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Drilling Automation Research at the University of Texas at Austin

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

In an innovative move, the University of Texas under the guidance of Professor Eric van Oort has opened laboratories targeting drilling automation. The drilling automation laboratory features a drill rig simulator, the first of its kind at an American University, and students and faculty have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that supports research, development and teaching. The talk will describe the current and future capabilities of the drilling automation laboratories, the goals of the drilling automation program at UT Austin, and current research topics such as automatic rig sensor data validation.

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Earn credits by completing this course0.15 CEU credit1.5 PDH credits

Speakers

Dr. Eric Van OortDr. Eric van Oort became Professor in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012, after a 20-year industry career with Shell Oil Company. He holds a PhD degree in Chemical Physics from the University of Amsterdam. He has (co-)authored more than 190 technical papers, holds 14 patents, is a former SPE Distinguished Lecturer, a SPE Distinguished Member, and the 2017 winner of the prestigious international SPE Drilling Engineering Award. At UT Austin, he directs drilling-related R&D in two industry consortia (RAPID and CODA) with over 25 industry company sponsors, covering drilling automation & control, sensor design, big data analytics, complex well construction challenges, and well abandonment & decommissioning. Recently, he has become involved in deep closed-loop geothermal drilling through UT’s new GEO initiative, for which he is the technical lead. In addition, he is the co-founder of 3 start-up companies, including SPYDR dedicated to drilling automation technologies, and is the CEO of his own consulting company.
Dr. Pradeep Ashok