Patents Examined by Christopher Upton
  • Patent number: 10260222
    Abstract: A liquid treatment system is provided having a vault that contains a treatment chamber and an outflow chamber. The treatment chamber may have a filtration media layer containing media that treats liquid as it descends through the filtration media layer, where it will accumulate in a porous layer or open space. The liquid will then be directed through the plurality of pipes to the outflow chamber, where the treated liquid is further directed to outside the system. Accumulated debris settled at the bottom of the treatment chamber may be flushed out by a spray bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SUNTREE TECHNOLOGIES HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas H. Happel
  • Patent number: 10253470
    Abstract: A floatable, portable and readily deployable apparatus used in a surface water body for the collection, mixing, separation, containment and removal of total solids from fluid in surface water by settling, sorption, floatation or filtration of total solids from fluid entering or pumped into the apparatus. Separation of total solids from fluid can include the use and recycling of commercially available or proprietary biologic, chemical and/or physical substances and processes to increase the rate and percentage of total solids removed from fluid in the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: P-Pod Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan B. Higgins
  • Patent number: 10246867
    Abstract: A river course ecological treatment system for use in a river includes a plurality of plastic retaining dams disposed in the river that receive and divide the river course into sequential retaining regions arranged in a direction from upstream to downstream; a plurality of ecological biological water purification systems disposed in the sequential retaining regions and each ecological biological water purification system being located between any two adjacent plastic retaining dams of the plurality of plastic retaining dams to purify water within the sequential retaining regions and discharge purified water; and at least one damp land ecological water purification system that is disposed beside the river and that includes a rainwater channel disposed along the river; aquatic plants disposed in the rainwater channel are effective to purify water flowing within the rainwater channel; and draining vents provided in the rainwater channel that discharge purified water into the river course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas Wang
  • Patent number: 10245528
    Abstract: A device (10) for a skimming operation for petrochemical or chemical fluid storage or process tanks working by gravitation, comprising buoyancy means (20), means (30) for collecting surface fluid to be skimmed including an opening (31) emerging just above the interface between the fluid with density d1 and the fluid with density d2, as well as connection means (32), and discharge means (40) for the collected surface fluid. The discharge means (40) includes at least two flexible pipes (41, 42) connected symmetrically to the connection means (32) and extending vertically in the fluid with density d2 toward the bottom of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: TECHNIP FRANCE
    Inventor: Michel Davin
  • Patent number: 10238993
    Abstract: Vaults, boxes, systems, and methods of treatment systems to capture pollutants from storm water runoff and prevent the conveyance of these pollutants from entering a receiving water body or landscape area, which is designed to be a part of a local permanent storm water drainage infrastructure. A single treatment box, vault and system combines both drainage conveyance, multi-level treatment techniques, variable hydraulic capabilities, and easy and inexpensive methods for servicing the system. A flow spreader having a triangular shape with straight sides, or concave sides or convex sides can split incoming water to pass into dual screen filtration systems. Additionally, an upwardly angled debris ramp above a downwardly angled screened defector can be located on both sides of the flow spreader to help direct debris and trash into dual screened boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Suntree Technologies Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Tom Happel
  • Patent number: 10233604
    Abstract: An oil spill recovery vessel (10) is provided that comprises a catamaran bow section (12) with twin hulls between which an oil skimmer unit (11) is arranged for displacement between a lowered, operating, position in oil-polluted water and a raised, non-operational, position clear of the water. Aft of the catamaran bow section (12) is a trimaran main section (13) made up of a central hull interposed between two outer hulls formed by aft continuations of the twin hulls of the catamaran bow section (12); the three hulls of the trimaran main section have conjoined upper portions. A propulsion unit (53) is operative to move the vessel (10) forward at slow speed for skimming operations, and, with the skimmer unit (11) in its raised position, at a fast speed in which the vessel planes on its trimaran main section (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Gobbler Oil Spill Recovery Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul Jauncey, Jose Suarez
  • Patent number: 10227766
    Abstract: An underground stormwater management system includes a first-flush chamber that receives the first flush. The chamber removably holds filter cartridges that close the chamber and filter the first flush as the first flush drains out of the chamber and into an underlying porous substrate. When the filter cartridges are used up, they can be replaced with new filter cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Lane Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Marshall Miller
  • Patent number: 10227768
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide resistance hanging screens, configured for installation into a storm drain or a component of a storm drain, that comprise a front plate and first and second hanging pivots. The combination of the location of the center of gravity of the resistance hanging screens and the first and second hanging pivots confers a bias of the resistance hanging screens to occupy a closed position when the resistance hanging screen is installed in the storm drain or the storm drain component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Bio Clean Enviornmental Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Ernest Jarvis
  • Patent number: 10226721
    Abstract: A trash rake system with an articulated rake head assembly is provided. The trash rake system includes a main unit, a telescoping boom attached to the main unit, and a rake head assembly attached to an end of the telescoping boom. The rake head assembly includes a base frame, a drive arrangement mounted to the base frame, and a rake head mounted to the drive arrangement. The drive arrangement includes at least one gear arranged to mesh with a rack gear mounted to a rack which is in turn mounted between a fixed member and a movable member of the telescoping boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hydro Component Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas J. Reiss, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10202285
    Abstract: Vaults, boxes, systems, and methods of treatment systems to capture pollutants from storm water runoff and prevent the conveyance of these pollutants from entering a receiving water body or landscape area, which is designed to be a part of a local permanent storm water drainage infrastructure. A single treatment box, vault and system combines both drainage conveyance, multi-level treatment techniques, variable hydraulic capabilities, and easy and inexpensive methods for servicing the system. A flow spreader can split incoming water to pass into dual screen filtration systems. The system can include components selected from a shelf beneath the spreader, at least one baffle, skimmer, deflectors, media filtration and water pressure lines with spray heads for cleaning debris on a sloped floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Suntree Technologies Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Tom Happel
  • Patent number: 10196806
    Abstract: A strainer for a floor sink and a floor sink strainer assembly. The strainer includes a central body defining a perimeter and further includes a generally planar flange extending outwardly from the perimeter of the body. The flange has a shape and size corresponding to the size and shape of the bottom wall of the floor sink. As a result, the strainer is constrained from lateral movement and lifting during a high influx of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Jay R. Smith Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Donald E. Priester
  • Patent number: 10196283
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, the invention is an erosion and storm water control apparatus comprising a hopper portion, an upstream apron, and a downstream apron. The hopper portion may be fabricated from permeable filter fabric and is aided in remaining open by gussets that may be comprised of fabric or other material. The hopper may comprise a self-rising upper edge. The upstream apron may comprise pockets that may be filled with dirt, rocks or the like, and may be buried in an upstream trench, in order to hold the erosion and storm water control apparatus in place during a runoff event, such as during or directly after a thunderstorm. The downstream apron may be fabricated from impervious membrane for anchoring with adhesive, staples, stakes, weights or the like. The invention may comprise handles to assist in the removal of debris and sediment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Granite Environmental, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Wilkie
  • Patent number: 10189731
    Abstract: Storage tanks, for example, underground septic tanks, and their methods of fabrication are provided. The tanks include a substantially liquid impermeable plastic vessel having a top, a bottom, and sides; a concrete container encasing and retaining the plastic vessel, the concrete container contacting the bottom and at least partially contacting the sides of the plastic vessel; and at least one opening for receiving effluent, for example, waste effluent, into the plastic vessel. The methods of fabricating the tanks include positioning a plastic vessel into an enclosure; introducing concrete into the enclosure about the plastic vessel; allowing the fluid concrete to cure to provide a substantially solid concrete container about the plastic vessel; and removing the plastic vessel having a concrete container from the enclosure. Vessel shape retaining devices are also disclosed. Aspects of the invention are uniquely adapted to underground storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Pallette Stone Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher D. Weed, David A. Elliott
  • Patent number: 10188966
    Abstract: The present invention comprises an impurities or materials trapping apparatus for separating or trapping a selected or unwanted materials such as sediment in a pourable material having sediment therein. The apparatus comprises a body having side walls between a first end and second end defining at least a recessed inner space 42, 104, 204, 286 there between for a pourable material. The apparatus includes at least one raised portion 50, 51, 55, 56, 206, 208 having a highest point, angled walls 26 connected to the side walls 7, 40 202, 220, 282 and at least one drainage aperture 16, 110, 210 located within the side walls 7, 40, 202, 220 282 or angled walls 26, 103, 203, 284. The raised portion is located at one end of the inner space and the angled walls 26 are located at a spaced distance from the raised portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Hay-ping Siu
  • Patent number: 10183240
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for providing nutrient removals in an up flow filtration storm water system for treating water to very high clean levels using filtration media. A filtration media supported by a screen above an angled floor in a vault allows for incoming storm water to pass into a void space above the angled floor into the screen and filtration media and then out an outlet to the vault. The filtration media can include recyclable and/or natural particles. Layers of river rocks can be placed on top of and below the filtration media. Water sprayers can further liquefy sediment and debris that fills the void space between the angled floor and the bottom of the screen. The captured debris can slide down the angled floor, where a vacuum hose from an above ground vacuum truck can remove the debris and sediment. The long lasting filtration media can be cleaned by being backwashed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Suntree Technologies Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Happel
  • Patent number: 10179300
    Abstract: A separator assembly has a tank and a lid removably attached to a top side of the tank so as to create a gas tight seal with the top side of the tank. The tank has an influent chamber, a separator chamber, an oil chamber, and an effluent chamber in fluid communication with one another. A pipe extends from the separator channel to the effluent chamber allowing the passage of water from the separator chamber to effluent chamber. A plurality of vertical plates are positioned in the separator chamber to define a serpentine path from the influent chamber to the oil chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Separation Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Larry W. Cox, James Redd, Michael Cox
  • Patent number: 10174494
    Abstract: There is disclosed a water treatment apparatus for treating stormwater, the water treatment apparatus comprising a volume of filter media, a baffle and an inlet conduit. The baffle extends upwards from the volume of filter media and defines a pre-treatment zone on one side of the baffle and a treatment zone on an opposing side of the baffle. The inlet conduit opens into the pre-treatment zone and is separated from the treatment zone by the baffle. The baffle is configured to regulate a flow of stormwater received via the inlet conduit by controlling the passage of stormwater from the pre-treatment zone to the treatment zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Hydro International Ltd
    Inventors: Jeremy Fink, Lisa Lemont
  • Patent number: 10167621
    Abstract: A threshold drain for connecting to a drain system and collecting an incoming flow of water from a predetermined direction across a threshold at the installation site. The drain includes a catch pan with portions defining a pan outlet. A flange pipe is coupled to the pan outlet for the purpose of connecting the threshold drain to the drain system. A grate is received within the catch pan and includes transverse webs and longitudinal webs. The transverse webs extend parallel to one another along the width of the catch pan and are spaced above the pan bottom wall. The longitudinal webs extend parallel to one another along the length of the catch pan and are supported by the transverse webs above the pan bottom wall in a fixed orientation. The fixed orientation is inclined toward the pan side walls adjacent to the incoming flow of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co.
    Inventor: Donald Elwyn Priester
  • Patent number: 10167622
    Abstract: A floor drain assembly including a collar, a shank coupled to the collar, a frame, an insert coupled to the shank and capturing the frame between the insert and the shank, a strainer coupled to the frame, a protective cover coupled to the strainer, and a sleeve surrounding the collar, the shank, the frame, the insert, the strainer, and the protective cover. The shank is moveable relative to the collar and includes a spherically shaped shank surface. The frame includes a lower frame surface shaped to engage the shank surface and an upper frame surface. The insert is moveable relative to the shank and includes a spherically shape insert surface engaged with the upper frame surface such that the frame is captured between the insert and the shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Zurn Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Seth A. Brooks, Jason E. Morris
  • Patent number: 10167620
    Abstract: An above grate based inlet filter system for erosion and sediment control comprises a natural fiber filter mat configured to extend beyond the perimeter of the grate and a securing mechanism, such as magnets, configured to securing the filter mat around the perimeter of the grate. The system may include a filter berm secured in vicinity to the mat, and a rectangular array of magnets coupling the filter mat to the grate. The natural fiber filter mat may effectively be a coir fiber filter mat extending beyond the perimeter of the grate, wherein the coir fiber filter mat is formed of vertically aligned coir fibers. The optional filter berm may be effectively formed as triangular in cross section and formed of 100% reticulated polyether foam and formed to be at least 3? in height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: MKB COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael A. Zock, Jeffrey Karl Szebalskie