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Training providers seek new ways to teach, engage with students as well control training moves virtual

Companies look to smaller class sizes, pre-course system checks and mock teaching sessions to ensure effective delivery of training content By Jay Stracke, Editorial Coordinator When the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on 11 March, it set into motion a chain of reactions that, in effect, shut down all travel and most types of in-person congregations, including classrooms. It seemed like well control training and certification – normally a well-oiled machine that works behind the scenes of day-to-day drilling operations – could be ground to a halt, potentially threatening the continuity of drilling projects around the world. Fortunately, that didn’t happen. Within weeks of the COVID lockdowns, IADC had rolled out WellSharp Live, a remote and ...

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Leading collaborative change for the industry

From Jason McFarland, IADC President Over the past 80 years, IADC has grown to be the association it is today by serving members’ interests and helping them overcome everyday challenges and hurdles. When this year started, IADC expected to continue in that role. Little did I know what the year would require from the association, its members, the industry and the entire world. Thankfully, proactive leadership from our members has continued to facilitate collaboration. Conversations – either with member company representatives or through chapters, regional directors, committees and students – determine how we address our members’ varied interests across companies, roles and regions. In 2020, IADC served as a focal point for many of these conversations, working through our membership, ...

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Amid global pandemic, IADC leverages digital platforms to deliver member services and continue industry representation worldwide

By Angie Gunden, IADC Senior Director – Corporate Services and Marketing Government and Industry Affairs The goal of IADC’s Government and Industry Affairs (GIA) team is to proactively engage with US and global regulatory and legislative bodies, policy makers and oil and gas producers to advocate for positive policy outcomes on behalf of the drilling industry. As part of our pursuit of transparent and appropriate regulations and standards, IADC serves as an educative resource on policies and provides input on standards making. “The COVID-19 pandemic caused a shift in our plans for 2020, like it did for everyone,” said Elizabeth Craddock, IADC Vice President, Government and Industry Affairs. “But the team maintained a steady focus on preserving a strong presence ...

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Monster downturn may dictate big changes ahead

By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher We’ve always known that this industry was cyclical. There are good years, and there are bad years. But the downturn that we’ve seen over the past eight to nine months has been another kind of monster altogether. This was no normal downturn, and we’re starting to see that the recovery – happening amid the biggest economic slowdown since the Great Depression – may not play out the way it has in the past, either. It will likely require organizations to do things differently than what they’ve always done. In a survey conducted by EY in June and July this year, 92% of oil and gas executives said their organization will have to change the ...

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