At the search for offshore oil and gas has been moving into areas of deep waters and adverse climatic conditions, increasingly stronger demands are being made on equipment, personnel and methods of operation. In order to meet these exacting performance requirements a widespread use of automatic control, including instrumentation, mechanization and computer-based techniques, will be needed. Considering the actual position of this kind of offshore activity it seemed to be of immediate importance to organize a presentation of the current status, and a discussion of the future developments, of automation in offshore oil field operation. A total of 59 papers on automation related to environmental recording, precision navigation, station keeping, drilling, underwater technology, power generation, pipelaying, and safety were presented to more than 300 attendees from 17 countries. The papers and discussions show that the use of small and medium size computers in automatic systems has gained wide acceptance. The motivation for further instrumentation and control is not so much the saving of manpower, as it is the ensuring of a high degree of safety and system reliability. Important topics are therefore, safety against damage to personnel, environment and vital installations, the ability to perform precise navigation in remote waters, and the need for reliable and flexible station keeping techniques for floating structures.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Inter Fed of Auto Control/Inter Fed of Info Proc

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Pagination: 434 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00172384
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: IFAC/IFIP Symposium
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Vol. 3 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1978 12:00AM