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Drilling HSE: Striving for Excellence


27 − 28 November 2012

Dubai, UAE | Amwaj Rotana Hotel

About this Workshop


The drilling industry is experiencing unprecedented growth as we try and keep pace with global demand for oil and gas, resulting in the biggest rig count ramp up in the industry's history.

As a result of this rapid growth, and operating in progressively more harsh and hazardous environments in the pursuit of future resources, the drilling industry faces a significant challenge to ensure that health, safety, and environmental (HSE) risks are effectively managed.

This applied technology workshop is committed to assisting the drilling community in exchanging HSE initiatives, sharing effective HSE programmes, best practices and control of HSE hazards in the workplace, and to increase awareness on promoting safe work environments. 

Workshop Objectives

The theme for this workshop “Drilling HSE: Striving for Excellence” promises to inspire and challenge participants and attendees with innovative ideas and best practices from the drilling industry around the world. The objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Explore and assess drilling HSE standards and codes of practice of other organisations, regulatory agencies, and legislative bodies and identify those that will have significant impact on and value added to the drilling operations.
  • Learn techniques to identify hazards in drilling/workover operations and to manage the risk associated with these hazards.
  • Share knowledge on developing and implementing proactive HSE risk management plans for drilling/workover operation.
  • Discuss real-life case studies and share lessons learnt which help to minimise incidents,  prevent injuries, and maximise the effectiveness of HSE initiatives.

Who Should Attend

  • Drilling and Workover Engineers
  • HSE Professionals
  • Drilling Operations Personnel
  • Well Planners
  • Production and Reservoir Engineers
  • Well Servicing and Well Integrity Professionals
  • Asset Management
  • Government Regulatory Professionals
  • HSE Training Managers

Visa Information

SPE Middle East, North Africa and India will assist in providing a visa invitation letter, upon request in writing, to confirmed registrants after receiving full payment of registration fees. Visa invitation letters take five days to issue from the date of request and it is the delegate's responsibility to obtain their own visa. SPE cannot issue the visa nor can we guarantee it will be obtained.

Workshop Guidelines


Two (2) days of informal discussions prompted by selected keynote presentations and discussions. Workshops maximise the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices.

The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements, and lessons learnt. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and the press is not invited to attend.

Breakout Sessions

Attendees will be assigned to discussion groups on a random basis for the breakout sessions to maximise the opportunity to interact with other participants.


  • Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
  • Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.
  • Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten view graphs are entirely acceptable.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged.

Poster Session

The Steering Committee encourages registrations from professionals who are able to prepare and present a poster on a relevant project. For further details kindly contact Khushbu Rajwani, senior event assistant at krajwani@spe.org.


Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, firstserve basis. The Steering Committee encourages attendance from those who can contribute to the workshop most effectively either in discussions or with posters. A mix of attendees in terms of geographic origin, companies and disciplines will be encouraged.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The Steering Committee will appoint a “scribe” to record the discussions and to produce the full workshop report for SPE.
  • This report will be circulated to all attendees as the workshop deliverable within 4–6 weeks following the workshop. The copyright of the report is with SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop. Provision of the materials by the speakers will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with ATW objectives and the SPE mission, commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation at the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

Attendees at this workshop qualify for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.