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DrillWell Manager, Sigmund Stokka opened day one of the annual DrillWell seminar.


DrillWell technical seminar - day one

26.09.2017

Digitalization is an increasingly important factor for improving drilling and well technology.

The annual DrillWell seminar at Sola Strand Hotel gathered more than one hundred participants representing both researchers, clients and associated partners from the oil and gas industry in Norway.

The first day of the seminar focused on the digital transformation and digitalization of drilling technology and was moderated by Research Director at IRIS, Helga Gjeraldstveit. DrillWell manager, Sigmund Stokka opened the meeting and emphasized the importance of the DrillWell research centre and the good co-operation with the industrial partners.

Stokka then introduced DrillWell Chairman of the board, Fredrik Varpe who was the first speaker of the day. In his presentation Technology to shape the future of energy, Varpe concluded that automation has proven right and that the effect of the investment in Statoil has been good.  

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Chairman of the board, Fredrik Varpe.

New paradigm
Key note speaker, Tommy Sigmundstad from AkerBP showed that the oil and gas industry is entering a whole new paradigm and that the technology shift in our industry is coming. "The digital transformation is the biggest challenge we face. We need to focus on not only the technology, but also on how we work and not the least the competence of the workforce", he explained.  
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Key note speaker, Tommy Sigmundstad.

Next presenter was Alf Sævland, also from AkerBP and he presented the digital road map to reach the vision of Aker BP. The way forward is all about skilled professionals and technology. According to Sævland autonomous drilling operations offer step change performance, subsurface control, digital monitoring and optimization of drilling operations. And it protects wellbore with digital control and wellbore placement is optimized.

Sævland also pointed out the importance of the digital twin concept. Machine learning is here to stay and knowledge workers will be challenged by artificial intelligence and he pointed out, "We as an operator must try to establish a system that the service industry can understand."

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Alf Sævland, Aker BP.

After a short coffee break Eric Cayeux from IRIS gave his presentation with the title Transient drill string mechanical estimation and 3D pipe movement reconstruction. Cayeux gave us insight in the possibility to reproduce the complete dynamic behavior of a drill string in realtime based on the actual actions performed during a drilling operation.

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Eric Cayeux, IRIS.

After Cayeux Knut Steinar Bjørkevoll from SINTEF was on. He talked about a well control simulator in his presentation Well control simulator for accurate calculations during operations. Bjørkevoll concluded that this simulator could generate accurate calculations for precise interpretation, ability to estimate how severe a situation is and if planned actions are safe. Moreover it could have effects that may be significant and rarely taken into account such as compositional PVT, dense phase and kinetics.  

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Knut Steinar Bjørkevoll, SINTEF.

After lunch Ane Lothe from SINTEF continued the seminar with her presentation Uncertainty in pore-pressure and mud-weight prediction ahead of bit. Lothe explained that drilling window predictions are inherent with uncertainties and unplanned geological surprises can have significant cost and HSE implications. Further using real time logging while drilling data can give early indications of geological surprises and re-modelling of pore pressure and well stability ahead of the bit during drilling will increase safety and reduce cost. Lothe believes that future will be automatized drilling operations  - reduced uncertainty in pore pressures and mud weight window is a part of it.

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Ane Lothe, SINTEF.

Rigs of the future was presented by Per Lund from Oddfjell Drilling and he pointed out that a rig is no longer just a homogenious rig. Since 2010 the rig fleet has become very diverse. The rigs of the future are digital, robotized and automated. They will be wells factories and greener with a reduced carbon footprint. "But we still need good people", he emphasized. "There will be less manual work, less materials, less handling and less machine operating."  

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Per Lund, Oddfjell Drilling.

Wired Pipe
Reina Teelken from National Oilwell Varco then presented Drilling with wired pipe, experiences and future technology development.

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Reina Teelken, National Oilwell Varco.

Edvard Grieg has given Lundin has great field experiences from wired pipe drilling. Trym Elseth gave examples how wired pipe could mitigate geo-steering/well placement risk and there is no need for compromise with data from LWD to surface.

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Trym Elseth, Lundin Norway.

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Wired pipe.

Automation
New digital drilling solutions was presented by Sveinung Lofthus from Sekal. A presentation with focus on bridging the gap between R&D and operational use. And how DrillTronics is integrated in rigs’ Drilling Control Systems as proven technology. The Sekal technology offers safe and efficient drilling processes.

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Sveinung Lofthus, Sekal.

Sven Inge Ødegård from eDrilling presented Drilling support in planning and operations. eDrilling is a software company that offers one integrated simulation solution. He could also conclude that automated monitoring and realtime operations is considered proven technology.

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Sven Inge Ødegård, eDrilling.

Ivar Kjøsnes from Statoil presented Automatic Drilling Control on Songa Enabler. He talked about the importance of reducing the number of technical side-tracks, making operations more efficient and reduce costs and improving safety by reducing stuck pipe and well control situations.

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Ivar Kjøsnes, Statoil.

As a wrap up of day one all of the new Ph.D. students at DrillWell were presented by Helga Gjeraldstveit.

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New Ph.D. students at DrillWell.
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