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Monthly Lunch & Learns

At these regular monthly events, networking and lunch are followed by a concise, topical technical presentation. With an emphasis on case studies, this bite-size event consistently provides members and their guests with a look at the latest and greatest that the industry has achieved.

Lunch & Learns are typically held the 2nd Tuesday of every other month. Notifications will go out if one is postponed or cancelled.

We’re starting an offshore section of the ICOTA USA chapter. This section is going to focus on all types of intervention work being performed in the Gulf of Mexico, from new deep water subsea completions to P & A work on the shelf. The goal is to bring to light the existing and new challenges of today’s offshore well intervention industry and help solve these issues by improving communication and promoting technical awareness.

We are always accepting abstracts for presentation. Contact me if you are interested

2015 Lunch & Learn Schedule

November 5 2015 (Houston, TX) - VENUE CHANGE!

Please note venue change for the November luncheon.   

TOPIC: OrBIT Completion Bit Offers Unique Option with Small Cuttings for Coil Drill Outs
Speaker: Brad Laney, Superior Drilling Products 

Four Points by Sheraton [map]
10655 Katy Freeway, Wycliffe Room
Houston, TX 77024  

Superior Drilling Products offers the OrBIT completion bit. Its unique design combines the best features of tri-cones and mills by using an active cutting operation like a tri-cone with the durability of a mill. It has the durability of a mill because the cutting disks, which rotate in opposite directions, do not have a ball bearing race system. Its design, in combination with precise manufacturing, utilizes circulating fluid for lubrication of the cutting disks. This allows the OrBIT to handle up to three times more weight on bit than tricones and drill up to 100 composite plugs. With its active cutting structure, the bi-directional disks also create more work during each rotation than typical mills and have two and one half times more cutting area than mills. OrBIT’s carbide cutting structure grinds plugs into small pieces so they can be circulated out of the lateral easier, which in turn, reduces wiper trips and optimizes coil operations. The cutting disks allow the OrBIT to easily roll through wellheads, liner tops, tight spots, and deviations, as well as, prolong motor life because of its lower torque.

Optional ports for increased annular circulation are included, as well as back reaming features. Because it rotates, punctures, twists, slides, and rotates to a different location it literally drills in 3D. Currently, the OrBIT is primarily used for drilling composite frac plugs during completion operations in horizontal wells. To date, the original carbide button design has drilled composite plugs that contained no cast iron slips in approximately 270 horizontal wells. A new design with carbide chips has been implemented so it can now drill composite plugs with cast iron slips as well. Future improvements and changes to the cutting structure will enable the OrBIT to be used for scale cleanouts and other remedial work.

Its biggest value to the industry is the cutting size distribution which is extremely small. These small cuttings circulate out of the hole easily allowing operators and associated coil operations to optimize their drill out time and costs by minimizing wiper trips and associated chemicals that are used to clean the cuttings from the laterals.

The presentation will focus on its design, cutting size distribution, and cutting structure evolution, as well as some recent performance data.

Mr. Laney joined Superior Drilling Products Incorporated (NYSE:SDPI) as Vice President of Marketing in May 2014. He has more than 30 years of oil and gas industry experience, having begun his career as a field engineer for Gearhart Industries, which was later acquired by Halliburton. Recently, he worked for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation as a drilling and production engineer in Anadarko’s Greater Natural Buttes field near Vernal, Utah.

Mr. Laney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Montana Tech. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and American Association of Drilling Engineers.



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Nov 5: Lunch & Learn (Houston)

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