SPE Workshop: The Great Drilling Automation Debate 19 - 20 Apr 2017 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston - Greenway Plaza Houston, Texas, USA

Drilling Automation is no longer a blue-sky concept alive only on a company’s technology plan. However, despite an ever increasing list of implementation initiatives, widespread adoption has been slow. With only the best crews on the job today, the argument that these folks can beat the machine has become more prevalent. Is this another example of short sightedness in our industry or are we on the cusp of widespread adoption of automation as activity ramps up and some crews are gone forever? Why has automation been unable to beat the best crews? Does this matter? What have been the real successes in automation to date, but just as important, what have we learned from the failures; do these support the case that less is more with automation? Do data rates really matter and is big data just a big bluff?