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Drilling Change Requires Changing Drillers

Source: Corva.
A Corva data analyst monitors many wells at a time, using programs tracking the status of wells and sending alerts on potential issues. The digital drilling advisory company regularly releases new tools to automate that job.

There is a lot of buzz about digital data and analytics changing drilling, and far less talk about teaching those who drill the wells how to deliver on that promise. That looks like a major oversight to Kevin Krausert, the chief executive officer of Beaver Drilling.

“Our industry is trying to figure out how we can engineer the humans out of this change. And we need to be thinking about how we put the humans in charge of engineering this change,” Krausert said.

His critique was delivered during a panel discussion at this year’s SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition. The head of the small Canadian drilling company argued that the value of digital- and data-driven change will depend on whether workers skilled at running a mechanical system are prepared to lead teams finding way to use digital tools to drill more productively.

To try to back up that claim, Beaver created a 2-year program in partnership with the University of Calgary to create the Avatar program to prepare students ranging from roughnecks to drilling managers for digital change.

The notion that an employee for a drilling contractor who may never have gone to college is the point person for drilling innovation is counterintuitive. But experience with drilling improvement programs has found that the ones on the rigs play a critical role.

“The fundamental shift has to be in the mindset of the guys who are right there in the thick of it. They are the ones affecting the change; they are the ones who can lead the movement,” said Jennifer Zieglgansberger, an executive coach in Calgary who partnered with Beaver to create Avatar.

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Drilling Change Requires Changing Drillers

Stephen Rassenfoss, JPT Emerging Technology Senior Editor

01 September 2019

Volume: 71 | Issue: 9

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