Patents Examined by D. Andrews
  • Patent number: 11566494
    Abstract: A wellbore assembly can include a completion string having a side pocket. A downhole device can be positioned within the side pocket of the completion string. The downhole device can have a first end sized and shaped for coupling to a tool for inserting and removing the downhole device in the side pocket while the completion string is positioned downhole in a wellbore. The downhole device can be an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Greci, Michael Linley Fripp
  • Patent number: 11566496
    Abstract: A gravel packing apparatus includes a base pipe defining an interior fluid conduit, the base pipe having a production section configured to provide fluid communication between an exterior of the base pipe and an interior of the base pipe, the base pipe having a blank section. The apparatus also includes a screen surrounding the production section, the screen in fluid communication with an annular region of a borehole and configured to prevent particulate matter from passing therethrough, and a filtration assembly disposed proximate to the blank section, the filtration assembly including a fluid passage extending between an exterior of the blank section and an interior of the blank section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Vusal Rajabov, Christophe Malbrel
  • Patent number: 11566491
    Abstract: The pump-activated manual water well comprises a valve, a gate structure, a pulley structure, a cord, and a well. The gate structure, the pulley structure, and the cord attach to the valve. The valve installs in the well. The well is a mechanical structure that pumps underground water, commonly called ground water, to the surface of the ground. The gate structure, the pulley structure, and the cord control the flow of water through the well by controlling the flow of water through the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventor: Keith Little
  • Patent number: 11566486
    Abstract: A transforming bridge-to-flow-through frac plug has a mandrel, a retaining sleeve, a pair of cones, a pair of slips, a packing element, and a keeper ring. The mandrel is concentrically connected within the retaining sleeve, and is constructed of a dissolvable material such that the mandrel is dissolvable through application of a solvent in order to form a big bore flow-through frac plug if removal of the frac plug by milling is not possible. The pair of cones, pair of slips, packing element, and keeper ring are positioned on the exterior of the retaining sleeve in order to secure the frac plug in place after a setting operation, even if the mandrel is dissolved in order to form the big bore flow-through frac plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: FRAC MASTER FZ-LLC
    Inventor: Anwar Ahmed Maher Abdelaziz Assal
  • Patent number: 11566476
    Abstract: A downhole release tools, systems, and methods are described. The tool configured to release a string in a wellbore includes: a cylindrical body with an uphole end defining a first set of internal threads and a downhole end defining a second set of internal threads; a sensor operable to measure strain in the cylindrical body, a magnetic field, or both; a release joint with an uphole end defining a first set of external threads and a frustoconical downhole end defining a second set of external threads, the release joint attached to the cylindrical body by engagement between the first set of external threads of the release joint and the second set of internal threads of the cylindrical body; safety pins rotationally fixing the release joint in position relative to the cylindrical body; and a drive system operable to rotate the release joint relative to the cylindrical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Peter Ido Egbe
  • Patent number: 11555400
    Abstract: A system to determine a contamination level of a formation fluid, the system including a formation tester tool to be positioned in a borehole, wherein the borehole has a mixture of the formation fluid and a drilling fluid and the formation tester tool includes a sensor to detect time series measurements from a plurality of sensor channels. The system includes a processor to dimensionally reduce the time series measurements to generate a set of reduced measurement scores in a multi-dimensional measurement space and determine an end member in the multi-dimensional measurement space based on the set of reduced measurement scores, wherein the end member comprises a position in the multi-dimensional measurement space that corresponds with a predetermined fluid concentration. The processor also determines the contamination level of the formation fluid at a time point based the set of reduced measurement scores and the end member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Bin Dai, Dingding Chen, Christopher Michael Jones
  • Patent number: 11555366
    Abstract: A drill pipe string conveyed retrievable plug system has a central through bore. The plug system includes a drill pipe string; a control section; a running tool with a connector at a lower end of a drill pipe string with the control section, and a top connector on a mechanical plug section with a bridge plug. The mechanical plug section includes a mandrel with the through bore, a ball valve arranged for closing the through bore, and a packer sleeve on the mandrel with slips and a packer element. The control section includes an electric supply, an electric control unit, and sensors connected to the electric control unit. The mechanical plug section includes a motor controlled by the electrical control unit. The motor is arranged to turn a selector ring to a selected first rotational position so as for allowing a piston sleeve to slide to an axial first stop position in order for opening to fluid channels through the mandrel from the through bore to the packer sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: ARCHER OIL TOOLS AS
    Inventors: Trond Skjeie, Andreas Fliss
  • Patent number: 11555396
    Abstract: An electric submersible pump (ESP) monitoring system is described herein. The ESP monitoring system includes a base monitoring unit and a discharge monitoring unit that are communicably coupled via a ground path. The discharge monitoring unit is hydraulically coupled to the pump discharge and is configured to measure a discharge parameter relating to the pump discharge and transmit data corresponding to the discharge parameter to the base monitoring unit via the ground path. The base monitoring unit is electrically connected to the motor of the ESP system and is configured to measure a base parameter relating to the motor and/or the pump intake, receive the transmitted data corresponding to the discharge parameter from the discharge monitoring unit, combine the data corresponding to the discharge parameter and the data corresponding to the base parameter, and transmit the combined data to an ESP surface unit via an ESP power cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Michael C. Romer, Wilfried Manfoumbi
  • Patent number: 11536094
    Abstract: A retention system for attaching a collar to a pipe. The collar has an internally-disposed groove configured for placement of a ring. The ring is sized such that in one orientation, it can enter the collar between torque-transmitting features into the internally-disposed groove. Once in the groove, the ring may be adjusted such that its aperture is generally aligned with the axis of the collar. In this orientation, the features retain the ring within the groove. A bolt and a pipe may then be placed within the collar from opposite sides. The bolt is attached to the pipe through the ring. Once joined, the collar is joined to the pipe, forming its box end. Such a retention system may be used to join a series of inner pipe members of a dual-member pipe assembly, as in horizontal directional drilling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: The Charles Machine Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Greg L. Slaughter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11530577
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a cutting head adapted to removably couple to a bit body of a drill bit assembly. The cutting head includes a leading cutting tip for cutting into earth and a trailing receiving portion for receiving a second end of the bit body in an internal cavity defined by the trailing receiving portion to allow the cutting head to be removably coupled to the second end of the bit body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Ulterra Drilling Technologies, L.P.
    Inventor: Nathan Andrew Brooks
  • Patent number: 11530610
    Abstract: A drilling system for drilling a borehole. The drilling system includes a drilling fluid pump operable to circulate fluid through the borehole and a fluid analysis system to analyze returned fluid from the borehole. The fluid analysis system includes a sensor system, a recirculation system, and a control system in electronic communication with the drilling fluid pump and the recirculation system. The sensor system is operable to measure one or more properties of the returned fluid. The recirculation system includes a pump and controllable valves and is operable to control flow of the returned fluid through the fluid analysis system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mathew Dennis Rowe, Shaun Patrick Lawrence
  • Patent number: 11530611
    Abstract: A downhole tool has a tool body with an outer diameter equal to a borehole diameter, at least one cavity formed in and opening to an outer surface defining the outer diameter of the tool body, a light source, a filter, and a light detector mounted in the at least one cavity, and a window disposed at the opening of the at least one cavity, wherein the window encloses the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Harold Pfutzner, Bastian Sauerer
  • Patent number: 11525319
    Abstract: A gas operated setting tool comprising a piston rod and an outer tool assembly having a hollow interior within which the piston rod is disposed coaxially. The outer tool assembly comprises a top cap connected to the cylinder's upper end and a bottom connector connected to the cylinder's lower end. The piston rod comprises an upper section to which a firing head attaches and a lower section to which a setting adapter attaches. The piston section's exterior surface fits within and is sealed against the cylinder's interior surface. The piston rod has a hollow power charge chamber and port holes that open into the bottom connector's upper surface. A shear ring engages a counterpart surface feature to prevents axial movement of the outer tool assembly relative to the piston rod until the power charge has fired and sheared the shear ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Kingdom Downhole Tools, LLC
    Inventors: Trea Baker, Justice Baker
  • Patent number: 11519246
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an embodiment of a perforating gun assembly for use in a wellbore. The perforating gun assembly, in one example includes a carrier gun body. The perforating gun assembly, in this example, further includes a plurality of shaped charges supported within the carrier gun body, wherein each shaped charge may include a case exterior, the case exterior including an outer surface, and an inner surface forming a cavity, a liner located within the cavity, and explosive material located within a gap between the inner surface of the case exterior and the liner. The perforating gun assembly, in this example, may further include one or more momentum traps positioned between one or more adjacent shaped charges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Brenden Michael Grove, Jason Metzger
  • Patent number: 11512555
    Abstract: The retrievable packer system includes a packer mandrel, a lock ring, an upper cone, a lower cone, a slip device, a retrieval mandrel, and a plurality of push rods. The lock ring is attached to the packer mandrel, followed by the upper cone, the slip device, the lower cone, and the retrieval mandrel. The lower cone has lower cone rod channels, and the push rods anchored on the retrieval mandrel slide through respective channels toward the upper cone. The packer system is run into the borehole with each rod in the first position relative to a tip end of the lower cone and the slip device in the run-in position. The packer system is set and can be locked at a location in the borehole. Each push rod can push the upper cone to return the slip device to the run-in position for retrieval of the packer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: CNPC USA Corporation
    Inventors: Perry Batson, Jeff Maynard, Kwami Roberts, Israel Torres, Jianpeng Yue, Shaogong Zhu, Meng Cai, Yongquan Xu
  • Patent number: 11506024
    Abstract: A unitary junction for deployment in a wellbore, wherein the unitary junction permits electrical power and communications signals to be established in both a lateral wellbore and a main wellbore utilizing. The unitary junction assembly generally includes a conduit having a first upper aperture, a first lower aperture and a second lower aperture where the first lower aperture is defined at the distal end of a primary leg extending from a conduit junction and the second lower aperture is defined at the distal end of a deformable lateral leg extending from the conduit junction. A lower wireless energy transfer mechanism is positioned along at least one of the legs between the distal end of the leg and the junction. The lower wireless energy transfer mechanism is in wired communication an upper energy transfer mechanism permitting electrical communication to be established across the intersection of wellbore branches utilizing the unitary junction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David Joe Steele, Oivind Godager, Xiaoguang Allan Zhong
  • Patent number: 11499402
    Abstract: A technique facilitates deployment and operation of a pumping system, e.g. an electric submersible pumping system, in a borehole. A locking and sealing mechanism, e.g. a spring-loaded locking sealing mechanism, may be coupled with the pumping system and comprises an anchoring section along with a sealing section. The locking sealing mechanism may be constructed for deployment with the pumping system via a running tool. Once in position downhole, the anchoring section and the sealing section may be actuated into sealing engagement with the interior surface of a surrounding tubing. At this stage, production of a desired fluid may be accomplished by operating the pumping system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matthew Thomas Crowley, James Rudolph Wetzel
  • Patent number: 11480024
    Abstract: A slip engagable with a slip ring including a head section having an arc length, a tail section having the same arc length, an intermediate section having an arc length shorter than either the head section and the tail section connecting the head section to the tail section, and a lateral wing depending from the intermediate section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Gary Anderson
  • Patent number: 11473412
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing components of a fluid having a first fluid component and a second fluid component in a fluid property-dependent fluid device includes an energy device configured to input energy to the fluid, the energy selectively changing a property of one of the first and second components more than the other of the first and second components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Rocco DiFoggio
  • Patent number: 11459850
    Abstract: A bridge plug includes a mandrel, a setting cone disposed at least partially about the mandrel, and a slip ring and a sealing element disposed at least partially about the setting cone. A guide shoe is operatively coupled to a downhole end of the mandrel and the bridge plug is actuatable from a run-in state to a deployed state. When the bridge plug is in the deployed state, the mandrel is axially movable relative to the setting cone to seal or open a flow path through the bridge plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NEXGEN OIL TOOLS INC.
    Inventors: Travis Jack Power, Mark Wayne McLelland, Tuan A. Nguyen