Specific Challenge

Drill formation with interbedded hard stringers of carbonate


Williston Basin



  • Drill lateral intervals in one run in reduced time
  • Handle challenging formation with interbedded hard stringers of carbonate and occasional pyrite with a history of core outs and DBRs


  • Deploy Geometrix Razor shaped cutter technology to help improve bit durability and keep the drill bit sharper longer, which helps decrease drilling time


  • Consistently reached TD in one run
  • Reduced on-bottom drilling time by 28%
  • Helped operator reduce overall spud to TD time


An operator drilling in the Three Forks formation of the Williston Basin tasked Halliburton with drilling lateral intervals in one run with reduced drilling time. The operator used a Halliburton drill bit with round cutter technology, as well as several competitor six blade designs. This design had proven effective at completing the interval in one run; however, the operator wanted to further improve drilling time.


The operator wanted to drill the lateral interval to total depth (TD) in one run while reducing drilling time in a formation that can be challenging due to interbedded hard stringers of carbonate and occasional pyrite.


Halliburton offered the Geometrix® Razor™ shaped cutters to improve bit durability and keep the drill bit sharper, longer, which would decrease drilling time. These 4D-shaped cutters offer unique geometries compaired to traditional cylinder cutters and produce more efficient drilling.

The Razor cutter is designed with higher contact stress along the cutter rock interface to fail rock more effectively. It’s equipped with an enhanced edge profile for improved cuttings removal and evacuation and a domed center for increased durability.


The Razor cutter technology effectively reduced on-bottom drilling time by 28%. The operator was pleased with consistently reaching TD in one run in addition to the decreased drilling time. This performance helped the operator achieve its goal of reducing overall spud to total depth time.

Additionally, these runs allowed Halliburton to secure additional work with operators drilling the Three Forks lateral. These runs highlighted the durability and productivity advantages Razor shaped cutter technology can provide to help improve overall drilling performance.

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