Representatives from the industry, governmental bodies, research institutions and universities gathered at the seminar “Technology Step Change, Drilling and Well Technology”. Photo: IRIS

Joining forces for a step change in drilling technology


Collaboration and implementation of new technologies are key elements to further improve the efficiency of the drilling industry. On 9 June IRIS hosted the seminar “Technology Step Change, Drilling and Well Technology”.

Through several initiatives, IRIS hopes to stimulate increased collaboration and faster implementation of new drilling technologies.

An annual seminar focusing on step changes in drilling technologies is a contribution to develop a cluster within automated drilling and innovative solutions based in the Stavanger-region.

Read about the seminar held in 2015 (only in Norwegian).

For the second year in a row, representatives from the industry, governmental bodies, research institutions and universities gathered to share information and new ideas for improved drilling efficiency.

Aiming for a drilling technology cluster
The seminar brought people together to share ideas and plans on how to efficiently develop, qualify and implement new drilling technologies and bring it into a wide market.

Erlend Vefring, Vice President of IRIS Energy, emphasises that cooperation is essential to succeed with a technology step change.
- The purpose of this meeting is to increase cooperation and boost technology development and implementation, he says.

He also reckons it's a paradox the Stavanger-region doesn't have a petroleum related cluster with support from Innovation Norway.
- Stavanger has a great opportunity, and it's about time we have a leading cluster for innovation in drilling technology, says Vefring and mentions Virtual Arena as a good start.

The speakers
The topics for the seminar were technology step change in a downturn, new technology and industry collaboration. The speakers have broad expertise within drilling.

Odd Tjelta from Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) reminded the audience that there are still great possibilities on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
- Petroleum is still the largest industry in Norway, and there will be no sudden stop, he said.

Åsmund Hjulstad from Statoil presented Automated drilling control, and Jan Einar Gravdal from IRIS presented Virtual Arena, which is a national research infrastructure to support drilling technology, development and education.

Even Gjesdal from Cubility talked about the process from idea to product and broad implementation for their Mudcube. He stressed the need for determination and persistence, an experienced board and good timing to get through tough times and the challenges a new company faces.

Odd Skjærseth from West Drilling Products talked about Continuous Motion Rig (CMR), and the last to present was Eric Cayeux from IRIS. He presented the project “Demonstration of Automated Drilling Process Control”, a new Demo2000 project.

After the speeches there were guided tours to Ullrigg Drilling and Well Centre with Robotic Drilling Systems, WestDrilling Productions Continuous Motion RIG (CMR) and the drilling simulator "Virtual Rig".
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