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Drilling automation will take center stage at the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Symposium on 7 October in...

SPE to hold drilling automation workshop on 7 October

Drilling automation will take center stage at the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Symposium on 7 October in San Antonio, just ahead of the SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, 8-10 October at the city’s Harry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Transocean’s Terry Loftis, vice chairman of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee, will be among key speakers addressing the advancement of automation technology applications.

The event will be held from 1-5pm at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, followed by a reception from 5-7pm. Speakers are:

• John Berra, senior advisor and past chairman of Emerson Process Management, “Accelerating Drilling Systems Automation – Lessons Learned from the Development of Industrial Automation.”

Chris LeBlanc, North American energy segment manager, National Instruments, “Drilling and Stimulation: How Will Applying Advanced Automation Shape the Future.”

Ed Tovar, principal, InTechSys, “A Day in the Life of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Project Manager.”

Technology displays on drilling automation will be available during the reception, from Baker Hughes, Gyrodata, Huisman, National Oilwell Varco, Navigate Energy Services and Schlumberger. An advanced robot will be in attendance.

Registration for the event is free but required. Sign up by clicking here.

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