By LaRue Hosmer, Patrick J. Barry (auth.)
Avoiding company Breakdowns specializes in prescribing a preventative technique for managerial actors who face fiscal, social and environmental failures. Prevention is essentially uncomplicated, however it would require a substantial broadening in either the character and the level of managerial responsibility.
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According to the BP team’s plan, if the cementing went smoothly, as it had, they could skip Schlumberger’s cement evaluation . . m. 21 Troublesome Questions Raised by Those Specific Choices A series of six decisions were made both prior to and then during the closure of the Macondo well that apparently were at least partially instrumental in bringing about the destructive blowout, explosion, and fire. All of these decisions, also apparently, were made to save money and time—and here time truly could be looked at as money given the $1 million per day fee charged for the rental of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform—rather than to increase the level of protection against a possible blowout.
2. Long-string riser : Why did the involved managers at BP, doubtless after consultation with others in similar positions at Halliburton (the specialty cement contractor for the Macondo well) select the long-string riser despite the acknowledged difficulties of forming the cement seals that were so essential for well closure protection? 3. Spacers for the risers: And, why did those same involved mangers at BP require that the Transocean crew go ahead with the installation of the long riser pipe despite the lack of over half the needed riser spacers needed to center that pipe and prevent swaying movements in order to eliminate the danger of forming channels in the bottom cement plugs?
Specific Choices in the Closure of the Macondo Oil Well What went wrong? Why did this disastrous event occur? This was the result of a series of specific choice that occurred both before and during the closure of the Macondo well. We will list those choices in the chronological order in which they occurred: 1. Purchase of the blowout preventer : Blowout preventers can be built with either one or two sets of the giant steel shears that are designed to cut through the steel drill pipe and form a solid block to any pressurized oil or natural gas coming up that pipe.