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60 Seconds: Operational Excellence at NASA

60 Seconds: Operational Excellence at NASA

In this exclusive interview, David Loyd, Head of the Safety and Test Operations Division at NASA, provides his insights on integrating risk management practices and techniques throughout a large organization with an extraordinarily diverse mission.

Download the full interview to see how operations leaders in high risk industries can move beyond the use of historical data and really leverage data to be more proactive and predictive – so that data flags warnings early, before catastrophic events occur.

60 seconds with Deepwater Horizon Investigator

60 seconds with Deepwater Horizon Investigator

Just seven days after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, U.S. Coast Guard Captain Hung Nguyen was designated as the co-chair for the US Departments of Homeland Security and Interior joint investigation into the incident that killed 11 workers and resulted in the largest oil spill in US history.

Captain Nguyen’s role was to determine the causes of the accident and make recommendations for safe operations of future oil and gas activities. Many of the report’s recommendations have been implemented and we spoke with Captain Nguyen to discuss his personal perspective on the leadership lessons learned from the incident – and where safety improvements still need to be made.

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Project Risk Management at BP

Project Risk Management at BP

Hugo Ashkar, Global Projects Risk Manager at BP, talks through the important combination of holistic and evergreen risk management approach deployed at BP.

In this interview Hugo discusses the biggest risks to large capital projects today - particularly in the current market and environment - and how BP is aligning their risk management program with the overall strategy of the business.

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60 Seconds Series: Manufacturing Excellence at Shell Oil

60 Seconds Series: Manufacturing Excellence at Shell Oil

Lynne Buchanan, America’s Regional Manufacturing Excellence Lead at Shell Oil, provides us with insight into the importance of leadership and the management behaviors required in driving operational excellence.

Download this exclusive interview to see what is driving Shell’s manufacturing excellence strategy, and how to secure executive level support for continuous improvement initiatives when the business is facing more market volatility, risk and complexity than ever before.

The path to Safety Excellence through Operational Discipline

The path to Safety Excellence through Operational Discipline

Mark Little, Vice President of Health and Safety at Cenovus Energy, provides his insights on maturing your safety culture and what it means to achieve excellence in health and safety.

Read the full interview to learn how Cenovus is using their management system framework to drive operational excellence and risk management and how this has helped to simultaneously keep their people safe, their operations productive and their products sustainable during what’s been a very volatile time for the oil and gas industry.

60 Seconds with Veolia

60 Seconds with Veolia

Matt DiGeronimo, Vice President of Operations at $50B energy company Veolia, shares his insights on transforming the cultural, operational, and financial underpinnings of a failing coal-fired power plant in just 12 short months.

Human Factors and Next Generation Procedures

Human Factors and Next Generation Procedures

Our operating environment and business requirements are changing. The demand on operator vigilance continues to climb to meet the ever evolving expectations in safety, reliability, and performance. Procedures have traditionally been utilized as a one size-fits-all tool for compliance, missing key opportunities to optimize human performance and safety. Our workers are paying the price.

ATR, in close collaboration with Texas A&M, are pioneering the Next Generation Procedure Research to spark operational discipline to achieve operational excellence.

In this exclusive interview Dr. Camille Peres (CP), Ph.D, Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University, and Nate Rightmer, Vice President of Procedure Services at ATR, discuss the Next Generation Procedure Research and share the key findings from this study that are informing significant adjustments to how industry should be implementing procedures.

Accelerating Human Performance in Hazardous Industries

Accelerating Human Performance in Hazardous Industries

Many hazardous industries today are facing increasing mandates for compliance and safety while also being pressed to improve production and increase operational efficiency. However, efforts to reduce risk are often seen as diametrically opposed to efforts to achieve production targets and improve production efficiency. Improving productivity safely means you must be able to balance cost, performance and risk, but many organizations struggle to find that optimum balance.

Recently Check-6 and IQPC teamed up to survey more than 100 operations leaders across hazardous industries to understand how leaders are responding to changing market conditions, increased regulations and pressure to improve efficiency in order to set themselves on a more sustainable path.

Interview with Aamir Farid

Interview with Aamir Farid

Aamir Farid, Former Vice President of Manufacturing at Shell Oil, shares his thoughts on culture, leadership, and strategies for managing the balance between operational efficiency and risk management.

Digital Transformation in Oil and Gas: The Baker Hughes Story

Digital Transformation in Oil and Gas: The Baker Hughes Story

In this exclusive interview, Rustom Mody – Vice President of Technical Excellence at Baker Hughes - provides useful insights into how disruptive technologies can help oil and gas companies transform their processes, reduce operating costs and improve collaboration among relevant stakeholders.

60 Seconds with Ed Brewer: Cascading Operational Excellence at Duke Energy

60 Seconds with Ed Brewer: Cascading Operational Excellence at Duke Energy

Ed Brewer, General Manager, Generation Strategy and Planning at Duke Energy, explains what prompted the energy giant to rethink - and rework - their approach to Operational Excellence.

The Final Frontier - What the oil and gas industry can learn from NASA's PRA tools

The Final Frontier - What the oil and gas industry can learn from NASA's PRA tools

David Kaplan - Head of Safety & Mission Assurance at NASA - shares 6 key lessons learned from NASA’s experience with Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) and how to apply some of these risk assessment tools to the challenges and new regulations that impact the oil and gas industry.

Building a High Reliability Culture - Part 1

Building a High Reliability Culture - Part 1

This two-part eBook will take you through the critical steps oil and gas companies must take to improve their corporate culture and ultimately reduce operational risk, improve productivity and drive world class performance. Part One of the Guide will show you how to: define what is a ‘High Reliability’ culture; understand how behaviors and values are tied to operational and financial performance; and identify if you have what it takes to build a high performing culture.

Building a High Reliability Culture - Part 2

Building a High Reliability Culture - Part 2

This two-part eBook will take you through the critical steps oil and gas companies must take to improve their corporate culture and ultimately reduce operational risk, improve productivity and drive world class performance.

Part two of the guide will show you how to: compares your company to a High Reliability Culture, implement a 4-step culture change framework that will change your culture for the long haul and identify what landmines to avoid for a greater chance of succeeding with your culture change initiative.

Building a High Reliability Culture

Building a High Reliability Culture

This exclusive eBook will take you through the critical steps oil and gas companies must take to improve their corporate culture and ultimately reduce operational risk, improve productivity and drive world class performance. 

Part One of the Guide will show you how to: define what is a ‘High Reliability’ culture; understand how behaviors and values are tied to operational and financial performance; and identify if you have what it takes to build a high performing culture.

Part Two of the guide will show you how to: compares your company to a High Reliability Culture, implement a 4-step culture change framework that will change your culture for the long haul and identify what landmines to avoid for a greater chance of succeeding with your culture change initiative.

M&A Integration: Managing change without compromising reliability, compliance and safety performance

M&A Integration: Managing change without compromising reliability, compliance and safety performance

Michele Harradence, Vice President of Gas Transmission shares how Enbridge is redesigning their operating model following their acquisition of Spectra Energy.

Human Factors meets Data and Analytics at Chevron

Human Factors meets Data and Analytics at Chevron

Graciela Perez, Global Manager at Chevron, shares how the global oil and gas giant is leveraging human factors and data analytics as part of their Lean Transformation.

Download the interview to learn how human factors, linked together with Lean Six Sigma, has helped Chevron facilitate change management, improve cross functional learning, and deliver safer and more efficient operations.

Leading Millennials to Operational Excellence

Leading Millennials to Operational Excellence

Everyone seems to have an opinion about the millennial generation – positive, negative, or otherwise. Regardless, it is difficult to deny that this blossoming generation grew up in a very different environment than preceding generations.

These differences invariably lead to different perspectives, priorities, and practices. As leaders working in hazardous industries, it is imperative to understand, embrace and leverage these differences to maximize your company’s performance.

In this interview, Matt DiGeronimo, Vice President of Operations at Veolia, shares his experience working with millennials in the military and energy industries and presents suggestions for leading this generation on your journey to operational excellence.

Controlling Risk in a Dangerous World: How to prevent the next accident

Controlling Risk in a Dangerous World: How to prevent the next accident

Exclusive interview with Jim Wetherbee, the only American astronaut to have commanded five missions in space, a former Vice President of Operational Leadership at BP and author of the recently published “Controlling Risk"! 

In this exclusive article, Jim discusses the ten common adverse conditions that existed in companies that experienced a major safety incident and how to use the presence and severity of these conditions as indicators to determine if your organization may be drifting toward a disaster.

Download the full interview to find out more.