Jan. 17 - Jan. 18, 2018

La Cima Club
5215 North O'Connor Boulevard, The Tower at Williams Square, Suite 2600
Irving, Texas 75039

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The Advanced Drilling Dynamics – Beyond Monitoring Topical Forum in Dallas will be held as planned.  A WebEx phone number will be provided to anyone unable to attend in person due to concerns about the local weather.  If you are registered, please expect an email with the WebEx phone number to be sent to the email address used for registration.

Thank you for your support of IADD.  We hope to see you in Dallas.

Ever-changing oilfield conditions are driving operators to find creative ways to drill more efficiently and survive the low-cost environment. Many are seeking opportunities to enhance data analytics in search of correlations between readily available data and conditions leading to unnecessary costs. This is somewhat of a passive approach, waiting until you have enough data to analyze, and accepting unnecessary risks until they do. Some are instrumenting test wells to gain more insight from more data, which is a more aggressive approach to a passive solution. And still others are exploring modeling and simulation, which is heavily adopted in other industries but not widely accepted as predictive for most drilling applications.

When looking for inspiration from other industries, we find that best-in-class engineering teams effectively balance between analytics, physical testing, and simulation. They have built smart analytics solutions upon a solid foundation of data generated by simulations, validated by well-coordinated physical test plans. They continuously refine the test plan and simulation models and analytical process to maximize the value of lessons learned in each throughout the process. 

Join the IADD and our planning committee at the Advanced Drilling Dynamics—Beyond Measurement Topical Forum, where we’ll explore the importance of drilling dynamics and the value associated with it. A mixture of presentations and panel discussions will highlight historical case studies, current industry best practices and emerging technologies, culminating in a vision of where the industry needs to be with regards to data collection, analytics and modeling.


Forum co-chairs

  • Ben Potash, Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Fred Dupriest, Texas A&M

Forum planning committee

  • David Gibson, Lodestar
  • Fred Harvey, MSC
  • Robert Foster, NOV
  • Jed Wagner, PXD


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Featured Speakers
Speaker: Fred Dupriest - Professor of Practice, Texas A&M University
Speaker Fred Dupriest - Professor of Practice, Texas A&M University

Fred Dupriest graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1977 and retired from ExxonMobil after 35 years as the Chief Drilling Engineer.  Fred led the development of ExxonMobil’s Fast DrillTM and Limiter RedesignTM workflows.  He is now a Professor of Practice at Texas A&M University where he teaches senior and graduate level classes in High Performance Drilling.  He also continues to work with operators to adopt proven and new emerging physics-based drilling practices. He is a Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, an inductee into the AADE Drilling Fluids Hall of Fame, and was the recipient of the 2013 SPE International Drilling Engineering Award.

Speaker: Ben Potash - Drilling Engineer, Pioneer Natural Resources
Speaker Ben Potash - Drilling Engineer, Pioneer Natural Resources

Ben is a drilling engineer in Pioneer Natural Resources’ Corporate Innovation group, scouting and field testing emerging technologies that will help improve instrumentation, measurements, streaming-analytics, and physics-based computer modeling. Since joining Pioneer in July 2014, he has been a part of several teams, including the Southern Wolfcamp Asset Team (SWAT) and Permian Performance Analysis group. Over the past 18 months, Ben has led Pioneer’s drilling dynamics initiative, which involved placing sensors strategically throughout the drillstring, in over 20 wells, to measure the actual downhole accelerations, forces, and motions throughout different wellbore sections. This data has been analyzed by the drilling dynamics team to identify when dysfunctions are present and what their key drivers are. Ben holds an MEng in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.

Speaker: Fred Harvey - MSC Software
Speaker Fred Harvey - MSC Software

Fred is driving development of innovative oil and gas industry solutions at MSC Software. His team is applying leading commercial dynamic analysis simulation software to drilling in order help the industry overcome vibration related challenges for safer and more efficient drilling. Prior to joining MSC Software, Fred served for ten years as a Marine Corps Helicopter Pilot and he has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the US Naval Academy. 

Speaker: Robert M. Foster - Global Manager Business Development, NOV/IntelliServ
Speaker Robert M. Foster - Global Manager Business Development, NOV/IntelliServ

Robert is currently the Global Manager Business Development at NOV/IntelliServ. With more than 30 years of engineering and design experience, he has worked on projects that range from robotics geared towards F-16 Fighting Falcon fabrication, to developing interactive computer-based training for the U.S. Navy’s AEGIS weapons system. He has focused on high-speed network solutions and the systems that monitor and drive those networks. During his time at NOV/IntelliServ, Robert has held many positions, including: System Test Team Manager; Director of Engineering Services; Manager of Technical Services; Internal Quality Manager; Global Manager of Technical Services. As NOV IntelliServ Director of Engineering Services, he oversaw all hardware and software testing as well as software test automation and rig testing for all electronic and mechanical testing including shock, vibration, torque, fatigue bend and heat, cold, flow and erosion testing.

Speaker: David Gibson – Vice President of Drilling Solutions, Lodestar International
Speaker David Gibson – Vice President of Drilling Solutions, Lodestar International

David is a 10+ year veteran in the drilling and MWD oil and gas business. David has worked for both major and independent service providers both on and offshore, all over the world. David is a member of the ISCWSA Education subcommittee group and 1 of 5 editors in charge of the “Introduction to Wellbore Positioning” David studied Mechanical Engineering at UT-Arlington.

Speaker: Kevin Jibin Shi - i-DRILL Western Hemisphere Manager, Smith bits, a Schlumberger Company
Speaker Kevin Jibin Shi - i-DRILL Western Hemisphere Manager, Smith bits, a Schlumberger Company

Kevin has 9 years of experience in drilling engineering. He started his career as a PDC cutter and component R&D engineer. He then became an i-DRILL R&D engineer and then i-DRILL manager in NAM and Western Hemisphere. His current point of interest is drilling dynamics simulation and correlating modeling with field applications to solve problems for clients. He is an active technical editor for SPE journals and he is author/co-author of 11 patents/patent applications and 8 technical papers/presentations on cutters/bits and drilling dynamics. Kevin holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University

Speaker: Lei Wang - Sr. Engineering Associate, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
Speaker Lei Wang - Sr. Engineering Associate, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Lei is a Sr. Engineering Associate in the Well Construction Section at ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company. He has worked at ExxonMobil for 11 years in drilling and subsurface technology, including the areas of drilling vibrations, drilling performance optimization, well injection modeling, and data analytics.  Wang led and supported several key projects at ExxonMobil, for instance, drill string redesign tool (Vybs) for supporting ExxonMobil Fast Drill Process global rollout, Drilling Advisory System (DAS) development and commercialization to enhance on-bottom drilling performance, Torque & Drag modeling and buckling analysis for optimizing well profile.  Wang holds 10 granted US patents and has published 22 journal & conference papers. Wang holds master’s degree in aerospace engineering and PhD degree in mechanical engineering, both from North Carolina State University, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China.

Speaker: Michael Behounek - Senior Drilling Advisor, Apache Corporation
Speaker Michael Behounek - Senior Drilling Advisor, Apache Corporation

Michael is a Senior Drilling Advisor with Apache Corporation in Houston, Texas, where he is currently working in the World Wide Drilling group supporting global operations. He is a degreed Mechanical Engineer with a Master’s in Business. His expertise lies in drilling engineering, operations, performance improvement, and contracting with over 35 years of practical, global experience in applying new technologies to reduce costs and risks. Current focus is on leading Apache’s efforts in generating value from all aspects of drilling data. Efforts include data quality, integration, transformation and analytics for both low and high frequency data.

Speaker: Jed Wagner - Corporate Innovation SME, Pioneer Natural Resources
Speaker Jed Wagner - Corporate Innovation SME, Pioneer Natural Resources

Jedediah Wagner, is the Corporate Innovation SME at Pioneer Natural Resources.  He has spent 10 years with Pioneer in various engineering roles working as Operations Excellence Coordinator, Production Engineering Manager for the Permian asset, as well as several roles in production and completions engineering.  Jed holds a BS degree from Colorado School of Mines in Petroleum Engineering.  His most recent work is incorporating fiber optic technology into unconventional field development championing deployment by Pioneer in the Permian Basin.  He is a member of SPE, AAPG, AiCHE, and ASME.

Speaker: Katie Mills - Drilling Optimization Engineer, Drillscan
Speaker Katie Mills - Drilling Optimization Engineer, Drillscan

Katie Mills is a Drilling Optimization Engineer for DrillScan US. She focuses on using their software packages to find unique solutions for drilling optimization. She provides expert level software support to customers, gives training for new users, and works on a wide variety of special projects ranging from basic torque and drag to advanced modelling of drilling dysfunctions. Prior to joining DrillScan, Katie was a Field Engineer for Schlumberger working as an M/LWD, Directional Driller and then Drilling Engineer in Southern Mexico. Katie holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.

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La Cima Club

5215 North O'Connor Boulevard, The Tower at Williams Square, Suite 2600
Irving, Texas 75039


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La Cima Club

5215 North O'Connor Boulevard, The Tower at Williams Square, Suite 2600
Irving, Texas 75039

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