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.


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.