More than 100 drillers, drilling managers, drilling company owners, suppliers and manufacturers are expected to attend the 2012 National Drilling Association Annual Convention, taking place Sept. 12-14 at the Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor in Plymouth, Mass. The convention will feature educational presentations, outdoor drill rig demonstrations and a keynote address, “Survival Lessons: Goal Attainment and Decision Making Under Pressure,” by Michael Tougias, professional speaker and author ofOverboard!Seven professional development hours will be awarded for attendance at the Thursday presentations.

Presentation topics include managing today’s risks through active contract administration; subsurface investigation in karst geology; drilling fluid processing for re-use and handling as a waste stream item; proper decontamination; sales and marketing of drilling services; and hands-on rock classification training and test.

Outdoor demonstrations will include proper mixing of drilling fluids for the geotechnical, coring and environmental industry; a mud-cleaning unit; sonic drilling with the new 30k Sonic track rig; environmental and geotechnical drill hole abandonment; and a Geoprobe demonstration.

Time will be allotted for networking with manufacturers and suppliers, and for entertainment, there will be a casino night, including cocktails and dinner, at the hotel, as well as a golf outing at Waverly Oaks Golf Club.

A reservation form and additional information may be found