Apr 10: Automated drilling is appealing because many of the future oil and gas prospects are highly complex and challenging with narrow geo-pressure margins and little room for human errors. 8In addition, there are many remote, inaccessible locations and precious biotopes. 8The global E&P industry believes there is a large potential in automation of the drilling process. 8Increased level of automation will result in more accurate pressure control and more rapid response to drilling anomalies. 8As a result, the drilling efficiency and safety will be improved. Click on Reports for a full analysis of automation in this segment of the industry, and different technologies that are in play.