Computers, automation, and offsite personnel to operate tomorrow's rigs

In the 21st century, rapid advances in computer, robotic, and telecommunication technologies may remove drilling personnel from the wellsite, allowing remotely controlled or automated systems to perform the work traditionally supported by humans.Unfortunately, as past predictions have shown, determining exactly what tools and techniques will be developed can not be answered with any level of certainty.Two systemsIt is interesting to note that over the past 100 years, the industry has employed only two basic drilling systems: cable tool and rotary.Up until the 1920s, the former system, which involved pounding a hole in the earth with a heavy rod, dominated man's search for oil. Thus, ai...

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