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Lessons Learned: Sharing and Implementation

Definition: The process of standardizing a well control event investigation, gathering and distributing lessons learned to the industry, and then implementing the lessons learned within the industry in a systematic way that enables results to be shared with others without legal risk.

Lessons learned: sharing and implementation includes:

  • Clearing legal and other barriers to an organizations’ sharing of lessons learned
  • Defining a format for lessons learned to be shared
  • Creating a means of collecting and sharing lessons learned: the database, who owns it, what information is made available, how the information is shared and with whom
  • A structured means of implementing lessons learned: communications to appropriate personnel, access to lessons learned when the information is needed, training, and alterations of policies, procedures, equipment, systems and training based on lessons learned.

Well Control Incident Reporting

Definition: Sharing individual company well control incident statistical information with the industry and/or with regulators, which includes defining standard information to be shared and the format of that information, the means of gathering and distributing that information, and the safe use of that information to improve performance.

Well control incident reporting includes:

  • Defining performance metrics for well control
  • Developing a database and format for capturing data
  • Determining who owns and maintains the data and the database
  • Clearing legal and other obstacles to companies sharing their data
  • Determining what data is reported, to whom, and how
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