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IADC welcomes Hisham Zebian as Middle East Rep

Hisham Zebian

Hisham Zebian

Hisham Zebian has joined IADC as Regional Representative for the Middle East and Africa. Dave Geer, who previously served as Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa, has retired.

Mr Zebian, who joined the industry in 2008 and has worked for Petrofac and National Oilwell Varco previously, said he has already begun visiting and providing support to IADC members in those regions since starting his role in June. “The Middle East has stayed one of the active regions of the world even during the downturn,” he said, adding that IADC is exploring the potential for establishing a chapter in Egypt.

“We have industry companies from all over the world engaged with IADC, but it’s always been a challenge to engage directly with regulators and governments, particularly in the Middle East. That is one thing I will focus on.”

As a native of Lebanon, Mr Zebian said he is already in conversation with the Lebanese Petroleum Administration to facilitate constructive dialogue and collaboration with industry organizations like IADC. “I see there is big potential for the Lebanese market, especially with the discoveries made in Egypt and Cyprus,” he said.

Mr Zebian also plans to visit Nigeria, where there is already an active IADC chapter, as well as Angola, where work on starting an IADC chapter is ongoing. “I think it will be a very exciting journey at IADC. I am looking forward to it.”

Mr Geer, who joined IADC in early 2012, said he is most proud of reviving IADC chapters, such as the Southern Arabian Peninsula Chapter, that had become inactive over the years but are now thriving.

Mr Geer also congratulated the Nigerian Chapter for its work to promote the drilling industry and for the high level of member engagement it has been able to achieve.

“IADC offers members the opportunity to make a difference,” Mr Geer said. “As an active member of IADC, they have an opportunity to contribute to the discussion and have a significant influence on the future of the drilling industry.”

DrillingMatters.org showcases green drilling, hydrocarbon products

New modules on IADC’s DrillingMatters.org provide details on the myriad products, both trivial and critical, that are based on hydrocarbons and showcase the industry’s solid environmental record. In addition, the website now features an improved interactive drilling rig, allowing users to point and click to learn about key drilling components. Further, a glossary has been added to educate industry newcomers about the meaning of numerous industry terms.

Click here to access Drilling Matters.org

Have a great idea? Feed your ‘spark’ to our ‘sharks’

The IADC ART Spark Tank is looking for a few good ideas. The Spark Tank gets entrepreneurs in front of seasoned drilling contractors and operators (“sharks”) to get real-life feedback on their ideas (“sparks”). These events are organized under the auspices of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee.

IADC ART welcomes abstracts on new technology that will improve efficiency or safety in well construction. There is sometimes a vast disconnect between a good idea and a great product, and this series attempts to close that gap in a good-natured and productive manner.

To nominate a company or individual for a presentation, please contact Mike Killalea at mike.killalea@iadc.org or +1-713-292-1956.

The next IADC ART Spark Tank will be held on 6 December at IADC’s Houston office. A call for abstracts will be publicized in September.

Click here to view presentations from the 2 August Spark Tank.

Missouri University of Science and Technology visits IADC

On 24 July, students from the Missouri University of Science and Technology visited IADC’s Houston office. The university is the site of the second chartered IADC student chapter. Incoming Chapter Chair Jana Hochard and Dalton Buchanan met with IADC representatives to discuss the student chapter’s priorities and were presented with IADC books and materials. From left are Mike DuBose, IADC Vice President, International Development; Jana Hochard; Dalton Buchanan; and Jason McFarland, IADC President.

On 24 July, students from the Missouri University of Science and Technology visited IADC’s Houston office. The university is the site of the second chartered IADC student chapter. Incoming Chapter Chair Jana Hochard and Dalton Buchanan met with IADC representatives to discuss the student chapter’s priorities and were presented with IADC books and materials. From left are Mike DuBose, IADC Vice President, International Development; Jana Hochard; Dalton Buchanan; and Jason McFarland, IADC President.

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