VPD Registration – “Accelerating and Sustaining the Learning Curve through Digitalization and Automation”

Air Date: 27 August, 2019 @ 10.00 CDT
Passwords provided to registered attendees can also be used to watch the VPD at anytime after the air date.


In This Virtual Panel Discussion:

The drive to move the global drilling industry toward digitalization and automation over the past few years has been phenomenal. Driven in part by the economic conditions brought about by the downturn, companies across the spectrum have realized that they require not just incremental but step changes in cost reductions and efficiency gains. Such changes won’t be realized by doing what’s always been done or by squeezing the supply chain.

As the rest of the world adopts Industry 4.0, companies in the drilling space are also navigating their way through the digitalization and automation space. Fundamental questions that are being asked are: “Do we know what’s the optimum thing to do?” and “Are we doing it?”

This virtual panel discussion, sponsored by Schlumberger, will look at some of the significant advances that have been achieved and what that tells us about where we need to go next.

Watch the Trailer:


Rodrigo Gallo Covarrubias, Digital Drilling Business Manager, Schlumberger. Rodrigo Gallo is the global Digital Drilling Business Manager for land and offshore edge solutions for Schlumberger. He has 15-plus years of experience in the industry and has held several international roles across the well construction process that go from engineering and operations, to project management positions among others, including the product and business development of the Schlumberger drilling automation system.
Victor Figueroa, COO, Point Energy Partners Operating. Victor Figueroa began his career with Baker Hughes as soon as he graduated in 1997 from the University Polytechnic Santiago Mariño in Venezuela with an engineering degree. He worked at Baker Hughes for 21 years and held various positions from field engineer to sales and operations director. Mr Figueroa joined Point Energy Partners in July 2018 as Chief Operating Officer and is currently active in the Delaware Basin operating wells (PDP, SWDs and fresh water wells), TD’d Point Energy Partners’ first well and currently drilling the second well on a five- well, one-rig program for 2019. He also has an MBA from the Executive MBA Program of the Cox School of Business of Southern Methodist University.
Riaz Israel, Team Lead – Wells Technology, BP. Riaz Israel has worked in oil and gas for 19 years, mainly split between Schlumberger and BP, and currently leads BP’s Wells Technology Team. Previously, he has held roles in drilling engineering & operations, managed real-time monitoring centers and has worked to develop strategies and deploy solutions related to drilling technology, with a special focus on drilling automation. He is passionate about the role that analytics and automation can play in well construction and is championing the adoption of these both within BP and to the industry through his work with the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS). He is a member of the 2020 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference Advisory Committee. Mr Israel has a B.Sc. in chemical engineering and a M.Sc. in petroleum engineering both from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad.
Linda Hsieh, Editor/Publisher, IADC/Drilling Contractor (moderator).


 This virtual panel discussion is sponsored by Schlumberger.

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