DRILL 2014 gave the drilling industry  a unique opportunity to hear from  business and government leaders on current issues affecting drilling businesses.

We are proud to present the eagerly awaited photos and presentations from our DRILL 2014 conference held recently on the Gold Coast.

A conference report has been published in the October/November edition of Australasian Drilling magazine.

To view the photos presentation from the DRILL 2014 conference, please click here.

The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, federal Minister for Industry

Mr Macfarlane officially opened DRILL 2014 and delivered the keynote address on Wednesday 20 August, 2014.

Download Mr Macfarlane’s lead article from Australasian Drilling: ADAS14_IMAC.

His Department of Industry portfolio directly relates to the drilling industry:

  • Industry
  • Energy
  • Resources
  • Science
  • VET (Vocational Education and Training)

Ian Macfarlane was first elected to federal parliament in 1998; he brings extensive experience and pragmatic approach to policy work in two of Australia’s most important industries.

As a Minister in the Howard Government, Ian held the portfolio of Small Business (2001) before being promoted to the Cabinet role of Industry, Tourism and Resources (2001-2007). He has also previously been the Coalition’s spokesperson for Trade and for Infrastructure and Water.

Before entering federal politics Ian farmed peanuts, sorghum and wheat and ran cattle in Queensland’s Burnett region before becoming one of the country’s most active agripoliticians.

Ian is married to Karen with two daughters. He lives in Toowoomba, Australia’s largest provincial inland city.


JUSTINS_LRJustin Smirk, Senior Economist, Westpac
Download the presentation at DRILL2014_WESTPAC
Justin Smirk is a Senior Economist with Westpac’s Economic Research team and has 18 years experience in Australia’s  financial markets.

He has spent time in Westpac’s London office as Senior International Economist and had a twelve month secondment as Chief Economist at St.George Bank.

At DRILL 2012, Huw McKay (Westpac Executive Director) spoke about the relationship between Australia and China; his presentation is available on the ADIA website.


Kent Hoots, Vice President Senior, Products – Corporate, Boart Longyear
Download Kent’s summary article from Australasian Drilling.
D14BLYPRESC the full presentation.
Innovation is, and will continue to be a driving force in the mining industry. Learn how recent and future innovation can help improve operational efficiency and productivity at the drill site.

Kent Hoots was appointed Senior Vice President of Global Products in January 2013 in addition to his responsibilities of Global Supply Chain and IT, which he took over in July of 2012. He joined Boart Longyear in April 2007 as Vice President – Asia Pacific located in Adelaide, Australia.

Before joining Boart Longyear, Mr Hoots was employed by General Electric for over twenty years where he held various positions of increasing responsibility in both the Aviation and Energy divisions.


David Rynne, Director Economic and Infrastructure Policy, Queensland Resources CouncilD_LYNNE_LR
Download the presentation at D14_QRCPRES.
Michael Roche is Director Economic and Infrastructure Policy of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), the peak representative body for minerals and energy companies in Queensland.

The QRC represents the interests of more 290 companies with direct and service sector investment in developing Queensland’s minerals and energy resources. Together, these industries are responsible for one in every four dollars circulating in the Queensland economy and one in every five jobs.


Professor Ian Plimer, Non-Executive Director, Hancock Prospecting
Professor Ian Plimer BSc (Hons), PhD, FTSE, FGS, FAIMM is Emeritus Professor at the University of Melbourne where he was Professor and Head (1991-2005).

He currently serves as an independent non-executive director on the boards of listed companies Silver City Minerals Ltd, Niuminco Group Ltd, Kefi Minerals plc and unlisted Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd companies (Roy Hill Holdings, Hope Downs, Queensland Coal Investments).

He represents Hancock Prospecting on the Lakes Oil N.L. and Sun Resources N.L. Boards. Resources Ltd, Ivanhoe Australia Ltd, Kimberley Metals Ltd and Ormil Energy Ltd. Professor Plimer has published more than 130 scientific papers and is author of multiple best-selling books for the general public.


Glenn Porter, CEO, Energy Skills Queensland

Download Glenn’s summary article from Australasian Drilling.
Glenn Porter is the Chief Executive Officer of Energy Skills Queensland which is an industry body established to assist the energy industry to understand its future skill needs and develop appropriate workforce strategies to attract, retain and develop skills to meet these identified future needs.

Glenn has over twenty years’ experience in the employment, education and training industry having worked as a senior executive in both the public and private sectors across Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.



Soren Soe: Deep Exploration Technologies CRCSoren Soe_DETCRC
Coiled tubing (CT) drilling was developed for well interventions in the petroleum industry. The major advantage of CT drilling is the absence of drill rods and thus improved safety. This talk will discuss Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre’s (DET CRC) progress towards to developing a CT rig for mineral exploration.

Soren has held various Project, Engineering and Executive leadership positions since completing his Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1991. He has worked extensively with leading the development of onshore drilling rigs for mineral exploration, production holes, geotechnical applications and coiled tubing rigs for the oil and gas industry.

During his career Soren has expatriated to China, The Netherlands and Poland with such companies as Knebel Drilling A/S, Boart Longyear and A.P.Moller Maersk.

ulrichlrUlrich Schoepf : Deputy Sales Director, Bauer Deep Drilling
Download the presentation at DRILL_2014_Bauer.
Ulrich Schoepf joined Bauer in 2005 and has occupied a variety of roles:

  • Project Manager for Cut-off Wall at Diavik Diamond Mine, Canada
  • Operations Manager for Mining and Exploration in Africa (based in South Africa)
  • Project Manager Bauer Deep Drilling for Oil, Gas & Energy
  • Deputy Sales Director at Bauer Deep Drilling (Oil, Gas & Energy)