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Competency management for safety-critical roles key to reducing major drilling incidents

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When competencies are not appropriately identified and assigned to safety-critical roles, the probability of human error increases. Increased human error has shown to be a direct precursor to major incidents that happen during drilling operations. To reduce human error and to ensure safety-critical personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct their jobs, organizations need to develop and validate a comprehensive competency management system for these roles, according to Luis De La Fuente, Global Training Manager for Lloyd’s Register. Watch DC’s video with Mr De La Fuente from the 2017 IADC HSE&T Conference on 8 February in Houston for more information.

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Quintero: Industry should look to storytelling techniques to ensure lessons are learned from incidents

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Storytelling is a powerful device for helping humans to remember lessons learned. For ages, it’s a primary method of communication that humans have used for passing on knowledge and history. In the drilling industry, storytelling can play an important role, as well. In particular, companies can use this method to help employees retain lessons learned from incidents by linking the reasoning behind safe drilling procedures with real-life stories of tragic accidents that caused the need for such procedures. To learn more about this training method, watch DC’s video with Alan Quintero, Partner at Trenegy Inc, from the 2017 IADC HSE&T Conference on 8 February in Houston.

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IADC launches workgroup to develop advanced well control certification

One of the questions IADC’s enhanced well control workgroup is weighing is how much high-fidelity simulation should be required as part of the course. Mark Denkowski, IADC Executive Vice President of Operational Integrity pointed out that there are a limited number of facilities in the world that have top-of-the-line simulators. However, scenario-based exercises, if facilitated properly, can offer realistic training even without high-fidelity simulation equipment.

IADC has kicked off the development of a scenario-based well control certification that will cultivate both technical and human factors skills through interactive exercises and simulations. “The industry came to IADC with a recognized need for well control training that would build upon an individual’s WellSharp training,” said Brooke Polk, IADC Director of Program Development and Technology.

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Diamond Offshore training translates human factors to rig floor operations

Diamond Offshore’s Ocean Technology Center opened its doors in 2013. It is a simulation and training hub that houses drilling, crane and stability simulation packages.

“MUD WEIGHT GOING IN 14.3 WITH A 75 VIS!” screams the derrickhand from the intercom system. The driller and assistant driller look up from their trend screens at the pipe turning in the rotary. They have been drilling ahead for a couple of hours, and the conversation drifts from work to vacation plans for the next time they are home. They are interrupted as their floorhand – who has been difficult to deal with lately – bursts into the drill shack demanding to talk to them about why he didn’t get recommended for a promotion.

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New drilling float valve developed to improve operational safety

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Standard drilling float valves have allowed fluid flow to move across the sealing surface of wells, which can compromise the integrity of the sealing surface after prolonged use. To address this challenge Drilling Innovative Solutions launched the Sentinel Drilling Safety Float Valve. The new piece of drilling float equipment uses a flapper actuated ball valve technology to flow fluid through the flow tube without exposing it to the sealing surface. Watch the video with Sam Hawkins, Founder and Manager of New Products for Drilling Innovative Solutions to learn more.

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PSA updating barrier management guidelines to incorporate operational, organizational barriers

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Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) is updating its barrier management guidelines to include organizational and operational barriers, in additional to technical barriers. After PSA conducted studies and participated in a multinational audit on barrier management, the regulator concluded there is a need for a more systematic approach to barrier management. Such an approach is needed...

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