The company was founded in 1988, with Clive Battisby joining shortly thereafter as a systems developer, and is headquartered in Bournemouth, UK. The first suite of drilling simulation software products was launched in 1991, followed by the DrillSIM5000 series in 1992, at which time Ed Ramsay joined the company in a business development role.
The first full scale Drilling and Well Control Simulators were delivered to Maersk and Schlumberger in 1993. Thereafter, a range of smaller portable simulators and Coiled Tubing simulators were developed. To meet market demand for offshore and port-side crane simulators, the KraneSIM series of products were then developed and in 2000 the DrillSIM6000 series was launched, followed by the DrillSIM600 and the portable DrillSIM60.
In 2008 we opened an office in Dubai and in 2014 a new purpose built facility was opened in the Energy Corridor, Houston. The 750th simulator was sold in 2014, with the company now having simulators in operation in over 40 countries.
Drilling Systems was acquired in April 2015 by Blue Water Energy LLP, a private equity firm investing exclusively in the energy sector.