Operation Start Ups
7th April 2022
Salos have extensive experience helping our clients prepare for rig-start ups onshore and offshore. We strengthen operational readiness, provide training and coaching to improve practices and accelerate crew competence.As an integral part of our performance improvement systems we utilise one... Read more
Delivering Human Factors With Marine Crews
5th April 2022
Salos is currently delivering a long-term coaching project to support vessels that service a client’s deepwater campaign & their intervention program. The Salos coaches are delivering Human factors training (HF) modules & rolling out HF tools & techniques with the crews. In... Read more
30th March 2022
Salos Sunesis are accredited ISO 9001 for another year having successfully completed our regular surveillance audit.
We like to extend our thanks to the Salos team for continuingly working to a high standard and delivering continuous improvements internally and to our clients.
ISO 9001:2015... Read more
29th March 2022
Leadership development – are you focusing on Frontline supervisors or their subordinates? Salos does a lot of work with Leadership & Frontline supervisors at the wellsite. We coach & deliver modules based around best in class Leadership, Human factors & continuous... Read more
Accelerate Your Teams Performance
21st March 2022
We at Salos believe every person has the potential to perform to a higher level. We are working with leading operators and contractors to help unlock this. Our proven approach transforms skills & behaviours creating higher performing teams who deliver exceptional results.
Every positive... Read more
Human Factors Poll results
22nd February 2022
In a recent Salos poll we asked what percentage of incidents were primarily due to Human Factors based on a review of 172 well control incidents by the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP)
The majority of the respondents to our poll correctly identified that a staggering... Read more
Positive Leadership Program
11th February 2022
Salos are working with senior leadership and wellsite teams, equipping them to transform their behaviours. By applying our Positive Leadership Program we help them unleash the potential of their teams delivering a step change in safety and operational culture. Read more
Complex HPHT well
8th February 2022
Salos recently assisted a client on a complex HPHT well. The adjacent well: similar trajectory, casing scheme & hazards, was constructed in 450+ days. Salos worked closely with this client’s planning & operational teams, applying our unique performance top-down & bottom-up... Read more
Accident & Incident Investigation
4th February 2022
How is your organisation ensuring that it is getting to the real root of the problem and not just the proximate cause, resulting in cutting the head off the weed for it to grow back.
How many times are the findings of accident and incident investigations found to be either “Procedures are... Read more
ADC Drilling Middle East Conference
15th December 2021
Salos Managing Director, Grant Wallace presented an SPE paper at the IADC Drilling Middle East Conference this week in Abu Dhabi in conjunction with Drilling Systems and Petronas.
The paper discusses Operational Performance Training using High Fidelity Simulations and Advanced Human Performance... Read more
Complex Well Projects
30th November 2021
Salos continue to support multiple complex well projects.
This year alone we have been involved in exploration, development, intervention and abandonments, unlocking value from early stage gates through to operational training and coaching.
One of our next projects involves... Read more
Keynote Presentation Human Factors at the IADC/SPE
9th September 2021
Join Salos Sunesis Managing Director Grant Wallace online for the Keynote Presentation Human Factors at the IADC/SPE Managed Pressure Drilling & Underbalanced Operations Conference & Exhibition which will take place on 14-16 September. Read more
SPE Virtual Symposium Deepwater 24-26th August 2021
16th August 2021
Join us at the SPE Virtual Symposium Deepwater 24-26th August where Ir. Ts. Kuhan Pathy CEng MEI of PETRONAS, Clive Battisby COO of Drilling Systems and Grant Wallace MD of Salos Sunesis Limited present Operational Performance Training using High Fidelity Simulations and Advanced Human... Read more
Virtual Training and Human Factors
12th July 2021
Salos has just completed another three days of human factors coaching. Three separate sessions were held in a virtual environment.
The end in mind was to prepare personnel for the coaching of observing a team’s performance & capturing lessons in an OTR drilling simulator.
Students... Read more
Improving Well Delivery by Reducing Errors & Influencing Behaviour
20th April 2021
Salos is about to perform another set of Well on Simulator sessions.
A critical component of preparing the the crews for complex operations is to provide them with well & rig specific training & coaching. We perform this coaching onsite, at the rig, utilising a portable simulator: with... Read more
Delivering an efficient Risk Assessment Process
16th February 2021
The efficient implementation of a mitigation strategy that controls risk creates a competitive advantage that delivers superior returns – thus the effective (or otherwise) management of risks directly impacts a project’s ROI.
Hierarchy of hazard controls:ERIC PREVENTS... Read more
What's the Issue with Risk Assessing?
11th February 2021
What’s the issue with risk assessing?
The challenges in delivering a robust risk assessment process is difficult, but similar across many organisations. A risk assessing process can be governed by poor principles – for example assessments are often thought of as a ‘to... Read more
Entering the sphere of true learning
2nd February 2021
Entering the sphere of true learning
A project’s lessons are derived from two aspects – those of Process Lessons and of Results Lessons.
Results Lessons encompass the overall project, task execution and the efforts performed to produce planned results.
Process Lessons are derived... Read more
Behaviour can drive performance in both directions. Which direction are your team’s behaviours driving your operation?
19th January 2021
In a recent Salos Human Factors virtual classroom session we worked with senior leaders of a major Operator. We reviewed two incidents to help them understand how behaviour drives performance and safety. We tasked the students to make a comparison of the incidents, which involved sudden... Read more
Christmas Greetings from Salos
16th December 2020
We decided that this year rather than sending out gifts to our clients we would make a difference to those who need it most in our local community. Therefore we have made a donation to this great cause #Northernlightsappeal2020 who are helping to 5 charities who support many individuals and... Read more
The human factor is essential for success
21st September 2020
Five years ago, an Oil & Gas Industry body recognised that human factors was the ‘next safety frontier’. Can we infer this frontier has neither been reached nor crossed? eg.
· 80% of incidents are attributed,... Read more
The Wider Team
16th September 2020
Thinking about the wider team is critical in creating a one-team approach. In this clip, Mark talks about the recognition of the wider team and the impact this has. Think about the wider team, not just those directly involved. All personnel can be under pressure,... Read more
9th September 2020
Debriefing together to learn from experiences is critical in continually stepping up to a new level of performance. Mark Stewart talks about the importance of thorough debriefs after training and competition. At the end of a shift (or task if possible) have a short... Read more
Mark Stewart Introduction
20th August 2020
Salos are delighted to be partnering with professional cyclist Mark Stewart. Mark is a successful road and track cyclist that has represented Great Britain and Scotland at international level. He became a household name at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where he showed... Read more
Keeping your team briefed
20th August 2020
In this video from Mark Stewart, we’ll look at ‘Keeping your team briefed’.Mark is a road and track cyclist who has represented Great Britain and Scotland. He’s a gold medallist from the 2018 Commonwealth Games and twice European... Read more
Being Methodical and Deliberate when making decisions
20th August 2020
In this video from Mark, we’ll look at ‘Decision Making’.Mark Stewart is a road and track cyclist who has represented Scotland and Great Britain. He’s a twice European champion and a gold medal winner from the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Being... Read more
Leading by being open and inclusive
20th August 2020
In the third of our series Mark looks at ‘Successful Leadership’. Mark Stewart has represented Scotland and Great Britain in road and track cycling. He’s a Commonwealth Games gold medal winner and twice European champion. Leading by being open &... Read more
Actively manage threats and errors
20th August 2020
In this video with Mark Stewart, we look at ‘Threat & Error Management’.Mark is a road and track cyclist who has represented Great Britain and Scotland. He’s a gold medallist from the 2018 Commonwealth Games and twice European... Read more
Procedures & Checklists
20th August 2020
Ensuring procedures & checklists are used to support tasks is essential for any successful team. Now Mark Stewart shares with us the importance following procedures and checklists. Test the team by seeking threats that could be introduced if we don’t follow... Read more
Encouraging everyone to speak up
20th August 2020
Encouraging everyone to speak up is an essential characteristic of any successful team.Mark shares with us the importance of ensuring everyone in the team share their thoughts and are engaged. We may not all see or understand things in the same way – so ask the... Read more
Recognise performance limiting factors
20th August 2020
Performance limiting factors
In this video, Mark Stewart talks about recognising performance limiting factors and how this is managed. Look for the stresses that affect performance, such as fatigue, distractions and hunger. Coach the team to recognise... Read more
Virtual Engagement - REAL results
20th March 2020
With social distancing and travel restrictions in place across the world Salos are continuing to assist our clients with workshops, training and coaching. Our latest virtual workshop will be carried out over 6,000 miles away from our facilitators.
Please let us know if we can enhance your... Read more
"That's the first real DWOP I've ever been to
10th March 2020
That was one of the comments from our client last week.
The client had consultants deliver the ‘vanilla’ DWOPs before. They wanted something new that added more value than a mainstream DWOP. Going through the steps of a phase is one way to... Read more
24th February 2020
Salos proud to receive such a complimentary testimonial from another client.
Where in the world is our latest DWOP?
18th February 2020
Want to win a Salos weight indicator clock?
Get your name into the hat.
Which city is our latest workshop being held?
Where is this beautiful site which is based near to the venue for the first of a set of sessions for a multi-well development program?
Draw finishes 29th February. Read more
Salos desea contratar personal
12th February 2020
Salos desea contratar personal con amplia experiencia en pozos de alta presión y alta temperatura (HPHT) para tareas internacionales.
Personal de posiciones de liderazgo de primera línea, por ejemplo los ingenieros de perforación de pozos, perforadores, supervisores de... Read more
Human Factors Competence
11th February 2020
Let’s talk human factors. How are you addressing human reliability, teamwork and supervision on your new projects or on rig re-activation projects?
Competence standards should be established for supervisory personnel which include:
· ... Read more
HPHT/MPD Personnel Required
27th January 2020
Salos is looking to hire personnel with extensive HPHT experience for wellsite auditing, coaching and drilling simulator training. Also require experienced MPD engineers and/or operators. UK and international assignments. Please send your cv to firstname.lastname@example.org Read more
Human factors coaching for safety coaches
20th December 2019
Just completed a training session with a group of safety coaches and leadership team. What an excellent team to work with – so pleased to work with a group that is so participative. Thanks everyone for the efforts. Read more
Real Human Factors
10th November 2019
We believe changes in behaviour transform operational delivery.
Performance is driven by culture, which is built through behaviours.
Salos are using leading edge simulation technology and unique performance techniques to deliver Real Human Factors in a way never seen before in the... Read more
Working right first time
30th October 2019
Salos has just completed a performance project West of Shetland for a drilling contractor. No equipment downtime during the project. Found a great new way of sharing task plans on this rig. Well done team. Read more
HF Breakfast Meeting
22nd October 2019
Great to be presenting at the Step Change for Safety Human Factors Breakfast meeting this morning. An opportunity to hear from peers in the industry and get constructive feedback on their views of what we are currently doing. Looking forward to the next breakfast in December. ... Read more
Classroom training with simulator
1st October 2019
Fantastic training sessions with one of the world’s leading drilling contractors at our Aberdeen facility as we prepare crews for their next campaign. Topics covered included HPHT Managed Pressure Drilling and Human Factors. Salos received extremely positive feedback from the... Read more
Salos Sunesis Are Hiring
20th September 2019
Do you have a wealth of HPHT experience which you would like to pass on to others?
We are looking for HPHT coaches to join our team and would like to hear from you if you are interested.
Please send your cv to email@example.com and visit our website for more information... Read more
Safety Critical Competence Target Met
5th September 2019
Safety critical roles’ compliance target met. Well done team! Crew members have achieved the goal of 100% compliance of the standards for safety critical tasks. Salos created a new competence system for a vessel transferring over to the UKCS. Get in touch for details. Read more
Boots on Deck
29th August 2019
Boots on deck. One of the Salos team out with the crew on a competence assurance project at the rigsite. Working on their safety critical roles assessments. Nearly there – approaching the compliance target. Keep up the great work guys! Read more
15th August 2019
Just completed another safety coaching assignment on an HPHT project. Joined the rig in the shipyard & saw the project through to the abandonment phases. Executed with no well control incidents or safety and environmental issues. Thanks team for you dedication. Read more
Linking Well Control Incidents to Human Factors
12th July 2019
A post was recently put up on LinkedIn in relation to a land-rig incident with emphasis on ‘the missed signals leading to a blowout that killed five’ in Jan. 2018.
Here’s a breakdown of where/how the human element influences well control incidents. Just 8% (red slice) of... Read more
A problem shared
3rd July 2019
Challenging projects -
Sometimes we are faced with a problem which seems insurmountable.
Our client is taking a rig from Norway to UK waters and is facing the challenge of complying with all the UK regulatory requirements prior to operating in the UKCS.
Salos were first approached... Read more
18th June 2019
Salos are continuing to enhance our clients' Managed Pressure Drilling projects and are currently looking for dedicated experienced MPD professionals to join our team.
Candidates must have a minimum of 10 years drilling related experience and or 5 years specific experience. Please send your cv... Read more
Human Factors at the DWOP
15th April 2019
Whilst facilitating a recent DWOP for a deepwater project, our client challenged us to demonstrate to the assembled group how we would apply Human Factors at the well-site. We chose to show the group a decision-making tool that will be practiced with, and used by the crews, on the... Read more
Excellent Well Delivery
4th April 2019
Salos is proud to be part of the well delivery team for a recent HPHT well in the UKCS. The project began back in 2018 at the RGU drilling simulator, where we worked with the crews utilising our Human Factors’ techniques. We overloaded the crews with advanced well control under... Read more
14th November 2018
Salos is delighted to announce a recent strategic move into new premises due to strong continued growth.
The Charter Building at Hill of Rubislaw is a newly refurbished property, (in 2018), with dedicated meeting spaces, break-out areas and best in class facilities.
MD of Salos, Grant Wallace... Read more
Salos are Hiring
27th September 2018
Salos are looking for experienced, specialist personnel. Please apply by sending CV and quoting position reference to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Blockers to Excellence
30th August 2018
“We don’t’ take shortcuts, there’s no place for speeding up here.”
- I’m not asking anyone to speed up.
“You want us to go faster, don’t you?”
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard this from the leader of an... Read more
Bob Dickson - Promotion to Operations Director
13th June 2018
Bob Dickson has been with Salos as Operations Manager since 2016 and we are delighted to report that he has now been appointed as the Operations Director.
Before working with Salos Bob has held senior positions such as sub-sea wells manager with Talisman and has over 35 years’... Read more
New Appointment - Performance Manager
4th May 2018
Salos are pleased to announce the appointment of Bruce Christie, who joins Salos as Performance Manager.
Bruce has over 30 years’ experience in the industry and much of this has been in the continuous improvement space. Bruce worked with KCA Drilling before switching over to project... Read more
Salos Sunesis undergoes MBO & strengthens team with new appointment
26th October 2017
Offshore Oil and Gas, performance improvement specialist, Salos Sunesis has recently carried out a management buy-out, which has enabled director, Grant Wallace to acquire the Aberdeen based company from founder Ty Crandall.
The company was formed 21 years ago and during this time the team has... Read more
Recruitment and selection
2nd August 2017
Salos have recently completed our third round of recruitment, selection and induction days this year.From a large pool of potential personnel we utilised some of our performance tools to select the highest calibre of candidates to take forward to our induction process.
Personnel that we... Read more
Well Engineering Manager Appointment
7th January 2017
With over 40 years of extensive Drilling and Well Engineering experience, Alewijn joins SSL as our Well Engineering Manager.
Alewijn has held senior positions in Drilling and Well Engineering with Shell, such as Well Engineering Manager in Sakhalin, Drilling Engineering Program Director in... Read more