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Drilling Automation

Integrate to ease.

Shallow, straightforward and sweet hydrocarbon exploration and development no longer exist. Not only the drilling is becoming more challengeable from technical perspective also when it comes to responsibility and accountability to public it becomes very complicated.     

Automation improves safety while drilling faster and deliver higher quality well. Creating an Ecosystem with compatible components is the solution to make the most efficient and safest execution.

Initial applications of integrated drilling automation were onshore unconventional resource plays. The quantifiable benefits of real-time optimization through drilling automation include faster penetration rates, reduced risk of downhole problems such as fluid loss and stuck pipe, improved kick detection, increased ability to manage pressures and control ECD while drilling, fewer on-site personnel with related HS&E benefits, and a better well bore with less torque for easier completions.

Open Architecture enables any company to build its own tools and plug into the system and allows the third parties to develop and provide software applications that run on the surface operating system. 

Triple level of redundancy to the operator:

 First, it will be able to run with high-speed surface automation where all five surface processes (hoisting, rotating, pumping, power and safety) are controlled and prioritized by the control system. e.g. Amphion 

 Second, the system will perform surface automation with downhole verification using slow-speed telemetry systems such as mud pulse and EM with up to 10b/sec.

 Third, it will provide full automation, integrating both surface and high-speed downhole data transmitted on wired drill pipe up to 1mb/sec to maximize performance.

Key Components:

- MWD: Real time MWD with multi axial shock and vibration and preferably hydrostatic pressure sensor with as high as possible telemetry rate

- Control system: The control system under development features an architecture that facilitates automating drilling-related activities that would otherwise require human interaction to accomplish. Working seamlessly on control system installations, the goal with this system is to provide a single platform for automation solutions on all rig floor activities, equipment and services, including making connections, optimizing drilling, well bore stability, rig maintenance procedures, etc.

The fundamental premise of the automation system is that it is an open system that allows any proprietary or third-party application to be plugged in either down hole or at the surface. Applications fall into two main categories: well optimization and equipment optimization. Examples of internal and third-party applications include real-time surface drilling optimization, downhole drilling optimization, directional solutions, real-time torque and drag control, MPD and well bore stability, nonproductive time optimizers, and remote monitoring/control/maintenance/diagnostics.