Across upstream oil & gas operations, automation continues to be an increasingly important way to reduce risk and improve efficiencies, even for complex tasks historically requiring close human attention. Traditional manual processes are prone to higher inherent risks and inefficiencies, leading to unplanned non-productive time and cost overruns. However, the integration of advanced technologies such as robotics, closed-loop systems, and digital twins has paved the way for automated systems that are revolutionizing the industry.
Within unconventional completions, wireline conveyed perforating or “plug and perf” jobs are a critical part of the hydraulic fracturing operation. This operation requires focus from all personnel involved since variable downhole conditions can cause costly unplanned events such as pre-set plugs or pumped-off tool strings downhole. These events result in unplanned well interventions such as coil tubing fishing jobs, which can be extremely costly. Automating this operation, and employing a real-time digital twin reduces the risk of unplanned events and costly NPT. The use of automated perforating operations leads to a safer and more productive oil and gas industry, where human expertise is augmented by technology to achieve better outcomes.