Drilling Automation Is the Future, But ExxonMobil Finds Gaps To Fill
ExxonMobil’s rig automation experiment is accelerating, with plans to push the number of rigs in the system from three to nine. Drilling efficiency was improved by use of an automated pipe-handling system, which reduced the median time required for connection at one location by 20%.
What is the Future Demand for Petroleum Engineers?
Artificial intelligence can do some things faster and better than humans can. But that may allow engineers to focus on higher-value tasks.
Succeeding at Petroleum Engineering in a Digital Age
Digital advances allow computers to do many of the tedious tasks once done by engineers, which frees them to focus on more interesting tasks.
Integrated Deepwater MPD Control System Increases Accuracy, Ease of Use
This paper presents lessons learned regarding design, testing, and installation of a completely integrated managed-pressure-drilling (MPD) control system on a deepwater drilling rig.
Directional Drilling Becomes Office Work at Chevron, Hess
Moving their directional drillers into their Houston real-time remote operations centers has improved drilling efficiency for two of the top shale producers.
Built on Several New Tools, Marathon’s Digital Oilfield is Maturing
Marathon Oil says its shale fields are producing more oil and gas with less hands-on work from company personnel thanks to a growing arsenal of digital technologies and workflows.
Digitalization is Changing Offshore Operations
Adoption of digital technologies will continue to improve the offshore sector, including improved well efficiency, real-time directional drilling, lower maintenance costs, and safer operations.
Equinor, Transocean Ink Deal for Five Automated Rigs
The contract is helping to solidify Europe’s offshore sector as the focal point for the rise of automated drilling technology.
Drilling: What Can We Do To Thrive?
Falling oil prices are the acid test of drilling efficiency. SPE Technical Director Jeff Moss of ExxonMobil talks about ways to build in lasting savings as part of this special report.
Wintershall, Seadrill To Use Automated Drilling on Newest Rig
The latest example of the offshore sector's march toward automated wellbore construction will take shape later this year in the North Sea.
What’s Different About These Drill Bits? How a Little Change Can Be Made to Matter
A contest where teams of college students design and build an automated drilling rig able to deal with hazardous obstacles in a test block, showed how a small change can be engineered to matter.
Life is Complicated and Uncertain: Why Not Just Focus on Drilling Faster?
Predicting the trajectory of a satellite, or a well, requires sophisticated analysis to reduce the huge uncertainties. That adds to the many things drillers should be thinking about, which can be overwhelming.
New Automated Work Flows Enhance Formation Evaluation
This paper bridges the gap between operational petrophysicists and FTS specialists, introducing an automated work flow by which petrophysicists can conduct FTS jobs.
Big Leaps Still to Come in Unconventional Technology
Today’s advancements in unconventional technology are worth marveling over, but there is still plenty of room for growth.
Someday Soon, a Computer Will Do the Report for the Morning Meeting
When the drilling crew arrives for the morning meeting, the computer will have generated its daily operations report.
The Fight for Control of Drilling Automation Systems
Drilling customers would like to be able to buy the hardware they need from the vendor of their choice and plug it into an automated system, but the companies creating the control systems say they can not afford to do that.
Data Ownership Questions Dog Drilling Automation
Drilling relies on complex webs of wired machines generating enormous amounts of data that need to be shared. But getting the appropriate data in the right hands is a problem.
Technology’s Role for Today’s New-Look, Multidisciplinary Teams
What are the real opportunities for disruptive step change that will help us to catch up and leapfrog other industries that have given rise to companies such as Amazon, Google, and Apple, and have driven the renewal of the auto, airline, and transportation industries?
What Happens to Directional Drillers When Computers Are Directing Drillers?
Software that offers turn-by-turn directions for drilling a horizontal well could drastically reduce the number of directional drillers.
Schlumberger: New Automated Hydraulic Fracturing Tech Trims Time and Workforce Requirements
A new spread of stimulation equipment from the world’s largest service company demonstrates the latest significant step to creating a more automated oilfield.
Industry Transformation Takes Many Forms
Many column inches are filled with discussion of how companies need to operate in the lower-for-longer market that the upstream oil and gas industry continues to face.
Better, Less Tedious, Fault Interpretation
The tedium of identifying small faults in often murky seismic images pushed Dustin Dewett, an associate geophysicist for BHP Billiton, to develop a better way to use the tools at hand.
Isn’t It Time for Our Own Spielbergian “Idea Summit”?
Industry's finest minds are expected to come together for an idea summit during the upcoming SPE Intelligent Energy International Conference and Exhibition in Aberdeen.
Achieving Well-Performance Optimization Through Work-Flow Automation
The Samarang oil field, offshore Sabah, Malaysia, is undergoing a redevelopment project with integrated operations. Several work flows were designed and deployed in order to achieve an early milestone of providing real-time well-performance monitoring, surveillance, and optimization.
Smart Kick Detection—First Step on the Well-Control-Automation Journey
On the basis of safety performance results achieved through automation downstream, an operator set out to achieve the same advances in its upstream business.
Drilling-Systems-Automation Roadmap: The Means To Accelerate Adoption
The drilling-systems-automation roadmap (DSA-R) initiative is a cross-industry effort launched in June 2013 to help accelerate the adoption of advancements in drilling-systems automation (DSA) for both onshore and offshore wells.
Paying Mind to Lift Systems in Mature Fields Yields Profit
Case studies from around the world prove that big rewards await companies that optimize the artificial lift systems keeping their mature fields alive. The success stories involve a mix of monitoring, automation, and performance tracking.
RoboNodes: Autonomous Seismic Receivers
Saudi Aramco is on a mission to increase the amount of seismic data that it collects by fourfold, while reducing costs and acquisition time by half of what it spends today.
Robotic Roustabouts for Tomorrow’s Subsea Fields
Robotic submarines, capable of operating by themselves thousands of feet underwater for months or perhaps years at a time, are under development as the vanguard of tomorrow’s subsea oil and gas fields.
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27 March 2020