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How Artificial Intelligence Will Benefit Drilling

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Technological innovation is a critical driver of economic growth in the oil and gas industry. One of the buzzwords in the media today is artificial intelligence, or AI. Put simply, the use of AI allows for drastic improvements in drilling with less physical input from drillers and without drillers having to explain how the machine accomplished the task it is given. The end goal is to have combined systems that know how to perform a function on their own.

More often than not, automation and optimization are independently addressed; AI is the bridge between the two. It will drastically change/disrupt the way the industry drills wells in the future, and, as an industry, we need to embrace the technology now and start changing previous ways of thinking.

Intelligent drilling automation is going to be a game changer and the new way to drill smarter producing wellbores. One essential improvement that will take immediate effect is on decision making at the rigsite. Because of the number of hands on the jar at the rigsite, no one wants to be the key decision maker. With a controlled input/output, AI systems will take that task from service companies and rig personnel and make optimized analytical decisions, thereby enabling stakeholders to achieve significant gains.

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How Artificial Intelligence Will Benefit Drilling

Nii Ahele Nunoo, Asset Manager, National Oilwell Varco

01 May 2018

Volume: 70 | Issue: 5

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