The Dawn of a New Automation Consortium

Photo courtesy of University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering.
Simulators at the University of Texas’ Cockrell School of Engineering allow students to get hands-on drilling experience and also allow the testing of drilling automation ideas.

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) have set an audacious goal to halve the time, cost, and number of rig personnel required for drilling every type of well,  from unconventional shale to ultradeepwater. The Rig Automation and Performance Improvement in Drilling (RAPID) research consortium is envisioned by its creators as an accelerator of technologies that can address “any and all” aspects of automated well construction.

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The Dawn of a New Automation Consortium

Trent Jacobs, JPT Senior Technology Writer

01 July 2015

Volume: 67 | Issue: 7

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