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Drilling It Safely

IADC engages in multitude of initiatives to catalyze improved performance for the global drilling industry

IADC President/CEO Stephen Colville speaks at the 2015 HSE&T Conference, held 3-4 February in Houston. Despite tough market conditions this year, Mr Colville has kept IADC’s focus on initiatives that will serve to catalyze improved performance for the drilling industry.

2015 marked the 75th anniversary of IADC. Over this time, our members have experienced the inevitable ebbs and flows of the global oil and gas industry. But this year has been as testing as any we have known – low oil prices and high operational costs have led to drastic reduction in rig counts globally both onshore and offshore.

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HSE&T Corner: Learning from the fast lane: Formula One improves safety by putting it second to none

Fatalities over two consecutive days in 1994 changed Formula One forever. The fatalities – including the death of famed Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna – became a moment of clarity for F1. Immediately following those incidents, F1 and its regulator established the Safety Working Group, and it was decided to innovate F1 to zero fatalities, Mark Gallagher said at the 2015 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 24 September. Mr Gallagher is the author of “The Business of Winning: Strategic Success from the Formula One Track to the Boardroom.”

Auto racing is an inherently risky activity, and for the first 45 years of Formula One (F1), that risk was reflected strongly and plainly in the number of fatalities that occurred: 43 driver deaths from 1950 to 1994. Then, on 1 May 1994, everything changed, said Mark Gallagher, author of “The Business of Winning: Strategic Success from the Formula One Track to the Boardroom.”

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The theme is extreme at 11 November DEC Tech Forum


The IADC Drilling Engineers Committee (DEC) will hold “Extreme Drilling,” the group’s Q4 Technology Forum, on 11 November in Houston. The DEC is led by Chairman Keith Lynch, ConocoPhillips. Presentations at the technology forum include: Remotely Operated Cementing Methods for Drilling with Liner Installations, Steve Rosenberg, Weatherford; Drilling Motors for 300C Geothermal Wells, Dave Epplin, Baker Hughes; Drilling & Completion Challenges from an Ongoing Central North Sea HPHT Field Development, Bill Burch, Mercury Well Control; Aluminum Alloy Enhanced Drill String Enables Small Rig to Reach KOP in the Marcellus, Saving Operator $500k, Jeff Lehner, Alcoa Energy Systems; Overview of "Driller's Knowledge Book," Juan Garcia, Worldwide Drilling Manager, ExxonMobil emeritus; and Sakhalin ERD Challenges, Mike Walker, ExxonMobil.

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Thorogood: Incident investigations must look beyond surface into human, organizational factors

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The industry tends to stop accident investigations before true root causes have been revealed, John Thorogood, Drilling Engineering Advisor for Drilling Global Consultant, said at the 2015 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference in Amsterdam on 23 September. In this video interview conducted at the conference, Mr Thorogood urges the industry to go beyond loose descriptors such as complacent or incompetent that put the blame on individual employees and instead look further at human and organizational factors around an incident. Click below to view the video.

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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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