Drilling automation

Integrated Hydraulics-Modeling Platform Automates Managed-Pressure Drilling

The authors describe a platform that integrates advanced data analytics and hydraulic modeling in real time for managed-pressure-drilling applications.

Layers outside of the circulating fluid that affect bottomhole temperature.
Fig. 1—Layers outside of the circulating fluid that affect bottomhole temperature.

Technologies aimed at better performance and lower cost are more important to the oil and gas industry than ever. This emphasis drives hardware manufacturers to innovate quickly and create devices with more capabilities so that what was impossible a few short years ago is reality today. In the complete paper, the authors describe a platform that integrates advanced data analytics and hydraulic modeling in real time, coupled with cybersecurity features applied through an open-platform communications unified-architecture protocol directed at automation controllers for managed-pressure-drilling (MPD) applications.

MPD Control System

An intelligent MPD system automatically controls all the components of an MPD system, including a rotating control device, annular isolation device, flow spool, buffer manifold, choke manifold, and pressure-relief valves. Aside from communicating with and controlling this equipment, such a system is able to communicate with the overarching rig-control system.

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