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IADC Joins Coalition to Support Congressional Passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

To advocate for the swift passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) during the 116th Congress, the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) has joined the Pass USMCA Coalition.Pass USMCA is a bipartisan effort led by Democrat Gary Locke, former ambassador to China, secretary of commerce, and governor of Washington; and Republican Rick Dearborn, who has served two U.S. presidents and six U.S. senators.

The coalition is focused on supporting swift passage of the USMCA by highlighting its unique benefits to America’s workers, consumers, businesses and economy.

“When the USMCA was announced last year, IADC was supportive as it included provisions that promoted the swift movement of equipment and personnel across the borders of North America, an issue that is particularly important to IADC’s membership,” said IADC President Jason McFarland. “Trade with Canada and Mexico supports 14 million U.S. jobs across many sectors, which in turn drives billions of dollars in annual U.S. exports. The Pass USMCA Coalition is comprised of a diverse group of industries, who all share a similar goal of encouraging free and fair trade in North America.”

IADC Advocacy Division Seeking Candidates for Legislative Assistant Position

IADC is currently seeking to fill the position of Legislative Assistant – Government and Industry Affairs. The position will provide support to the IADC Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs and will be responsible for tracking, analyzing and evaluating U.S. Federal, North America and State legislation and regulations pertaining to IADC’s membership interests. The successful candidate will also attend U.S. House and Senate hearings and industry events and will establish relationships with Members of Congress and their staffs.

For more information about the position, and to apply, please contact Liz Craddock, IADC Vice President – Government and Industry Affairs at

DRILLERSPAC – Political Action Committee (PAC) of IADC

In the 2018 midterm elections, the IADC DRILLERSPAC supported 14 candidates in Senate and Congressional races, with 13 of those winning their races, a 93% success rate. The next election cycle includes key races in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Mississippi and Alaska, among others, and IADC will again be supporting candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to supporting energy and the drilling industry.

The DRILLERSPAC was sanctioned by IADC’s Board of Directors to further IADC’s goal of advocacy engagement with federally elected Members of Congress. DRILLERSPAC is not affiliated with any political party. It is organized and conducted on a voluntary, non-partisan basis. DRILLERSPAC is overseen by the PAC Board of Trustees, which is comprised of 10 members – three from offshore companies, three from onshore companies, two from drilling services companies and two IADC employees. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Craddock at

Washington D.C. Updates


House Democrats are using their majority to push gun-control, campaign-finance and voting-rights legislation. In February, the House passed two bills aimed at closing gun show loopholes via background checks and it also established the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. The House Oversight Committee conducted a hearing with Michael Cohen aimed at providing a check on the executive branch via use of their constitutional oversight responsibilities. The Natural Resources Committee is moving forward with hearings focused on Examining Policies and Priorities of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.


The Senate passed the Natural Resources Management Act, which among other items, permanently establishes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).  The legislation was sent to the U.S. House where it was passed and is expected to be signed into law by the President soon.  The Senate continues to process nominations and confirmed the newest EPA Administrator, Andrew Wheeler.  Finally, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is holding its first climate hearing in seven years – focused on changes in the climate and impacts to the electric grid.

White House:

Absent Congressional legislation, President Trump declared an emergency declaration at the Southern border – giving him executive power to repurpose appropriated monies, largely at the Department of Defense, to fund the wall.  This is setting up a show down with Congressional leaders in the House and Senate on executive power.  In addition, the President went to Thailand for continued talks with North Korean’s Kim Jong Un.   The talks were unsuccessful in yielding a path forward.  The President continues aggressive trade talks with China and Japan – among others.


IADC Attends IMO’s convening of the 6th Session of the Ship Systems and Equipment Subcommittee

The week of 4 March, IADC attended the 6th session of IMO’s Ship System and Equipment Subcommittee (SSE 6). Meeting annually in London, this subcommittee is charged by the IMO with establishing safety provisions for the entirety of the international maritime fleet larger than 500 Gross tons. At this year’s meeting, IADC entertained two substantial issues with a potential to impact the global Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit fleet. These included:

  • On 5 March, IMO continued to develop regulations to address what’s known as “Onboard Lifting Appliances and Anchor-handling Winches (OLAW). These provisions are intended to address safety concerns for onboard cranes, winches, and other devices that assist with the “vertical movement” of shipboard equipment and cargo. When complete, these provisions will be added to the IMO’s SOLAS Convention. IADC has been working to have explicit language entered into these draft requirements to acknowledge a specific exclusion for MODUs. At this session, IADC witnessed the critical text it recommended to the IMO last year, finally entered into the draft SOLAS provisions. The resulting effect of this development is that vessels certificated as MODUs will be permitted to continue to utilize existing regulations for the entirety of lifting appliances and installations as addressed in the MODU Code. Prior to this IMO session, some speculation persisted that MODUs might be subject to two sets of lifting requirements, the set identified in the MODU Code, and the set currently under development for more “conventional” maritime lifting appliances. With this draft exclusion now recognized, IADC will continue to observe further developments to ensure its inclusion continues through to adoption of the final version for the SOLAS provisions.
  • On 6 March, the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) proposed the inclusion of a provisional interpretation of existing MODU Code language addressing minimum equipment ratings in hazardous locations. While seemingly reasonable in concept, this proposal was found to be suspect among several IMO flag state members, including IADC, due to the proposal’s incomplete assessment of risk . With support from these members, IADC was able to successfully petition the subcommittee’s plenary body to prevent the acceptance of this proposal and the associated consequence for substantially increased cost to MODUs constructed after 1 January 2020 when the provisional interpretation was to enter into force.

IADC will persist in remaining cognizant of emerging offshore issues and welcomes continued collaboration with key state and industry stakeholders to effect the most prudent measures for catalyzing improved performance in the drilling space.

For more information, contact Jim Rocco at

BOEM Announces Oil and Gas Lease Sale 252

On 13 February the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced plans for an oil and gas lease sale to take place in March 2019. This sale, Lease Sale 252, will make 78 million acres available for bids in blocks located up to 231 miles offshore in the Gulf’s western, central and eastern planning areas in water depths from nine to more than 11,115 feet. This will be the fourth offshore sale under the 2017-2022 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, in which 10 regionwide lease sales are scheduled for the U.S. Gulf. Two sales are planned for each year.

The full announcement can be found at the Department of Interior website.

IMO Secretary General Calls on all Maritime Industry Sectors to Meet GHG Emission Targets

Released on 21 February 2019, this statement issued by Secretary-General Kitack Lim calls on all sectors of the maritime industry to be involved in achieving the ambitious goal set for the industry last year, which is a 50% reduction in emissions by 2050.  Lim’s statement was made while meeting with the High-Level Conference on Climate Change and Ocean Preservation in Belgium. While MODUs and certain production vessels are exempt from provisions related to Shipboard Energy Efficiency Management Plans (SEEMP) addressing air emissions, IADC is continuing to observe GHG developments that may not be limited to SEEMP as these provisions take shape.

The full statement by the Secretary-General can be found on the IMO website.

IADC Submits Amicus Curiae in Supreme Court Case

In January, IADC submitted an amicus curiae in the matter of Dutra Group v. Christopher Batterton, a Supreme Court case which will decide whether punitive damages are available to seamen filing personal injury claims.

In the amicus brief, IADC argued that rigorous and protective compensation schemes for seamen are already in existence, with Congress implementing and overseeing a wide array of federal agencies, statues and rules regulating operations. The amicus also points out that allowing punitive damages as contemplated by the Ninth Circuit would affect IADC members by having a detrimental impact on uniformity in worker claims, settlement and trial of such claims, contractual obligations and insurance coverage in the offshore oilfield and negatively impacting the economy and consumers in general.

In addition to IADC, The Chamber of Commerce of the USA and International P&I Clubs; the American Maritime Association; the Waterways Council Inc., and the American Waterways Operators also submitted Amicus Briefs on the matter.

IADC’s full Amicus Brief can be found on the Supreme Court website.

OESI Releases 21st Century Ocean Energy Safety Research Roadmap

On 13 February, the U.S. Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI) released a publication that realizes an OESI goal for developing a research roadmap to help enable safer and environmentally responsible ocean energy operations. The document discusses safety and the environment as being underpinned by four interdependent pillars: human factors; process safety; safety and environmental management systems; and technology. The recommendations included in the roadmap come from workshops, interviews of subject matter experts, surveys and an extensive literature search. Prior recommendations are also included from reports published by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Gulf Research Program, the Center for Offshore Safety, OESI and the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America.

The full report can be found on the OESI website.

IMO Continues Work on Final Preparations for New Global Sulphur Regulations in 2020

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Pollution Prevention and Response Subcommittee met on 18-22 February for its sixth session. Among the variety of agenda items considered was continuing work on provisions for the consistent implementation and enforcement of the new rules.

Member States have provisionally agreed upon a number of measures subsequently approved by the subcommittee. These measures include:

  • Fuel oil sampling guidelines
  • Guidelines for Fuel Oil Non-Availability Reports
  • Approval of a ban prohibiting ships carrying fuel containing greater than .50% Sulphur

These measures have been forwarded to the Marine Environmental Protection Committee for adoption during its 74th session, which will take place the week of 13 May 2019.

API Releases Recommended Practice 54, 4th Edition

The American Petroleum Institute (API) recently released the fourth edition of Recommended Practice 54, Occupational Safety and Health for Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing Operations, which provides procedures for promoting and maintaining safe and healthy working conditions for personnel in drilling and well servicing operations.

The document applies to rotary drilling rigs, well servicing rigs and special services as they related to operations on location. First published in 1981, significant revisions in the new edition include a new section on flowback operations which is key for safe well testing, revised requirements for facility and site process hazard assessment and mitigation, and introduction of formal risk assessments as well as expanded provisions for offshore operations.

To access API RP54, please visit the API website.

IADC University of Wyoming Student Chapter Participates in Rig Visit

Students of the recently established IADC Student Chapter at the University of Wyoming were recently invited to tour Patterson-UTI Rig 901 working east of Fort Collins, Colorado.

IADC Rocky Mountain Chapter Chairman Lannie Fladeland with Patterson-UTI coordinated the rig tour through the Student Chapter officers and Dr. Brian Toelle with the University’s Petroleum Engineering Department.

The students were divided into three groups, with Drilling Superintendent Jerry Stolz, Rig Manager Sean Layne and Safety Director Kyle Peltz conducting the safety briefings and rig tours. After an in-depth overview of the operation, rig equipment and technology associated with Rig 901, the group was treated to lunch and a Q&A session which focused on political, environmental and strategic issues around E&P operations, along with the unlimited career opportunities available to the students.

Students from the University of Wyoming IADC Student Chapter participate in a tour of Patterson-UTI Rig 901 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

IADC Rocky Mountain Chapter to Host Golf Tournament

The IADC Rocky Mountain Chapter will host a Charity Golf Tournament on Monday 10, June at the Ranch Country Club in Westminster, Colorado. The Chapter is partnering with Project Sanctuary for the 2019 tournament, an organization which works with veterans and active-duty service members and their families.

For more information about the tournament and to register, please visit

Video Webcast Airing 26 March: “Managed Pressure Drilling: Tomorrow’s Drilling Standard is Here Today”

The offshore drilling industry needs efficiency gains and cost savings as never before. Fortunately, managed pressure drilling can provide both cost savings and, just as importantly, enhanced drilling safety. MPD is defined by IADC as an adaptive drilling process used to precisely control the annular pressure profile throughout the wellbore. The objectives are to ascertain the downhole pressure environment limits and to manage the annular hydraulic pressure profile accordingly. It is the intention of MPD to avoid continuous influx of formation fluids to the surface. Any influx incidental to the operation will be safely contained using an appropriate process.

The use of closed-loop systems common to all types of MPD represents a giant step forward from conventional, open-to-air drilling systems.

For nearly two decades, industry has viewed MPD as an exotic, niche technology with limited applications. Now, however, inclusion of MPD systems aboard drilling rigs is increasingly common. Further, whereas in the past the job of running MPD operations was limited to specialized third-party consultants, today drilling crews are gaining competency in MPD.

This virtual panel discussion, sponsored by ABS, brings together an operator, drilling contractor, and classification society to define MPD, detail the benefits in efficiency and safety, explore what makes a rig and crew MPD capable, and provide an outlook for the future of this important technology.


  • Chris Scarborough, Senior Wells Engineer – Well Control & MPD for BP
  • Jay Lancaster, MPD/Well Control Technical Superintendent, Seadrill
  • Josephy Rousseau, Director of Offshore, Exploration, ABS
  • Mike Killalea, IADC & (moderator)

To register for this free webcast, click here. If you have already registered for this event, please be on the lookout for your login email on the morning of 26 March.


IADC Accreditation Department Successfully Passes ISO 9001:2015 Recertification Audit

In February, IADC’s Accreditation Department successfully passed the ISO 9001:2015 recertification audit with zero findings. IADC remains the only well control accrediting body to hold ISO 9001:2015 certification, demonstrating the association’s ability to consistently provide services that meet customer requirements while keeping a focus on quality and integrity.  Programs that fall under the ISO certification include RigPass, SafeLand, SafeGulf, WellSharp, WellCAP Plus, DIT, Competence Assurance, Gateway and Crane-Rigger.

The ISO 9001 QMS standard requires that a company identify and describe processes using business metrics, the purpose of which is to better manage and control business processes. The ISO 9001 family addresses various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISO’s best-known standards, which provide guidance and tools for companies and organizations that want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements. ISO 9001:2015 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only standard in the family that can be certified to. This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement.

For more information, please contact Brooke Polk at

IADC to Launch WellSharp Plus

IADC is preparing to launch WellSharp® Plus, a new accreditation program that fully integrates human factors (i.e., crew resource management) into technical well control training and specifically targets experienced personnel.

The primary goals of this new program are to reduce the potential for human error and to contribute to the competence of personnel during drilling operations.

“Now that WellSharp® has raised the bar for well control training,” explains Mark Denkowski, IADC’s VP of Accreditation Operations, “IADC’s members and accredited training providers are embracing this logical next step to address human factors.”

Throughout 2018, a workgroup comprising course designers, human factors experts, and other stakeholders in the upstream O&G worked together to develop a human factors curriculum, program and course requirements, and a new “train-the-trainer” course for human factors instructors.

A greater focus on human factors has emerged as producers/operators, drilling contractors, and service companies seek to address two lessons learned from past well control incidents: The need for 1) training aimed at specifically addressing human-error and 2) training that focuses on problem-solving during the low-probability, high-impact well control scenarios.

As part of their program-development process, the workgroup reviewed the human factors training and best practices from NASA, the US military, and from the airline, nuclear, and healthcare industries. They also considered ongoing efforts at organizations in the O&G industry, such as IOGP, SPE, API, and OESI. These organizations and others have been working to better understand the human element within the operational context, the causes of human error during drilling operations, and the nontechnical knowledge and skills required for maintaining safe, efficient operations.

Rather than creating an isolated human factors course or training module, course designers recognized the value of creating a new model for content delivery—one that emphasizes the specific contributors to human error in the context of well control by fully integrating the technical and nontechnical content.

IADC’s new human factors curriculum aligns with content developed within other industries and by other O&G organizations, particularly IOGP. Although, in reality, much of the content is interconnected, the topics generally correlate with at least one of the following six categories: situation awareness, decision-making, communication, teamwork, leadership, and factors that affect human performance. This last category comprises the human conditions that affect the other five categories, such as fatigue (e.g., sleep deprivation, illness, shiftwork, time of day), stress (e.g., confusion, multi-tasking, conflict, fear), difficulty managing distractions, and cultural differences.

To maximize learning and knowledge retention, WellSharp® Plus instructors are required to meet additional qualification requirements that include successful completion of “train-the-trainer” coursework involving the following: facilitated learning methods, adult learning principles, strategies that appeal to different learning styles, and strategies for delivering and assessing the human factors content.

Facilitated learning methods have been proven to maximize learning by exploiting the human brain’s natural process of learning through experiences, which involves the learner interacting with the subject and then “debriefing”—reflecting on and drawing conclusions about the subject through a guided discussion. During this process, the instructor is the “guide” rather than the “lecturer.” The instructor observes the activity and discussions and then, as needed, asks open-ended questions to guide the learners. The content of the learning can be delivered in a multitude of ways that rarely involve traditional lecture. Studies show that traditional lecture is the least effective way of learning new content.

The format for a WellSharp® Plus course comprises problem-solving through teamwork in which the participants fulfill the different the roles needed to make up a rig crew: driller, assistance driller, supervisor (toolpusher, company man), and other positions. The course uses case studies and simulation to deliver content and to provide the instructors with an opportunity to observe and assess the human factors and technical skills in order to guide a debriefing session following each case study.

Participants must have taken and passed an “upper-level” WellSharp® course (e.g., Driller- or Supervisor-level) in the previous 2 years and then must meet a higher standard in passing the WellSharp® exam immediately before beginning the course. The fundamentals of well control are an essential prerequisite for WellSharp® Plus because the technical content comprises only the more complex well control scenarios.

“This new course will be an important element in what we are calling our ‘Cycle of Competence,’ in which each member of the rig crew can complete position-specific training, competence assessment at the jobsite during operations, continuous learning between the required courses, and then begin the cycle again all throughout his or her career,” explained Denkowski. “Now, we can set our sights on continuous learning, the next logical step.”

The program is expected to begin accepting applications in April 2019. Companies intending to apply may obtain additional information by emailing

WellSharp Surpasses 100K-Trained Milestone

WellSharp®, IADC’s well control training and assessment standard, recently surpassed its 100,000-certified milestone. Launched in March 2015, the WellSharp program now comprises 10 drilling operation and well servicing courses, more than 500 instructors, 160 accredited training providers, about 1,100 test proctors, and is offered in 5 languages in 37 countries.

“As a member of the IADC WellSharp Advisory board, it is exciting news to know IADC reached over 100K-certified in the program,” says Fritz Golding, Director of Learning and Development at Noble Drilling. “This is a great accomplishment for the industry as we strive for safer operations and knowledgeable personnel.”

IADC’s President, Jason McFarland, emphasizes that “IADC WellSharp has provided our industry with robust, well-rounded well control training since it was instituted more than three years ago.”

The WellSharp Plus course represents a new shift in well control training as it integrates specific aspects of crew resource management (CRM) throughout technical training. In addition, IADC and the industry has now embarked on the next step in this well control standard—a new venture to measure baseline knowledge retention, facilitate continuous learning, and reduce knowledge decay between renewal cycles.

The increasingly comprehensive list of courses is intended to encourage companies to send their personnel to the course that is specifically designed for their position on the rig.

With the goal of improving the program’s credibility and effectiveness, IADC committees and workgroups are using a research- and data-driven approach to improving content delivery while continuing to refine course content and testing protocols.

Matt Parizi, Well Control Training Advisor at Chevron, explains that “reaching this milestone is a significant accomplishment towards Well Control competency and fluency in the Drilling and Completion community across the oil and gas industry. This is the true meaning of an industry-driven effort for well control training.”

Golding added that “WellSharp was developed with the help of industry representatives who saw a need to improve curriculum and delivery standards. Today, the IADC WellSharp program is stronger than ever and I look forward to the next milestone as we see industry fundamentals improving.”

“The overwhelming success of this program is directly attributable to the hundreds of hours of work contributed by IADC members and subject matter experts to revamp our approach to well control training,” explains McFarland. “The industry is certainly safer as a result, and I congratulate all of those who have successfully completed the program.”

The Drilling Industry thrives on hard work, toughness, and self-sufficiency, and the transition to WellSharp certainly called upon those qualities. This effort emerged from two goals: to reduce well control incidents and to “self-regulate”. Over several years, hundreds of volunteers contributed their time and expertise–their sweat-equity, their passion for the industry—to make WellSharp a success.



IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee Announces 2019 Meeting Dates

The IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee has announced its 2019 meeting dates and is welcoming new participants. Besides its recent meeting on 5 February, the committee will also meet from 9-11am on Thursday, 9 May, at NRG Center, in conjunction with OTC. The group will also meet on the afternoon of Monday, 21 October in Amsterdam, the day before the 2019 IADC ART Conference.

ART also will hold three Spark Tanks this year: 24 April, 7 August and 11 December. These events provide technology entrepreneurs with a new opportunity to pitch their products and ideas to a panel of drilling contractors and operators (“Sharks”). The purpose is to provide insights (“Sparks”) to technology developers into what matters to the intended end users of these innovations. There is sometimes a vast disconnect between a good idea and a great product, and this series will attempt to close that gap. All Spark Tanks are held at IADC’s Houston headquarters. The events are free to attend, but registration is required and space is limited. Call for Abstracts are being accepted for the 24 April Spark Tank until 19 March.

ART’s two subcommittees also will hold monthly meetings at IADC’s Houston office, and each group welcomes new participants from across the industry to join these meetings.

The ART Drilling Control Systems (DCS) Subcommittee continues its work on the vital IADC DDR Plus project and is starting new guidelines around DCS safety features and rig sensor stewardship. Meeting will be held 9-11am on the following dates:

The ART BOP Controls Subcommittee is also welcoming new participants as it works to improve the safety, reliability and performance of BOP controls. Meetings will be held 10am-12pm on the following dates:

IADC Drilling Engineers Committee Announces 2019 Events

Mark your calendars for four half-day Technology Forums this year to be organized by the IADC Drilling Engineers Committee (DEC):
Q1: 12 March, “MPD – Are We There Yet?”
Q2: 26 June, “Drilling Automation – Where Are We and Where Do We Need to Be?”
Q3: 25 September, “Drilling Data – What Is Available? How Good Is It? What Can We Do With It?”
Q4:  13 November, “Contractor Integration – Status and Future of the Integration of Services Provided by the Drilling Contractor”

Agendas for each event will be posted closer to their dates. All events will be in Houston, with locations TBA.

Questions about the DEC can be sent to Linda Hsieh (


IADC Introduces DDR Plus

To assist industry transition to more digitally driven operations, IADC introduces IADC DDR Plus™, the new standard in drilling data collection.

IADC DDR Plus™ remains backward compatible with previous versions, while adding additional main operational codes, and creating a highly granular code set architecture. IADC DDR Plus™ is rolling out in both a Wits M L electronic and traditional paper versions.

Learn more at

Android App for Mission Petrohouse Rolled Out

IADC’s Drilling Matters initiative to educate the public and dispel myths and misconceptions about our industry hit the ground running in 2019, with the roll out of an Android app for its popular online game Mission Petrohouse.

Mission Petrohouse players steer a retro rocket ship through a home and “zap” everyday products created from petroleum to fill the rocket’s fuel tank. The game tracks the number of items zapped, and provides helpful information about each item.

The new app can be downloaded from Google Play at

Drilling Matters is available on line at

For more information about Drilling Matters, contact Amy Rose ( or Mike Killalea (

DrillPad Strives to Help Build Well Control Proficiency

IADC’s Useful Resources web page offers a link to materials designed to help build and assure individual and crew well control competency and proficiency anywhere in the world. The DrillPad Deployment Well Control Drill Trainer Training Template and the companion DrillGuide Example are freely available from the

“IADC is pleased to offer these DrillPad resources through our website, and believes that this will be a positive step for the industry,” remarked IADC President Jason McFarland. “IADC has long pioneered and worked to develop industry best practice for training in well control, and DrillPad neatly dovetails with our mission of ensuring safe rigs worldwide.”

The PowerPoint file DrillPad Trainer Training is offered to assist trainers in developing an effective program of well control drills. It includes keys to effective drills, critical skill sets, grading criteria, common pitfalls, and more.

The PDF Well Control Drill Guide provides lists of drills, questions, and attributes within DrillPad. The guide is meant to be used in conjunction with rig-specific well control procedures to conduct and assess performance during well control drills. The objective is to ensure that all members of the rig team with well control responsibilities are aware of their specific responsibilities, possess an understanding of well control commensurate with those responsibilities, and can confidently execute their duties when required.

Each well control drill details the drill type, potential participants, exercises, caution guidance, assessment guidance, questions, skills assessed, and more.

IADC ISP Plaques Showcase Company Safety Record

Safety should not be competitive in the drilling industry, but bragging rights always are!

You have worked hard to build an impressive safety record. Your employees pay close attention to ensure that they work safely.

Let your customers know about it. IADC ISP plaques are a stand-out way to ensure the world knows how successful your accident prevention program is.

IADC has two types of ISP plaques available. The Executive Grade: Bronze-tone safety excellence medallion on a red velvet background with gold engraved text on a raised bronze-tone plate. Supreme Grade: Laser engraved text with company name, rig name or number and IADC logo in raised gold lettering. Both plaques include company name, rig name or number with the numbers of years without a Lost time or recordable incident.

IADC acknowledges the rigs in the monthly DrillBits newsletter.

Get extra plaques for the office, rig, and your top employees. Fire those guys up with a well-deserved pat on the back.

IADC ISP plaques are only available to companies participating in the IADC ISP program, the industry’s definitive safety statistics program since 1961.

For more information on ordering plaque please contact Loretta Krolczyk at

To participate in ISP, please email

IADC Lexicon Featured Term for March 2019

The IADC Lexicon ( is a compendium of upstream-related terms, which, unlike conventional glossaries, are official definitions drawn from legislation, regulation and regulatory guidance, standards (global, national and regional), and IADC guidelines. Terms often have multiple definitions from different sources.

This month’s Featured Term is:

“Connector” (API Technical Report 17TR7, Verification and Validation of Subsea Connectors, First Edition, April 2017.) :

Mechanical device used to connect adjacent components to create a pressure-containing structural joint resisting applied loads and preventing leakage.

(click the link to read the full definition on the IADC Lexicon.)

Accreditation Updates




  • Capacitadores Unidos en al Rama de la Seguridad Industrial, Mexico;


  • O&G Safety Trianing (UK) Ltd., Wales, United Kingdom

Upcoming Events

Rigs Receive ISP Certificates

For certificates received since last LTI (in years):

  • Atlantica: Delta (3)
  • Perisai Drilling SDN BHD: Perisai Pacific 101 (3);
  • COSL Drilling Pan Pacific Ltd.: COSL POWER (5)
  • COSL Middle East FZE: COSL Superior (1); COSL CRAFT (11)
  • Essar Oilfield Services India Limited: Essat Wildcat (10)
For certificates received since last recordable incident (in years):
  • Parker Drilling Alaska: Rig 272 (4);
  • Unit Drilling Company: Rig 405 (4)

New IADC Members

IADC welcomes 21 new members:


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