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DROPS Forum - Aberdeen, 5th December 2019

DROPS Summary – Allen Smith, DROPS

Allen provided a brief summary of DROPS Global activities and administration. Highlights included:

Broadening scope of current Steering Committee to establish a Global Steering Committee to focus on strategic direction (current Committee to share roles with North Sea Chapter)
New Terms of Reference drafted and invitations to join the Chapter (OpCos, DrillCos, Service Partners, Well Intervention, HSE)
Financial proposals to reduce overheads (exploit electronic member and data management systems, eliminate USB and physical WorkPack) to retain current fee structure.

North America: Completing revision of DROPS Recommended Practice, developing template for DROPS Shared Lessons and developing minimal standard online training concept
Saudi Arabia and Oman: Awaiting updates, but both groups hosting regular workgroup sessions
Asia: Reviewing opportunities for Virtual Reality immersive training
Canada: Potential support from Energy Safety Canada to establish presence in Alberta tbc
North Caspian: Opportunities to establish working group with NCOC, KPO, TCO and regional representatives from existing DROPS Member organisations.

Recommended Practice document update will initiate review and update of all Best Practice documents (Red Zones, Survey and Inspection, Checklists). Refreshed Prompt Cards will be developed and issued. All revised documents will be available to web users for download.

Several international projects for DROPS Train the Trainer, with eLearning options being reviewed by both North America and Asia Chapters.

Short movie supplied by BP emphasises the importance of good Red Zone performance and enforcement.
Click here to download the Red Zone movie.
Click here to download the Summary presentation.

Skandi Caledonia Dropped Object – John Cameron, DOF Management
Overview of recent incident where pennant wire and hook dropped from installation crane during cargo transfer due to failure to check safety gate on main hook throat.
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Maintenance to Operations Handover Certificate – Kevin Pope, KCAD
As part of the improvement plan and corrective actions following a HiPo event, procedures were developed and implemented to verify handover of equipment after any intrusive maintenance work had been completed.
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StepChange for Safety Joined Up Thinking Video Suite – Steve Murphy, (TAQA) on behalf of StepChange
Opportunity for the audience to view one of the short awareness movies developed by StepChange relating to dropped object awareness and prevention. For more information please visit

DROPS Gap Analysis – Nick Adams, OES and Andy Flisher, Askaris
Overview of DROPS Assessment and Gap Analysis findings following long term project for a leading global operator.
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Helideck Inspections – Dynamic Dropped Objects – Kirsty Walker, Schlumberger
Overview of incidents caused by helicopter downdraft and focus on assessment of helideck inspections and other areas of installations affected by the forces during approach, landing and lift. Follow this link for informative awareness video. Click here to download the presentation. Click here to read the compiled thoughts from the audience following the presentation.

DROPS online Survey Results – Brodie Smith

Summary of findings from recent online survey. Highlights included positive feedback on current DROPS Forum structure and need to consider options to enhance communications via email and social media platforms.
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With special thanks to OES Group for their kind financial assistance in providing a festive lunch for all registered delegates.

Next UK Forum
26th March 2020, Marcliffe Hotel, Aberdeen