Wild Well Talks Training, Competency at SPE Workshop in Dubai
In addition to being a gold sponsor at the Feb. 17-18 SPE Workshop in Dubai, UAE, Wild Well will chair two sessions and present an examination of the ever-increasing importance of competency assessments.
Moving toward improved well control is the subject of the SPE Workshop; a considerable focus of the 2-day event will be on one of the most unpredictable elements of drilling operations: the human factor.
It is estimated that 85% of the blowouts in the last 10 years have been a direct result of poor operational protocols – a lack of well control fundamentals. Providing better management of the human aspect through an improved competency assessment system would reduce well control incidents, saving operators time and money.
Discussing the relationship between well control training and competency, Wild Well International Training Manager David Cargill, a training solutions expert with more than 15 years of experience, says he looks forward to sharing his industry knowledge in relation to training and the need for an improved assessment of competency both in the field and in the classroom.
“The current accountability for competency assessment does not extend much further than the classroom,” says Cargill. “We keep track of training certifications, so why shouldn't we also keep track of competency?”
Making use of current technology would facilitate improved competency, says Cargill, by developing smart phone apps that could provide individuals with interim training opportunities to bolster retention rates during the 2-year period between certification requirements.
But accountability for competency should not be placed solely on operators and individual crew members, says Cargill. As an industry, we must ensure root-level competency by beginning with the well control training programs and their instructors.
Keeping track of core competencies – such as knowledge, skills, technology, abilities, and values/behavior – and determining areas for improvement can be facilitated with the use of a learning management system.
The Wild Well Training Department continues to honor its presence in the Middle East with the offering of a variety of well control courses, including an extended duration Drilling course, which includes a special format stuck pipe module, at its facility in Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, Wild Well's modern training facility in Dubai, UAE, ensures that the training needs of operators in the MENA region are covered.
Visit SPE for details on the workshop.