Automated Directional Drilling

Published: May 14, 2017 | Last updated: July 5, 2023

What Does Automated Directional Drilling Mean?

Automated directional drilling, as the name suggests, is defined as an automated drilling system utilizing computer software to carry out drilling work using different methods of trenchless construction like Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) and microtunneling. Traditional methods of carrying out drilling processes using these techniques requires an operator who adjusts and manipulates the drill head from a remote location.


Trenchlesspedia Explains Automated Directional Drilling

One of the best known systems for automated drilling is the Rotary Steerable Systems (RSS). This tool allows for faster rate of penetrating through soil, better quality of borehole and steering without sliding. Recent developments and improvements focused on the reliability of tools, the number of different collar sizes, superior electronic technology and the efficiency of mechanical operations. Trenchless construction has seen a rapid growth in the use of automated drilling systems. The automated directional driller is remotely located in the office of the operator and has the capability of remotely controlling the mud pumps. Algorithms that use data analytics, and real time drilling dynamics, drive the decison process of the automated drilling system. A change in command to the RSS system can also be initialized by remotely controlling the rig pumps to make the necessary changes. Human error is considerably reduced by the automated system and multiple wells can be directed at the same time by an experienced driller. Efficiency, speed and cost effectiveness are some of the advantages observed in the use of automated directional drilling.


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