Experience From Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing of Drilling Control Systems
- Tom Pedersen (Marine Cybernetics) | Øyvind Smogeli (Marine Cybernetics)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Drilling & Completion
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- December 2013
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- Journal Paper
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- 2013. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 7.3.3 Project Management, 1.6 Drilling Operations, 1.10 Drilling Equipment
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Modern drilling ships and rigs are equipped with advanced computer systemsfor dynamic positioning, power generation and distribution, and drillingoperations. It is well-known that software errors may lead to delays andnonproductive time and may compromise safety. Although the testing andverification regime for structures and machinery systems is well-established,most of the computer systems on today's drilling vessels are put into operationwithout independent testing and verification. Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL)testing is a test methodology used in several other industries. It facilitatesthe systematic testing of control-system design philosophy, functionality,performance, and failure-handling capability, in both normal and off-designoperating conditions, and is conducted in a virtual test bed in which there isno risk to personnel, vessel, or equipment. Automatic drilling systems thatrely on software to function properly often consist of a combination ofcomponents delivered by several suppliers. This means that, to maintain safetyand to achieve the desired operational performance, control-system softwarefrom several suppliers must also run and work together as an integrated system.Marine Cybernetics has finalized the testing of drill-floor control systems forseven rigs, involving nine different vendors. This paper presents experiencesfrom these projects in terms of project execution, test timing, and vendorcooperation and participation. Examples of typical observations are alsopresented.
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