Artificial intelligence and digital twin software enables drilling automation

eDrilling is at the SPE Workshop: Delivering Value Through Automation this week in Bahrain. We are there to share how our artificial intelligence and digital twin software enables drilling automation, and how our downhole technologies are now coming together with rig systems .

We share how utilizing the same artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies in wellAhead, integrated with the rig’s Drilling Control System, our automated drilling control software will help keeping the operational parameters according to well limits.  Enabling drillers to increase safety and optimize the performance of drilling operations.

eDrilling is a world leading supplier of AI, machine learning, and predictive analytics solutions to the oil and gas industry.  We work closely with E&P companies, operators, and service companies to help them save cost, improve safety, and increase efficiency of drilling operations.

Our mission is to help energy professionals at E&P companies, operators and service companies reach their goals by providing drilling and well performance solutions needed to better plan, prepare for, perform and evaluate drilling operations. 

Our vision dates back to the late 1980s, when we wanted to create a downhole GPS, or Google Maps if you like, for drilling operations. Convinced artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies would represent a quantum leap in well construction, we set forth what has become a paradigm shift in the oil and gas industry. For over 25 years, leading E&P companies, service companies, and drilling contractors, have leveraged the power of these technologies to improve drilling performance, onshore and offshore, deep water and shallow water, complex wells and factory drilling. Globally.

Hazard prevention

Prior to operations, eDrilling provides you with software to acquire skills and experience on you specific upcoming well, focusing on riskavoidance and handling. During operations, eDrilling software at a very early stage detects anomalies, crews are provided diagnostics messages and notifications in good time to make the necessary adjustments.

Performance optimization

Our software provides forecasting, forward-looking and what-if analysis, allowing for change in parameters for optimal drilling (drilling the perfect well).

NPT avoidance

As above, eDrilling uses aritifical intelligence and predictive analytics to foresee what will happen with your well. Software provides diagnostics and first actions to the crew (or directly to the control system), in order to change the drilling plan – to avoid problems

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Webinar: Upgrade your well design and engineering software without having to replace it


We understand clearly the industry’s need to improve safety margins and reduce and rid themselves of risk, not to talk about the need to drastically reduce well planning time.

At the same time, we understand the investment you have done over the years (time, money, competence, etc.) in your legacy planning solutions, and the pain (cost, competence, workforce, etc) of replacing it with software that can help you with the above.

By offering our technologies as microservices, you now have a solution. eDrilling’s wellPlanner offer instant modernization of your legacy well planning and well design systems, while at the same time extending the value of your existing investments.

Attend this webinar to learn more about how to balance your need for continuity and cost savings with the objective of implementing a well planning solution that really enhances drilling operation efficiency

If you are interested in joining our 30 minute webinar on October 24, please register here.

The webinar is for everyone interested in quicker and better quality drilling programs (well engineering managers, well/drilling engineers, etc.), and saving time and cost on well planning (CIOs, CTOs, everybody)

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With launch of Diagnostics 3.0, the world’s leading automated monitoring and real time optimization software just got (even) better

We are proud to announce the launch of Diagnostics 3.0, a new and expanded version of our diagnostics module. Using our digital-twin, it is available as an integral part of our automated monitoring and real time optimization solution – wellAhead. The new version delivers new diagnostics, improved notifications, as well as allowing customer to choose between diagnostics, first action(s), and/or symptoms as their alert(s) of choice.

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Using a digital twin in drilling operations provides you with the tools to prevent hazards, avoid NPT, and optimize drilling performance.

The software detects anomalies at a very early stage, and provide crews with diagnostics messages and notifications in good time to make the necessary adjustments.

It’s forward- and what-if simulations capabilities allows you to change parameters for optimal drilling.



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Come by the Digitalization Zone at ONS2018 for a chat and demo of our digital twin

Want to know more about how to rid yourself of NPT, avoid hazardous incidents, and increase drilling performance, come see us at ONS2018 in Stavanger, Norway from the 27th – 30th of August. Come by for a chat and a demo in the Digitalization Zone, in Hall 4.

A Digital Twin is the digital representation of your actual well. Used in preparation it enables you to pre-drill your well. Used in real-time operation it enables you to do forward simulations and what-if simulations to detect mismatch and give input to change the drilling plan – to avoid problems, see and detect operational mismatches, and change parameters for optimal drilling (drilling the perfect well).


Recently we analysed 60+ wells were our technologies had been actively utilised in preparation and/or operation, and where we had correct and sufficient data to conclude on the hypothesis. Thus, 40+ of our digital twins in the period were omitted, due to availability (contractual, geographical, policy) of data.

Sidetracks, or avoidance thereof, was the focal area of the study, although the study also found that there had been 0 hazardous incidents on the 60+ wells analysed. «Geological surprises» as reason for having to do a sidetrack were omitted. Cuttings build up, collapse, washout, and packoff leading to plugging the well, were included.

We have had 5000+ participants in drill well in simulator prior to operations, with 150+ well specific scenarios. Automated Monitoring and Real time Optimisation is used in all drilling operations. This includes Tripping, Drilling, Casing/Liner operations and Cementing. It is also used in advanced operations like MPD and DGD.





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Fireside Interview: Putting-toe-in-first or Cannonball approach to digitalization?

These are indeed defining times for industry. We sat down with eDrilling’s VP Product Management and Strategy, Morten Svendsen, to hear his views on one of those items often put forward to secure a bright future for us all – namely digitalization.

Digitalization – hot or not?

– Definitely hot. There is a wind of change blowing in the industry, and it has digitalization written all over it. For us in the software world this is just a new name for something we have done all along, but we observe that the general awareness and acknowledgement of the value digitalization brings is at a whole new level among our customers and partners.

Is there a “recipe” for digitalization?

– Not one – the shoe that fits one person pinches another. Some are putting their toes in, and others are doing the cannonball. Although there are variations as to how different companies are approaching it, they all have in common that this is now a board level priority. Indeed, oil and gas CEOs are preaching “digitizing of the industry” as the only way forward.

We can also learn from history. When Hitec, our ancestor if you like, introduced cyber drilling, it was all focused on technology, and too little on people, work processes, and legacy workflows. Today, when we are working together with our next-door neighbour Statoil on “next generation well delivery,” which is one of their digitalization pillars, we have an all-encompassing approach.

Do the industry need «digitalization»?

– Yes, and I speak for the drilling side of things. Whether you call it digitalization or something else, application and intelligent use of real time drilling data, is a game-changer.
Many of the important workflows are still carried out with technologies that are at, or, I think, beyond end-of-life. Training on generic Drilling Simulators was introduced in the early 90s (by Hitec), and improving drilling decision-making by looking at “squiggly lines” in real time operations centers was all the rage as early as the turn of the century. There are huge savings to be made, as well as safety and efficiency gains, by putting these technologies in a museum, and move on.

A couple of years ago we introduced “training on your own well”, revolutionising the impact on safety and efficiency. And, we are currently working with a number of E&P companies with software to help them get value out of their real time centers and roles. A logical next step from that is to work right from the platform, the technology is already here, it’s rather legacy processes, workflows and business models holding back.

We have had ups and downs in this industry since forever – and we often fail to learn, and go back to the old ways as soon as the upswing occurs – will it be different this time?

– Well, we do not know for sure, but from what we see, companies are trying to make their cost reductions be sustainable. There’s no consensus this time around industry outlook or future oil price levels, and this uncertainty leads to focus on balancing cost and profitability in a way we have not seen before.

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Interview eDrilling COO on Digital Twin and Platform January 2017

Interview eDrilling COO on Digital Twin and Platform January 2017

Digital this and digital that.  These are indeed exciting times for the oil and gas industry.  It is early days yet in 2018, but there’s growing optimism around.  Especially for those involved in digitalisation of the industry.  We sat down with eDrilling’s COO, Sven Inge Odegaard, to hear his view on the topics of digital twin and platform.

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As one of the co-founders of eDrilling, 2018 is a special year for you?

–  I guess so. This year our technologies turn 25, and our company 10 years.  And since our first digital twin back in 2008, we have now passed 100 digital twins.

Digital Twin –  Doesn’t everybody have one?

–  Unfortunately, for the oil and gas industry, yet not. Introduced by Michael Grieves at the University of Michigan in 2003, in oil and gas drilling it means the digital representation of the physical downhole reality.  Most service companies say they offer it, but, as for now, it is seldom more than a rebranding of what they’ve already had for a while.

What are the benefits?

– I often refer to Formula 1 racing to explain, especially at the CXO level.  A Formula 1 team uses data from hundreds of sensors wired in the car, harnessing data and using algorithms to make projections about what’s ahead, and apply complex computer models to relay optimal race strategies back to the driver. Ultimately, to drive faster and safer.

In our industry, having a digital twin of your well, pairing digital and physical data combined with predictive analytics and diagnostics, improves accuracy in decision making and results in real, and lasting, safety and efficiency gains.

With obvious benefits like these – how come it is not yet implemented industry-wide?

–  Well, I guess several factors.  For one, some are mistaking digitization for digitalization.  Whereas digitization is the process of converting information into a digital format, digitalization is about using new technologies to plan, prepare for, and drill smarter for better and cheaper operations and do things that was not possible before. The former is a tech project, and the ladder is a change project.

Moreover, on the boards and drill floors of E&P companies, there is still a majority of digital immigrants.  Digitalization is a company-wide transformation – you need everyone from the board to the drill floor – and anyone in between – onboard to be successful.

In your view, what characterizes those successful employing a digital twin in their drilling operations?

–  Two things, really.  Firstly, they think about the well life cycle as one continuous process – and adopt and adapt technologies and workstreams accordingly.  Secondly, they tear down the silos.  Internal silos, but also the various “islands” of service companies, involved in drilling operations.  From planning, through preparation and training, to actual drilling of the well.

In short, they are thinking platform.  Think of it as Windows, or an Amazon Marketplace, of drilling.  By incentivizing, or forcing, the ecosystem to create and integrate Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).  In stark contrast with the “old” world, where both software and hardware were designed as “black boxes”, intended to lock customers in, and keep competitors and new entrants out.

In layman terms, in a platform world, all members of the ecosystem expose its data and/or capabilities through a programmatically consumable service or an API to other members of the ecosystem.

Indeed, now every service company has launched their platform?

–  Again, I wish it was that easy.  The same way making your data available in the cloud, just creates a big data graveyard in the cloud, if nothing is done with the data, just providing access to the code does not create a platform.

That said, the E&P companies ahead of the curve on digitalization are creating application networks – plug-and-play infrastructures if you like – embracing the next step of applying the company’s wealth of data to optimize the process of drilling a well. Leaving spreadsheets, proprietary software programs, and excess email in their wake.

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