Patents Examined by David J. Bagnell
  • Patent number: 11072985
    Abstract: Disclosed is an assembly for disconnecting portions of a downhole tubular string, such as a drill stem or drill string, and removing an upper portion of the tubular string from the lower stuck portion in a well. The disconnect assembly includes a connection between joints of two portions of the tubular string. The assembly includes two tubular members and an inner sleeve having two splines each with different angular pitches or teeth counts. The assembly may include a rotary shouldered threaded connection, wherein the two tubular portions are disconnectable at the rotary shouldered threaded connection in the assembly. The assembly may include a sleeve lock, a selective no-go for landing in a profile, and a selectively deployable unlocking and unblocking tool for activating the assembly. The assembly may include connectable cylindrical members other than downhole tubulars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventors: Neil H. Akkerman, John A. Barton
  • Patent number: 11015447
    Abstract: A formation fluid sampling tool includes a housing, and at least one sampling probe proximate an external surface of the housing. The at least one sampling probe includes an opening sized and positioned to receive one or more heated formation fluids, and a plurality of heating elements arranged concentrically around the opening and configured to conductively heat a subterranean formation through an external surface of the sampling probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Khalid A. Zainalabedin, Mark A. Proett, Shouxiang Mark Ma
  • Patent number: 11002134
    Abstract: Apparatus for splitting rock, the apparatus comprising: a housing; a drill assembly mounted to the housing and configured to move longitudinally relative to the housing, the drill assembly comprising a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, a drive element for selectively rotating the shaft and a drill bit mounted to the distal end of the shaft for drilling a hole into rock; a splitter assembly mounted to the housing and configured to move longitudinally relative to the housing, the splitter assembly comprising a tether and a wedge, the tether and the wedge being configured to be moved independently relative to one another; wherein the wedge comprises a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end of the wedge being wider than the distal end of the wedge; wherein the tether comprises a radially-reduced profile when the wedge is disposed proximal to the tether, and wherein the tether comprises a radially-expanded profile after the wedge is moved distally relative to the tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: L. Curtis Beaton
  • Patent number: 11002092
    Abstract: A device (10) for facilitating the transport of an apparatus A along an upward or downward directed conduit or bore hole including a drill string (12) is described. The device (10) has a body (13) having an upper body portion (20) and a lower body portion (22) which are coupled together and movable axially relative to each other. A fluid flow path (58) internal of the body (13) selectively enables fluid to flow through the body (13). A first valve system 60 located at a first end of the internal fluid flow path (58) is operable by a pressure differential between a region external of the body (13) and the internal fluid flow path (58). A second valve system (51) is located at second end of the internal fluid flow path. The second valve system (51) is operable by relative movement between the upper body portion (20) and lower body portion (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Australian Mud Company Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Gavin McLeod
  • Patent number: 10995553
    Abstract: An apparatus including a housing defining a housing bore and a shaft extending within the housing bore. The shaft is deflectable and tillable within the housing bore. The apparatus further includes a fulcrum for tiltably supporting the shaft within the housing bore, a shaft deflector contained within the housing for providing a deflection of the shaft within the housing bore so that the shaft tilts about the fulcrum, and a deflection adjusting mechanism. The deflection adjusting mechanism includes a biasing device which responds to an external force exerted on the shaft in order to adjust the deflection of the shaft provided by the shaft deflector and thereby provide an adjusted deflection of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Fraser A. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10995615
    Abstract: A system for mining site production planning includes a control system configured to specify a problem-solving technique and associated optimization problem for a mining site by setting production goals and priorities for each of loading tools, processors, production arcs, and materials of the mining site, sorting the production arcs in an order based on travel distances, modifying the order based on the production goals for each of the loading tools, processors, production arcs, and/or materials, and further modifying the order based on set priorities for the loading tools, processors, production arcs, and/or materials. In addition, target values are set for each of the loading tools, processors, and production arcs according to their order of the sorted production arcs. The control system is further configured to solve the optimization problem to produce production values for each of the loading tools, processors, and production arcs based on the target values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin E. Gates
  • Patent number: 10982541
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling the heading of a mining machine while the mining machine performs a cutting operation. One system includes a cutting system and a set of left and right tracks of the mining machine. The system also includes a lidar sensor mounted to the mining machine. The system also includes an electronic processor configured to receive the data from the lidar sensor. The electronic processor is also configured to determine a current heading of the mining machine based on the data received from the lidar sensor and compare the current heading to a target heading of the mining machine. In response to the current heading not being different from the target heading of the mining machine by a predetermined amount, the electronic processor is configured to control the mining machine to adjust the current heading of the mining machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: JOY GLOBAL UNDERGROUND MINING LLC
    Inventors: Lee Davis, Daniel C. Ferguson, Eric Humenay, Rick Rogers
  • Patent number: 10982491
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to fixed-cutter drill bits with track-set primary cutters and backup cutters, methods of designing such bits, systems for implementing such methods, and systems for using such fixed-cutter drill bits to drill a wellbore in a geological formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Shilin Chen
  • Patent number: 10975656
    Abstract: A straddle packer has a floating auto-J sleeve that automatically shifts the straddle packer from a run-in condition to a stay-set condition after pumping of high-pressure fluid into the straddle packer in excess of a predetermined pump rate is terminated. In the stay set condition, packer elements of the straddle packer remain in sealing contact with a well casing or well bore into which the straddle packer has been run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: EXACTA-FRAC ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Joze John Hrupp
  • Patent number: 10975638
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drilling rig comprising: a tubular stand support tower, tubular stand storage rack, slip device for supporting multiple tubular stands, and a tubular stand connecting device. According to the invention the rig is provided with a tubular stand handling system, adapted to move a tubular stand between the storage rack and a position in the firing line above the tubular string slip device, and adapted to rotatable support the tubular stand in the firing line during spinning in, to allow for connecting the tubular stand with the tubular string, and during spinning out, to allow for disconnecting the tubular stand from the tubular string, the tubular stand handling system comprising. The tubular stand handling system comprises vertical rails and a lower motion arm assembly and an upper motion arm assembly comprising grippers, mounted on said vertical rails. Also provided is a weight compensation control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: ITREC B.V.
    Inventors: Joop Roodenburg, Pieter Dirk Melis Van Duivendijk
  • Patent number: 10968575
    Abstract: An earth working machine (10), for example a road milling machine (10), recycler, stabilizer, or surface miner, having a propelling unit (22) and a machine frame (12) carried by the propelling unit (22), comprises a working apparatus (32) for earth working; an operator's platform (24), having an operating console (26) for controlling at least one functional device (32, 39) of the earth working machine (10), being provided on the machine frame (12). Provision is made according to the present invention that the earth working machine (10) comprises, in the region of the operator's platform (24), a seat mount arrangement (66) that is embodied to be brought into releasable mounting engagement with a counterpart mount arrangement (76) of an operating seat (62, 64).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Cyrus Barimani, Stephan Drumm, Alexander Körtgen
  • Patent number: 10968711
    Abstract: A shifting tool includes a body having a longitudinal axis and a structure engaging member supported by the body. The structure engaging member is configured to engage and shift a structure within a tubular. A puncture device is supported by the body. The puncture device is configured to engage a barrier within a flowbore of the tubular in a direction of the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, AGE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Christophe Jackson, Roland Marcel Van Dort, Ewan Sinclair
  • Patent number: 10961815
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed for wet shoe applications in cementing tubing in a wellbore. A wet shoe tool has a seat and an insert in a flow bore of the tool. A first wiper plug is deployed down the tubing at least behind the cement and seats on the insert, which can then be moved in the flow bore to a bypass position allowing for fluid flow through the tool to produce a wet shoe track. A second plug is deployed down the tubing behind the second plug and seats on the seat in the flow bore of the tool. The seated second plug isolates applied pressure from passing downhole end of the tool so the integrity of the tubing can be tested. The second plug is self-removable (e.g., dissolvable) in the tool to reestablish fluid communication through the flow bore of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Cesar G. Garcia, James A. Rochen, Tharinda Wickramasinghe, Douglas B. Farley, Jamie Inglesfield, Jobby T. Jacob, Daniel A. De Clute-Melancon
  • Patent number: 10961784
    Abstract: A rotating cutter single cone bit includes a bit body and a cone that is rotatably coupled to the bit body. Cutters are arranged on the cone. At least one cutter on the cone is a rotating cutter. The rotating cutter forms a rotational connection with the cone. The geometric center of the front cutting face of the rotating cutter or the front cutting face of the rotating cutter is offset from the rotating axis of the rotating cutter, and the geometric center of the rear cutting face or the rear cutting face of the rotating cutter is on the same side of the offset of the front cutting face. The front cutting face is closer to the rotating axis of the rotating cutter than the rear cutting face. The rotating cutter is rotatable about the rotating axis of the rotating cutter on the cone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignees: SOUTHWEST PETROLEUM UNIVERSITY, CHENGDU WEIYI PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lian Chen, Yingxin Yang, Zongliang Xie, Haitao Ren, Liyuan Yang
  • Patent number: 10961814
    Abstract: A method includes conveying a wellbore isolation device into a wellbore, the wellbore isolation device including a primary valve arranged within a central flow passage. A fluid is then circulated through the central flow passage and into a tubing attached to a downhole end of the wellbore isolation device and in fluid communication with the central flow passage. The primary valve is moved from a first position to a second position and thereby diverts the fluid into an annulus defined between the wellbore and the wellbore isolation device. The primary valve may then be moved to seal the central flow passage and thereby prevent the fluid from flowing into the annulus or into the tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Brian Roseman, Shawn Ray Webb
  • Patent number: 10947677
    Abstract: In an automotive milling machine, with a height-adjustable machine frame, with a controller for the travelling and milling operation, with a working drum, with a slewable transport conveyor device arranged in front of or behind the working drum as seen in the direction of travel of the milling machine, where the last or single transport conveyor of the transport conveyor device as seen in the direction of transport is slewable sideways, relative to the machine frame, about an essentially vertical axis under a slewing angle, and about an axis orthogonal to the axis under an elevation angle, and where the transport conveyor discharges the milled material at a specified conveying speed onto a point of impingement on a loading surface of a transport vehicle, it is provided for the following features to be achieved: the controller comprises a detection and control system which continuously locates the alterable position of the loading surface of the transport vehicle and of the transport conveyor relative to the m
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Christian Berning, Dirk Franzmann, Armin Montermann, Cyrus Barimani
  • Patent number: 10947819
    Abstract: A downhole system includes a drill string having a drilling fluid flow channel and at least one turbine alternator deployed in the flow channel. The turbine alternator is configured to convert flowing drilling fluid to electrical power. A voltage bus is configured to receive electrical power from the turbine alternator and at least one electrical motor is configured to receive electrical power from the voltage bus. An electronic controller is configured to provide active control of the turbine alternator via processing a desired speed of the electrical motor to generate a desired torque current and feeding the desired torque current forward to the turbine alternator. The turbine alternator is responsive to the desired torque current such that it modifies the electrical power provided to the voltage bus in response to the desired torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mustafa Kamil Guven, Torgeir Rusten, In Chul Jang, Yaoxin Qian
  • Patent number: 10947845
    Abstract: A shaft enlargement arrangement for a boring system comprises a hollow column proximate a lower end of the boring system. A reamer section comprising a downwardly tapering first cutter head arrangement is rotatably fitted to the hollow column, with a first drive being provided to rotate the first cutter head arrangement relative to the hollow column so as to bore downwardly a hole having a diameter corresponding substantially to the diameter of the first cutter head arrangement. A boring head arrangement is fitted to an operatively lower end, the boring head arrangement terminating in a downwardly tapering second cutter head arrangement to bore a leading or pilot hole, having a diameter that is less than the diameter of the first cutter head arrangement, as the boring system proceeds to bore downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: MASTER SINKERS (PTY) LTD
    Inventors: Barend Jacobus Jordaan, Nicolaas Bodenstein Goodwin, Daniel Coenraad Pretorius, Louis Germishuys, Gerhard Pretorius
  • Patent number: 10941778
    Abstract: An electrical submersible pump (ESP) and method for pumping fluid from a wellbore. The ESP has a motorized pump with an external rotor motor topology. The motorized pump fits into casing in the wellbore. The motorized pump includes a motor having a motor stator and a motor rotor. The motor stator is at a radial center of the motorized pump. The motorized pump has a centrifugal pump radially surrounding the motor stator. The centrifugal pump includes an impeller and a diffuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Jinjiang Xiao, Rafael Adolfo Lastra Melo, Chidirim Enoch Ejim
  • Patent number: 10941637
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, systems and methods for triggering detonation of a perforating gun via optical signals are provided. An improved laser firing head may be used with an optical cable (e.g., fiber optic cable) run through the wellbore to trigger detonation of a perforating gun in response to an optical signal. The laser firing head may be activated, and the perforating gun fired, upon the application of an optical signal output from the surface and transmitted through the optical cable. The disclosed system using the laser firing head with the optical cable may be impervious to electrical interference, since the laser firing head may only fire the perforating gun when a properly modulated laser or light source is directed down the optical cable for a specific period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Neal Gregory Skinner, Etienne Samson