In the “good old days”, all you needed to drill a good well was a Martin Decker Weight Indicator and a good drilling crew. However, today’s rigs use sophisticated drilling equipment, like top drives and pipe racking equipment, and execute intricate well plans in difficult drilling environments. This “information overload”, if left unmanaged, would overwhelm even the best drilling crew.
This talk will present contemporary case studies of how computer and communications technologies have been applied to enable the modern drilling team (now located both on and off the well site) to manage this increased complexity, identify critical information, bring together the right people to review the information in real time, and make effective drilling decisions. The examples will be drawn from both large and small operations, including land rigs, from all over the world.
The talk will show how lessons learned from past successes and failures in this area have been applied in today’s implementations. Specifically, it will show how psychological, cultural, and safety issues, as well as technical issues, must be considered in introducing these technologies.
The talk will conclude with a brief survey of related applications from outside our industry, with their implication for future developments in this area.