Technology & Innovation

U.S. Well Services takes pride in developing new technologies and providing solutions to challenging problems. As government regulations become increasingly strict in the oil and gas industry, the development of new technologies prove immensely important. In that regard U.S. Well Services developed and deployed the industry’s first fully electric, fully mobile hydraulic fracturing fleet, Clean Fleet®, and was granted a patent for this technology in July, 2014. Clean Fleet® is the first, and only, fleet of its kind and is the industry’s most environmentally responsible fracturing solution. U.S. Well Services won the New Technology Development Award at the Northeast Oil & Gas Awards in March, 2015 for Clean Fleet®.

Other U.S. Well Services innovations:

  • The first to utilize SandBox® in the northeast U.S. as a “last mile” sand logistics solution.
  • Utilizes treating iron vibration diagnostics to mitigate fatigue and premature failures of our equipment.
 

Timely and accurate data is critical to decision makers and equipment specialists. Accessibility to equipment information is key to troubleshooting problems, improving equipment design and increasing efficiency.

  • Real-time equipment health monitoring and notification
  • Real-time emissions and fuel consumption reporting
  • Extending equipment life using machine learning

Our technology is owned, operated and developed by USWS to provide automated up-to-the-second monitoring and analysis of critical parameters at 750+ measurements per second on each fleet. Platform is designed specifically for our equipment and operations.

Our Advantage:

  • Built on Microsoft Azure – the leading IIoT platform, ensuring security and stability. Azure is used by 90% of Fortune 500 companies.
  • Equipment data is easily shared with enterprise applications such as ERP, maintenance, and HSEQ
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Performing maintenance at the right time is key to maximizing pumping hours and reducing costs. Equipment operating conditions and diagnostics are measured every second. Custom logic then determines each part’s remaining useful life which optimizes equipment lifespan.

Our Advantage:

  • Remaining Useful Life is based on multiple factors, not just pump hours
  • Detailed failure data is used to continuously improve the prediction model
  • Maintenance status is easily shared with on-site and enterprise systems
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The patent pending PowerPath® technology allows power generation to be centrally located among multiple hydraulic fracturing pads and to transmit power several miles away via overhead lines to on-site Clean Fleet® pumping equipment. Utilizing high voltage electricity allows the power to be sent multiple miles without power losses that come from low and medium voltage systems. The use of switchgear on both sides of the high voltage highline cables provides important safeguards.

PowerPath® can be utilized to create mobile, long distance micro-grids, to hydraulic pressure pump numerous pads. In addition, PowerPath® can be utilized to provide power for oilfield equipment such as drilling rigs and other oilfield equipment.

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PowerPath® Remote Electric Frac 2.5 mile away from CLEAN FLEET® Power Generation offers the ultimate flexibility.
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PowerPath® Remote Electric Frac providing power to fracturing operations for the first of sixteen wells located in an almost 2 mile loop centrally located among five hydraulic fracturing pads.
 

Reactive maintenance can be defined as a “run it until it breaks” method of maintenance. Fifty-five percent of maintenance resources and activities remain reactive in nature.

The Department of Energy defines preventative maintenance as actions preformed on a time-or machine-run-based schedule, using equipment hours and calendar scheduling to determine whether or not repairs are needed.

USWS is leading the way in predictive maintenance, which uses real-time data collected on how a machine is functioning to determine when repairs are needed.

USWS developed FRAC MD® to reduce Non-Productive Time (NPT) and increase safe stages per day by mitigating premature failures of our equipment and maximizing operating parameters. When we listen to what the machines are telling us, we greatly increase reliability, safety, and predictability which all reduces downtime. The real-time data we collect during operation helps determine root causes of failure as well as ways to improve on current methods.

In other industries, predictive maintenance:

  • Reduces breakdowns

    70% to 75%

  • Reduces downtime

    35% to 45%

  • Increases production

    20% to 25%

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With the increased restrictions on noise pollution, USWS is leading the way for our customers to have more flexibility on location and with operation schedules as well as making a safer environment for them and our employees.

CLEAN FLEET® WHISPERFRAC® Technology was designed to reduce noise pollution levels compared to conventional fleets. WHISPERFRAC® is the industry’s foremost solution for quiet, low noise impact hydraulic fracturing. WHISPERFRAC® well stimulation technology significantly reduces noise pollution, making the workplace safer and less disturbing to surrounding communities.

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This allows for the use of field gas, compressed natural gas ("CNG") or liquefied natural gas ("LNG") as a fuel source. F3 Fuel® technology offers the potential for significant cost savings relative to diesel-powered equipment. This technology also allows for tremendous flexibility by enabling the use of any combination of these fuel sources on the same frac pad at the same time. Our customers can still realize significant cost savings, even if their field gas infrastructure is not able to supply the gas volume needed to power the turbine alone, they can supplement with CNG or LNG to power the CLEAN FLEET®.

This innovative approach allows operators to realize significant cost savings as well as operational, safety, and environmental advantages when completing wells.