Getenergy special commendation award for RGU

Robert Gordon University (RGU) has received a special commendation at an international conference focused on higher education, training and research for the upstream oil and gas industry.

Getenergy award winnersThe award was presented to Dr Mohamed Amish, Senior Lecturer at RGU’s School of Engineering, as part of Getenergy Global 2015, in recognition of the university’s commitment to education and training within the oil and gas industry and the recent launch of its Oil and Gas Institute.

A number of RGU staff members also delivered presentations at the event, including the Director of Oil and Gas Engineering at RGU, Duncan Stephen, and Commercial Manager of the DART® facilities at RGU, Alisdair Harrison, who spoke about investment in state-of-the-art drilling and wells training centres.

The session outlined the close relationship between RGU and KCA Deutag and the benefits for both organisations in working together to create a centre of drilling excellence at the university, as well as providing an insight into the adoption of the latest training techniques, post-Macondo.

In addition, Project Manager for Non-Technical Skills, Pamela Kirkpatrick, delivered a session on ‘Integrated Simulation and Human Factors Performance’ arguing for the need to maximise safety and enhance efficiency in a drilling context by learning lessons from other safety critical, high-risk industries through the incorporation of non-technical skills within technical training. 

RGU visiting Professor, Dr Margaret Crichton, also presented a session entitled ‘Non-Technical Skills: tackling the psychology of the drill floor.’ This detailed how RGU is implementing non-technical skills content into Well Control courses and how behavioural observation and individual feedback was supporting the continued advancement of the safety culture on the drill floor.

Principal of RGU, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, said: “We are delighted to have received this special commendation award on the launch of RGU’s Oil and Gas Institute.

“It is an extremely exciting time for the Institute, which recently received £3.1m from The Wood Foundation to support its development towards being an internationally recognised centre for excellence in this field.”

He added: “The DART® facilities that are housed at RGU as part of our strategic alliance with KCA Deutag are a fantastic asset for the university and can be used not only to improve drilling efficiency, but to provide training aimed at reducing incidents involving human error.

“It is great that the university was so well represented at the conference and that our staff members were able to deliver presentations across a wide range of interesting topics at the event.”

Getenergy Global 2015, which took place for the eleventh year in London on June 15 and 16, saw delegates from over 45 nations come together for the two-day event, which aims to build the capacity of education systems in those countries with hydrocarbon resources and to increase operational efficiency through education and training of local workforces.

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