'Ground Breaking' Project Looks to Address Risks Posed by Human Behavior



'Ground Breaking' Project Looks to Address Risks Posed by Human Behavior
The safety and predictability of offshore operations could be 'greatly improved' by a new project that seeks to address the risks posed by human behaviors in the oil and gas industry, according to the OGTC.

The safety and predictability of offshore operations could be “greatly improved” by a new project that seeks to address the risks posed by human behaviors in the oil and gas industry, according to the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC).

The project, which is supported by the OGTC in partnership with Premier Oil and OPEX Group, will use predictive technologies, data science and psychology to help organizations understand their unique ‘behavioral DNA’ and gain a clearer picture of the levels of behavioral risk across their workforces and operations.

“Advances in digital technology present a significant opportunity to improve the safety of operations offshore,” Stephen Ashley, OGTC digital transformation solution centre manager, said in an organization statement.

“We’ve seen predictive analytics and data science deliver improvements in production and efficiency, and we want to achieve even greater gains for safety. We look forward to working with OPEX and Premier on this exciting project,” he added.

Jamie Bennett, CEO of OPEX Group, said the task of proactively managing human risk remains one of the “greatest challenges” facing the oil and gas industry today. 

“Research shows that human errors contribute to as many as 90 percent of incidents,” Bennett said in a company statement.

“Current approaches to understand safety behaviors rely on surveys that give us an insight into what employees think and feel. The piece of the puzzle that is missing, a blindspot, is an understanding of how these individuals are going to act and behave, and the impact those behaviors will have on offshore operations,” he added.

“Through this project we will use predictive technologies and data science to analyze behavioral insights gained from core crews and correlate it to vast amounts of historic incident data from Premier’s offshore assets,” Bennett continued.

Industry body Oil & Gas UK described the project as “ground-breaking” on Twitter.

The OGTC was established in October 2016 with $240 million (GBP 180 million) funding as part of the Aberdeen City Region Deal. It is a not-for-profit, industry-led, technology research and development organization based in Aberdeen.

Earlier this year, the OGTC revealed the first cohort of successful applicants for its TechX Pioneer accelerator program, which aims to help smaller technology developers take their solutions to the oil and gas market faster.

Ten technology start-ups were chosen, offering projects such as microchip laboratories, zipped pipelines, and cheaper LNG alternatives.



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Sarah Acton  |  June 11, 2018
What are you predicting, exactly? The probability of a human making a mistake is always 1. We shouldn't focus on predicting human behavior, which is Yes!, the human will make mistakes always and in the most bizarre and creative ways. Instead, we should make our systems resilient enough so that when the human does make a mistake, it doesn't crash the system. We should be looking at replacing terrible design full of error traps with user-centered controls and displays. We should back off on time pressure to "get 'er done" without enough time to train and set up our employees for success. We should stop counting the human (procedure, training) as a barrier to a major hazard event.
Mike Boer  |  May 30, 2018
Good news for the industry - I have observed a huge decline in Safety offshore over the last few years. There are several reasons but my main concern is the focus on "FLBM" and Competency Based Learning - this can be effective if related to the required training but very wasteful if used to tick boxes for the company and Training Department. Majority of training currently is of NO Value and a massive waste of time - often taking workers away from their core work and opportunities to learn the process they should be familiar with to make them, their colleagues and the company safe.