workforce with Generative AI: A Future-Ready Approach,’ unveils how advanced AI technologies can enhance training, improve safety, and refine operational procedures for the blue-collar sector. By embedding quality at the core of our operations through AI-driven insights and frameworks, we can elevate performance and safety standards, ensuring a resilient and innovative future for drilling. Join us to explore the synergy of AI, human expertise, and robotic potential in advancing drilling excellence.

10:00 am  Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing

10:30 am  AI & Machine Learning
Moderator: Rodrigo Rendon, KCA Deutag

AI and Drilling: Navigating Between Breakthroughs and Buzzwords: Alex Groh, Data Science Manager, Patterson-UTI Drilling Company LLC
With the advent of yet another breakthrough in artificial intelligence with large language models, the industry must again navigate the gray boundary between overhyped technology and truly valuable tools. This talk will provide crucial information for decision makers who need to critically evaluate solutions to business problems and understand the benefits and challenges of the latest moves in the AI space.

Real-time Data Wrangling through Distributed Data Engine Technology: Andy Wang, CEO, Pablo Acosta-Serafini, Prescient Devices, Inc., Russell Whitney, Precision Drilling
Our presentation introduces a distributed low-code data engine capable of working with massive real-time data from warehouses like Snowflake. This drag-and-drop, hierarchical, and graphical data workflow builder efficiently processes data for upstream analytics. It enables quick engineering of complex real-time data streams, supporting tasks like anomaly detection. The engine’s scalability allows easy deployment and customization, facilitating rapid scaling across rig fleets. We will then showcase how this data engine serves as the cornerstone for implementing a digital twin solution for rig operations, highlighting the transformative impact of rapid data wrangling on rig operations.

Leveraging AI-Driven Analytics and IIoT Sensors for Enhanced Asset Lifecycle Management: Johnathan Dady, Director of Technical Services, Seadrill
This presentation explores the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven analytics and Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) sensors to optimize asset lifecycle management practices in the drilling industry.  By harnessing the power of AI algorithms and real-time data from IIoT sensors, Seadrill has achieved proactive maintenance, predictive insights, and cost-efficient operations throughout the lifecycle of our critical assets.  The live case studies presented show two unique applications being used on multiple Seadrill vessels in operation today.

Predictive Precision: Enhancing Drilling Maintenance with AI & ML Insights: Michael Fry, Director of Real-time Monitoring, ModuSpec Deepwater Subsea
This presentation delves into the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in revolutionizing predictive maintenance for drilling equipment, emphasizing the power of these technologies to utilize vast data sets for predicting equipment failures before they occur, thereby significantly reducing downtime and maintenance costs. Additionally, it acknowledges the critical role of human factors in the digital oilfield, stressing the importance of training, decision making, and adaptation strategies to ensure that technological advancements complement and enhance human decision-making and operational efficiency.

An Innovative Workflow for ML-based Abnormal Flowback Detection: Jian Zhao, Digital Drilling Domain Champion, Chao Mu, Drilling Computational Engineer, Tao Yu, Graeme Paterson, Ashutosh Oli, SLB
An innovative solution to automate detection of abnormal flowback during connection is developed by leveraging data-driven and machine learning based algorithm. Without relying on experienced crew to monitor the data and do manual interpretation, the system trigger real time smart alarms based on adaptively trained model of flowback and captured deviation from model at each connection. The workflow greatly improves the accuracy and timeliness of kick detection during connection.

Harnessing Advanced Artificial Intelligence for Proactive Power Management and Engine Performance: Timothy Jonczak, Product Line Manager, Carolina Stopkoski, Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd.
Reduce fuel consumption and mitigate blackout risks across your drilling operations by understanding load demand profiles and using AI for engine management. We will showcase how AI-driven engine management is yielding significant improvements in fuel savings, cutting carbon emissions while reducing maintenance costs. Real-time monitoring and data analytics are essential for optimizing engine performance and targeted maintenance.

Intelligent Networks Enable the Full Potential of Autonomous Operations: Ross Mahler, Industry Marketing Manager, Oil & Gas, Moxa
Historically oil rig and wellhead automation was achieved with Ethernet control and monitoring systems that supervise operations from an onsite SCADA-based control center. These systems combine live drilling data with video monitoring but require human intervention to minimize operational downtime.  The future is autonomous operations controlled by Artificial Intelligence that maximizes performance while minimizing safety risks. In order to make this vision a reality, the entire network infrastructure must be secure and interoperable with redundant reliability to fully realize all of the benefits that Industry 4.0 can provide. Join us to discover how Moxa supports our customers’ digital transformations.

11:30 am  Luncheon & Exhibit Viewing

12:45 pm  Emerging Technology II
Moderator: Greg Myers, HMH

Revolutionizing Casing Running: Redefining Efficiency with Automation: Dianne Nguyen, Drilling Performance Engineer, Nabors
By integrating the casing running tool into the rig’s operating system, Nabors has automated the high risk portion of casing running operations. This technology has reduced the red zone exposure of personnel while ensuring consistent and reliable casing connections are being made and minimizing the chances of human error.

Electric Well Control: The Next Century BOP System: Matthew Givens, Domain Expert – PCE, Matthew Olson, SLB
This presentation will cover how SLB’s pressure control equipment business line is transforming its century-old BOP portfolio, by pivoting from conventional hydraulically operated equipment to electric actuation. We will discuss how the electric BOP system will replace complex hydraulics with simplified product architecture that provides real-time monitoring of components, overall reliability improvements, and applies condition-based maintenance to reduce the total cost of ownership.

Maintaining Momentum: Enabling Continuous Cybersecurity and Digitalization Excellence on Operational Rigs: Jens Hodne, Specialist, HMH, Archer Well Company, Equinor
In the fast-paced digital environment, obsolete components such as servers, network equipment, and controllers present risks to drilling rigs. These risks impact cybersecurity, spare parts availability and integration of new automation and digitalization. The presentation will focus on experiences and successes in efficient upgrades with minimal downtime and good stability post-upgrade. All achieved through close supplier-customer relationship.

Advancing Sustainability in Drilling: Rig Contractor-Led Innovations in Digital Transformation: Sri Poludasu, Sr. Data Scientist, Patterson-UTI Drilling Company LLC
This presentation discusses how digitalization and data-driven strategies are enhancing efficiency and reducing emissions in the drilling industry. Key solutions include automatic generator management and hybrid battery supplementation, supported by active monthly reporting for optimization. Integration of emissions targets based on historical rig performance promotes sustainability, resulting in significant fleet-wide reductions.

 A Forensic Analysis Workflow – Integrating Digital Dull Bit Data To Optimize Drilling Performance; A Canadian Case Study: Sean Emery, Global Business Manager, Ron Schmitz, Trax Electronics Inc.
This presentation provides a case study of a project involving roughly three hundred digital dull bit scans done in Western Canada using the Trax grA+de technology, with its integrated dull bit forensics dashboard.  The dashboard automatically gathers data from multiple sources, synchronizes it with the digital dull bit data, and seamlessly presents it in a user-friendly and flexible interface for forensic analysis.  The presentation also includes conclusions drawn and drilling optimization opportunities identified.

Optimizing Operational Efficiency: A Digital Twin Solution for Realtime Dynamic Watch Circles on DP Rigs: Jorge Capeto, Sezgin Kucukcoban, Daniel Kluk, Stress Engineering Services, Inc.
This presentation shows the development, deployment, and operations of a digital twin system for dynamically positioned (DP) drilling vessels. The primary objective of the digital twin is to generate dynamic watch circles by predicting the vessel’s drift-off behavior based on real-time environmental conditions. The dynamic watch circle output provides crew members with maximal operating envelopes based on actual conditions while ensuring safe operations and wellhead protection.

1:30 pm  Coffee Break & Exhibit Viewing

1:50 pm  Survey Results
A recap of online survey responses will be provided.

  • Blaine Dow, Co-Chair IADC ART Committee; SLB
  • Sarah Kern, Co-Chair IADC ART Committee; Helmerich & Payne IDC

2:05 pm  Is Performance ESG? Emissions & Efficiency
Moderator: David Gibson, Gibson Reports

Sustainable Drilling: Lowering Fuel Costs and Emissions with Natural Gas Engines: Richard Barber, Key Account Leader, INNIO Waukesha Engine
As energy producers seek new and innovative ways to meet their sustainability targets and goals, attendees will learn about engine generator sets fueled by 100% natural gas powering today’s drilling rigs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower operating expenses while achieving diesel-like transient performance.

Offshore Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Lessons: Francesco Ferri, Operations Manager, Europe & Mediterranean, Ove Stavo, Tom Atkins, Transocean
Transocean will present the steps being taken on a harsh environment semisubmersible to reduce emissions by implementing a series of complimentary technological advancements. The presentation will outline the benefits of each technology both individually and from a big-picture perspective, explaining how they could pave the way to piloting alternative energy sources for the rig.

Optimizing Rig Emissions: Advanced Monitoring and Reduction Strategies for Environmental Sustainability: Manoj Tripathi, Sustainability Manager, Deep Shah, Rig Manager, Shelf Drilling, Steve Manz, Founder & CEO, TS Cyanergy Inc, Nicola Rossi, Partner, ID3 Software Ltd
This paper addresses the challenge of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in drilling operations, specifically focusing on Jack-Up Rigs. By implementing advanced monitoring and optimization techniques for diesel generators, the study aims to improve operational efficiency and minimize emissions. Key methods include real-time fuel consumption monitoring, integration of operational data, and the application of algorithms to optimize power use. The findings highlight the potential for GHG emission reductions through automated data analysis and strategic engine utilization, offering a scalable solution for environmental impact mitigation across the drilling industry.

The Impact of Power Source Selection on a Site’s Carbon Profile: Michael Weidenfeller, Product Strategy & Definition Manager, Caterpillar Oil & Gas
This presentation will examine the proliferation of hybrid power sources and potential GHG emissions accounting impacts. Attendees will gain understanding of essential terminology as well as how emissions can be calculated to inform power source selection decisions.

Decarbonizing Offshore Drilling – Advancing Towards Higher Efficiency: Habeib Al-Hashimi, Decarbonization Solutions & Innovation Manager, Noble Corporation
Offshore drilling markets face an increasing demand with aging and tight rig supply. Attendees will explore Noble’s decarbonization journey to advance people and technologies towards higher efficient operations in these market conditions. 

3:05 pm  Wrap-up & Adjournment

  • Blaine Dow, Co-Chair IADC ART Committee; SLB
  • Sarah Kern, Co-Chair IADC ART Committee; Helmerich & Payne IDC

3:15 pm  Debrief meeting (Program Committee members only)

Unassigned Papers of Note:
Should a scheduled paper become unavailable, one of the unassigned papers will be accepted for presentation. In addition, these presentations will be made available in the IADC conference proceedings, should the author so desire.

AI-driven optimization of diesel fuel and emissions across multinational oil rigs: Ali Marzban, Director of Data Science and Analytics, Diana Grauer, Jay Yoon, Chuck Wright, NOV, Samardeep Singh Sarna, Manjot Pal Singh, Monica Salib, Basetwo AI
We introduce a new AI framework optimizes emissions from oil rig diesel generators by dynamically modeling and adjusting schedules based on rig load demand. This framework combines data pipelining, machine learning and evolutionary optimization to forecast power demand using real-time rig activity data, which then classifies rig states, and adjusts generator load accordingly. Historical data from 50+ rigs worldwide was used to inform the workflow. This adaptive scheduling minimizes fuel consumption and emissions by optimizing generator usage, achieving a 20-30% emissions and fuel reduction compared to continuous high-capacity operation.

Revolutionizing Rig Operations: Cutting-Edge Innovations in Power and Fuel Optimization for Sustainable Energy Production: Ashley Connolly, Director, Marketing and Business Development – EverGreen, Precision Drilling
The rising power demands in drilling operations have led to an overuse of generators, negatively impacting fuel efficiency and increasing emissions. This abstract introduces the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) as a solution, combining battery storage with an automated engine system to balance power requirements while minimizing environmental impact. It optimizes power usage in real-time, reducing the need for excess generators. BESS monitors various parameters, preventing blackouts, increasing rig power efficiency, and reducing diesel consumption. Implementation of BESS resulted in up to 45% diesel savings and 20% lower greenhouse gas emissions, while also enhancing operational efficiency in rig power management.

Could super-efficient mobile power become the next super-spec in land drilling rigs?: Rex Bomer, Product Champion Decarbonization Technologies, Paul Wyman, SLB
Reliable rig power translates into well construction integrity. However, high availability of power comes at a high cost, as conventional wisdom requires running multiple gensets. This industry has widely adopted the automation of rig equipment, but automating genset operation has been taboo. To bring confidence to automated genset management, we have paired an intelligent controller with a rapid response energy storage system. This establishes a new class of super-efficient mobile drilling rigs without having to replace existing assets or be bound to an electric utility cord.

Program Committee

  • Andy Westlake, Seadrill
  • Blaine Dow, SLB
  • Dimitrios Pirovolou, Weatherford
  • Greg Myers, HMH
  • Guido van den Bos, NOV
  • Jarrod Chapman, Ensign Energy Services
  • Jürgen Binder, Herrenknecht Vertical
  • Keith Ross, Halliburton
  • Robert van Kuilenburg, Noble Drilling
  • Rodrigo Rendon, KCA Deutag
  • Salaheldin Elkatatny, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
  • Sarah Kern, Helmerich & Payne
  • Scott Boone, Nabors Drilling
  • Trent Martin, Transocean
  • Linda Hsieh, IADC

Exhibition Information

Cost for the 10′ x 10′ space is $2,250. IADC membership required.

The space will be set with a skirted table, two chairs and access to electricity. With the space, you receive one complimentary conference registration and up to two additional registrations at half price. No refunds for cancellations will be issued.

  • Exhibitors can set-up after 3:00 pm on Monday, 26 August. All booths must be completely set up by 6:30 am on Tuesday, 27 August.

  • You may tear down your booth space after the last break concludes on Wednesday, 28 August.

  • The exhibitor space is a 10′ x 10′ area. It will be set with a 6′ skirted table and two chairs with access to electricity. Please do not exceed 10′ across, as the space in the exhibition area will be limited.

  • Wall space for signs/banners will not be available. All signs/banners must be affixed to the table or free standing.

  • All personnel working the exhibition must be registered. With your space, you will receive one complimentary registration and up to two additional registrations for half price or $312.50.

  • Exhibitor Showcase: Exhibitor companies will have the opportunity to give a 1-2 minute pitch during the general session to feature their business/products and encourage attendee traffic to their booth.

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.

Exhibition space is sold on a first come, first served basis! Please complete and return the Letter of Agreement below to reserve your space.
Interested? Contact stephanie.carling@iadc.org / +1 713.292.1945

Sponsorship Information

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

*Comps refer to number of complimentary registration
Interested? Contact stephanie.carling@iadc.org / +1.713.292.1945





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