Communication is the act of conveying intended meanings from one entity or group to another through the use of mutually understood signs and semiotic rules. The basic steps of communication are the forming of communicative intent, message composition, message encoding, and transmission of signal using a specific channel or medium, reception of signal, message decoding and finally interpretation of the message by the recipient.

Communication in DSA is a major element that requires standards and cooperation to be effective


For the purposes of rig automation, the industry must develop broad agreement on the various communications standards and must define an industry domain data model and establish naming conventions. It must also ensure security between networked systems.

Future State

To facilitate automated drilling, systems will be discoverable and self-describing and will accommodate ‘plug-and-play’ interconnectivity between systems. Automated systems will also be able to connect to rig data acquisition systems that have appropriate security credentials.