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Lessons from US Nuclear Navy to achieve zero incidents


The US Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP) has achieved more than 151 million manhours and 6500 reactor years of operations with zero nuclear accidents. This shows that zero incidents is possible, but only within a high-reliability industry. In this video from the 2015 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 23 September in Amsterdam, Owen Honors, Client Manager for Check-6, provides an overview of the NNPP and discusses potential lessons for the drilling industry.

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HSE&T Corner: From sage on the stage to guide on the side: Flipped classroom approach can turn well control training delivery into a more active learning experience

Speaking at the 2015 IADC Well Control Conference of the Americas on 25 August in Galveston, Texas, Michael Arnold with Intertek Industry Services explained how modern well control training should be designed according to adult learning theory, with the goal of creating a more active learning environment for students.

Traditional well control training has often employed a pedagogical approach in which an expert lectures students on his or her knowledge, creating a passive, rather than active, learning environment. “It places students in a submissive role that requires that students obey teachers, and it’s based on the assumption that students only need to know what the teacher tells them,” Michael Arnold, General Manager of Intertek Industry Services, said at the 2015 IADC Well Control Conference of the Americas in Galveston, Texas, on 25 August.

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Drillers’ Situation Awareness model identifies key cognitive skills needed to be a good driller


“Being a good driller is more than running equipment and drilling a hole. It is also having an accurate picture of what’s going on in the well and on the rig so you are able to make the right decision at the right time.” — Maersk Drilling OIM Considering the complex nature of a driller’s job, it may seem obvious that a good driller needs to have high-level awareness of the well, recognize the indicators of an escalating situation and be confident to take the decision to shut-in. Being a good driller is more than being technically competent. Yet, until recently, these vital thinking skills were not necessarily being trained or assessed across the drilling industry.

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