TOPICS OF INTEREST
Weatherford and Safe Influx To Combine Technologies in New Agreement
The service companies plan to co-market an emerging well control system that can integrate with established managed-pressure-drilling components to enhance well construction safety and efficiency.
Petrobras Trims Drilling by Months With Software That Will One Day Automate Its Offshore Rigs
Brazil’s national oil company details the results of 6 years of real-time drilling monitoring. The next step is to move toward optimization, then automation.
Adaptive Drilling Application Uses AI To Enhance On-Bottom Drilling Performance
An intelligent drilling optimization application performs as an adaptive autodriller. In the Marcellus Shale, ROP improved 61% and 39% and drilling performance, measured as hours on bottom, improved 25%.
Deep-Learning Techniques Classify Cuttings Volume of Shale Shakers
A real-time deep-learning model is proposed to classify the volume of cuttings from a shale shaker on an offshore drilling rig by analyzing the real-time monitoring video stream.
There’s More to Dull Drill Bits Than Meets the Eye
The best way to know how drilling affects drill bits is to visualize the bits. A device that creates high-resolution images for precise measurements is one of three technologies being featured in a JPT series on drilling measurement innovations.
Upstream Digitalization Is Proving Itself in the Real World
For the upstream industry, where improvement in efficiency or production can drive significant financial results, there is no question that the size of the digital prize is huge. So are the challenges.
A Drilling Automation Idea a Driller Could Appreciate
A group of people who really care how drillers code the memos added to the daily drilling report is the data scientists—who find that the coded tags do not match the activity. A program that helps drillers code is one of three technologies featured in a JPT series on drilling measurement innovation.
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%.
Don’t Tell Them You Are Using Excel
Engineering career tip of the day: If you are using Microsoft Excel at work, don’t leave it open on your computer when your boss is nearby.
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.
Semantic Framework Aligns Real-Time Drilling-Management and Control Applications
The complete paper presents a drilling semantic framework that allows software solutions to achieve automatic and versatile self-configuration.
Addressing Challenges in Rig-Based Drilling Advisory System Deployment
The complete paper presents a process used to successfully implement a rig-based drilling advisory system (RDAS) across a mixed group of rig contractors.
Real-Time Measurements Improve Managed-Pressure Operations in HP/HT North Sea Well
This paper describes how new technology was implemented and deployed through a downhole acoustic network through a sequence of runs in complex North Sea wells under managed-pressure conditions.
Artificial-Intelligence-Driven Timelines Help Optimize Well Life Cycle
This paper discusses how oil and gas companies are using a new generation of AI-driven applications powered by computational-knowledge graphs and AI algorithms to create a digital knowledge layer for oil and gas wells that provides a timeline of significant well events.
Real-Time Data From Wired Drillpipe Leads to Improvement in Drilling Performance
This paper shows how high-frequency, real-time drilling data from wired drillpipe has helped optimization of drilling performance and achievement of additional improvements in the New Mexico Delaware Basin.
Intelligent Drilling Advisory System Optimizes Performance
In the current work, a rig advisory system is developed to continually improve rate of penetration (ROP) and drilling performance. An intelligent drilling advisory system (IDAS), based on a soft closed-loop solution with multiple regression analysis has been established.
Legacy Providers Lose Ground In Texas’ Crowded Directional Drilling Market
Directional drilling and measurement-while-drilling technology has become so democratized in the Texas shale sector that no provider holds more than 8% of the market share.
Drilling Change Requires Changing Drillers
Drilling change requires training drillers. Leadership matters, as does motivation, engaging displays, and understanding office politics. Four different looks at the human side of drilling productivity improvement.
Selling Drilling Data like a Smart Phone
Corva’s challenge is to change the behavior of drillers who work for somebody else. The fast-growing company has no shortage of users.
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.
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.
Automated Operations and Wired Drillpipe Benefit Arctic Drilling
This paper presents a case history of drilling automation system pilot deployment, including the use of wired drillpipe, on an Arctic drilling operation.
Automation-Adoption Approach Maps Human/System Interaction
This paper describes the progress of directional-drilling-automation systems along the cognitive functions and levels of automation as defined by the Levels of Automation Taxonomy (LOAT) hierarchy introduced by the Drilling Systems Automation Roadmap Industry Initiative.
Automated Real-Time Torque-and-Drag Analysis Improves Drilling Performance
In this paper, the application of a real-time T&D model is demonstrated. The process of T&D analysis was automated, and the time and cost required to run physical models offline was reduced or, in some cases, eliminated.
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.
Refined Business, Software Platforms Drive Helmerich & Payne’s Drilling Evolution
Helmerich & Payne’s first 100 years have required constant reinvention. Now the company hopes its new drilling software platform built on the acquisitions of two startups will propel it through the next century.
Probabilistic Drilling-Optimization Index Guides Drillers To Improve Performance
This paper proposes a metric for quantifying drilling efficiency and drilling optimization that is computed by use of a Bayesian network.
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.
Challenges and Lessons of Implementing a Real-Time Drilling Advisory System
This paper discusses the technical challenges related to implementing a rigsite, real-time drilling advisory system and current solutions to these challenges.
Future Workforce Education Through Big-Data Analysis for Drilling Optimization
An operator partnered with the drilling-automation research group at The University of Texas at Austin to develop a work flow for big-data analysis and visualization. The objectives were to maximize the value derived from data, establish an analysis toolkit, and train students on data analytics.
Robotics Hits Tipping Point for Oil Industry Breakthroughs
The CEO of Houston Mechatronics told an Aramco Innovation Day audience that robotics is at the same point that the Internet and online communication were at in the mid-1990s and will soon become “the iconic technology of this century.”
Disruptive Drilling Technology Is All About Money and Those Who Have It
Money is the root all of startups, but getting it and making more of it depends on dealing with demanding people.
Integrated Work Flow Mitigates Drilling Vibrations
A work flow that combines optimization of the drillstring and bottomhole-assembly (BHA) design during well planning and then applies advanced surveillance tools to a well-trained drilling crew yields reduced vibrations and higher drilling rates.
Collaborative Approach to Implementation Helps Realize Benefits of Drilling Automation
This paper describes a collaborative effort between an operator, a drilling contractor, and a service company to introduce specific aspects of automated technology to a major drilling operation.
Embedding Automatic Risk-Level Estimation and Performance Analysis in Drilling Plans
This paper presents a method that quantitatively evaluates the risk levels of a drilling-operation plan as a function of the underlying uncertainty associated with its description.
Q&A: Rockwell Automation Aims To Unify Data Collection Systems, Optimize Analysis
Rockwell Automation’s Luis Gamboa explains his company’s new solution designed to allow operators to collect, sort, and reconcile the quality and quantity of data from multiple sources to optimize field data.
Transocean Makes Latest Move Toward Offshore Consolidation
This new deal marks the second major acquisition of an offshore drilling company since the onset of the industry downturn.
With New Rig Software, Automated Drilling is Easier To Embrace
A new process system compatible with all types of drilling rigs is opening the door to wider adoption of drilling automation in North America’s shale sector.
These Are the Forks in the Road to Drilling Automation
Along its journey to full-automation, the US drilling sector is facing a series of important crossroads that will determine what the so-called “rig of the future” really will be.
Workforce Education Key To Understanding Drilling Data
An industry expert said that workforce education will be critical to helping companies adapt to a changing data landscape and optimize their operations.
Retrofitting MPD Systems to Deepwater Rigs Aids Drilling, Efficiency, and Process Safety
The unique properties of deepwater formations pose significant challenges to the capabilities of conventional drilling rigs. Using automated drilling equipment, including MPD, efficiency and cost savings can accompany safety.
Four Misconceptions That Lead To Drilling Automation Failure
Drilling automation is one of the most promising emerging technologies that the oil and gas industry has to look forward to. The potential benefits span the spectrum from health and safety to lower costs and repeatable well results.
ATCE: Keeping it Simple, Smart
With limited resources and lots of dedication, West Virginia University students wowed judges of the ATCE Drillbotics drilling automation challenge with the automated drilling device they built.
Drilling Systems Automation and Management
As systems automation becomes more widespread in drilling, simulators are required to plan, train rig crews, and monitor real-time operations.
Drilling Automation Saves Rig Time and Safeguards Against Human Error
This paper shows how automation reduces invisible lost time and allows drillers to focus on other activities while repetitive tasks are controlled by software.
Wired Drillpipe, Closed-Loop Automation Technology Drive Performance Improvement
To accelerate learning, an operator deployed a real-time, closed-loop downhole automation system (DHAS) in conjunction with wired drillpipe in the 8¾-in.-hole section.
Use of Life-Cycle Drilling-Simulation System on Challenging HP/HT Drilling Operation
This paper presents the LCDSS and elaborates on the use of it in the preparation and training phase and the operational phase, including forecasting.
Drilling Improvements Work Toward the Perfect Well in the Eagle Ford
In the Eagle Ford, an integrated approach to engineering and operations was key to optimize performance and improve understanding of the area.
Breaking From the Norm To Reach Marginal Offshore Fields
A number of companies are pushing for alternative approaches to offshore development that seek to access marginal reservoirs. Their differing and unique ideas call for a departure from the usual playbook, but share a common goal of slashing capital costs.
Subsea Price War Demands Cost-Saving Innovations
Anyone selling something new for offshore exploration and production has to be able to answer a simple question from customers, “How can we save some money?” For Norwegian oil companies, change is coming in many forms: steel, sensors, software, and standards.
Drilling Down On Particle Size Analyzers
Automated particle-size analyzers are something you will not see on most drilling rigs, but some think this outside-the-oil-field technology will play a big role in the future of the drilling sector.
Hess Pilots Automated Drilling Rig in the Bakken
A pilot project carried out by Hess demonstrates how quickly automated drilling technology is able to take a rig from the bottom of the pack in terms of performance and push it to the top.
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 Competition Offers Real-World Skills Challenge
Vimlesh Bavadiya is leading a team of engineering students at the University of Oklahoma (OU) to repeat its victory in SPE’s Drillbotics competition next year.
ATCE Review: Future of Automated Rigs Requires Better-Trained Drillers
While there is talk about automation killing jobs, the reverse appears more likely as rigs have evolved to drill more difficult wells. Drilling automation will require more and better training programs to take full advantage of the technology.
The Dawn of a New Automation Consortium
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) have set an audacious goal to halve the time, cost, and number of rig personnel required for drilling every type of well, from unconventional shale to ultradeepwater.
Ultrasonic Drilling Mud Measurement to Improve Drilling
Technology developers are working on a new ultrasonic flowmeter for drilling fluids aimed at obtaining better measurements than current systems with far fewer disruptions to rig systems.
Automated Drilling Technologies Showing Promise
For the past several years, automated drilling has promised to deliver major improvements in drilling performance. But the technology is facing new obstacles that might affect its progress and commercialization.
Lessons From the Aviation Industry on Automation
One of the defining features of the 21st century will undoubtedly be the changing relationship between humans and automated machines.
Live Well Display and Automated Data Analysis Improve Managed-Pressure-Drilling Operations
This paper describes a number of system enhancements, including the ability to display and analyze not only the critical parameters of drilling hydraulics but also other information that allows different perspectives in considering the closed-loop system.
Automated Managed-Pressure Drilling Protects Caprock Integrity
The paper demonstrates the successful application of advanced automated managed-pressure-drilling (MPD) technologies on the Dover well close to Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.
Drilling Management and Automation
Our industry is involved in the development of several automated tools and processes to improve the quality of drilling operations.
Drilling Rigs Evolve Seeking Productivity Gains
The vision of fully automated drilling rigs driven by big data gathered in real time looks so far off but there are people working on a road map to help the oil and gas industry find its way there some day.
Design of an Automated Drilling-Prediction System
Data-mining processes are fundamental in obtaining the predictive benefits of real-time systems and have been progressing from descriptive to predictive optimization methods.
Management Strategies Optimize Drilling and Completion Operations
During the optimization process, the Castilla field became the model of management strategies for the rest of the fields in the company portfolio.
Integrated-Technology Approach Enables Successful Prospect Evaluations in Malaysia
Integration of technology applications is paramount in increasing the success rate of data delivery.
Drilling Management and Automation
Recently, while preparing to present a seminar on deepwater-well-construction optimization, I tried hard to find a word or a phrase that could be seen as “the secret” for a safe and optimized drilling performance.
Real-Time Analysis for Remote Operations Centers
Drilling, completion, production, and general surveillance are all areas that benefit greatly from remote real-time analysis.
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