How to recognise a kick: a cognitive task analysis of drillers' situation awareness during well operations.
Roberts, Ruby Clyde
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ROBERTS, R., FLIN, R. and CLELAND, J. 2016. How to recognise a kick: a cognitive task analysis of drillers' situation awareness during well operations. Journal of loss prevention in the process industries [online], 43, pages 503-513. Available from: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jlp.2016.07.003
The ability to monitor and detect anomalous changes in an oil well is a fundamental aspect of an offshore driller’s job, so as to maintain well control, the safety of the surrounding rig and minimize risk. Drillers are required to have a high level of situation awareness in order to recognise and interpret indicators that suggest that hazardous hydrocarbons may have entered the well bore (referred to as kick detection), allowing them to take the best actions to deal with the situation. The aim was to use cognitive task analysis methods to identify the expert SA skills required for the complex task of kick detection.