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Drillers' cognitive skills monitoring task.

Roberts, Ruby Clyde; Flin, Rhona; Cleland, Jennifer; Urquhart, Jim


Jennifer Cleland

Jim Urquhart


Drilling incidents have emphasized that offshore drillers require a high level of cognitive skills, including situation awareness and decision making, to maintain safe and efficient well control. Although a number of tools for supporting operators' cognition are available in other high-risk industries, there is no specific tool for drilling. We developed a prototype monitoring task simulating drilling scenarios, Drillers' Situation Awareness Task, with drilling experts and piloted with 14 drilling personnel. Preliminary results suggest that it is viable as a tool for examining drillers' cognition and has the potential for training and formatively assessing cognitive skills in drilling.


ROBERTS, R.C., FLIN, R., CLELAND, J. and URQUHART, J. 2019. Drillers' cognitive skills monitoring task. Ergonomics in design [online], 27(2), pages 13-20. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 30, 2017
Online Publication Date May 10, 2018
Publication Date Apr 1, 2019
Deposit Date May 18, 2018
Publicly Available Date May 18, 2018
Journal Ergonomics in design
Print ISSN 1064-8046
Electronic ISSN 2169-5083
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 2
Pages 13-20
Keywords Drilling; Cognitive skills; Situation awareness; Simulation; Computer tasks; Expertise; Cognition; Training; Oil riggers; Deepwater Horizon; Workload; Skill development
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