Patents Examined by Donald McElheny
  • Patent number: 7400977
    Abstract: To survey a subterranean structure, first measurement data according to a first electromagnetic survey technique and second measurement data according to a second, different electromagnetic survey technique are received. An output value for surveying the subterranean structure is computed based on the first and second measurement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: David Alumbaugh, Jiuping Chen, Huntly F. Morrison
  • Patent number: 7280918
    Abstract: Methods and computer-based systems are provided for processing seismic data through the use of information provided by basin modeling. Provided are methods and systems for providing an improved seismic dataset by means of providing an initial basin model constructed using an initially-available dataset including seismic velocity data; constructing a velocity dataset from the initial basin model; and reprocessing the initially available seismic data using the velocity dataset from the initial basin model as a guide. Also provided are methods and systems for predicting fluid pressure in a subsurface region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Knowledge Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Williams
  • Patent number: 7266456
    Abstract: A method of managing multiple wells connected to a reservoir comprises the steps of: setting production and performance goals for each individual well; monitoring the performance of each individual well; enabling each individual well to assess its own situational state; and enabling socially interactive corrective actions, comprising enabling collaboration and cooperation among the wells, such that the wells share with each other their situational states, goals, and plan data; developing and refining remediation strategies for problems detected within the wells; allowing execution of the remediation strategies either independently, or by operator intervention; applying the remediation strategies to each individual well; revising and resetting the goals, and integrating pattern recognition and machine learning within all preceding steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Intelligent Agent Corporation
    Inventors: Neil De Guzman, Lawrence Lafferty
  • Patent number: 7231300
    Abstract: Methods and articles of manufacture for estimating or deriving weather observations for any given location. Using weather radar data, a correspondence between the weather radar coverage, intensity and the precipitation type may be monitored. From that, a measure of corroboration between the radar data and surface weather conditions may be established. Through radar calibration statistics and estimates of ground-based precipitation, the corroboration can be iteratively tuned, resulting in a final improved estimate of the present weather and associated meteorological fields. The associated meteorological fields may include at least one of a probability of precipitation, precipitation accumulation, precipitation rate, and horizontal visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: The Weather Channel, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce L. Rose, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7228234
    Abstract: A method and system for performing quality control checks upon weather data are provided. The weather data includes information pertaining to a plurality of weather parameters. The quality control checks may identify inaccurate weather parameters or be used to rank weather data sets. The quality control checks include hourly, daily, and forecast quality control checks performed upon hourly, daily, and forecast weather parameter data. The method and system may exclude the inaccurate weather parameters identified from a reasonable weather database. The method and system may determine reasonable or approximate weather parameters that approximate the actual weather parameters. The system may rank a plurality of weather data sets based upon the accuracy determination. The reasonable weather data or the weather data ranked as the most accurate may be used to calculate energy or cost savings for building energy conservation measures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Siemens Building Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James T. McNally, Jeffrey U. Price, Boris Vaiser, Robert C. Allen
  • Patent number: 7228235
    Abstract: Enhanced meteorological measure-correlate-predict systems and methods. The systems and methods preferably consider publicly available, long-term data sets at each of a plurality of locations nearby a potential wind farm location. A test tower is preferably located at the potential location to collect a shorter-term data set, which, in combination with the long-term data set, is used to correlate and train embodiments of the systems and methods of the present invention using computational learning systems. Longer-term data can then be predicted for the potential wind farm location based on the correlation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Windlogics, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew L. Grzych, Dennis A. Moon, Neil R. Lincoln, Rolf D. Miller
  • Patent number: 7212923
    Abstract: A method for inferring production of a rod pumped well. Inferred production is estimated in a well manager which not only performs pump-off control with a down-hole pump card, but also estimates liquid (oil-water) and gas production using the subsurface pump as a meter. Methods are incorporated in the well manager for identifying and quantifying several conditions: pump leakage, unanchored tubing, free gas and oil shrinkage. Quantifying such conditions in the well manger enables accurate inferring of production thereby eliminating the need for traditional well tests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Lufkin Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Sam G. Gibbs, Kenneth B. Nolen
  • Patent number: 7212922
    Abstract: A method of using climate data to determine activity index values for a given activity. One embodiment provides a method of more objectively determining the desirability of an activity based on climate data by determining an activity index value using a weighted-element type analysis. Multiple activity index values may be determined for different time periods and used to provide information useful in comparing the desirability of the different time periods for a given activity. The activity index values may be used to answer questions such as “what is the best month to visit Kingston, Jamaica” and “what is the worst season for allergies in Atlanta.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: The Weather Channel, Inc.
    Inventors: Monisha Longacre, Todd Richards
  • Patent number: 7209834
    Abstract: A system and method estimates the distance between a borehole and a subsurface boundary of interest in a geophysical region. In one embodiment, available existing sensor data for the geophysical region is used to create a resistivity model of the region, with the model reflecting changes in resistivity across the boundary. A hypothetical borehole has a number of segments along its length that are spaced-apart from the boundary by different, preselected distances. The ratio between two selected resistivity curves in each of the respective spaced-apart segments is computed, and these ratio values are plotted as a function of distance from the boundary. A curve-fitting algorithm is applied to derive an equation, which may be applied to actual sensor data from a sensor package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Said Abdel Galil El Askary
  • Patent number: 7203600
    Abstract: A mehtod of determinig an integral of a function over an n-dimensional intergratio domain from the values of the function at a plurality of discrete data points within the integration domain, comprises partitioning the integration domain into a plurality of k-dimensional simplexes, where k<=n. The function is integrated over each simplex, and the results are summed. The method may be applied in the processing of geophysical data such as, for example, seismic data, where the function is a function of at least the geophysical data. The processed data may then be used to obtain information about the physical properties of the earth's interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: WesternGeco, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Henk Keers, Henrik Bernth, Christopher Chapman, David Nichols
  • Patent number: 7197398
    Abstract: A method for designing a closed-chamber drillstem test system. Parameters of available equipment and a well to be tested are collected. Initial or proposed chamber size and chamber pressurizing fluids are then selected. A simulation of a test is then performed. The simulation is performed in time increments, with pressure in the well assumed to be static during each time increment. Calculated flow volume from the formation during each increment is used to adjust pressure in the well for the next increment. The process is continued until the test would be considered complete based on an optimization parameter. If the total simulated time to complete the test is not in a desirable range, the initial chamber parameters are changed and the simulation is run again. The process is repeated until the simulated test time reaches a desirable range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Mehdi Azari
  • Patent number: 7197397
    Abstract: An evaluation apparatus (environmental measures evaluation apparatus) of an evaluation system (environmental measures evaluation system) obtains data representing environmental measures carried out by users from user terminals via a network. The evaluation apparatus obtains score corresponding to the contents of the environmental measures from a research item DB, then calculates total scores category by category. The evaluation apparatus specifies level of each category based on the calculated total scores and progress level decision data stored in a progress level DB. The evaluation apparatus obtains advisory information corresponding to the specified level from an advisory information DB, and transmits data including the advisory information and specified level to the user terminal via the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroo Matsuda, Sachio Matsuura, Yoshio Itoi
  • Patent number: 7197399
    Abstract: According to a preferred aspect of the instant invention, there is provided herein a system and method for removing or attenuating multiples in datasets that is much more efficient than methods used heretofore. The increases in efficiency principally originate in two algorithmic advances. First, the instant inventors have improved the overall efficiency of the conventional SRME process by reordering the computations in a novel way. Second, the instant inventors have conceived and developed a faster method of computing the DMO transformation step that is often used as one component of the SMRE process, thereby increasing the efficiency of the multiple removal process even further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: BP Corporation North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth H. Matson, Raymond Abma
  • Patent number: 7191062
    Abstract: The present invention is associated with a system and method of managing a compaction process. The method may include establishing a soil characteristic and establishing a machine performance characteristic in response to the soil characteristic. The machine performance characteristic may include a predictive compaction characteristic associated with a particular machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc
    Inventors: Liqun Chi, Paul T. Corcoran, Susan B. Grandone
  • Patent number: 7191064
    Abstract: A method for conveying both a risk and the degree of risk of a severe weather at a particular geographic location is disclosed. The method involves receiving a location of interest from a requestor, forecasting a risk of severe weather for a specific time period associated with the location, computing a degree of severity level of the risk of severe weather for the location, and generating a report containing the risk forecast and the computed severity level that can be delivered or provided to the requestor. The severity level of the risk of severe weather is provided in an easy to understand graphic or other format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Accuweather, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel N. Myers, Michael A. Steinberg
  • Patent number: 7191063
    Abstract: A method of analyzing results from an underwater controlled source electromagnetic (CSEM) survey of an area that is thought or known to contain a subterranean hydrocarbon reservoir is described. The method is based on a wavefield extrapolation of narrow-band electromagnetic field data obtained from pairs of source and receiver locations. The data comprise a plurality of discrete frequencies between 0.01 Hz and 60 Hz. The wavefield extrapolation is performed for each of these discrete frequencies to provide distributions of electromagnetic scattering coefficient as a function of position and depth beneath the survey area. These distributions may then be combined to provide a displayable image of electromagnetic scattering coefficient. The method is able to quickly provide a displayable image that is readily interpretable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: OHM Limited
    Inventor: Michael Tompkins
  • Patent number: 7191065
    Abstract: A broadcast network for selectively transmitting individualized weather output signals to at least one of a plurality of communicator devices remotely located from the broadcast network comprising a user input database, a communicator location database, a weather analysis unit, and a communication network. The user input database contains a plurality of user profiles. At least some of the user profiles contains parameters provided from a pre-defined user profile, each profile including a user identifier code. The communicator location database contains real-time data indicative of the spatial locations of the communicator devices. The weather analysis unit automatically and continuously compares the parameters in the user input database and the spatial locations of the corresponding communicator devices with real-time weather data generating individualized weather output signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: WeatherBank, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A. Root, Michael R. Root
  • Patent number: 7191067
    Abstract: A system for determining the ability of a selected motor to function in a wellbore preferably includes an input device, a data storage device and a program. The program is preferably configured to determine an expected motor load based on motor input data and application input data. Using the expected motor load, the program determines a projected motor temperature increase. The program adds the projected motor temperature increase with the wellbore temperature to determine a projected operating temperature. The projected operating temperature is compared with the maximum recommended operating temperature of the selected motor, or a list of candidate motors, to determine the ability of the selected motor to function in the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Wood Group ESP, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Berry, Stephen M. Breit
  • Patent number: 7188029
    Abstract: A system and method of combining plant productivity testing data with environmental data and geographic data of testing sites in a computer program comprising at least one database for receiving, storing, analyzing and outputting the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Dido, LLC
    Inventor: Bradley D. Biddick
  • Patent number: 7184891
    Abstract: A method and system for providing an improved pollen forecast for tree, grass, and ragweed pollen levels. The system provides a searchable, two-day forecast for zip codes and cities within the continental United States. The forecast is based on observed and forecast weather conditions and observed pollen conditions. A growing degree day value is determined that is used to represent trends in pollen activity. From this information, a pollen forecast is presented on a “Low-Moderate-High-Very High” scale in order to quickly convey to the user the forecasted pollen count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: The Weather Channel, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher R. Kuleszynski, Cameron C. Brown, Timothy W. Bernas, Kristin E. Boyko, Bruce L. Rose, Jr.