, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 317-329
Date: 03 Jan 2012

An overview of case-based reasoning applications in drilling engineering

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Abstract

Application-oriented research in the area of case-based reasoning has moved mature research results into practical applications. This paper presents an overview of different applications of case-based reasoning (CBR) in petroleum engineering, with focus on the drilling process, based on a survey and comparative evaluation of different applications. The numbers of papers, research groups, and experimental systems are indicative of the importance, need, and growth of CBR in different industries. A clear growing trend has been seen in the oil and gas industry over the last 5–10 years. In this paper we present the evolving story of CBR applied to problems in drilling engineering. We show that drilling engineering is an application domain in which the systematic storage and situation-triggered reuse of past concrete experiences provide significant support to drilling personnel at various levels. Some CBR systems have been successfully deployed in operational settings. With increased understanding of the complexity of drilling operations and continuous development of CBR and combined methods, the future potential is significantly higher.