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Ulterra Drilling Technologies Promotes Cancer Awareness for Women By Partnering with Saving True Pairs

Ulterra Drilling Technologies is a Fort Worth based PDC Bit Company known for their iconic teal bits. For the past 4 years, Ulterra has been committed to spreading awareness within the oilfield by collaborating with the organization Saving True Pairs based in Midland, TX. Their mission is to raise awareness of women’s health issues and foster educational and service initiatives that positively embrace women’s health. In Midland County alone 4 out of 5 women over 40 do not get mammograms. This is a big concern and the reasoning behind the organizations motivation to raise funds and awareness.

Ulterra wanted to partner with a local organization where their movement started so when the opportunity arose to partner with Saving True Pairs it was a no brainer. In an effort to help raise awareness in the oilfield every October Ulterra paints their iconic teal bits pink in efforts to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “In 2014 only the bits in the Permian were painted pink but over the years we noticed how much of an impact it made so we decided to take it to the next level by painting all bits pink within the U.S” says Rocky Frazier, Vice President of Manufacturing.

The initial partnership between the two started in 2014 when one of Ulterra’s own was hit with the effects of breast cancer. With Ulterra being the big family they are everyone united around the family to shower them with support. “I am so delighted that this has become an annual affair, Saving True Pairs has helped so many women in the Permian Basin get those lifesaving mammograms. They are a great organization to work with, and we see their efforts go a long way.” says Bill Stark, Vice President of Western U.S Operations.
Saving true pairs also host’s an annual Pink the Basin clay shoot which Ulterra has proudly sponsored for the past 4 years. Saving True pairs uses this event to help raise funds to benefit women in the area whom may not otherwise have the resources for a mammogram. In 2016 the organization raised over $100,000 due to the immense amount of support they received. Ulterra hopes 2017 will be even better.

This year Ulterra will once again be sponsoring the Pink the Basin event to further support the cause and its efforts in raising awareness. All of the bits coming out of the Ft.Worth Manufacturing facility will be painted pink during the month of October to spread awareness all throughout the oilfield. The Ulterra family looks forward to the month of October every year. “The excitement has already began, we’ve already started getting pictures of the pink bits making an appearance onto the rigs. It’s awesome to see that our customers are excited to help support the cause too.” States Brittany McPherson, Communications Coordinator.

Ulterra continues to help spread awareness not only by painting their bits pink, but also with a monetary donation. Ulterra will be donating $25,000 this year just as they did in 2016 to help those who are in need of getting those lifesaving mammograms. “It’s always good to know that you can help someone in their time of need, at Ulterra we are one big family so it’s nice to extend a helping hand beyond the oilfield when we get a chance.” says Aron Deen, Director of Marketing and Business Development.

Everyone loves getting together to support great causes at Ulterra. John Clunan, CEO, says “Over the years it’s been amazing to see everyone in the Ulterra family and beyond come together to raise awareness for the cause. It’s a very rewarding feeling being able to see the impact our efforts have made over the years, and we look forward to supporting causes like this in the future.”


Leading oilfield PDC bit company partners with Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation

There are currently more than 10,000 children battling cancer in Canada right now. The Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation is dedicated to creating victories for Canadian children with cancer. On average, only 5% of cancer research funding worldwide is put toward childhood cancer. The Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation has helped raise awareness and generate donations to be put towards childhood cancer research becoming the leading foundation funding national research on pediatric cancer.

Ulterra, LP is a PDC bit company that is partnering with the Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation to help raise awareness for those battling with the diagnosis of childhood cancer and to further research efforts. “At Ulterra we create long lasting relationships with our customers that extend well beyond the works of the field or office. Once it was brought to my attention that one of our customers was dealing with the effects of this awful disease I knew it was our job to help in any way we could. We decided to partner with the Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation to help raise awareness and show our support in funding research for childhood cancer,” said Jason Cunningham, Ulterra Vice President of Canada Operations.

 

With September being National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Ulterra will be painting all of their iconic teal bits coming out of Canada’s manufacturing facility purple to further help their efforts in raising awareness. “Most people don’t even know that childhood cancer exists and when they hear about it they are very surprised. Childhood cancer is really underfunded so awareness to get the word out becomes very important,” Says Lorena Muñoz, Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation Senior Manager.

In addition to raising awareness, Ulterra will also be donating $25,000 to the Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation on August 25, 2017, in Leduc, Canada to help fund childhood cancer research as well as contribute to the amazing programs they have. Ulterra will extend their efforts into the field by handing out purple t-shirts, as well as educational pamphlets in support of childhood cancer awareness throughout Canada.

Ulterra chose to partner with the Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation due to its commitment and experience when it comes to helping those who have benefited from childhood cancer research and their many other programs. “Our ultimate goal here is not only to raise awareness and funds but to get rid of childhood cancer all together. When we no longer need to be here, that’s when our job is done,” states Muñoz.

In the last 10 years alone the childhood cancer research community has decreased the mortality rate by 25% in children battling cancer. Through various programs, the Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation is able to help many of those who have had to deal with the effects of childhood cancer.

Jason Cunningham states, “This is the reason why organizations like The Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation are so important. So many kids are being affected by this awful disease, it’s not only our duty but an honor to help these families fight the good fight.”

To learn how you can help visit http://www.childhoodcancer.ca/


Hart’s E&P June 2017

Featured in the June issue of Hart’s E&P, Ulterra discusses how new bit designs are pushing drilling boundaries. Over the past year, Ulterra has looked critically at bit design, blade geometry, cutter reinforcement and hydraulics and has been testing new materials, which has resulted in its XP™ line of polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) bits. With the increased energy going through the bit, it is Ulterra’s goal to make sure the bits do not become the limiting factor in performance.

Hart’s E&P June 2017

Read the full article from Hart’s E&P here.


Ulterra’s Leduc Manufacturing Facility Achieved 2 Years with No Recordables

Ulterra continues to set new standards in all areas of operations with safety being no exception. On April 21, 2017, Ulterra surpassed another safety milestone with the Leduc Manufacturing Facility achieving 2 years with no recordable injuries. “Safety performance like this is important in keeping a competitive edge in an ultra-competitive market. More importantly, the effort and dedication of our employees toward health and safety are critical in going home the same way they arrived at work, injury free” states Bryce Cook, HSSE Manager.

We would like to extend a very special thank you to all of the Leduc employees who continue to make safety a priority every day. While the team acknowledges that this is a great accomplishment to take pride in, they are not ready to stop here.


Ulterra Celebrates Recent Success with Operator in the Northeast US

By: Kerry Sisson, District Manager

Operators in the Northeast US have been drilling wells with increasingly complex well plans. Due to this, they have been looking more to rotary steerable systems (RSS) to reduce slide time in the lateral and increase directional flexibility and responsiveness. As a result of the down market, RSS have become a more affordable and viable option and Southwestern Energy is certainly not an outlier in this trend with their operations in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Ulterra was granted an opportunity to participate in the curve and lateral on Weatherford’s motorized point-the-bit RSS, drilling a Marcellus well with Southwestern Energy. To be competitive in this interval, a bit design must be both toolface friendly to complete the curve and aggressive enough to rotate in the lateral at a high rate of penetration (ROP). Ulterra’s solution was the 8.5” U516M, featuring patent pending CounterForce® technology. CounterForce uses its unique cutting structure to reduce vibrations at the bit, which increases efficiency and reduces bit damage. Reducing vibration is important on wells which utilize RSS since most RSS tools are highly susceptible to failure due to vibration.

In the first two runs Ulterra had with Southwestern in 2016, the 8.5” U516M CounterForce had the operator’s two fastest curve-lateral runs in the state of West Virginia. The runs were an average of 38% higher ROP than the competitor average on the previous pad.