Drilling Technology News

Safer at a Distance, Stronger as a Team during COVID-19

Click here to view CEO & President, John Clunan’s, response to COVID-19.

How Ulterra Responds to COVID-19

Ulterra’s mission in response to COVID-19 is simple – to protect our people and every one of our oilfield customers and partners first. We have made the necessary changes to the way we do business and our people have shown unwavering support and adaptability. In response to the current challenges, we will continue to ensure we are delivering new products and solutions for the industry. 

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Benny the Bit, A Winners Tournament

Benny the Bit, A Winners Tournament

Benny the Bit,  A Winners Tournament is a 2019 children’s picture book created in-house at Ulterra. Originally released and created for Ulterra’s Family Fun Day, Benny the Bit, A Winners Tournament, illustrates the competitive nature of the drilling industry and the notion that there’s a team behind every win.
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Statistical Analysis Helps to Quantify Benefits of New Bit Technology

Rather than rely on individual gut instinct, industry should look to trends from large-scale data sets to understand value and performance of new drill bits

The drilling industry has relied too long on comparative experience and “gut instinct” when assessing new products and technologies and how they affect drilling performance. This is a problematic approach because applications vary wildly, even on the same pad or location, and no two wells are ever really drilled in the same way.

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Pertamina Hulu Mahakam Sets Two New Records in East Kalimantan with Ulterra’s 8.5” SPL616 “Thanos” Bit

Increased Stability

In the Marvel Universe, Thanos takes the lead as the most powerful character whose main objective was to bring stability to the entire universe. In the oil and gas industry, Ulterra takes the lead on designing drill bits to help operators achieve their drilling objective; whether that is to bring stability, speed, or durability to their drilling operation.

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Ulterra Discusses Cutter Configuration and Design, Stability & Vibration Resistance, and Boosting ROP in Oilfield Technology’s Drill Bit Design Q&A

This originally appeared in Oilfield Technology’s Drill Bit Design Q&A, used with permission.

Oilfield Technology invited multiple companies to share their knowledge on a variety of drill bit design topics. Ulterra’s Chris Casad, innovation manager, and Chris Gooch, product development manager, discussed the following topics:

  • Cutter Configuration and Design
  • Stability & Vibration Resistance
  • Boosting ROP

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Ulterra Introduces RipSaw™ as a New Bit Technology that Improves Drilling Economics in World Oil® Magazine

This originally appeared in World Oil Magazine OCTOBER 2019 issue, used with permission.

TRANSITIONAL DRILLING CHALLENGE

One of the biggest challenges facing the drilling industry is interfacial severity, or transitional drilling. This is broadly de­fined as layers of rock with different hard­ness that require the bit to drill through the transition, putting cutting forces on different parts of the profile. The imbal­ance of force concentration can induce vibration or even cause cutter overload, both of which lead to severe cutting struc­ture damage.

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