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Industry Article: New Bit Designs Adjusting to Challenges Associated with Unconventional Oilpatch Realities

New Bit Designs Adjusting to Challenges Associated with Unconventional Oilpatch Realities
Publication: Nickles New Technology
Publication Date: 05/01/2012

North American drilling has clearly shifted to horizontal wells from conventional vertical holes, and this trend should continue as operators seek out more technically foreboding formations to work in. The challenge for drill bit makers is adjusting their products to fit this new reality that will continue to evolve. In particular, shale plays have been in vogue, which presents yet another challenge. These plays, from the Eagle Ford, to the Montney to Cardium curve sections are not uniform geologically, so a fit-for-purpose solution is required. Smith Bits has been on the cutting edge, developing new bit technology that reduces costs in unconventional plays.




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