Drilling Systems Automation Roadmap Products


Outputs from the Drilling Systems Automation (DSA) Roadmap process are displayed on this page. We are sharing our developments for your comments – please respond at contact us.

Need for Drilling Systems Automation

The Industry has been struggling for years to revolutionize onshore \ offshore drilling capabilities to minimize risk, create a more efficient, safe and environmentally compliant business to keep up with the ever increasing global demand for energy. Drilling Systems Automation offers the opportunity to make a significant advance in all these aspects.

  • Safety: Remove humans from safety critical areas
  • Responsiveness: Speed of interpretation and action – beyond human capability / Close the loop where humans cannot perform or are too distant for fats data rates
  • Consistency: Repetitive operations – reduce spread / Programmed response in place of human interpretation
  • Knowledge application: Offset loss of knowledge and skills from high turnover of crews / Incorporate knowledge from experts / Input details of well plan directly into machines
  • Well Costs: Reduce NPT through systems managing the operating envelope / Lower numbers of onsite personnel

Need for a Roadmap outlining the development of Drilling Systems Automation

The oil and gas industry is fragmented in structure and carrying a degree of fear over the application of automation from both a lack of understanding of what automation is as well as how it will be employed. The DSA Roadmap will provide a mechanism to forecast technology developments and provide a framework to coordinate advances amongst disparate players. It will show managers the path to a higher value lower risk future.

Fragmented industry structure requires plan for interoperability – Define supplier opportunities
Consensus description of DSA and how it will develop – Attract investment
Entry of non-oil and gas industry players – Alternative technologies
Overcome fear of changes to personnel.


In 2025, well plans are uploaded into an interoperable drilling system that automatically delivers a quality well bore into the best geological location, installs the casing and zonal isolation according to plan, installs the completion system according to program and updates remote operators / experts provide in real time to observed changes in the well situation.


Well planning and risk assessment forms input
Full cycle from spud to well on stream: Drilling, Completions
Hierarchical decisions support – Purdue Model / ISA 95
Remote Operating Centers / Remote Excellence Centers
Human Factors Engineering – Interface between the human and the automation


Location construction
New business models – Except thoughts where critical to uptake

Roadmap Development

The DSA Roadmap committee identified one foundation and eight critical challenges to be described in order to deliver the roadmap. These are currently being developed by interdependent teams.

Foundation: Systems Architecture


1 Communications
2 Sensors, Instrumentation & Measurement
3 Drilling Machines and Equipment
4  Control Systems
5 Simulation Systems and Modelling
6 G Human Factors
7 Certification and Industry Standards

8 Contingency Management System (added Dec 2015)