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Innovative Incentive Program

Converting Operational Success to Business Success

Ulterra’s New Innovation Incentive Program

Ulterra has long focused on achieving operational success – from their lean manufacturing and supply chain to their rapid prototyping business model. In addition to focusing on operational success, Ulterra has introduced a new Innovation Incentive Program, further promoting the cultivation of new ideas enhancing their success.

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Cuttings Conundrum

The Cuttings Conundrum: SplitBlade Enhances Cuttings Evacuation and Improves Efficiency

This article first appeared in the June 2018 Edition of Oilfield Technology. 

Chris Casad, Ulterra Drilling Technologies L.P., USA, discusses how new drill bit designs enhance cuttings evacuation and improve efficiency.

The push to address a longstanding problem has led to a new development in drill bit design.

The problem relates to the commonly held belief that the poor evacuation of cuttings from drilling operations can significantly limit bit performance, and ultimately the rate of penetration (ROP) – a major concern in drilling operations.

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Geosteering

What is Geosteering?

More traditional methods of drilling an oil or gas well involve drilling a vertical hole in the ground, straight down and through the reservoir. Jokingly referred to as “post holes,” these types of wells are easy and cheap to drill; but when you intersect the (mostly) flat rock layer at 90 degrees, the amount of exposed reservoir in your well is pretty small. With the advent of directional drilling practices, drillers were able to get creative, intersecting the reservoir layer at different angles in order to maximize exposure and production.

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Leduc Safety HSSE

Ulterra’s Leduc Manufacturing Facility Has No Recordable Injuries for Three Years

According to the Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta, the manufacturing, processing, and packaging sector had the highest injury claim rates in 2016. In this sector, the odds of being injured were about every three out of 100 workers. Ulterra’s Leduc Manufacturing Facility has beat those odds, and are proud to announce that their Leduc manufacturing facility has had no recordable injuries for three years.

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AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE (API) RECERTIFICATION AUDIT OF THEIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (QMS)

Ulterra Completes the American Petroleum Institute (API) Recertification Audit of their Quality Management System (QMS)

On February 16, 2018, Ulterra completed the American Petroleum Institute (API) Recertification Audit of their Quality Management System (QMS) in Fort Worth, TX. Ulterra’s first API Certification was issued in 2012 and is set to expire in March 2018. Their 2018 audit of their QMS resulted in two minor findings and one opportunity for improvement. This audit was the most successful API audit that Ulterra has completed to date.

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