Meetings

2020 Meeting Programme

DATE MEETING TOPIC TECHNICAL CHAIR HOST LOCATION
12-13 March Digital breakthroughs in the drilling industry
Meeting Introduction

Most large operators and service companies have a digital transformation strategy, which often includes partnering with global IT companies, and involves large investments. While It appears that the rate of digitalization accelerates around us, there are still many challenges in making direct use of the broad palette of solutions that digital technology could offer to well construction. The industry needs to take more ownership of these opportunities. Which major digital breakthroughs are we expecting in our industry in the near future, and which ones can we identify as successful today? In the drilling domain a lot of data and information is gathered and reported by all parties involved in the process. The challenge remains to transform it into actionable knowledge and support operations.In recent years automation and ‘big data’ has dominated drilling conferences and innovation agendas. Are we beginning to see the results of the efforts in these domains? Which tangible efficiency and quality improvements can we identify? These are two of many areas in which we expect and already see advancements of application of digitalization. The following topics are areas of interest however other relevant suggestions are welcome:

Case Studies of successful digital solutions
Lessons learned of implementation of digital innovations
Artificial Intelligence / data analytics
Drilling Information and data visualization
Digitizing business processes / replacing manual processes
Equipment monitoring and tracking
Information/ Data sharing across functions and companies
Automating standard workflows
Streamlining the use of offset data and lessons learned
Workforce preparedness for onset of digital revolution

Wintershall DEA Hamburg
4-5 June Complex well delivery using managed pressure drilling (MPD) and other enabling technologies
Meeting Introduction

Drilling targets requiring complex well designs incorporating extended reach drilling, high tectonic stresses, narrow drilling windows, high pressure,
high temperature and other challenges are becoming more extreme and prevalent in the industry.
Technologies such as MPD have been proven to be vital to complex well delivery in the past. This meeting seeks to share the latest knowledge
on such enabling technologies and best practices in complex well drilling
The following topics are areas of interest however other relevant suggestions are welcome:

  • Complex well delivery case studies
  • MPD developments
  • Drilling fluid advances
  • Advances in materials e.g. tubulars, wellheads, BOPs
  • Operational best practice sharing including hazard awareness, risk assessments and contingency planning
  • New technology enabling safer and or/more efficient operations in challenging drilling conditions
Wild Well Control St Andrews
10-11 September Extending profitability in mature fields through developments in drilling
Meeting Introduction

Development drilling on mature oil fields are very important for the total field economic and the life time of the field, and the total petroleum industry in the region.Several mature assets have the concern of smaller drilling targets and higher drilling cost. Drilling on a mature field also involves a slot recovery and plug and abandonment operation that normally is a high part of the total well cost. Depletion of the reservoir pressure due to several years of production lead to a very small drilling window between pore pressure and rock fracture pressure, this lease to increased risk of drilling problem and the need for manage pressure drilling technology. The easy targets are drilled early in the field lifetime to get an accelerated production on the field. In the mature phase on a field the difficult targets need to be drilled with aged drilling rig equipment and often the most complicated extended reach targets. New technology to increase the value from each drilling targets is a key enabler on mature fields. Cross discipline efforts with digital well planning to find the best well profiles are important to understand each other’s risk limits and upsides. Making the tale production economic on mature fields as long as possible will be done with the right technology focus from people in drilling industry, new wells is the best increased oil recovery method.

ConocoPhillips Stavanger
3-4 December Creating value from drilling automation
Meeting Introduction

Automation – realizing the value. Overcoming hurdles in realizing the value of automation for mature basins / cheap wells:In chase of increased quality and profitability, many in the manufacturing industry have found success in automating processes and adapting applications of real time data. The oil and gas industry are looking for ways to utilize this strategy for drilling and use automation for mature field developments. Drilling automation may hold the key to efficiently performing intricate and high-speed tasks and thus make complex wells technically and economically feasible also by utilizing real time data to make better and faster(automated) decisions and reducing NPD / ILT. This to overcome hurdles in realizing the value of automation for mature basins / cheap wells.

When a drilling project involves large numbers of wells drilled through well-documented lithologies and pressure regimes, operators can capitalize on the repetitive nature of automated drilling to eliminate costs associated with the performance variability typically exhibited from one well to the next within a drilling program.

The following topics are areas of interest however other relevant suggestions are welcome:

  • Case Studies
  • Drilling automation developments
  • Latest development in utilizations of Realtime data in drilling process.
  • Advances in control and automation systems.
  • Operational best practice sharing including hazard awareness, risk assessments and contingency planning
  • New technology
CNOOC Aberdeen (tbc)

If you are interested in attending this meeting please contact your company representative who will coordinate your companies attendance.
If you plan to make a presentation please read our Guideline for technical presenters.

On occasion it is possible for non-members to attend; if you are not a member and are interested in registering please contact Shreekant Mehta directly.