IADC Crown Center for Excellence opens channels for global communication, collaboration

Posted on 13 September 2012

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IADC president/CEO Stephen Colville and 2012 chairman Dan Rabun welcome guests to the grand opening of the IADC Crown Center for Excellence on 12 September in Houston.

 

IADC hosted the grand opening of its Crown Center for Excellence on 12 September at its Houston headquarters. The center is part of IADC’s strategic plan to catalyze improved performance for its members and the industry through enhanced operational integrity. The new multipurpose conference and meeting area is designed to accommodate IADC committees and work groups but will also house training, including IADC’s WellCAP Plus facilitator courses, and workshops on items such as the IADC HSE Case Guidelines. Additionally, IADC hopes to partner with select training providers to provide bespoke training courses and seminars focused on the needs of IADC members.

Dan Rabun, IADC chairman and Ensco chairman, CEO and president, welcomes guests to the grand opening of the IADC Crown Center.

Addressing guests at the grand opening, IADC 2012 chairman Dan Rabun, Ensco chairman, president and CEO, noted that the Crown Center is a great example of how the association will bring additional value to its members. “It’s a superb facility that will enable the association to engage in more interaction with the members through the wide-ranging technical committees in place,” Mr Rabun said.

Moe Plaisance, vice president for Diamond Offshore Drilling, applauded IADC’s effort to enhance member engagement with the Crown Center’s interactive and global conferencing capabilities.

The center comprises five conference rooms, three that can hold 25 people each and two that can hold approximately 8 to 14. Two rooms can be combined to accommodate up to 50 people. All rooms feature state-of-the-art interactive SmartBoards that include online access, whiteboard capability and software to enhance the participation of individuals from remote locations around the world. Along with complete teleconferencing equipment, this capability is expected to foster much more active collaboration with IADC members globally.

“We hope the Crown Center will help to enhance the experience for our members as they engage in the association’s many activities, from well control training to drilling technology workshops to committee meetings. IADC is a global organization, and the technologies at the Crown Center will enable interactive participation from all our members no matter where they are located around the world,” said Stephen Colville, president and CEO of IADC.

Hot desks, or individual workstations, are also available for members visiting the Crown Center when extra space is needed.

The Crown Center is open to general member use. Priority will necessarily be given to meetings of IADC committees, task forces and work groups, but members may also reserve the space for other meetings at no charge based on availability. To reserve a room at the Crown Center, please contact IADC committee coordinator Holly Shock at holly.shock@iadc.org.

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