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Gyrodata Introduces New Rotary Steerable Drilling System.

HOUSTON -- Gyrodata Incorporated, a leading supplier of high technology wellbore positioning services to the worldwide energy industry, today announced the commercial introduction of its new Well-Guide RSS (Really Simple Syndication) A syndication format that was developed by Netscape in 1999 and became very popular for aggregating updates to blogs and the news sites. RSS has also stood for "Rich Site Summary" and "RDF Site Summary. (TM) 7-100 rotary steerable drilling system.

The Well-Guide 7-100 drilling system utilizes point-the-bit technology to drill borehole bore·hole  
A hole that is drilled into the earth, as in exploratory well drilling or in building construction.
 sizes from 8 3/8 to 9 7/8 inches in diameter. Incorporating all the proven technology of its larger counterpart -- the Well-Guide 10-300 series for hole sizes from 12 1/4 to 22 inches -- the new 7-100 series is expected to provide the same high degree of accuracy, reliability and borehole quality.

Robert McMahan, President and COO of Gyrodata, stated that: "Our Well-Guide technology has several important features which differentiate it from other systems. First, to my knowledge it's the only rotary steerable system A rotary steerable system is a new form of drilling technology used in directional drilling. It employs the use of specialized downhole equipment to replace conventional directional tools such as mud motors.  that provides fully automated 3D control on its own. The tool is constructed totally with non-magnetic material, allowing it to house a complete magnetic guidance system in a non-rotating collar close to the bit. Other tools must rely on some directional readings from instruments located above their tools; these surveys are often infrequent in·fre·quent  
1. Not occurring regularly; occasional or rare: an infrequent guest.

 and necessitate ne·ces·si·tate  
tr.v. ne·ces·si·tat·ed, ne·ces·si·tat·ing, ne·ces·si·tates
1. To make necessary or unavoidable.

2. To require or compel.
 time-consuming communication to and from surface to make course corrections. Well-Guide, on the other hand, takes a full 3D near-bit survey every 60 to 90 seconds and automatically adjusts the well trajectory Trajectory

The curve described by a body moving through space, as of a meteor through the atmosphere, a planet around the Sun, a projectile fired from a gun, or a rocket in flight.
 according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 a pre-programmed course. Frequent surveys and automatic correction save time and provide a much faster response to course change for smoother, more accurate drilling. If intervention from surface is required, we communicate with the tool through pipe rotation without interrupting the drilling process."

Other aspects of the Well-Guide technology as pointed out by Mr. McMahan include the tool's large thru-bore, leading to the lowest pressure loss in the industry and resulting in maximum flow rates and optimum hole cleaning with less risk of stuck pipe. Combined with two full-gauge rotating stabilizers and the system's point-the-bit capability and continuous automatic trajectory control, these features have enabled Well-Guide to drill smooth, high-quality wellbores exactly according to plan for operators in many areas of the world.

The Well-Guide 10-300 technology has proven itself in over 100 commercial bit runs in a wide range of conditions -- from the softer formations in the North Sea, Gulf of Mexico Noun 1. Gulf of Mexico - an arm of the Atlantic to the south of the United States and to the east of Mexico
Golfo de Mexico

Atlantic, Atlantic Ocean - the 2nd largest ocean; separates North and South America on the west from Europe and Africa on the east
 and offshore California, to the hard and difficult formations in the Rocky Mountains Rocky Mountains, major mountain system of W North America and easternmost belt of the North American cordillera, extending more than 3,000 mi (4,800 km) from central N.Mex. to NW Alaska; Mt. Elbert (14,431 ft/4,399 m) in Colorado is the highest peak. , onshore Italy and offshore Netherlands. Applications have included holding vertical, kicking off from vertical, near horizontal drilling a drilling machine having a horizontal drill spindle.

See also: Horizontal
 and complex 3D trajectories. With respect to reliability, Well-Guide has been drilling record runs exceeding 150 rotating hours downhole. To date, the Well-Guide 7-100 system has performed eight commercial runs, three in the Gulf of Mexico and five in the North Sea.

"The introduction of the 7-100 series significantly broadens the scope of our services in the smaller hole sizes and increases our potential market share of wells utilizing rotary steerable systems," said McMahan. "Our goal with Well-Guide has been to combine our extensive experience in guidance system development with the expertise of Cambridge Drilling Automation, a rotary steerable drilling company we acquired in 2002, to deploy a new level of state-of-the-art rotary steerable technology. Well-Guide is living up to that goal, providing cost saving performance and optimum borehole quality and placement. Drilling an accurately positioned, smooth wellbore not only enhances an operator's current drilling and completion operations, it provides significant savings over the life of the well and optimizes reservoir recovery."

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 and has development and manufacturing facilities in Houston and in the U.K. The company was founded in 1980 and is the largest provider of high accuracy rate-gyroscopic survey and guidance services with operations throughout the energy producing regions of the world.
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