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HSE&T Corner: Human-centered design pushes reliability, safety for offshore drilling

Jose Gutierrez (right), Director of Technology and Innovation at Transocean, and Kevin Hoffman, Director of Engineering at MAYA Design, made a joint presentation at the 2016 OTC on 5 May in Houston. The presentation focused on how human-centered design can be used to guide design processes for the offshore drilling industry.

American anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, “What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.” As the drilling industry increasingly looks to the field of human factors to help improve safety and performance, this understanding will become a critical factor to success. At Transocean, the company is using the concept of human-centered design to guide the development of a new subsea-related technology. This design process recognizes the inherent unreliability of the human being but tries to improve human performance by changing its interaction with the environment.

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MPD allows for dynamic well control offshore

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When drilling offshore – particularly in deepwater – the distance between the BOP on the seafloor and the rig can potentially leave the riser, as well as the rig, exposed to kicks. “If, for example, an influx or a kick gets past the BOPs, it can travel up the riser. As it gets closer to atmospheric pressure, it can then unload at an exponential rate, causing danger to the personnel, the equipment and of course the environment,” said Guy Feasey, VP of Well Integrity at Weatherford. Managed pressure drilling (MPD) can account for these influxes. It can also provide drillers with additional options on how to deal with these influxes, aside from simply shutting in the BOP. Watch the video with Mr Feasey from the 2016 IADC World Drilling Conference in Lisbon to learn more about how MPD can enable dynamic well control.

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Drilling Systems pushes simulator, virtual reality technologies to improve rig crew training

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Advances in simulator and virtual reality technologies are helping the drilling industry to bring more life-like training environments to rig crews. At the 2016 IADC World Drilling Conference in Lisbon, Drilling Systems showcased several new simulator-based training technologies, including the On The Rig simulator and the virtual reality-based DrillSIM-5 3D. Watch the video with Drilling Systems CEO Ian Hudson to learn about how these new technologies can help improve crew training.

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Industry pushes crew competency through training rigs, simulated environments

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Drilling contractors are increasingly using applied training environments to deepen competency and better develop high-reliability organizations. At Precision Drilling, for example, a fully functional drilling rig is being dedicated to providing crews with hands-on training in ways that traditional classroom-based training can’t. The onshore drilling industry is also looking...

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BSEE turns focus to implementing Well Control Rule

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The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is reassuring the industry that it will have up to five years to comply with the more capital-intensive provisions of the Well Control Rule. In an interview with DC at the 2016 OTC in Houston on 4 May, Lars Herbst, Regional Director of the Gulf of Mexico for BSEE, said the agency is now working on implementing the rule...

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BP’s Looney: To remain competitive, costs must be lowered sustainably, not follow oil prices

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World energy demand is likely to increase by a third by 2035, according to BP’s forecasts. However, oil and gas will face increasing competition from alternative energy sources over the coming years, BP Chief Executive of Upstream Bernard Looney said at the 2016 OTC on 2 May in Houston...

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