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Challenges and Lessons of Implementing a Real-Time Drilling Advisory System
This paper discusses the technical challenges related to implementing a rigsite, real-time drilling advisory system and current solutions to these challenges.
Future Workforce Education Through Big-Data Analysis for Drilling Optimization
An operator partnered with the drilling-automation research group at The University of Texas at Austin to develop a work flow for big-data analysis and visualization. The objectives were to maximize the value derived from data, establish an analysis toolkit, and train students on data analytics.
Robotics Hits Tipping Point for Oil Industry Breakthroughs
The CEO of Houston Mechatronics told an Aramco Innovation Day audience that robotics is at the same point that the Internet and online communication were at in the mid-1990s and will soon become “the iconic technology of this century.”
Disruptive Drilling Technology Is All About Money and Those Who Have It
Money is the root all of startups, but getting it and making more of it depends on dealing with demanding people.
Embedding Automatic Risk-Level Estimation and Performance Analysis in Drilling Plans
This paper presents a method that quantitatively evaluates the risk levels of a drilling-operation plan as a function of the underlying uncertainty associated with its description.
Collaborative Approach to Implementation Helps Realize Benefits of Drilling Automation
This paper describes a collaborative effort between an operator, a drilling contractor, and a service company to introduce specific aspects of automated technology to a major drilling operation.
Integrated Work Flow Mitigates Drilling Vibrations
A work flow that combines optimization of the drillstring and bottomhole-assembly (BHA) design during well planning and then applies advanced surveillance tools to a well-trained drilling crew yields reduced vibrations and higher drilling rates.
Q&A: Rockwell Automation Aims To Unify Data Collection Systems, Optimize Analysis
Rockwell Automation’s Luis Gamboa explains his company’s new solution designed to allow operators to collect, sort, and reconcile the quality and quantity of data from multiple sources to optimize field data.
Transocean Makes Latest Move Toward Offshore Consolidation
This new deal marks the second major acquisition of an offshore drilling company since the onset of the industry downturn.
With New Rig Software, Automated Drilling is Easier To Embrace
A new process system compatible with all types of drilling rigs is opening the door to wider adoption of drilling automation in North America’s shale sector.
These Are the Forks in the Road to Drilling Automation
Along its journey to full-automation, the US drilling sector is facing a series of important crossroads that will determine what the so-called “rig of the future” really will be.
Workforce Education Key To Understanding Drilling Data
An industry expert said that workforce education will be critical to helping companies adapt to a changing data landscape and optimize their operations.
Retrofitting MPD Systems to Deepwater Rigs Aids Drilling, Efficiency, and Process Safety
The unique properties of deepwater formations pose significant challenges to the capabilities of conventional drilling rigs. Using automated drilling equipment, including MPD, efficiency and cost savings can accompany safety.
Four Misconceptions That Lead To Drilling Automation Failure
Drilling automation is one of the most promising emerging technologies that the oil and gas industry has to look forward to. The potential benefits span the spectrum from health and safety to lower costs and repeatable well results.
ATCE: Keeping it Simple, Smart
With limited resources and lots of dedication, West Virginia University students wowed judges of the ATCE Drillbotics drilling automation challenge with the automated drilling device they built.
Drilling Systems Automation and Management
As systems automation becomes more widespread in drilling, simulators are required to plan, train rig crews, and monitor real-time operations.
Drilling Automation Saves Rig Time and Safeguards Against Human Error
This paper shows how automation reduces invisible lost time and allows drillers to focus on other activities while repetitive tasks are controlled by software.
Wired Drillpipe, Closed-Loop Automation Technology Drive Performance Improvement
To accelerate learning, an operator deployed a real-time, closed-loop downhole automation system (DHAS) in conjunction with wired drillpipe in the 8¾-in.-hole section.
Use of Life-Cycle Drilling-Simulation System on Challenging HP/HT Drilling Operation
This paper presents the LCDSS and elaborates on the use of it in the preparation and training phase and the operational phase, including forecasting.
Drilling Improvements Work Toward the Perfect Well in the Eagle Ford
In the Eagle Ford, an integrated approach to engineering and operations was key to optimize performance and improve understanding of the area.
Breaking From the Norm To Reach Marginal Offshore Fields
A number of companies are pushing for alternative approaches to offshore development that seek to access marginal reservoirs. Their differing and unique ideas call for a departure from the usual playbook, but share a common goal of slashing capital costs.
Subsea Price War Demands Cost-Saving Innovations
Anyone selling something new for offshore exploration and production has to be able to answer a simple question from customers, “How can we save some money?” For Norwegian oil companies, change is coming in many forms: steel, sensors, software, and standards.
Drilling Down On Particle Size Analyzers
Automated particle-size analyzers are something you will not see on most drilling rigs, but some think this outside-the-oil-field technology will play a big role in the future of the drilling sector.
Hess Pilots Automated Drilling Rig in the Bakken
A pilot project carried out by Hess demonstrates how quickly automated drilling technology is able to take a rig from the bottom of the pack in terms of performance and push it to the top.
Smart Kick Detection—First Step on the Well-Control-Automation Journey
On the basis of safety performance results achieved through automation downstream, an operator set out to achieve the same advances in its upstream business.
Drilling Competition Offers Real-World Skills Challenge
Vimlesh Bavadiya is leading a team of engineering students at the University of Oklahoma (OU) to repeat its victory in SPE’s Drillbotics competition next year.
ATCE Review: Future of Automated Rigs Requires Better-Trained Drillers
While there is talk about automation killing jobs, the reverse appears more likely as rigs have evolved to drill more difficult wells. Drilling automation will require more and better training programs to take full advantage of the technology.
The Dawn of a New Automation Consortium
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.
Ultrasonic Drilling Mud Measurement to Improve Drilling
Technology developers are working on a new ultrasonic flowmeter for drilling fluids aimed at obtaining better measurements than current systems with far fewer disruptions to rig systems.
Automated Drilling Technologies Showing Promise
For the past several years, automated drilling has promised to deliver major improvements in drilling performance. But the technology is facing new obstacles that might affect its progress and commercialization.
Lessons From the Aviation Industry on Automation
One of the defining features of the 21st century will undoubtedly be the changing relationship between humans and automated machines.
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