This directional drilling guidance and monitoring system essentially replaces the directional driller by giving the driller on the rig the information necessary to set the tool face, while indicating how far to slide in order to maintain a proper well path.
“Reducing manpower requirements is only one of the benefits,” said Evan Gooch, Vice President of Engineering for RigMinder. “Equally important is that we eliminate human errors which can cause the well to get off the wellpath, sometimes so far off that it has to be cemented and abandoned. Criterion does not make those type of mistakes, mistakes that affect not only drilling efficiency but production, too.”
Criterion also integrates with RigMinder’s basic software which monitors, transmits and displays a variety of drilling parameters in real time.
“It’s a seamless operation,” said Gooch. “Criterion instructs the driller on the rig where to set the toolface and how far to slide. If input from a professional directional driller is required, a phone call to the RigMinder Real Time Operations Center brings an entire team of directional drillers into the mix.”
What’s in a name?
It was no accident that the name Criterion was selected for RigMinder’s software. The name means “a standard by which decisions are made or judged.” That is certainly an appropriate description.
“Criterion is going to do more than just replace the directional driller,” said Gooch. “It’s going to set a standard for wellsite decision making. By acquiring the rights to Shell’s Scadadrill technology, we have an 8-9 year head start on our competition. We know we are going to expand on what they started, with the ultimate goal being total automation of the rig.”
Total rig automation may be a few years away. In the meantime Criterion is a big step in that direction.
“Our short term goals are simple and achievable,” said Gooch. “Remove people from the drilling operation, eliminate human error, reduce liability and lower cost. That’s the message that operators want to hear.”