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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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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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