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Forum for Dialogue – Fastener Coatings for Subsea Critical Equipment

October/November 2017

The objective of this Forum is for The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) to present recent subsea critical equipment fastener failures and discuss the use of electroplated zinc coatings for subsea critical equipment fasteners in the oil and gas industry. The open discussion with industry will help gain a better understanding of the functional behavior of zinc electroplated coatings with paint and allow for consideration of alternative coatings that may enhance the corrosion performance of the fasteners used for subsea critical equipment.

This safety initiative will emphasize the following key disciplines: materials, alternate coatings, paint, corrosion performance, best practices, and integrity engineering. The forum will also provide the opportunity for the public and stakeholders to technically discuss and evaluate alternate fastener coatings (metallic and non-metallic), such as zinc flake, tin zinc, zinc nickel, polymer, and paint for subsea critical equipment. BSEE believes this initiative will help determine if alternate coating technologies can reduce or eliminate the likelihood of subsea critical equipment fastener failures due to hydrogen embrittlement during offshore oil and gas operations.

Further information coming soon.

For more information contact Alanna Scheinerman at ascheinerman@tamu.edu, 979-845-5981

Past Forums –

Human Factors to Support Safer and Effective Offshore Energy Operations

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Double Tree Hotel-IAH
15747 JFK Boulevard
Houston, TX 77032

Since the Macondo incident in 2010, there have been many investigations to determine the root causes of this enormous personal, environmental, and economic disaster. Most of these investigations revealed that applying the science and practice of Human Factors and Ergonomics could have mitigated or prevented both this event and other potential incidents in this arena. OESI and HFES are collaborating to overcome the current gap by showing how Human Factors and Ergonomics science can be applied to create safer offshore energy operations.

Attendees were able to learn and take away:

1) Leading Human Factors Science

2) Examples of how this science has been turned into practice to improve safety

3) Guidance on how Human Factors practices can be justified to management when necessary (e.g., through ROI, standards, etc.)

Agenda can be found here

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For more information contact Alanna Scheinerman at ascheinerman@tamu.edu, 979-845-5981

2017 BSEE International Standards Workshop, hosted by OESI

Friday, May 5, 2017
Lloyd’s Register Training Center
15740 Park Row Dr, Ste 500
Houston, TX 77084

BSEE’s 2017 International Standards Workshop will be hosted by OESI at the Lloyd’s Register Training Center on May 5, 2017.  The theme of the workshop is Integrity Management.

The workshop topics include:

1) Integrity management of pipelines and risers, and

2) Fatigue assessment and Life Extension of Facilities and Mooring Systems.

Agenda can be found here

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For more information contact Alanna Scheinerman at ascheinerman@tamu.edu, 979-845-5981

Public Forum on Initial BSEE BAST EKD & MGD Technology Solutions

Monday, April 17, 2017
Doubletree at IAH
15747 John F Kennedy Blvd
Houston, TX 77032

OESI will support the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), as they announce their assessment and early findings for technology solutions related to ‘Early Kick Detection (EKD)’ and ‘Methane Gas Detection (MGD)’ to help safeguard against Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) safety issues. Use of cost effective BAST is required by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) to address significant safety issues on the OCS. This public forum provides an opportunity to review the BAST Determination Process (DP) and allow OCS stakeholders to hold discussions with the agency on this program.

Early Kick Detection (EKD) TIO announcement

Methane Gas Detection (MGD) TIO announcement

Agenda can be found here.

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For more information contact Alanna Scheinerman at ascheinerman@tamu.edu, 979-845-5981

Discussing Best Practices for Real Time Monitoring (RTM)

Monday, April 17, 2017
Doubletree at IAH
15747 John F Kennedy Blvd
Houston, TX 77032

OESI will host a discussion on an OESI Best Practice Document for Real Time Monitoring (RTM) of Offshore Well Construction. In 2016, new well-control rules were established (CFR § 250.724) whereby operators are required to provide RTM plans and capabilities for operations in the OCS. As written, the rule is performance based in nature providing industry with maximum flexibility to develop an RTM program tailored to their individual needs.  To provide additional clarity regarding these requirements and to demonstrate the agency’s intent to cooperate and collaborate with industry, BSEE has requested that OESI provide a collection of recommendations that are likely to satisfy the spirit of the rule without imposing undue burdens on operators or prescribing specific technologies or practices.

Best Practices for Real Time Monitoring of Offshore Well Construction pdf

Agenda can be found here

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For more information contact Alanna Scheinerman at ascheinerman@tamu.edu, 979-845-5981

Public Technology Assessment Program (TAP) Forum

Friday, February 17, 2017
Doubletree at IAH
15747 John F Kennedy Blvd
Houston, TX 77032

OESI will support the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), as they conduct their 2017 public review of representative Technology Assessment Program (TAP) projects. Operating through contracts with universities, private firms, and government laboratories to evaluate safety-related technologies, the TAP has administered nearly 900 research and development projects, since its inception. As part of the Emerging Technologies Branch, the Contract Support Section (CSS), the research support element of BSEE’s regulatory safety programs, ensures the necessary applied research and assesses offshore engineering technology for use in advancing BSEE’s regulatory objectives.

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Agenda

For more information contact Alanna Scheinerman at ascheinerman@tamu.edu, 979-845-5981

Focusing on Managing Drilling Margin and Well Control Risk, a Forum for Dialogue

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Schlumberger
3600 Briarpark Dr
Houston, TX

The Ocean Energy Safety Institute will facilitate dialogue between industry, academia, regulators, and non-governmental organizations in a Forum to discuss managing drilling margin and well control risk. The intent of this Forum is to stimulate dialogue among the ocean energy stakeholders. How do we continue to enable a common understanding and usage of drilling margin and well control terms and processes. What are the best practices in managing pressure while drilling? What new and emerging technologies are available to help manage margins and other risk-avoidance technologies. Additionally, we expect to have an open session with BSEE to further answer questions on the Well Control Rule. The product of this Forum will be proceedings that will include presentations, discussions, current and best practices, ideas and tasks to help continuously improve safer management of drilling margins and well control risk.

Agenda

For more information contact Alanna Scheinerman at ascheinerman@tamu.edu, 979-845-5981

Focusing on Alarm Management for Safer Offshore Operations, a Forum for Dialogue

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Maersk Training Facility
15882 Diplomatic Plaza Dr, Ste 100
Houston, TX 77032

The Ocean Energy Safety Institute will facilitate dialogue between industry, academia, regulators, and non-governmental organizations in a Forum to discuss alarm management in offshore operations. The intent of this Forum is to stimulate dialogue among the ocean energy stakeholders. We will take this opportunity to share and discuss Best Practices in the management of alarms for safer offshore operations. What process is used to manage the prioritization of alarms? How does the ocean energy industry deal with alarm flooding, alarm rationalization and other alarm issues? What are the best practices of other industries that have had to deal with alarm management issues? What research and future efforts are ongoing to help alarming to help increase situational awareness and proper decision-making offshore? In small group sessions, we will discuss alarm management metrics and discuss topics that could be included in a future development of an Alarm Management specification for the Ocean Energy industry. The product of this Forum will be proceedings that will include presentations, discussions, current and best practices, ideas and tasks to help continuously improve safer management of safety barriers, and a framework of ideas to help develop an Alarm Management specification.

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Agenda
For more information contact Alanna Scheinerman at ascheinerman@tamu.edu, 979-845-5981

Keeping a Focus on Barriers for Safer Offshore Operations, Forum for Dialogue

May 18, 2016
Michael J. Cemo Hall
The University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77004

The Ocean Energy Safety Institute will facilitate dialogue between industry, academia, regulators, and non-governmental organizations in a Forum to discuss barriers for safer offshore operations. The intent of this Forum is to stimulate dialogue among the ocean energy stakeholders. We will take this opportunity to share and discuss Best Practices in the management of barriers for safe offshore operations. How does leadership engage in the risk-based prioritization of barrier management, especially in this period of consolidations and workforce reductions? What process is utilized in the identification of the hazards for which barriers should be set against? What is the latest Academic research on Barrier Management? Where does BSEE’s ‘Risk-Based Inspection Program’ fit into Barrier Management? Breakout Groups will address areas of common interest from morning discussions. The product of this Forum will be proceedings that will include presentations, discussions, best practices and most importantly a list of ideas and tasks to help continuously improve safer management of safety barriers generated by focused dialogue.

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Agenda

For questions, please contact Amarette Renieri at 979-458-1863 or via email: arenieri@tamu.edu. You may also contact Stephanie Coates at 713-743-6530 or via email: sacoates@uh.edu.

Taking SEMS to the Next Level, Forum for Dialogue

July 29, 2015
Michael J. Cemo Hall
The University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77004

The Ocean Energy Safety Institute will facilitate dialogue between industry, academia, regulators, and non-governmental organizations in a Forum to discuss “Taking Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) to the Next Level”. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is looking for opportunities to ensure continuous improvement in the ability of SEMS to successfully manage known and new risks associated with offshore oil and gas activities. BSEE and the Industry are in search of ways to ensure that SEMS can be a regulatory tool as well as an operational management tool; to help further enable safe and environmentally responsible ocean energy operations. Attendees will interact with presenters and participate in facilitated discussion in order to share their thoughts and ideas on a ‘future SEMS’; what it could be, what it could include, ways it could be used.

Presenters and facilitators will include representatives from Industry, academia and the government who are experts in SEMS and most importantly, what SEMS can be in the future.

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Agenda

SEMS Forum Announcement

Human Factors Forum

March 10, 2015, Houston, TX
Even with continued improvements in engineering solutions and safety management systems; upstream incidents continue to occur in the offshore environment. Throughout the early OESI Forums, a key thread has been the need to discuss Human Factors in the offshore operating environment. The Ocean Energy Safety Institute will convene top industry, academic and research experts from various companies, universities and organizations in a Forum for Dialogue to discuss “Decreasing Ocean Energy Safety Incidents through Greater Incorporation of Human Factors and Human-Systems Integration”. We will discuss how Organizational Elements and Design Decisions can lead to incidents being decreased or mitigated. Attendees will interact with presenters and panels in order to share best practices, understand areas for further efforts and develop opportunities for additional research and collaboration. Panel members and presenters will include representatives from Human Factors and Human-Systems Integration organizations throughout Industry, Academia and the Government. Registration will include continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
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Agenda

Shallow Water Blowout Forum

March 11, 2015, Houston, TX
While drilling and operating in deep water carries obvious danger and risk; shallow-water drilling and operations are not without their own dangers and risk. With shallow-water drilling conducted in closer proximity to the shoreline, reactions to leading indicators become that much more critical. The Ocean Energy Safety Institute will convene top industry, academic and research experts from various companies, universities and organizations in a Forum for Dialogue to discuss “Maintaining a High-level of Focus and Increasing the Safety Culture in the Shallow Water Operating Environment”. We will discuss whether standards and safety barrier equipment (e.g. Blowout Preventers) should be modified for shallow-water operations and Industry efforts in addressing shallow-water blowouts. Attendees will interact with presenters and panels in order to share best practices, understand areas for further efforts and develop opportunities for additional research and collaboration. Panel members and presenters will include representatives from organizations throughout Industry, Academia and the Government. Registration will include continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

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Agenda

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