Industry Analogies for Successful Implementation of Drilling-Systems Automation and Real-Time Operating Centers
- John P. de Wardt (DE WARDT AND COMPANY INCORPORATED)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Drilling & Completion
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- March 2014
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- Journal Paper
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- 2014.Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 1.6 Drilling Operations
- automation, workflow, RTOC
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Industry analogies provide excellent insight to finding the optimal balance among manual, automatic, and remote operations. They also can provide excellent insight into data displays and decision making. It is very important to define the current state and the future desired state for data acquisition, processing, decision making, and workflow in high-performance drilling operations. Understanding the difference between these two states provides the opportunity to guide the successful implementation of drilling-systems automation (DSA) and real-time operations centers (RTOCs). Aviation and space flight have been offered as appropriate analogies for the future application of drilling-systems automation. Formula 1(R) motor racing offers a highly competitive analogy for managing data flows combined with control systems. Various industry analogies are reviewed for their applicability to DSA and RTOCs. The benefits and drawbacks of each are highlighted. An assessment uses insights from other analogous industries to provide the opportunity to define best practices and relevant application for various well types from these analogies. An advanced application of DSA and RTOCs will change the role of the driller as well as the competency makeup and location of the drilling team. Maximal benefit from DSA and RTOCs can be achieved through carefully planned implementation on the basis of relevant learning from other industries.
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