Patents Assigned to Southeast Directional Drilling, LLC
  • Patent number: 9631741
    Abstract: A casing puller includes a body and at least one arm. The body has first and second ends, at least one end connectable to a drill pipe. The body defines a longitudinal axis and sized for insertion into a casing pipe. The at least one arm is disposed on the body and moves between a stowed position and a deployed position. The at least one arm extends away from the longitudinal axis when in its deployed position and is arranged to engage an arm receiver defined by the casing pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Southeast Directional Drilling, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Heieie
  • Patent number: 9221488
    Abstract: A remote controlled vehicle includes a chassis, front and rear axles mounted on the chassis and at least one wheel coupled to each axle. A front hydraulic drive drives the front axle and a rear hydraulic drive drives the rear axle. The remote controlled vehicle includes front and rear control valves in fluid communication with the corresponding front and rear hydraulic drives for regulating at least one of a fluid direction and a fluid flow through each control valve to each corresponding hydraulic drive. A controller communicates drive commands to each hydraulic drive and receives the drive commands front an external communicator. The chassis has a width substantially equal to the widest width of the reservoir and the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Southeast Directional Drilling, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Heieie
  • Publication number: 20150276090
    Abstract: A casing puller includes a body and at least one arm. The body has first and second ends, at least one end connectable to a drill pipe. The body defines a longitudinal axis and sized for insertion into a casing pipe. The at least one arm is disposed on the body and moves between a stowed position and a deployed position. The at least one arm extends away from the longitudinal axis when in its deployed position and is arranged to engage an arm receiver defined by the casing pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Applicant: Southeast Directional Drilling, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Heieie
  • Patent number: 9085945
    Abstract: A casing puller includes a body and at least one arm. The body has first and second ends, at least one end connectable to a drill pipe. The body defines a longitudinal axis and sized for insertion into a casing pipe. The at least one arm is disposed on the body and moves between a stowed position and a deployed position. The at least one arm extends away from the longitudinal axis when in its deployed position and is arranged to engage an arm receiver defined by the casing pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Southeast Directional Drilling, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Heieie
  • Patent number: 8851796
    Abstract: A pipe retriever for retrieving an unsecured pipe has a head connectable to a drilling pipe and defines a longitudinal axis. The longitudinal axis of the head is arranged substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the drilling pipe when connected. A tail extends from the head at an angle with respect to the longitudinal axis. The tail defines a hook shape having inward and outward surfaces. The inward hook surface defines a pipe recess sized to receive the unsecured pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Southeast Directional Drilling, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Heieie
  • Publication number: 20140119835
    Abstract: A casing puller includes a body and at least one arm. The body has first and second ends, at least one end connectable to a drill pipe. The body defines a longitudinal axis and sized for insertion into a casing pipe. The at least one arm is disposed on the body and moves between a stowed position and a deployed position. The at least one arm extends away from the longitudinal axis when in its deployed position and is arranged to engage an arm receiver defined by the casing pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: SOUTHEAST DIRECTIONAL DRILLING, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Heieie
  • Publication number: 20140056647
    Abstract: A pipe retriever for retrieving an unsecured pipe has a head connectable to a drilling pipe and defines a longitudinal axis. The longitudinal axis of the head is arranged substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the drilling pipe when connected. A tail extends from the head at an angle with respect to the longitudinal axis. The tail defines a hook shape having inward and outward surfaces. The inward hook surface defines a pipe recess sized to receive the unsecured pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Southeast Directional Drilling, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Heieie
  • Publication number: 20130333970
    Abstract: A remote controlled vehicle includes a chassis, front and rear axles mounted on the chassis and at least one wheel coupled to each axle. A front hydraulic drive drives the front axle and a rear hydraulic drive drives the rear axle. The remote controlled vehicle includes front and rear control valves in fluid communication with the corresponding front and rear hydraulic drives for regulating at least one of a fluid direction and a fluid flow through each control valve to each corresponding hydraulic drive. A controller communicates drive commands to each hydraulic drive and receives the drive commands front an external communicator. The chassis has a width substantially equal to the widest width of the reservoir and the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Southeast Directional Drilling, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Heieie
  • Patent number: 8571709
    Abstract: A method of directional drilling includes forming first and second pits on corresponding first and second sides of a barrier, forming a pilot bore from the first pit to the second pit, enlarging the pilot bore to a final bore, and extending a cable through the final bore between the first and second pits by attaching the cable to a remote controlled vehicle and driving the remote controlled vehicle through the final bore from one of the pits to the other pit. The method also includes pulling a pipeline through the final bore using the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Southeast Directional Drilling, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Heieie
  • Patent number: 8281876
    Abstract: A reamer includes a mandrel defining a mandrel axis and arms extending radially from the mandrel. Each arm has a proximal end and a distal end. The reamer includes a cutting head disposed on the distal end of each arm and cutting teeth disposed on each cutting head. The cutting heads are arcuately spaced about the central mandrel to allow the movement of debris axially along the central mandrel and at least one of the arms defines a square cross-sectional shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Southeast Directional Drilling, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Heieie, Steven L. Ugrich
  • Publication number: 20120083944
    Abstract: A method of directional drilling includes forming first and second pits on corresponding first and second sides of a barrier, forming a pilot bore from the first pit to the second pit, enlarging the pilot bore to a final bore, and extending a cable through the final bore between the first and second pits by attaching the cable to a remote controlled vehicle and driving the remote controlled vehicle through the final bore from one of the pits to the other pit. The method also includes pulling a pipeline through the final bore using the cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: Southeast Directional Drilling, LLC.
    Inventor: John M. Heieie
  • Patent number: 8087473
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for horizontal drilling are provided. The apparatus has: (A) a thrust frame; (B) a carriage on the thrust frame; (C) a wheel truck, wherein a rearward portion of the thrust frame can be supported in a lowered position on the wheel truck; (D) a king pin for operatively connecting a forward portion of the thrust frame to a tractor; (E) a trailer-leg assembly that can be connected operatively between: (i) the forward portion of the thrust frame; and (ii) the ground; and wherein the trailer-leg assembly is capable of assisting in supporting the forward portion of the thrust frame: (a) in a raised position so a tractor can be connected for towing; and (b) in a lowered position where the forward portion of the thrust frame is in a lowered position adjacent the ground to assist in positioning the thrust frame in a position for drilling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Southeast Directional Drilling, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Osadchuk, John Heieie
  • Patent number: 7958950
    Abstract: A reamer for underground boring is provided. The reamer includes at least: (a) a center mandrel, wherein the center mandrel defines a mandrel axis; (b) a plurality of radial members extending radially from the center mandrel; (c) a plurality of cutting heads, wherein each of the cutting heads: (i) is supported by at least one of the radial members; (ii) is arcuately spaced-apart around the center mandrel from the other cutting heads; (iii) has a rounded surface; and (d) a plurality of cutting teeth on the rounded surface of each of the cutting heads. A method of horizontal drilling with the reamer is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Southeast Directional Drilling, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Osadchuk, Steven L. Ugrich
  • Publication number: 20100263936
    Abstract: A reamer includes a mandrel defining a mandrel axis and arms extending radially from the mandrel. Each arm has a proximal end and a distal end. The reamer includes a cutting head disposed on the distal end of each arm and cutting teeth disposed on each cutting head. The arms are arcuately spaced about the central mandrel to allow the movement of debris axially along the central mandrel and at least one of the arms defines a square cross-sectional shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Applicant: Southeast Directional Drilling, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Heieie, Steven L. Ugrich
  • Publication number: 20100224381
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for horizontal drilling are provided. The apparatus has: (A) a thrust frame; (B) a carriage on the thrust frame; (C) a wheel truck, wherein a rearward portion of the thrust frame can be supported in a lowered position on the wheel truck; (D) a king pin for operatively connecting a forward portion of the thrust frame to a tractor; (E) a trailer-leg assembly that can be connected operatively between: (i) the forward portion of the thrust frame; and (ii) the ground; and wherein the trailer-leg assembly is capable of assisting in supporting the forward portion of the thrust frame: (a) in a raised position so a tractor can be connected for towing; and (b) in a lowered position where the forward portion of the thrust frame is in a lowered position adjacent the ground to assist in positioning the thrust frame in a position for drilling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: Southeast Directional Drilling, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Osadchuk, John Heieie
  • Patent number: 7748471
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for horizontal drilling are provided. The apparatus has: (A) a thrust frame; (B) a carriage on the thrust frame; (C) a wheel truck, wherein a rearward portion of the thrust frame can be supported in a lowered position on the wheel truck; (D) a king pin for operatively connecting a forward portion of the thrust frame to a tractor; (E) a trailer-leg assembly that can be connected operatively between: (i) the forward portion of the thrust frame; and (ii) the ground; and wherein the trailer-leg assembly is capable of assisting in supporting the forward portion of the thrust frame: (a) in a raised position so a tractor can be connected for towing; and (b) in a lowered position where the forward portion of the thrust frame is in a lowered position adjacent the ground to assist in positioning the thrust frame in a position for drilling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Southeast Directional Drilling, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Osadchuk, John Heieie
  • Patent number: 7730969
    Abstract: A reamer for underground boring is provided. The reamer includes at least: (a) a center mandrel, wherein the center mandrel defines a mandrel axis; (b) a plurality of radial members extending radially from the center mandrel; (c) a plurality of cutting heads, wherein each of the cutting heads: (i) is supported by at least one of the radial members; (ii) is arcuately spaced-apart around the center mandrel from the other cutting heads; (iii) has a rounded surface; and (d) a plurality of cutting teeth on the rounded surface of each of the cutting heads. A method of horizontal drilling with the reamer is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Southeast Directional Drilling, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Osadchuk, Steven L. Ugrich