Make Every Driller the Best Driller

Drilling automation provides consistency and performance improvements through NOVOS.

NOV employees look at a NOVOS system on a rig

Drilling a well is a complex mix of overwhelming data, tasks in need of constant attention, and high skill levels. As the industry continues its pursuit of safer and more efficient drilling, automation of simple tasks frees drillers to focus on what’s most important.

NOVOS™ is a simple-to-install process-automation platform that helps the driller to step back from the repetitive complexities of machine and process control. The system serves as a link between the two activities to ease the burden on the driller, resulting in safer and more efficient well construction. NOVOS, which can be added to an existing land rig in as little as 12 hours, provides a common platform for the control, monitoring, scheduling, and optimization of drilling operations. Structuring data and defining activities through process automation enables engineers to develop lessons learned and apply best practices across regions and rig fleets.

A graphic of an overwhelmed rigger

A constant stream of incoming data and tasks that need attention can threaten to overwhelm the driller. NOVOS eases this burden, resulting in safer and more efficient well construction.

NOVOS comes with applications that allow the rig to drill consistently, safely, and more effectively, and it also has the capability to incorporate customized applications for specific drilling requirements. A unique software development kit allows developers to create and deploy their own applications that use sensor data to control rig machines. Third parties are provided with safe access to a wide variety of functions within the system and are encouraged to develop applications that address their unique challenges. Those applications can then be layered, prioritized, and partitioned to provide simple flexibility of control and monitoring in ways previously unachievable.

A rigger points to a screen running the NOVOS software system

NOVOS can be implemented in hours and is easy to use. Once active, the driller has a common platform for the control, monitoring, scheduling, and optimization of drilling operations.

NOVOS was recently deployed to the North Slope drilling area for Parker Drilling and BP. Using the system enabled Parker Drilling to achieve consistent bottom-to-bottom time savings and an overall safer drilling process. Doug McCrae, BP Technical Deployment Specialist, said, “BP has got an ambition to lead the industry in automation. It’s about making it a more safe environment and more cost effective in that element as well. If we can get consistent and safe, that’s nirvana for us. We keep people away from harm’s way. That’s one of our biggest drivers.” Another benefit was increased consistency in executing discrete aspects of the drilling processes, which reduced unpredictability for the rig crew and driller. This increased awareness, safety, and delivery of the overall drilling operation, further highlighting the ability of the system to maximize value for both the contractor and operator.

A rigger adjusts settings on the NOVOS software on a rig

Having NOVOS at their fingertips enabled Precision Drilling to save overall connection-to-connection time, reduce unpredictability, and increase safety.

"We had one specifically challenging well here that called for incredibly tight control to help protect the formations, and NOVOS delivered that to a degree that I’ve never seen before in my career,” McCrae noted. “I am a big believer in standardization… This is the next big step-change technology, in my humble opinion."

While the oilfield has historically been slow to accept change, it is now more critical than ever that digital technology be embraced as the future of the industry. We’re excited to prove that NOVOS is the first step in driving this paradigm shift.

NOVOS is 35% faster, saving up to 2.5 hours.

In a slip-to-weight sequences application, NOVOS is approximately 35% faster (3.8 minutes) in executing the sequence over a comparable number of sequences. The potential time savings over 40 sequences delivered by NOVOS is 2.5 hours.


Benjamin Facker

Senior Manager, NOVOS Strategy and Development

NOV Employee Benjamin Facker

Benjamin Facker joined NOV in 2006 and served as lead engineer on several NOV integration projects with existing industry automation systems. He assumed the role of senior director for the NOVOS process automation system in 2014.

Ryan Hanford

NOVOS Product Development and Commercialization Manager

NOV Employee Ryan Hadford

Ryan began his career with NOV in January 2014, and he has 14 years of oil and gas experience. He has worked in various service and manufacturing roles, including sales, engineering, and product development. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 2003 with a BS in mechanical engineering technology and received his MBA from Rice University in 2012. Ryan is the product development and commercialization manager for NOVOS.

Vinesh Rambally

NOVOS Business Development Manager

NOV Employee Vinesh Rambally

Vinesh Rambally joined NOV in 2008 as an application engineer with the marketing services team for Control Systems quotations. Vinesh graduated from the University of Houston in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering technology and completed the NOV Ventures–Technology Commercialization program at the University of Texas in 2012. He currently works as a business development manager on the NOVOS Team.