2018 Drillbotics® Winners Announced

The winners of this years Drillbotics® competition are:

1st   Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
2nd  University of Oklahoma
3rd  Texas A&M University

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New Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT) Drillbotics Article

In the January issue of the Journal of Petroleum Engineering, SPE journalist Steve Rassenfoss wrote an excellent article about the team from NTNU, winners of the 2017-2018 Drillbotics competition.  It is written from a personal viewpoint from interviews with the team members and university supervisors.

“They studied the bit/rock interaction via offline testing. They calculated the reactive torque acting on the thin-walled aluminum tubing that DSATS forced them to use. They made an informed decision to drill a little bit slower, knowing this would increase their ability to avoid pipe damage. They fully understood the concept of trade-offs that affect nearly every engineering decision.”

Read the article at JPT Online

DSATS Officers & Board Nominations, and Constitution changes for 2019

Colleagues, it is once again time for DSATS to nominate a new set of officers and Board. This is an annual process which is finalized at the SPE/AIDC conference during the DSATS Symposium. To this end, a nominations committee of John de Wardt, John Macpherson and Bill Eustes for 2019 DSATS Officer and Board Nominations, was approved at the DSATS Officer and Board meeting on November 14th. This committee has worked hard and diligently to create a strong ‘slate' of nominees to carry DSATS forward into the 2019 year. They contacted many active members. In addition to these Nominations, the current board and officers have revised the DSATS Constitution to fall in line with changes surrounding governance and roles within DSATS. Please read below for details on both of these.

Officers & Board Nominations

The nominee list is detailed below. We have 4 open positions (webmaster and 3 regional program chairs) and welcome your own nominations to these positions

Anyone who wishes to stand against any listed nominee for a vote at the annual meeting in The Hague on March 4th, are welcome to submit their names and the position for which they wish to stand. If there are no alternate nominees, this list of nominees will stand as approved at the March 4th meeting.

Nominees for SPE DSATS 2019 Officers and Board are: 


  • Chair: Mark Anderson
  • Deputy Chair: Darryl Fett
  • Secretary: Ingolf Waserman
  • Treasurer: Robert Estes
  • Deputy Treasurer: Robert Darbe - new role
  • Program Chair North America: Dimitris Pirovolou
  • Program Chair Europe / Africa: Slim Hbaieb
  • Publications Chair: Hani Ibrahim (old membership chair role)
  • Deputy Publications Chair (Webmaster): VACANT 

If the new constitution (see below) is approved, we will add 3 regional program chairs - Program Chair Middle East / North Africa (unfilled), a Program Chair Asia (unfilled), a Program Chair South America (unfilled)


  • Pradeep Annaiyappa
  • John Clegg
  • John de Wardt
  • Bill Eustes
  • Moray Laing
  • John Macpherson

We thank Gregers Kudsk, Tony Beebe and Jim Rogers for their service in the role of Director. We thank Marty Cavanaugh for his work as webmaster.


  • DC Liaison: Tony Beebe
  • IADC ART Liaison: Robin Macmillan
  • Energistics Liaison: Jay Hollingsworth
  • Middle East Liaison: Arthur Hale


Constitution Changes

A team from Directors and Officers embarked on a re-write of the Constitution. The primary aim was to separate real constitution articles into the new constitution, tighten up the rules for action and add a set of By-Laws. The By-Laws, as is common, are managed and approved by the Board of Directors. This will enable the Section to perform more efficiently by taking actions on routine tasks without having to rewrite the constitution and put it out for a vote.

This new constitution can be found here

We request all DSATS members review it and advise by e-mail if they want to vote against it.

Non replies will be counted as positive votes.

If we have sufficient support per the current constitution, DSATS will adopt this new Constitution at the March 4th Meeting in The Hague.



DSATS Board and Officers


Digital Twin for Drilling
Connecting the Physical and Digital Worlds

Book your Demo Table
at the 2019 SPE DSATS/IADC ART Symposium
Monday, 04 March 2019 | The Hague



DSATS (SPE’s Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section) and ART (IADC’s Advanced Rig Technology Committee) are holding a half-day symposium on the concept and applications of Digital Twins.
Four industry leading keynote speakers will update the drilling and well construction community on latest applications of this technology, raising the awareness for its potential in drilling automation

The meeting will be followed by a networking reception in which multiple companies will showcase and exhibit their latest work and solutions for Digital Twins.
If your company is working on Digital Twin and Digital avatar applications and solutions, this is a great opportunity to showcase and share your work and solutions within industry experts.

Three level of sponsorship are available based on the size of your company.
Platinum Gold Silver
USD 5,000 USD 2,500 USD 1,000
companies > 5,000 employees companies 250 << 5000 employees companies < 250 employees
  • Demo table
  • 5 complimentary passes to the DSATS event
  • Company name and logo, plus link to the company website listed on the DSATS website
  • Company logo featured on intro slide (in Large Font)
  • Demo table
  • 3 complimentary passes to the DSATS event
  • Company name and logo, plus link to the company website listed on the DSATS website
  • Company logo featured on intro slide
  • Demo table
  • 2 complimentary passes to the DSATS event
  • Company logo featured on intro slide

For further details and to request a Demo table, please contact:

Slim Hbaieb (                      John Clegg (
DSATS Program Chairman EUR                                 DSATS Program Chairman USA       

JPT Synopsis of the DSATS Symposium from 5 March 2018

The Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT) has published a review of the recent DSATS symposium, held in conjunction with the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Forth Worth.  Please follow the link to view the article: Link to JPT DSATS Symposium article


Drilling Contractor Report from the IADC Drilling Systems Automation Workshop Now Available!

Drilling Contractor, the official magazine of the IADC, has published a video report covering the recently completed IADC Drilling Systems Automation Roadmap Workshop, held in Houston.

In this video from the workshop on 18 January, John de Wardt, the Program Manager for the DSA Roadmap and President of De Wardt and Co, explained the process that was used to create the roadmap, and how the advances in automation that have taken place since the work began on the roadmap have ultimately influenced the final product. Further, he discusses industry standards that would need to be developed to guide the development of automated drilling systems.

For more information, please follow this link ....


Drillbotics article from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's (NTNU)

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Clausthal University of Technology/Drillbotics Presentation from the 2017 SPE ATCE in San Antonio

This presentation describes a unique drilling technique used by the Clausthal University student team in the 2017 Drillbotics competition..
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JPT article on rig data aggregation and distribution

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With new rig software, automated drilling is easier to embrace

JPT article highlighting the benefits of National Oilwell Varcos' (NOV) new, closed-loop automated drilling system software

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Drilling struggles to enter the digital age

A brief article from the Economist on the future use of digital data in Hydrocarbon exploration.

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These are the forks in the road to Drilling Automation

A Journal of Petroleum Technology article outlining the current business environment and the future path for drilling automation.

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Operators Group for Data Quality working on common data specifications

Poor quality of real-time data at the rig site remains one of the drilling industry’s most critical challenges. It can, for example, impair the ability to measure, analyze and improve processes. The Operators Group for Data Quality has set out to improve the industry’s data quality by defining standards for the process capability requirements for equipment.

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