SPE Joins IADC for 2003 Underbalanced Technology Conference

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) has joined the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) to host the 2003 IADC/SPE Underbalanced Technology Conference and Exhibition. The conference is scheduled for 25 – 26 March 2003 at the new Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in The Woodlands, just north of Houston.

The meeting was started in 1995 by IADC, bringing professionals from the underbalanced drilling industry together from all over the world. For the first time, the event will be co-sponsored by SPE. The theme for this year's event is "Maximize Ultimate Recovery Through Underbalanced Operations."

The 2003 broader technical program reflects the increasing interest and success of underbalanced technologies. Participants will explore underbalanced technology, while emphasizing reserve additions, the enhancement of well productivity, reduction of formation damage, and advances in drilling, logging, and completion techniques and practices.

The conference format fosters the exchange of information and stimulates research and technical activities through technical presentations, poster sessions, informal technology discussions, special events, and an exhibition. All conference activities take place at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. The new venue also provides more space for a larger exhibition.

One special event scheduled is a Continental Breakfast immediately followed by an Opening Session with remarks from Bruce Selby, 2003 IADC/SPE Underbalanced Conference and Exhibition Chairman, and Mike DuBose from Rowan Drilling U.K. Other events include a keynote luncheon, a reception, and a buffet luncheon in the Exhibit Hall.