Patents Examined by Benjamin F Fiorello
  • Patent number: 10301788
    Abstract: A concrete mat apparatus, includes a plurality of elongated concrete members, each member being aligned with and next to another concrete member. Each of the concrete members has an upper generally flat surface, a lower generally flat surface, and a plurality of inclined surfaces that each extend away from an upper or lower surface. Reinforcement extends from a first end portion of each concrete member to a second end portion thereof, the reinforcement including a plurality of longitudinally extending reinforcement bars and a plurality of encircling tie bars at spaced apart intervals. Cabling connects each of the elongated concrete members to another of the elongated concrete members. The upper inclined surfaces of one of the elongated concrete members forms a plane with the lower inclined surface of an adjacent elongated concrete member. A plurality of loops are provided along opposed edges of the mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: WASKEY BRIDGES, INC.
    Inventor: Stephen G. Benton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10301889
    Abstract: High-strength, fatigue-resistant pipe connectors suitable for use in offshore risers, tendons and pipelines, such as may be connected to floating production systems (FPSs) principally used in the production of oil and gas. The present connectors include tubular pin and box components with mating frusto-conical, concentrically-grooved mating surfaces which threadingly interlock, and non-threaded (e.g., flat) mating surfaces that seal and preload (e.g., preload at least a portion of each component in compression), via axial advancement of the pin component into the box component. In such connectors, axial movement of the pin into the mating box results the in radial expansion of the box and radial contraction of the pin until the concentric thread patterns match and interlockingly snap into the connected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS, INC.
    Inventors: David C. Riggs, Alpha Mahatvaraj, Chandrashekhar Joshi, Nagarjuna Jillella
  • Patent number: 10294620
    Abstract: A wave-energy absorbing system has at least one energy absorption device that includes a frame unit and at least one energy absorption unit. The at least one energy absorption unit includes two spaced-apart connecting cables connected between two inclined, opposite sides of the frame unit, and a plurality of spaced-apart energy absorption subunits connected between the connecting cables. Each of the energy absorption subunits has two cable-connecting end portions connected respectively to the connecting cables, a central portion that interconnects the cable-connecting end portions and has opposite lateral ends, and a plurality of energy absorption ribs that extend from opposite lateral ends of the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Ta-Hsiung Peng, Kuang-Tsung Peng, Kuang-Chien Peng
  • Patent number: 10294625
    Abstract: To prevent lateral soil migration beneath a slab foundation lifted over a ground surface, a plurality of skirts are placed in the ground surface to define a foundation perimeter. A slab foundation is formed within an interior space of the foundation perimeter. The plurality of skirts are secured to the slab foundation via one or more anchors protruding from a portion of each skirt toward the interior space of the foundation perimeter. The slab foundation is raised above the ground surface to create a void that permits vertical expansion of soil without subjecting the slab foundation varying forces associated with the dynamic nature of the soil. The plurality of skirts are raised along with the slab foundation and operate as a barrier that circumscribes the void space and resists lateral soil migration into the void from the exterior of the foundation perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Tella Firma, LLC
    Inventors: James Fontaine, Tony Childress
  • Patent number: 10297989
    Abstract: A cable engine module for conveying cables or pipes includes a frame, traction wheels, and drive means for driving the traction wheels. The frame has a longitudinal direction between a first and second longitudinal end, a traverse direction between a first side, a second side, and a front side. The frame supports the traction wheels on the front side of the frame, and the traction wheels are spaced apart in the longitudinal direction of the frame and convey a cable or pipe in the transverse direction. The frame is provided with first connection means on the first side of the frame and second connection means on the second side of the frame. The first connection means are attached to a second connection means of an identical cable engine module, and the second connection means are attached to a first connection means of an identical cable engine module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: P.K. JEPPESEN & SØN A/S
    Inventor: Anders Moestrup Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 10287743
    Abstract: Systems for providing pipe trenching, and methods of installing the same, are disclosed. Methods of detecting one or more leaks in a pipe trench system and repairing those leaks are also disclosed. The systems may include one or more housings, which may include a trench portion, a lid, a gasket, and one or more leak detectors. The leak detectors may provide a visual indication of a leak in the one or more housings. The leak may be accurately detected, inspected, and repaired without demolition of decking material, excavation of dirt, or damage to the system or surrounding decking material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ADProducts, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald E. Dolar, Dan C. Cummings, Russell D. Marshall, Bobby G. Head, Timothy W. Bardell, Steven M. Albrecht
  • Patent number: 10287738
    Abstract: A system for forming an underwater air curtain, that turns the ocean above it into a gas is anchored on the ocean floor, so the curtain's bubbles travel from the ocean floor to the surface. The system is formed by arrays of air distribution tubes carrying air dispersal heads that are powered by an air supply and air batteries. In the shallows, of 30 ft. or less, ocean waves are deleted, oil is repelled, marine animals have a barrier that they cannot enter when the system is activated. Used at deeper depths, the system has the ability to change ocean temperatures, by using bubbles to bring cold water from the ocean floor to the surface thus protecting coral. The system also works as a sound barrier, because the ocean is no longer solid above it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Destino Miguel Rivera
  • Patent number: 10285345
    Abstract: An irrigation device, including: a rain barrel; a water pump; a humidity detector; a permeable pipe; a control unit; a first valve; a second valve; a cleaning unit. The permeable pipe includes a plurality of circumferentially-distributed bores. The rain barrel, the water pump, the first valve and the permeable pipe are connected sequentially. The humidity detector is adapted to detect a humidity of a green land. The humidity detector and the permeable pipe are disposed in the green land. The rain barrel is connected to a municipal sewage pipe via the second valve. The cleaning unit is disposed in the rain barrel for cleaning the inner wall of the rain barrel. The first valve, the second valve, the humidity detector, and the cleaning unit are all electrically connected to the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE
    Inventors: Yongwei Gong, Ye Chen, Zhuangju Li, Fan Zhang, Donghai Yuan, Junqi Li, Honghong Shi
  • Patent number: 10280585
    Abstract: The invention relates to an installation (10) for making a continuous wall in ground (S), the installation comprising: an excavation machine (14) having a frame (16) with a bottom end (16b); determination means (80) for periodically determining the offset between the frame and a first screen while making a second screen in the ground juxtaposed with the first screen; and correction means (50) for periodically correcting the position of the frame (16) so as to reduce the offset as determined by the determination means between the frame (16) and the first screen (E1), and maintain overlap between the longitudinal side of the frame and the longitudinal side of the first screen in such a manner that the second screen is secant with the first screen (E1) over the entire length of the shorter of the first and second screens, thereby forming the wall that is continuous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SOLETANCHE FREYSSINET
    Inventors: Bertrand Steff De Verninac, Sabine Darson-Balleur, Florence Renalier, Michel Coudry
  • Patent number: 10280700
    Abstract: A downhole jarring apparatus for use in jarring an object in a bore includes a first jarring portion including a first impact surface and a second jarring portion including a second impact surface. The apparatus includes a rotatable jarring arrangement operable to translate a rotational drive movement to cause relative axial movement of the first and second impact surfaces to establish axial impact therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Rotojar Limited
    Inventor: Peter Barnes Moyes
  • Patent number: 10267012
    Abstract: A device and method for the creation of a water proof component void form unit to create space between concrete structures and expansive soil for the passage of plumbing lines, electrical lines and other utility conduit lines is described. The unit includes a plurality of panels interlocked with one or more connectors. The panels are aligned opposite one another and are configured to abut one another to create a route. The panels are located in a trench and configured to define a void space underground for the passage of the utility conduit lines. A top cap overlays across the panels. Utility conduit lines are routed within the void space and adjusted according to needs. The unit is configured to resist soil expansive forces so as to protect the placement and integrity of the utility conduit lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Michael L. Turner
  • Patent number: 10267004
    Abstract: A flood protection system including a tube plate assembly including a plurality of orifices arranged in a predetermined pattern and density. A tube attachment subsystem is associated with each of the plurality of orifices and is configured to secure an open ended independent barrier tube thereto. A plurality of spaced walls are configured to support the tube plate assembly above the ground such that each barrier tube extends vertically downward from the tube plate to the ground. Filling each barrier tube with the fluid provides outward hydrostatic pressure at each tube-to-tube interface such that friction loss of a flow of flood water along each barrier tube-to-tube interface pathway stops the ingress of the flood water from a flood area to a protected area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas A. Smith
  • Patent number: 10267009
    Abstract: A method of forming a mudline cellar includes positioning a mudline cellar forming member on a seafloor surface. The mudline cellar forming member includes an outer surface and an inner surface that defines an inner cavity. The method further includes driving the mudline cellar forming member into the seafloor surface, and excavating the inner cavity of the mudline forming member to establish the mudline cellar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Ravi P. Aurora, Mike B. Winfree, Jean-Christian M. Haffner
  • Patent number: 10267011
    Abstract: Provided is a pre-cast structural and/or decorative retaining walls, concrete walls that require moment restraints in one or two directions like retaining walls, monuments, levy walls, fences, building walls or any freestanding wall structure consisting of concrete walls constructed on a horizontal surface normally at a manufacturing facility, on rolling platforms or other substrate, or preferably built on the construction site where after curing the pre-fabricated walls can be installed at a site. The pre-cast panels can have a wide variety of decorative elements readily applied to both the upper and lower downside reflection surface. A unique feature is the buttress system that is added to the back of the wall system when elevated retention is required. By placing the buttress portion on top of the footing, and tying into the pre-decorated wall with reinforcement, an eco-friendly, design optional retaining wall system is accomplished which is rapidly and economically installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ECO CONCRETE SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Russel W. Baumgartner, Richard K. Taylor, Lizzy N. Baumgartner
  • Patent number: 10267010
    Abstract: A confinement structure comprises one or more open cells (70) for confinement, in use, of particulate fill materials such as soil, sand or aggregate. The cells (70) comprise walls (72) formed of a composite material comprising a polymeric grid layer laminated to a fabric layer. The walls (72) may be formed from a strip of the composite material comprising one or more living hinges. The cells (70) may be provided with skirt portions (74) that extend from at least some of the walls (72).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Fiberweb Holdings, Ltd.
    Inventors: Basil Thomas, William Walmsley
  • Patent number: 10267008
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an offshore non-driven-in large-diameter monopile foundation structure and a construction method. An object of the invention is to provide an offshore non-driven-in large-diameter monopile foundation structure with simple structure, convenient construction and clear mechanic behavior, and a construction method. The technical solution adopted by the invention is as follows: an offshore non-driven-in large-diameter monopile foundation structure suitable for rock foundations is characterized in that a drilling hole is drilled in a rock foundation, a large-diameter monopile is implanted into the drilling hole, the bottom of the large-diameter monopile is sealed by underwater bottom-sealing concrete, and the gap between the outer wall of the large-diameter monopile and the hole wall of the drilling hole is filled with a grouting material goofed by a grouting system that is preset inside the large-diameter monopile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: PowerChina Huadong Engineering Corporation Limited
    Inventors: Hu Zhou, Na Lv, Haifeng Qi, Jinping Luo, Xingjian Sun, Danshan Wang, Hongbao Rong, Jinning Shen, Ning Liang
  • Patent number: 10267005
    Abstract: An excavating pump apparatus and a pile installation apparatus having the same are disclosed. An excavating pump apparatus in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention may include: an excavation head being inserted into an inner space of a pile through an open hole opening the inner space of the pile and being configured to crush seafloor sediments and allow the crushed seafloor sediments to be flowed therein; an outlet conduit connected to the excavation head and being a channel for discharging the seafloor sediments flowed into the excavation head to an outside of the pile; and a pump configured to move the seafloor sediments through the outlet conduit by providing a pump pressure to the outlet conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Heavy Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Joon Yoon, Byung Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 10267003
    Abstract: A pile guide having a planar flange. The planar flange is connected to a collar. The collar is constructed and arranged to receive a pile through an opening in the collar. The collar extends above and below the planar flange, and is formed of high density polyethylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Sean A. Barnes, Neal Black
  • Patent number: 10266992
    Abstract: A perforated geocell is made from a plurality of strips that form cells. Each cell wall has a single pattern of perforations spaced evenly over the cell wall. This avoids uneven distributions of stress over the cell wall, reducing deformation of the geocell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GeoTech Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Izhar Halahmi, Oded Erez
  • Patent number: 10259024
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and a system for treating and/or decontaminating porous materials and/or aquifer layers, including at least one housing, at least one heating module, one module for injecting pressurized liquid and one recovery module. The heating means is capable of being introduced in the porous material, and includes at least one heating tube having a heat-conducting outer wall. The heating tube can be connected to the heating module. At least one pressurized-liquid injection tube is included which can be connected to the pressurized-liquid injection module. The system includes at least one vapor-extraction means for extracting the contaminant vapor. The extraction means is capable of creating the vacuum in the porous material and can be connected to the recovery module, and at least one layer of sealing material that can be applied to the surface of the porous material to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SOIL RESEARCH LAB SPRL
    Inventors: Jan Haemers, Hatem Saadaoui