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New model can help identify leading indicators for system failures

Dr Prasanna Tamilselvan, Senior Reliability Engineer at Bureau Veritas, speaks at the 2015 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Houston on 29 September. By following a methodology that includes data collection which analyzes past behaviors of a system, Dr Tamilselvan believes systems can avoid future failures.

The emerging field of prognostics and health management has been utilized to predict, and thereby prevent, failures in a number of industries, including aerospace and defense. “In oil and gas, we haven’t used prognostics and health management to predict the failures and to schedule the operation and maintenance activities based on failure predictions,” Dr Prasanna Tamilselvan, Senior Reliability Engineer at Bureau Veritas, said.

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Drilling Systems Automation Roadmap seeks JIP funding


The Drilling Systems Automation Roadmap initiative is seeking joint industry project (JIP) funding to accelerate delivery of its first major report. The initiative, launched in June 2013 and affiliated with IADC, SPE and AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International), details the development pathway that will be followed in automating the drilling process through a report that enables leaders to better understand the depth and breadth of drilling systems automation business opportunities.

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Danish safety regulator: One-door solution to help contractors focus on safety, not paperwork

Katrine Krone, Head of Section for the Danish Working Environment Authority, praised the industry for its impressive safety improvements over the past several years but noted that her ambition is to help the industry get to zero incidents.

Danish regulators want the drilling industry to deliver zero incidents while operating offshore Denmark, and they’re eager to help us get there. That’s why Denmark has set up its competent authority, which is being required by the EU Offshore Safety Directive, as a one-door solution. “Hopefully it means that you will submit your application for permit to operate in the Danish sector to the Offshore Safety Unit, and then we will make sure to collect the relevant approvals from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency,” Katrine Krone, Head of Section for the Danish Working Environment Authority, said to attendees of the 2015 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 24 September in Amsterdam. “That’s one way of trying to help you focus on safety instead of drowning in administration.”

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Recognize common cognitive biases to make the most out of incident investigations


Most companies conduct incident investigations to try to glean lessons learned and improve safety for the future. Yet, actual improvement resulting from incident investigation reports often falls short of the total potential for improvement due to cognitive biases. In this video, Julia Burggraaf, Product Manager for CGE Risk Management Solutions, explains the most commonly identified biases – outcome bias, hindsight bias and curse of knowledge – and how they influence incident investigations. Watch this video from the 2015 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference, held 23-24 September in Amsterdam, to learn how to spot these biases and what actions can be taken to mitigate the influence of these biases.

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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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