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IADC/SPE International Drilling Conference and Exhibition 2024 – ‘Elevating Drilling Through People and Technology’

Returning to Galveston, Texas, the Stateside 3t Drilling System team attended this year’s IADC/SPE International Drilling Conference and Exhibition to demonstrate our DrillSIM:Academy System and DrillSIM:20 and discuss the event’s key themes of people and technology.

Providing guests with the chance to test our advanced simulators at the 3t Drilling Systems stand, Chief Operating Officer Clive Battisby, Business Development Manager Aaron Bolch, and Technical Product Specialist Haris Qureshi displayed the role that immersive technology has to play in ‘elevating drilling’.  

Engaging with the highly technical personnel from across the drilling industry that were in attendance, it was amazing to hear about the boundary-pushing projects and technologies in development, targeting emissions, big data, digitalisation and automation across drilling activities. At 3t, we understand the importance of technology within safety-critical industries. The IADC/SPE event was an encouraging sign of where leading companies and operators plan to take the drilling industry whilst discussing the bright future ahead. 

Dominating many of the conversations this year was how, as an industry, we can reduce carbon emissions within drilling activities. From innovative battery technology to advanced trials of hydrogen as a fuel source for rig power generation, rig and process automation to electrification of drilling processes, it was clear to see that the industry is once again in an age of innovation throughout the supply chain to reduce carbon footprint and increase economic efficiency.   

With some of the industry’s leading names and employers in attendance, it was great to welcome an active, enthusiastic, and diverse student population to the event, offering a glimpse of the talent that will future-proof the industry and deliver on the promise explored throughout the week.   

Ahead of the event, Clive provided his in-depth thoughts on the event’s key themes, people and technology and the role of both in seizing opportunities with promising signs of market recovery on the horizon. Read Clive’s thoughts in full here.