STAVANGER, Norway – Eric Cayeux, chief scientist in drilling and well modeling at the International Research Institute of Stavanger, has been awarded the Statoil research prize 2012 for his work in automated drilling. The prize included NOK 200,000 ($34,800) and a lithography by Håkon Bleken.
Cayeux has been a central figure in a number of projects and products within automated drilling. These include the method and software Drillscene that can predict potential problems in drilling operations way before they occur. Drilltronics which is a product for the automation of drilling operations, and Virtual Rig which is a virtual laboratory that facilitates the development and design of future drilling technology.
Cayeux said: “I wasn’t expecting this, but I’m very happy. The prize is a great recognition for the work done over the last six or seven years, and Statoil has been very important as a partner for the implementation of the projects. The Institute has done the main work, but we received great knowledge and support from Statoil – both in good times and in bad times. I really appreciate the support, and it’s good to see that automated drilling is getting prioritized by Statoil.”