IADC recognized two individuals with Exemplary Service Awards at the 2018 IADC Annual General Meeting on 8 November in New Orleans: Siv Hilde Houmb, Founder and CTO of Secure-NOK; and Arun Karle, Founder of Askara Group.
Ms Houmb has chaired the IADC Cybersecurity Committee since the group was initially formed as a workgroup under the Drilling Control Systems Subcommittee of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee, and later as it evolved into its own ART subcommittee. When the subcommittee was promoted to full committee status, she continued to chair the group, along with Co-Chairs Ben Ramduny with Seadrill and Juan Negrete with Rowan Companies.
She has more than 20 years of experience with cybersecurity and has published more than 100 scientific and industrial-focused papers on topics related to making engineering systems cyber-resilient. In addition, Ms Houmb serves as Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and has been active in ISA99 and IEC 62443 standardization work. Outside of the oil and gas industry, Ms Houmb has been active with cybersecurity in the nuclear, power grid and aviation industries.
Mr Karle began his relationship with IADC in 1993, when he met with then-IADC President Dr Lee Hunt in India to set plans for IADC’s role in the country. The IADC South Central Asia Chapter was kicked off in 1998, with Mr Karle as a founding member. Since then, Mr Karle has been an IADC ambassador, helping to serve both the association and its members. Mr Karle founded Askara Group in March 1992. The firm provides business and technical consulting to international companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and mechanical engineering from Mumbai University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Lamar University in Texas.
Thirteen students representing four IADC student chapters were invited to attend the IADC Annual General Meeting in New Orleans, La., from 8-9 November. Students in attendance represented chapters at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Texas A&M University and the University of Wyoming.
Eamonn Young (right), owner of YoungCo Trucking, accepts a Chairman’s plaque from Rhett Winter, IADC Director, Government & Industry Affairs – Onshore, for his service as Chairman of the Rig Moving Committee from 2016-2018.
On 6 December, the API 54 Task Group, comprised of IADC members and staff, OSHA/BSEE and other allied trades, concluded its final meeting, held at Lone Star College in Houston, after a four-year revision process. The Recommended Practice addresses occupational safety for oil and gas well drilling and servicing operations. Pictured in back row from left are JD Danni, OSHA; Billie Pettis, Chesapeake Energy; Kenny Jordan, Association of Energy Service Companies; Troy Meinen, ERM; Cody Ashley, Latshaw Drilling; Hilary Burden, Patterson-UTI; and Rhett Winter, IADC. Front row from left are Trang Vu, BSEE; Ben Coco, API; Joyce Ryel, Fortis Energy Services; and Nick Singleton, Oxy.
The Well Control Institute (WCI) named two new Board members in November. Mike Nuss, Executive VP – US & Latin America Operations for Ensign Energy, will serve as a drilling contractor representative on the Board. Jim Taylor, Vice President Consulting & Project Management for Halliburton, will serve as a service company representative.
Bill Krull has joined IADC as Global Sales Manager, managing global advertising sales for Drilling Contractor, as well as digital and online revenue streams. Additionally, he will oversee the IADC Bookstore and is tasked with growing the sales of IADC’s educational publications. Mr Krull has been working for IADC on a consulting basis for nearly a decade.