TOPICS OF INTEREST
Real-Time Analytics Improves Process Safety in a Drilling-Contractor Operations Center
This paper explains how an ultradeepwater drilling contractor is applying real-time analytics and machine learning to leverage its real-time operations center to improve process safety and performance.
Shift-Work Fatigue in the Petroleum Industry: A Proactive Countermeasure Using Light Cues
This paper presents a scientific method for reducing fatigue risks in oil and gas organizations that operate a slowly rotating shift schedule.
Technical Report Lays Out Path to Zero Harm and Beyond
Getting to Zero and Beyond: The Path Forward, sets the stage for continuing the discussion across the industry of the essential steps the industry must take to sustain zero harm.
Evidence That a Burning Oil Well Can Sometimes Be the Best Option
Well fires look all consuming, but proving they burn all the oil without leaving a spill behind required the efforts of Boots Coots plus a rocket scientist and a lot of high powered computer equipment.
Official: Lack of Industry Knowledge Hampered EPA Study on Hydraulic Fracturing and Drinking Water
A professor who the EPA charged with reviewing its 2016 study on hydraulic fracturing’s possible drinking water impacts shared her observations on the flawed process that led to the agency’s final conclusion.
Previously Undetected Fracture-Induced Tremors Could Foreshadow Larger Quakes
Stanford geoscientists have found a way to detect thousands of tiny tremors around hydraulic fracturing operations that could serve as predictors of eventual larger earthquakes.
Robot Removes Operators From Extreme Environments
Robots have the potential to move human operators away from uncomfortable, potentially risky environments and into comfortable, safe control rooms.
Safety: It’s All About Us—The Human Factors Behind the Statistics
Adopting a robust set of Life-Saving Rules can reduce fatalities and lost-time injuries.
Induced Earthquakes in Oklahoma Dropping, But Not off the Radar
Top US seismic experts say they are keeping a watchful eye on ground shaking in the state as new concerns are raised in neighboring Texas.
Schlumberger: New Automated Hydraulic Fracturing Tech Trims Time and Workforce Requirements
A new spread of stimulation equipment from the world’s largest service company demonstrates the latest significant step to creating a more automated oilfield.
Passive-Fire-Protection Optimization in Offshore Topside Structures
Applying sufficient passive fire protection (PFP) on topside structural-steel members is critical. Simplified and conservative approaches are available to estimate the extent and amount of PFP necessary.
In-Service Hull Inspections for Avoiding Dry Docking Safely
Current methods for external inspection of floating assets on station use divers or remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), but these methods incur high safety, people-on-board (POB), and cost penalties. New methods to eliminate diving are being developed.
Assessing the Processes, Tools, and Value of Sharing and Learning From Offshore E&P Safety-Related Data
With the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement as a cochair of the steering committee, SPE held a 2-day summit in April to discuss the development and implementation of an industrywide safety-data sharing framework.
Plume Modeling Establishes Efficacy, Safety of Gas Extraction From Lake Kivu, Rwanda
A floating gas-extraction facility was constructed to extract gas-laden water, separate the CH4 and some of the CO2, and reinject the degassed water, thus increasing the safety of the lake and simultaneously providing CH4.
A New Reality for Training and Safety Technology
Virtual reality technology has become a powerful training tool for companies looking to recreate real-life, on-the-job oil industry scenarios.
A Novel Integrity-Assurance Approach for Qualification of Subsea Technologies
The deepwater industry uses technology qualification (TQ) as a tool to determine which safety barriers are needed, and what level of testing is required. Even without failure data from the field, a method has been developed to quantify the integrity of various components.
Operational Risk: Stepping Beyond Bow Ties
This paper presents a multiple-physical-barrier (MPB) approach to operational risk management by focusing on physical barriers and success paths that enable each barrier to perform its safety functions.
New Optical Gas-Imaging Technology for Quantifying Fugitive-Emission Rates
Optical gas-imaging is effective for visual identification of volatile organic compound (VOC) leaks. But it doesn't currently quantify the leak rate as required by regulations. This paper discusses work aimed at adding that quantification.
The Influence of Communication About Safety Measures on Risk-Taking Behavior
Risk-taking behavior is an important contributing human factor to incidents and is notoriously difficult to influence. This study examined how safety measures and uncertainty affected the risk-taking behavior of participants.
Service Company Explores Pathways To Make Driving Inherently Safer
This paper explores whether factors other than the driver can be influenced to increase overall driving safety. This is an application of the risk management approach of using fundamental design and layout to reducing the likelihood and severity of incidents.
How the Petroleum Industry Can Learn From the Ebola Crisis of 2014
This paper reviews the Ebola outbreak from the viewpoint of an onshore and offshore petroleum operator, providing insight into the real threats the outbreak, and providing lessons learnt for industry operations elsewhere.
Creating a Safety Culture: What It Is and How To Get There
Safety culture can be distilled into nine characteristics predictive of safety outcomes. To improve safety performance and create lasting change in organizational culture, leaders can focus on developing 10 safety-specific leadership capabilities.
A New Reality for Training and Safety Technology
At OTC in Houston this year many exhibitors used virtual reality (VR) headsets to engage with attendees. The unique visual and immersive qualities that make these devices great marketing tools are also what some in the oil and gas industry say make them powerful training tools.
BOPs Become the Focus of Data-Driven Scrutiny
Well control is built around huge steel machines, but the future of the business is digital. Data have become a critical asset as operators and service companies work to increase the safety and reliability of their products and operations.
Guest Editorial: Changing How We Manage HSE: Getting to Zero
For the more than 7 billion people on our planet, every measure of quality of life, from gross domestic product per capita and infant mortality, to education levels and access to clean water, is correlated to the consumption of modern fuels, including oil and gas.
From Air to Sea: Introducing Crew Resource Management to the Offshore Industry
Despite a number of recent and high-profile jetliner crashes, commercial aviation has entered into a new era of safety. There is a lot the oil and gas industry can learn from their success.
Management: Getting to Grips with Human Factors in Drilling Operations
Looking after the human factors in daily operations is good business because it increases employee safety and improves work performance.
A Plant Simulator To Enhance the Process Safety of Industrial Operators
The paper presents and discusses a solution for immersive training of industrial operators that allows experiencing the multifaceted scenarios of real-plant operations.
Program Ranks Musculoskeletal Risk of Operating Valves in Process Industries
Every process plant presents a high number and diversity of valves that control the flow of feedstock, products, and service liquids and gases.
Group To Examine Potential Health Effects From Producing Unconventional Resources
Unconventional resources offer many substantial benefits, yet the rapid increase in production of these resources using hydraulic fracturing has generated scrutiny by some policymakers and advocates who cite health concerns.
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