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Audio interview: Machine learning tools facilitate remote BOP monitoring

In mid-May, Aquila Engineering completed a pilot project on a remote BOP third-party verification system with an operator in the Gulf of Mexico. The system builds upon the company’s real-time BOP monitoring technology, which utilizes machine learning tools like dynamic fault tree analysis to enable real-time monitoring of an offshore BOP...

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Petrobras takes human factors approach to improve safety and performance in deepwater drilling

Two rigs working on complex pre-salt project go from bottom to top in performance by dumping blame/punish culture and adopting learn/improve culture By José Carlos Bruno, Petrobras This article discusses the evolution of the safety and operational performance of two ultra-deepwater drillships owned and operated by Seadrill and working for Petrobras over four years, from February 2015 to February 2019, and how the systematic application of human factors concepts and tools helped to create a much safer environment and an outstanding operational performance improvement. In 2014, Petrobras entered into a consortium with four other major oil and gas corporations to constitute a joint project team (JPT). The objective was to develop one of the world’s most significant fully integrated ultra-deepwater ...

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Why people don’t see hazards: a human performance perspective

Understanding hindsight bias can help organizations to make necessary changes to investigation process, training for leaders and HSE professionals By Marcin Nazaruk, Baker Hughes “Failure to recognize the hazard” is commonly listed as a root cause in incident investigations in the oil and gas industry. Investigators, leaders and safety professionals often ask, “Why didn’t they see what was going to happen?” or “How could they have not recognized the hazard? It was obvious that it would lead to X.” The answer appears to be simple: complacency, laziness and not paying attention. Workers just did not try hard enough, and they must not have followed procedures or conducted a good risk assessment. How, then, do we prevent the reoccurrence of similar ...

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Industry group develops recommended practice to standardize guidance for integrating human performance into organizations

By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor Standardization has become a focal point for many aspects of drilling in recent years, and human performance is no different. While companies have generally embraced the concept of human performance in their workflows, the introduction of standardized guidance in this space may go a long way in bolstering industry performance. Following the Human Performance in Well Control Workshop in March 2019, hosted by IADC in collaboration with several member companies, a group of human performance experts has been developing a recommended practice (RP) that provides a roadmap for integrating human performance into organizations. In July 2019, the WellsInMind Workgroup was established to examine this topic, and the Human Performance in Oil and Gas (HPOG) initiative ...

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A decade since Macondo, industry remains committed to better safety

Notable advances have been made across the industry in well control training, safety culture, cooperation with regulators, and source control and containment By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor The blowout of the Macondo well in the US Gulf of Mexico in 2010 had a profound impact on the oil and gas industry that is still being felt a decade later. The industry has made significant strides in safety culture since then, with operators, drilling contractors and regulatory bodies all striving toward a world where an incident like this never happens again. “We’ve drawn on the best minds in industry and government to build a multilayer system with many built-in redundancies to help prevent incidents. The industry is better prepared than ever ...

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