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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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Hemmingsen: Well control must remain a priority for the industry, regardless of economic landscape

Maersk Drilling CEO Claus Hemmingsen urged companies to share their knowledge and experience with one another in order to improve safety for everyone. Mr Hemmingsen, who also serves as Group Vice CEO of A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, delivered the keynote speech at the 2016 IADC Well Control Europe Conference in Copenhagen on 19 October.

Although the downturn is forcing drilling contractors to stack rigs and make necessary budget cuts, the industry must maintain well control competence as a top priority, Claus Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling, said. Mr Hemmingsen, who also serves as Group Vice CEO of A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, gave a keynote address at the 2016 IADC Well Control Europe Conference in Copenhagen on 19 October. “We must take any opportunity we can to learn from each other and take advantage of the broader industry performance, including the mistakes that we make, to ensure that we will not repeat those mistakes and expose people, environment and economic interest to accidents,” Mr Hemmingsen said.

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Proactively using annular friction can enable safer, more efficient well control

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Historically, the effects of annular friction have largely been ignored in conventional well control operations, Paul Sonnemann, Vice President of Technology for SafeKick, said at the 2016 IADC Well Control Europe Conference in Copenhagen. However, new technologies, including real-time hydraulic flow models, make it possible to make use of annular friction to make well control operations more safe and efficient. In this video from the conference on 19 October, Mr Sonnemann explains why friction has largely been ignored to date and how annular friction can be utilized with conventional well control equipment to circulate out a kick. He also discusses the newly formed IADC Well Control Practices Subcommittee.

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Atwood’s Saltiel: Human factors often define success, failure in drilling industry

While often overlooked, human factors are critical to safe and successful execution of offshore drilling operations, Rob Saltiel, President and CEO of Atwood Oceanics, said at the 2016 IADC Human Factors Conference in Galveston, Texas, on 5 October.

Human factors have traditionally been overlooked in the drilling industry, but recognition is growing that human factors are critical to ensuring that employees complete their tasks safely and efficiently. “Clearly, our industry depends greatly on deep understanding of technical knowledge and rigorous adherence to operation procedures. Yet, more often than not, it is the human factors that define our success or failure in this industry,” Rob Saltiel, President and CEO, Atwood Oceanics, said at the 2016 IADC Human Factors Conference in Galveston, Texas, on 5 October.

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