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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.

Upcoming Workshop - From Sensors to Solutions

The Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) is hosting a workshop in September that is generating excitement within the automation community. The “Sensors to Solutions” event will provide an in-depth look at the transformation of data into information for decisions and control.The workshop will feature an innovative format, with selected experts presenting actual use-cases on topics such as influx detection, well control, geosteering, borehole stability and condition-based monitoring. Collaborative and frank discussions follow the presentations, and investigate the readiness of data for automation within the industry. The goal is to examine a wide range of real-time drilling technologies, expose the technology gaps and opportunities, and indicate how the industry can best address these shortcomings.

Drilling systems automation is gaining considerable momentum within the industry. Operators, service companies, drilling contractors and equipment providers are all exploring cooperative technologies and are helping develop the framework for digital communications and data movement at the wellsite for decision and control tasks. This workshop is a significant step forward, with participants playing an important role in realizing drilling systems automation.

Join SPE DSATS at the San Luis Resort in Galveston on the 1-3 of September, 2015 for an exciting look at the transformation of measurements into drilling solutions:


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The Drillbotics tests for 2015 have now been completed.  All of the student teams are to be congratulated on their achievements and the hard work that got them there.  I also want to acknowledge the support from the university leaders who guided and supported their teams.  Thanks to our sponsors who provided the funding to make this possible.  Thanks to those at NOV and Baker who manufactured bits, drillpipe and rock.  And don't forget the committee members who have helped so much in organizing the competition, reviewing and editing guidelines, letters, reports and papers plus the time to supervise the tests at the various universities.  Last but not least, thanks to SPE and IADC for their articles publicizing the competition. This has been a tremendous team effort.

As in any competition, there is only one winner, but I think all of the participants gained a lot.  We all learned about drilling automation.  We have a better appreciation of team work and relying on those team members who provide the skills that each of us individuals lack.  We know what worked and didn't work and what we can do next year to make it better.  But most of all, I hope everyone had enough fun to appreciate that all the hard work was worthwhile.

This year, the teams finished in the following order: 

  1. University of Oklahoma
  2. Texas A&M University
  3. University of Texas
  4. University of Agder


University of Oklahoma is already working on the SPE paper that they will present on September 29th. Texas A&M and University of Texas are working on their reports that they will present on September 27th at the DSATS event, which will also include input from the university of Agder.

I would like to give a second round of thanks to our sponsors:

  • Baker Hughes
  • Evolution Engineering
  • National Oilwell Varco
  • Schlumberger
  • Siemens

I will be happy to coordinate with each of you to put together the material for the video and promotional material for the September event.

Congratulations everyone!

Fred Florence



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