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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.

Integrating Human Factors into Engineering Curriculum: Essential Training for Students

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



Saeed Salehi, Raj Kiran, Jiwon Jeon, Ziho Kang, E.T. Cokely, V. Ybarra. (2018). Developing a cross-disciplinary, scenario-based training approach integrated with eye tracking data collection to enhance situational awareness in offshore oil and gas operations. Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries. Vol 56(PP 78-94)

Kang, Z., Jeon, J., Salehi, S., Kiran, R., & Cokely, E. T. (2018). Situation awareness assessment using eye movements and verbal response scoring metrics. Paper presented at the IISE Annual Conference.

Kiran, R., Salehi, S., Jeon, J., & Kang, Z. (2018). Real-Time Eye-Tracking Suystem to Evaluate and Enhance Situation Awarnesss and Process Safety in Drilling Operations. Paper presented at the IADC/SPE, Fort Worth, TX.

Salehi, S., Kiran, R., Jeon, J., Kang, Z., Teodoriu, C., & Cokely, E. (2018). Enhancing Situation Awarness and Process Safety in Offshore Driling Operaions: Appications of Eye-Tracking system. Paper presented at the Offshore Technology Conference, Houston TX.

Salehi, S., Kang, Z., & Cokely, E. (2016). Virtual reality offshore operations training infrastructure: Enhancing expert containment, decision making, and risk communications. In (Vol. 383000). University of Oklahoma: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine.

Dadmohammadi, Y., Salehi, S., Kiran, R., Jeon, J., Kang, Z., Cokely, E. T., & Ybarra, V. (2017, October 9). Integrating Human Factors into Petroleum Engineering’s Curriculum: Essential Training for Students. Society of Petroleum Engineers. doi:10.2118/187241-MS