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CAODC History

Given the nature of the rig business - fast-paced activity, heavy equipment and sometimes harsh weather conditions - it's no surprise that CAODC often directs its efforts to technical and safety benchmarks.

  • 1949

    10 drilling contractors working in western Canada found CAODC.

    CAODC, with Canadian Petroleum Association (CPA) and Alberta Energy and Natural Resources, found the Petroleum Industry Training Service (PITS) to be the training arm of industry.

  • 1966

    CAODC with PITS, the Alberta Petroleum Industry Training Centre (APITC) in Edmonton establish a 4-week pre-employment course for drilling rigs, and later, service rigs.

  • 1968

    CAODC designs the first complete Blowout Prevention (BOP) course to be offered through APITC.

  • 1971

    A well control training facility is constructed at Golden Spike (near Edmonton) to provide "hands-on" experience.

  • 1978

    PITS takes over all BOP training, formatting a 5-day First-Line course and a 3-day Second-Line (Golden Spike) Supervisors course.

  • 1979

    CAODC works with other Canadian petroleum association and government to establish the BOP Examination and Certification Committee.

    CAODC provides training and certification to improve industry's awareness and responsiveness to hydrogen sulphide risks.

  • 1980

    PETEX (Petroleum Extension Service of the University of Texas) grants CAODC Canadian distribution rights for all their training and educational materials.

  • 1981

    CAODC finalizes a 10-part videotape workbook BOP training course structured for first-line training.

  • 1984

    CAODC offers, in conjunction with the University of Texas, certification in home study courses.

  • 1986

    CAODC, in conjunction with PITS and the ERCB, announces a "world class" training facility to be constructed at Nisku, near Edmonton and to be operated by PITS.

  • 1988

    PITS training facility officially opens.

  • 1989

    The Upstream Petroleum Industry Task Force on Safety (UPITFOS), organized the previous year, tables 42 recommendations designed to improve the safety performance of the oil and gas industry. CAODC was instrumental in initiating the Task Force and in the subsequent "Implementation Committee."

    CAODC officially endorses the "Petroleum Industry Guiding Principles for Worker Safety." The Association is the only organization which mandates acceptance of those principles.

  • 1993

    CAODC introduces a series of environmental guidelines, including instructional aids for each location, advising crews how to handle hazardous wastes.

    The first 'automated' Standard Contract forms are introduced, following two decades of CAODC Standard Contracts available only in a printed form.

  • 1994

    CAODC introduces Recommended Practices for overhead equipment. Four practices were accepted by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) as the industry standard - two for drilling and two for well servicing.

  • 1995

    CAODC signs a memorandum with Natural Resources Canada, to work within the Voluntary Challenge and Registry framework. A study is undertaken to evaluate the possible efficiency gains and resultant emission reductions, through the replacement of drilling rig engines.

    The CAODC, in conjunction with other upstream industry associations, initiates the Saskatchewan Petroleum Awareness Week (SPAW) to raise the profile of the industry. At the same time, a joint industry display is put into the Air Canada wing of the Calgary International Airport.

  • 1996

    The CAODC signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Natural Resources Canada to limit greenhouse gas emissions through the Voluntary Challenge Registry.

  • 1997

    The CAODC, in conjunction with government agencies and departments from across western Canada, as well as other upstream petroleum associations, launches the Canadian Petroleum Safety Council (PSC).

  • 1998

    CAODC reconfirms their commitment to the Voluntary Challenge Registry. In conjunction with PITS, the CAODC launches a driller's upgrade program for senior crew members of both drilling and well servicing contractors.

    The Service Rig Division of the CAODC introduces the Master Well Servicing Agreement, based on the Standard Daywork Contract that drilling contractors have employed for approximately thirty years.

  • 1999

    The Service Rig Division signs a Safe Transportation Memorandum of Understanding with Alberta Transportation and Utilities, to consolidate a number of permits and regulatory exemptions granted to well servicing contractors.

  • 2001

    A CAODC/CAPP Standard Daywork Contract is introduced. This Agreement, which balances the interests of contractors and operators, replaces the CAODC Standard Daywork Contract that was in place for approximately 40 years.

  • 2003

    The CAODC introduces a new official publication, The OilDriller.

  • 2004

    In response to CAODC's application, the Alberta government announces the inclusion of the Rig Technician trade among the province's apprenticing community. Alberta is the first jurisdiction in the world to offer a traditional journeymen certification program (combination of on-the-job training and classroom training) to rig workers.

  • 2006

    The Rig Technician trade is granted Red Seal designation, giving the trade recognition across Canada.

  • 2007

    CAODC completes work on a unique engineering specification for slab-sided diesel fuel tanks. The new TC-44 tank standard is the first Canadian-made tank design to be approved by the Canadian Standards Association (B-620 Committee). On completion of this initiative, the tank standard will be the first Canadian-made tank design to be adopted by Transport Canada.

  • 2009

    CAODC celebrates its 60th Anniversary.

  • 2010

    CAODC obtains a rare Federal Hours of Service exemption, permitting service rigs to use tour sheets as log books. The last and only other time Ottawa granted any industry an Hours of Service exemption was in the 1960s. CAODC and Alberta Transportation sign a Memorandum of Agreement governing permits, driver training standards and regulatory exemptions for service rig contractors. The MOA updates the 1999 MOU.

  • 2011

    CAODC holds the first CAODC Fall Conference, an opportunity for drilling and service rig companies to gain insight on regulatory changes and other industry updates as they prepare for winter operations.

  • 2014 Marking its 65th anniversary, CAODC issued a desk calendar that highlights milestones and features photos from the past to the present.