DrillView, A Drilling Monitoring System for Everyone

From the North Sea of the Atlantic Ocean to the majestic Caspian Sea, DrillView control systems can be found. DrillView is an integrated drilling monitoring system that enables users to control automated drilling units both big and small. In fact, the system has the modularity to be used for a wide range of equipment types, single portable top drive, a small portable land rig or a complete drilling unit. In this way, DrillView can best be compared with a PC network that is configurable enough to be scaled up or down depending on the user’s needs.

DrillView is an ideal solution for those oil and gas businesses that need powerful, reliable and versatile drilling monitoring systems. The system integrates data directly from the drilling site, including both real-time and stored drilling data, which is then translated into high-resolution graphical displays. In addition, the system’s Human Man Interface (HMI) and communication network provides users with full remote operation and monitoring capabilities.

Parts of An Integrated Drilling Monitoring System

DrillView drilling monitoring systems consist of the following components:

Remote I/O

Remote input/output (I/O) units enables users to operate I/O cards or modules at a remote place or at a safe distance. Typically, these units are connected to instrumentation that controls or belongs to other machines such as drilling monitoring systems. As an advantage, remote I/O reduces cabling; in fact, the cabling may be 1:1 to the control cabinet for very small units.


In a nutshell, a programmable logic controller (PLC) is a type of industrial digital computer that has been adapted for manufacturing or industrial purposes. DrillView employs Siemens Step 7 PLC in connection with a remote I/O or integrated drilling monitoring system. PLC systems can adjust according to size, with the ability to control a single machine or a network of PLCs with a similarly high level of effectiveness.

Profibus Network

Process Field Bus (PROFIBUS) is commonly used in fieldbus communication as a network protocol that links PLCs. Data is exchanged via a copper- or fiber-based network, or even a combination of the two.

DrillView Server

The DrillView server resembles what one would find on a standard PC. The option wouldn’t be required if a PLC- or Ethernet-based option is available.


As a result of security risks, malware and other issues, it can be risky business to directly connect drilling monitoring systems to the Internet. External users connected to DrillView are at risk of being attacked by hackers and viruses. On the other hand, users who connect to a manual connection via a router and a firewall have a greater measure of security.

In conclusion, drilling monitoring systems are a vital tool that increases drilling productivity. Thanks to modern advances in computer technology, including the Internet and PLCs, drilling control systems operate more efficiently and effectively, thereby delivering considerable benefits to oil and gas industry companies. Not only are more resources extracted, but oilfield employees can be safe in the knowledge that their control oil-drilling processes are performed in a safe, healthful manner.