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Q322 – Optimising drilling performance with digitalisation, remote operations, and autonomous operations

Digitalisation is defined as ‘the use of digital technologies to change a business model and provide new revenue and value-producing opportunities; it is the process of moving to a digital business’. More simply, it is defined as ‘to replace manual or physical tasks with digital solutions’. When compared with other industries, such as car manufacturing, the upstream oil and gas sector is less advanced in digitalisation, but it is now developing at great pace. However, there is no ‘best practice’ for digital transformation in this industry, so companies are developing their own digital transformations.

In this session we will explore three main areas of drilling digitalisation

• Automated well design: systems to automate the well design process, leveraging historical data, streamlining discipline interfaces and the application of data science to create more efficient, lower cost designs
• Optimised well delivery: data accuracy and data quality; application of digital solutions to improve drilling performance and decision making; improved supply chain processes
• Automated and remote well execution: automation of drilling activities; robotization of drill floor operations; remote operation of drilling activities
The objective is to provide examples of how the industry is developing in these areas, and to create an opportunity to discuss the common digitalisation challenges that the industry faces.