Patents Represented by Attorney Mark Andrew Smith
  • Patent number: 5551801
    Abstract: An offshore platform structure is disclosed for temporarily using a jack-up rig for well operations in deepwater applications in which a jacket base supports a surface tower and a subsea rig support interface adapted to accept the jack-up rig for well operations. The bottom founded jacket base is designed for dynamic response with the mass of the jack-up engaged and at least one ballastable rig support buoyancy tank connected to the rig support interface whereby the weight of the jack-up rig is substantially offset by buoyant forces supplied by the rig support buoyancy tank when the jack-up rig is deployed on the jacket base and the mass of the jack-up rig is substantially replaced in the offshore platform structure by ballast in the rig support buoyancy tank when the jack-up rig is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Assignee: Shell Offshore Inc.
    Inventors: Dale M. Gallaher, Mark A. Smith
  • Patent number: 4372399
    Abstract: Disclosed is a drill bit with an eduction jet which discharges drilling mud upwardly through nozzles having wedge shaped apertures oriented such that the wedge shape is tangential to the central axis about which the drill bit rotates. Expelled mud projects a wedge shaped dynamic stream of mud which retains the definition as an eductive column which rotates with the drill bit and therefore has relative motion revolving transverse to the hydrostatic column bearing upon the bit. Throughout the regions in which it retains definition, the eductive column creates a low pressure zone immediately behind it and the low pressure zone enhances the ability of flushing jets to remove cuttings from the bottom of the borehole by drawing the cuttings above the drill bit. The manufacture of drill bits with wedge shaped eduction jets is also disclosed, including the manufacture by modification of conventional tri-cone bits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1983
    Assignee: Development Oil Tool Systems
    Inventor: Michael S. Cork