Recorded On: 01/09/2018

Today, the buzzword we hear about drilling often mentions drilling a well autonomously. This focus led SPE DSATs to establish the Drillbotics Competition three years ago. Last year, SPE DSATs gave seven tertiary institutions the opportunity to design and deploy novel ideas to test their engineering skills through the Drillbotics competition. University teams competed with a rig that must drill hands-free.  The seven schools utilized their multidisciplinary teams to build a miniature automated robotic drilling rig inside a lab, and when they finished, used the rig to drill a test formation provided by DSATS. The DSATs committee evaluated the results and four schools were awarded prizes based on the scope of design, its applications and performance. 

This webinar will showcase 4 out of the seven schools, their design models, how they overcame challenges, and their final presentations.  See how they dealt with drilling dysfunctions and what they learned that is not in the text books.  

Session Format

This webinar is a 1-hour presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

This webinar is categorized under the Drilling discipline.

Melissa Lee

UT Austin

Ms. Lee received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. At UT Austin, she is involved in drilling automation research, and is part of the Mechanical Engineering Robotics Portfolio Program. She was the team lead of the UT Austin team for both the 2016 and 2017 DrillboticsTM Competitions. She primarily worked on the structural design and diagnosis, and assisted with the torque sensing system and controls.

Patrick Dolan

University of Oklahoma, Norman

Mr. Dolan is an accelerated petroleum engineering/MBA student at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, expecting to graduate in May 2018.  He is currently working on a paper for publication analyzing 12,000 Bakken wells.  He plans to seek employment as a petroleum engineer after graduation. 

Jens Helberg

TU Clausthal

Mr. Helberg is a currently a Petroleum Engineering student and will complete his Master’s degree in drilling & production. In addition Jens holds a Master’s degree in Mining Engineering from the RWTH Aachen University. He currently serves as Vice President for the TU Clausthal SPE Student Chapter and is an active firefighter in his local community.

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01/09/2018 at 9:30 AM (EST)   |  90 minutes
01/09/2018 at 9:30 AM (EST)   |  90 minutes
0.15 CEU/1.5 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
0.15 CEU/1.5 PDH credits  |  Certificate available