This brief update is posted to provide a new timetable for the 2022 Guidelines. The Challenge Team is meeting 30 September to finalize the new guidelines. They should be posted the next day. There should be no appreciable changes from the 2021 guidelines except to clarify some questions that we received from student teams last year.
The Drillbotics Challenge team updates the competition guidelines every year. They will meet in August to prepare the next update, which should be posted in early September. The basic challenge for 2021-2022 will be very similar to last year. There will be two categories: Group A will create a virtual rig and Group B will create a physical rig. The contest will again require teams to drill a directional well. The update will combine last year’s guidelines and FAQs and some clarification of ambiguous items. We are also working on some supplemental resources to help teams understand more about modeling and the integration of various modules into a overall drilling model. If possible, we will have some instruction on how to deal with the environmental concerns with downhole equipment, like vibration and fluid invasion. We are contacting bit manufacturers to see if we can increase the hole diameter to make it easier to find commercially available sensors for your downhole sub. More later.
So now is the time for you to start putting your teams together. You will need to recruit similar skills as last year plus new members who bring knowledge in areas that your team may need to strengthen.
You can register on the Drillbotics website at the bottom of the page below the previous Guidelines. The deadline to register is 15 October.