Ulterra’s “U-Technology” brand represents our commitment to be a top performer in every field we operate. We achieve this performance by focusing our applications engineering teams on a district level to insure continuity of local knowledge and decrease the time it takes to bring a solution to the field.
All of that local knowledge and vast industry experience is further leveraged through our three regional engineering centers based in Fort Worth – Texas, Leduc – Alberta and Dubai – UAE to insure application experience sharing and continuous improvement across the entire organization.
Supporting the application expertise we have two manufacturing facilities located in Fort Worth, Texas and Leduc, Alberta. Both facilities are equipped with the latest manufacturing technology which enables an industry leading rapid response with incredible quality.
PDC CUTTER TECHNOLOGY
While working closely with our vendors, we are able to deliver industry leading cutter technology and performance optimized for the design specifications of our PDC bit frames. Using lab analysis and destructive testing methods, our cutters go through a rigorous product development process before they ever see the bottom of a drill string. Once cutters show promising results in a lab, they undergo field testing in a live drilling environment to ensure that the new cutters deliver improved performance in real applications.
STABILITY AND DIRECTIONAL CONTROL
We control bit stability and directional control with cutting structure and the use of dome shaped tungsten carbide inserts. These are strategically placed behind the cutting structure to optimize ROP while controlling “over-engagement” of the PDC cutters. Controlling how the PDC cutters interact with the formation minimizes torque fluctuations, resulting in better tool face control, minimized bit-induced stick-slip, lessens impact damage and keeps the BHA on bottom drilling longer.
COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS
Using numerical methods and algorithms to model fluid flow around the cutting structure and bit body, CFD allows our design engineers to optimize nozzle placement and orientation to improve cuttings removal and cutter cooling, while minimizing balling tendencies and erosion damage.
APPLICATION SPECIFIC SOLUTIONS
By carefully evaluating dull conditions, operating parameters, design specifications, offset data and leveraging proprietary tools such as Rock Destruction Analysis™, our applications and sales engineers are able to modify and improve bit performance virtually “on the fly.” Our design engineers are quickly brought into the evaluation process to ensure clear communication and understanding of required feature modification to improve bit performance. As one of the world’s largest independent drill bit manufacturers, we can get new and improved bit designs back to our customers in a fraction of the time as compared to our competitors. This allows our customers to TD their well sooner, and get onto the next location to do it all again.Rock Destruction Analysis Graph