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Digital Manufacturing and Its Relation to Drilling Systems Automation

Recorded On: 06/03/2015

Digital Manufacturing (“Digital Thread") encompasses the idea of high-levels of connectivity, data aggregation, and digital models to drive efficiency, safety, and growth in distributed systems. More concretely, there is a trend in manufacturing operations towards having a common data model that guides the creation of products from design engineering, through manufacturing all the way to maintenance, support, and end-of-life reclamation. This relates to drilling systems automation: one could imagine a scenario where geological models are updated in real-time (including refined simulations) based on data coming off the rig, which thereby directs the drilling automation to improve drilling performance. This model and operational data can be utilized over geographic regions to improve the performance of not just single rigs, but entire drilling operations. This method, if fully realized, can have a significant economic impact. The presentation will provide an overview of current activities in other industries and their relation to drilling system automation.


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Clay Flannigan

Manager, Robotics and Automation Engineering, Southwest Research Institute

Clay holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He is currently the Manager of Robotics and Automation Engineering at SwRI. This group provides R&D services for industrial automation, controls, robotics, and sensing technologies for a broad range of industries and government agencies.


Clay joined SwRI in 1998 where he has led the development of numerous automation technologies and industrial processes. His research interests include vision-based sensing for intelligent decision-making and mobile manipulation for large-scale automation.

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06/03/2015 at 9:30 AM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
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