Patents Examined by Edward Raymond
  • Patent number: 10544673
    Abstract: An innovative apparatus and computer implemented methods to obtain values for a set of scalars corresponding to each force and displacement, which may be obtained from acoustical signals captured by sensors of a drill bit while drilling, in a material of known mechanical properties, such as a cement from casing the well, such that the application and use of the scalars in relation to measurements of the mechanics while drilling, such as the acceleration of the bit and motion of the bit captured by sensors such as accelerometers, allow for absolute values of mechanical rock properties to be obtained in rock formations, being drilled through, with otherwise unknown mechanical properties prior to drilling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Fracture ID, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Lakings, Jeffrey A. Godwin, Jesse B. Havens, Joshua D. Ulla
  • Patent number: 10540594
    Abstract: A system and method are provided. The system includes a feature calculator calculates features of a Pressure Volume diagram. The system further includes a pumpjack condition separator separates normal pumpjack conditions from abnormal pumpjack conditions using a hierarchical decision tree, the conditions being determined using the features. The system also includes a compound indicator generator generates a compound indicator when a predetermined number of at least one of features and conditions exceed respective thresholds. The system additionally includes an abnormal PV diagram indicator provides a user-perceptible indication that the PV diagram is abnormal when the compound indicator exceeds a compound indicator threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Li Li, Wen Ting Mo, Ji Jiang Song, Chunhua Tian, Feng Juan Wang
  • Patent number: 10533855
    Abstract: A tracking system, in various embodiments, is configured to measure an athlete's performance based at least in part on magnetic field measurements taken by one or more magnetometers. In a particular embodiment, the system comprises one or more magnetometers (e.g., that may be embedded in one or more wearable devices, such as eyewear) and at least one magnet disposed on a portion of the athlete or their equipment. The system is configured to receive magnetic field information associated with the at least one magnet using the one or more magnetometers and determine the performance data based at least in part on the magnetic field information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: VISION SERVICE PLAN
    Inventors: Richard Chester Klosinski, Jr., Meghan Kathleen Murphy, Matthew Allen Workman, Jay William Sales
  • Patent number: 10495564
    Abstract: A method and apparatuses to make an in-service measurement of the thickness and corrosion rate of the floor an aboveground or bulk underground storage tank. The preferred method is to use an off-the-shelf ultrasonic sensor that is placed on the end of a staff and inserted into an opening at the top of the tank to make one or more local measurements of the thickness and corrosion rate of the tank floor. When combined with the results of a previous out-of service internal inspection of the floor or an acoustic emission (AE) corrosion activity test performed with a vertical and horizontal array of three or more AE sensors placed on a staff and inserted into the liquid or on the external wall of the tank and show almost no corrosion activity, these local measurements can be used to determine the thickness and corrosion rate for the entire tank floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: VISTA PRECISION SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Maresca, Jr., Brian E. Humann, Wendell G. Faultersack, Wilhelmina C. Leuschen
  • Patent number: 10480932
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and a system for the automated computation of a length or width dimension of a moving platform. The method includes sending radio waves toward the platform along a predetermined transmission axis and acquiring at least one digital power profile signal representative of a received reflected signal power as a function of a radial distance along the transmission axis relative to a reference point. This method next includes applying a filtering operator on the acquired digital power profile signal, making it possible to obtain a filtered digital signal, determining, by computation, a first radial distance corresponding to a first variation peak of the filtered digital signal and a second radial distance corresponding to a second variation peak of the filtered digital signal, and the computing a radial dimension of the platform as a function of the first and second radial distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Gilles Guerrini, Vincent Corretja, Richard Montigny
  • Patent number: 10458231
    Abstract: A method can include receiving acoustic emission data for acoustic emissions originating in a formation, performing a moment tensor analysis of the data, thereby yielding acoustic emission source parameters, determining at least one acoustic emission source parameter angle having a highest number of associated acoustic emission events, and calculating an in situ stress parameter, based on the acoustic emission source parameter angle. A system can include multiple sensors that sense acoustic emissions originating in a formation, and a computer including a computer readable medium having instructions that cause a processor to perform a moment tensor analysis of the data and yield acoustic emission source parameters, determine at least one acoustic emission source parameter angle having a highest number of associated acoustic emission events, and calculate an in situ stress parameter, based on the acoustic emission source parameter angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip D. Nguyen, Jesse Clay Hampton, Douglas Everett Wyatt
  • Patent number: 10451754
    Abstract: A method for estimating a fluid pressure required to stimulate a subsurface formation includes using seismic signals detected by a plurality of seismic sensors disposed proximate the subsurface formation. Spatial positions and times of origin (“hypocenters”) of each of a plurality of microseismic events induced by pumping fluid into the subsurface formation are estimated. Magnitudes and directions of principal stresses are estimated from the hypocenters and from amplitude and phase of the detected seismic signals for each of the microseismic events. Shear and normal stresses of induced fractures are from the estimated principal stresses. A fluid pressure required to cause formation failure on each fracture is estimated using the estimated shear and normal stresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Microseismic, Inc.
    Inventor: Orlando Teran
  • Patent number: 10451526
    Abstract: A method for monitoring performance of at least one component on a moving platform, the method including receiving sensor data for the at least one component, along with supplemental data, at a processing node; and processing the sensor data, the processing using the supplemental data to filter the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Michael Peter Montemurro, Roland Emlyn Williams, James Randolph Winter Lepp, Stephen McCann
  • Patent number: 10451758
    Abstract: A software defined platform is provided for subsea acoustic applications that utilizes a broadband phased array transducer and a configurable, multi-function software defined transducer that is configurable on the fly to enable various subsea acoustic systems to be achieved in a single unit thus reducing the space required on the vessel and the cost of having such multiple functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: AIRMAR TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Didier Caute, Oskar Axelsson, Karl Kenny
  • Patent number: 10437533
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a printer having a first processor and a printing unit. A registration device is connected to the printer. The registration device includes a second processor and has a printer driver. The printer stores a control program that when executed by the first processor causes the printer to request the printer driver to cause the printer to request first maintenance information of the registration device from the printer driver. The printer, under control of the control program, acquires second maintenance information, which represents maintenance information of the printer, and outputs at least one of the first and second maintenance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jun Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 10439740
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a communication channel coupling first and second components includes transmitting a data signal from the first component to the second component on the communication channel, and sensing a characteristic, such as phase, of the data signal on the second component. Information about the sensed characteristic is fed back to the first component using an auxiliary channel. An adjustable parameter, such as phase, for the transmitter is adjusted on the first component in response to the information. Also, a characteristic of a data signal received from the transmitter on the second component is sensed and used to adjust an adjustable parameter for the receiver on the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Rambus Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Kim, Wayne S. Richardson, Glenn Chiu
  • Patent number: 10428647
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method is performed by a computer system. The method includes integrating a series of data inputs related to a well. The series of data inputs includes at least one real-time data input and at least one non-real-time data input. The method further includes based, at least in part, on a result of the integrating, facilitating a real-time display of performance data for the well. The real-time display includes information related to at least one of hydraulic surveillance and torque-and-drag surveillance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Petrolink International Ltd.
    Inventor: Rafael Angel Bermudez Martinez
  • Patent number: 10422665
    Abstract: Adjusting emulated encoder frequencies in an example embodiment can include determining a difference between an encoder count and a theoretical encoder count and adjusting a frequency of an emulated encoder signal to mitigate at least some of the difference between the encoder count and the theoretical encoder count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Cèsar Fernandez Espasa, Ajin Thapa, Mark C. Graham
  • Patent number: 10395517
    Abstract: Usage of a universal controlling device is monitored by determining a current operating mode of the universal controlling device, sensing an event occurring within the universal controlling device, and storing within a memory of the universal controlling device data indicative of the event occurring in the current operating mode of the universal controlling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Prahalladachar Havinal
  • Patent number: 10386513
    Abstract: A method can include receiving data sets where each of the data sets corresponds to one of a plurality of individual emitter-detector arrangements; calculating a multi-dimensional similarity metric for one of the data sets; and, based at least in part on the multi-dimensional similarity metric, assessing the one data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Victor Aarre
  • Patent number: 10386512
    Abstract: A method is described for creating a petro-elastic model including receiving, at a computer processor, well log data; computing in situ rock properties; calculating dry frame moduli for a range of porosities based on a rock physics model such as a modified critical porosity model; performing fluid substitutions and computing elastic properties by statistical sampling for the range of porosities; creating a petro-elastic model in a seismic domain; and identifying and producing target hydrocarbon reservoirs based on the petro-elastic model. The method may be executed by a computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Prasenjit Roy, Kabilan Krishnamurthy, Christopher H. Skelt, Joseph P. Stefani, Dileep K. Tiwary
  • Patent number: 10379165
    Abstract: A battery characteristics learning apparatus is provided for calculating learning values of circuit constants of an equivalent circuit of a rechargeable battery. The apparatus includes: (1) means for acquiring values of terminal voltage of the battery sensed by voltage-sensing means and values of current of the battery sensed by current-sensing means and storing the acquired values in time series; (2) means for determining, based on the acquired values of the current, whether there has occurred a predetermined change in the current; and (3) means for calculating, when it is determined that the predetermined change has occurred, the learning values of the circuit constants based on those values of the terminal voltage and the current which are acquired at sampling time points or during sampling periods, each of the sampling time points and the sampling periods being set according to a corresponding one of time constants defined by the circuit constants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Kusano, Hisashi Umemoto, Naomi Awano, Manabu Yamada
  • Patent number: 10378332
    Abstract: Examples of techniques for monitoring a component used in well operation are disclosed. In one example implementation according to aspects of the present disclosure, a method may include: receiving, by a processing system, sensor data from a sensor, wherein the sensor collects data relating to a component used in the well operation; analyzing, by the processing system, the sensor data to determine whether the component used in the well operation is experiencing an error condition; and alerting, by the processing system, a user of the error condition when it is determined that the component used in the well operation is experiencing an error condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Yongnam Lion Kang, Larry D. Elijah
  • Patent number: 10371678
    Abstract: A method in which a gas property (Q) is determined by correlation from physical measuring quantities (?j) of the gas mixtures. In the method, the physical measuring quantities are combined into a sensor output (Sout) by making use of a sensor output function (ƒ), wherein the sensor output function is determined in such a way that a group of gas mixtures can be separated from a set of gas mixtures for which the gas property (Q) is determined, within which the correlation between the sensor output (Sout) and the desired gas property (Q) is better than in the entire set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MEMS AG
    Inventors: Philippe Pretre, Andreas Kempe
  • Patent number: 10359524
    Abstract: A method for making changes to a salt model are described. In particular, an algorithm allows a user to interactively edit a salt model to reflect migrated seismic data to improve model accuracy without having to select horizons that overlap or are sealed or decrease the resolution of the horizons. Instead, sealed horizon pairs are automatically generated from the edited data using a new algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY
    Inventor: John Linn Pixton