What Happens to Directional Drillers When Computers Are Directing Drillers?

Topics: Directional/extended reach wells
Every well drilled using Motive Drilling Technologies software is monitored by experienced directional drillers, each tracking eight wells at Motive’s Directional Drilling Command Center. Source: Motive

Behind every driller drilling a horizontal well is a directional driller. And increasingly, there is a screen in front of the driller showing what to do next.

“It is like a navigation system for drilling,” said Ginger Hildebrand, operational efficiency manager for North America land drilling at Schlumberger. Based on surface and downhole data, it delivers “step-by-step directions, shows you where you are and how well you are performing.”

In other words, the directional drilling advisory software (directional advisor) is designed to do what a directional driller does for a living.

The goal of algorithm-driven decision making is to “industrialize directional drilling operations.” That means more consistent, efficient drilling, as measured by the time it takes, the ability to consistently deliver complex well designs, the quality of the borehole, and facilitating decisions that determine the long-term value of the well.

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What Happens to Directional Drillers When Computers Are Directing Drillers?

Stephen Rassenfoss, JPT Emerging Technology Senior Editor

01 August 2017

Volume: 69 | Issue: 8