Welcome to the 360 degree Virtual Tour of Scientific Drilling International -- Applied Technologies Center. The tour will transport you through the Applied Technologies Center, providing information and media across multiple stages of the design, manufacturing, and testing process.
Welcome to the 360 degree Virtual Tour of Scientific Drilling International – Applied Technologies Center. This highly technical, multi-building R&D facility is nestled in the coastal mountain range of central California, home to a thriving wine and agriculture industry. Scientific Drilling (SDI) is an independent energy service provider offering a complete high accuracy navigation and drilling solution to the O&G, Unconventional, Geothermal and Mining industries. SDI employs over 2,300 people across 45 locations in 26 countries. This facility designs, engineers, manufactures, and tests all downhole technology for the entire company.
Welcome to Scientific Drilling, Applied Technologies Center! This is the main entrance to the ATC Campus and where all guests, or customers will enter. Upon arrival, please sign in and we will ensure the person or team you are here to visit will be with you momentarily.
ATC is a manufacturing facility with strict PPE requirements in specific areas. We advise that you do not walk around without an ATC employee and ensure you are wearing proper PPE.
Our General Production Team consists of 25 Electro-mechanical Assemblers and 18 Test Technicians to support MWD, LWD, Cased Hole, and Survey product families. Up to 40 different downhole and surface support products built, maintenance and/or repaired weekly; including hundreds of sub-assemblies and PCBAs. Approximately 84 tools a week are delivered to finished goods. All Assembly and Test personnel are IPC Class III trained in soldering insitu inspection. Production Test houses seven auto/manual calibration stands and over a dozen flexible calibration ovens and test stations.
The Systems Verification Lab is the last stop in the development process before a design moves out to the field. After the design engineers have tested their updates or new tools, the changes are tested at the system level to ensure there are no ill effects on any of the other tools in the string. The Systems Verification Lab also plays an integral role in the timely resolution of NCRs by providing an environment to reproduce issues reported from the field so they can be diagnosed and resolved quickly.
Some testing capabilities include:
The Collar Based Tool Lab at SDI's Applied Technology Center has supported the Company's flagship Rotary Steerable System development through to the commercialization of the SRX 740 fleet and the ongoing field trials of the prototype SRX 650 system. Fully equipped with an overhead crane and hydraulic break-out unit, our team of Engineers and Technicians are able to complete any level of diagnostic investigation, repair and rebuild required to support a continuous multi-well test program.
ATC's covered patio opened in the spring of 2013 and since then has become a favored location for breaks and enjoying lunch. The patio also provides a lovely location for company BBQs and special events.
The MWD/LWD Diagnostic department goals are to provide customers quality and timely feedback regarding nonconformance (NCR) incidents, supporting field demand as well as collecting reliability data for engineering. The team is heavily involved in data analysis and attempting to reproduce failures experienced in the field to better understand and improve the quality of our products. In addition to addressing failures, the team also inspects maintenance tools and equipment for needed repairs and upgrades. NCR Statistics
Finished Goods is home to over 1500 different products. These products range from o-rings and setscrews, to cabling and running gear, to surface equipment and downhole electronics. We process an average of 91 orders per week as a distribution center for all SDI locations worldwide. Inventory is carefully monitored with daily cycle counts resulting in a sustained inventory accuracy of over 99%.
Over the last 7 months we have shipped 174,993 pieces, averaging 24,999 per month.
The prototype shop at ATC is where the ideas of the engineers become actual parts. With the machines we have in our inventory, we have the capability of fabricating almost any part from plastic, aluminum or steel, in sizes ranging from very small to needing a forklift. Our machinists have an average of over 20 years of machining experience.
Lab supports new build of sensor sections as well as repairing tools coming back from the field. Current fleet size is 670 tools. An average of 11 tools come back every week for maintenance or repair. There are 15 auto stands and 6 manual stands with an average of 22 tools moving through the stands each week. Each tool spends about 60 hours in the stand for testing and calibration. The crew consists of assemblers, test technicians that run the stands and technicians to diagnose failures and resolve field NCR’s. Every sensor sections receives a X & Z gyro and accel that was built in our Cleanroom.
All Gyros are hand built and calibrated by a crew of 23 assemblers and technicians in a class 1000 cleanroom. The team builds 25 different gyro sub-assemblies to produce a combination of X and Z Axis gyros and a rate of 85 per month. Our custom designed/built Laser Motor Balancer has increased motor weekly throughput by 75%.