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IADC developing guidelines for alarm management on rigs

At Maersk Training’s facility in Houston, simulator-based exercises incorporate practicing proper responses to alarms on a rig. Drillers, in particular, must deal with a high volume of alarms in their job, potentially making them susceptible to alarm blindness. This happens when users are inundated with so many alarms that they do not pay attention to the root cause of the alarms. Through the new alarm management guidelines, the IADC Drilling Control Systems Subcommittee aims to help drilling contractors assess alarm functionality, prioritization and management of change.

The IADC Drilling Control Systems (DCS) Subcommittee under the Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee is developing a set of alarm management guidelines for the drilling industry. “We are suggesting that drilling contractors, land and offshore, have an alarm philosophy in place that is appropriate for the drilling control systems and inventory on their rigs,” said Christopher Goetz, Partner at Kingston Systems. Mr Goetz is on a working group of subcommittee members leading the development of the guidelines.

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