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IADC/SPE International
Drilling Conference and Exhibition

8–10 March 2022 | Galveston, Texas, USA
Galveston Island Convention Center



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SPE and IADC have partnered with Swapcard to bring you this exciting event experience which will allow you to advance your technical insight, connect with the global drilling community and discover the latest technology.


Registration/General Questions

What is a virtual conference and exhibition?

A virtual conference and exhibition is an event that you can attend from the comfort and convenience of your home, office, or wherever else you can think of, through your personal computer or mobile device. But, this will not be just a fancy webinar! We’ve chosen an excellent platform that prioritises connection, interaction, and face-to-face (video) networking with other attendees, speakers and exhibitors, in addition to what you’ve come to expect for our highly technical content of expert keynotes, technical programme, special events and much more.

What is the cost of the virtual event?

The current price of registration can be viewed on the registration page.

Is the Exhibition free?

Yes, this year we’ve made the exhibition free so you can explore our drilling virtual showcase and discover the latest technology for the drilling sector. To register for the exhibition only, click here.

Is there an early bird discount?

Yes, we have introduced a special advanced early bird ticket rate, but this is only available for a limited time! Book your ticket today to avoid higher fees!

Is the conference available on demand?

Yes, the conference, exhibition and online networking will be available for 90 days after the event, allowing you to gain access to the latest insight on your schedule!

How do I access the conference proceedings?

Registered Attendees are entitled to access the technical papers from the SPE/IADC Virtual International Drilling Conference.

Digital Proceedings are delivered on OnePetro®. From the first day of the conference you will be able to visit www. onepetro.org and enter your access token to download the proceedings. Registration and log-in to OnePetro will be required to redeem your token and can only be used for a single OnePetro account. After redeeming your token you will have continued access to all technical papers for this conference in OnePetro on any compatible device when logged on to your account.

Your unique 12-digit access code and detailed instructions will be available in the registration email coming from SPE Communications along with your credentials.

Papers will go live on the first day of the conference. 


Will I have access to all sessions?

Yes! Similar to if you were attending the conference in-person, you will be given the opportunity to select which scheduled sessions you’d like to attend virtually. It is up to you to decide which scheduled sessions interest you in a given time block and to attend those sessions as desired.

Can I ask questions/interact with speakers?

Yes, just like at an in-person conference, speakers will be live during their scheduled live session so you can ask questions and interact with both the speaker and others attending the session.

Can I set up my own agenda? 

Yes, you get access to ‘My Event’ which is your own profile where you can create your own programme and calendar of events, which will then create you a reminder ensuring you never miss a session! On My Event, you can also set up your meetings, access your networking and bookmark your favourite companies.

Are knowledge sharing e-posters included?

Yes, you can explore ePosters for the latest information and knowledge sharing on-demand and click-to-play.

Virtual Conference and Exhibition Questions

What features are included?

Tons of features! AI-based ‘smarter’ chat and video networking with other attendees, the ability to schedule demonstrations with Exhibitors, scheduled sessions with technical experts speakers, on-demand access to additional sessions, and more.

Can I interact with other attendees?

Yes, through a variety of ways: video conferencing, online chat, meting requests, group chat (for different topics), and Q&A chat in each session. This is a great reason to be sure you attend the conference on the actual dates (instead of watching everything on-demand later) – these are the days when other attendees, speakers and exhibitors will be online so you can ‘meet’ the most people. You can also discover who is online and search by company, job title or interest!  

Can I interact with exhibitors at the SPE/IADC Virtual International Drilling Conference and Exhibition?

Yes! Our Drilling Showcase Exhibition will have virtual booths set up where you can learn about each company, attend exhibitor events, download and review materials, watch informational videos, and book video appointments to learn about the latest developments in Drilling.

When will I receive information to access the virtual platform?

Login and access information will be sent to all registered attendees one week before the event will begin, you have plenty of time to login, build your profile and schedule, and get to know the platform.

I’m not tech-savvy; are there tools/resources to help me navigate a virtual conference?

Yes! Click here to view video tutorials on how to use the platform a help desk on the day of the conference to help you understand how to best use and navigate the platform.

Are there any special device or bandwidth requirements for me to engage in this event?

To participate, you need an Internet connection and web browser. We recommend hi-speed internet for the best viewing experience. We also recommend that you join the conference using a supported internet browser, which includes Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

Internet Explorer is not recommended.

How does the matchmaking work?

This event uses Swapcard as the event platform and one of the main benefits of Swapcard is the use of AI to matchmake attendees to each other. You can get better results by completing your profile and adding content to what you are looking for / what I am offering fields.

Who can send a meeting request?

Only attendees who have a paid ticket can send a meeting request to another delegate. This function will allow you to propose a time for a video chat with the chosen delegate and is the perfect opportunity for you to grow your network!

 To upgrade or to register, please click here.


Meet new people in the event with AI recommendations for your meetings and network.


We are proud to have such forward thinking exhibitors this year. We are sure that there will be enough interesting content for you in their booths.


Meeting someone new? Just drop them a line and agree to have a video call on our platform. 


Interact with the speakers or other attendees in dedicated virtual rooms. You can also reach out to speakers during their speech with questions and  via polls.


Create your own personal programme with meetings and most interesting keynotes and sessions.


Gain access to the content, networking and exhibitors for 90 days after the event! 


Advance your technical insight with over 100+ technical papers exploring the latest developments in the drilling sector. 


Download the event app which allows you to remain engaged within the event, whilst on the move or on your phone!

How to Get Started?

  1. Register your attendance here.

  2. Before the event, we will send you directions on how to create your profile to the event platform one week prior to the event.

  3. Create your profile and start matchmaking from 1 March 2021.