The Collective Work in the Subsea Integrated Operations Centre: The Ad Hoc Teams in the Solution of Unexpected Situations

  • N. C. MaiaEmail author
  • F. Duarte
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 824)


In order to increase of production in fields ever more distant from the coast, to reduce cost and increase the operational reliability, the oil industry has developed onshore-offshore integration projects. The construction of new spaces to sustain more collaborative ways of working have become challenges for the management and project teams of the petroleum producing companies.

From observations of the operators’ work and of the participation in a project of an integrated operations centre, the main characteristics of the operator’s activity are presented, based on the interactions between the teams. are presented.

This research highlights the specificity of the collective dimension of the activity. Ad hoc teams are formed to address unforeseen occurrences. The dynamicity of the activities contrasts with the structuring of processes through procedures, used by the company, as a basis for the conception of future work in these new environments. The constant unexpected situations contribute to the instability of the work activities.


Integrated operations Collective work Ad hoc teams 



We would like to thank the staff of subsea services unit and in particular, the operators and engineers who enabled this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidade Federal do Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil

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