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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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Directional Drilling – Where to Begin

Most people would assume that when drilling for water, oil, natural gas, or other subsurface objects that they are targeted vertically — drilled straight down into the earth. However, this traditional method of drilling has been largely replaced.

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Collaborating for Directional Performance

Ulterra’s Aron Deen proudly presented with Concho’s, Terrell Hansen, at the Permian Basin Tech Forum on Collaborating for Directional Performance. When this opportunity came up, AADE asked Ulterra to discuss what we’ve done with bit design to improve performance in the curve. After pulling several people in to think about it, we determined that there was no silver bullet. No single technology or sales gimmick. The only silver bullet, if you can call it that, has been collaboration; committing to work together, service company and operator, to solve whatever the next problem is together.

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