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About DSATS

DSATS is the Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). The purpose of DSATS is to accelerate the development and implementation of systems automation in the well drilling industry by supporting initiatives which communicate the technology, recommend best practices, standardize nomenclature and help define the value of drilling systems automation. Appropriate initiatives include workshops, forums, lectures, and technical and white papers, among others, and DSATS actively encourages participation of automation experts from outside the drilling industry.

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Whats going on in Austin ? 

In an innovative move, the University of Texas under the guidance of Professor Eric van Oort has opened laboratories targeting drilling automation.  The drilling automation laboratory features a drill rig simulator, the first of its kind at an American University, and students and faculty have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that supports research, development and teaching. The recorded webcast below describes the current and future capabilities of the drilling automation laboratories, the goals of the drilling automation program at UT Austin, and current research topics such as automatic rig sensor data validation. 

http://eventcenter.commpartners.com/se/Meetings/Playback.aspx?meeting.id=868416

 

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The Student Competition


The DSATS Student Competition

The winners of the competition will receive a grant for economy class transportation and accommodations to attend the next SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition and will present an SPE paper that will be added to the SPE archives of One Petro.  Teams that finish second and third will have an opportunity to present their work at the DSATS automation symposium preceding the conference, and will receive a grant for economy class transportation and accommodations. 

For details of the competition please click here  

DSATS Competition.pdf

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  • DSATS Symposium - Monday, 16 March, 1300–1700

    Monday, 16 March, 1300–1700
    DSATS Symposium

    Moderator: Paul Francis, M-I SWACO, DSATS Programme Chairman Europe

    The SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) and the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee will hold an exciting...