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Human Performance in Well Control Workshop Held

A “Human Performance in Well Control Workshop” was recently coordinated by IADC in conjunction with the SPE/IADC 2019 International Drilling Conference in The Hague, Netherlands.  About 50 human factors, well control and HSE professionals attended the invitational event.

The event featured sessions on the foundation principles of human performance, the importance of cross company collaboration, and applications and tools available to the industry.  Presentations were made by Shell, BP, IADC, Chevron, KCA Deutag, Aramco Overseas, Maersk Drilling and Baker Hughes/GE.

In the interactive exercise which concluded the workshop, participants were asked to list and then rank their ideas for improving human performance at individual, company, and industry levels.  Almost half of the workshop attendees identified a pressing need for a single, overall standard document focused on human performance.  Such a document would include definitions, awareness, training, requirements, tools for investigation, workload, and design with a view to reducing human error in industry and sufficient oversight

Other suggestions included funding and resources an industry organization focused on human performance in addition to following efforts already underway by major operators,  IADC and IOGP. Members of the organizing committee are continuing to meeting to discuss how to best follow up to the workshop.

The event was sponsored by BP, Shell, Total and Baker Hughes/GE.  The workshop had originally been proposed by Shell during the June 2018 Board meeting of the Well Control Institute, an organization focusing on well control under the auspices of IADC.

For more information, contact Steve Kropla at Steve.Kropla@iadc.org.