Andrew Lucas and Joshua Cross of AOS, attended the 2011 APPEA National Oil & Gas Safety Conference at Burswood Convention Centre in Perth. The conference drew approximately 300 representatives from the industry, government and other organisations. Opened by the Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP, Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Tourism, the keynote speaker was Professor Patrick Hudson, of Leiden and Delft universities of The Netherlands.
Professor Hudson, one of the world’s leading authorities on the human factor in the management of safety in the oil and gas industry, in commercial aviation and in medicine, gave a very thought-provoking presentation. He drew attention to the recent accidents such as BP’s Macondo disaster and the previous Texas city disaster suggest that current thinking about safety is inadequate. He highlighted the need to move from linear and deterministic thinking to non-linear and non-deterministic models to achieve the safety levels now expected by regulators.
Winner of both the 2011 APPEA Safety Innovation Award and ‘Industry Choice Award’ was WorleyParsons: "A Complete Diverless Solution for Marine Monitoring". The solution highlighted the benefits of unmanned systems in dull and potentially dangerous environments. It further indicated the industries interest in such solutions that can provide increased safety as well as greater accuracy and availability.
Almost every speaker mentioned both the Macondo and Montara disasters. One particular presentation sought to use the information gathered from these disasters in a slightly different, and more proactive, way. David John, Deputy CEO, PTTEP Australasia and Philip Askew, Principal, Schlumberger Business Consulting Asia, spoke of a method by which the ‘lessons learnt’ from major disasters could be applied real-time to production. Their method involved monitoring the barriers to failure identified in all major incident reports. Operators and management could then act if any barrier became compromised before failures could propagate.
The conference was very informative to the AOS attendees, providing useful insight into the thoughts of users as to how the AOS Intelligent Watchdog should work as well as the current state of regulation.