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Well Construction Automation - Preparing for the Big Jump Forward


16 - 18 July 2012

Vail, Colorado | The Sebastian Vail

About this Workshop

Automation in drilling and completion operations is coming quickly, and its rapid adoption will leave many industry players behind if they are not aware of the future it will bring.

With advances in control and automation of the whole drilling and completion processes rather than simply mechanizing equipment, significant improvements in safety, performance, quality, reliability, consistency and interoperability will be realized. This progressive application of automation will also create shifts in skills and competencies and transform the role of the driller, rig crew, and service specialists along the way.

Advances in automation are being made on multiple fronts today, but many lessons are available from its adoption and the transformation it afforded in the 1990s in other industries.

This workshop will impart important lessons learned from these other industries as well as provide an update on the latest automation development. It will recognize the future applications within the oil and gas industry of such technologies as robotics, machine learning, and autonomous task performance without continuous human guidance, along with the speed with which these technologies can be applied.


  • Drilling Engineers
  • Completion Engineers
  • Service Company Drilling System and Tools Engineers and Managers
  • Industry Experts in Drilling Systems and Processes
  • Consultants
  • Automation experts
  • Autonomous system experts
  • Academics in field of automation and autonomous systems
  • Academics in field of Drilling Systems and Processes


Workshop Guidelines

Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices.

Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the press are not invited to attend.


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop.


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted.  Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees will receive 2.0 CEUs.

One CEU equals 10 contact hours of participation.  CEUs will be awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop.  A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.