“This group of researchers are the international leaders in drilling automation. The panel is not aware of any other group that has their track record".
Quote from Research Council of Norway, PETROMAX II international scientific expert panel.
Automated Drilling has been chosen because many of the future oil and gas prospects are highly complex and challenging with narrow geo-pressure margins and little room for human errors. In addition, there are many remote, inaccessible locations and precious biotopes. The industry believes there is a large potential in automation of the drilling process. Increased level of automation will result in more accurate pressure control and more rapid response to drilling anomalies. As a result, the drilling efficiency and safety will be improved.
IRIS has contributed significantly to Automated Drilling through several research projects, and two of them have resulted in commercial products:
IRIS has participated in demonstrations and pilots to make this technology available to the market. These automation technologies are now commercialized by Sekal
Eric Cayeux, Chief Scientist, was awarded Statoil’s research prize in 2012 for his work within automated drilling.
IRIS has ongoing research projects aiming at taking new steps within automation:
IRIS’ facilities are of vital importance in the development and testing of new automation technologies:
International committee work:
To secure close co-operation with the industry and to contribute to carry the automation process further, IRIS is happy to participate in different international committees:
- DSATS: Fionn Iversen
- Drilling Systems Automation Roadmap Industry Initiative affiliated with SPE, IADC & AUVSI: Eric Cayeux
- IADC UBO & MPD Committee: Johnny Petersen
- Academic Industry Forum for Automated Drilling: Fionn Iversen
Moreover, senior personnel participates in arranging several conferences each year.