The IADC International Well Control 2024 Conference & Exhibition 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 15, 2024EndOctober 16, 2024
Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel

2022 Event Demographics

Registrants by Job Title

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








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  • Equipment Manufacturer
  • Government
  • Independent Oil Producer
  • Land Drilling Contractor
  • Land/Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Land/Offshore Well Servicing Contractor
  • Major Oil Producer
  • National Oil Company
  • Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Offshore Well Servicing Contractor
  • Oilfield Service/Consultant
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Venue & Hotel

Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel

Room block expires on the 15th of August 2024. 


Address: Olav V s gate 3, 4005 Stavanger, Norway
Phone +47 51 76 10 00

NEGOTIATED ROOM RATE: NOK 2050,- per night (incl. VAT), including breakfast, coffee/tea facilities and WiFi. The supplement for double occupancy is NOK 100,- per room per night.

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Venue Details

Olav V s gate 3, 4005 Stavanger, Norway

Registration Information

  • Registration Fee: IADC Member: 750 Non-Member: 940
  • 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)
  • IADC offers discounted registration to full time students not currently employed in industry.  Please contact europe@iadc.org for further information.
  • 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.

Recording in any form (audio, video, still photography, etc.) of presentations and/or speakers during sessions, poster presentations, workshops, etc., without the express written consent of IADC and the party to be recorded is strictly prohibited.  *Those who do not comply with the Recording Equipment/Photo policy may be asked to leave the premises and barred from receiving complimentary press registration for future IADC events.

Press registration must be received 1 week prior to the event to ensure entrance.  Members of the press will be identified with a green press ribbon attached to their name badge.

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Conference Program

Tuesday, 15 October 2024

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

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing: Lars Nydahl Jørgensen, Regional Director Europe, IADC

08.35 Keynote Presentation: John Sanclemente, Vice President of Wells, Chevron

09.00 Opening Presentation: Finn Carlsen, Director Professional Competence, Havtil, & Member IRF

09.30 Pore Pressure Prediction Session
Session Chair: Stein Arild Tonning, Drilling and Wells Manager North Sea, DNO Norge

Communicating PPFG Interpretation and Uncertainty: Juliette Buis, Advisor PPFG/Geomechanics, IOGP (BP), Fernando Ziegler, IOGP (Chevron)
Overview of IOGP’s proposed tools regarding the communication of PPFG Interpretation and Uncertainty to drilling personnel on site.

Preventing Well Control Incidents Related to Narrow Margins and Uncertainties in Pore Pressure Estimates – A Regulatory Perspective: Arild Langseth, Principal Engineer, Havtil
Norwegian Offshore Industry Authority has performed an in-depth qualitative analysis from well control incidents on the NCS. The result from this report highlights the most common root-cause behind the majority of the well control incidents for many years. The results and recommendations for complex drilling operations are emerging, and Havtil will present the latest results and status of further work in progress.

10.10 Update IADC Accreditation Initiatives: Brooke Polk, Vice President-Accreditation Operations, IADC

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

11.00 Emergency Preparedness and Response Session
Session Chair: Vedran Secic, Leading Advisor Well Control, Equinor

Relief Well as a De-risking Tool – A Case History: Mohamed Amer, General Manager, Well Control Engineering, John Wright, Wild Well Control
An overview of the planning phase, changes applied during the operational phase, and how the operations adapted to significant changes from the planning phase. The focus will be on the special operations of the relief well (surface location selection, magnetic ranging, hydraulic communication, intersection, re-entry of the target well, and P&A from the relief well).

Enhancing Emergency Preparedness in the Oil and Gas Industry: Lessons Learned, Transparency Challenges, and Proactive Strategies: Geir Hedenstad, Principal Well Control Advisor, Morten Haug Emilsen, AGR
The presentation highlights the significance of proactive strategies in emergency preparedness and blowout contingency planning. Key topics include insights from actual incidents, transparency issues, regulatory compliance, spill drills, experience transfer, and continual improvement.

Successful Implementation of New Technology in Well Control on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico: The Deepwater Invictus’ K-BOS® Case Study: Craig McCormick, Manager Innovation and Technology, Transocean, Heather Azar, Woodside Energy, Steve Angstmann, Reese Jones, Kinetic Pressure Control
The presentation includes a summary of the project plan, installation, and deployment of KBOS on the Deepwater Invictus, the first application of this technology on a floating rig. The presentation will emphasize the collaboration efforts from many stakeholders to achieve success. The results of post operation shear testing and inspection will be included.

12.00 Luncheon, Open Exhibition & Poster Session – Sponsored by Chevron

13.30 The Role of Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) in Well Control
Moderator: Diana Khatun, Senior Manager Security, Subsea & Wells Expert Committee, IOGP

Managed pressure drilling (MPD) can be a gamechanger when operating in challenging basins, and the utilization of MPD has become increasingly common in narrow window environments. MPD plays a crucial role in well control by offering a dynamic and precise method of managing downhole pressure, thereby mitigating kicks, losses and wellbore stability issues which can improve overall drilling safety and efficiency. However, using MPD often comes with additional complexities and challenges which may not be seen in conventional drilling. This panel session will focus on the role of MPD in well control operations.


  • Carlos Sanguinetti, DPM Drilling Engineer, SLB
  • Snorre Lutnes, Technical Sales Manager, Enhanced Drilling
  • Helio Santos, President, Safekick

14.30 IOGP’s Well Control Incident Database – Overview & Insights: Andrew Parkinson, Principal Technical Expert, Shell Global Solutions, Diana Khatun, IOGP
IOGP’s Well Control Incidents Subcommittee collects, assesses and shares global well control incidents and learnings from its members. This presentation provides insights derived from submissions to the IOGP well control incidents database

14.50 Networking Break, Open Exhibition & Poster Session – Sponsored by DNO Norge

15.20 BOP Technology
Session Chair: Ricky Cummings, Principal Advisor Global Well Control Systems, Chevron

Full Scale BOP Electrification Test Rig Demonstrates Many of the Benefits Associated with an Electrified BOP and Enables Design Optimization: Brian Piccolo, Principal Systems Engineer, Bob Judge, Amine Abou-Assaad, Vijay Chatufale, John Holmes, John Dale, 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.

New Technology to Enhance Operator Sustainability by Electrification of BOP Controls and by Elimination of Fugitive Emissions from Gate Valves: Steve Angstmann, Chief Executive Officer, Billy Gallagher, Kinetic Pressure Control, Todd Regalado, Danny Fish, ConocoPhillips
Enhancing the reliability and performance of hydraulic BOP systems with the application of a hybrid electro-hydraulic battery energy-based design for a new BOP control system. Discussion of design, qualification, and available configurations. Kinetic’s StackLite RVM Hybrid BOP Control System shall be used as the example. Eliminating fugitive emissions from gave valve packers by developing a stemless gate valve resulted in additional benefits of bi-directional sealing, and reduced size, weight, and cost for critical valve applications. Discussion of design, qualification, and available configurations. Kinetic’s StackLite SGV stemless and greaseless gate valve shall be used as the example.

Moving BOP Control Technology into the New Century: Curt Kling, Product Line Manager, NOV
BOP technology has changed over the past century from manual systems to hydraulic systems to multiplex systems. As technology improves, we’re able to take the next step in evolution in BOP’s to improve reliability, data collection, predictive maintenance and lessen our environmental impact. We are engineering the next step in Blow Out Preventers and BOP Controls to meet the ever expanding needs of our industry head on.

16.20 IADC Well Control Committee Update: Santo Endieveri (Chair, IADC Well Control Committee), Manager, Global Operations Assurance, Transocean

16.30 Poster Pitches
Moderator: Angus Mather, Regional Sales Director, HMH

A 5-minute elevator pitch of 4 posters followed by 10 minutes for Q&A from the audience.

  • Jonathan Carney, Technical Business Development Manager, NOV
  • Thomas Selbekk, Drilling Engineer, Oliasoft
  • Nitin Kulkarni, Project Manager, Blade Energy Partners
  • Morten Emilsen, Manager Well Control, AGR Energy Services

17.00- 18.00 Welcoming Reception, Open Exhibition & Poster Session

Wednesday, 16 October 2024

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

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing: Lars Nydahl Jørgensen, Regional Director Europe, IADC

08.35 Keynote Presentation: Claus Bachmann, Vice President Operations North Sea, Middle East and Australasia, Noble

09.00 Opening Presentation: Bjørn Thore Ribesen, Senior Vice President Drilling & Wells, Vår Energi

09.25 Featured Presentation: Aaftaab Kharbanda, Vice President – Operations and Projects, Shelf Drilling

09.45 Poster Pitches
Moderator: Angus Mather, Regional Sales Director, HMH

A 5-minute elevator pitch of 4 posters followed by 10 minutes for Q&A from the audience.

  • James Pate, Global Advisor – Well Intervention BOP, Chevron
  • Farid Umudlu, Lead Drilling Engineer, BP
  • Essam Sammat, Product Line Manager, Weatherford
  • Janine Nagle, Assistant Driller (Offshore Development Program), Transocean

10.15 Networking Break, Open Exhibition, & Poster Session – Sponsored by Transocean

10.45 Human Factors
Session Chair: Gary Kelso, Senior Manager Well Control and Rig Verification, BP

IOGP Competency and Training Subcommittee – Past, Present, and Future: Michael Fitzsimmons, Wells Training Manager, Chevron, Diana Khatun, IOGP, David Lobdell, BP
IOGP’s Competency and Training Subcommittee’s mission is to minimize the impact of global well control events due to operations-related human error. This presentation recaps the IOGP competency and training journey, examines the current state and trends, and discussed the future of competency and training for the industry.

Human in the Loop: Decoding Well Control Incidents Involving MPD Using Practical Human Factors: Matthew Kvalo, Vice President of Engineering & Technology, Edward Laird, Martin Duarte, Stasis Drilling Solutions
This presentation will examine the foundations of practical human factors and the challenges posed by pivotal human-in-the-loop interactions, particularly in automated MPD systems related to Well Control. Also, by analyzing case studies through the lens of Practical Human factors, this presentation aims to offer insight into effective mitigation strategies and root cause identification with the intended goal of safer drilling operations.

A Case Study – The Importance of the Human and Organizational Barrier in the MPD Operations: Jerome Guyon, Drilling & Wells Major Risks Prevention Specialist, TotalEnergies
A reflection around a case study illustrating the challenges to maintain a good management of the barriers during a long and complex MPD operations.

Relationship between Human Factors and Technical Performance in a Simulated Well Control Scenario: Leonardo Bori, Innovation Coordinator, Drillmec
The abstract presents a study, conducted at Drillmec, aimed at analyzing the relationship between human factors and technical performance. The research goal was to evaluate how the performance of operators (technical grading) is correlated with the variation of cognitive workload (biometric parameters and self-reflection) in a real-case operational scenario involving the simulation of a well control event. The data analysis confirmed the trend.

12.05 Luncheon, Open Exhibition & Poster Session

13.30 Managing Well Control Challenges in CCS Projects
Moderator: Andrew Parkinson, Principal Technical Expert, Shell Global Solutions

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is widely accepted as crucial to meeting the goals of the Paris agreement. It’s a rapidly growing area of our business with the IEA estimating a seven-fold growth in capacity by 2030. Well control in a CO2 environment is very different to our current well control thinking – or is it? The panel will explore what changes are required to traditional well control equipment and practices to safely manage CCS projects.


  • Sven Inge Oedegaard, Chief Operating Officer, eDrilling
  • Murat Kerem, Principal Production Technologist, Shell Global Solutions
  • Jens Hedegaard, Head of CCS, Noble
  • Ben Hern,  Principal Engineer Drilling and Well Technician, Equinor

14.30 Data and Analytics to Inform Decision Making
Session Chair: Rune Mesel, Manager Operational Compliance, Odfjell Drilling

Focused Process Safety Management for Delivering a Subsea BOP Digital Twin: Mark Siegmund, Reliability Advisor, Jose Meraz, Ken Dupal, Aquila Engineering
When current BOP testing, RTM, and advanced digital analytics are combined with a rig deployed edge-based BOP Kiosk, improved access to real time information on BOP conditional health can reduce Human Factors risks. Arming the Subsea team with access to a “BOP Digital Twin” can reveal previously hidden or difficult to detect data as identified through applied Process Safety Management Risk techniques.

How to Operationalise the Barrier Management Process: Petter Johnsen, Chief Executive Officers, Presight Solutions
The presentation will explain how high-risk industries utilise “big data” across existing digital sources to control major accident risks. These sources compile information about the human, technical, and organisational factors affecting operational risk exposures. Integrated into a holistic and dynamic situational picture, they enable operational leaders to make well-informed, risk based, and timely decisions from a perspective of major accident risk.

Improving Quality and Consistency of MPD Operations by Automated Generation of Influx Management Envelope (IME): Bjoern-Tore Anfinsen, Portfolio Manager Well Control, Lei Zhou, Anders Gilje, Yaxin Liu, SLB
MPD operations requires an influx management envelope (IME) to ensure safe operating conditions in wells. Dynamic, multiphase technology is necessary to deliver accurate results. The process of generating the IME can be time consuming requiring many manual steps. Automating the process and utilizing parallelization on a cloud-based simulation cluster will significantly improve quality and efficiency.

15.30 Adjournment

Poster Session & Unassigned Papers of Note:

The following paper proposals are presented as posters and will be included in the conference during the poster pitch sessions. If a scheduled paper becomes unavailable, then the posters will be included in the conference as a paper. In addition, these presentations will be made available in the IADC conference proceedings, should the author so desire.

Reaction to Intervention – Wired Drill Pipe in Well Control: Jonathan Carney, Technical Business Development Manager, Stephen Pink, Eirik Vandvik, NOV
Continuous high-speed telemetry facilitates the immediate transmission of downhole data, regardless of flow. This advanced telemetry allows for precise measurement and on-the-fly adjustments to drilling parameters, enhancing well control procedures and responsiveness during drilling events. This paper underscores the transformative impact of continuous high-speed data on handling cognitive load and pore pressure uncertainty.

A Dynamic Blowout and Kill Simulation Model Capable of Simulating Multiple Reservoirs with Multiple Fluids in Comingled Flow: Thomas Selbekk, Drilling Engineer, Oliasoft, Steinar Groland, Terje Sira, IFE, Gerhard Sund, Neptune Energy
Empowering Engineers: Intuitive Software for Comprehensive Blowout and Kill Simulations in Diverse Reservoirs

Advancements in Well Control Strategies: A Comprehensive Review of Well Control Practices in MPD: Nitin Kulkarni, Project Manager, Landon Hollman, Blade Energy Partners
This presentation will discuss the transformative impact of integrating Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) systems with rig well control equipment, resulting in a paradigm shift in the industry’s approach to well control. The evolving landscape of MPD requires major adjustments in well-control methods, from enhanced monitoring and detection technologies for abnormalities to precise determination of kick magnitude and kick control approach.

Planning a Plug and Abandonment Operation for a Suspended Vertical Exploration Well: Morten Emilsen, Manager Well Control, Geir Hedenstad, AGR Energy Services
This presentation outlines the planning of a Plug and Abandonment (P&A) operation on a previously suspended exploration well. Some of the well barriers originally in place were uncertain, and assessments were conducted to evaluate the behavior of reservoir gas potentially located below the cement plug in the casing shoe concerning flow potentials and subsequent kill operations.

Innovating Offshore Managed Pressure Drilling for Enhanced Equipment Reliability: James Pate, Global Advisor – Well Intervention BOP, Chevron, Mike Fry, ModuSpec Deepwater Subsea
This presentation delves into the pioneering development and systematic implementation of a reliability program tailored for Offshore Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) equipment. By focusing on the critical assessment of MPD systems, we identify essential controllable reliability factors and introduce proven methodologies to proactively enhance equipment performance.

Well Killing through Gator Mechanical Perforator in Conjunction with a DLT Packer to Overcome Well Control Risk: Farid Umudlu, Lead Drilling Engineer, BP
Firstly I will expound on the well control risks encountered, delving into a thorough description. Secondly I will discuss the engineering assessment of well control risks, exploring various options. Thirdly I will elucidate the rationale behind selecting a specific option and highlight its superiority from the perspective of well control and well barriers. Lastly, I will address the well control challenges encountered and detail the resolution.

MPD Rig Integration Would Put MPD at the Ready: Essam Sammat, Product Line Manager, Weatherford
The presentation will discuss the MPD integration to rigs highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of the integration. The presentation will show the difference between integrating MPD equipment to a Deepwater rig comparing to a jackup. Moreover, will present case histories of MPD integration helping well control.

Case Study of Field Deployment of Annular Protector Technology (APT): Janine Nagle, Assistant Driller (Offshore Development Program), Craig McCormick, Transocean
Drilling shallow plugs with pressure below is a significant well control risk that is fully mitigated by using an Annular Protector Tool spaced across a closed and tested annular element, allowing rotation and reciprocation of the workstring with no drag or degradation of the annular element. No gas can enter the riser, allowing the bubble to be circulated out in a controlled manner, thus protecting the personnel and environment from negative consequences of drilling on an open annular or using an annular with reduced closing pressure. The annular protector tool is proven technology for well control, fracs, and displacement.

Conference Program Committee

  • Matthew Brodie, Shelf Drilling
  • Ricky Cummings, Chevron
  • Gary Kelso, BP
  • Angus Mather, HMH
  • Rune Mesel, Odfjell Drilling
  • Andrew Parkinson, Shell
  • Vedran Secic, Equinor
  • Geir Smaaskjær, AkerBP
  • Stein Arild Tonning, DNO Norge
  • Øyvind Tuntland, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway
  • Bruce Worthington, Seadrill
  • Lars Nydahl Jorgensen, IADC

Exhibition information


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