John de Wardt is an active volunteer in oil and gas industry organizations. He is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC). He has facilitated numerous industry panel sessions at major conferences and industry workshops on leading business topics.
Influences by John de Wardt in the industry
- Featured in Alexander Haig’s World Business Review television program.
- Moderator for the 1994 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference panel session titled "Impact of Drilling Operations on Well Life Cycle Cost Reduction" held in Dallas, USA
- Moderator for the 1995 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference panel session titled "Vision 2020 - Preparing for the Next Twenty Five Years" held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
- Moderator for the 1996 SPE / IADC Asia Pacific Drilling Conference panel session titled "Alliance and Partnering: Defining the Terms/Methods/Results" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Moderator for the 1999 SPE / IADC Middle East Drilling Conference panel session titled "Integration - the Key to Reducing Drilling and Production Costs".
- Led a Middle East workshop titled "Introducing Practical Techniques for Implementing A Successful Partnership" for The Institute For International Research.
- Led Houston conference on “Alliancing in Oil and Gas” for the International Quality and Productivity Corporation.
- Led Singapore conference on “Best Practices in Project Management” for Universal Network Intelligence.
- He was a 1995/96 Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer.
Other workshops / forums in which John de Wardt has chaired sessions and been a committee member include:
- SPE Drillstring Dynamics Forum, Austria
- SPE Wellbore Surveying Applied Technology Workshop, France
- SPE Emerging Technology Workshop, USA
- SPE Drilling Automation Applied Technology Workshop, USA
- SPE Automated Well Construction Factory Forum, France
John de Wardt is currently a committee member of the SPE / IADC Annual Drilling Conference and the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS). He is leading a sub-group of DSATS on Risk and Reliability of Automated Drilling Systems.
- Institute of Mechanical Engineers
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- International Association of Drilling Contractors
- NOMADS - National Oil-Equipment Manufacturers and Delegates Society
John de Wardt provided us with a straight forward, hard driving, no nonsense approach to strategic planning that is still helping us define and achieve new business goals.
...substantial improvement in product delivery and resultant reductions of inventory. The catalyst for these new processes was the Strategic Planning workshop lead by John de Wardt.
His recent corporate strategy development work resulted in a set of strategic initiatives that are already beginning to deliver value only a few months into their implementation.
John’s emphasis on rigorous planning has resulted in tangible and measurable results in the area of drilling and completing wells. A true step-change.
We have seen significant improvements in results and have adopted the principles in our planning and operations efforts.
His insight into the oil and gas industry is invaluable, and his knowledge of best practice in manufacturing has added measurable value to several of our investments.
Smith dominates a new service
Smith Bits hired John de Wardt to undertake a scenario planning session for their newly created Advanced Engineering Service. This process created a new understanding of how Smith could differentiate themselves through delivering more value to the customer. Implementation of this strategy yielded a massive growth in this new service and domination in many markets. Furthermore, Smith followed advice from John on the implementation of Lean Manufacturing techniques to further improve the profit margins of a commodity business. Smith have continued to call on John's services for insight into the future trends in the oil industry and how they can impact the products and services.
Significant growth through strategy development.
THE INDUSTRIAL COMPANY (one of the top Industrial Construction Contractors in the US - see links under "Clients") hired DE WARDT AND COMPANY to apply their scenario based strategy development program to their construction business. TIC's initial 20 years of growth had reached a plateau and they were keen to find ways to achieve their next phase of growth. The strategy development program identified six key initiatives which were pursued according to the implementation plans developed by TIC's teams and guided by John de Wardt. Each of these initiatives have achieved significant changes to their respective areas in the organization. TIC revenues doubled during the 2 years after the strategy session (from circa $500 million to over $ 1 billion) and continue an upward trend in spite of the competitive climate for both projects and resources. These initiatives crossed the breadth of the company including training, human resources, information technology, marketing, organization and international operations. TIC has placed in the top 10 contractors, in nine categories, as ranked by Engineering News Record.