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2018 National Drilling Association Convention

9/20/2018 to 9/21/2018
When: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Where: The Bertram Inn & Conference Center
Aurora, Ohio 
United States

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Golf Outing - 8:30 AM - Boulder Creek Golf Club - $95/person
Cocktails & Visit with Exhibitors - 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM in Exhibitor Area Presidents BBQ Dinner - 6:30 PM
Award Presentations - 8:00 PM
Bonfire, Entertainment (That 80's Band), Chinese Raffle - 8:30 PM 

Presentations and Visit with Exhibitors - 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM
with Breakfast, Morning & Afternoon Breaks & Lunch
- Chilean Miners Rescue – When Failure is Not an Option, presented by Jeff Hart, Operations Manager, Layne Christensen Co.
- Case Study – Expansion Lock and Dam Project, presented by Dennis Mitchell - American Engineers
Environmental Drilling, presented by Erin Fanning, Waste Management  
- Safety, presented by Greg Safran, Safe T Integration
Environmental Innovations presented by Dan Schneider, Terracon
- New Down-Hole Tools to Improve Core Drilling Efficiency, presented by Robert Petrie, Ph.D., P.E., Baroid IDP
All Chapter Meeting & Convention Recap - 4:30 PM

Jeff Hart, Operations Manager, Layne Christensen Co.
Chilean Miners Rescue – When Failure is Not an Option

When the call came into Layne Christensen that its Latin American affiliate, Geotec Boyles Brothers, needed help drilling a hole that would lead to the rescue of 33 miners, the first reaction was to call in their best operator.  Within hours, a call was made to Afghanistan where Jeff Hart, the 10th of 11 children from Colorado’s San Luis Valley, was drilling water wells on the Forward Operating Bases for the US Army.

With 20 years of experience, Hart is recognized as one of the best in the world.  He quickly assembled a team and got to work at the San Jose Mine site.  His team consisted of Matt Staffel who was with Hart in Afghanistan, Jorge Herrera and Doug Reeves were flow into Chile from the States.

Hart operated the Schramm T-130XD rig that opened a pilot hole to 28” in diameter, wide enough to send the Fenix 2 capsule down to retrieve the miners.  After opening the hole, Hart returned to Afghanistan to finish his commitment there.

The Bertram Inn & Conference Center, 600 North Aurora Road, Aurora, OH 44202. Hotel amenities include an outdoor heated pool, fitness center, game room, shuttle service and more. Nearby attractions include Pro Football Hall of Fame, Rock N Roll Museum, Aurora Farms Premium Outlets, Great Lakes Science Center and others. Call (330) 995-0200 to make your reservations and be sure to mention “National Drilling Association” to receive the NDA Rate of $102 per night. 
Deadline to receive the NDA Rate is September 5th. The hotel has limited rooms available – reserve early!

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