GE improves drilling performance through real-time shock and vibration measurement

Offshore staff

HOUSTON – GE (NYSE: GE) has unveiled its Directive system, an enhanced version of a key tool in its Measurement While Drilling (MWD) family of downhole drilling equipment.

The Directive system adds real-time shock and vibration measurement capabilities to GE Oil & Gas’ Tensor Directional Module. It is designed to help customers optimize drilling penetration rates by enabling adjustments and corrections to be made quickly based on real-time data. Moreover, real-time management of downhole vibrations typically reduces equipment damage, thereby helping to avoid potential well drilling delays and reduce overall costs.

The Directive system has a simplified, ruggedized, and compact design with fewer components and an improved layout for a long service life at an operating temperature of up to 175°C (347°F). Calibration stability of the sensor package under harsh drilling conditions is now engineered for longer intervals—with the goal of drilling with greater confidence, fewer trips to the shop, and lower associated repair costs.


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