6 - 8 Mar 2018 | Fort Worth Convention Center | Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Interoperability in Drilling Automation – What Can be Learned from Other Industries?

DSATS (SPE’s Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section) and ART (IADC’s Advanced Rig Technology Committee) are holding a half-day symposium focusing on the importance of interoperability to unlock the potential of Drilling Systems Automation.

Interoperability has proven to be a key success factor for service providers in other application domains such as telecommunication, transportation and health care. It allows the continuous integration of innovative technologies in such complex systems; lowering cost, reducing time to market and improving performance (customer experience).

On the other hand, achieving Interoperability has been difficult in the O&G industry. A major factor is the lack of co-operation from vendors, who may see in it a potential threat of loss of competitive positioning and erosion of leverage in the market.

During this event, a number of experts will share their experience of interoperability in their domains. The Panel Session will incorporate short presentations followed by debate on the value of interoperability and how the drilling industry can advance from where we are to where other industries are.

  • Opening Remarks and DSATS / ART Updates – Moray Laing, Chairman SPE DSATS; Halliburton, Robin Macmillan, Chairman IADC ART, NOV

  • Interoperability in Drilling: Not just about Data Transfer – John de Wardt, Program Manager DSA Roadmap Industry Initiative, De Wardt & Co.

  • Why is not having Interoperability a Bad Thing for Drilling Automation? – Robert Thompson, Huisman

  • Introduction to DIM – Marty Cavanagh, Cavanagh Consulting Limited

  • Introduction to the Drilling Data Hub – Eric Cayeaux and Fionn Iversen, IRIS

  • Panel Session: Different Perspectives on Interoperability

Moderator: David Reid, Chief Marketing Officer, NOV


  • Frank Springett, Director of Engineering, R&D/NOVOS, NOV
  • Richard Meehan, Drilling Automation Program Manager, Schlumberger
  • Steve Krase, VP Downhole Technologies, Nabors
  • Thomas Burke, President, OPC Foundation
  • Jay Hollingsworth, CTO Energistics


Omni Fort Worth Hotel | Monday, 5 March 2018 | 13:00 – 17:00

Networking Reception | 17:00 – 19:00

Space is limited so be sure to register early which also ensures the early bird rate for members.  The meeting will be followed by a sponsored reception for symposium attendees.

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