About SPE DSATS/IADC ART Symposium

DSATS is the Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).  Our purpose is to accelerate the development and implementation of systems automation in the well drilling industry by supporting initiatives that communicate the technology, recommend best practices, standardise nomenclature and help define the value of drilling systems automation. ​

ART is the Advanced Rig Technology Committee of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.  Our mission is to improve safety and efficiency through sound operating procedures, design of automated systems and standardising automation.​

Each year DSATS and ART combine to stage a half-day symposium addressing a theme relating to the automation of drilling rigs and well construction.  This year’s theme is “Trends in Well Construction Automation – where will we push the envelope if at all?”

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Symposium Outline

Symposium Outline

The trend in drilling systems automation is machine automation of rig and third party drilling equipment, coupled with interoperable advisory systems and remote operations. Early systems include automated trajectory drilling, drilling optimisation, and wellbore protection applications. Related developments are measurement automation, such as automated mud measurement systems, automated decoding of MWD / LWD signals and the semantics of real-time signals. The business drivers are efficiency improvements, process safety, cognitive reduction on drillers and assistant drillers and improved well control monitoring.​

Attention is now moving to well bore quality as it impacts completion and production. Drilling is only one aspect of the well construction process, and remote operations with automation may push the automation envelope to include other aspects of well construction, such as completions, wellbore intervention and P&A operations. Automation also plays a role in well construction for geothermal, and for carbon capture and storage, and in the attraction of new talent into well construction.​

A keynote interview and panel debate will explore these technology trends, their barriers, their business drivers, their impact, and the commercial opportunities they may or may not represent.


 

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