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Gyrodata Incorporated
Industry Oilfield Services
Founded 1980
Headquarters Houston
Products Precision wellbore measurement, Directional Drilling
Number of employees

Gyrodata Incorporated is an American company with headquarters in Houston, Texas, and principal offices in Aberdeen, Scotland, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, providing directional wellbore survey technology utilizing gyroscopic based survey tools and directional drilling services. Gyrodata was founded in 1980.[1]

Gyrodata was formed in 1980 with funding from several major oil companies, such as Shell. By 1982, using the same sensors as those used in aerospace guidance systems, Gyrodata developed a means to increase survey accuracy tenfold[citation needed]. In 2001 it sued Baker Hughes over which firm invented a new surveying instrument, the gyrotrak.[2]

Gyrodata's precision survey services have had a major impact on drilling and production operations. High accuracy surveys assure precise wellbore targeting and reservoir delineation, and they prevent costly problems such as missed objectives and wellbore collisions in multiwell structures.

The company has over 1000 employees and offices in several countries, with system manufacturing and testing facilities in Houston, Texas, Aberdeen, Scotland, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Gyrodata provides directional wellbore surveying tools, such as the Gyro-Guide GWD (Gyro-While-Drilling)[3] suite of tools, which can be seen as an MWD (Measurement-While-Drilling) tool with a gyroscope instead of a magnetic sensor and a vastly increased surveying resolution. The company also designs, manufactures and provides a Rotary Steerable System (the Well-Guide RSS), Mud Motors, MWD and mud pulse systems.

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  1. ^ "Gyrodata ~ Home ~ Precision Wellbore Placement". Gyrodata. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Murphy, Bill (September 19, 2001). "Houston Firm Sues Oil-Field Services Company over Drilling Technology". Houston, Texas: Houston Chronicle. 
  3. ^ "Gyrodata ~ Services » Drilling/gwd90 ~ Precision Wellbore Placement". Gyrodata. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 

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