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Technology

Cathedral Energy Services has always been an innovative and technology leader in directional drilling. A strong focus on technology, and accumulated knowledge have positioned Cathedral as a leading oilfield service company that is highly responsive to industry trends and client needs.

Our MWD equipment is designed, manufactured and tested at our research facility in Calgary, Alberta, while the development of our directional drilling motors takes place at our main motor facility in Nisku, Alberta. By designing and manufacturing our own tools we are able to drive and control technology improvements in order to reduce response time required to deliver customized solutions specific to our clients’ needs. 

QUALITY CONTROL AND TESTING OPERATIONS

Cathedral provides equipment designed and built with a focus on quality. Stringent QA & QC (quality assurance and quality control) procedures combined with extensive personnel training ensure that the best product is used in operations. Our in-house testing capabilities are unique for a company of our size and allow our team to perform in-depth tests to qualify the equipment for field usage. Cathedral’s testing routines and processes improve tool reliability and enable us to deliver dependable solutions to our clients.

We have instituted a comprehensive maintenance program which includes standardized job procedure manuals for the assembly and dis-assembly process. As part of the comprehensive maintenance program, all tubular components are inspected for thread and fatigue damage, and magnetism. Each drilling motor is then degaussed and placed on our dynamometer which verifies the force and torque capabilities. Our drilling motor fleet is also monitored through our continuous improvement process, which allows us to track individual component life history. This process provides us with the ability to predict component life cycles and implement design modifications for continuous improvement and reliability.

DYNAMOMETER

DYNAMOMETER

The dynamometer verifies force and torque specifications under simulated operating conditions which enables Cathedral to test new motors and power sections while minimizing adverse impacts to customers.

    COORDINATE MEASURING MACHINE

    COORDINATE MEASURING MACHINE

    Every component we use in our tools is rigorously inspected to ensure tolerances are within specifications. This results in higher reliability downhole. For component inspection, Cathedral relies on a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) which is capable of measuring complex geometry as accurate as 1/1000ths of an inch.

      HEAT CHAMBER

      HEAT CHAMBER

      To ensure our MWD systems are capable of surviving transport in the Artic to functioning in the bottom of a deep Texas wellbore, all electronic equipment built by Cathedral is temperature tested. The Heat Chamber is capable of cycling temperature from -70C to +200C.

        VIBRATION TABLE

        VIBRATION TABLE

        The Vibration Table is capable of testing MWD components at forces up to 50 G’s. Using the data collected down hole with HAWK monitoring system the vibration table can be programmed to accurately reproduce drilling conditions that cause service interruptions, and to test designs for eliminating repetitive component failures.

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          Cathedral divests its Flowback and Production Testing division to Ideal Completions Group.