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Neuro Autonomous Solutions

Enhanced technologies for improved well economics with repeatability, reliability, and reduced carbon

Neuro autonomous solutions connect thousands of engineers around the world by streaming live, real-time data through a robust and secure network linked by satellites orbiting the planet. And the capabilities that enables unites all the technology, backed by all the engineering and domain expertise that Schlumberger has amassed for a century.

Intelligent Planning
Predictive steering machine-learning model
Data-driven tendency analysis
Automated trajectory design and analysis
Surface Automation
Digital acquisition system
Surface steering automation
Energy management
Downhole Automation
Auto-vertical
Auto-inclination
Auto-tangent
Auto-curve
Intelligent Execution
Directional drilling advisor
All steering tools and sizes
Autonomous Directional Drilling

Performance is key

Neuro autonomous solutions enable our autonomous directional drilling capabilities that build wells in the most efficient and consistent manner possible, regardless of the rig, field, or trajectory. It does so by focusing on intelligent planning and execution in combination with our suites of surface and downhole automation.

This means that your trajectory stays right on plan because our technology enhanced by Neuro solutions measures the exact strength of the earth’s gravitational and magnetic fields every second. We also use 3D reservoir mapping in real time to help pinpoint the BHA’s exact subsurface location and determine the precise steering responses needed. And this enables real-time reservoir characterization, which not only keeps you on track, but it gets you to the sweet spot in the reservoir pay zone.

Autonomous Directional Drilling
The future of how you drill wells—now

The path to full autonomy

Neuro solutions center on six key levels of autonomous capabilities. Levels 0 to 2 consist of trajectory monitoring and projections and downhole singular-automation algorithms such as inclination hold. Level 3 combines multiple support features and unifies them with an 'intelligent' system, supporting analytical decision making with the physical automation of the steering process. Level 4 comprises multidisciplinary well-construction workflows with rig automation. This is where ADD is natively embedded inside the rig automation system. Level 5 uses subsurface formation evaluation data to govern geosteering and place wells in real time. This is a completely autonomous condition and will surpasses operational capabilities we have today.

Downhole Automation

Drilling with rotary steerable systems requires operating in manual mode, involving a command sequence applied repeatedly to control the curve trajectory and comprises multiple interventions and downlinks from the directional driller at the surface for steering force, toolface (TF) orientation, and measurements. Downlinks to the BHA and tool data fed back to the surface for adjustments in commands are called control-loop time, which can be as much as 20 minutes. And it is the bane of every directional driller’s existence. Until now.

Downhole Automation icon with text underneath

Minimize surface interference and eliminate downlinks

Neuro solutions enable autonomous directional drilling, the downhole control technology guiding our tools in autonomous well construction, overcoming control-loop time and associated data-to-surface delays when downhole tools detect or encounter programed conditions, and then wait for downlinking corrective instructions. Now, advanced BHA components enhanced by Neuro Solutions can assess the data and react at the time and place needed, even when heading into the zone of exclusion (ZOE) or into rugged downhole conditions.

And, we’re not just talking auto-vertical and auto-tangent—we've also achieved auto-curve.

Reduce control latency and enable precision to stay on plan
Decisions and adjustments are made when and where tools encounter the data, which means far better verticals, steeper curves, less tortuous tangents, and way more accurate laterals. This all translates to consistent directional results well after well and better well economics, reduced carbon, and an overall better outcome. And it is the culmination of an autonomous drilling journey we launched more than 18 years ago.

Autonomous Downhole Control System
The brains that drive the brawn
Insights: The Future of Well Construction is Underway
Autonomous directional drilling was introduced, not as a tool, not as a service, but comprising all the technology, engineering, and domain expertise amassed over the last century. Ziad Akkaoui, Digital Drilling Execution Champion, discusses how this impacts the future of well construction.
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