DRILLING GC
John Thorogood

Operational Control of Work

Deep Water and Exploration Drilling

 

Operational Control of Work

As a result of work on process safety and operational excellence, John observed that inconsistencies in the way operations are run and decisions made accounts for a significant level of under-performance.  Throughout the industry there is a lack of consensus and written procedures that define how wellsite operations should be carried out.  He has formalised these in a set of procedures that can be trained, practised and assessed.

The underlying processes necessary for the safe and efficient conduct of drilling operations, encompassing: expectations of leadership and operational discipline, the conduct of routine operations, including: written work instructions and use of check lists, operational management of risk, including: use of risk registers and well barrier verification, communications and well monitoring procedures, reacting to and managing change in real time and accountabilities and levels of technical authority.  These are essential team competencies that must be demonstrated prior to commencing operations.