2019

January – System Detail Design

Detail designed system was completed in January. The system’s algorithms to control the equipment went through extreme continuous testing by using real well data programmed into drilling simulators.

April – Lloyd’s Register Technology Qualification Process

A technology qualification exercise was conducted, and Safe Influx Automated Well Control system has received a Technology Qualification Certificate from Lloyd’s Register.   

May – RGU Founders Showcase


Safe Influx was in the final of the 2019 RGU Founders Showcase. Our Managing Director Bryan Atchison made an impressive presentation on the benefits of Safe Influx. 

June – milestone achieved

A significant milestone was achieved in the development of Safe Influx Ltd on 24th June 2019.  The Intellectual Property Agreement was agreed and signed off by Robert Gordon University, and enables Safe Influx to continue the business with the confidence and support of the university. 

“This IP agreement will create a platform for Safe Influx technology to succeed, enabling risk and cost reduction for all drilled wells”,
Bryan Atchison, Managing Director.

September – Offshore Europe 2019 

Following the success of Offshore Europe, we would like to thank everyone who came along to Safe Influx stand. We are delighted that so many people have had a chance to see and understand our new and novel technology. 

Safe Influx team at OE2019
Our Managing Director Bryan Atchison gave interviews to RGU and OETV

September – IADC Drilling hse&t europe 2019, amsterdam

Safe Influx was invited to do a poster presentation at this exhibition. Dozens of conversations were held in the conference explaining the concept and applications of automation of well control in the critical part of the well construction process.

Bryan Atchison at IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe 2019

OCTOBER – IADC Wells technology 2019, kuala lumpur

Bryan Atchison, Co-founder and Managing Director at Safe Influx, has promoted Automated Well Control technology at the conference. He took part of the panel discussion ‘Emerging Technologies to Manage the Drilling Rig Floor’.

IADC Wells Technology 2019

OCTOBER – successful FIELD TRIAL of automated well control technology

Automated Well Control is available today!

At 15:10 on Tuesday 8th October 2019, the “Drilling Module” was successfully implemented and proven on the Weatherford land rig at Bridge of Don, Aberdeen. The system was interfaced with a traditional rig and performed Automated Well Control: ie. influx detection, spacing out, stopping of the mud pumps, stopping of the top drive and then shutting-in of the blow out preventer.

Safe Influx performed a week’s worth of activities, running a series of system tests. The technology has been verified by Lloyd’s Register, which will enable the existing Lloyds Register Technology Qualification Certificate to be extended to traditional land rigs. Additionally, we have also demonstrated the technology to the industry press and external guests.

Phil Hassard and Bryan Atchison, co-founders of Safe Influx

Weatherford land rig, Aberdeen

Safe Influx Automated Well Control system