IADC has resigned from the SafeLandUSA Board and changed its RigPass endorsement. On 12 May, SafeLand Inc was registered as a nonprofit corporation without the knowledge or consent of the full SafeLandUSA Board. IADC, AESC and certain operator members had previously objected to proceeding with the incorporation, which was viewed as a departure from the original SafeLandUSA board structure that functioned as a voluntary, industry-led group representing industry safety training interests.
With the new SafeLand Inc structure, IADC requested the development of a clearly defined business plan and updated bylaws. However, in the absence of progress to achieve this governance and other revisions, and at the direction of its North America Onshore Advisory Panel, IADC determined it would resign from the new SafeLand Inc.
“Collaborating with key stakeholders across the various sectors of the industry to drive continuous safety has always been IADC’s goal,” Brooke Polk, IADC Senior Director of Accreditation Operations, said. “We have been diligently working for months to align the various safety orientation programs into one content standard within IADC’s RigPass safety orientation program. We will continue to advocate for what is in the best interest of our members and industry. Our focus remains on having one safety orientation that is not only transferable to all regions of operations but based on adult learning methodology and design.”
IADC’s RigPass program exceeds the SafeLandUSA curriculum and program requirements. IADC’s accredited training providers may continue to offer the RigPass safety orientation program with onshore and offshore endorsements.
On 3 September, the IADC Southern Arabian Peninsula Chapter (SAPC) held an in-person meeting in Dubai, with 110 people in attendance. Event preparation focused heavily on safety. Participants adhered to appropriate measures such as mask wearing, social distancing and frequent sanitizing of hands and other surfaces.
The event included presentations from IAS International, Oilfields Supply Center, the American Bureau of Shipping and Red Wing Shoes.
Attendees were also updated on the SAPC’s annual golf event and given a global update on IADC news.
The IADC Australasia Chapter presented its 2019 Safety Statistics Awards on 30 September to High Arctic Energy Services for onshore and Valaris for offshore. In 2019, Australasia recorded 3.53 million manhours of operations and zero fatalities. There were only two lost-time incidents, three medical treatment cases and five restricted work/transfer cases.
Petroleum engineering students from the IADC Student Chapter at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) visited Energy Drilling rig 14 on 25 September. The tour was intended to enhance the students’ education, leveraging drilling knowledge gained in classrooms. During the visit, the students were allowed to be on the rig floor while the BHA and pipe were being run back into the hole. Energy Drilling personnel also provided explanations of the solids control/circulating system, drawworks, BOP closing procedures at the remote closing unit, and remote choke operation.
On 28 September, IADC virtually celebrated the inauguration of the Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) Student Chapter. The new chapter seeks to provide an interactive platform for its members to engage with the global drilling industry for meeting present and future requirements, as well as stimulate young minds through skill training and the exchange of innovative technical knowledge. PDPU is located in Gandhinagar, India.
Thirty-one PDPU students submitted applications to become an IADC student chapter core committee member. After an interview process conducted by a committee of faculty, the following students were nominated and selected:
- Bhoraniva Paraq Hasmukhbhai, Chairman;
- Prajapati Smit Shailesh, Vice Chairman;
- Kripal Patel, Secretary;
- Viraq Poshiya, Treasurer.
The IADC HSE Committee held a virtual meeting on 1 October, with an open-forum safety discussion led by Chairman Ryan Smallwood, Patterson-UTI. Updates were also provided by IADC staff: Bill Krull on the IADC ISP; Brooke Polk on accreditation and credentialing programs; Jim Rocco on the offshore market and regulations; and Rhett Winter on HSE in the onshore sector.