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Drilling Decision Management in the Age of Drilling Automation

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

Drilling automation is coming. Most Drilling Control System vendors have early commercial drilling automation solutions, and many are working on new and improved systems. Forward looking Operators and Drilling Contractors are evaluating these offerings, and many are actively pursuing field tests. Some Operators are even developing their own in-house methods. These systems will help exploit the capabilities offered by modern AC-VFD rigs, but many challenges remain. Automated systems are good at executing instructions – the key to improving performance is to make sure the instructions are suitable for the task in hand, and that they can be easily modified and improved based on actual outcomes. Effective drilling decision management requires a combination of data driven offset well analysis, understanding of the capabilities of automated execution, and the ability to make the link between cause and effect in drilling processes and procedures. Effective decisions also need to consider the contractual and business relationships between the players involved, and the equitable spreading of risk and reward will be key to future progress. Drilling Automation could be a remarkable enabler for our industry. The one key idea to take away from this presentation is that by working together and “focusing on a system approach” we can take advantage of this developing technology to make sustainable improvments to well construction.

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


Richard Meehan