Schlumberger’s new DrillPlan solution uses the Microsoft Cloud to improve the quality and efficiency of every well drilled

Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield services company, has announced DrillPlan – a new digital well construction planning solution which improves the efficiency and quality of every well drilled.

The DrillPlan solution has been developed with a focus on improving user collaboration and providing a new way of working for drilling teams.

It provides operators and service companies with all the data and science they need in a single, common system—creating a circular workflow where plans are improved as new data is added, enabling future drilling programs to benefit from prior experience.

“Through DrillPlan, we are delivering a radical new way of working that will give our customers faster and higher quality drilling plans by enabling the automation of repetitive tasks and validation workflows leading to a more coherent approach,” said Gavin Rennick, president, Software Integrated Solutions (SIS), Schlumberger.

The DrillPlan solution will leverage the digital technologies of Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack hybrid cloud solutions. This, combined with the real-time communication tools offered by Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Teams, will empower new levels of collaboration among teams and stakeholders, resulting in an increase in productivity.

“Together with Schlumberger, we are digitizing the business of oil and gas drilling by enabling the delivery of solutions like DrillPlan via Microsoft Azure. In addition to bringing the power of a global, trusted and hybrid cloud to the oilfield, our cloud-based collaboration and productivity solutions will enable Schlumberger and its customers to break new ground in well construction,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft Corp.

“As the oil and gas industry continues to evolve and demand more digital capabilities, our partnership with Schlumberger will allow us to remain on the forefront of innovation.”

Thanks to the quality and efficiency gains of DrillPlan, hundreds of plans through more than one year of field testing in various locations have been generated.

In West Texas and Canada, seven oil and gas companies extensively evaluated the solution, customizing it to their well construction process. The DrillPlan solution proved to be comprehensive and powerful—delivering well planning programs in days rather than weeks.

The DrillPlan solution will be available in North America land operations in Q4 2017, with continuous development of functionalities to meet the needs of the global market in 2018 and beyond.

For more information about the DrillPlan digital well construction planning solution, click here.