About us

About us

The Open Source Drilling Community began with a question in 2018 at the 4th International Colloquium on Non-linear Dynamics and Control of Deep Drilling Systems

Is it time to start using open source models to solve drill string dynamics issues?

Pastusek & Payette, 2018

Several of those attending agreed that this was a worthy idea and wrote up a plan to create this group and presented the results in March 2019 at the 2019 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference (Pastusek et al., 2019).  The SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) chartered an Open Source Subcommittee in May 2019. 


Form a coalition of industry and academic leaders to support an open-source effort for drilling, to encourage the reuse of ever-improving models and code.   This is to: 1) set up a repository for source code, data, benchmarks, and documentation, 2) submit good code, 3) review the models and data submitted, 4) use and improve the code, 5) propose and collect anonymized validation data, 6) attract talent and support to the effort, and 7) mentor those getting started.

Organizing Principles

All models, data, and test cases are to be fully open and freely available for academic and commercial use. No organization is required to participate nor disclose their models or data sets.

The University of Calgary, through Roman Shor, is hosting the site and this effort was combined with the Open Source work at Texas A&M University (Losoya et al., 2020).  After a delayed start in 2020, the web and GitHub sites opened to the industry in August 2021.

Key References

Pastusek, P., Payette, G., “Is it time to start using open source models to solve drill string dynamics issues?”, Keynote address presented at: The 4th International Colloquium on Non-linear dynamics and control of deep drilling systems, May 14-16, 2018, Stavanger, Norway

Paul Pastusek; Greg Payette; Roman Shor; Eric Cayeux; Ulf Jakob Aarsnes; John Hedengren; Stéphane Menand; John Macpherson; Raju Gandikota; Michael Behounek; Richard Harmer; Emmanuel Detournay; Roland Illerhaus; Yu Liu, “Creating Open Source Models, Test Cases, and Data for Oilfield Drilling Challenges”, Paper presented at the SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference and Exhibition, The Hague, The Netherlands, March 2019. DOI: 10.2118/194082-MS

SPE DSATs Open Source Subcommittee Charter, May 2019

Enrique Zarate Losoya; Eduardo Gildin; Samuel F Noynaert; Zenon Medina-Zetina; Tim Crain; Shaun Stewart; Jimmy Hicks, “An Open-Source Enabled Drilling Simulation Consortium for Academic and Commercial Applications”, Paper presented at the SPE Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference, Virtual, July 2020.  DOI: 10.2118/198943-MS