In this Master Thesis a description of the Deepwater Horizon Accident has been developed and used. Integrated Operations today and its potential for the future has been described. The new working processes that follow Integrated Operations, called Integrated Work Processes, has also been explained. The barrier concept and its development have been shown, and some of its uses in the offshore industry are indicated. The barriers affected, or broken, in the Deepwater Horizon accidents chain of events has been illuminated.
The Gullfaks C accident has also been described, and the possible impact of IO on this accident has been briefly discussed.
A discussion on the probable impact of Integrated Operations had it been in place at the Deepwater Horizon accident has been written. The conclusion is that Integrated Operations as described in this thesis would probably have averted the accident or strongly mitigated the consequences of the accident due to, amongst other things, its structuring influence, the focus on cooperation and involvement from offshore centers and the implementation of new monitoring technologies.
A discussion of the lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizons accident as relevant to Integrated Operations has also been carried out. The lessons have been structured around barrier breaches, and what happened at each of these. The lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon accident for Integrated Operations are many. They highlight a few aspects of IO. Based on the lessons learned, som mitigating measures have been proposed, These include, but are not limited to, standardizing of test evaluations, IT systems and operator training, develop and use automated safety systems (SIS and monitoring systems that alert the user of problems and that while implementing Integrated Operations, safety should only be affected positively.