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Well Construction Automation - Preparing for the Big Jump Forward


16 - 18 July 2012

Vail, Colorado | The Sebastian Vail

Technical Agenda

Monday, 16 July, 0745-0800

Chairpersons’ Welcome and Opening Remarks


Session I: Well Construction Automation Update – Vision of the Future

Chairs: Eric van Oort, University of Texas at Austin; Michael Behounek, Apache Corporation

  • Presentation 1: Control Contention – What is It and Why Do I Care?
    Jim Rogers, Apache Corporation
  • Presentation 2: Inevitable, But How and When?
    Mike Mannering
    , Schlumberger
  • Presentation 3: Meeting Drilling Automation Needs With an Open Access Network
    Fred Florence, National Oilwell Varco
  • Presentation 4: Drilling Automation Journey – Status Report
    Mark Anderson, Shell


Session II: Practical Experiences in Interoperability of Intelligent and Robotic Systems Enabling Oilfield Automation

Chairs: Brett Browning, Carnegie Mellon University; Clay Flannigan, Southwest Research Institute; Moray Laing, Baker Hughes

  • Presentation 1: Perspectives on Open Standards, the Open Operations and Maintenance (OpenO&M) Initiative, and the Oil and Gas Interoperability (OGI) Pilot
    Alan Johnston, MIMOSA; Matthew Rettagliata, Chevron
  • Presentation 2: Improved Down Hole Robotic Technologies for the Oil and Gas Industry
    Carl Strubberg, Welltec
  • Presentation 3: Towards Mobile Robots for Inspection and Maintenance in Hazardous Facilities
    Brett Browning, Carnegie Mellon University


Keynote Lunch

  • Anthony Stentz, Director of National Robotics Engineering Center


Session III: Latest Developments in Industrial Automation

Chairs: Roger Thompson, SciSys UK Limited; Ed Tovar, InTechSys, LLC

  • Presentation 1: Technologies for Mars Rover Autonomy
    Tara Estlin, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Presentation 2: Eye-Foot Coordination – Advances in Robot Locomotion and Manipulation
    Rob Playter, Boston Dynamics
  • Presentation 3: Graphical System Design Accelerates the Evolution of Robotics and Autonomous Control
    Paul Sweat, National Instruments
  • Presentation 4: Utilizing Robotics/Automation to Handle Hazardous Nuclear Material for Los Alamos National Lab
    Mitch Pryor, University of Texas at Austin
  • Presentation 5: Strategies for Implementing Automation
    Chris Norris, Wolf Robotics

Tuesday, 17 July, 0800-1130

Session IV: Multi-Faceted Impact of Human Factors on Automation

Chairs: Adrian Vuyk, Weatherford; Mario Zamora, M-I SWACO

  • Presentation 1: The Top Ten Human Factor Issues
    David Lee, User Centered Design Services Inc.
  • Presentation 2: NASA Automation to Improve Human Performance on the Job
    Debra Schreckenghost, TRACLabs
  • Presentation 3: Human Factors in the Railroad Industry
    Amanda DiFiore, QinetiQ – North America
  • Presentation 4: Designing Controls and Displays to Avoid Human Error
    Jerry Purswell, Purswell & Purswell Engineering & Ergonomics, Inc.


Keynote Lunch

  • Kurt Preston, Environmental Sciences Division, Army Research Office


Session V: Interoperability – Developing Systems Automation

Chairs: Thomas Burke, OPC Foundation; Jim Rogers, Apache Corporation

  • Presentation 1: Industrial Automation Standards – An Overview of Key Ongoing Work
    Donald Dunn, Aramco Services Company
  • Presentation 2: Achieving Multivendor Multiplatform Secure Reliable Interoperability Through
    Open Standards

    Thomas Burke, OPC Foundation
  • Presentation 3: Information Modeling in Well Construction Automation
    Espen Krogh, Prediktor
  • Presentation 4: Industrial Communications in Oil and Gas
    John Harrington and Aron Semle, Kepware Technologies
  • Presentation 5: Real-Time Collaboration Enables Continuous Improvement
    Tim Donaldson and Mark Fountain, ICONICS
  • Presentation 6: May You Live in Interesting Times
    Rick Morse, Invensys

Wednesday, 18 July, 0800-1130

Session VI: What is the Big Jump Forward?

Chairs: John de Wardt, de Wardt & Company; Clinton Chapman, Schlumberger

  • Presentation: Generating the Vision for the Big Jump Forward from What We Learned


Keynote Lunch

  • Luis Sentis and a Humanoid Robot, The University of Texas at Austin, The Human Centered Robotics Lab
    • Presentation: Toward Human Centered Robotics for Flexible Production Facilities