PDC bit classification - PetroWiki


Bit classification allows efficient selection and use of polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) and diamond drill bit. The classification system currently in use was developed by the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC). IADC classification codes for each bit are generated by placing the bit style into the category that best describes it so that similar bit types are grouped within a single category. The version currently used was introduced in 1992 using criteria that were cooperatively developed by drill-bit manufacturers under the auspices of SPE.[1],[2] The system leaves a rather broad latitude for interpretation and is not as precise or useful as the IADC Classification System for Roller-Cone Bits.[3] It does not consider hydraulic features incorporated into a bit and does not attempt to give a detailed description of body style beyond basic classification of the overall length of the bit cutting face.