Workstream Page: Use Case Coordination

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The “Use Case Coordination” workstream develops demonstrations that show how interoperability between different computer systems from various vendors can be achieved at the rig site. 

The process is sequential and takes one use case at a time.  The first step will examine ROP Optimization.

The goal of this workstream is to test the concepts developed in the other work-streams on realistic use cases. By doing so, it will be possible to demonstrate how the proposed solution under construction addresses real life interoperability scenarios, to help the other work-streams to test their developed method and to ensure that the work performed in the different work-streams is aligned and can work together.

The use cases are grouped in four categories:

  1. Standard drilling procedures
  2. Assisted drilling
  3. Controller
  4. Autonomous Operation

Example Standard Drilling Procedure

  • ROP Optimization
  • Downlinking
  • Pump Startup
  • Pump Stop
  • Reciprocation
  • Friction Test
  • Top-drive Startup
  • Top-drive Stop
  • Tag bottom
  • Pull out one stand
  • Run in hole one stand
  • Run in hole one casing joint
  • XLOT
  • Cementing

Example Assisted Drilling

  • Fault Detection Isolation and recovery

    • Overpull/underpull
    • Over-torque
    • Over-pressure
    • Kick-detection
    • Motor stall
    • Pipe washout
    • Drill-string vibration (incl stick-slip)
  • Safe Operating Envelope

    • Axial velocity (swab/surge, limit of elastic response for overpull/underpull)
    • Rotational speed
    • Flowrate in (risk fracturing, formation washout, poor cuttings transport….)
    • Max torque limit

Example Controller

  • Stick-slip mitigation
  • Auto-driller

Example Autonomous Drilling

  • Autonomous drilling
  • Autonomous circulation
  • Autonomous tripping
  • Autonomous directional drilling

As papers are written and released they will be posted here.

Chapman, Clinton D., Flores, Jose Luis, De Leon Perez, Roberto , and Han Yu. “Automated Closed-loop Drilling with ROP Optimization Algorithm Significantly Reduces Drilling Time and Improves Downhole Tool Reliability.” Paper presented at the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference and Exhibition, San Diego, California, USA, March 2012. doi:

Daireaux, Benoit , Ambrus, Adrian , Carlsen, Liv A., Mihai, Rodica , Gjerstad, Kristian , and Mohsen Balov. “Development, Testing and Validation of an Adaptive Drilling Optimization System.” Paper presented at the SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference and Exhibition, Virtual, March 2021. doi:

Ambrus, A, Daireaux, B, Carlsen, LA, Mihai, RG, Karimi Balov, M, & Bergerud, R. “Statistical Determination of Bit-Rock Interaction and Drill String Mechanics for Automatic Drilling Optimization.” Proceedings of the ASME 2020 39th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic EngineeringVolume 11: Petroleum Technology. Virtual, Online. August 3–7, 2020. V011T11A027. ASME.

Pastusek, Paul, Barajas, Pablo, Hinojosa, Agustin, Clayton, Patrick, Whatley, Michael, Soni, Somesh, Manocha, Malini, Saxena, Subodh, Dixit, Rajat, and Greg Payette. “Auto Driller Improvements and Open Source Modeling Reduce Drilling Time and Trips.” Paper presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Houston, Texas, USA, October 2022. doi:

Saini, Gurtej Singh, Erge, Oney, Ashok, Pradeepkumar et al. 2022. Well Construction Action Planning and Automation through Finite-Horizon Sequential Decision-Making. Energies 15 (16): 5776.

Saini, Gurtej Singh, Pournazari, Parham, Ashok, Pradeepkumar et al. 2022. Intelligent Action Planning for Well Construction Operations Demonstrated for Hole Cleaning Optimization and Automation. Energies 15 (15): 5749.

Cayeux, Eric, Daireaux, Benoît, Ambrus, Adrian et al. 2021. Autonomous Decision-Making While Drilling. Energies 14 (4): 969.


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