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Lyndol Dew named Chairman of Well Control Institute

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Lyndol Dew of Diamond Offshore Drilling has been named as the new Chairman of the Well Control Institute (WCI). Mr Dew was confirmed as Chairman at the IADC Executive Committee meeting on 16 March in The Hague, The Netherlands. Mr Dew is Senior Vice President of Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives for Diamond Offshore. He graduated from Florida State University in 1976 and received his Master of Engineering from Tulane University in 1982. Mr Dew served in the US Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer for six years. He has subsequently worked in various domestic and international positions for Diamond Offshore, on rigs and shore-based, for the past 32 years. Mr Dew is a Charter member of the Board of ...

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IADC partners with Texas A&M to launch 1st student chapter

The IADC student chapter at Texas A&M received its certificate of organization on 31 January. Front row from left are Wendolyne Castillo, A&M Chapter Treasurer; Zack Aldelamy, A&M Chapter Secretary; Corey Wittig, A&M Chapter Chairman; and Zachary Matous, A&M Chapter Vice Chairman. Back row from left are Chris Menefee, Independence Contract Drilling and IADC Houston Chapter Chairman; Andy Hendricks, Patterson-UTI Energy and 2017 IADC Chairman; Ron Lee, Noble Drilling and IADC adviser to the A&M chapter; Dr Jerome Schubert, professor and A&M Chapter faculty sponsor; and Jason McFarland, IADC President.

IADC’s first-ever student chapter, at Texas A&M University, received its certificate of organization at a luncheon held by the association’s Houston Chapter on 31 January. “Having an organization like IADC at the student level allows students to understand what kind of career opportunities are out there and where they might fit in the professional oil and gas industry,” Andy Hendricks, 2017 IADC Chairman and President/CEO of Patterson-UTI Energy, said at the luncheon.

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IADC kicks off first student chapter to connect students with professionals

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IADC’s first-ever student chapter, at Texas A&M University, received its certificate of organization at a luncheon held by the association’s Houston Chapter at the Petroleum Club on 31 January. “When you’re a student at a university and you’re in your last few years, you don’t always know what’s out there,” Andy Hendricks, 2017 IADC 2017 Chairman and President/CEO of Patterson-UTI Energy, said at the luncheon. “Having an organization like IADC at the student level allows students to really understand what kind of career opportunities are out there and where they might fit in the professional oil and gas industry.”

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SPE/ICoTA conference to demonstrate essential technology for production optimization

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IADC will be exhibiting at Booth #909 at the 2017 SPE/ICoTA Coiled Tubing and Well Intervention Conference, which will celebrate technology and innovation as the keys to surmounting challenges in production optimization. The event is co-sponsored by SPE and the Intervention and Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA). The conference convenes 21-22 March in Houston.

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IADC launches workgroup to develop advanced well control certification

One of the questions IADC’s enhanced well control workgroup is weighing is how much high-fidelity simulation should be required as part of the course. Mark Denkowski, IADC Executive Vice President of Operational Integrity pointed out that there are a limited number of facilities in the world that have top-of-the-line simulators. However, scenario-based exercises, if facilitated properly, can offer realistic training even without high-fidelity simulation equipment.

IADC has kicked off the development of a scenario-based well control certification that will cultivate both technical and human factors skills through interactive exercises and simulations. “The industry came to IADC with a recognized need for well control training that would build upon an individual’s WellSharp training,” said Brooke Polk, IADC Director of Program Development and Technology.

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US House votes on H.J.RES. 36 to repeal BLM rule on methane emissions

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The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of H.J.RES. 38, a Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify the US Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rule, “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation.” This rule regulated methane emissions via venting and flaring limitations on public and Indian lands. In response...

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