The Automatic Well Design workflow presented in this paper is a starting step to achieve Well Construction Autonomy. This workflow made possible through modern "API" based drilling calculation engines hosted on a cloud computing environment.

In the Drilling Digitalization Infrastructure, everything will be connected via Open APIs, and Real time Machine-to- Machine Communication. Modern Cloud-Based Applications will enable Engineers, within seconds, to automatically execute complex drilling simulations and calculations

This software tool, named WellDesign, is a cloud based single page application utilizing networks and cloud computers for data storage and collaboration. It offers a set of application programming interfaces (API), enabling machine-to-machine communication & 100% automation, where whole or parts of the software can be operated by other computers. On top of this interface, the software tool has a 2D and 3D human graphical user interface, utilizing web technologies such as accelerated 2D (Canvas, 3D.js) and 3D (WebGL, three.js) graphics. This software tool aims to run on all kinds of computers (Windows, Macs) and other interactive devices supporting modern web browsers (tablets, phones and similar).

Well Construction Automation is gradually becoming more prominent in oil & gas industry. It encompasses the application of digital technology in all aspects of well drilling and completion (i.e., automatic well design, digitalization of downhole tools & surface equipment, remote monitoring, real time data transmission, and robotic rig systems).

In today's Industry 4.0 transformation world, easy-to-use cloud-based software can partially automate Oil & Gas wells design. Future software development should be made to produce fully autonomous Oil & Gas well designs while maintaining industry safety & well integrity standards

The Automatic Well Design workflow presented in this paper is a starting step to achieve Well Construction Autonomy. This workflow made possible through modern "API" based drilling calculation engines hosted on a cloud computing environment. In the Drilling Digitalization Infrastructure, everything will be connected via Open APIs, and Real time Machine-to- Machine Communication.

Modern Cloud-Based Applications will enable Engineers, within seconds, to automatically execute complex drilling simulations and calculations

Two automatic design workflows shall be illustrated in detail:

  1. Automatic Well Trajectories

  2. Automatic Casing Design

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