Congratulations to an old friend of Aberdeen Drilling School, Dave Cormack, who recently scored 100% for a THIRD time on the Principles & Procedures paper of the IWCF Well Control exam. Dave is the author of “An Introduction to Well Control Calculations for Drilling Operations” which was published by Springer in 2017 and is available globally. In a long and varied career in drilling has been involved in Well Control training on four continents, has personally worked with people at all organisational levels and currently still delivers well control training to both international standards. He said that given what he does for a living and that his books are specifically aimed at preparing candidates for the maths they will encounter on well control school it would not be appropriate for him to personally accept the cash prize that ADS awards to Well Control candidates for achieving a perfect score.
Each time Dave has scored 100% he has generously offered to match the ADS award and has donated the total amount to one of Aberdeen’s local charities, Somebody Cares. Dave personally met the founder, Jenny Taylor and her husband Brian Taylor at the Somebody Cares retail unit in Hazlehead to hand over the cheque back in 2014. The charity which started in 2002 and is entirely funded by donations, provides food, furniture and clothing to people who are in desperate and urgent help. It is hard to believe over 18,000 families in the oil capital of Europe live on less than £50 a week, but thanks to generous supporters such as Dave, and founder Jenny, Somebody Cares "will make Aberdeen unique in the land in the way it takes care of its own". More information can be found on Somebody Cares by visiting www.somebodycaresuk.org