DL José Carlos Silveira Bruno

Jueves 4 de noviembre a las 18:00 hs (GMT -3)


The Oil and Gas industry, following other hazardous industries, has finally started to discuss the role of human factors in its operations, particularly in deep-water environments. Even though, most safety systems yet follow the traditional behavioral-based approach to prevent ‘human error,’ seen as the main cause of accidents. Unquestionably, this approach has brought the industry to an unprecedented safety level, making Oil and Gas a much safer industry today. However, being just ‘safe’ may be no longer sufficient to cope with the fast-growing complexity in a leading-edge technological industry.

That is why the industry is looking outwards to ultra-safe organizations, like commercial aviation and nuclear power plants, which have long recognized the importance of incorporating human factors into their systems to better understand the role of human contribution for safety and operational excellence.

However, this new view of human factors seems not clearly understood, being still peripheral in the Oil & Gas industry. Strong beliefs on human control and strict compliance to rules and regulations as the leading factors to avoid failures are yet overwhelmingly prevalent within the industry.

This presentation brings distinctive paradigms that challenge this traditional view of human factors and its mismatch with the industry’s highly-complex systems. Let us then embark on a journey to demystify most of the old paradigms, get to know a different approach from a systems perspective, and explore how human factors could help the Oil and Gas industry improve human performance for safety and operational excellence.


Bruno is a senior drilling engineer with 34 years at Petrobras. Bruno’s experience includes several top management positions both in Brazil and overseas, mainly in offshore exploration projects around the world, including Africa, the Middle East, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Australia. He has a BE in Civil Engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil; a post- graduation degree in Petroleum Engineering at Petrobras University, Brazil; an executive MBA at INSEAD, France; and an MSc in Human Factors and System Safety at Lund University, Sweden. He is currently working as a mentor and coach of human factors for a Petrobras’ joint venture in a large ultra-deepwater integrated project in Brazil.

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