Technical Committee on Drilling Mechanics and Engineering (TCDME)

The Technical Committee on Drilling Mechanics and Engineering aims to create within ARMA a vibrant group of scientists and engineers interested in advancing the state of the art of drilling for earth resources applications (mining, petroleum, civil, geothermal) with a particular, but not exclusive, focus on hard rock drilling. The committee intends to foster development of rock mechanics as an essential component of drilling research and to help establish ARMA as the nexus of scientific contributions to this discipline.


Emmanuel Detournay, Chair

Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Egnineering
University of Minnesota
500 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA

Douglas Blankenship, Co-Chair

Manager - Geothermal Research
Department 6211
Sandia National Laboratories
PO Box 5800; Department 8866
Albuquerque, NM 87185, USA

Haiying Huang, Co-Chair

Associate Professor
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
790 Atlantic Drive N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30332-0355, USA

Upcoming events

Upcoming webinars scheduled by this committee will be announced by email to the ARMA mailing list, as the information becomes available.

For other webinars and events from ARMA, please see full schedule under Events.

Past events

Friday, 7 August 2020

Virtual presentations of papers accepted for the 54th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium

Theoretical comparison of percussive drilling and drop test

Song1, O. M. Aamo1, P. A. Kane2, E. Detournay3
1 Norwegian University of Science and Technology; 2 Sintef, Norway; 3 University of Minnesota

Semi-analytical method for tracking the evolution of borehole breakouts

N.B. Setiawan and R.W. Zimmerman
Imperial College, London

Laboratory testing of salt deformation and establishing relationship with drilling mechanics data of hybrid drill bit in salt from Gulf of Mexico

Umesh Prasad, Ashabikash Roy Chowdhury, Wayne Rodrigue
Baker Hughes

Friday, 21 August 2020

Virtual presentations of papers accepted for the 54th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium

A Bayesian approach to stress inversion and wellbore stability problems

A. Rodriguez-Herrera, Romain Prioul, S. Kisra

Prediction of monotonic strength of sandstone for accurate control of cyclic compression tests

Meng Meng1, Luke P. Frash1, Stefan Miska2, Mengjiao Yu2, Evren Ozbayoglu2
1 Los Alamos National Laboratory; 2 University of Tulsa, Oklahoma

Wellbore stability and predicted cuttings volume in deviated wellbores and bedded formations

A. Tsopela, A. Bere, M. Dutko, J. Kato