Recorded On: 10/26/2016

The current state of the drilling industry tends to focus on technology and techniques that reduce the cost of well construction. One approach is to use drilling automation to help improve ROP, and perhaps more importantly, to mitigate drilling dysfunctions and human errors than can lead to large, unplanned expenses. SPE's Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) created an international university competition to encourage the development of new drilling algorithms and to get more young people involved in drilling. The students must design, build and operate a small (6 ft / 2 m) drilling rig with fully automated sensors and controls. They drill a specially created, multi-layered rock sample as fast and as straight as possible, with only two buttons: start and stop. The schools must offer a multidisciplinary team that will learn things that are not in today's textbooks. The winning team receives travel expenses to present their results at the next Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. This webinar describes the contest, what skill sets are necessary to successfully compete and what types of innovative features are likely to emerge from this exciting competition.

This webinar is categorized under the Drilling discipline.

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Fred Florence

President, Rig Operations, LLC

Fred Florence is the president of Rig Operations, LLC and is recently retired from National Oilwell Varco as Director of Advanced Drilling Technology. He previously worked for several drilling contractors in engineering and operations roles in both land and offshore on many types of drilling rigs: from deepwater DP to jackups, slimhole- and heli-rigs. He served previously as chairman of DSATS and remains as an active volunteer leading the Drillbotics™ competition. He is a former SPE Distinguished Lecturer and has authored or co-authored numerous SPE papers on drilling automation.

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10/26/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
10/26/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)   |  90 minutes Scheduled for 90 minutes.
0.15 CEU credits  |  Certificate available
0.15 CEU credits  |  Certificate available CEU Credit