April 3, 2008


Have you ever had a drilling project where everything just seemed to go wrong?  As we reach out into unexplored territory and attempt to drill even more challenging wells, it becomes difficult to build in contingencies for every possible problem.  But a key factor in mitigating problems is how well we recover from them and get the well back on track. 

This year's Drilling Symposium focuses on Expecting the Unexpected.  The presentations take a look at unexpected challenges, what recovery factors were put in to place, and how the drilling teams managed through difficult times to turn problems into successes and build in learnings that can be applied to future projects.

We are also soliciting sponsors for this event.  If you would like to be a sponsor, please download the Sponsorship Form for more information.


8:30am – 9:00am Registration

9:00am – 9:10am Welcome and opening remarks – Ernie Prochaska, Drilling Study Group chairperson

9:10am – 9:50am Keynote:  Unexpected Challenges – We Deal With Them on Every Well
Presenter: Jeff Bruton, Head of Drilling and Completion Engineering, ENI Petroleum

9:50am – 10:25am Deepwater Blowout - A Case History: Shallow Gas Hazards Hide in the Weeds
Presenter: Bill Flores, Senior Vice President - Engineering, Houston Energy

10:25am – 10:40am Break

10:40am – 11:15am Case Study: Drillstring Failure Analysis and New Deep-Well Guidelines Lead to Success
Presenter: Anders Storaune, Drilling Engineer, BP America

11:15 am – 12:00pm Roundtable Discussion: Focus on How New Drilling Technologies are Improving Drilling Efficiency and Reducing Non-Productive Time.
Moderated by Don Francis, Editor, E&P Magazine
1) John F. Jones, Senior Staff Drilling Engineer, Marathon Oil Company
2) Bronwyn Cox, Team Leader, BP
3) Curtis Cheatham, Consulting Drilling Engineer, Weatherford Intl.

12:00pm – 12:50pm Lunch

12:50pm – 1:25pm Steering for Success Beneath the Salt
Tony Leavitt, Senior Drilling Engineer, Schlumberger Drilling and Measurements

1:25pm – 1:35pm Break

1:35pm – 2:10pm Evaluating the True Cost of Losing a Bottomhole Assembly
Ed Tollefsen, Measurements Manager, Schlumberger Drilling and Measurements

2:10pm – 2:45pm More Tar Encounters in GOM Deepwater Appraisal Drilling
Mike Weatherl, Hess Corporation

2:45pm - 3:00pm Closing Discussion, Announcements and Remarks

3:00pm - Adjourn

Alternate presentation:   Dual Pore Pressure Prediction Techniques Alert the Driller to Expect the Unexpected
Presenter:  Roger Young, E-Seis


Featured Speakers




Kevin Brady

Date and Time

Thu, April 3, 2008

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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