Advanced Rig Technology Committee Subcommittees

Drilling Control Systems Subcommittee


Nathan Moralez, BP


Robert van Kuilenburg, Noble Drilling

Mission Statement

Provide information and guidelines to improve safety and reliability of the interfaces between human and machine, and between multiple control systems installed on offshore and onshore drilling facilities.


Control Motions:

  • Phase I – Develop a critical safety interface list for a driller.

  • Phase II – Gather data for each supplier against current field populations.

  • Phase III – Based on findings, propose and publish an industry guideline for future safety critical applications.

Software Interface:

  • Phase I – Identify and document the current supplier’s methods of integrating and communicating on rigs.

  • Phase II – Develop a matrix of issues and challenges drillers are facing.

  • Phase III – Publish guidelines to the industry advising on methods that have proven successful for integrating and communicating between systems.


To eliminate the risk associated with variations in human machine interface for critical drilling controls.  To provide a preferred method for integrating tools in a rig system with minimal impact to operations and a focused zero safety impact.

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BOP Controls Subcommittee


Roy Mills, Noble Drilling Services Inc


Mitch Eichler, Parker Hannifin

Mission Statement

Provide information and guidance to improve safety, reliability and performance of BOP controls installed on drilling facilities.


  • Create a guideline for a recommended level of reliability analysis in BOP Controls using widely accepted methods, such as fault tree analysis.
  • Create a guideline for developing the human machine interface in BOP Controls using basic formatting principals to aid standard user training.
  • Host periodic technology forums or workshops to promote BOP Controls and generate interest in subcommittee participation.


  • Present recommendations for uniform BOP control systems.
  • Detail a focused approach toward safety and mitigating the risk of environmental impact.
  • Implement advanced rig technology forums or workshops to promote BOP Controls and generate interest in subcommittee participation.

Cybersecurity Subcommittee


Siv Hilde Houmb, Secure-NOK LLC

Mission Statement

To develop digital security guidelines for drilling assets that are built upon existing industry standards and best practices.


To develop easy-to-use, practically applicable and tailored cybersecurity guidelines for drilling contractors.


Review existing cybersecurity regulations, industry best practices and standards of relevance for industrial control systems and drilling assets.  This process begins with clearly defining the approach for standards to follow, and subsequently moving to align with standards that can be practically applied to drilling assets.