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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

Digitalization & Integrated Operation – Drilling & Well Technology Breakfast Seminar and Workshop

Please join us to hear leading experts perspectives on technology and operational changes that are driving the digital transformation. In the workshop sessions, you will together with others discuss how organizations that deploy the right skill can leverage analytics and successfully navigate the transformative shift.  Click Here for Registration

Date:    May 3, 2016

Place:   Hyatt Regency Galleria

Free Admission

Hosted by: Global Center of Expertise NODE (GCE NOCE) and the International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS) in collaboration with Rice University, The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Agder.

Program Committee: Ann Marchioro, GCE NODE, Fionn Iversen, IRIS, Jan Odegard, Rice University and John Macpherson, Baker Hughes

The initiative is part of the NorTex Data Science Cluster – Offshore Data Analytics project funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

The goal of the NorTex Data Science Cluster project is to establish a cluster/network between Texas and Norway within the field of Offshore Data Analytics related to Drilling & Well Technology. The cluster/network aims to bring businesses, universities and research institutions together and collaborate to further drilling & well technology. The project shall also develop education through cooperation and facilitate the establishment of joint research projects between industrial, academic and research partners.

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