Upcoming Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Foundation Events


Deepwater Horizon Revisited

Professional development course

Hosted by: Palace Cinemas

Sydney, 20 February 2017, Palace Verona

Melbourne, 21 February 2017, Palace Cinema Como

Adelaide, 23 February 2017, Palace Nova Cinemas

Brisbane, 24 February 2017, Palace Barracks

The foundation in association with the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) have organised a movie screening of Deepwater Horizon with presentations by experts who worked on the investigation.


The event includes finger food and drinks on arrival, with the screening of ‘Deepwater Horizon’ the movie. Following this will be presentations on the Gulf of Mexico oil rig incident, and its aftermath, by:

  • Cheryl Mackenzie, Investigator at the United States Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), appointed as Lead Investigator of the team which investigated the incident, and
  • Peter Wilkinson, General Manager, Risk – Noetic Group, an adviser to their investigation of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.


Workshop Objectives:

As a result of attending this Workshop delegates will be able to:

  • Identify the key human errors and why did they occur?
  • Describe the most significant cognitive biases which affected the decision taking of those on the Deepwater Horizon rig and delayed the diagnosis of an incipient well event
  • Discuss how hindsight bias affects our view of incident causation
  • Explain the concept of the gap between ‘Work as Imagined’ it is done versus ‘Work as it is actually Done’ and why this poses a significant threat to safe operations.
  • Describe how “active monitoring” by supervisors at all levels is an essential tool in barrier management.
  • Identify how organisations can move from identifying lessons to be learnt to learning and implementing lessons in practice
  • Describe how the BPs priorities in workplace health and safety affected process safety management
  • Summarise the prevailing theories which underpin a good organisational culture and be able to describe to colleagues’ ways in which organisational culture can be improved in practice

For more information, please download the event information document:
Deepwater Horizon Foundation Information Pack