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Field Operations With Ian Nimmo

Field operations is about making sure people do things correctly the first time. We look at the quality of what the operator does, what activities they do, how they work as a team. We are taking best practices that have been identified and applying them, helping you fix problems before they begin.

Field operators and field operations, in general, have their own culture, which can be disconnected from the control room and production goals. It’s important to ensure that field operations are aligned and in sync with operational demands. Operators require a formalized system with documented standards to ensure operational tasks are carried out in the best, safest, and most effective manner possible. This system will ensure all operational tasks are performed correctly with a high level of operational discipline consistent with the organization’s risk tolerance.

We continue to see major gaps in the control room, the field, and the maintenance management systems. We often see variances in performance between workers and poor procedure discipline. Shift handover practice is still a major contributor to fatal incidents. Conduct of Operations & Operational Discipline is a system of improving human performance to ensure that every operational task is performed correctly, every time, even when nobody is watching. It is important to identify the gaps in all operational tasks to identify threats and weaknesses in operations. A Conduct of Operations and Operational Discipline system will change the culture, with an end goal to achieve Operator Excellence in the control room and the field.

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