Sept. 28, 2017

Southwestern Energy
1000 Energy Drive
Spring, TX 77389

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“Creating a High-Capacity BHA” Extended-Luncheon Series, Part III

Operators are faced with increasing challenges to economically develop hydrocarbon resources. To fully utilize the wells’ production potential, longer horizontal sections are being drilled and completed. Substantial increases in torque and drag, which are associated with increasing horizontal wellbore departure, can pose BHA control difficulties. While the deployment of rotary steerable systems usually overcome some of the issues, it is the WOB and torque capability of the entire BHA that continues to be a major improvement opportunity.

Part I of the series focused on providing best condition for success through proper stress modeling and inspection processes. Bending moments of up to 65 K ft-lb have been calculated and associated connection failures along with proper inspection protocols discussed.

Part II concentrated on Rotary Shouldered Connections and compatibility of MWD systems, especially pulser designs with new generation double shouldered connections. Torque and bending improvements have been made using premium type connections on DC’s with larger ID’s to accommodate hydraulic

Part III will provide a platform to component manufacturers such as for Positive Displacement Motors, Vibration Mitigation Tools, and components that provide high torque and WOB capability and / or provide enhancements in drilling performance.


Join us for Part III at the Southwestern Energy HQ location in Spring, TX, on: September 28


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Donations Requested

Over the years, the IADD has partnered with Operation Military Embrace, Inc., (OME)—a Texas-based tax-exempt/non-profit 501(c)(3) military support organization that’s helps America’s seriously injured and ill Warriors and their families in their time of need—through the donation of cash and household items (toys, kitchen items, linens, etc.).

This year, we’d like to invite attendees to our Houston chapter luncheons to bring items (clothes, gift cards, food items, etc.), which will then be given to wounded service members at Camp Hope (Houston campus for the PTSD Foundation), as well as other private and VA facilities throughout the year.

For a list of what is needed, click here. For information on OME, go to

Featured Speakers
Speaker: Adam Keithly - Field Engineer, LORD Corporation
Speaker Adam Keithly - Field Engineer, LORD Corporation

Adam is a Field Engineer for LORD Corporation in the Houston, Texas area where he is responsible for defining design specifications, coordinating field trials, and developing downhole solutions for shock, vibration, and motion control. He has been with LORD for seven years; the last four have been spent primarily focused on axial shock and vibration mitigation in probe-style MWD tools. Adam coordinated field trials of the latest generation LORD Axial Isolator, accumulating in excess of 4,000 circulating hours on more than 80 separate runs prior to commercialization.  He has collaborated with customers on several custom tool isolators (a.k.a. "snubbers"). Adam maintains a lease fleet of Axial Isolators, as he facilitates field trials of additional innovative shock reduction solutions. Adam earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology and a M.B.A. from Western Kentucky University.  Additionally, he holds a Professional Engineering (P.E.) license in Mechanical Engineering in the states of Texas and Kentucky.

Speaker: Roland Illerhaus - Vice President of Operations & Technology, Integrity Directional Services
Speaker Roland Illerhaus - Vice President of Operations & Technology, Integrity Directional Services

Roland is the Vice President of Operations & Technology for Integrity Directional Services. During his career, he has held a number of leadership positions, both domestically and internationally, in various segments in the oil and gas services industry. Key projects include building the application engineering competency for Integrity Directional, leading optimization teams to collaborate with operators to improve drilling performance, managing diamond bit product lines, improving pressure pumping operational efficiency, and working with major operators and research groups to advance drilling technology. He has authored and co-authored a number of SPE papers and owns several patents. Roland is a Mechanical Engineer and a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. He is an active member of IADD, IADC, and SPE.

Speaker: Mike Baraniak - Permian Operations Manager, Tomax
Speaker Mike Baraniak - Permian Operations Manager, Tomax

Mike was educated in the UK studying Mechanical & Electrical engineering. He began his drilling career working for Kenting Drilling onshore in Europe from 1984 to 1995 holding various field positions before moving to the offshore industry for ENSCO. In 1997 he joined Sperry Sun Drilling Services as an MWD/LWD engineer before transitioning to a directional drillers roll, then directional coordinator in house for ConocoPhillips Indonesia and then Project Manager in Vietnam again in house for Bien Dong (ex BP). In 2013 Mike became Halliburton Sperry Technical Directional Drilling Advisor based in the Permian Basin and after taking early retirement from Halliburton after 18 years of services, joined Tomax Anti Stick Slip technology as the Permian Operations Manager. Mike is also an active member of the AADE and was also on the committee for the Permian IADD chapter before transferring to the Houston chapter and a new member of the board.

Speaker: Richard Earle - PBL Product Line Manager, BICO Drilling Tools Inc.
Speaker Richard Earle - PBL Product Line Manager, BICO Drilling Tools Inc.

Richard is the PBL Product Line Manager/SE Region Manager for BICO Drilling Tools Inc. Richard has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University. 

  • 10 Years Cased Hole E-Line (Schlumberger, Gearhart, Halliburtion)

  • 15 years Drilling Motors (Drilex, Dailey, Weatherford)

  • 12+ Years PBL Circulation System (Downhole Devices, BICO Drilling Tools)

Speaker: Patrick Sheridan - Director of Technology & Manufacturing Devolopment, Lord Corporation
Speaker Patrick Sheridan - Director of Technology & Manufacturing Devolopment, Lord Corporation

Patrick Sheridan is the Director of Technology and Manufacturing Development for Lord Industrial, Oil & Gas and Electro-Mechanical businesses.  Mr. Sheridan has 34 years of experience designing and manufacturing high performance elastomeric products.  He led the Engineering and Manufacturing development of elastomeric and Fluidlastic products used in many critical aerospace and industrial applications including the EMB145,  V22 , UH60 pitch control, S-92, MD900, 407, 427, AB139, AS332, Tiger,  407 and 427 rotors.   In addition to technical responsibilities, Patrick led lean implementation in the design and development processes and established and staffed the LORD technical center in Geneva Switzerland.  Prior to joining LORD Corporation, Mr. Sheridan specialized in acoustic performance prediction for the Detection and Detectability Branch at the David Taylor Research Center.   Mr. Sheridan received a BS in Engineering Science from the Pennsylvania State University in 1979. He is Co-author, Chapter 8 Design of Elastomeric Products, contained in Engineering with Rubber, Hanser Press, Gent et al.

Speaker: Doc Gunther - Managing Director, Ashmin LC
Speaker Doc Gunther - Managing Director, Ashmin LC

Speaker: Sean Donald
Speaker Sean Donald

  • Sean Donald

    • MBA, Rice University (2017)

    • MEng, University of Aberdeen (UK) (2007)

  • Joined National Oilwell Varco on July 4th, 2008

    • 2009-2017 – Engineering Design and Engineering Management, Drilling Technologies

      • Drilling Jars, Circulation Subs, Fishing Tools, Friction Reduction Systems

    • 2017-present – Product Line Management, Drilling Technologies

  • World Oil Award, 2015

    • Best Health, Safety Environment/Sustainable Development – Offshore

    • Winning technology: Drilling Jar Safety Lock

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Southwestern Energy

1000 Energy Drive
Spring, TX 77389


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Date and Time

Thu, Sept. 28, 2017

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Southwestern Energy

1000 Energy Drive
Spring, TX 77389

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