As previously stated, the Drillbotics Challenge Team will meet 30 September to review and update the Guideline for the coming year. The general provisions will remain unchanged, but there are a few new items on our agenda. If approved, these new items will be added:
- Teams from more than one university may join together on their project. For example, one school may have a petroleum engineering program but not a controls and modeling program while another team my have just the opposite. Since the Drillbotics program is all about collaboration, this is a natural extension of the direction of the competition.
- Human factors are always considered when developing an automation system. Teams will be required to study the basic issues involving how to include the human in the loop. Details and references will be included in the Guidelines.
- Depending on the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic next spring, the committee will decide whether or not we can safely hold a physical meeting. We will plan a hybrid session giving teams and judges an option to attend in person or virtually.
Look to the new Guidelines for details, as this is just a notice of what to expect.