Technical and Organisational Reviews
With publications in many aspects of drilling engineering operations, combined with a wide knowledge of the literature from 25+ years of peer reviewing papers for publication, John can undertake technical reviews of a wide range of technical problems across the well engineering discipline. He focuses on the logic and detail of the work under consideration, looking for consistency and flushing out assumptions to test the reasoning behind conclusions and recommendations. A number of his observations were incorporated into the US Chemical Safety Board’s Volume 3 (Human Factors) Report on the Macondo accident.
Organisational failures can have terrible human consequences in addition to any environmental of financial costs. John has undertaken several reviews of engineering and operations teams where technical problems or operational performance was in question. One review lead to a recommendation that operations should be re-scheduled to create time necessary for effective re-planning. On another occasion, a lack of effective operational control and deep seated human factors was identified as the cause of a series of major non-productive time events.