Benoit Daireaux presenting. Photo:IRIS

SPE/IADC Drilling Conference in Hague


IRIS received significant attention and interest for its research during the annual SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition arranged in Hague last week.

The SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition in Hague was held between 14-16 Mar 2017. The conference is the leading exploration and production drilling event in the world, according to their website. IRIS attended the conference with several employees, and contributed with three presentations that initiated substantial interest from the audience. 
DSATS (SPE’s Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section) and ART (IADC’s Advanced Rig Technology Committee) organized a half-day symposium focusing on automation and robotics as an introduction to the event. The topic gained considerable interest from the crowd and the room needed reorganizing so more people could participate in the discussions.
Several interesting speakers from the industry shared experiences, and the audience even got inspiration from space before an interesting panel discussion. The symposium was concluded with a tour to the Huisman Innovation Tower.
Chief Scientists Fionn Iversen and Eric Cayeux from IRIS are members of DSATS and different subcommittees. 
Automated drilling has been a target area for IRIS since 2008, and the interest within the industry has grown exponentially. Building on the growing interest, IRIS has taken its expertise within automated drilling and expanded into digital drilling.
Three IRIS researchers presented their work during the conference.
In the Drilling Fluids and Geomechanics session, Sonja Moi presented her work on interpretation of fracture integrity tests: Nonlinear Regression Analysis and System Stiffness Approach for Formation Integrity Test Interpretation (SPE 184602). Sonja’s research was in cooperation with Statoil.
Eric Cayeux talked about automatic drilling friction tests in his talk: Challenges and Solutions to the Correct Interpretation of Drilling Friction (SPE 184657). Cayeux received several interesting questions after his presentation. One of the questions concerned the quality of the automatic friction tests compared to manually performed tests. Even though the drillers were aware of the comparison with the automatic tests, there were a large variation in execution. Cayeux pointed out that the automatic tests were much more consistent. Both Cayeux’s work and the last presentation from IRIS were based on innovative research within the DrillWell Center.
Benoit Daireaux talked about automated quantitative risk analysis for drilling operations plans in a new session called Data Analytics. A fast-growing topic according to SPE and Daireaux drew a lot of attention to his presentation: Use of Quantitative Risk Analysis Methods to Determine the Expected Drilling Parameter Operating Window Prior to Operation Start: Example from two Wells in the North Sea (SPE 184693).
The yearly SPE Drilling Conference and Exhibition is always a rewarding conference for IRIS, with inspiring presentations, interesting conversations and networking.
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