Patents Assigned to Deep Down, Inc.
  • Patent number: 9835013
    Abstract: A system for installing a band around a rigid subsea structure includes a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) having a main body. A set of jaws extendable beyond an outer perimeter of the main body are coupled to the ROV. The system also includes a band distribution system operatively and a band installation mechanism operatively coupled to the ROV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Deep Down, Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Smith
  • Publication number: 20160258235
    Abstract: A system for installing a band around a rigid subsea structure includes a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) having a main body. A set of jaws extendable beyond an outer perimeter of the main body are coupled to the ROV. The system also includes a band distribution system operatively and a band installation mechanism operatively coupled to the ROV.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Applicant: Deep Down, Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Smith
  • Patent number: 9315963
    Abstract: An offshore atoll system includes a continuous barrier, the continuous barrier having one or more modular sections coupled together, wherein each of the one or more modular sections have at least one concave surface positioned at a sea surface. The continuous barrier also includes one or more thrusters disposed along a length thereof. The continuous barrier is provided to reduce a magnitude of incoming waves on at least one side of the continuous barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Deep Down, Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Smith
  • Patent number: 9163463
    Abstract: A bend restrictor device includes at least two bend limiter units coupled together and having at least one stiffness ring disposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Deep Down, Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Smith, Jeff Hunt
  • Publication number: 20150176236
    Abstract: An offshore atoll system includes a continuous barrier, the continuous barrier having one or more modular sections coupled together, wherein each of the one or more modular sections have at least one concave surface positioned at a sea surface. The continuous barrier also includes one or more thrusters disposed along a length thereof. The continuous barrier is provided to reduce a magnitude of incoming waves on at least one side of the continuous barrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Applicant: Deep Down, Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Smith
  • Patent number: 9038730
    Abstract: A marine riser includes one or more buoyancy modules running along a length of the marine riser, wherein the one or more buoyancy modules are molded such that an umbilical may be secured along a length of the one or more buoyancy modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Deep Down, Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Smith
  • Patent number: 8974143
    Abstract: An offshore atoll system includes a continuous barrier positioned at a sea surface and configured to reduce a magnitude of incoming waves on at least one side of the continuous barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Deep Down, Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Smith
  • Publication number: 20120304447
    Abstract: A bend restrictor device includes at least two bend limiter units coupled together and having at least one stiffness ring disposed therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: DEEP DOWN, INC.
    Inventors: Ron Smith, Jeff Hunt
  • Publication number: 20120251243
    Abstract: An offshore atoll system includes a continuous barrier positioned at a sea surface and configured to reduce a magnitude of incoming waves on at least one side of the continuous barrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: DEEP DOWN, INC.
    Inventor: Ron Smith
  • Publication number: 20120247782
    Abstract: A marine riser includes one or more buoyancy modules running along a length of the marine riser, wherein the one or more buoyancy modules are molded such that an umbilical may be secured along a length of the one or more buoyancy modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: DEEP DOWN, INC.
    Inventor: Ron Smith
  • Patent number: 8186910
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the subsea deployment system may be used to install flying leads with integral buoyancy. In another embodiment, the subsea deployment system may be used to install flying leads with separate buoyancy modules. The installation sling assembly may be used with the subsea deployment system or with other systems to deploy flying leads subsea. The universal removable cartridge may be interchanged for use on a horizontal drive unit and a mud mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Deep Down, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald E. Smith
  • Patent number: 8100182
    Abstract: In combination, the loose tube flying lead includes: a) a pair of improved cobra head assemblies, each being able to receive a variety of different stab-plates with minimal modification; b) a pair of bend limiters, one extending from each cobra head assembly and c) an elongate bundle of non-constrained interior conduits surrounded by an over-hose, the over-hose being connected to each bend limiter. The over-hose may rotate independently of the bend limiters and the cobra head assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Deep Down, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald E. Smith, John Theobald
  • Patent number: 7903914
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to produce a non-helically wound subsea umbilical is disclosed. The apparatus to produce a non-helically wound umbilical may be portable to facilitate manufacturing of subsea umbilicals in remote locations. This apparatus is smaller and more economical to build and operate than conventional cabling machines that currently are used by many manufactures to produce helically wound subsea umbilicals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Deep Down, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald E. Smith
  • Publication number: 20110030966
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the subsea deployment system may be used to install flying leads with integral buoyancy. In another embodiment, the subsea deployment system may be used to install flying leads with separate buoyancy modules. The installation sling assembly may be used with the subsea deployment system or with other systems to deploy flying leads subsea. The universal removable cartridge may be interchanged for use on a horizontal drive unit and a mud mat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicant: DEEP DOWN, INC.
    Inventor: Ronald E. Smith
  • Patent number: 7699353
    Abstract: A method including providing a first umbilical, coupling an end of the first umbilical to a first end of a compliant splice system, providing a second umbilical, and coupling an end to the second umbilical to a second end of the compliant splice system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Deep Down, Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Smith
  • Publication number: 20100059229
    Abstract: In combination, the loose tube flying lead includes: a) a pair of improved cobra head assemblies, each being able to receive a variety of different stab-plates with minimal modification; b) a pair of bend limiters, one extending from each cobra head assembly and c) an elongate bundle of non-constrained interior conduits surrounded by an over-hose, the over-hose being connected to each bend limiter. The over-hose may rotate independently of the bend limiters and the cobra head assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: DEEP DOWN, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald E. SMITH, John THEOBALD
  • Publication number: 20100052316
    Abstract: A method including providing a first umbilical, coupling an end of the first umbilical to a first end of a compliant splice system, providing a second umbilical, and coupling an end to the second umbilical to a second end of the compliant splice system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: Deep Down Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Smith
  • Publication number: 20090285634
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to produce a non-helically wound subsea umbilical is disclosed. The apparatus to produce a non-helically wound umbilical may be portable to facilitate manufacturing of subsea umbilicals in remote locations. This apparatus is smaller and more economical to build and operate than conventional cabling machines that currently are used by many manufactures to produce helically wound subsea umbilicals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: DEEP DOWN, INC.
    Inventor: Ronald E. SMITH
  • Patent number: 7467662
    Abstract: An installation apparatus comprises a coupling member, a guide member, and a securing member operable to secure a termination system to the coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Deep Down, Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Smith
  • Publication number: 20060005971
    Abstract: An installation apparatus comprises a coupling member, a guide member, and a securing member operable to secure a termination system to the coupling member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Publication date: January 12, 2006
    Applicant: Deep Down Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Smith