The de Wardt Times
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Presented on Automation and Robotics Roadmap Opportunities in Oil and Gas Drilling
The Association of Unmanned Vehicles International held their annual conference – AUVSI Xpotential – in New Orleans May 2 through 5. AUVSI invited John to present "Automation and Robotics Roadmap Opportunities in Oil and Gas Drilling" at their Innovation Hub on May 4 to meet the appetite of their audience for information on oil and gas drilling developments. Xpotential is a conference at which defense leaders and commercial experts reveal insights about the future of unmanned systems.
Presented on Sensors, Data, Humans, Automation – What Next For Drilling?
NorTex Data Science Cluster held an Innovation Seminar in Houston on May 3. This seminar looked at opportunities for digitalization and integrated operations in drilling & well technology that can lead to scientific development by the affiliated academic and research organizations in both Norway and Texas. NorTex invited John to speak on "Sensors, Data, Humans, Automation – What Next For Drilling? " as a lead in to a workshop session.
Presented 3 new papers at SPE / IADC Drilling Conference, March 1 – 3, Ft. Worth.
As lead / corresponding author, John de Wardt led teams of industry experts to write three papers bringing significant new insights to drilling. Co-authors include Thomas Sheridan Professor Emeritus MIT, Peter Rushmore (Retired) drilling benchmarking expert, Phil Scott an originator on Technical Limit Drilling and industry experts participating in SPE DSATS and the Industry DSA Roadmap initiative.
New insights for the drilling industry include:
- Drilling efficiency calculation using physical factors and perfect performance - results of which will shock most when they apply it, explaining the fallacy of focusing on NPT.
- How to develop systems architecture for effective drilling systems automation application, introducing the various states definition required to enable complex automated operations.
- Best Human Systems Integration practices for drilling operations, defining the Levels of Automation Taxonomy (LOAT) that can be applied to the implementation of drilling systems automation.
Link to this conference
Lean – is it well understood
A lot of companies are now climbing aboard the Lean bandwagon as they launch initiatives to reduce waste in their drilling and field development processes – 20 years after de Wardt and Company launched the proprietary program Lean Drilling™. Read an overview and gain insight at downloads
Virtual Consulting Services Now Available Around the World
Addressing the urgent need to support clients globally in a challenging low oil price environment, de Wardt and Company is now offering consulting service delivery through an array of virtual means including video conferencing, engagement virtual file, online interview system and other methods. This mitigates travel costs and provides scalability for affordability.
Lean Drilling™ Impacts Middle East Drilling
A Middle East application of Lean Drilling™ to lump sum drilling operations yielded an immediate 26% reduction in drilling time for no investment. Additional support has yielded an array of opportunities to further improve the drilling performance.
Lean Symposium – Norway
John was a key presenter at the Lean Symposium Norway held in Stavanger. Significant discussion centered around the history of de Wardt and Company Lean Abandonment™ delivering offshore well abandonments in 10 days versus the current norm of 40 days in Norway.
Drilling Systems Automation Roadmap – SPE / IADC Paper
John de Wardt and key steering committee members published the SPE paper 173010 at the SPE / IADC Drilling Conference in London, March 2015. This paper outlines the 8 challenges being addressed by the roadmap initiative. Presentation
John de Wardt Elected Fellow IMechE
John de Wardt has been elected as a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. This is the highest class of elected membership and is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to innovation in mechanical engineering.
Drilling Systems Automation Roadmap Industry Initiative
John de Wardt is a co-founder and ProgramManager of a new cross industry initiative to develop a drilling systems automation roadmap. A committee of key industry players has been formed and is actively following the roadmapping processes selected from Sandia National laboratories. This initiative is affiliated with SPE, IADC and AUVSI
Well Delivery Process – New Work Flow Map
John de Wardt undertook an assignment to develop a WDP that integrates with established company processes to deliver significant enhancement to Well Delivery Operations for a global client based in Africa. This process created an advanced workflow model for both remote exploration wells and development wells in areas with limited infrastructure.
East European Client Breaks Country Drilling Benchmarks
John de Wardt implemented Lean DrillingTM in brown field operation that yielded significant improvements in drilling performance, introduced cluster drilling and identified technical advances in directional drilling & zonal isolation across intermingled depleted and non-depleted reservoirs.
Speaking on Automation and Robotics Roadmap Opportunities in Oil and Gas Drilling
The Association of Unmanned Vehicles International is holding their annual conference – AUVSI Xpotential – in New Orleans May 2 through 5. AUVSI invited John to present "Automation and Robotics Roadmap Opportunities in Oil and Gas Drilling" at their Innovation Hub on May 4 to meet the appetite of their audience for information on oil and gas drilling developments. Xpotential is a conference at which defense leaders and commercial experts reveal insights about the future of unmanned systems.
His insight into the oil and gas industry is invaluable, and his knowledge of best practice in manufacturing has added measurable value to several of our investments.
...substantial improvement in product delivery and resultant reductions of inventory. The catalyst for these new processes was the Strategic Planning workshop lead by John de Wardt.
His recent corporate strategy development work resulted in a set of strategic initiatives that are already beginning to deliver value only a few months into their implementation.
John de Wardt provided us with a straight forward, hard driving, no nonsense approach to strategic planning that is still helping us define and achieve new business goals.
We have seen significant improvements in results and have adopted the principles in our planning and operations efforts.
John’s emphasis on rigorous planning has resulted in tangible and measurable results in the area of drilling and completing wells. A true step-change.
Breakthrough reverses a deteriorating trend.
A semi submersible drilling campaign for multiple operators showed a significant deterioration in performance during the initial three wells. This caused the operator planning the fifth well to seriously reconsider the planning and execution methodology traditionally applied. They selected Lean Drilling as the tool to deliver a step change improvement in performance and reverse the deteriorating trend. The base well plan was 46 days in duration. The project team improved this to a trouble free time of 29 days as they built their detailed plan and focused on high performance. The actual result of 27 days confirmed the success of Lean Drilling in delivering the desired step change (left plot). Beyond this excellent performance, the value delivered by this exploration well in terms of the quality and breadth of data acquired exceeded all past experience.
World Class Wildcat Deepwater Well in N Sea
In July 1999, Saga Petroleum (now Norske Hydro) completed their 4103m remote "Gjallar," wildcat well in 1352m water depth. The well was planned using DE WARDT AND CO's Lean Drilling program and achieved a performance result significantly ahead of other deepwater operators (see plot on left). The results for this project are best described by this quotation from an IADC/SPE paper (#51980) published by Flemming Stene of Hydro (formerly Saga) and Peter Aird of Kingdom Drilling. "To optimize the planning process and make further improvements, Saga engaged John de Wardt to apply his Lean Drilling program. This is a planning method based on giving 'ownership' of the project to all involved parties; in the operator, drilling contractor and service companies, both offshore and onshore. Each party is required to take full responsibility for their input, both in the planning and execution phase, in contrast to the usual approach in which 'ownership' is concentrated mainly on those in charge in the operating company. De Wardt's method also puts great emphasis on risk management and contingency planning. The planning process continued until spud in early June 1999, a duration of 3 months." Significant reduction in non-productive time was achieved in the most challenging section - see diagram on right.