Digital Drilling

The OG21 National Technology Strategy for the Petroleum Industry expresses digitalization and automation as key areas for Norwegian petroleum R&D and competence, with cost-efficient realization of NCS resources as a prioritized need. IRIS has for more than a decade worked on developing computer model based decision support and automation systems, with proven benefits for the cost-efficiency of the drilling process. To accelerate uptake of this technology there is now a need for a stronger focus on digitalization, which will enable smoother integration and application of real-time model-based systems in the field, accounting for the inherent uncertainty and coupled risk that lies in drilling process control. With Digital Drilling as a new target area, IRIS shall work towards providing streamlined solutions for tomorrow’s drilling process planning, decision support and drilling control automation.

IRIS’ facilities are of vital importance in the development and testing of new digital drilling technologies:
Virtual Rig

International committee work:
To secure close co-operation with the industry and to contribute to carry the digital 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
  • SPE Intelligent Energy International program committee: Fionn Iversen

Moreover, senior personnel participates in arranging several conferences each year.