Management: Getting to Grips with Human Factors in Drilling Operations

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Since the events at Montara in late 2009 and Macondo in 2010, the exploration and production industry has undergone a substantial change in culture and regulation. However, investigations still tend to focus on technological and managerial deficiencies rather than probing deeper into the causes of human error. Nonetheless, there is a growing desire to understand human and organizational factors that influence potential process safety incidents during drilling and completion operations.

The topic of human factors as a contributor to well-control incidents was first discussed in 1992 by Paul Sonneman at an International Association of Drilling Contractors well-control conference in Houston (Sonneman 1992). The subject subsequently received attention from the UK Health and Safety Executive (Wilson and Stanton 2004), which assessed five human factors techniques relating to offshore personnel in combination with interviews of key personnel. Both of these studies were preceded by a 1990 analysis of the effect of human factors in stuck-pipe incidents in the US Gulf of Mexico.

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Management: Getting to Grips with Human Factors in Drilling Operations

J.L. Thorogood, Drilling Global Consultant; K. Lauche, Radboud University; M. Crichton, People Factor Consultants; I. Pollard, Fairfield Energy; L.B. Hviid, Maersk Drilling; and B. Verweijen, Radboud University

01 April 2015

Volume: 67 | Issue: 4


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