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Drilling Systems Automation Roadmap Industry Update

The Drilling Systems Automation (DSA) Roadmap Industry initiative began in 2013 to describe the anticipated path of drilling systems automation to 2025. Led by John de Wardt as Program Manager, it has a strong steering committee of 16 experts covering a broad range of knowledge including rig design, human systems integration, modeling, robotics, sensors, data transmission, systems engineering including a portfolio of brand name companies. This first of a kind drilling initiative was initially an all-volunteer program and has gathered input from some 50 industry experts.

The DSA Roadmap has discovered some key aspects that will impact the uptake of Drilling Systems Automation. There are many forks in the road ahead opening the debate as to which route the drilling industry will take. Will interoperability prevail over proprietary systems or vice versa, will downhole to surface telemetry data rates rise or continue as a dichotomy between mud pulse and similar systems versus hard wire, will the industry adopt an industry Reference Architecture to enable interoperability and finally, will asset replacement occur or will the previous designs prevail as the basis for automation. A section of the roadmap is devoted to articulating the value proposition of each, which so far seems to have eluded the industry in terms of a comprehensive application of automation.

The IADC Drilling Engineering Committee endorsed the funding of a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to accelerate delivery of the Phase II Stage I draft report. This 247-page document was presented to the 10 JIP funders in early April at a seminar in Houston. The funders positive feedback opened the door to the next stage of the DSA Roadmap report which will become the first issued to the industry.

IADC is organizing a 2-day workshop in Houston on 17-18 January 2018 to enable industry feedback on the contents of this DSA Roadmap prior to public release. The work to prepare for, plan and facilitate this workshop requires funding under a JIP 2. This JIP 2 offers new funders the unique opportunity to access the full current version of the DSA Roadmap for their organization, giving them access to this valuable knowledge long before competitors, clients and suppliers. IADC Workshop participant will have limited access to the DSA Roadmap until public release. Information on the roadmap team, process, and all other details is available at www.dsaroadmap.org

 
 
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