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Drilling HSE: Striving for Excellence


27 − 28 November 2012

Dubai, UAE | Amwaj Rotana Hotel

Technical Agenda

Tuesday, 27 November, 0845-0900

Workshop Opening by Keynote Speaker


Session 1: HSE Management (Breakout Session)

Session Chairs: Elie Daher, United Safety International; Muslim Al-Heleimi, NABORS Arabia

The purpose at the HSE management system is to provide a framework and tools to manage the health, safety, and environmental issues at our work place in order to meet higher standards of HSE performance and strive for ZERO harm to our employees, public, and environment.

The HSE management system has been primarily designed to bring together procedures, best practices, and standards that have been in place within the industries or the company for many years. The main objective in bringing them together is to create a manageable system within a cohesive framework, that can be audited by the regulatory authorities, our clients, and ourselves.

Bringing these standards, procedures, and practices within a manageable framework, gives the company a unique opportunity to update and revise them to reflect the continuously changing environment in which we work.

The responsibility for implementing the health, safety, and environment management system lies directly and individually with line managers, from the president through to every employee in the organisation. Looking at current statistics, we have seen in most places the curve flatten. This raises a question–is our HSE management implemented as it defined and effective?

In this session we will learn more about the elements of the HSE management system and the most effective way to implement this system in your organisation.


Session 2: Environment (Panel Session)

Session Chairs: Ali Al-Ahmari, Saudi Aramco; Ismail Mohamed Ahmed, BAPCO

Drilling activities have resulted in many environmental issues which made it crucial to operate with an awareness of the environment and a sense of responsibility for protecting it.

Over the last two decades, on one hand the pressure from various stakeholders including environmental regulators on oil companies has been intensifying to better manage their environmental issues. On the other hand, awareness of environmental issues has become more and more integral to thinking of the oil industry.

This session will focus on improvements in technology and procedures enabling industries to conduct many aspects of drilling operations in an efficient manner. We will also be exposed to the experiences and best practices of organisations in integrating environmental management in their overall day-to-day management.


Wednesday, 28 November, 0845-0900

Keynote Address


Session 3: Safety (Breakout Session)

Session Chairs: Abdulla Radhwan, ADC; Adel Al-Marzooqi, ADMA-OPCO; Jorge Pinal, Weatherford

Automation improves safety for the simple reason that it reduces the human interaction with heavy equipment and places them out of harm’s way.

During the drilling operations, particularly on the drill floor, where drill pipe, drill collars, casing, and tubing are traditionally muscled around the well centre, a moment of inattention can often become the root cause of a worker’s injury. For years, injuries and even lost lives could never be entirely eliminated but only mitigated through experience and elevated safety awareness.

During the past two decades, to improve production capacity economically; through technological innovation, several industries adopted different ways to accomplish these issues; one of the most effective industries has been automobile manufacturing adding robots/automation in sections on assembly lines. As those two main objectives were accomplished a consequence reduction of personnel out of harm’s way soon was also realised creating even further benefits, predictive time of production, and reducing cost even further.

Repetitive motion for long periods focusing on one task during the drilling process especially on the drill floor makes people complacent that demands extra attention when two or more people are working in a reduced space doing the same thing in order to control heavy tubulars in an unpredictable motion.

In this session, we will review the operations at the drill floor and the different steps to be taken mitigating the involvement of personnel with direct contact especially with the handling and placement of tubulars, through the different steps of the process.

  • Rig floor mechanisation
  • Understanding the integration process
  • Methodology of placing automated equipment on the drill floor
  • Training and steps to prevent confusion
  • Time taken by a machine to complete a task versus people
  • Repetitive motion and the change of mind of personnel waiting for the automated equipment finished sequence of the task
  • Basic understanding of logical steps of equipment
  • Troubleshooting steps
  • Work practice and working interface with automated tools.


Session 4: Health (Panel Session)

Session Chairs: Bakheet Al-Jesmi, ADMA-OPCO; Faisal Al-Ghamdi, Saudi Aramco

Most oil and gas companies believe in employees being the most valuable to the company. They strive for the excellence of this real value, the EMPLOYEES. Consequently, employees’ health becomes a key consideration for the business.

Employees’ health could be endangered from many contributing factors in drilling industries. For instance, sour gas, noise, radiation, etc. would severely impact the health of our employees.

In this session, we aim to help understand tactics and techniques in how to manage our employees’ health against known and extensively existing hazards during the drilling operation, and to recognise, evaluate, and control these health hazards. This workshop will also include analytical methods to detect the extent of worker exposure and employ engineering, work practice controls, and other methods to control potential health hazards.