Australasian Oil & Gas 11-13 March, 2015

The annual Australasian oil and gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG) is the platform event for the global oil & gas industry. Providing opportunities to network and learn about the latest technological and technique breakthroughs which will drive the industry into the future.

As Australasia’s largest oil and gas industry event for more than 30 years, AOG is expected to attract over 600 exhibitors from more than 20 countries, and draw more than 15,000 visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates from around the world to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 11-13 March, 2015.

3rd Aberdeen “Doing More with Offshore Engineering Data”

The 3rd Aberdeen “Doing More with Offshore Engineering Data” event, a forum for sharing the latest ideas and experiences for better ways to manage data and documents related for offshore operations. This includes design, maintenance, spares and operations documents, and making the most out of data over the lifetime of the asset, covering design, construction, operations and decommissioning.

More reading can be done here.

Rig automation, pero no mucho

During the last SPE ATCE conference in Amsterdam, I attended the DSATS segment (Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section) of the SPE . In case you don’t know, the purpose of DSATS is to accelerate the development and implementation of systems automation in the well drilling industry by supporting initiatives which communicate the technology, recommend best practices, standardize nomenclature and help define the value of drilling systems automation.

This was not the first time I attended this meeting and I must say I have not seen much progress in recent years. It is, however, always interesting to hear different opinions on how to move forward. Basically, the solution is entangled between adding more technology to make the drilling rig fully automated and the ROI of such solutions. Does the cost really justify replacing humans on the drilling floor? Do the automated systems perform better than humans? To date, safety is the major beneficiary of any automation, which is a good reason to pursue automation further. Another issue is the emphasis on automating “drilling” operations, which represent around 30% of total time on the rig. As it was pointed out, the rig spends more time in “flat time” than in making a hole, so the automation needs to focus on those flat time operations as well.

As a future trend, I believe we will see simpler rigs capable of working almost independently. They could even have much lower specifications than the current high-tech rigs. But they would be cheaper and safer to run. We could therefore have more rigs operating simultaneously than we can today. This is similar to Google’s driverless car, where a very basic and simple car can transport people from A to B autonomously. The business model would need to change to cater for such rigs.

Another interesting result that came out of the discussions was that one essential problem with drilling automation is data – more specifically, data quality control. It is illuminating to observe that all the sophisticated equipment used to automate a rig will rely on data from sensors, as well as decisions made by human supervisors. So, it does not matter what degree of automation is implemented on a rig, there will still be a need to look into data management processes in order to  achieve greater success.

2nd Annual Next Generation Digital Oilfields Conference

I was invited to make a presentation at the international event “The 2nd Annual Next Generation Digital Oilfields Conference” held on 17-18 November this year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,  along with other international experts in this area.

The conference will provide upstream professionals with crucial information on the latest innovations in the intelligent fields design and technologies. It will reveal how the right technology could be a game-changer for your particular assets and operations.”

My presentation was titled “Data Management To Improve Drilling Operations” and I was in the panel discussion on “The New Opportunities That Arise With The Digital Oilfield” and “Challenges To Automation In Upstream Sector“. More info can be found at this link.

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On the left, I am presenting and on the right are some of the participants at the conference.