Rig-sensor stewardship and machine safety are on the horizon for the IADC Drilling Control Systems Subcommittee.
DCS Chairman Nathan Moralez, BP, said that sensor stewardship is targeted at Data Producers, rather than Data Owners.DCS Co-chair Robert van Kuilenburg has already developed preliminary work. As Mr Moralez envisions it, the DCS would work toward improved maintenance of sensors.
Another project is development of a guideline outlining minimum safety features for drilling rigs. As envisioned, this guideline would make recommendations on safety features that should be employed in a drilling control system to enhance safe operation of a rig. A document setting forth some key elements that the proposed guideline should address can be accessed here.
During 2019, the DCS SC will meet on the second Thursday of each month. The complete schedule of DCS meeting dates is available here .
The DCS Subcommittee operates under the auspices of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee.