Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Ryan N. Cross
  • Patent number: 7514391
    Abstract: A composition and method for removing a filter cake from a horizontal wellbore in a subterranean formation using a composition containing a inorganic or organic acidic material, a cationic fluorocarbon surfactant, an alkyl alcohol, water optionally containing ammonium chloride and at least one of an alkyl polyglycoside and a betaine surfactant to produce a stable foam used to remove filter cake from a horizontal wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Conocophillips Company
    Inventor: Albert F. Chan
  • Patent number: 7514390
    Abstract: A composition and method for removing a filter cake from a horizontal wellbore in a subterranean formation using a composition containing a inorganic or organic acidic material, a cationic fluorocarbon surfactant, an alkyl alcohol, water optionally containing ammonium chloride and at least one of an alkyl polyglycoside and a betaine surfactant to produce a stable foam used to remove filter cake from a horizontal wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventor: Albert F. Chan
  • Patent number: 7405997
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of accounting for angle-dependent wavelet stretch in seismic data based on a novel relationship between wavelet stretch and the cosine of a reflection angle of an acoustic ray. Conventional seismic data having at least one wavelet, such as data generated from a reflection seismic survey, is accessed. The data is processed such that at least one wavelet is subject to angle-dependent wavelet stretch. A reflection angle for at least one wavelet is also determined. An operator is utilized to calculate a wavelet stretch factor for at least one wavelet based on the cosine of the corresponding reflection angle of the wavelet. The wavelet stretch factor is applied to the seismic data to account for angle-dependent wavelet stretch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Robert T. Baumel, Javaid A. Durrani, Phil D. Anno
  • Patent number: 7398823
    Abstract: A method for resistively heating a subterranean region to lower the viscosity of heavy oil by using production tubing coupled to at least two electrodes modified for three-phase flow and an electrically insulating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Carl T. Montgomery, Daniel R. Maloney
  • Patent number: 7387015
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for estimating a physical property of a specimen, particularly the specimen strength, are provided. More specifically, a roller indenter comprising an indenting wheel and a force indicator is used to create an elongated trough in a specimen. The width of the trough is measured as a plurality of locations and correlated with a known standard to provide an estimate of the strength of the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: David M. Chancellor, Gangerico G. Ramos, Milton B. Enderlin
  • Patent number: 7295490
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a method of determining whether a particular high fidelity vibratory seismic survey phase encoding is likely to be a good one based on an analysis of the eigenvalue structure (i.e., eigenvalues, eigenvalue separation, condition number, and model resolution matrix) of a matrix formed from the Fourier transforms of the sweep signals. Preferably, a singular value decomposition will be used to calculate the eigenvalues. Using this same approach, the condition number and eigenvalues of matrices that are associated with multiple proposed designs can be compared with each other to determine which is likely to be yield the best seismic data. This approach is preferably used either as a component of the advanced planning for a survey or in the field during pre-survey testing. The use of the instant approach to determine an optimal phase encoding scheme is also taught.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Stephen K. Chiu, Peter M. Eick, Charles W. Emmons
  • Patent number: 7275605
    Abstract: A rotatable drilling shoe attachable to a section of casing that allows for drilling and casing of a well bore in a single trip. The drilling shoe includes a fixed section and a rotatable section that has a drillable bit attached thereto. The drilling shoe further includes a mechanism for inhibiting rotation of the rotatable section after the casing is cemented into place so that the drillable bit can be drilled out by a subsequent drilling operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Smith, Edward T. Cousins, Marc E. Leveque, Gary J. Collins
  • Patent number: 7273893
    Abstract: A catalyst and process for converting carbon dioxide into oxygenates. The catalyst comprises copper, zinc, aluminum, gallium, and a solid acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Jianhua Yao, James B. Kimble
  • Patent number: 6829537
    Abstract: A system for filtering elevation-sensitive data. The system generates coincident contour and attribute maps of a physical structure. A filter band that is limited to a certain range of contour values is used to filter the attribute values that are output to a CBA attribute map. The filter band applied to the data is defined between upper and lower boundaries, with each boundary having a substantially constant contour value. Thus, each data point has a uniquely-shaped a real filter that is at least partly defined by the filter band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Dennis B. Neff, Scott A. Runnestrand, Franklin D. Lane
  • Patent number: 6804609
    Abstract: A method for predicting reservoir properties at an unexplored subterranean location based on known seismic attributes at the unexplored subterranean location, as well as known reservoir properties and seismic attributes at a plurality of explored subterranean locations proximate to the unexplored subterranean locations. The method uses residual stepwise regression to generate a prediction equation capable of calculating predicted reservoir properties based on multiple seismic attributes. The residual stepwise regression involves using residual values from a previous regression step to determine which seismic attribute will be included in a subsequent regression step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventor: David L. Brumbaugh
  • Patent number: 6687659
    Abstract: A hybrid approach is disclosed for implementing highly efficient absorbing boundary conditions in three dimensional (3D) finite difference (FD) acoustic applications such as post-stack and pre-stack seismic migration, and forward modeling. The “Perfectly matched layer” (PML) absorbing medium is able to absorb waves arriving at all incidence angle and at any frequency. An optimized PML medium is disclosed including its formulation and implementation to reduce its memory usage and associated computational cost. To avoid costly and cumbersomely implementation of PML medium at the edges and corners of truncated 3D numerical models the PML medium is combined with a “One-way Wave Equation” (1WWE) absorbing boundary to eliminate reflections and diffraction from the edges and corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventor: Yunqing Shen
  • Patent number: 6665117
    Abstract: An enlarged computer graphic image of borehole data is displayed on a concave three-dimensional surface, preferably a semi-cylindrical shape. Thus providing an enlarged image of a borehole surface where the data is spatially correct in three-dimensions, and which increases the ease with which interpreters can locate geological features such as surfaces, faults, and fractures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Dennis B. Neff, John R. Grismore, Jacquelyn K. Singleton, Jesse E. Layton
  • Patent number: 6638892
    Abstract: A process for the conversion of syngas by contact of syngas under conversion conditions with catalyst having as components zinc oxide, copper oxide, aluminum oxide, Y zeolite and clay in which (A) in a one step process for conversion of syngas to dimethyl ether, the catalyst has as components an extruded mixture of zinc oxide, copper oxide, gamma aluminum oxide, Y zeolite and clay; (B) in a two step process for conversion of syngas to light olefins, a catalyst system is employed that has in the first step a catalyst mixture of zinc oxide, copper oxide, aluminum oxide, Y zeolite and clay and the catalyst employed in the second step is SAPO-34; SAPO-34 modified with lanthanum(III) nitrate hexahydrate; SAPO-34 modified with magnesium nitrate hexahydrate; SAPO-34 modified with tributyl borate or SAPO-34 modified with triethyl phosphate or (C) in a two step process for conversion of syngas to light olefins, the pressure on the effluent from the contact of syngas with a mixture of zinc oxide, copper oxide, aluminum
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: An-hsiang Wu, Jianhua Yao, Charles A. Drake
  • Patent number: 6574566
    Abstract: A method for recognizing and comparing features of attribute data expressed in a 3D data survey involves: extracting, mapping, color coding and displaying 3D data for at least one attribute. Preferably, the data is based on tomographic paths. The tomographic paths are defined within a subvolume of instantaneous attribute data having the shape of a sphere. This is accomplished by extracting the subvolume of attribute data having a desired shape, defining multiple tomographic paths extending from a point within the subvolume to its bounding surface, combining instantaneous attribute values encountered along each of the tomographic paths to determine multiple aggregate values, mapping the thus determined aggregate attribute values on the surface of the sphere using a color code, and displaying the color coded sphere. The attribute maps are correlated with preexisting geological or stratographic templates to identify features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Conocophillips Company
    Inventors: John R. Grismore, Dennis B. Neff, William A. Lucas
  • Patent number: 6519532
    Abstract: A method for imaging seismic data and eliminating noise and error in the resulting image is disclosed. In this method seismic data that has undergone downward extrapolation is corrected by applying Li-correction at regular depth intervals. The Li-correction is applied using Phase Shift Plus Interpolation Techniques. In a preferred embodiment tapering is applied during the Li-correction to further eliminate noise associated with large dips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Phillips Petroleum Company
    Inventor: Zhaobo Meng
  • Patent number: 6430510
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, a method is disclosed herein which is primarily designed for use in improving the seismic data collection process through the use of hybrid gathers. The instant invention is suitable for application either in the field during seismic acquisition as part of the process or back at the main processing center, although it will probably be of greatest use in the field. That being said, the computational efficiency of the instant method and its ability to work effectively with low fold seismic data sets argue that it would be most useful in the field. By timely application of the instant method it is possible to improve or optimize the selection of acquisition parameters such as geophone spacing, line layouts, shot locations, instrument filters, etc., while the data are being acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Phillips Petroleum Company
    Inventors: James W. Thomas, Gary M. Hoover
  • Patent number: 6424464
    Abstract: An enlarged computer graphic image of seismic data is displayed on a concave three-dimensional surface having a shape corresponding to the shape of selected data extracted from a three-dimensional seismic volume. Thus providing an enlarged image of a seismic surface where the data is spatially correct in three-dimensions, and which increases the ease with which interpreters can locate geological features such as horizons, faults, and channels. An auxiliary paddle screen is provided to display an interactive video image for exploring the volume within the hybrid screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Phillips Petroleum Company
    Inventors: Dennis B. Neff, John R. Grismore, William A. Lucas, Jacquelyn K. Singleton, Jesse E. Layton, Steven B. Wyatt
  • Patent number: 6311791
    Abstract: A hydraulic underreamer for enlarging a wellbore includes improved packer, cutting, jet pump, and mill sections. Each of the sections and their associated advantages are described herein in detail. The packer section is designed to minimize wear on its sealing elements, the cutting and jet pump sections are designed to minimize pressure requirements and optimize hydraulic efficiency, and the mill section has a removable center assembly which allows effective well control when pulling the underreamer out of a “live” well filled with a gas, such as methane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: Phillips Petroleum Company
    Inventors: Michael L. Fraim, Stephen D. McCoy
  • Patent number: 6294078
    Abstract: A process is provided by the invention which comprises: (a) providing a tubular reactor having an inlet and an outlet, a furnace for heating the reactor, and a cooler having an inlet in communication with the reactor outlet and also having an outlet; (b) introducing a substantially constant flow of feed gas comprising steam to the reactor inlet while the reactor is heated by the furnace to produce a predetermined and substantially constant reactor outlet temperature; and (c) controlling, during at least a portion of (b), the concentration of an antifoulant in the feed gas based on cooler outlet temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Chevron Phillips Chemical LP
    Inventors: Alan D. Eastman, Ronald E. Brown
  • Patent number: 6289285
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for processing seismic trace data to distinguish Class II sand formations sandwiched between low and high porosity layers, where the intermediate sand layer causes a polarity reversal with offset in seismic reflections. A velocity analysis of data from a vertical seismic section is generated to include coherency contours corresponding to polarity reversals in the seismic traces by using an extended crosscorrelation algorithm for multi-trace coherency. The velocity analysis thus indicates a stacking velocity that will maximize coherency of the seismic traces exhibiting the polarity reversal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Phillips Petroleum Company
    Inventors: Dennis B. Neff, Carl B. Sigler, III