New technology on platforms and late-generation drilling rigs has become more integrated and more complex. As a result, it is increasingly difficult to identify the root cause of systems failures – is a given failure caused by hardware, software or both? Determining the correct answer is a prerequisite for the prevention of future failures and ensuing health, safety and environmental incidents, non-productive time, and project delays.

In this paper, we will address the components of effective root cause analysis and will provide information on practices proven to help drilling contractors and operators leverage incident investigation in order to improve drilling operations and identify future QHSE initiatives and investments. We will focus on:

  • Properly assessing the extent to which hardware, software, people and processes can contribute to a drilling systems failure

  • Implementing corrections to the appropriate drilling operation components

  • Using root cause analysis results to develop effective incident investigation, response and mitigation plans

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