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2017 IADC Officers

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Wm. Andrew “Andy” Hendricks joined Patterson-UTI Energy in 2012 as COO after working in various positions at Schlumberger for 24 years, where he last served as President, Schlumberger Drilling and Measurements. Mr Hendricks was appointed as CEO of Patterson-UTI Energy effective 1 October 2012. He attended Texas A&M University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering in 1987 and began his career working for Ocean Drilling & Exploration Co.

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Development of USCG/NIST Cybersecurity Framework ‘MODU Profile’ launched at IADC

IADC, along with representatives from NIST/NCCoE and USCG, among others, have launched development of a new Cybersecurity Framework Profile for MODUs. From left are David Weitzel, NIST/NCCoE; Melissa Mejias, IADC; Siv Hilde Houmb, Secure-NOK & Chairwoman of the IADC Cybersecurity Subcommittee; Julie Snyder, NIST/NCCoE; and Jason Warren, USCG.

IADC helped the US Coast Guard (USCG) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) launch development of a new Cybersecurity Framework Profile for MODUs. The work was done during a two-day joint meeting, which also included API, held during January in Houston. The profile is designed to assist MODU operators in using...

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IADC Drilling Control Systems Subcommittee releases Alarm Management Guidelines

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The IADC Drilling Control Systems (DCS) Subcommittee, which operates under the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee, has published the IADC Drilling Control System Alarm Management Guidelines. “The guidelines provide a baseline of recommendations for best practices on how drilling contractors can approach alarm management and drilling control systems,” said Christopher Goetz, Partner at Kingston Systems. Mr Goetz serves on a working group of subcommittee members that is leading development of the guidelines.

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McReaken, Loftis win IADC Exemplary Service Awards

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IADC presented industry veterans Scott McReaken and Terry Loftis with Exemplary Service Awards at the 2016 IADC Annual General Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., on 3 November. Mr McReaken, CEO of Sevan Drilling, was recognized for his service as IADC Secretary/Treasurer since 2013 and as an IADC Executive Committee member. Mr Loftis, Director of Engineering at Transocean, was recognized for his work as chairman of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee...

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Proactively using annular friction can enable safer, more efficient well control

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Historically, the effects of annular friction have largely been ignored in conventional well control operations, Paul Sonnemann, Vice President of Technology for SafeKick, said at the 2016 IADC Well Control Europe Conference in Copenhagen. However, new technologies, including real-time hydraulic flow models, make it possible to make use of annular friction to make well control operations more safe and efficient. In this video from the conference on 19 October, Mr Sonnemann explains why friction has largely been ignored to date and how annular friction can be utilized with conventional well control equipment to circulate out a kick. He also discusses the newly formed IADC Well Control Practices Subcommittee.

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