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Next-generation fluid end technology reduces operating stress

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Gardner Denver has developed a next-generation version of its SGWS fluid-end technology used in hydraulic fracturing, designed for extended service life. In this video from the 2018 OTC, Greg Hash, Director of Engineering for Gardner Denver, explains some of the design changes that were made that enable the new fluid end to reduce operating stress. He also discusses the company’s Falcon technology, which is built into the fluid end and helps reduce maintenance time...

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Fracturing innovations target improved equipment durability, optimized proppant placement

PackersPlus’ TREX QuickPORT IV sleeve has been deployed in the Permian Basin to address wireline and coiled-tubing issues in plug-and-perf in well laterals over 20,000 ft.

The oil and gas industry’s goals of reducing nonproductive time (NPT) and increasing production of unconventional resources are driving the evolution of hydraulic fracturing technologies. Especially as operators start to hit the natural physical limits of unconventional production, the need to optimize the fracking process has grown stronger, James West, Senior Managing Director for Oil Services, Equipment and Drilling with EvercoreISI, said. The optimization process differs by play, but overall, companies are looking for better well and fracture placement, as well as different sizing and staging of frac clusters...

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New acoustic listening platform equipped with full-spectrum sensors

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Acoustic technology has been used in the oil and gas industry to detect leaks and evaluate cement bonding for years. However, the sensitivity of these technologies has been limited, so low-energy leaks weren’t always detected. At the 2018 SPE/ICoTA Coiled Tubing and Well Intervention Conference, Archer launched the VIVID acoustic listening platform, equipped with sensitive, full-spectrum acoustic sensors. In this video from the conference on 27 March, Peter Kleinbichler, Wireline Vice President of Sales and Marketing, discusses how the platform’s sensors enable it to detect a broad range of frequencies. This ability, he explains, allows the VIVID platform to not only verify the presence of cement but also detect the quality of the cement job. Further, he describes the testing performed on the platform at the International Research Institute at Stavanger...

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New geosteering platform offers high-resolution, real-time measurements

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Most existing geosteering methods require operators to wait for cuttings to return from the bit, or for logging-while-drilling tools placed back from the bit to analyze the cuttings. AnTech has launched RockSense, a high-resolution geosteering system that provides near-instantaneous measurements on conditions at the bit so a directional driller can quickly determine which formation is being drilled...

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