Team Based Well Control

Introduction to Human Factors and Crew Resource Management techniques through technical Well Control classroom training and high fidelity simulator scenario-based training. Team based problem solving in scenario based Simulator Well Control Cases.


In a post Macondo era Maersk Training was heavily involved in designing a team based well control that combined technical well control skills with basic non-technical skills/Human factors. The Team Based Well Control is practical and theoretical training that ensures behavioral responsiveness on team level. We train, provide feedback and train again to enable the Drill Crew to avoid, detect and/or tackle advanced Well Control issues.

Target group

Drill Crews (Assistant Drillers, Drillers, Lead Drillers/ Tour pushers, Senior Tool pushers, Drilling Supervisors, Drilling Engineers, w/wo Client Rep./Company Man)


The objective for the participants is to resolve normal and abnormal well control situations by applying relevant technical knowledge and skills, while complying with reg­ulations and industry recommended practices. Further­more, to utilize the human resources in the well control team, by applying relevant risk assessment and human factors skills and knowledge. Participants will reassessed and receive feedback on technical and non-technical skills to enhance performance. Through scoring a minimum of 80% correct on team DTS test’s participants must show understanding of:

  • Pressure behavior in well control situation – gauge exercises
  • Well Barrier philosophy and assurance


The Team Based Deepwater Well Control dynamically re­flects the challenges and trends of well control incidents and responds to current demands in order for the content to always remain topically relevant.

Technical theory

  • Pre-study expectations
  • Read through provided Macondo report
Theoretical technical drilling subjects:
  • Well barriers philosophy
  • Deep Water Challenges
  • ECD & Well bore breathing
  • Bull heading
  • Gas handler (Rig Specific)

CRM – The Basic Six – non-technical skills

  • Communication
    • Perception
    • Cross cultural awareness
    • Assertiveness
  • Decision making Decision models
    • Individual decisions
    • Situational awareness Critical decision points
  • Leadership Planning and preparation
    • Supporting and directing the team
    • Structure team effort
  • Team Work
    • Understanding team roles
    • Support & conflict solving
    • Utilization of resources
  • Performance shaping factors
    • Complacency
    • Stress
    • Fatigue
Case study:
  • Technical and human factor study of Macondo well control incident Barrier assurance
    • Risk management
    • Take aways
    • Complacency
    • Mis-communication/mis-perception
    • Situational awareness
Scenario Based Well Control Training in full mission simulator:
  • One instructor lead introduction to the simulator, trip­ping, SCR/ CLF, and Hang Off procedure.
  • Four well control scenarios focusing on technical skills and human factors.

Key benefits from Team Based Well Control training

Consistent completion of wells ahead of AFE targets

Develop skill sets and behaviors that can be applied to any scenario

Critical events simulated so crew can gain experience in safe environment

Training debriefs for peer and self-evaluation augment skills development

Simulations shown to decrease necessary training time

Drill crew will increase ownership of drill program

Active learning increases knowledge/process retention (muscle memory)

Proven to increase early detection of kicks to mitigate risks offshore.

Active learning increases knowledge/process retention (muscle memory)

Proven to increase early detection of kicks to mitigate risks offshore.