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Human Factors in Oil and Gas

Systemic risks can be avoided by integrating technical and non-technical aspects in offhore operations. We are thankful to NAS for funding this work.

Recent events have triggered a growing awareness of the human contribution to catastrophic and process safety events. As other industries have proven, if the Oil and Gas industry can make a concerted effort to understand human factors and integrate these concepts into training and operations, significant value can be gained in terms of safety performance.

Virtual Simulation & Class Discussion


Investigation of Human Factors in Past Inceidents through Projects


Eye-tracking Analysis

Student participation in eye-tracking analysis gave them a better understanding of the well control incidents. In addition, the data collected is used for analysis of cognitive response of the participants



A class of 60 undergraduate and graduate PE students were taught fundamental HF elements.

Guest speakers from National Lab, NASA, consulting companies, FAA, and psychology were invited.

Individual scenarios with pre-and post questionnaires were executed at simulator.

Evaluating situation awareness in loss of well incidents.

The voice and eye-tracking data were collected.