Staying in the Zone: The cognitive components associated with offshore Drillers' Situation Awareness

Ruby C. Roberts, Rhona Flin, Jennifer Cleland

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Abstract

Situation Awareness (SA) issues are often identified as contributing factors to drilling incidents, most recently in the Deepwater Horizon blowout. Two studies aimed to identify the cognitive components required for offshore drillers to develop and maintain SA whilst controlling subsea hydrocarbon wells. In study one, critical incident interviews were conducted with 18 experienced drilling personnel. Transcripts were subjected to thematic analysis, producing a framework of cognitive processes that enable drillers to build up an understanding of what is happening in the well bore and surrounding environment, predicting how the situation may develop. In the second study, analysis of 24 hours of observations (in-vivo and video) from a high fidelity well control simulator suggest behaviors such as monitoring and crew sharing information contribute to the drillers' SA. The findings highlight the importance of SA for safe and effective performance in drilling and are being used to develop a cognitive task analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 58th Annual Meeting
Subtitle of host publication2014
PublisherHuman Factors an Ergonomics Society Inc.
Pages270-274
Number of pages5
Volume58
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9780945289456
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2014
Event58th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2014 - Chicago, United States
Duration: 27 Oct 201431 Oct 2014

Conference

Conference58th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2014
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period27/10/1431/10/14

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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Roberts, R. C., Flin, R., & Cleland, J. (2014). Staying in the Zone: The cognitive components associated with offshore Drillers' Situation Awareness. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 58th Annual Meeting : 2014 (1 ed., Vol. 58, pp. 270-274). Human Factors an Ergonomics Society Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1177/1541931214581056