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This year’s IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference was certainly unique.


The conference, which is part of the IADC Maintenance Committee, is to facilitate the exchange of information regarding maintenance, regulatory compliance, and equipment performance through the exchange of best practices among its committee members, equipment manufacturers, service providers and the industry.


The goal is to deliberately and intuitively steer our industry towards the correct alignment of personnel, planned systems, relevant processes, and ensure resources are in place to facilitate the deterministic effective functioning of well-control equipment; its required maintenance in a fit-for service condition that optimizes reliability, availability, cost effectiveness, with no compromise to health, safety, and the environment.


With the new regulations now in effect as of July 28, 2016, clearly we all need to be on the same page. Our industry collectively MUST work through these regulations together to achieve and remain in compliance.

At this conference some of the leading global onshore and offshore drilling organizations and contractors had the opportunity to learn about the unique challenges facing our industry. In addition, they also learned more about the regulations affecting them that are currently taking effect.

Time is of the essence and now is when we need to be prepared for what lies ahead – surely for an industry that will return, and when it does, it will be swift.

This is the key message I walked away with. The all-important and critical challenge of the OEMs, operators, and service providers working together will spawn new challenges to establish fidelity in how we effectively communicate, and improve on how we mutually beneficially conduct business alongside each other in the best interest of the industry we all serve.


The common theme was compliance:

  • Compliance with the regulations and regulatory bodies
  • Compliance and competency within the workforce, which also has the right safety culture
  • Compliance with management systems
  • Compliance with contract terms


The new relationship requirement between drilling contractors, operators, and third-party verification companies will ensure compliance through well-control equipment inspections and audits. Emphasis is high on processes to make certain that operations are conducted according to criteria derived from operational standards, classification societies, regulatory compliance requirements, standard practices, manufacturer technical documents, bulletins, and operation and maintenance manuals.


Along with compliance, we heard about equipment reliability, aging assets, effective regulations for safe offshore operations, the changing customer base, and what the face of the new oil and gas customer looks like.


If you attended this conference, I would love to hear your feedback, even if you did not feel free to share your thoughts. Do you have a strategy for being in compliance? Conferences are great formats to learn more about your business initiatives and needs.