Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS)

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.


A DSATS sub-committee delivered a demonstration of interoperability in a simulation for the cycle to drill-a-stand in 2011. The sequence of Use Cases was published in 2013.


Drillbotics® is an international competition for universities to design and build a small drilling rig that uses sensors and control algorithms to autonomously drill a rock sample provided by SPE’s Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS).

Drilling and Wells Interoperability Standards (D-WIS)

A cross-industry group working on solutions to improve connectivity and data exchange between key equipment and systems deployed during well construction – regardless of the provider.

Open Source Drilling Community (OSDC)

A repository of open-source drilling models, test cases, and benchmarks for deep drilling problems. Models are distributed under the MIT license and are provided as-is and free of charge.

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