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Innovations in Drilling Technologies and Their Impact


As the world continues to evolve, so does the drilling industry. Innovations in drilling technologies have significantly transformed the sector, enhancing efficiency, safety, and productivity. One such innovation is FAT FINGER, a digital workflow procedure builder that empowers front-line teams to do their work correctly every time. This article explores the latest advancements in drilling technologies and their impact on the industry.

Emerging Drilling Technologies

Several innovative drilling technologies have emerged over the years, each with its unique benefits. These include:

1. Horizontal Drilling:

This technique allows for the drilling of wells horizontally, rather than just vertically. It increases the exposed section of the reservoir, leading to higher production rates. It also enables access to oil and gas reserves that would otherwise be unreachable with traditional vertical drilling techniques.

2. Hydraulic Fracturing:

Also known as ‘fracking,’ it involves the high-pressure injection of fluids into a wellbore, causing the rock layer to crack and release natural gas or oil. This method has the benefit of accessing reserves of oil and natural gas trapped in low-permeability rock formations.

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3. Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD):

This technology offers precise control over the pressure profile in a wellbore, which reduces the risk of damage to the drilling rig and enhances the safety and efficiency of the drilling process.

4. Coiled Tubing Drilling:

This drilling technology uses a long, flexible coiled pipe instead of traditional straight drill pipes. It allows for faster and more cost-effective drilling operations, with the added benefit of causing less environmental impact.

5. Underbalanced Drilling (UBD):

UBD technology allows the pressure in the wellbore to be maintained below that of the pressure in the formation being drilled. This results in increased drilling speed, reduced damage to the reservoir, and increased production rates.

6. Rotary Steerable Systems (RSS):

RSS technology allows for more precise steering of the drill bit, leading to better well placement and increased recovery from the reservoir. It also reduces the time and cost associated with drilling operations.

7. Dual Gradient Drilling:

This technique involves using two different fluid gradients in the same wellbore to manage well pressures more effectively. It reduces the risk of blowouts and other drilling hazards, and allows for the drilling of deeper and more complex wells.

8. Geo-steering Technology:

It involves the real-time adjustment of the drilling direction based on the geological information obtained during drilling. This ensures optimal placement of the well and maximizes the production of hydrocarbons.

9. Casing While Drilling (CWD):

CWD technology involves drilling and casing a well simultaneously. It reduces drilling time, lowers costs, and enhances the safety and efficiency of drilling operations.

10. Eco-Drilling:

This is a new and emerging technique that focuses on minimizing the environmental impact of drilling operations. It includes practices like using biodegradable drilling fluids, reducing energy consumption, and minimizing waste generation.

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The Role of FAT FINGER in Drilling Technologies

FAT FINGER plays a crucial role in the drilling industry by providing digital workflows and checklists across safety, maintenance, and operations areas. Its features include a drag & drop workflow builder, mobile & desktop workflows, dashboards, integrations, augmented reality, IoT device connectivity, and artificial intelligence coaching.

Impact of Innovations in Drilling Technologies

The innovations in drilling technologies have had a profound impact on the industry. They have:

  • Improved Efficiency: Automated drilling and digital workflow systems like FAT FINGER have streamlined operations, reducing downtime and increasing productivity.
  • Enhanced Safety: Technologies like near miss reporting and incident reporting have improved safety measures, reducing accidents and injuries.
  • Increased Profitability: With improved efficiency and safety, companies can reduce costs and increase profitability.

Case Study: FAT FINGER in Action

A leading oil and gas company implemented FAT FINGER’s digital workflow solutions to streamline its operations. The company used the platform’s drag & drop workflow builder to create custom workflows for various tasks, including material inspection, quality control, and shift handover. As a result, the company saw a significant reduction in downtime, improved safety measures, and increased productivity.


Innovations in drilling technologies have revolutionized the industry, improving efficiency, safety, and profitability. FAT FINGER, with its digital workflow solutions, is at the forefront of this revolution, empowering front-line teams to do their work correctly every time. As the industry continues to evolve, these technologies will play an increasingly important role in shaping its future.

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