The US Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), which has been designated as the data repository for the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), has published its first report on “Blowout Prevention System Events and Equipment Component Failures.”
The 2016 report, which includes data required to be reported by the Well Control Rule, covers the period when the rule went into effect on 28 July to 31 December 2016.
Members of the RAPID-S53 IOGP/IADC BOP Reliability JIP met with BTS multiple times in 2017 in Houston and Washington, DC, to review and advise them on the publication of the 2016 report.
The report acknowledged the role of the JIP in working with the BTS to standardize the data collection format and subsequent efforts to improve data quality. It also notes that the JIP is continuing to work with the BTS to provide component population data to establish perspective of the component failures reported.
The RAPID-S53 JIP plans to continue working with the BTS to ensure the two data collection efforts are aligned and to assist them with the 2017 report.
More than 40 petroleum engineering students from the Missouri University of Science and Technology were treated to a rig visit on 11 October in South Texas, hosted by Patterson-UTI Energy. The students, whose school now boasts an IADC student chapter, were in San Antonio, Texas, for the 2017 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. They visited Patterson-UTI Rig 247, which was working for Gulftex. The visit was organized by Patterson-UTI Energy VP-Industry Relations Lannie Fladeland and IADC VP-Onshore Division Bob Warren.
The IADC Accreditation Division is working with industry and IADC Competence SME auditors to grow the Accreditation and Guidelines for Building a Competence Program.
A new accreditation handbook with enhanced requirements and new industry best practices is anticipated to be released in Q1 2018.
Competence assurance is a crucial part of the employee development process, said Brooke Polk, IADC Director of Program Development and Technology. Having competent employees helps to ensure the safety of employees, assets and the environment. Working to share strengths from the various programs will help raise the bar on competence across the industry.
Further, the ULL Student Chapter sent six students to complete helicopter underwater egress training (HUET) at the school’s Marine Survival Training Center on 5 October. All six students achieved their HUET certifications.
IADC President Jason McFarland visited Japan Drilling and Mantle Quest Japan in Tokyo in late August. Pictured are (from left) Shigeru Mitsuya, Representative Director and Vice President Executive Officer of Japan Drilling; Jason McFarland; Naoto Goto, General Manager – Safety & Environment Department for Japan Drilling; Erika Hashimoto, Chief – Marketing and Contracts Department for Japan Drilling; and Keith Kotval, Assistant General Manager – HSQE Department for Japan Drilling.