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Advanced Rig Tech CommitteeThe IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee held its inaugural meeting on Wednesday during the 2008 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference. One of the group’s goals is to develop guidelines/best practices for automated drilling systems.

The new IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee plans to work toward guidelines and best practices for automated drilling systems, as well as examine standard methods of reporting reliability problems with advanced rig equipment. The committee held its inaugural meeting during the 2008 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Orlando on 5 March.

Automated drilling systems are increasingly common, though hardly universal, in today’s rig fleet. However, reliability can be problematic, due to human, mechanical and electrical issues.

New IADC committee to work toward guidelines for rig automation

The embryonic committee will consider a wide range of issues, including: 

•      Standardization of plug-and-play equipment electrical interfaces.

•      Guidelines for competency and HSE.

•      Guidance to drilling contractors on appropriate operations for automated systems.

•      Developing a statistical database of reliability or failure statistics for key systems, such as drawworks; top drive; pipe handling, both in the derrick and on the rig floor; and the human/equipment interface.

Companies represented at the meeting include Chevron, Grey Wolf Drilling, KCA DEUTAG, Key Energy Services, Maersk Contractors, Atlas Copco, Athens Group, Forum Oilfield, National Oilwell Varco and Weatherford

The committee will meet next during OTC. 

Any IADC member may participate in the committee. For more information, contact Mike Killalea (mike.killalea@iadc.org).

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