The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement will hold a workshop on the issue on July 29 in Houston aimed at getting ideas for how to strengthen the safety and environmental management systems required of companies operating offshore.
Increasing computerization and automation offshore open up the possibility of dangerous disruptions, driven by errant software updates and plugged-in flash drives. One incident has already taken place.
The two were controlling one of the many simulations at the conference that allows attendees to step off the conference floor and into some of the most technical jobs in the oil industry, ranging from the driver’s seat of a drilling to positioning a massive platform at sea.
Manufacturers of automated drilling and down-hole equipment, sensors and oil field monitoring devices say they’re getting more equipment orders and more oil executives are swinging by their booths to talk about replacing drilling processes once run by technicians with automated tools.
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