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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 SPE DSATS Data Quality Assurance (DQA) committee had its first volunteer meetup on April 20th in Austin, Texas. This group is working towards improving data quality especially with regards to drilling automation efforts. Sub teams have been formed to focus on various aspects of the problem. In an effort to improve surface and downhole sensor data, this group is working on defining and using the different data quality dimensions to evaluate and monitor data quality, developing and standardizing calibration procedures for sensors, setting up contractual language to ensure data quality, and identifying the required accuracies and precisions required of sensors for the automation tasks of monitoring, advice and control.  Special emphasis is placed on developing metadata file recommendations for better interpretation of surface and downhole sensors. Additionally the group is working on understanding how contextual data can be captured for use in drilling automated system. This meeting was attended by 21 volunteers. Please contact pradeepkumar@mail.utexas.edu or nathan.zenero@chk.com, if you would like to volunteer in this group. The presentations made at the meetup are available in the library under Resources and Data Quality Assuance. Meeting minutes will be posted in the coming weeks.

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