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IADC ART CommitteeSubcommittees of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee met during the first two weeks of July, took a hard look at the issues surrounding rig automation, now and in the future, and chose leadership to chart the committee’s direction.

The Software Interface Subcommittee, meeting on 1 July, sought answers to pursue a “lofty goal” of barrier-free, standard electrical interfaces among all systems on drilling/production facilities, preferably with browser based-diagnostic tools. However, this level of harmony may prove unreachable.

Therefore, the group began with a more practical effort – to survey the needs of contractors and operators.

Advanced Rig Technology Committee work groups meet, elect officers

The subcommittee elected Zain Master, Caterpillar, as the vice chairman-software interface. The Software Interface Subcommittee will meet next at 08.30 on 20 August.

On 2 July, the Guidelines Subcommittee discussed elements of a decision matrix for use of automated systems. A preliminary spreadsheet was outlined focusing on pipe handling (separate entries for drill pipe, casing and riser), well control, mud systems (separating mixing, pumping and returns), control systems (including intelligent drill pipe), utilities/power, hoisting/rotating, and third-party equipment. The group also agreed to seek out advice from HSE and training specialists among contractors for help on HSE/training guidelines.

Logan Puckett, Pride International, was elected vice chairman-guidelines.

The next meeting date was set for 2 pm on 13 August.

The Reliability Subcommittee on 7 July discussed current work of the IADC Maintenance Committee in evaluating top drive failures. The two groups will work together on gathering data.

Robert Urbanowski, Grey Wolf Drilling, was chosen vice chairman-reliability. The next meeting is set for 2 pm on 19 August.

Meeting on 8 July, the Future Technology Committee identified several key items for its “wishlist” to advance rig technology:

• No-fail systems, bringing about 100% reliability.
• Remote diagnostics.
• Remote control.
• Autonomous operations.
• Zero incidents.
• Knowledge management.
• Human capital/competency/training.
• Adaptability/versatility.
• Simplicity (fewer variables).
• Funding – A new model of R&D funding is central to achieving the next step change in drilling technology, participants said.

Frank Springett, National Oilwell Varco, was chosen as vice chairman-future technology. The subcommittee agreed to meet next at 2 pm on 4 September.

The full Advanced Rig Technology Committee will meet next on 30 September.

All meeting will be held at IADC’s Houston headquarters. For more information on the Advanced Rig Technology Committee or any of its subcommittees, contact Mike Killalea (+1 713 292 1945; mike.killalea@iadc.org).

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