SPE Workshop: Drilling Systems Automation: A Systems Perspective 29 - 30 Oct 2019 Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa San Antonio, Texas, USA

About the Workshop

As drilling automation has transformed from a blue sky vision to a reality, so has the industry's understanding of the depth and breadth of automation needs and opportunities. The focus is no longer solely on-bottom drilling performance but now considers the entire lifecycle of well construction. This workshop will examine the following key areas in terms of pragmatic solutions that are either available today or are coming in the near future.

  • Sensors for automation
  • Pragmatic implementations of digital twins
  • Big data analytics that are proven
  • Streaming analytics and edge solutions
  • Systems approaches to automation including cyber security
  • Discrete systems that deliver non-discrete benefits
  • Human-centered design - industry 5.0 thinking (placing the human back in the loop)
  • Oilfield logistics of the future

Individual case studies within each session will be presented that provide a foundation for what is available today, and what will be available in the near term. This workshop will bring together operators, drilling data solution experts, as well as service company and drilling contractor personnel to identify and discuss challenges to accelerating adoption of these solutions in the industry.

Why Attend

An SPE workshop is a multi-day event that fosters knowledge sharing in an intensive learning experience. It provides brief technical presentations followed by extensive Q&A and discussion.

Staged in an intimate setting, an SPE workshop brings together E&P professionals with common roles and challenges to share ideas that advance both technology and best practices. They provide an environment for frank, open discussion. Press is not invited to attend.

The workshop’s program committee members solicit presentations from top industry professionals. This ensures a robust technical program with presentations that are laser-focused on best practices, lessons learned, and case studies.

What You Receive

​Released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the conclusion of the workshop. Speakers do not write formal papers and are not expected to release their presentations for publication.

​Attendees qualify for 1.2 SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU). One CEU equals 10 contact hours of participation. CEUs will be awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop. A permanent record of a participant's involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.


Remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted. Company logos are used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).