Drilling automation

Automation Reduces Human Error in Influx Detection and Well Control

This paper discusses the results of driller stress tests and the implementation of a system that assists the operator in kick detection, space out, and preparation for well shut-in.

General system connections.
Fig. 1—General system connections.

Influx detection and well control are critical situations where the traditional human reaction has been the accepted standard for years. This paper discusses the results of the driller stress tests and the implementation of a system to assist the operator in kick detection, space out, and preparation for well shut-in. The system implements dynamic well monitoring to reduce the risk of false alarms. The objective is to prove how automation helps mitigate human factors.

Operator Stress Test

To design an automation system, the first step is to understand which parts of the operation require automation.

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