Patents Examined by Giovanna C Wright
  • Patent number: 10443325
    Abstract: Method and system for pipe conveyed logging (PCL) operations in which the drillpipe conveys a logging tool. The method and system coordinate operation of a wireline winch and drilling rig control systems to synchronize their operation, and/or the method and system attenuate the pull force applied to an upper end of the cable and transmit the attenuated force toward a lower end of the cable to reduce the risks of premature cable release and cable damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Shunfeng Zheng, Vishwanathan Parmeshwar
  • Patent number: 10443361
    Abstract: A multi-shot explosive charge includes a plurality of chambers divided by shared walls between adjacent chambers. Explosive material within at least one of the chambers creates an explosive force in an outward direction upon detonation and a perforating jet through the open end of the chamber. A perforating charge includes at least one explosive material producing explosive forces, upon detonation that collide within the chamber to create a perforating jet. Such perforating charge may be a chamber(s) within a multi-shot explosive charge, or an individual charge. First and second explosive materials can have the same or different compositions and detonation rates that together with the arrangement of materials within the chamber create the collision of forces. A plurality of multi-shot explosive charge or stand-alone perforating charges with colliding forces can be interconnected in an array, and can be included in a perforating gun(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: IdeasCo LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Sites
  • Patent number: 10443355
    Abstract: Provided are systems for connecting a control line to an intelligent tool positioned below a lateral borehole junction in accordance with the disclosure and the illustrated FIGURES. An example system comprises a lateral deflector. The lateral deflector comprises a lateral deflector body, a lateral deflector top coupled to the lateral deflector body, a deflection surface, and a feedthrough which is covered by the lateral deflector top when the lateral deflector top is coupled to the lateral deflector body. The lateral deflector top is removable and configured to be decoupled from the lateral deflector body. The system further comprises a tubular string, a control line connector head coupled to the tubular string, a first control line coupled to the feedthrough and descending downhole of the lateral borehole junction, and a second control line coupled to the control line connector head and descending downhole from the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Glaser
  • Patent number: 10443342
    Abstract: A method of sealing an annulus around a drill-pipe when drilling down-hole includes providing a deflated packer on a drill-pipe when drilling down-hole; opening one or more ports to the packer using a ball-activated valve; and circulating drilling fluid to inflate said packer through said one or more ports, to thereby form a seal in the annulus around the drill-pipe. An apparatus to carry out this method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: STATOIL PETROLEUM AS
    Inventors: Morten Eidem, Rune Haugom
  • Patent number: 10443335
    Abstract: A tubing hanger for supporting a tubing string from a wellhead includes a unified mandrel having an upper mandrel coupled to an axially aligned lower mandrel by multiple separate connections. The upper mandrel includes an external shoulder, and a lower mandrel includes a threaded segment configured to couple to the tubing string. The first connection is configured to restrain axial movement between the upper and lower mandrel and to transfer toque between the upper mandrel and the lower mandrel in at least a first rotational direction. The second connection is configured to transfer toque between them in at least a second rotational direction opposite the first rotational direction, to prevent the first connection from loosening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Javier Adolfo Garcia Finol, Glen George Martinka, S. M. Mamun Ur Rashid
  • Patent number: 10436013
    Abstract: A wellbore assembly is provided that can include a first motor housing assembly member and a second motor housing assembly member that can bend relative to the first motor housing assembly at a bend location. The assembly can also include a first inclinometer positioned on assembly side of the bend location to determine a first inclination and a second inclinometer positioned on a second side of the bend location to determine a second inclination. Based on the first and second inclinations, the amount of bend or bend direction of the second motor housing assembly member relative to the first motor housing assembly member can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Gustav Edward Lange
  • Patent number: 10428611
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for in-situ stabilization of unconsolidated sediment in core samples are disclosed. The core sampling apparatus includes a corer having an inner wall, an outer wall, and a plurality of impregnation tubes disposed between the inner and the outer wall, wherein the impregnation tubes are parallel to a central axis of the corer. The method for sampling a core includes extracting a core sample using a corer, and in-situ stabilizing unconsolidated sediment in the core sample within the corer by impregnating the core sample with a resin. The resin is supplied through a plurality of impregnation tubes disposed between the walls of the corer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Nikolaos A. Michael, Maher I. Marhoon, Peng Lu
  • Patent number: 10422205
    Abstract: Adaptable systems for a surface pumping unit that includes a low inertia pumping unit mechanism having a pneumatic counterbalance assembly are described, as well as methods for the use of such systems for subterranean fluid recovery. The system is capable of being integrated with well management automation systems, thereby allowing for response to active control commands, and automatically altering and/or maintaining a counterbalance force in the pumping unit by adding or removing air mass from a containment vessel associated with the pumping unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Lufkin Industries, LLC
    Inventor: David W. Doyle
  • Patent number: 10422196
    Abstract: A system includes a rotatable fluid distribution system having a first block and a second block, the first block is configured to receive a supply of pressurized fluid, the second block is configured to distribute the supply of pressurized fluid to one or more actuators of a running tool, a wellhead component, or both, and the first block and the second block are configured to rotate with respect to one another about an axis to adjust which of the one or more actuators of the running tool, the wellhead component, or both, receives the supply of pressurized fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: CAMERON INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Levert, Jr., Kyle Sommerfeld
  • Patent number: 10422191
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, a travel joint includes a tube disposed at one end of the travel joint and a mandrel disposed at an opposite end of the travel joint. The mandrel is partially disposed in a hollow portion of the tube, and the tube and the mandrel are axially slidable relative to each other to extend or compress the travel joint. The travel joint also may include a housing coupled to the tube and disposed around the mandrel and a locking mechanism between the housing and the mandrel disposed in a position to selectively lock the mandrel and the tube in an axial position relative to each other to partially compress the travel joint. In some embodiments, the travel joint may include a fluid brake having a fluid chamber disposed between the mandrel and the tube to dampen axial movement between the mandrel and tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: William Mark Richards
  • Patent number: 10415324
    Abstract: A vortex-controlled variable flow resistance device ideal for use in a backpressure tool for advancing drill string in extended reach downhole operations. The characteristics of the pressure waves generated by the device are controlled by the growth and decay of vortices in the vortex chamber(s) of a flow path. The flow path is designed to produce alternating primary and secondary vortices—one clockwise and one counter-clockwise—where the primary vortex is stronger and produces higher backpressure than the secondary vortex. This in turn generates alternating weak and strong pressure pulses in the drill string. The weak pulses may be barely perceptible so that the effective frequency of the pulses is determined by the stronger primary vortices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Thru Tubing Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger L. Schultz, Andrew M. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10416024
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring underground drilling in which vibration is monitored by creating a model of the drill string using finite element techniques or finite difference techniques and (i) predicting vibration by inputting real time values of operating parameters into the model, and then adjusting the model to agree with measured vibration data, (ii) predicting the weight on bit and drill string and mud motor speeds at which resonance will occur, as well as when stick-slip will occur, so that the operator can avoid operating regimes that will result in high vibration, (iii) determining vibration and torque levels along the length of the drill string based on the measured vibration and torque at one or more locations, (iv) determining the remaining life of critical components of the drill string based on the history of the vibration to which the components have been subjected, and (v) determining the optimum drilling parameters that will avoid excessive vibration of the drill string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: APS Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: William Evans Turner, Mark Ellsworth Wassell
  • Patent number: 10415359
    Abstract: Well completion technology is disclosed for accounting for fracture surface roughness. A frack fluid is pumped into the wellbore to form a fracture in a formation surrounding a wellbore. In one example, a method for completing a wellbore comprises determining a fracture surface roughness for a given formation rock, and for a give fracture fluid or pumping schedule or both, prior to hydraulic fracturing. A fracture fluid and/or a pumping schedule is selected based on the determined fracture surface roughness and formation characteristics. The selected fracture fluid is pumped into the wellbore, with the selected pumping schedule, to create a desired fracture network in the formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Enhanced Production, Inc.
    Inventor: Sidney J. Green
  • Patent number: 10408957
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments of the present disclosure, a method of modeling a downhole drilling tool is disclosed. The method may include obtaining microseismic data corresponding to a treatment of a subterranean region, the microseismic data including a microseismic event time for each of a plurality of microseismic events, and a microseismic event location for each of the plurality of microseismic events. The method may additionally include calculating a plurality of fracture planes based upon the microseismic event times, and calculating a closed boundary enclosing a first subset of the plurality of fracture planes. The method may further include identifying a microseismic supported stimulated reservoir volume (?SRN) for the treatment based on the closed boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jianfu Ma, Avi Lin, Baidurja Ray
  • Patent number: 10411626
    Abstract: A power generation system for a drilling tool includes a turbine, an alternator, a converter and a first active rectifier control (ARC). The turbine is adapted to be driven by a fluid flow in a well. The alternator is coupled to the turbine and generates an alternative current (AC). The converter converts the AC to direct current (DC) and carries out active rectification. The first active rectifier control (ARC) controls the active rectification of the converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Satish Rajagopalan
  • Patent number: 10400526
    Abstract: A rock drilling system comprising a rock drill adapted to hold a drill steel to which a drill bit is connected, a drill feed rail for slidably supporting a drill feed that displaces the rock drill along the drill feed rail, a stinger-supported centralizer assembly for centralizing the drill steel, wherein the stinger-supported centralizer assembly has a centralizer base made of an elastomeric material, and a travelling cradle centralizer assembly slidable over the drill feed rail for centralizing the drill steel, wherein the travelling cradle centralizer assembly has a cradle made of an elastomeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: 1311854 ONTARIO LIMITED
    Inventor: Yves Nelson
  • Patent number: 10400512
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a top drive system includes a quill; a motor operable to rotate the quill; a gripper operable to engage a joint of casing; a connector bi-directionally rotationally coupled to the quill and the gripper and longitudinally coupled to the gripper; and a compensator longitudinally coupled to the quill and the connector. The compensator is operable to allow relative longitudinal movement between the connector and the quill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Karsten Heidecke, Joseph Ross Rials, Raleigh Fisher, Delaney Michael Olstad
  • Patent number: 10400527
    Abstract: In a method to degrade filtercake in a hydrocarbon reservoir using downhole in-situ heat generation, a filtercake breaker, configured to degrade filtercake at a temperature, is mixed with a drilling fluid. The drilling fluid mixed with the filtercake breaker is flowed through a hydrocarbon reservoir in which a wellbore is being drilled. A filtercake forms in a portion of the hydrocarbon reservoir responsive to flowing the drilling fluid. A temperature of the portion of the hydrocarbon reservoir is less than the temperature at which the filtercake breaker is configured to degrade filtercake. Multiple filtercake chemicals are flowed to the portion of the hydrocarbon reservoir. The multiple filtercake chemicals, when mixed, are configured to react in an exothermic reaction to release heat to increase the temperature of the portion of the hydrocarbon reservoir to at least the temperature at which the filtercake breaker is configured to degrade filtercake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Pubudu Gamage, Matthew Hilfiger
  • Patent number: 10400530
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, assemblies, and methods for facilitating fluid flow during/after landing of logging tools in a bottom hole assembly. In operation, a memory logging tool is lowered through a longitudinal bore of a drill pipe string and landed in a bottom hole assembly disposed at the end of the drill pipe string. Drilling fluid is pumped behind the logging tool to assist with downward movement of the tool. As the logging tools land, partial fluid flow path is blocked by the logging tools. The fluid pressure can rise in response to the narrowing of the fluid flow path. Facilitating fluid flow through and/or around the logging tools can put the rising fluid pressure in a proper range for powering the logging tools to land and monitoring purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Albert Hrametz, Arabinda Misra
  • Patent number: 10392866
    Abstract: A subterranean support-bolt drill bit has a bit body rotatable about a central axis, the bit body having a forward end and a rearward end axially spaced away from the forward end. The support-bolt drill bit includes at least one bit cutting element coupled to the bit body, the at least one bit cutting element including a cutting edge. The support-bolt drill bit also includes a central pilot projecting from the bit body beyond the at least one bit cutting element in an axially forward direction, the central pilot including a pilot cutting edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: APERGY BMCS ACQUISITION CORPORATION
    Inventors: E. Sean Cox, Nathan Andrew Tulett