DRILLBITS – May 2018

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BSEE Publishes Proposed Well Control Rule

On 11 May, BSEE published its proposed rule, Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf – Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control Revisions. Initially published on 28 July 2016, this most recent version addresses concerns raised by stakeholders after the rule was initially introduced. Most notably, this proposal intends to:

  • Revise certain submittal requirements
  • Clarify drilling margin requirements
  • Remove references to lifeboats
  • Remover certain prescriptive requirements for real-time monitoring
  • Replace the BAVO requirement with use of 3rd party
  • Revise accumulator system requirements
  • Revise control station and pod testing schedules

Comments on this latest round of proposed well control rules must be received by BSEE by 10 July 2018. More details can be found here.

BSEE Gulf District Hosts Meeting to Discuss Cable/Wire Shearing Requirements

On 26 April, the BSEE Gulf Coast Regional Office hosted a meeting with industry stakeholder at the offices of Pacific Drilling in Houston to address the requirements of 30 CFR 250.733, What are the requirements for a surface BOP stack?

Contained within this regulation is a requirement that blind/shear rams be capable of shearing tubing with exterior control lines including electric, wire and slick line under MASP beginning 30 April 2018. Industry and BSEE have acknowledged that equipment necessary to satisfy this requirement is not yet available. The purpose of the meeting was for BSEE to listen to industry comments, thoughts and ideas for satisfying this requirement via equivalent means.

At the conclusion of the meeting, BSEE determined equivalency proposals would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis until a permanent solution can be achieved. Specific questions regarding the issue can be addressed to Fred Brink at or Earl Shanks at

DRILLERSPAC – Political Action Committee (PAC) of IADC

The DRILLERSPAC is now up and running.  It 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.

To date, the DRILLERSPAC has raised $14,250 from 7 individuals.  Twelve IADC member companies have signed the prior approval form to allow employee participation.  Two $2,000 disbursements from DRILLERSPAC have been made to Rep. Garrett Graves (LA) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (ND) leaving $10,250 left in the DRILLERSPAC bank account.

Washington D.C. Updates


The U.S. House was eager to move forward with the Farm Bill Reauthorization Act in May, but unfortunately for House leadership, the bill did not garner enough support on final passage.  It is expected the House will attempt to take the bill back up in June.  The House did pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the bill has now been sent to the Senate.  An amendment was proposed to permanently ban Eastern Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas development, but the amendment was not approved by the Rules Committee.  However, a provision was included to bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from listing the greater sage grouse and lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act for 10 years.


The U.S. Senate is still busy processing nominations, including confirmation of Gina Haspel as the first female CIA Director.  The Senate also voted to disapprove or overturn the FCC’s regulation related to ‘net neutrality’.  The Senate is expected to return from their Memorial Day recess to process more nominations, along with possible consideration of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), NDAA.  Other items on the horizon include:  Flood Insurance Reauthorization Bill, which expires in July, and the FAA and the Farm Bill authorizations which expire in September.

White House:

Tariffs are the highlight of May for the Administration – from the lingering steel and aluminum tariffs to an announcement to levy tariffs on Chinese goods, to ongoing NAFTA negotiations, the Administration is being aggressive on the trade front.  In addition, President Trump signaled he is pulling out of the Iran Nuclear Deal and there are on and off again talks with North Korea.


SafeOCS Releases 2017 Annual Report on Oil and Gas Production Safety System Events

SafeOCS recently made its 2017 Annual Report on Oil and Gas Production Safety System Events available. The SafeOCS program is a resource for industry members to share key observations and lessons from equipment and safety-related events and is administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation Statistics. It’s objective is to identify potential high-consequence risks from aggregated, industry-wide data and share findings with the industry to mitigate risks. BTS first began collecting data on equipment component failures as required by BSEE’s Well Subpart H- Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems Final Rule in December 2016.

In 2017, the first full year of mandated Safety & Pollution Prevention Equipment (SPPE) incident reporting, 9 of 59 production operators in the Gulf of Mexico reported 112 failures. The remaining 50 operators did not report any failures. None of the reported SPPE events were associated with an HSE incident.

The full report can be accessed via the SafeOCS website.

U.S. Department of Defense Releases Report on Preserving Military Readiness in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico

The U.S. Pentagon recently released its report on Preserving Military Readiness in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, which outlines its concerns and possible implications for preserving the Department of Defense usage of the area. Written in response to Congressional House Report 2018, The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, the report concludes that due to the unique advantages the Eastern Gulf of Mexico provides, which includes decades of regional infrastructure investment, permitting the expansion of oil and gas activities into this area without close collaboration between the Department of Defense and the Department of Interior would detrimentally affect the capabilities and readiness of military forces.

The report is available here.

OPITO Releases Report Detailing Future of UK Oil and Gas Workforce Dynamics

On 10 May, OPITO, in partnership with Robert Gordon University’s Oil and Gas Institute, released the UKCS Workforce Dynamics Review. The review assesses the changing skills requirements for the industry over the next 20 years and the research contained within it will assist in providing ga roadmap for a new skills strategy to ensure the sector is ready to take advantage of emerging roles and diversification opportunities.

The research indicates that more than 40,000 new workers will need to be recruited into the industry over the next 20 years, which would include 10,000 positions not yet in existence, including data analytics, date science, robotics and remote operations. Other findings in the report project that 80,000 workers will likely retire or leave the industry by 2035.

More details can be found at OPITO’s website.

IPIECA/IOGP Release Health Leading Performance Indicators – 2017 Data

IPIECA-IOGP recently released the 2017 data for the health performance of their member companies. Based on the original survey criteria contained in the 2007 Report 393, Health Performance Indicators – A guide for the oil and gas industry, data was collected for 2017 from 29 participating companies with the intent to assess health performance within individual companies and compare performance between different part of a company and between participating companies.

Each company was allowed to review its own data while comparing with the results of other participants. Despite the variation in participating companies across five years of surveys, the average values for health area assessed have remained consistent.

The full report can be downloaded on IPIECA’s website.

C-NLOPB Addresses National Advisory Panel on Marine Protected Area Standards

On 8 May, Scott Tessier, Chair and CEO of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) addressed the National Advisory Panel on Marine Protected Area Standards. In his comments, he affirmed C-NLOPB’s support of Canada’s commitment to the protection of the marine environment and stated that future proposed oil and gas activities will continue to elicit an appropriate level of consideration for mitigations and restrictions necessary to meet conservation objectives.

His full remarks can be accessed via the C-NLOPB website.

RAPID-S53 JIP Launches Latest Phase

The IOGP/IADC BOP Reliability JIP, known as RAPID-S53, has launched its latest phase featuring reduced fees for participating companies.  The JIP, which originated with a data gathering effort by seven offshore contractors in 2015 has been restructured to continue on an ongoing basis with fees adjusted annually.

For 2018, fees for operator participants will be $35,000.  For drilling contractors, fees for companies with subsea BOPs will be $20,000, with fees for  surface-only BOP companies at $15,000 and onshore contractors at $10,000.  Equipment manufacturers will pay $15,000.  Those figures are significantly less than what most participants paid for Phase II of the JIP.

It is anticipated that most of the 30 companies that participated in Phase II will continue their involvement with the JIP.  One new offshore contractor recently joined the new effort – Odebrecht Oil & Gas S.A. of Brazil.

The JIP has been sharing selected learnings from the data with industry groups, including the API Standard 53 Subcommittee.  At the recent API Winter Standardization conference, JIP members provided information learned regarding regulators, shuttle valves, and SPM valves.  A data quality workshop for all RAPID-S53 participants was also recently hosted by Pacific Drilling, with more than 50 people in attendance.

The JIP worked with both BSEE and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics to produce their 2016 report on equipment failure reporting required under the Well Control Rule.  The JIP is currently working with BTS on the 2017 report.

RAPID-S53 stands for Reliability and Performance Information Database, designed to collect data on BOP performance as specified in API Standard 53.

For more information, please contact Steve Kropla at

APPEA Publishes 2018 Edition of Key Statistics

On 14 May, APPEA released its 2018 edition of Key Statistics. Information provided in the report includes a consideration of supply & demand, economic contributions of industry, capital investment facts and safety performance statistics.

The full report can be accessed via APPEA’s website.

UK Oil and Gas Authority Offers 123 Licenses during Offshore Licensing Round

On 23 May, the UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) announced an offering of 123 licenses over 229 blocks or part-blocks to 61 companies in its 30th Offshore Licensing Round. The offering makes a total of 26,659 km available for award and represents an intent to increase existing acreage held by 50%. OGA anticipates that this round’s offerings will encourage development of a dozen undeveloped discoveries comprising an estimated 320 million BOE.

More details can be found on the OGA website.

Norway Drilling Union Agrees to New Wage Deal

On 24 May, Industri Energi, Norway’s offshore drilling labor union, announced it had struck a new deal for its more 4,000 members. The union stated that the agreement likely averted a strike that may have affected offshore activities later this year.

The Norwegian Shipowners Association stated a similar agreement has also been struck with the smaller Safe Union. On 22 June its members will vote on whether to accept the deal as the terms are not as favorable as originally sought.

IADC North Sea Chapter Celebrates 45th Anniversary

On 15 May, the IADC North Sea Chapter celebrated its 45th anniversary. Current and past chapter committee members were invited to attend a gathering to share reminiscences and stories from the past 45 years. From Left: John Atkinson, past NSC Chairman and former IADC Regional Representative; Gavin Sutherland, KCA Aberdeen, Former NSC Chairman and Pete Wilson, Rowan Companies, current NSC Chairman.

On 15 May, the IADC North Sea Chapter celebrated its 45th anniversary. Current and past chapter committee members were invited to attend a gathering to share reminiscences and stories from the past 45 years.
From Left: John Atkinson, past NSC Chairman and former IADC Regional Representative; Gavin Sutherland, KCA Aberdeen, Former NSC Chairman and Pete Wilson, Rowan Companies, current NSC Chairman.

Edith McLeod, current NSC Administrator and Pete Wilson, current NSC Chairman, cut the 45th anniversary cake during the 18 May gathering of current and former IADC North Sea Chapter members.

Edith McLeod, current NSC Administrator and Pete Wilson, current NSC Chairman, cut the 45th anniversary cake during the 18 May gathering of current and former IADC North Sea Chapter members.

IADC Headquarters to Relocate

IADC will relocate its current headquarters in July of 2018. While the current space has served the Association well over the last 15 years, the lease is set to expire this summer, and with it an opportunity to reevaluate the space.

Over the last several years, it has become clear that the needs of the Association necessitate a more modern facility that can accommodate a multitude of industry and committee, and also one that offers more sufficient space for IADC employees. Taking advantage of a soft market for office space in Houston, IADC recently signed a lease that will more than adequately address IADC’s needs.

The new IADC headquarters will be located at 3657 Briarpark Drive, a mere half a mile from the current building. It will offer a brand new, custom-designed office space, and modern meeting facilities that will offer significant value to IADC’s members.

Over the course of the next few months, IADC will provide updates on the progress of the new space, and the Association looks forward to welcoming members to the new corporate headquarters this summer.


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 and an added commendation for improvement since the previous year’s audit.

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.

“It is important that IADC’s accreditation division, as an accrediting body that holds training providers to course and quality standards, holds itself accountable for the quality of the services delivered to the industry,” said Brook Polk, Director – Program Development and Technology. “Obtaining the ISO recertification ties directly to ACD’s core mission of commitment to providing customer satisfaction with the highest quality products and services. It reinforces our drive for continued improvement and program integrity.”

For more information, please contact Brooke Polk at

IADC Competence Assurance Program to be Updated

Competence Assurance is a crucial part of the employee development process.  Having competent employees helps to assure the safety of employees, assets, and the environment.  These are some of the reasons the industry worked collaboratively to develop IADC’s Competence Assurance Accreditation and Guidelines for Building a Competence Program.  IADC and industry understand and embrace the need for continual improvement in an ever-changing industry and are working on making the Competence Accreditation better.

The Accreditation Division is currently working with industry and IADC Competence SME auditors to grow the program and include new industry best practices.  Working together to share strengths from the various programs will help raise the bar on competence across the industry.  The new accreditation handbook with enhanced requirements is anticipated to be released in Q1 2018.

For more information about the Competence Assurance program, please visit the IADC Accreditation website. For questions, please contact Brooke Polk at

IADC Prepares to Roll Out WellSharp Well Servicing Accreditation in 2018

This spring, IADC will roll out the new WellSharp Well Servicing Accreditation which will replace the old WellCAP well servicing courses. The new accreditation will offer four standalone course options, which include coiled tubing; snubbing; wireline and workover. It also introduces two new courses, which include Subsea Supplement and Oil and Gas Operator Representative Workover & Intervention Well Control.

The first WellSharp track, for drilling operations, was launched in 2015. It was the result of an industry-led effort to improve well control training and assessment. Compared with WellCAP, the curriculum puts greater emphasis on risk awareness and assessment.

For more information about converting to the new WellSharp Well Servicing Accreditation, please contact IADC’s Accreditation Department.


IADC Establishes Cybersecurity Committee

The IADC Executive Committee recently voted to promote the ART Cybersecurity Subcommittee to a full Committee. Siv Hilde Houmb, Secure-NOK will continue in her role as Chair and Juan Negrete from Rowan and Ben Ramduny from Seadrill have accepted the role of co-chairs of the new Cybersecurity Committee.

More information about the Committee, including upcoming meeting dates, can be found on the IADC Cybersecurity Committee webpage.

Brad Green Recognized for Leadership of the IADC Manufacturing Record Book Subcommittee

Brad Green was recently recognized for his leadership of the IADC Manufacturing Record Book (MRB) Subcommittee. He took over leadership of the subcommittee in 2017 and under his leadership, the subcommittee released Revision 1 of the MRB Guidance document. Through continued collaboration with drillers, OEM’s and Classification societies, Mr Green positioned the MRB Subcommittee to publish a second revision to the original guidance document, which is due for publication in late 2018.

IADC President Jason McFarland presented the award to Mr. Green, saying, “By the officers, directors and members of IADC, it is my pleasure to present you with this small token of appreciation and to thank you for your unmatched leadership in the development and management of the Supply Chain Manufacturing Record Book Subcommittee.”

Jason McFarland presents an award to Brad Green, IADC Manufacturing Record Book Subcommittee Chairman

IADC President Jason McFarland presents an award to Brad Green, IADC Manufacturing Record Book Subcommittee Chairman

IADC Cybersecurity Committee Hosts Workshop

On 12 April, the IADC Cybersecurity Committee hosted a cybersecurity workshop in Stavanger, Norway sponsored by Secure-NOK and Rowan Companies. More than 30 people attended the workshop, to discuss legislative and standardization activities, guidelines for network segmentations, automation systems and cybersecurity integrity and risk management, the NIST cybersecurity framework and the IADC Guidelines for Cybersecurity for Drilling Assets among other topics. The group then toured the ULLRIGG Drilling and Well Centre.

On 12 April, attendees from the Cybersecurity Workshop were invited to tour the ULLRIGG Drilling and Well Centre.

On 12 April, attendees from the Cybersecurity Workshop were invited to tour the ULLRIGG Drilling and Well Centre.

The “New Age in Drilling” is Here! Register for 6/13 DEC Tech Forum Today

The IADC Drilling Engineers Committee’s 13 June Technology Forum, “The New Age in Drilling”, sets its sights squarely on how the generational changing of the guard impacts development of new technology, refinement of business models, and the perspective of drilling professionals. With the long-anticipated “Big Crew Change” dawning, many of the drilling industry’s grizzled, white-haired veterans will fade into the sunset, replaced by a younger generation with perhaps significantly different attitudes and aptitudes. What will be the impact on drilling operations, HSE, and technology?

The event is hosted by National Oilwell Varco at its facility at 10353 Richmond Ave in Houston, from 08.00 until noon. Lunch will be provided by NOV. The tech forum will be held in the first-floor auditorium. (Parking is in the multi-story garage at the rear of the building.) Note: This is a different facility from previous DEC events hosted by NOV.

The agenda features five up-and-coming drilling technologists to present their perspectives on technology, decision making and more. In lieu of individual Q&A, the speakers will participate in a panel following all presentations.

The goal of the Tech Forum is to foster a discussion on how industry is responding to these challenges and what improvements and strategic direction the new generation envisions for it.

In addition, spokespersons for DEC joint industry will provide updates on their work, and we will hear a new JIP proposal.


08.00  Refreshments and networking

08.20  Welcome & review agenda – Dennis Moore, Marathon Oil, Chairman

08.30  JIP Updates (DEC-1, DEC-2, DEC-4 to be invited)

  • JIP DEC 1 “Drilling Systems Automation (DSA) Roadmap”: Robin Macmillan, National Oilwell Varco (Phase II, Stage I Full Report)
  • JIP DEC 2 “Decision Support for Dynamic Barrier Management” – Amar Ahluwalia, DNVGL (Project description; supporting slides)
  • JIP DEC 3 “Independent Verification and Validation of Sensors and Systems in Drilling: Phase I”, Maria Araujo, Southwest Research Institute (Project description)

09.00  JIP proposal: Carolyn LeFleur, HARC Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems, “Data Science for Life Cycle Assessment of Dual Fuel Diesel Engine Technology”

The HARC Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program (EFD) seeks industry support to develop a predictive model using advanced instrumentation and data science. The model will support planning and optimization by addressing uncertainties of fuel consumption, engine performance, emissions, and environmental factors.

09.30 – Noon               Panel: “New Age of Drilling”

Each speaker will make a 20-minute presentations. Please hold all questions until the end of all presentations, when the five participants will engage with the audience as a panel. There will be a break at 10.10-10.25.

  • Clena Abuan, Senior Technology Associate: “Where Creativity Sits”
  • Theresa Baumgartner, Drilling Research Engineer, Shell: “A New Open-source Culture for Operators to Accelerate Value Gains from Drilling Data Analytics”
  • Stephanie Mertz Farrar, Process and Reliability Manager, Phoenix Technology Services: “How Does the Current Generation Differ in Its Approach to Technology and Decision-making?”
  • Mete Mulu, Engineer, Subsea Task Force, Transocean
  • Nancy Zakhour, Completion Engineer-Global Unconventional Team, Oxy

10.10-10.25  Break

12.15  Adjournment and lunch (sponsored by NOV)

To register, go to . Please note that IADC has a new ecommerce system. If you experience technical difficulties, please contact IADC at or, or by calling 713.292.1945.

For questions about the agenda or DEC in general, contact Mike Killalea, 713-292-1956,

IADC Invited to Meet with Coast Guard, NIST and Senate to Discuss Cybersecurity

On 4 April, IADC Cybersecurity Chairman Siv Hilde Houmb with Secure-NOK, Melissa Mejias, Legislative Analyst, IADC and Sean Plankey with BP met in Washington D.C. with the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to discuss the “Guidelines for Minimum Cybersecurity Requirement for Drilling Assets” published by IADC earlier this year. The group also discussed the NIST Cybersecurity Framework Offshore Operations Profile and draft Navigation and Inspection Circular (NVIC) 05-17; Guidelines for Addressing Cyber Risk at Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) Regulated Facilities.

While in Washington, D.C. the group also met with the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee to discuss S.2083: Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in our Ports Act of 2017. The bill would instruct the Department of Homeland Security to take steps to boost cyber information sharing and coordination at U.S. ports in reaction to a “notPetya” cyber attack at the Port of Los Angeles. IADC has not supported the language included in the bill. The Senate Committee has previously been visited by other trade organizations with similar concerns and does not plan to move the bill forward until concerns raise by industry have been addressed. IADC will continue to work with both the Committee and the Coast Guard to ensure the bill does not move forward until is has been amended.

For more information about these issues, please contact Melissa Mejias at

Call for abstracts for IADC Spark Tank on 16 August: Meet the Sharks!

The IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee has issued a call for abstracts for the ART Spark Tank, scheduled for 0900-1130 on Thursday, 16 August, at IADC headquarters in Houston, Texas. The deadline for abstracts is Friday, 29 June. Note the change in date for the Spark Tank – 16 August is the new date, replacing 30 August, the old date!

The IADC ART Spark Tank is a strong opportunity to provide technology entrepreneurs a new opportunity to pitch their products and ideas to a panel of drilling contractors and operators (“Sharks”).

IADC ART welcomes abstracts on any new technology that will improve efficiency or safety in well construction. The purpose is to provide insights (“Sparks”) to technology developers into what matters to those they are innovating for. There is sometimes a vast disconnect between a good idea and a great product, and this series will attempt to close that gap in a good-natured, productive manner.

Each Spark Tank presentation should last no more than 15 minutes, which will allow the Sharks to ask questions and give feedback on just how great (or not!) they think the product is.

Rules of engagement:

The ART Spark Tank is designed to allow technology entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch products or ideas to a panel of experts comprising both drilling contractors and operators. The Spark Tank is envisioned as a forum to “spark” new thinking. The Spark Tank will be moderated by an officer of the Advanced Rig Technology Committee.


Thirty minutes are allotted for each topic. Each presenter will have 15 minutes to speak. Please be as brief and concise as possible.

Panelists will then use the remaining 15 minutes for questions and comments. Questions and comments will be candid.

Please be polite and allow others to complete their thoughts before speaking.

Click here to submit your abstract.


WCI Publishes Competency Whitepaper

The Well Control Institute (WCI) Board of Directors has approved the publication of a whitepaper developed by the WCI Competency Workgroup titled “ The Status and Future of Well Control Competencies.”  The purpose of the paper is to state WCI’s position on the current state of well control training in the oil and gas industry, and to offer recommendations on how it can be continuously improved.

This whitepaper represents nearly two years of work by the group, beginning with an initial assessment of IADC/IWCF compliance with IOGP 476, creating the competency workgroup, the well control training survey and analysis, recommendations for continuous learning practices, and finally the paper.

This project, sponsored by Andy Krieger of BP and chaired by Charlie Holt of BP, was initiated as part of WCI’s efforts to review industry efforts relevant to competency in the industry. Competency is the highest-ranking priority topic identified by the Board as a relevant factor in improving well control performance.

In a letter sent to IOGP, IWCF and IADC, WCI Chairman expressed his thanks to Mr. Krieger, Mr. Holt, and many others on the workgroup who developed the paper. “The type of collaboration exhibited here exemplifies the spirit of WCI of an industry working together to have a positive impact on well control performance,” Mr. Dew said.

The paper can be found in the Documents & Resources section of the WCI web site at  For more information, contact Steve Kropla at ext. 211.


Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Hosts Monthly Industry Operations Meetings

For IADC members with operations in Colorado, the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) conducts a monthly “Industry Operations Meeting” with industry’s technical, operations and regulatory staff to discuss issues or concerns regarding compliance expectations. The purpose of the meetings is to facilitate compliance by enhancing communication and resolving issues quickly.

All meetings are held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at COGCC’s Denver office unless otherwise noted. The next meeting is scheduled for June 19.

More information can be obtained at the COGCC website.

New eBook Available: IADC Control Valve Qualification Testing Recommendations

The IADC BOP Controls Subcommittee of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee (ART) has published the first version of the “IADC Control Valve Qualification Testing Recommendations”. The recommendations are designed to help improve reliability of hydraulic control valves by providing, within a single document, supplementary requirements for design qualification testing of specified types of BOP control valves.

These recommendations are intended to provide guidance to improve safety, reliability, and performance of BOP Controls. Version 1.0 specifically covers SPM and shuttle valves. This evergreen document will be continually supplemented with recommendations for qualification testing for additional critical valves. Purchasers of version 1.0 will receive future updated versions at no additional cost.

The 11-page recommendations are available to members at $50, and are list-priced at $65.

Click here to purchase. Or call +1 713 292-1945 and ask for Jimmie Cobbin ( or Arafat Hoque (

Survey Results Provide Insight on Enhancing IADC DDR

Preliminary results of a survey on usage of the IADC Daily Drilling Report (DDR / “Tour Sheet”) provided valuable feedback that will help guide the process of updating the report for maximum benefit for the industry.

The IADC Drilling Controls Systems Subcommittee, which sponsored the survey and the draft rig states, is advancing the IADC DDR Plus project, which seeks to enhance the DDR. The DCS is a subcommittee of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference.

More than half the recipients indicated that they used the DDR to receive data; for end of well reporting; and performance analysis. Other common responses were to provide data; verify/confirm payments; satisfy internal policy; invoice providers; and reporting to government.

61% of respondents reported using the electronic version of the IADC DDR, while 23% use the hard copy; and 13% use both.

79% of respondents use the DDR to track activities, indicating that the form connects to performance.

The complete survey results are available as a PDF on the IADC Website.

For more information about the DCS subcommittee, or the DDR Plus project, please contact Mike Killalea, 713-292-1956,

Add a Drilling Matters Link to your Website

Show the browsers to your website that Drilling Matters to you. IADC’s is an educational tool designed to dispel myths and misconceptions about the petroleum industry, and demonstrate the value of our industry to humanity.

We encourage IADC members to post a link to on their websites. IADC will be happy to provide a reciprocal link on

If possible, please use the enhanced link below, which provides SEO content. A webmaster can easily insert this code on a website.

<!– ————————— BEGIN IMAGE LINK ————————— –>
<div><a title=”Drilling Matters, an interactive video-based educational site to improve public understanding of the oil and natural gas drilling industry” href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”dofollow”><img style=”max-width: 100%; height: auto;” src=”×500.jpg” width=”300″ height=”250″ /></a></div>
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Please contact Anthony Garwick ( with any technical questions.

For more information about Drilling Matters, contact Mike Killalea,, +1 713-292-1956.

IADC Lexicon Featured Term for April 2018

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.

Check out the new Random Term Generator.

This month’s Featured Term is:

 “Drone” (Source: ISO/IEC 27032:2015, Information technology — Security techniques — Guidelines for cybersecurity, First Edition, July 2012) :

Computer containing hidden software that enables the machine to be controlled remotely, usually to perform an attack on another computer.

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

Accreditation Updates


  • Effective Performance and Integral Consultancy (EPIC), Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;
  • Petroleum Training Academy, Islamabad, Pakistan


  • Drilling Pass S.C., Mexico;
  • Engineering & Technology Institute of COSL, China

Safety Alerts

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Alert 18-02: Fatality – Struck by/Caught Between Pipe Handling Catwalk Machine

Upcoming Events

Rigs Receive ISP Certificates

For certificates received since last LTI (in years):

  • Atlantica: Beta (2); 
  • Caspian Drilling Co.: Istiglal (15);
  • Weatherford Drilling Int’l: Rig 173 (2); Rig 776 (6); Rig 802 (1); Rig 810 (3); Rig 828 (1); Rig 840 (2); Rig 841 (6); rig 843 (2); Rig 871 (6)
For certificates received since last recordable incident (in years):
  • Cactus Drilling Company: Rig 114 (2); Rig 118 (1); Rig 132 (1); Rig 134 (1); Rig 138 (1); Rig 139 (1); Rig 142 (1); Rig 148 (2); Rig 152 (1); Rig 156 (6); Rig 157 (1); Rig 158 (2); Rig 165 (2); Rig 168 (3);
  • Ensco: Ensco 80 (3);
  • Greatship (India) Limited: Greatdrill Chetna (2); Greatdrill Chitra (1);
  • Sidewinder Drilling LLC: Sidewinder 102 (2);
  • Weatherford Drilling Int’l: Rig 173 (2); Rig 802 (1); Rig 815 (1); Rig 840 (2).

New IADC Members

IADC welcomes 12 new members:


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