Poor quality of real-time data at the rig site remains one of the drilling industry’s most critical challenges. It can, for example, impair the ability to measure, analyze and improve processes. The Operators Group for Data Quality has set out to improve the industry’s data quality by defining standards for the process capability requirements for equipment. A major ongoing project for the group is developing common specifications for surface sensors. As part of this work within the next three to five years, the group will establish study groups related to downhole tools, data enrichment and rig data models, said Michael Behounek, Senior Drilling Advisor at Apache Corp and Co-Chairman for the Operators Group on Data Quality. The group will also study how contract requirements can encourage standardization. Watch DC’s video from the 2016 IADC Annual General Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., on 4 November for more information.