NTNU Drillbotics Team

NTNU Drillbotics Team


The new Drillbotics team

The new Drillbotics team

Drillbotics® is an international competition between universities organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). The challenge is to design, build and successfully implement a fully functional drilling rig at lab scale in order to perform fully autonomous directional drilling through a rock sample. The aim of the competition is to promote the application of digital solutions and autonomous systems into drilling operations.  This will bring innovation and technology development from the academy which can be applied at an industrial scale. 

Mikaela Solberg                                                  Luis Alvarez
 
NTNU has been an active participant in the Drillbotics competition since 2017 achieving successful results several times. This year's team with backgrounds in petroleum engineering and cybernetics consists of Mikala Solberg, Luis Alvarez, Jarle Ness and Henrik Helgeland.  The team is looking forward to taking on new challenges, learning and having fun in the process.  

Henrik Helgeland                                                  Jarle Ness


The NTNU Drillbotics Team won the International 2020/21 SPE Drillbotics competition

The NTNU Drillbotics Team won the International 2020/21 SPE Drillbotics competition

The NTNU Drillbotics Team won the International 2020/21 SPE Drillbotics competition

Magnus Steinstø, Benedicte Gjersdal, Gaute Hånsnar, and Trygve Mikal Viga Skretting has since 2020 worked hard to build, program and operate a robotic mini-rig for fully autonomous drilling of directional wells.

The Drillbotics Challenge Committee gave the following reason for the NTNU team winning: “NTNU demonstrated an understanding of rig design, drillstring dynamics and the physics of directional drilling. They also designed their own bit, BHA and downhole measurement sub. The Drillbotics challenge committee is looking forward to seeing even further advancements made to the autonomous steering and directional drilling decision-making systems in future competitions”.

 Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is the only university that has won the Drillbotics competition twice. Congratulations!

 The NTNU Drillbotics team is supported by yhe BRU21 program at NTNU, Equinor and Lyng Drilling.

Read the announcement from Drillbotics here

 


After starting the work in august 2020 it was finally time for the international Drillbotics competition.

After starting the work in august 2020 it was finally time for the international Drillbotics competition.

The competition started out with an interesting Q&A-session, where the Team were able to showcase what they have learned throughout this year. After that it was time to prove their design through a drilling demo with respect to the committees requirements. The drilling was so successful that the committee requested a "show-run" to maximize the performance of the rig! This run surprised the committee by drilling through a 60cm rock in 6 minutes and achieving an inclination of 35 degrees. The competition was hectic, but very fun and the Team thought it was good to be able to show the results of very much hard work. The final scoreboard will be presented in a month or two, but we have our fingers crossed.


Drillbotics project presentation video

Drillbotics project presentation video

NTNU Drillbotics team are building and programming a rig for autonomous drilling of deviated wells. 


Good luck NTNU Drillbotics!

Good luck NTNU Drillbotics!

NTNU Drillbotics team are building and programming a rig for autonomous drilling of deviated wells. The NTNU student team are sponsored by BRU21 and Equinor, and is in the finals of the international Drillbotics competition organized by SPE and pre-ranked #1 by the jury!. We wish the good luck in the competition 7.June! Read more about Drillbotics here https://drillbotics.com/


The Team behind the Team.

The Team behind the Team.

Behind the great work from the Drillbotics team there are many helpers. The technical staff at the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at NTNU represented by Håkon Myhren, Noralf Vedvik and Terje Bjerkan has been crucial for a good result in the 2021 Drillbotics competition.

In the picture (from left): Professor Alexey Pavlov, Håkon Myhren, Benedicte Gjersdal, Noralf Vedvik, Magnus Steinstø, Terje Bjerkan, Trygve Mikal Viga Skretting and Gaute Hånsnar