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Operators, drilling contractors gather for IADC well control/CRM workshop


As IADC prepares to launch its WellSharp Plus well control training accreditation program, the association invited stakeholders from across the industry to a workshop to discuss challenges and opportunities for evolving and improving the industry’s approach to well control training. The event was held at the Maersk Training facility in Houston on 18 May. DC Managing Editor Linda Hsieh spoke with several participants at the workshop – Jason Pittman, Principal Instructor, Drilling Simulator for Rowan Companies; David Lobdell, BP Competence Management Manager; and Paulo Bernardo Moritz, Simulation Training Specialist for Noble Corp – to get their thoughts on the importance of incorporating crew resource management (CRM) into its training, as well as the importance of investing in people and their development even in a difficult market. Watch the video for more information...

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Hazard hunts help rig crews to recognize potential hazards, need to stop job


Although drilling contractors empower every employee on the rig to stop the job if they notice a hazard, in some situations employees choose to continue with their tasks even amid unsafe conditions. Often, this is because employees don’t recognize the hazard they’re up against, Kenny Baker, Drilling Superintendent with Cactus Drilling, said in a presentation at the 2018 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference in Houston on 17 May. In this video from the conference, Mr Baker explains the approach Cactus has implemented to help employees better identify hazards on the rig. He also discusses the value of making safety personal, by making rig employees consider the impact that an on-the-job injury or fatality can impact a family or community...

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IADC North Sea Chapter names Annual Safety Award winners

The IADC North Sea Chapter recognized member companies for their safety performance in a ceremony on 20 April in Aberdeen. Back row from left are Ole Maier, Odfjell Drilling; Ally Malcolm, Awilco Drilling; Ed Wheler, KCA Deutag; Jasper Goeting, Paragon Offshore, Bram Leerdam, Paragon Offshore; Julian Hall, Ensco; and Darren Rainnie, Ensco. Front row from left are Paul Ellis, Archer; Clive Tulleth, North Atlantic Drilling; Ian Paterson, Transocean; Pete Wilson, IADC NSC Chairman and Rowan Drilling; Bill Cairns, Diamond Offshore; and Patrick Gardiner, Diamond Offshore.

The IADC North Sea Chapter (NSC) recognized several companies for their safety performance on 20 April at the chapter’s Annual Safety Awards Ceremony in Aberdeen. The award for best safety performance in jackups went to Ensco (over 1 million mahours) and to North Atlantic Drilling (under 1 million manhours). Transocean was the winner in the category of floating rigs with over 1 million manhours and Diamond Offshore in the under 1 million manhours category. The winner for platform drilling was Odfjell Drilling...

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HSE&T Corner: OU study indicates potential for real-time eye tracking to improve driller’s situational awareness, decision making

Real-time eye tracking has the potential to be used on drilling rigs to track the situational awareness of drillers, Raj Kiran, a PhD candidate at the University of Oklahoma, said at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on 7 March. A test of the eye-tracking technology, conducted at OU’s virtual reality drilling simulator, found that it has strong potential applications on drilling rigs to track how decisions are made, as well as enable better decision making. During the test at OU, participants wore eye-tracking glasses while eye-tracking information was displayed on the left-most monitor in real time.

Situational awareness, or the lack thereof, can significantly impact an individual’s decision making and performance on a drilling rig. “You can make your system as robust as possible, but if someone performing their job isn’t aware or is missing some key cues, they can’t deliver successfully,” Raj Kiran, a PhD candidate in petroleum engineering at the University of Oklahoma (OU), said at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on 7 March...

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BSEE implements new quality assurance process for offshore energy operations


In an ongoing effort to increase responsible and efficient offshore energy operations, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has implemented a new quality assurance process for reviewing and assessing its permitting systems. The new process seeks to reflect on permits issued by the agency and helps inform best practices for offshore energy permitting...

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BSEE increases safety inspection time offshore


Beginning 1 April, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is increasing physical inspection time offshore, while reducing taxpayer burden by nearly $20 million over 3.5 years, providing significant cost-savings to the American public. Exploring ways to make inspections more efficient and reduce helicopter-operating expenses, a team of BSEE leaders in the Gulf of Mexico Region developed the new approach...

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IADC launches WellSharp Well Servicing accreditation program

Mr Venettozzi reviews the database of WellSharp Well Servicing test questions, as well as well servicing simulations, with Brooke Polk, IADC Director of Program Development and Technology.

To instigate a step-change in the prevention of well control events during well servicing operations, IADC is launching the WellSharp Well Servicing accreditation program to replace the legacy WellCAP Well Servicing program. The new program will go live on 1 April after more than two years in development. “By 1 April, training providers will stop teaching WellCAP Well Servicing,” Mark Denkowski, IADC VP of Accreditation Operations, said. So far, close to half of all training providers who are accredited under WellCAP have either already converted to or started the application process with WellSharp...

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HSE&T Corner: Interviewing front-line employees can help identify, eliminate system weaknesses before they manifest as human error

To identify and eliminate system weaknesses, companies should proactively interview front-line employees about incidents, Sandra Adkins, BP’s Global Wells Organization Safety Advisor for Human Performance, said. These employees are important sources of information because they work at the intersection of people, processes and the plant. Ms Adkins was speaking at the 2018 IADC Health, Safety Environment and Training Conference in Houston on 6 February.

Research shows that human error and nonconformance can account for up to 80% of incidents. Of that 80%, up to 70% of incidents can then be attributed to system weaknesses, or conditions that allow an error to occur, said Sandra Adkins, Global Wells Organization Safety Advisor for Human Performance at BP. That means only 30% are related to individual mistakes. And yet, most incident investigations rely on traditional methods, such as near-miss reporting and observation programs, that tend to focus on proximal causes, such as human error. They rarely delve into system weaknesses...

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Zinke announces changes to oil and gas inspection program


US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced a series of new initiatives to strengthen the federal offshore oil and gas inspection program. Secretary Zinke highlighted a risk-based inspection element and an increase in the amount of time allotted for physical inspection of offshore facilities as two of six initiatives that the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will institute before mid-2018. Secretary Zinke’s announcement at the 2018 CERAWeek conference coincides with the US offshore’s highest oil production year on record, totaling 629 million barrels during 2017...

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