John P de Wardt
Friday MAY 14, 2021 11:00 AM (GMT -3)
Drilling Automation is a fast-growing technology application that impacts all companies and all disciplines connected to well construction. Technology applications are being developed by large and small companies. Rising data demands are uncovering source data quality issues that also affect data analytics. Automation will not be an all or nothing proposition, humans will still perform roles in the automation loops according to the balance of sensor data quality, algorithm capability, operational uncertainty and human capacity. Drilling programs are rapidly being digitized for greater collaboration and learning efficacy, providing the input to automated drilling systems. The value proposition of automated drilling is moving from time saved by drilling performance to increasing well productivity and reducing well operating costs. A multidiscipline approach to drilling systems automation (DSA) adoption focused on drilling duration, well productivity and well operation yields the greatest value. This SPE Distinguished Lecture presentation view is holistic and industry neutral (agnostic) benefiting all participants. There is no single solution; there is room for everybody to learn to participate. The key idea from this lecture: DSA is advancing rapidly; understanding how a holistic view encompassing drilling, subsurface and production enables knowledgeable implementation decisions for adoption by users and providers drives maximize value.
Amr Abdel-Fattah is Team Leader of the Upstream Nanotechnology Team and the 4IR Advanced Materials Technology Leader in Saudi Aramco’s EXPEC Advanced Research Center. He joined Saudi Aramco in 2012 after 15+ years with Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA, as a senior Scientist. Amr holds a PhD and MS in Chemical and Nuclear Engineering and MS and BSc in Civil Engineering. During his 30+ years of R&D, he has led a number of research and technology development and deployment programs utilizing nanotechnology in energy and environmental applications. He has published numerous papers and delivered several Keynote and invited talks, lectures, and graduate level seminars worldwide.