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Shale gas panel: Industry must engage, educate public to win trust

Posted on 11 April 2013 in Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News

In the discussion of the environmental impact of shale gas development, the word “impact” has become more of a reference…

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Vantage Drilling charts path toward offshore personnel competency

Posted on 10 April 2013 in Drilling It Safely, News

If it’s not yet clear from the increasing number of discussions that drilling professionals are having about competency…

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Smooth Operators: Personal, process safety should go hand in hand

Posted on 10 April 2013 in Drilling It Safely, News

A group of HSE professionals calling themselves the “Smooth Operators” are meeting quarterly to discuss common…

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Petronas Carigali competency program takes outcome-based approach to training

Posted on 10 April 2013 in Drilling It Safely, News

Petronas Carigali is collaborating with industry service providers, including Halliburton and In Step, on a new…

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IADC pushes forward on KSA project, calls for more industry participation

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

The IADC Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) project is well under way and headed toward completion later this year, with worldwide mapping of competence-based models already completed, Dr Brenda Kelly, IADC senior director of program development, said at the 2013 IADC HSE & Training Conference in Houston on 6 February. The work continues to focus on rig-based positions, Dr Kelly said, “but ultimately there is that vision on expanding to other third-party personnel who will be…

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Accident precursor program under development to prevent major hazards

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, March/April

It is rare for a major catastrophe to occur in isolation. Typically, major accidents are not caused by a single failure but by multiple failures occurring in sequence…

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Improving well control calls for continuous evaluation of barriers

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, March/April

Traditional well control training teaches critical skills needed to recognize and prevent wellbore influx, such as recognizing pore pressure fluctuations…

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Emergency response: Industry builds an equipped community

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, March/April

Breakthroughs in exploration technologies have opened up opportunities of historic proportions, but they have also brought new liabilities and…

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Accelerated development program focuses on entry-level drilling staff

Posted on 15 March 2013 in Drilling It Safely, News

PetroSkills has launched the Drilling Operations Accelerated Development Program, initially focusing on entry-level staff…

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Autonomous robotic drilling, man-machine interface remove people from drill floor

Posted on 07 March 2013 in Drilling It Safely, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling

In the realm of automation, the best potential for enhanced HSE and cost savings will be achieved through multiple robotic machines that are able to act as independent units or as a stand-alone machine, Kenneth Søndervik, Robotic Drilling Systems, said at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference & Exhibition this week in Amsterdam. In presenting SPE/IADC 163466, Mr Søndervik said that he envisions autonomous robotic drilling completely removing people from the drill floor. A test rig running the company’s robotic system in Stavanger, Norway, has demonstrated fully autonomous tripping. While “one…

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