DRILLBITS – October 2018

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Revisions to BSEE Offshore Safety Rule Enhance Offshore Oil and Gas Safety, Operations

In response to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE) announcement in the 28 September Federal Register of revisions to the Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf – Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems Rule, IADC President Jason McFarland issued the following statement:

“IADC is pleased to see the results of the exacting approach taken by BSEE to enhance its production safety regulations. Far from making industry operations less safe, as detractors have alleged, the judicious assessment of all 484 provisions contained within the original 2016 rule will afford stakeholders an opportunity to effectively apply these revised requirements as they were originally intended. BSEE Director Scott Angelle has stated that the BSEE employed a ‘thoughtful and laser-like focus’ throughout its consideration of this Rule, an effort that IADC fully supports and appreciates.”

New U.S., Mexico, Canada Trade Agreement a Win for Business, Oil and Gas Industry

On 1 October, IADC President Jason McFarland issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement of a new trade deal to replace NAFTA, The United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA):

“IADC is pleased to see the advancement of a new trade agreement with all three countries at the table. A trade agreement that promotes the swift movement of equipment and personnel across the borders in North America is important to IADC’s membership and we will continue to monitor it as it moves toward a Congressional vote.”

IADC Praises Coast Guard Withdrawal of Decades Old Offshore Proposed Regulation

In the 19 October U.S. Federal Register, the U.S. Coast Guard made public its withdrawal of the “Outer Continental Shelf Activities” proposed rule, which was initially published in December of 1999. In response, IADC President Jason McFarland issued the following statement:

“The withdrawal of this proposed rule by the U.S. Coast Guard is long overdue. After sitting on the shelf for nearly 20 years, the provisions contained in the proposed rule have long ago been rendered obsolete by an industry that prides itself on embracing technological advances. At IADC, we have advocated for the Coast Guard to withdraw their proposal in order to facilitate an open dialogue regarding regulations that reflect the current state of the industry. We would like to thank the Coast Guard, and Rear Admiral J.P. Nadeau in particular, for their attention to this topic. We look forward to working with the Coast Guard on a future rule that addresses the health and safety on offshore vessels and facilities engaged in the development and production of our nation’s vast energy resources.”

IADC Welcomes Revised BLM Rule

In response to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) announcement on 18 September to finalize changes to the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, IADC President Jason McFarland issued the following statement:

“Since the rule was first issued in 2016, IADC contended that the regulation would have the unintended impact of fewer jobs, higher costs for consumers, less energy security and less federal revenue for the United States. Interior’s announcement is gratifying in that industry concerns have been heard and the resulting regulation encourages energy development while still remaining vigilant about protecting the environment from unnecessary methane emissions. The reality is that energy companies always prefer to capture valuable natural gas than flare it off, and since 2005, emissions have actually declined by 38%, even as production has boomed. This speaks to the commitment by our industry to continuously improve the advancement of environmentally sound operations.”

California Governor Signs Bill to Block Offshore Oil Drilling Expansion

On 8 September, California Governor Edmund Brown, Jr. signed legislation to block new federal offshore oil drilling along California’s coast, and announced the state’s opposition to the federal government’s plan to expand oil drilling on public lands.

More information can be found on the State of California website.

DRILLERSPAC – Political Action Committee (PAC) of IADC

The DRILLERSPAC is now up and running. And the 2018 Mid-Term elections are heating up! The DRILLERSPAC was sanctioned by IADC’s Board of Directors to further IADC’s goal of advocacy engagement with federally elected Members of Congress. The DRILLERSPAC’s mission is to support candidates that support the drilling industry.

To date, the DRILLERSPAC has raised $25,000 from 13 individuals and has supported 9 candidates.

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


After coming off August recess post Labor Day, the U.S. House was busy trying to get as much completed before their month-long October recess, before heading home to focus on re-election campaigns. Legislation passed included the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) reauthorization bill, and Conference Reports on the Department of Defense, Labor, Health and Education Appropriations bill and Energy & Water Appropriations bill.


The U.S. Senate is still working on confirming nominations, including IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig. They also confirmed the nomination of Bret Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate also approved the Conference Report on the Department of Defense, Labor, Health and Education Appropriations bill and passed the Energy & Water Appropriations bill.

White House:

The President is pushing ahead on levying tariffs against other countries by issuing a 10% tariff on goods from China. This tariff is expected to increase to 25% by the end of the year. The President issued a Proclamation on Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week for Sept. 2018. The Department of Interior has also been busy issuing a new Waste Prevention Rule (methane emissions) and the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) third-quarter oil and gas lease sale in New Mexico broke all previous records by grossing nearly $1 billion in bonus bids for 142 parcels. The two-day sale brought in more revenue than all BLM oil and gas sales in 2017 combined, and surpassed BLM’s previous best sales year. Revenue from the sale totaled $972,483,619.50.


RAPID-S53 Presented at COS Forum

“What is the data telling us?” was the title of a panel discussion in which IADC participated during the 6th Annual Safety Forum held by the Center for Offshore Safety (COS).

Steve Kropla of IADC discussed the IOGP/IADC BOP Reliability JIP, known as RAPID-S53. Mr. Kropla showed key findings from the JIP’s 2017 annual report. Among the findings from the report he discussed was that more than 72 percent of all events involving well control equipment had been detected while the equipment was being inspected, maintained or tested before it was placed in operation.

IADC functions as Project Coordinator for the IP, which currently has 14 drilling contractors, 12 operators and three equipment manufacturers participating. Mr. Kropla noted that “information bulletins” designed to convey lessons learned, previously available only to JIP participants, would soon be available on the RAPID-S53 web site at

Other participants on the panel included IOGP, HSAC/HeliOffshore, BSEE, and IMCA. For more information, please contact Steve Kropla at ext. 211 or

IADC Invited to Present at NOIA Future Leaders Seminar

On 3 October, IADC Vice President, Government and Industry Affairs Liz Craddock was invited to participate on a Legislative Affairs Panel during the NOIA Future Leaders Seminar. Ms. Craddock was joined by Lynn Hackedorn, Marubeni Oil & Gas; Michael Whatley, Consumer Energy Alliance and Jon Hrobsky, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

On 3 October, IADC Vice President, Government and Industry Affairs Liz Craddock was invited to participate on a Legislative Affairs Panel during the NOIA Future Leaders Seminar. Ms. Craddock was joined by Lynn Hackedorn, Marubeni Oil & Gas; Michael Whatley, Consumer Energy Alliance and Jon Hrobsky, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

IADC Southern Arabian Peninsula Chapter Donates Water Well

The IADC Southern Arabian Peninsula Chapter recently completed its first charity project. The Chapter donated a manual water well in the Republic of Niger, Africa. More than 250 people will benefit from the Lori Water Well No.1

The IADC Southern Arabian Peninsula Chapter recently completed its first charity project. The Chapter donated a manual water well in the Republic of Niger, Africa. More than 250 people will benefit from the Lori Water Well No.1.

IADC’s Mike Killalea Discusses Technology Development on ATCE Panel

Is the industry on the brink of a step change in technology development, featuring digital solutions? Do downturns truly drive innovation? Why is our industry slow to adopt new methods and technologies?

These were some of the topics explored by a panel held at Weatherford’s booth during the 2018 SPE Annual Technology Conference and Exhibition, held in Dallas in late September. IADC Group VP/Publisher Mike Killalea was interviewed by two co-hosts from the Oil & Gas Global Network, Patrick Pistor and Collin Mclelland, on the topic “Innovating While Drilling.” Innovating While Drilling is an IADC trademark used in conferences and in IADC’s official magazine Drilling Contractor as an umbrella for advances in drilling technology.

“Innovating While Drilling is a term we came up with at Drilling Contractor several years ago … to capture the essence of new and novel techniques and technologies, primarily downhole, but also on the surface,” Mr. Killalea said.

He noted a recent shift in excitement and attention away from traditional “big iron” equipment to digital solutions. “If we were doing this two or three years ago…, we’d be talking about new pieces of iron, and in fact we are seeing some pretty impressive new equipment… in terms of rotary steerable systems….

“But what is exciting is the switch toward the digital, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.”

The panel also discussed industry’s slow pace of adopting new technology. Mr. Killalea cited several reasons:

  • Industry’s rural roots that produced an “oilfield solutions only” culture
  • A fractured business model sustaining an adversarial relationship among operators, drilling contractors, and service/manufacturing firms that frustrates true goal alignment
  • High consequences of failure, not only in terms of money, but for safety of workers and the environment
  • The large number of downturns

Mr. Killalea disputed the conventional wisdom that downturns drive innovation.

“I think it’s just because we have a lot of downturns,” he said.

He pointed to a strong positive correlation of patents vs oil price. Mr Killalea also noted that three new entrants into the rotary-steerable market were unveiled just this year, two at ATCE, largely in response to the continuing prosperity of Permian Basin and other unconventional drilling.

Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee Hosts Annual Security Exercise

The Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee (ASMC) held its annual security exercise in Galveston, Texas on 13 September. The exercise, Gulf Guardian, gave participants the opportunity to discuss their response options to unique physical security scenarios that could occur during operations in the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf. Seventy participants from across the Gulf of Mexico attended the Gulf Guardian exercise, including representatives of the offshore maritime industry, oil and gas exploration and production facilities and related service industries, as well as port authorities from Houston, south Louisiana and Mobile, Alabama.

More details can be found via the U.S. Coast Guard.

Department of Interior Royalty Policy Committee Hosts Panel Meeting

On 13 September, the Royalty Policy Committee at the U.S. Department of Interior convened its fourth session to discuss clarification of two methods by which operators calculate required royalty payments for coal, oil and gas extracted from public lands. The committee was established by Interior Secretary Zinke to make recommendations on methods for implementation of more efficient processes related to the extraction of coal, oil and gas from public lands while ensuring a fair price to taxpayers.

At issue is the need for further deliberation on these payment formulas such that additional regulatory action may be necessary to remedy perceived shortcomings of the calculation methods to the benefit of the operator.

The issue will be taken up again at the committee’s January 2019 meeting. In the meantime, Interior Secretary Zinke will review the session’s recommendations to ensure adequate provisions for Interior oversight of the royalty calculation process.

Thailand Hosts Climate Change Conference

On 4 to 9 September, the international Bangkok Climate Change Conference was convened to progress the development of the Paris Agreement Work Programme, otherwise known as the “Paris Rulebook”. The rulebook is expected to contain the details by which the 190 signatory states will execute activities aimed at achieving Paris Agreement objectives – limiting global temperature increase by 2100 to less than 2C and as close to 1.5C as possible. It was hoped the rulebook would be satisfactorily prepared during this session for a planned presentation at the 24th session of the Conference of Parties in Poland in December, however progress fell short.

More information can be found at the United Nations Climate Change website.

UK Oil & Gas Releases Economic Report 2018

On 11 September, UK Oil & Gas released its Economic Report 2018, which highlights the positive indicators of an offshore industry beginning to recover from the challenges of the last several years and the encouraging effects on the UK sector. The report expresses cautious optimism as persistent corporate and regulatory pressures influence the prevailing market conditions.

The full report can be found on the UK Oil & Gas website.

U.S. Department of Interior Proposes Region-Wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale

On 25 September, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced plans for the latest round of offshore lease sales, Lease Sale 252, scheduled for March 2019. The sale would include all available unleased areas in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 78 MM acres.

More details can be found at the Department of Interior website.

EU Commission Issues Invitation for Public Consultation on Offshore Safety Directive

On 19 September, the EU Commission issued an invitation for a public consultation period through 21 December 2018. In keeping with its obligation to meet the 19 July 2019 reporting mandate to the Parliament and Council, the Commission will utilize responses to this consultation as a basis for its report on the effectiveness of the Offshore Safety Directive since entering into force on 19 July 2013.

This consultation provides stakeholders the opportunity to comment on respective observations to contribute the background information necessary for the Commission to make an accurate assessment of the effectiveness of the directive to date.

IADC is currently assessing this consultation invitation in conjunction with interested member stakeholders to comprise beneficial and informative responses. Interested parties are encouraged to independently provide comment as appropriate.

Further details can be found here:

IADC Membership Survey

In an effort to ensure that IADC is providing a high level of value to its Members and the industry, the Association has put together a satisfaction survey to solicit feedback. The survey takes approximately 6-8 minutes to complete and participation in the survey gives IADC valuable information.

To take the IADC Membership Survey, please click here.

IADC Headquarters Has Relocated

IADC has moved! The IADC Houston office opened the doors to its new headquarters on 2 July, 2018.

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


IADC WellSharp Well Servicing Accreditation

IADC recently launched the new WellSharp Well Servicing Accreditation which replaces the old WellCAP well servicing courses. The new accreditation offers 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.



ART DCS Subcommittee to Tackle Minimum Rig Safety Features

The ART DCS Subcommittee plans to pursue development of guidelines covering the minimum requirements for safety features for a drilling rig. This effort was prompted by member comments to DCS Chair Nathan Moralez, BP, and to other committee officers.

The effort could cover anti-collision systems and machine-machine interlocks. This project differs from the work performed by the IADC HSE Committee, which focuses on personal occupational safety, as well as the IADC ISP, IADC Safety Alert Program, and coordination with the DROPS Network.

A workshop was suggested to launch the effort and gauge interest from the industry.

The DCS SC meets next 09.00-11.00 on Thursday, 25 October at IADC HQ, 3657 Briarpark Drive, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77042.

Volunteers can contact Mike Killalea,, +1 713 292 1956.

Call for Abstracts for IADC Spark Tank on 12 December: Meet the Sharks!

The IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee has issued a call for abstracts for the ART Spark Tank, scheduled for 0900-1200 on Wednesday, 12 December, at IADC headquarters in Houston, Texas. The deadline for abstracts is Monday, 15 October.

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.

Abstracts Sought for 11/14 IADC DEC Tech Forum on Performance and Reliability

The IADC Drilling Engineers Committee is looking for abstracts on how improved technology has advanced equipment performance and reliability, both downhole and at the surface, for its Q4 Technology Forum, being held the morning of 14 November and hosted by Halliburton (3000 N. Sam Houston Parkway E Houston, TX, 77032; lunch generously provided by our host). The theme of the tech forum is “Impact Of Technology Advances on Equipment Performance and Reliability.” Our host Halliburton will pr

The DEC Board is looking for speakers who will address step changes in technology in big data, machine learning, downhole tools, surface equipment, and other advances that reduce NPT and accelerate first oil.

The deadline for abstracts is 9 October. Click here to submit an abstract.

For more information, contact Linda Hsieh,, +1-713-292-1945, ext 219.

ART Committee Recognizes Contributions of Chairman Robin Macmillan

Trenton Martin, Transocean, Vice Chairman of the IADC ART Committee, recently presented Robin Macmillan, NOV, with a plaque in recognition of his years of service with the Committee, including two years as Chairman and two years as Vice Chairman.

Trenton Martin, Transocean, Vice Chairman of the IADC ART Committee, recently presented Robin Macmillan, NOV, with a plaque in recognition of his years of service with the Committee, including two years as Chairman and two years as Vice Chairman.

DDR Plus Project Moves Forward

The DDR Plus project is moving to the next level, with development of granular subcodes and sub-subcodes. Most of these additions were contributed by IADC-member drilling contractors, with others adopted from those use by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC). The CAODC system uses the original 23 codes on the DDR. (The reason is that during the early 1970s, IADC gave permission to CAODC to copy and use the IADC DDR.) CAODC subcodes apply only to onshore operations, which constitutes the vast majority of drilling in Western Canada.

Currently, the original 23 DDR codes are maintained, and the work group has added a significant number of subcodes and sub-subcodes. The subcodes now include those from the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC). The CAODC system uses the original 23 codes on the DDR. (The reason is that during the early 1970s, IADC gave permission to CAODC to copy and use the IADC DDR.) CAODC subcodes apply only to onshore operations, because that constitutes the vast majority of drilling in Western Canada.

The proposed revision maintains the original 23 codes and adds six additional new codes. The original 23 codes are:

  • 1: Rig Up and Tear Down
  • 2: Drilling
  • 3: Reaming
  • 4: Coring
  • 5: Condition Mud & Circulate
  • 6: Trips
  • 7: Service/Maintain Rig
  • 8: Repair Rig
  • 9: Cut Off Drilling Line
  • 10: Deviation Survey
  • 11: Wireline Logs
  • 12: Run Casing & Cement
  • 13: Wait On Cement
  • 14: Rig Up BOP
  • 15: Test BOP
  • 16: Drill Stem Test
  • 17: Plug Back
  • 18: Squeeze Cement
  • 19: Fishing
  • 20: Directional Work
  • 21: Run/Retrieve Riser Equip.
  • 22: Surface Testing
  • 23: Other

The six new codes are:

  • 24: Non-Productive Time
  • 25: Operating Status
  • 27: Safety
  • 27: Well Control
  • 28: Coiled Tubing
  • 29: Misc

The existing completions codes, currently represented by letters, will be identified by number moving forward. These are:

  • 30 (formerly A): Perforating
  • 31 (B): Tubing Trips
  • 32 (C): Treating
  • 33 (D): Swabbing
  • 34 (E): Testing
  • 35 (F): Subsea Installations

Codes 36 and forward are reserved for possible future use. There are no current plans to assign any operations to these codes.

The proposal includes the 36 main codes (including Code 36, which is blank and reserved for the future), 180 primarily equipment-related subcodes, and 270 sub-subcodes primarily related to activities, for a total of 486 codes. Only a few sub-sub-subcodes were proposed.

The subcodes will represent activities, while the sub-subcodes will represent equipment. Each subcode or sub-subcode will be assigned a unique number that would identify that sub- or sub-subcode across all relevant main codes. For example, “lay down” would always be number 2, irrespective of related code.

IADC has contracted Integrated Data Services (IDS) to develop a schema for the new electronic DDR Plus, and to redesign the print version.

None of the IADC codes, subcodes, or sub-subcodes will be mandatory. Further, IADC will phase out the existing paper DDR form over the course of several months.

For more information, contact Mike Killalea,, +1 713 292 1956.


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.

IOGP Updates Report 459, Life-Saving Rules

Following its latest analysis of 10 years of casualty and incident data, IOGP has updated and made available Report 459, its simplified set of Life Saving Rules that takes the previous 18 rules down to 9 while maintaining a similar scope.

In the coming months, IOGP will supplement the rules with additional references, including implementation of case studies; awareness and understanding videos; an enhanced Life-Saving Rules app; information for leaders on Life-Saving Rules and MOC materials for changes from original to updated IOGP Life-Saving Rules.

The revised rules can be downloaded, free of charge, via IOGP’s website.

DROPS RP and Gap Analysis Tool Available from IADC

The Useful Resources page on provides a link to a Recommended Practice to prevent and mitigate dropped objects in oil and gas operations. Dropped objects are a critical safety issue in numerous industries. This Recommended Practice, developed by the DROPS network, intends to set basic requirements for dropped object prevention that can be incorporated into existing companies’ Safety Management Systems (SMS). DROPS is an industry-wide oil-and-gas initiative whose mission is to prevent dropped objects by providing supporting engagement and learning materials, as well as setting industry-recognized best practices. The link also provides access to the DROPS RP Gap Analysis Tool, an Excel spreadsheet.

“Improving industry HSE and training is a major IADC mission,” said IADC President Jason McFarland. “As such, helping industry cut the incidents of dropped objects is important to our members and their employees. We hope that helping our members easily access this DROPS RP

According to DROPS, the RP sets out minimum recommended practices that support the prevention of dropped objects and the development of policies and procedures for company SMSs. DROPS notes that the RP is not intended to be considered the finalized requirements of a company Dropped Object Prevention Scheme (Scheme).

The link to the DROPS RP and Gap Analysis Tool is at

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

New Drilling Matters Module Encourages Careers in Oil and Gas

The latest video module encourages young people to seek careers in oil and gas, and includes interviews from two young professionals. The video is titled “Live an Adventure: Make Your Career in Oil and Gas.”

Theresa Baumgartner, Shell, and Stephanie Mertz Farrar, Phoenix Energy Services, graciously shared their thoughts and experiences on the value, excitement, and opportunity to make big changes in their jobs.

Ms. Farrar noted that she knew little about oil and gas when she graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida. “When you graduate with a mechanical engineering degree, there are a lot of different areas you could go into,” she said. Ms. Farrar chose oil and gas after receiving an offer for an international assignment with significant perks. “I jumped right on that bandwagon and I worked in Norway for 3 years after that,” she said.

Ms Baumgartner was attracted by the multinational nature of the industry, and the romance of drilling.

“You see all these pictures about drilling rigs in the desert and offshore platforms and that is very interesting and intriguing, especially for young people,” she says in the video. “From my perspective, I can say it is very international, I have worked with multiple research groups and different companies and usually those are only 10% Americans and the rest is internationals, Europeans, Chinese, Indian from all over the world that try to solve probably the hardest problems.”

The video module points out that nearly 1.9 million direct job opportunities are forecast through 2035, with significant inroads for diversity by gender and ethnicity.

Oil and gas is a global industry with nearly boundless and diverse career options. In it, you can find careers where you will travel, work in an office or in the field; in the lab, engineering, sales, management, IT, cybersecurity, and more.

No matter where your interests lie, oil and gas can take you there.

Watch the video at

IAGC-IADC MMPA/Offshore Legal Issues Workshop

The International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC) and IADC will jointly host a workshop on Thursday, 25 October titled, “IAGC-IADC MMPA/Offshore Legal Issues Workshop” from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Houston.

For more details and to register, please visit the IAGC Website.

IADC Lexicon Featured Term for September 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.

This month’s Featured Term is:

“Primary Grade Release” (Source: IEC 61892-7, Mobile and fixed offshore units – Electrical installations – Part 7: Hazardous areas) :

Release which can be expected to occur periodically or occasionally during normal operation.

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

Accreditation Updates


  • HAWK INTERNATIONAL SBN BHD, Malaysia (Conditional)


  • Drilling Systems UK Ltd., United Kingdom


  • ModuResources AP Pte.Ltd.; Como, Western Australia

Crane Rigger

  • Rowan Companies, Houston, Texas, USA

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):

  • Caspian Drilling Company: Dada Gorgud (8);
  • COSL Drilling Pan-Pacific LTD.: COSL Craft (1); COSL Craft (5); COSL Strike (9);
  • TCI Int’l Australia PTY LTDB: Rig 1 (1);
  • Weatherford Drlg Int’l: Rig 144 (17); Rig 811 (7); Rig 875 (4); Algeria Support Team (3); Kuwait Support Team (3).
For certificates received since last recordable incident (in years):
  • Sidewinder Drilling LLC: Sidewinder 106 (1);
  • Weatherford Drlg Int’l: Rig 3 (1); Rig 40 (3); Rig 151 (2); Rig 798 (1); Rig 811 (3); Rig 828 (1); Rig 875 (1); Algeria Support Team (3); Kuwait Support Team (5); Kuwait Support Team (1).

New IADC Members

IADC welcomes 18 new members:


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