DrillboticsTM 2016 Competition Results 

The Drillbotics tests for 2016 have now been completed.  Every year the competition gets stronger and the judges find it harder to select a winner. This year, the winning team was West Virginia University.  They drilled the 10.5 inch rock sample in a record time of 27 minutes and the wellbore was fully vertical.   They included interactive drill-off tests to select optimal drilling parameters in near real-time.  The team includes Tawfik Elshehabi, Zachary Cox, Gbolahan “Bugzy” Idowu, Cody Smith, and Rachael Richard.  Dr. Ilkin Bilgesu, Faculty Advisor, will be hard pressed to replace them next year.

Full details of this competition can be found here...

Papers related to the DSATS Automated Drilling Rig (Drillbotics) Competition. Started in 2014, this competition is open to multi-disciplinary teams of students from Universities around the World.


Bavadiya, V. A., Aljubran, M. J., Kibe, J. M., Christy, S. M., Le, H. N., Ahmed, R., & Florence, F. (2015, September 28). Design, Construction and Operation of an Automated Drilling Rig for the DSATS University Competition. Society of Petroleum Engineers. doi:10.2118/174920-MS

From the 2017 SPE Western Regional Meeting - Bakersfield, California 23-27 April

spe-185730:  A Real-Time Interactive Drill-Off Test Utilizing Artificial Intelligence Algorithm for DSATS Drilling Automation University Competition 


H. Bilgesu (West Virginia University), Z. D. Cox (West Virginia University)T. A. Elshehabi (West Virginia University), C. Smith(West Virginia University),  G. O. Idowu (West Virginia University), F. R. Florence (Rig Operations LLC)