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 Bob Bloom, National Oilwell Varco

More than 1,700 delegates attended the 2009 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference in Amsterdam over its three days, a number that conference chairman Walter Simpson, BG Group, called impressive, especially considering the economic climate and widespread budget cuts.

However, Mr Simpson added that the number of attendees isn’t how he truly determines success: “Actually to me, how I would consider it a success, is if everybody takes one thing with them to help improve performance in their organization. ... If you just take one thing away, then I think this whole conference has served its purpose and has been a success for the people who attended.”

'09 Drilling Conference attendance tops 1,700; '10 event set for New Orleans in February

He thanked everyone involved for their hard work in organizing the conference: the program and advisory committees, exhibitors, the technical paper authors and presenters, the delegates in attendance, and the SPE and IADC staff.

NOV’s Bob Bloom, chairman of the 2010 Drilling Conference, took the baton from Mr Simpson and thanked him for doing “a tremendous job” in making the 2009 event a success. He then invited everyone to mark their calendars for next year’s Drilling Conference, to be held 2-4 February at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La.

There will be 80-100 companies on exhibit, and a call for abstracts will be going in the near future. “We encourage you to submit an abstract yourself and to encourage your colleagues, old and young, to submit their ideas too,” Mr Bloom said. “I hope to see you all there.”

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