VPD Access – “Well Construction – Autonomous Directional Drilling”



Air Date: 2 December 2021 @ 8.00 CDT

The automation of directional drilling has been advancing steadily in recent years. In the current environment, however, it’s clear that steady progress is not enough. The drilling industry needs to make bold moves and strive for disruptive changes that will maximize the efficiency and consistency of the well construction process, regardless of field, rig or well trajectory. An evolution is directional drilling capabilities is now ongoing, encompassing a fully integrated data architecture that harmonizes all tasks associated with directional drilling.

In this VPD, we will look at the four key pillars of this evolution: intelligent planning and execution, and surface and downhole automation. We will also discuss the tangible steps that are being taken to achieve an autonomous self-steering BHA.


  • Raul Suarez, Well Construction Product Manager Drilling  Tools, Schlumberger
  • Ziad Akkaoui, Well Construction Digital Product Champion, Schlumberger
  • Alexandre Jourde, Well Construction Digital Program Manager, Schlumberger
  • Linda Hsieh, IADC/Drilling Contractor Editor & Publisher (moderator)

Air Date: 2 December 2021 @ 8.00 CDT

This virtual panel discussion is sponsored by Schlumberger.

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