Schlumberger has just announced a ‘portable operations center’ for remote control of drilling operations. The Center is a compact unit that fits in the back of a truck. Ping and Power (mains electricity and an internet connection) are all that is needed to get up and running. Once installed the Center gives in-house drilling engineers real time information on the well’s progress in a familiar metaphor of hydraulics, torque and drag and other displays. A digital record of the well is captured which can be played back later for training, to compare well models to actual recordings and to identify precursors to abnormal events.
The portable operations center is not for super majors which will likely have their own in-house dedicated drilling control rooms. But small to mid-size companies may want to deploy one occasionally.
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