Over the last decades we have seen many improvements in drill floor automation. Common for many of these have however been more in line of "make a machine to duplicate manual labor". This is about to change. Over the last 5 to 6 years more and more companies and resources have been focusing on creating fully automatic systems, and in the last couple of years we have seen the introduction of fully robotized systems.
This paper will highlight some of the vast improvements seen in Health and Safety as well as efficiency measured in both time and money when using robotics in the drilling operations. This will be true for most, if not all, drilling structures designed for land or offshore operations either used for drilling for hydrocarbons or not.
We will discuss how fully robotized drill floor, and even small partly intelligent tools can make a big difference, for both safety and cost savings.
This effectiveness and safety aspect will be further improved when using autonomous decision making systems. With autonomous system we mean that the systems itself will have the ability to decide how to perform a given task more safely and with a higher efficiency than a preprogrammed task.