A monitoring dashboard for live streaming data at an offshore drilling facility. The nature of this problem space was unlike anything I had seen before. Our subject matter expert explained how off shore oil drilling facilities would create miles and miles of drilling bits that would extend into the ocean floor. The process was delicate so it always required extremely close monitoring.


Real Time Operators (RTO’s) need to see anomalies in volumetric drilling data to avoid irregular behavior. An example would be changes in the displacement of the volume that could result in dangerous outcomes, like the drill parts over heating and breaking.


UX, UI, Prototyping, Data Visualization, Animation

Sketching and Prototyping

After some interviews with various RTO’s and more stakeholders we felt our team was ready to start framing a solution — so together we sketched out some ideas. Our main goal was to prioritize the most important data about the drilling run, or “trip”, to make sure the RTO was able to scan actionable information faster. We wanted to learn more about what data was relevant, when, and how often. We got to work and started rapidly prototyping (sketch+invision) to test with more RTO’s.

Animation Prototyping

As each drill stand was getting attached, our interface needed to show the gain/loss data. This helped inform the RTO’s of any anomalies in their drills, fill tanks, and displacement tanks. To simulate the incoming information before our data scientist built a model, I animated a normal data flow in After Effects. We continued to test both our clickable InVision prototype and simulation video to stakeholders and RTO’s to get feedback.


We decided on a layout that favored 3 main data changes: new stands coming in — each with their gain/loss data associated with them, as well as a line graph of the overall gain/loss, and cumulative gain/loss. Deviant data in any of these areas prompted the RTO’s to take action.