R&D and Laboratory Services


Innovation in all aspects of our business is one of the Core Values of QMax and its staff. A top priority and commitment of QMax continues to be the Research and Development of new fluids, products, and technologies to provide optimum solutions to our clients in all areas where we operate. Striving for New Technology is what we do!

Over the past 22 years of service to the oil and gas industry, QMax has developed a comprehensive global network of laboratories dedicated to R&D, operations and client support, QA/QC, technical training, and other client services. Recently, the R&D and Laboratory Services were organized into a three-tier structure consisting of a new Corporate Technology Center, Regional Technology Centers, and District Laboratories. Open in June 2015, the world class Corporate Technology Center located in Houston focuses on research and development of products, systems & technologies - including Deepwater and “Blue Sky” Projects, product QA/QC, and technical training of staff & clients. Additionally, it provides support to operations and clients in the USA and companywide as needed. Three Regional Technology Centers located in Bogota (Colombia), Mumbai (India), and Villahermosa (Mexico) serve their respective regions –  delivering research and development of products, systems & technologies specific to  region needs, support of operations and clients, product QA/QC, and technical training of staff & clients. And, supporting our commitment to provide “local solutions for local drilling needs” several District Laboratories provide local support to the field operations.

All laboratories are fully staffed with qualified and experienced R&D and lab personnel with designations such as Ph. D., M. Sc., Chemical and Petroleum Engineers, Chemists and Technologists. Standard lab equipment for testing drilling fluids, products, and core/cuttings samples are employed to test and develop optimum fluid properties in all QMax laboratories. Specialized instruments used for advanced testing at CTC and RTCs level include:

  • Fann iX77 HTHP Rheometer
  • Fann 90 Dynamic Filter Press
  • Drilling Simulator
  • XRD
  • ICP
  • Gas Chromatograph
  • Particle Size Analyzer
  • Linear Swell Meter
  • EP Lubricity Tester

A new corporate led structure was implemented to leverage our global R&D and laboratory support resources and to ensure excellent client support everywhere we operate. Corporate policies, operating models, and standard procedures are used companywide for consistent, high-quality service to our clients. New technology development, operations support, and client services are coordinated at the regional and corporate levels to facilitate the best results in a timely manner. Strong collaboration, communication, and teamwork across the R&D and Laboratory Services group is part of our culture. Our goal is to bring new technologies to the market and optimum solutions to benefit our clients.