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DC Drill Bits eBook now available via IADC Bookstore

The first eBook in the Drilling Contractor Anthology Series, DC Drill Bits, is available via the IADC Bookstore. The eBook is a compilation of articles on innovations in drill bits technology that were first published in Drilling Contractor. “When it comes to enabling drilling technology, there are few advances that can match drill bits for expanding the reach of drillable resources,” said Mike Killalea, IADC Group Vice President/Publisher. “This new eBook provides a sweeping look at the history and the latest advances in drill bit technology.”

Click here to purchase a copy of the DC Drill Bits eBook from the IADC Bookstore.

IADC launches Gateway to accredit WADI programs

IADC recently launched Gateway, the first accreditation program for training providers launched through the Workforce Attraction and Development Initiative (WADI) and the IADC Workforce Development Committee.

The Gateway accreditation program is an output of WADI, which brings together institutions of higher learning with industry partners to develop course curriculums for entry-level, new-hire oil and gas industry candidates.  Those affiliated with WADI volunteered their time and expertise to develop the first training course, Introduction to Oil and Gas Training Program. It was developed to help companies connect with colleges, training providers and other organizations to attract, hire, train and promote onshore and offshore oil and gas workers worldwide.  The program is designed to better prepare new employees for working within the industry, thereby improving safety culture in the field while reducing turnover rates.

Click here to learn more about Gateway.

After 20-plus years with US Coast Guard, Jim Rocco joins IADC as Senior Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs

Jim Rocco

Jim Rocco

Jim Rocco has joined IADC’s Policy, Government and Regulatory Affairs division as Senior Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs.

Mr Rocco retired from the US Coast Guard with 23 years of active duty service. His last assignment with the Coast Guard was as Supervisor of its Offshore National Center of Expertise in Houma, La., where he had extensive interaction with the offshore oil and gas industry and with IADC.

In his 20-plus years with the Coast Guard, Mr Rocco served as liaison to vessel and offshore classification societies and in field assignments as a commercial vessel inspector and port operations officer working in the ports of Seattle, Morgan City and Chicago.

Additional assignments at the US Coast Guard’s Washington, DC, headquarters included policy and procurement positions in the Offices of Navigation, Port and Facility Activities, the National Maritime Center and the Coast Guard’s Office of Acquisitions.

Mr Rocco earned his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University. He earned his MBA with a focus in finance from Northern Illinois University and a Masters of International Public Policy with a focus on energy resources from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Mr Rocco can be reached at Jim.Rocco@iadc.org.

IADC Nigeria Chapter recognizes safety with awards

In June, the IADC Nigeria Chapter hosted a safety awards event to recognize superior industry performance. Winners included Idigo Drilling, Oando Energy Services, Depthwize Nigeria, Cardinal Drilling Nigeria, Shelf Drilling Nigeria and Pacific International Drilling West Africa. KCA Deutag Nigeria received the award for best HSE performance in 2014. Pictured from left are Sola Falodun, IADC Nigeria Chapter Chairman; Tokunbo Akinuli, Chapter Secretary, who accepted the award on behalf of KCA Deutag; and Markus Droll, Vice President Nigeria & Gabon, Shell Exploration and Production Africa.

In June, the IADC Nigeria Chapter hosted a safety awards event to recognize superior industry performance. Winners included Idigo Drilling, Oando Energy Services, Depthwize Nigeria, Cardinal Drilling Nigeria, Shelf Drilling Nigeria and Pacific International Drilling West Africa. KCA Deutag Nigeria received the award for best HSE performance in 2014. Pictured from left are Sola Falodun, IADC Nigeria Chapter Chairman; Tokunbo Akinuli, Chapter Secretary, who accepted the award on behalf of KCA Deutag; and Markus Droll, Vice President Nigeria & Gabon, Shell Exploration and Production Africa.

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