Graduate Seminar: An Engineering Look at the Cause of the 2010 Macondo Blowout

Friday, September 27, 2013 from 03:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Please join us at 3:30 p.m. Friday, September 27, 2013 in Keplinger Hall, room #M8, for the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering's Graduate Seminar. John Turley, author of THE SIMPLE TRUTH: BP's Macondo Blowout, will lecture on "An Engineering Look at the Cause of the 2010 Macondo Blowout."

John Turley's resume includes Phillips Petroleum, Fluor Ocean Services, Tenneco Oil, Marietta College (professor, petroleum engineering), and twenty-five years with Marathon Oil, as Gulf Coast drilling manager, U.K. operations manager, manager of worldwide drilling, and VP of engineering & technology. His academics include petroleum engineering (Colorado School of Mines), ocean engineering (University of Miami), and executive education at Harvard University.  

Following BP's April 2010 blowout, Turley studied well data and investigative reports, ignored finger-pointing and hearsay evidence, and assessed the cause of the blowout from engineering and management perspectives.  Turley speaks to operating companies and professional societies and to academic, business, and civic groups on the topic. His simple mantra:  Only if we understand and care about the cause of BP's Macondo blowout, will we know why it should not have happened and why it should never happen again.   The title of his presentation is:  An Engineering Look at the Cause of the 2010 Macondo Blowout.  

In Turley's presentation, he reviews: 

  • Wellbore mechanics prior to temporary abandonment, 
  • The temporary-abandonment procedure—simulating, testing, confirming security, installing barriers, displacing the riser, pulling BOPs, and releasing the rig,
  • Post-blowout forensics—the formation of a fluid leak, testing for leaks, exacerbating the unseen leak, annular communication, changing test protocols, multitasking complications, declaring the well secure, causing the well to flow, and allowing the well to flow unseen until too late.  

More information about Turley, his research, and his book, THE SIMPLE TRUTH:  BP's Macondo Blowout, can be found in his website:

Prof. Mengjiao Yu
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