April 13, 2017





The Annual Drilling Symposium is an annual event hosted by the SPE Gulf Coast Section Drilling Study Group designed to disseminate knowledge and technology needed to achieve the many objectives of drilling operations.


  • Understanding risk and hazard mitigation
  • Real-time monitoring
  • Drilling automation
  • New technologies driving efficiencies.


This symposium is a great opportunity to network with oil and gas industry professionals in an engaging and dynamic environment. Last year, we focused on cost-saving innovations to improve drilling efficiency. This year’s symposium is planned to be a sell-out event and includes well-known experts in the industry presenting the latest technological development and case studies. Please mark your calendar and join the SPE GCS Drilling Study Group for this event!

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Event Presentations

Complex Downhole Optimization in Permian Delaware Basin

Mitigating Salt and Sub-salt Drilling Challenges Using Hybrid Bit Technology in Deepwater, Gulf of Mexico

Drilling Automation in Industry and Academia

Real-Time Rig Activity-Based Models and Drilling Analytics to Provide Early Indications of Hole Problems

Downhole Flow Assurance

A Call to Modernize the Drilling Industry’s Methods of Calculating Circulating Hydraulics


Ernie Prochaska


Mojtaba Pordel Shahri

Vice Chair/Symposium Chair

Sean Wu

Symposium Co-Chair

Nii Nunoo


Joe Tison


Tom Wick

Programs Chair

Peter Kowalchuk

Website Chair

Mohammed Dooply

Arrangements Chair

Greg Maynard


Roma Diarra

Assistant Treasurer

Oguz Yalcin


Andy Hawthorn


Alex Schaeffer


Najaf Dostaliyev


Graham Mensa-Wilmot

DSG Advisory Board

Paul Pastusek

DSG Advisory Board

Neil Trotter

DSG Advisory Board

Robert Estes

SPE Board Liaison


Mojtaba P. Shahri

Event Contact Email: mojtaba.pordelshahri@weatherford.com

Event Contact Phone Number: 832-249-2618

Date and Time

Thu, April 13, 2017

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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Southwestern Energy

10000 Energy Drive
Spring, Texas 77389

Group(s): Drilling