2016 stands behind us with two important milestones being met: handover and training on the use of the world’s first drilling rig robot (purchased from Robotic Drilling Systems (RDS)), and the compilation assembly of the world's first robotised drilling rig, Continuous Motion Rig (CMR), for West Drilling Products.
All of these projects are considered to be quantum leaps in topside drilling equipment and systems, and represent a revolution in fully-automated drilling without the use of personnel. While RDS will cover a substantial market potential for retrofit, West is aimed at new builds. Both of these projects have given UBBS and IRIS good marketing as essential infrastructure for R&D activities for both academia and the Department, as well as for the industry. Several hundred visitors have come from Norway and abroad over the course of the year, and have received a glimpse of the flexibility, professionalism and value that Ullrigg Drilling and Well Centre represents as a test centre for various projects.