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ART Committee commits to new work programs; survey shows surprising results

An audience survey at the 2015 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference, held 13-14 October in Amsterdam, showed that some attitudes toward automation are shifting significantly — and others are not. The annual automated-response system survey at this year’s event showed that the perception of industry’s greatest need has flipped 180 degrees. In booming 2014, the audience ranked “skilled manpower” number one, with 57% of the vote. Only 19% of respondents selected “higher levels of drill floor automation” — and this in an audience heavily weighted with automation technologists.

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New model can help identify leading indicators for system 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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Thorogood: Incident investigations must look beyond surface into human, organizational factors

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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