Drill string Ethernet success

Real world IntelliPipe test in 6,400’ well proves 1MBit/s data rate.

Grant Prideco/Novatek’s jointly developed drill string Ethernet has been successfully tested in a 6,400 feet commercial well lasting 500 drilling hours. The test established a 1MB/s data link with above-ground receivers. The next step is to test the technology at higher-temperatures in a second, deeper well.


IntelliPipe, whose original development was funded by the US DoE, provides real-time logging kick detection over a bidirectional communication link. Data can be collected at multiple points along the length of the drill string.

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