PG8503 - Automated Drilling


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Report with presentation
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Report with presentation 100/100

Course content

In this course, the main goal is digitalizing the drilling operation with the purpose of remote drilling and fully automated operation (the end goal is reducing the CO2 footprint). This can be done by focusing on the new innovation and technology (wired pipe system and its accessories) and using it for transferring a high amount of information from the downhole to the surface in real-time. Sending and receiving information via Wired Pipe will help to detect faults and symptoms downhole and mitigate issues in real-time.

Wired drill pipe will also help all the drilling services perform more accurate and remote operation while drilling.

In this course different drilling services (like managed pressure drilling, control mud level system, directional drilling etc.) and the connection to wired pipe will be discussed.

The plan in this course is to use programming any kind like Matlab, Python etc. for the topics and exercise that is going to be given.

Learning outcome


At the end of semester students will have deep understanding of data transfer from surface to downhole and vice versa, and also the tools and equipment to use for this process. Students will have the ability to use the wired pipe system to plan for automated operation for different drilling services.

Learning methods and activities

The course is given as self-study, with colloquia, discussions and small projects.

Further on evaluation

The course requires that a report (small project) need to be submitted based on the defined topics in the course. The student have to give a presentation based on the report. There will be one joint grade for both the report and presentation. To pass the course, a score of at least 70 percent is required.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Engineering (PHIV)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the PhD programme Engineering.

Course materials

Books, compendium and selected articles.

Digitalization: Python Application for Drilling & Geoscience Engineer, Behzad Elahifar, Erfan Hosseini, ISBN-13: 9786206184225

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Petroleum Engineering - Production Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering - Drilling Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: Report with presentation

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Report with presentation 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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