WINDHORST, BRATTHAMMAR RECEIVE EXEMPLARY SERVICE AWARDS
Two longtime IADC champions received Exemplary Service Awards at the 2009 Drilling HSE Europe Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam on 23 September. Gert-Jan Windhorst, Noble Drilling (Netherlands) BV, and Harald Bratthammar, Seadrill, were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the industry, with emphasis on advancing HSE and training.
Mr Windhorst, manager-HSE&Q Europe for Noble, initiated the IADC Northwest European HSE Case development project, and Mr Bratthammar, Seadrill’s QA director, participated in the effort. The IRF award-winning HSE Case Guidelines have gained broad regulatory acceptance, from Europe to the Caribbean to Australia and other regions.
Both men have long served on the IADC European Operations Forum and were co-developers of the IADC Offshore Competency Training Programme. Both serve on the IADC Environmental Policy Advisory Panel and are long-time and continuing members of the programme committee for the IADC Drilling HSE Europe conference.
Mr Windhorst began his career in merchant shipping and later joined the HSEQ department of Neddrill, a legacy Noble company. In 1998, he was appointed HSEQ manager for Europe. During this time, Mr Windhorst worked on Noble’s Super EVA design, a novel concept for a new generation of semisubmersibles. The EVAs were the first rigs certified under the ISO 14001 environmental standard.
Mr Bratthammar is a 1981 graduate of Rogaland Regional University in Stavanger, Norway, where he earned a degree in petroleum technology. That year, he joined the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, now the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway, as a drilling engineer. In 1986, he joined Polar Frontier Drilling AS as safety and QA manager, and in 1988, he moved to Conoco Norway as regulatory supervisor for the Heidrun Project.
He joined Smedvig Offshore AS in 1996 as QA manager and was named manager of the Q&HSE department in 1998. With Seadrill’s March 2006 acquisition, Mr Bratthammar became part of corporate management, serving as vice president-Q&HSE. The position was recently split, and Mr Bratthammar obtained his current title.
JENS HOFFMARK, MAERSK DRILLING USA VP PRESENTED WITH GIFT BY IADC PRESIDENT DR LEE HUNT
IADC president Dr Lee Hunt (right) presents a commemorative gift to Jens Hoffmark, Maersk Drilling USA vice president business development, at a meeting of the IADC Ethics & Corporate Compliance (E&CC) Committee on 29 September in Houston. Mr Hoffmark is a longtime and avid supporter of various IADC initiatives and has been active with the E&CC Committee since its inception in September 2007.
WELLCAP FACILITATOR CERTIFICATION COURSE
WellCAP instructors are now eligible to participate in the Facilitator Certification course originally reserved for WellCAP Plus program instructors. This will allow eligible instructors to become a WellCAP/WellCAP Plus certified facilitators.
To become a certified facilitator, WellCAP instructors must complete and pass the four-day Facilitator Certification course. It is intended to help instructors develop the essential skills for establishing an interactive learning environment and assisting students to immediately apply the skills learned. Facilitation skills to be taught include effective communication, presentation and questioning skills; how to introduce, manage and process classroom exercises; and how to synthesize learnings.
WellCAP/WellCAP Plus certified facilitator certificates will be issued to instructors who obtain an 80% or better total score on daily exams and the final skills check exercise. Additionally, all WellCAP instructors who attend the Facilitator Certification course will receive 40 hours of credit to satisfy the continuing education requirement for maintaining WellCAP instructor approval.
IADC OFFERS GUIDE TO COMMITTEE CHAIRS
IADC has published a brief guide to assist IADC committee leaders with the operation of various committees. The guide includes tips on IADC’s anti-trust policy and guidelines, preparing for meetings, conducting meetings and recording meeting minutes. The guide can be found in the Committees menu listing on the IADC website. For more information, contact committee coordinator Holly Shock at +1/713-292-1945 or email@example.com.
EUROPEAN OPERATIONS FORUM HOLDS MEETING
Beate Raabe, director of EU affairs for the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP), was the featured speaker at the September meeting of the IADC European Operations Forum in Amsterdam in September. Topics discussed included contractor HSE and operations issues and the IADC Offshore Competency Programme.