Drilling Management System

Linking best practice, internal and external standards, to manage knowledgeDrilling Management System

Drilling Management System

See how one client benefitted from an easy- to-use compliance system that exploits company knowledge, by sharing best practice well delivery throughout the organisation – connecting process to engineers.

Project Description/Issue

The client, an independent exploration and production company based in Scotland, employing over 400 staff and contractors, required a solution to manage the process of drilling wells that leveraged company best practice and knowledge, external industry best practice, e.g. ISO and API Standards, and adhered to local government regulatory requirements. The solution needed to support improved well integrity through appropriate design, supervision and control of well delivery.

Flare’s Approach

Flare worked with the client to develop the best practice for well delivery in the organisation. This included on-site workshops and discussions to define the delivery process, identify the deliverables required, using a stage-gate process. For each deliverable, consideration was given to how company policy, external standards, and relevant legislation was linked. This lead to the definition of a company best practice for well delivery.

The solution provided a web-based interface to the Drilling Management System (DMS), from which the management team could see the status of each well being drilled and have easy access to the deliverables produced, with an easy to use interface guiding drilling engineers and operations geologist through the best practice process of designing and drilling a well.

This project could be considered a digital transformation, taking a business process, previously communicated through manuals and turning it into an application to assist all stakeholders.


Management views

The DMS (Drilling Management System) interface made it easy for the management team to see the status of each well being drilled, access design documentation and operations reports, and view an audit trail of drilled wells and their compliance with the process.

Ease of use

Role-based dashboards for HQ and rig-site engineers, made it easy to view the entire drilling process for campaigns and individual wells. Views show what deliverables are required and when, and users, can access locally-held policies and procedures, regardless of where they are in the world.

Frictionless Information Management

Intelligent search makes it much easier to find documents or share documents, and visualise stage gate status (progress) of each well. Publishing of documents is handled by dragging and dropping files, which results in automatic security, descriptive tagging and routing of the content. Content can be routed automatically into intermediate stores or corporate stores based on business rules.

Flexible architecture

The system utilised components of Sirus and Tracker, so that published documents inherit tags on publication for future ease of discovery, users receive reminder notifications for deliverables, and dashboards of progress were available. The system could also be deployed on stand-alone laptops so that rigs with poor communications could also utilise the system.

Extensible management system

The client can leverage the underlying Sirus platform (intelligent search, drag and drop publishing, automatic tagging, metrics and dashboards) in other areas of the business, allowing for rapid deployment of future, fully integrated information management solutions.

The solution was successful and extended, using a similar approach to capture deliverables for the Corporate Responsibility Management System.