TOPICS OF INTEREST
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.
17 May 2017