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Posted on 18 March 2013

Mike Hoyle (left) accepts an IADC Exemplary Service Award from IADC president and CEO Stephen Colville.

Mike Hoyle (left) accepts an IADC Exemplary Service Award from IADC president and CEO Stephen Colville.

Mike Hoyle receives IADC Exemplary Service Award

IADC presented Mike Hoyle, head of advanced engineering in GL Noble Denton’s UK marine and offshore operation, with an Exemplary Service Award at the 2013 IADC Health, Safety, Environment and Training Conference & Exhibition in Houston on 5 February.

Mr Hoyle was recognized for his substantial contributions to the ISO standards for site-specific assessment of mobile offshore units.

In presenting the award to Mr Hoyle, Stephen Colville, IADC president and CEO, said, “While it has been a group effort, the publication of the ISO would not have taken place without Mike’s personal leadership, persistence and dogged determination. It is for this individual contribution that he is being recognized.”

Upon accepting the award, Mr Hoyle noted, “This award is a reflection of all of the members of the committee, as well as my own contributions. I’m grateful and thankful to IADC for recognizing this important work.”

Mr Hoyle is also chairman of GL Noble Denton’s Technical Policy Board.

He has more than 35 years of experience in the offshore industry and is widely recognized for his expertise in jackup assessment.

Since its inception, Mr Hoyle has been convener of the International Standards Organization Work Group covering the Site Specific Assessment of Mobile Offshore Units that developed ISO 19905-1 in 2012 and ISO 19905-2, which will soon be published.

On behalf of the IADC Jackup Rig Committee, David Lewis (left) of Lewis Engineering Group accepts the award from the association’s president and CEO Stephen Colville in Houston on 5 February.

On behalf of the IADC Jackup Rig Committee, David Lewis (left) of Lewis Engineering Group accepts the award from the association’s president and CEO Stephen Colville in Houston on 5 February.

IADC Presidential Achievement Award recognizes work of Jackup Rig Committee

The IADC Jackup Committee was presented with the IADC Presidential Achievement Award at the 2013 IADC Health, Safety, Environment and Training Conference & Exhibition in Houston on 5 February.

The committee was recognized for its contribution to the ISO standards for site-specific assessment of mobile offshore units.

In accepting the award on behalf of the committee, David Lewis, president of Lewis Engineering Group and committee secretary, said, “This award represents a lot of hard work by some really dedicated engineers and managers in the Jackup Committee. I am happy that their work is being recognized.

“On a personal level, being associated with members of this committee has been one of the best experiences of my career,” he continued.

The committee, formed in 1997 and currently chaired by Michael Dowdy of Rowan, will be folded into the newly established Offshore Committee this year.

IADC’s Tom Terrell, senior VP corporate development and chief of staff, retires

Tom Terrell, IADC senior vice president of corporate development & chief of staff, retired on 28 February.

Mr Terrell joined IADC in 2005 as senior vice president of business development, bringing with him a wealth of oil and gas industry experience that spans more than 50 years.

Prior to joining IADC, he spent 15 years as publisher of Oil and Gas Journal. His experience includes work in publishing, marketing and business experience with oil companies and service companies.

“I’ve been very familiar with every other not-for-profit oil and gas industry association during my career,” Mr Terrell said. “IADC is head and shoulders above the rest.”

Stephen Colville, IADC president and CEO, noted, “Tom has been my rock over the past year, as he has been to the association for the past eight years. I have leaned heavily upon him, and he has been a great teacher and counselor. He shall be very missed at IADC.”

Upon his retirement, Mr Terrell has plans to spend time with his children and grandchildren and indulge his love of bird hunting.

Jason McFarland will assume the role of vice president – corporate development and chief of staff and retain his membership and marketing roles for IADC.

Well Servicing Committee seeks active new members

The IADC Well Servicing Committee is seeking volunteers who can contribute to reenergizing its operations.

Recognizing the importance of well servicing operations, IADC established the committee in 2011 to provide a space for members to discuss issues including fracturing, wirelines, snubbing, coiled tubing and salt water disposal.

“We invite all IADC members whose operations fall under the well-servicing umbrella, regardless of size, to join our quarterly meetings,” committee chairman Roe Patterson, Basic Energy, remarked.

The group plans to develop quality initiatives, including training programs, workshops, conferences and the review, revision and/or submission of industry recommended practices to regulatory bodies.

At the 13 February meeting, the committee discussed the introduction of a  safety alert program and an incident statistics program for well services. Committee members also acknowledged the need to develop Knowledge, Skills and Abilities templates for the well servicing industry and agreed to review the current IADC Rig Pass program to determine if a well services component is necessary.

For details about how you can participate, contact Scott Maddox, IADC director – drilling and well services, at

IADC to expand regional representatives network

IADC is working to expand its network of regional representative to better address the needs of its members in operating areas around the world.

New regional representatives are being recruited for Brazil, Continental Europe and the North Sea.

IADC’s network of regional reps provides focal points through all operating regions to serve as conduits for information about the association’s various initiatives, activities and programs.

Regional reps are presently stationed in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia and Australasia.

New regional representatives are expected to be in place by mid-year.

Permian Basin Chapter elects 2013 officers

The IADC Permian Basin Chapter held its first meeting of 2013 on 12 February at the Midland Golf Club in Texas.

In his keynote address, IADC president and CEO Stephen Colville reiterated the association’s support for US onshore contractors. Chapter officers for 2013 were also elected at the meeting:

Chairman: Jared Blong, Western Drilling;

Vice chairman: Paul Norman, JB Hunt;

Safety chairman: Dustin Brown, Savanna Drilling;

Membership/program chairman: Bob Cobb, Latshaw Drilling;

Secretary: Bill Stark, Ulterra Drilling Technologies;

Treasurer: Tamara Alan, Bridges Equipment; and

Golf tournament chairman: Mike Bridges, Bridges Equipment.

Elfriede Neidert named director of IADC Quality Assurance & Quality Control Division

Elfriede Neidert has been named director of IADC’s Quality Assurance & Quality Control (QA/QC) Division. The move is the latest of several important changes within the IADC Operational Integrity Group.

The QA/QC function was separated from the Accreditation and Credentialing Division (ACD), although it will continue to be primarily involved in the oversight of training providers accredited by ACD and ACD’s ISO 9001 certification.

Separating QA/QC from ACD’s day-to-day operations will strengthen the new department’s independence and autonomy. The new structure is vital to maintaining the credibility of IADC’s various accreditation programs.

“The new name and structure of the Operational Integrity Group is designed to highlight the roles these divisions play in helping our members improve their performance and ensuring the proper qualifications and competency of their employees,” said Steve Kropla, IADC group vice president – operational integrity.

Liou, Scott promoted to associate editor

Joanne Liou and Katherine Scott were recently promoted to associate editor in IADC’s Communications Department.

Ms Liou and Ms Scott are responsible for writing, producing and editing content for Drilling Contractor magazine, its affiliated publications and website. Both joined IADC in 2011 as editorial coordinators.

“In their nearly two years at IADC, both Joanne and Katherine have contributed significantly to the quality of IADC communications,” said Mike Killalea, IADC group vice president/publisher.

Ms Liou can be reached at and Ms Scott at

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