Nabors, Corva to accelerate digital transformation of global drilling industry

World Oil Staff April 20, 2023

(WO) – Corva and Nabors Industries announced a strategic technology partnership to provide a first-of-its-kind digital and automation offering to the global drilling industry.

Integrating Corva's App Store and Dev Center with Nabors' SmartROS universal drilling rig controls and automation system is expected to deliver solutions that rapidly scale process and machine automation, enhance remote project oversight and streamline data exchange and collaboration across any AC rig fleet.

Today's myriad solutions limit the scale and efficiency of digital and automated rig solutions

Drilling engineers are inundated with redundant digital solutions and rig control systems to run automated well programs. In addition, clear gaps have emerged in the ability to manage communication between office, cloud and edge solutions.

Together, Nabors and Corva seek to simplify the execution of automation on any AC rig. E&P companies can now design custom apps and deploy them across their rig fleet, regardless of the rig provider. In turn, drilling contractors can generate new revenues while bringing added value to their customers and crews.

Nabors' digital and automation platform is deployable on any rig, regardless of manufacturer

SmartROS is the platform for the digitization and automation of drilling processes. With SmartROS, drilling contractors can deploy advanced automation to elevate their people, performance and customers without an expensive rig upgrade. The system is developed for drillers by drillers and can be scaled easily across fleets, regardless of rig and equipment manufacturer. Current deployments of SmartROS include more than 124 Nabors rigs in the Lower 48, Latin America and the Middle East, as well as 15 non-Nabors rigs.

Nabors' high performance digital infrastructure platform, RigCLOUD, enables edge computing for remote operations. This provides additional flexibility in deploying advisory automation apps to non-SmartROS enabled rigs.

Bringing rig controls to Corva's app store

Corva features more than 100 Apps and Dashboards that automate, monitor and optimize drilling processes. The suite encompasses a number of applications including Predictive Drilling, a state-of-the-art machine learning technology that enhances rotary drilling performance.

Leveraging the power of artificial intelligence, Corva's Predictive Drilling has provided designed data visualizations to 27,000 wells, covering a staggering 596 million ft. This technology empowers users to streamline drilling processes and unlock unprecedented levels of efficiency.

With this suite of tools, this partnership is set to transform the drilling industry, positioning itself as a trailblazer in the development and implementation of next-generation drilling technologies.

Combining the best of both worlds – Apps and universal rig controls

Using SmartROS, Corva extends rig control and real-time data pipelines from the wellsite to the E&P company's back office and mobile devices, enabling customers to drill safer and more effectively. Equipped with Nabors Smart Suite of drilling automation products, RigCLOUD Edge infrastructure, and Corva Apps and Dev Center, this integration empowers onsite and remote users to interact, analyze, and collaborate in powerful new ways.

Overall, this partnership between Corva and Nabors bridges the gap between Edge and Cloud solutions while improving the return on investment for end-users, with no disruption to current workflows, and creates the best of both worlds' situation for the office and drillers alike.


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