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Human factors integration puts spotlight on context first, the individual second

By Sarah Junek, Associate Editor Human performance is an outcome of what someone does, which is influenced by not just one human factor but many. An integration of the factors of human error – plant, process and people – will determine a particular outcome. Equipment might have a good/bad design feature, a procedure might not be explained or hidden in a manual that is too thick, and fatigue or organizational culture might influence the final result. Every situation and job site is different, so it’s important to look at how human factors can be integrated and determine how they influence each other in a particular decision, Sandra Adkins, Global Wells Organization Safety Advisor for Human Performance at BP, said at ...

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Threat response drills developed to focus equally on preventive risk assessments, reactive mitigations

In new approach to managing process safety risks related to well control, BHGE zeroes in on crew capability to recognize, respond to specific threat scenarios By Matthew Novia and Terrance Sookdeo, Baker Hughes, a GE Company Blowouts are the most catastrophic operational risk facing the upstream oil and gas industry, with potentially disastrous consequences to personnel, equipment and the environment. A single incident also can have severe long-term legal and financial ramifications. According to the SINTEF Offshore Blowout Database, 56% of all blowouts in the US Gulf of Mexico and North Sea between 1980 and 2014 occurred while drilling exploration or development wells. The remainder of the events – more than four of every 10 – happened during completion, workover, wireline, ...

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Better training and HSE, growth of student chapters among key IADC goals for 2019

By Kevin Neveu, 2019 IADC Chairman As a long-time member of the IADC, I am proud and honored to serve as the association’s Chairman for 2019. IADC has a long history of serving as the space where members of the drilling industry can come together to identify common problems and solve them in a way that promotes our long-term success. This year, I plan to continue this legacy with a focus on safety and training and enticing the next generation of drillers to join our industry. It’s well established that our industry is volatile and cyclical, but I have always believed that if you work hard and deliver results, you can be successful. My career, and that of so many ...

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Safety, rig equipment maintenance must go hand in hand

By Gus Caldera, Ingersoll Rand In oil and gas operations, safety should be of the utmost importance. Particularly in the onshore drilling market, activity levels can change rapidly. According to the Baker Hughes North America Rotary Rig Count, there were 520 land rigs operating in North America in March 2016. Today, that number has surpassed 1,100. The industry must ensure that its emphasis on safety grows as quickly as the number of working rigs. In the fast-paced North American land market, speed and efficiency are vitally important. However, a pure focus on speed could lead to incidents and downtime later that could impact operations much more significantly in the long run. Safe onshore rig practices go along with operational efficiency and ...

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Leadership, proper decision making essential to ensuring human performance in barrier management

Organizations must engage their employees and encourage open communication on all viewpoints to assess full risk picture By Tove Spjfeld and Rune Mesel, Odfjell Drilling Although every company says that their human resources are their most valuable asset, some do not always act according to this statement. This article highlights one area with potential for improvement. Barrier management involves managing, controlling and handling all aspects of health, safety and the environment via a systematic and continuous approach. It is easy to think of barriers as technical solutions to eliminate operational risks or minimize them to an acceptable level. Technical and operational barriers might be the easiest to implement. However, unless the personnel involved have a comprehensive understanding of why barriers are ...

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Lump-sum turnkey contracts align cost, risk on new technologies, allow faster deployment, field tests

Such a business model accelerates technology development and adoption by allowing the service company to select which technologies to use in wellbore By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Kyel Hodenfield is President of Integrated Drilling Services (IDS) for Schlumberger. What are the biggest challenges that you see for the global drilling industry? The total cost of drilling and safety of personnel continue to be the top two challenges as we aim to drill safe, compliant wells and lower the cost per foot drilled. For drilling costs, the industry has made several advances with super-spec AC/VFD rigs, rotary steerable tools, high-torque motors and 3D diamond element cutters. Nonetheless, depleted low-pressure zones still pose two technical challenges: drilling fluid losses and inconsistent-quality primary cement ...

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