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.

Drilling Systems Automation Roadmap Report

Initially released in April 2017 to the Joint Industry Project (JIP) funders, the public version was made available June 1, 2019. This comprehensive report includes 14 sections with over 300 pages.

Challenges Roadmap Addresses

The DSA Roadmap steering committee identified specific challenges that need to be addressed to advance the application of automation in drilling systems.  These challenges cover a broad range of attributes.

Decision Making and Control Framework

This framework for drilling systems was developed from the International Society of Automation’s standard ISA 95 based on the original Purdue Model for computerized manufacturing systems.

Reference Architecture

The complex relationships in drilling systems automation will realize greater benefits and less risk from an industry adopted reference architecture. A reference architecture based on the Department of Defense Architectural Framework (DoDAF) is proposed in the report.

Levels of Automation Taxonomy

DSA will neither be an all or nothing proposition. There are four steps in the cognitive function cycle that describe human and automation behavior. There are degrees of hand over from humans to automated systems at each of these steps. A matrix adopted from outside oil and gas is proposed as a mapping solution for the human to automation transition.

Roadmap Development

The DSA Roadmap industry initiative was launched by three co-founders then carried forward by John de Wardt as Program Manager. The whole process was steered by a carefully selected committee of industry and outside industry experts. Sections of the roadmap were developed by sub teams led by steering committee members incorporating many more global experts – in totality fifty. These independent sub teams developed their proposed contribution which was challenged and reviewed by the Program Manager and the steering committee. The report is a comprehensive collaboration across many industry professionals who not only donated their time but also their expertise and knowledge.