Industry Article: Automated Drilling Raises Control Issues

Automated Drilling Raises Control Issues
Publication: Journal of Petroleum Technology
Publication Date: 09/01/2011

Schlumberger has developed two automated drilling programs aimed at assisting directional drillers with best practices. One program speeds the drilling penetration rate, and the second controls the trajectory of drilling. The benefits come in the form of faster drilling, which lowers costs, and more predictable results, which is critical in satisfying the terms in drilling contracts. Both are aimed at performance that exceeds what is now available elsewhere. The impact of automation on drillers will allow them to shift away from the tasks best done using automation, to those that require human supervision.

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