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SM Energy Teams up with Crescent Directional and Ulterra to Drill Longest Known Austin Chalk Well

A recent performance in the Austin Chalk formation helped set a higher standard for drilling in this formation. SM Energy, a leading oil and gas exploration company servicing Texas and the Rocky Mountains, recently teamed up with Crescent Directional and Ulterra while targeting this resource. Although durability was a major concern, SM Energy had a goal of reducing the number of trips in the lateral section while pushing the limits on ROP.

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An Operator in the Southern Delaware Basin Drills their Most Efficient Well in Just ~16 Days, Utilizing Ulterra’s SplitBlade™ & CounterForce™ Technology

Ulterra has been afforded the opportunity to supply drill bits for the 12.25” section for a customer drilling in the Greater Permian Basin. The Ulterra team has commonly proposed their SplitBlade™ technology for this application, and it has proven to be an effective solution for this customer. Since running Ulterra, performance for this operator has been significantly boosted – saving time and money downhole.
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New Downhole Data And Precise Engineering Boost Drill Bit Performance

For drill bit engineers, knowledge truly is power. By analyzing everything from why bits fail to how cutters interact with different formation types, they are responding to the trend toward longer laterals with solutions that drill faster and stay in hole longer to reach total depth in fewer runs. The newest generation bit designs help achieve simultaneous improvements in rates of penetration and footage drilled through more effective hydraulics, fine-tuned cutting structures and novel cutter elements. These innovations could not have come at a better time. As average lateral lengths continue to rise, so has the demand for efficient drill bits. Longer laterals and increased drilling in North America helped the worldwide bit market grow 20 percent in 2018 to reach $3.3 billion, according to Spears & Associates.

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2019 E&P Special Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation

Ulterra’s SplitBlade Wins the 2019 E&P Special Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation

Ulterra is proud to announce that Hart Energy’s distinguished panel of judges have chosen SplitBlade™ as one of the winning technologies for the 2019 E&P Special Meritorious Awards for Engineering Innovation (MEA). The MEA recognizes new technologies that reflect excellence in innovation and practicality while having the potential to improve efficiency, safety, and profitability. MEA entries are judged based on the impact they have, both technically and economically, on changing and developing the energy industry.

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SplitBlade™, 2018 World Oil Award Finalist for Best Drilling Technology

SplitBlade™, 2018 World Oil Award Finalist for Best Drilling Technology

Ulterra’s Leading Technology

For more than 100 years, World Oil has provided readers with the latest coverage on drilling, exploration, completion, and production of onshore and offshore oil and gas. For the last 17 years, World Oil has honored the upstream industry’s innovators and innovations. This year, World Oil received a record-setting 285 nomination submissions, and Ulterra’s SplitBlade™ technology is a finalist for the Best Drilling Technology Award.

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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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