The DROPS Asia Web Forum has been retired as most contributors preferred to share their knowledge via email, one-one meetings or via our LinkedIn page. Below is an extract of the most read articles. 

March 5, 2021, 01:41

DROPS Asia Webinar on Inspections, Surveys and Audits 11 August 2020

Prepared by Kamsin Sajnani, Akshay S. Manjramkar, Sourabh Hulawale and Omkar Khodke of the MIT World Peace University

Due to the dynamic nature of operations carried out in O&G Industry, the Dropped Objects incidents are increasing with time. Thus, to design the Prevention Strategy for dropped objects, the role of Internal Inspections and Third Party Inspections has gotten significant. Various Operators, Drilling Contractors, Service and Inspection companies are zeroing in on the most proficient method to oversee such internal and third party inspections effectively.

The webinar talked about how different operators, drilling contractors, service and inspection companies do their internal inspection and third party inspections, the frequency of conducting such inspections, deliverables of their inspections and the required competencies for the inspector. These were addressed with the help of different industry professionals.

The first speaker was Mrs. Afizza Anis Abdul Rahman, who was the newly appointed Head of Wells HSE from Petronas, and she shared her perspective of Petronas on DROPS inspections.

The subsequent speaker was Mr. Allen Smith, trainer and facilitator with DROPS global. He focused on the importance of reliable securing or secondary retention, available tools and publications on DROPS forum about different secondary retention techniques. His special emphasis was on what are Split pins/ cotter pins, their design and installation procedure. He likewise examined about the learnings from IOGP/ CAA workgroup on helideck inspections.

The third speaker was Mr. Sagar Raut, HSE Manager from Seadrill. He talked about Seadrill’s approach for internal and third party DROPS inspection, about DROPS strategy, DROPS survey, training and competence.

The last speaker was Mr. Cameron Stevens who shared how technology can assist in improving DROPS inspections using an Augmented Reality Head device. With the help of this gadget, one can snap a picture of any equipment or tool and check whether its plan and establishment is as per the best suggested rehearses from DROPS or not. Likewise, one can store the information during examination in the gadget and can refresh as well. With the assistance of this gadget, one can take the assistance of topic specialists through calling him/her while conducting an inspection.

Following the presentations, there was a Q&A session, for which a large virtual whiteboard was used. This worksheet also included the contact details and presentations from various industry professionals. A special thanks to the team at RP Squared for volunteering to facilitate this.

This webinar gave an insight about how various companies plan the preventive strategies on the Dropped Objects, assessments with their own wellbeing approaches alongside DROPS suggested best practices.

We had some technical difficulties with the Teams live event meeting and some of the scheduled presenters could not log in. We thank Simon Walker from Transocean, Phil Rusden from Borr Drilling and William Lai from Baker Hughes for preparing.

165 participants from a mix of drilling contractors, operators, service majors, inspection companies as well as non-oil and gas joined this webinar, a record for the DROPS Asia chapter.

The following speakers have agreed to record their presentation after the webinar and we have posted these videos on our YouTube Channel here

Keynote – Mrs. Afizza Anis Abdul Rahman, Head of HSE Wells at Petronas Carigali

Overview of DROPS publications related to inspections, Kamsin Sajnani, Akshay S. Manjramkar, Sourabh Hulawale and Omkar Khodke of the MIT World Peace University

DROPS Global Update – Allen Smith, Facilitator & Trainer at DROPS Global

Drilling Contractor Perspective – Sagar Raut, HSSEQ Manager Asia Pac & Middle East, Seadrill

Service Provider Perspective – William Lai, QHSE Leader Asia Pacific, Baker Hughes

Head Mounted Tablet for hands free inspections – Cameron Stevens, Solutions Engineer at RealWear Inc.

Various Q&A – Allen Smith & Joachim van der Meulen, DROPS Global & DROP Asia.

This webinar was sponsored by Dropsafe. Please check the interview with Mike Rice on their latest helideck perimeter netting product.


 May 22, 2020, 06:04

 DROPS Asia Webinar 31 March 


  • A presentation of the DROPS Asia Objectives for 2020
  • A presentation by Shell on Recharging the reduction of high potential dropped objects
  • An update of the development of DROPS VR



DROPS VR is an initiative by the DROPS Asia Chapter administered by Drilling VR to create a free Virtual Reality based awareness training and collaboration tool.

Students will learn through a series of real world simulated assignments to

  • Understand the potential of dropped objects
  • Recognize common causes of dropped objects
  • Methods for preventing dropped objects and preventing harm
  • Become familiar with reference tools and publications of the DROPS Forum

DROPS is all about collaboration and the DROPS VR will be a tool where members can

  • Virtually remotely meet in a range of Industrial simulated environments
  • Interact with the Virtual Environment by pointing at and moving objects
  • Speak with each other through a multiplayer avatar system
  • Designed for subject matter experts to meet and collaborate for the prevention of dropped objects

DROPS VR will be built collaboratively with volunteer subject matter experts and is made possible through sponsorship. We currently have a demo version with a few environments and scenarios and will gradually build upon this until the first full version is ready.

If you would like to get involved, you will need an Oculus Go Virtual Headset available in most countries at around 150 to 200 USD. After obtaining the device, you will need to register an account with this website and hit the “download” button on the top menu.

If you have any questions about this project, please do not hesitate to contact the DROPS Asia Secretary Joachim van der Meulen through the contact page


Dropsafe Champions New DROPS VR Virtual Reality Training Platform


September 23, 2020, 07:10

Oculus Quest 2

Oculus Quest 2

Facebook Inc have recently launched the Oculus Quest 2, just 16 months after launching the first version of their stand-alone gaming headset.

The new headset comes with a much faster processor, sharper screen and is 10% lighter.

The 64 GB option sells for US$ 299 and the 256GB for US$ 399.

Readers are cautioned that the Quest 2 requires users to login with a Facebook account. A business version which does not require a Facebook account or has any distracting games on it is available but at more than double the costs.

The DROPS VR demo looks great on the Quest 1 and will look even better on the Quest 2. For the moment, you will need a fairly complicated process to load the app using a process called sideloading  It is expected an improved and simplified loading process will be available from early 2021.

If you are interest to buy the Quest 2, please use one of the links below. (a small commission will be shared with DROPS Asia and this will contribute to the further development of DROPSVR)

Oculus Quest 2 64GB @ Amazon

Oculus Quest 2 256 GB @ Amazon

May 22, 2020, 03:07

What is DROPS?

Within the oil and gas industry, everyone knows the potential cost of a dropped object. It’s not just about equipment damage and lost production. It’s about life!

The problem is common to everyone in the industry, across all regions, sectors and disciplines. 

DROPS is an industry-wide initiative focused on preventing dropped objects, with the ultimate goal of delivering a second nature dropped objects prevention strategy across our industry.

DROPS is essentially a Global Work Group, represented by 200 operators, contractors, service companies and industry bodies, all sharing commitment and enthusiasm for the common goal of dropped object prevention.

To learn more about DROPS visit