SPE Drilling & Completion
Drilling automation is a rapidly developing area of technology that is
seeing growing interest within the drilling community. SPE set up a new
technical section devoted to the subject as it relates to downhole performance,
and the IADC has created a committee with a focus on surface processes.
As with any emerging technology, the associated jargon is evolving rapidly,
and different terms are used by different groups to refer to similar concepts
with the potential for confusion and misunderstanding. Automation efforts are
being undertaken by numerous and diverse organizations, and implementation of
such interrelated offerings at the rigsite needs consistent interface criteria
at each boundary to ensure efficient and safe operations.
The purpose of the proposed paper is to describe some of the concepts
already in operation and under development and to classify them into a number
of key categories.
The more significant interface requirements will be identified, and key
safety concerns will be highlighted. Parallels will be drawn with other
industries to demonstrate analogs and suggest where and how further
developments might be expected to lead.
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- Original manuscript received:
7 July 2009
- Meeting paper published:
18 March 2009
- Revised manuscript received:
6 March 2010
- Manuscript approved:
18 March 2010
- Published online:
14 October 2010
- Version of record:
23 December 2010