SPE Journal of Petroleum Technology

SPE JPT Drilling Automation section offers access to many publications that fall under the topic of DSA.

Automated Mud Skid Holds Promise of Safety, Efficiency Improvements With Real-Time Fluid Monitoring [June 2021] SPYDR, MetaRock team up with Pioneer Natural Resources for a pilot program in the Permian Basin to test real-time fluid monitoring.

A Big Question for Digital Experts: What Is the Driller Trying To Do? [June 2021] “What is the drilling state” has become an important question among data scientists and automation experts. The simplest definition of a complicated concept is that it is what the driller is doing at the time.

Drive for Automation Leads to Marriage of NOV and Schlumberger Software [May 2021] The largest makers of drilling-automation controls, NOV and Schlumberger, have agreed to collaborate to ensure their software and equipment work seamlessly together. The partners described it as a “collaboration to accelerate automated drilling.”

Norwegian Tech Deployments Show What 21st-Century Drilling Looks Like [March 2021] As the saying goes, the future is now. This is certainly the case offshore Norway, which represents one of the industry’s most influential test beds for impactful innovation.

Will This Be the Decade of Full Digital Twins for Well Construction? [March 2021] Technology is advancing, and applications are growing, but scaling faces technological and human challenges.

Data Exchange and Collaboration Realize Automated Drilling Control Potential [Feb 2021]The authors describe challenges that must be overcome to reach the goal of drilling systems automation.

Implementation of an Intelligent Drilling Automation System in the Middle East [Feb 2021] This paper details the introduction of a drilling automation system to deliver superior well-construction performance in a major gas field.

Drilling Automation and Innovation [Feb 2021] Drilling automation and innovation continue as dominant trends despite market downturns and unprecedented challenges in the past year. In many ways, the drive toward new efficiencies and step changes in well-construction performance has taken on an even greater sense of urgency.

Semantic Framework Aligns Real-Time Drilling-Management and Control Applications [January 2021] The complete paper presents a drilling semantic framework that allows software solutions to achieve automatic and versatile self-configuration.

Digital Transformation Enables Automated Real-Time Torque-and-Drag Modeling [January 2021] The complete paper presents a solution that integrates a physics-based torque-and-drag (T&D) stiff/soft string model with a real-time drilling analytics system using a custom-built extract, transform, and load translator and digital-transformation applications to automate the T&D modeling work flow.

Petrobras Trims Drilling by Months With Software That Will One Day Automate Its Offshore Rigs [August 2020] 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 [July 2020] 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%.

Drilling Automation Is the Future, But ExxonMobil Finds Gaps To Fill [9 Mar 2020] ExxonMobil’s rig automation experiment is accelerating, with plans to push the number of rigs in the system from three to nine.

Man vs. Drilling Machine Can Be a Productive Thing [01 February 2020] Matt Isbell from Hess leads the knowledge sharing on this topic supported by key drilling contractor Nabors.

With Automation in Hand Drillers Demand a Raise [01 February 2020] Records the debate at the SPE ATCE Special panel session in Clagary 2019 – discussion covers rewards being shared.

Digital Twins Mature in the North Sea [01 December 2019] Description of the digital twins of three physical assets used in training, verification and process simulation.

Drilling Change Requires Changing Drillers [01 September 2019] Takes a look at the changing role of subject matter experts, in particular the driller,  due to digital and data-driven change.

Slipping Past Human Barriers to Change [01 September 2019] Look at how Apache managed change when it rolled out its drilling advisory system.

Directional Drilling Becomes Office Work at Chevron, Hess (3 July 2019)Both Hess and Chevron report on de-manned and unmanned remote directional drilling operations

Automated Operations and Wired Drillpipe Benefit Arctic Drilling (1 Feb 2019)  Synopsis of an SPE paper by BP and NOV on drilling automation with wired pipe operations

Automated Real-Time Torque-and-Drag Analysis Improves Drilling Performance (1 Feb 2019).  Synopsis of a paper by Apache and Intellicess on the real-time processing of torque and drag data for event detection

Automation-Adoption Approach Maps Human/System Interaction. [February 2019] 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.

Equinor, Transocean Ink Deal for Five Automated Rigs. [February 2019] Transocean said will install automated drilling systems on four of its harsh-environment rigs on long-term contracts with Equinor.

What’s Different About These Drill Bits? How a Little Change Can Be Made to Matter (1 Jan 2019)JPT article on the 2018 Drillbotics competition which was won by NTNU

Drilling Systems Automation and Management. [September 2018] Signs of maturity in drilling systems automation are evident in the success stories filtering out of technical conferences and in the attraction of top university talent to an annual, international, drilling-systems-automation contest.

These Are the Forks in the Road to Drilling Automation. [May 2017] The low price of crude may have slowed the advance of drilling automation technology, but it clearly has not stopped it. Uptake is rising, chiefly in the US onshore market, where contractors including Nabors and Precision Drilling have recently rolled out their first batch of “closed-loop” automated rigs that take key pieces of the well construction process out of human hands.

With New Rig Software, Automated Drilling is Easier To Embrace. [June 2017] Last summer, while being moved from one well pad to the next, a rig in the Delaware Basin of Texas was updated with some new software. It took 11 hours to complete, and after the rig was powered back up, it went on to drill the vertical section of a horizontal well almost 3 days ahead of schedule.