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Exclusive video: Drilling automation workshop features leading mining innovators

Drilling Contractor associate editor Katherine Scott speaks with John de Wardt, president of De Wardt and Company, at the SPE/IADC Drilling Systems Automation symposium on 4 March, jointly held by the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) and the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee. The symposium preceded the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam. Mr de Wardt was a primary organizer of the workshop. He also served as moderator of the sessions, which featured Andrew Stokes and Eric Nettleton from Rio Tinto, an integrated mining company. Mr Stokes and Mr Nettleton talked about the company’s Mine of the Future program, a project that is pushing Rio Tinto’s mining operations to new levels of automation and remote ...

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Perspectives: Gregers Kudsk, Maersk Drilling – Industry’s joint efforts lead to advances in technology

At the forefront of advances in offshore drilling technologies, Gregers Kudsk, vice president and senior technical advisor for Maersk Drilling, pursues ideas from the beginning, even when the majority of people have yet to come on board. In the early stages of his career, he found himself working on technologies that would lead to improved rig efficiency and automation at a time when resources and knowledge were limited...

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Drilling automation: Is resistance futile?

"Automation”: Say the word the right way with the right group of people in drilling circles, and it can almost come off as an obscenity. Drilling is an art, they say, with too many unpredictabilities. How can it be entrusted in the hands of a bunch of machines, computers and algorithms?

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