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Kenny Baker, Cactus Drilling: Safety starts with leadership demonstrating that they care about every individual on the rig

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By Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor Many people first set foot on a rig site after they land their first job in the drilling industry. However, Kenny Baker, a Drilling Superintendent with Cactus Drilling, has been visiting rig sites since he learned to walk as a toddler. “My dad was in the oilfield for as long as I can remember,” he said. “We’d go out and check rigs with him when he was a drilling superintendent. We got to hang out with all of my dad’s co-workers from the oilfield. There would be different things that crews would do together, like go float the river. We always kind of looked up to the roughnecks.” After graduating high school in Rush ...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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