Wednesday, April 19
Automation Be a Competitive Differentiator
Jonathan Crane, VP Wells Technology Deployment & Tech. Services, Shell
In this first session the past, present, and future chairmen of DSATS will set the stage for the great debate by presenting the work done by DSATS over the past 10 years in support of automating of the drilling process. The session will act as an open forum to workshop attendees to both critique and propose future efforts for DSATS in the coming years. If you feel that DSATS could do more on certain issues, this is your chance to make your point and help craft future efforts.
The DSATS Charter
Moray Laing, SAS
Rig Automation, Machines and Control Systems
Michael Behounek, Apache
Connectivity, Silos and Data
John Macpherson, Baker Hughes
Sensors, Modelling and Analytics
Moray Laing, SAS
Although the industry has been on a downturn, new technology associated with sensors, automation, equipment design and data driven real time solutions are potentially revolutionizing the way we approach drilling operations today and tomorrow. Because there is a significant cost not only to the development of this technology but to the testing and execution of these new and potentially standardizing approaches to drilling. A debate exists as to whether such improvements are necessary are really adding to the bottom line of rig operations. In this session we have a panel that will debate the advantages, the necessity and the economics of this new technology. The intent is for a robust debate around the pros and cons of these new operational strategies. Audience participation is anticipated to be part of this lively discussion.
Case Study: SCADAdrill - Shell's Drilling Automation Project
David Blacklaw, Global Wells Automation, Shell
The Way Forward Get'er Done
Greg Ward, President/CEO, RigMinder
Performance Drilling - Objectives and Challenges to Automation
Graham Mensa-Wilmot, Drilling Engineer Advisor, Chevron
Maximizing the Value Proposition of Rigs Through Innovation
Subodh Saxena, Vice President, Western Hemisphere, Nabors, Inc.
As stated in Session 2 sensors, automation, equipment design and data driven solutions are revolutionizing the way we approach drilling operations today and tomorrow: improving drilling performance using advanced data acquisition and processing is a reality. This session will explore, with concrete examples, cases where an automation solution has integrated services and improved productivity, where systems automation has driven construction efficiency, where automated rigs differentiate drilling contractors from the crowd. At this session the audience will hear from operators and service companies that have extracted real value out from these approaches. This includes new business models and how operator procurement departments are adapting to the changing markets.
Am I a Blocker to change or an Ambassador?
Evelyn MacLean-Quick, VP Global Supply Chain, Hess
"Closed Loop Downhole Automation" Combined with "Surface Process Control" the Full Automation Package in Action
Tony Pink, VP Dynamic Drilling Solutions, NOV
The Zipper Drilling System - Circulatory Hoist Enables High-Efficiency, Automated Drilling Operations
Allan Richardson, CTI and Peter Root, R&D Manager, Warrior Manufacturing
A small group of industry experts have been active in Drilling Automation for a while now. A degree of success can be claimed, particularly leading up to the beginning of the oil price collapse in 2014. Looking at historic oil price cycles, this latest lull has similarities to the 1980’s, a technology renaissance period, where efficiency focused methods rose to the forefront to keep the drilling business alive. Is Drilling automation leading a new renaissance? Three experts representing academia, operators, drilling contractors and service providers discuss removing barriers and delivering breakthroughs to make this happen.
Kevin Kennett, VP Marketing, Schlumberger
John Thorogood, Drilling Engineering Advisor, Drilling Global Consultant LLP
Eric Van Oort, Professor, University of Texas
Thursday, April 20
The growth of industrial automation has shown us that interoperability is critical to the growth of Drilling Systems Automation (DSA). The drilling industry thrives on competition and development of proprietary innovative solutions. Where is the right balance between collaboration and competition? Data, information and control connectivity is a core to interoperability. This session will develop from big data lessons, through DSA infrastructure experiences to a discussion on standards, commercial and proprietary solutions.
Lessons on Collaboration and Competition in Big Data and Automation from Outside Drilling
Satyam Priyadarshy, Chief Data Scientist, Halliburton
Experiences with Establishing DSA Infrastructure on a Drilling Rig – Why We Need Standards
Hans-Uwe Brackel, Systems Architect, Baker Hughes
Standards in Action, A Drilling Rig Example - The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Martin Cavanaugh, Cavanaugh Consulting Ltd.
Data driven control solutions are all the craze these days, with “cognitive expert advisor” and “machine learning” hitting the top of 2016 Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. What is there place in drilling automation? This session will explore the pros and cons of both data driven models and physics driven models from both inside and outside of the drilling industry. Also this session will touch on how a “black box” solution can keep the humans on the rig appraised of it decisions and how they can work with humans to make better decision than either a human or a “black box” system could make independently.
Model-Driven Drilling Process Automation: Design Considerations and Results from Drilling 17 Sections in the North Sea
Eric Cayeux, Chief Scientist at IRIS
Physics-Constrained Machine Learning Approach to Reduce Kick Detection False Alarm Rates by 100x
Mark Hibbard, President, CoVar Applied Technologies
From the Enterprise to the Edge. An Examination of the Pros and Cons of Different Types of Data Driven Solutions
Keith Holdaway, Advisory Industry Consultant, SAS
Presentation from the Drillbotics Student Competition
University of Texas at Austin and Missouri University of Science and Technology
The industry’s focus on drilling automation has created separate camps, almost right wing / left wing divisions, divided by their either heavy focus on data quality & rates or the other group more concerned by the trending of data to support automation. The next three to five years shouldn’t be blue sky solutions, but rather pragmatic areas of automation. Near terms solutions will likely be focused on optimization or improved safety of operations. There has to be a middle ground on an advancement that brings our industry forward –the question begs to be asked, what is the optimum cost per bit of data and/or data quality from telemetry to surface and/or from surface sensors. What is the tipping point of that cost? The valuation proposition has to be strengthened to justify many of the new technologies.
Key Considerations for Successful Drill Floor Automation
Bill O'Grady, Chief Technical Officer, Athens Group
Downhole Data and Drilling Automation? A Discussion on Availability, Latency, Accuracy, and Quality
Robert Wylie, President and CEO, Xndrilling
Fundamental Data Quality Issues and Processes - Working Together to Address
Zoom Nguyen, Analytics Engineer, ConocoPhillips
This interactive session will be on a collation of key workshop messages and generation of concrete take-away actions to guide the industry in drilling systems automation and well construction.