SPE Online Education
An Open Approach to Drilling Systems Automation
Recorded On: 03/21/2019
The promise of drilling systems automation is to increase well construction efficiency, delivering quality wells in a safe, reliable and predictable manner. This promise is achieved in part by creating a digital infrastructure that extends vertically from the drill bit to the remote enterprise, and horizontally from exploration to production. Critical to the success of automation is the unimpeded flow of quality data through this infrastructure. This presentation describes the development of a well-site automation system consisting of an open data aggregator, with networked surface and downhole sensors and real-time applications for process monitoring, advice and control.
Senior Systems Architect, Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Mr. Brackel oversees the systems and software architecture of the Baker Hughes’ drilling automation system. He has over 25 years of experience in the oil & gas industry, with expertise in MWD development, rig-site acquisition and control systems, and Systems Engineering. He is an active member of the SPE DSATS community.
Mr. Brackel holds a diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, specializing in digital control systems.
New Product Commercialization Director, National Oilwell Varco
Nick has worked for NOV since 2006. His career began as an applications engineer designing floating rig and jackup drilling systems; working closely with operators, drilling contractors, and shipyard partners. Since 2010, he has held various business development roles with NOV, most recently as commercialization director for new digital drilling products. Nick holds a masters degree in technology commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering technology from Texas Tech University.
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