Drilling Automation: Technologies, Terminology, and Parallels With Other Industries
- John Thorogood (Drilling Global Consultant LLP) | Walt D. Aldred (Schlumberger) | Fred Florence (National Oilwell Varco) | Fionn Iversen (IRIS)
- Document ID
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Drilling & Completion
- Publication Date
- December 2010
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 419 - 425
- 2010. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 6.3.3 Operational Safety, 1.13 Drilling Automation, 1.6 Drilling Operations
- Drilling automation, Taxonomy of automation, Modelling and control, Human Factors
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Drilling automation is a rapidly developing area of technology that is seeing growing interest within the drilling community. SPE set up a new technical section devoted to the subject as it relates to downhole performance, and the IADC has created a committee with a focus on surface processes.
As with any emerging technology, the associated jargon is evolving rapidly, and different terms are used by different groups to refer to similar concepts with the potential for confusion and misunderstanding. Automation efforts are being undertaken by numerous and diverse organizations, and implementation of such interrelated offerings at the rigsite needs consistent interface criteria at each boundary to ensure efficient and safe operations.
The purpose of the proposed paper is to describe some of the concepts already in operation and under development and to classify them into a number of key categories.
The more significant interface requirements will be identified, and key safety concerns will be highlighted. Parallels will be drawn with other industries to demonstrate analogs and suggest where and how further developments might be expected to lead.
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