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Important industry cultural shift to focus on underlying causes of incidents, not on individual blame

By Joshua Baethge, Contributor Not many oil and gas professionals can say they helped design the International Space Station (ISS), but Chris Parker can. In the mid-’90s, while working toward a Master’s degree in experimental psychology and human factors at the University of Dayton, he interned at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. One project he worked on was analyzing where to place handrails on the ISS. Mr Parker, who joined BP’s Global Wells Organization in 2018 as Human Performance Lead Adviser, helped the team at NASA to conduct simulations that took into account what the astronauts would need from the design in order to move equipment through different locations. “It was like a playground. It was incredible,” he recalled. ...

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On environmental stewardship, industry may need realignment

By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher The world’s energy system is heading for big changes, and the drilling industry must have a stronger voice in the public discourse around climate change and better position itself as part of the solution. This was the main takeaway from Shell’s keynote address at the IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference in September. And it’s a message that echoes other speeches and discussions that I’ve heard throughout this year. Drilling contractors and other oilfield service companies are increasingly being measured – by both their customers and the investor community – not just on financial and operational performance but also on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria. The European Investment Bank, for example, is apparently ...

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