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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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 The Drilling Systems Automation Roadmap initiative is seeking joint industry project (JIP) funding to accelerate delivery of its first major report. The initiative, launched in June 2013 and affiliated with IADC, SPE and AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International), details the development pathway that will be followed in automating the drilling process through a report that enables leaders to better understand the depth and breadth of drilling systems automation business opportunities.

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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.

DSATS periodically holds workshops in which members examine, in some detail, business and technical opportunities and challenges posed by automation.


An overview of the operation of drilling fluids at the rig site, giving an insight to those less versed in the art of drilling oil and gas wells. Fluid processing at the rig site is currently a prime target for higher levels of mechanization and process control, leading towards automation.


The Drilling Systems Automation Roadmap is focused on outlining a technical roadmap for drilling systems automation, and is divided into a number of technical challenge areas. This effort is affiliated with DSATS and shares many of the same members.


Drilling automation is the use of computer-assisted or -controlled devices in drilling a wellbore. It involves a considerable amount of technology, including mechanized and robotized surface equipment and semiautonomous downhole drilling tools; entire drilling systems composed of linked downhole tools, surface control systems, and remote monitoring; and data analytics. It includes both conventional overbalanced drilling and managed-pressure drilling. The economic drivers for automation are increasing complexity, data overload, efficient drilling, and safety, to name a few.


General papers presented at various conferences and describing and developing the infrastructure and awareness for drilling systems automation.

Drilling automation articles from the IADC's Drilling Contractor Journal


Upcoming Workshop

Celle Drilling 2016 – Drilling Innovation and Challenging Times

Celle, Germany

12 – 13 September 2016

Under the theme "Drilling Innovation & Challenging Times" professionals from academia and industry will discuss the future of drilling technology, with a special emphasis on land drilling applications. The main topics of the conference are:

  • Drilling Process Optimization
  • Drilling Equipment
  • Drilling Applications
  • Drilling Automation
  • Well Integrity, Construction, Completion
    and Abandonment
  • Data, Modeling, Validation and Simulation
  • Case Studies
  • Geothermal Operations
  • Brownfields: Reentry and Workover

Celle Drilling 2016 provides a focused platform for the international exchange on these subjects and related topics.

Celle Drilling 2016 invites interested professionals from business and science to contribute papers, to discuss and present new technologies, and to meet peers at the conference and exhibition.


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