Patents Examined by Hugh Jones
  • Patent number: 10204189
    Abstract: An in-ground geothermal heat pump (GHP) closed loop design program is disclosed for designing, analyzing, and simulating a detailed model and analysis of a proposed buildings in-ground geothermal heat pump system, including borehole length, number of boreholes, heat pump capacity, grid layout, total electric operating costs, efficiency ratios, and hybrid designs, among others. In one aspect of the disclosure described herein, the GHP design program can reliably and efficiently predict the fluctuations of the GHP equipment performance in very small increments which enables the determination of energy consumption and demand information on a specific and unique hourly schedule basis for a proposed building design, including incorporating thermal load data for each individual zone of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Dennis J. Koop
  • Patent number: 10167704
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, systems, and computer readable media useful in determining pore pressure in a reservoir. Specifically disclosed are methods, systems, and computer readable media for determining mudstone permeability in mudstone bounding a reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Peter B. Flemings, Baiyuan Gao
  • Patent number: 10145986
    Abstract: Systems and methods for modelling complex geological sequences representing new actual surfaces within a gross interval thickness using geologic rules based on facies data and paleographic maps represented by MRS shoreline facies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: LANDMARK GRAPHICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: William Clayton Ross, Kieran Bowen
  • Patent number: 10126802
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method and device for determining static equivalences of distribution networks, relating to the technical field of static equivalences of power systems. The method comprises: acquiring node admittance matrices related to a border node and a distribution network, power loss and a voltage value and a current value of the border node; constructing static equivalence determination conditions for determining static equivalences of the distribution network, comprising a consistency of sensitivity equation, a consistency of power loss equation, an equivalent network power balance equation and a Kirchhoff's current equation; and calculating static equivalent parameters according to the static equivalence determination conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Juan Yu, Bo Hu, Wei Dai, Linwei Li, Wei Yan, Xia Zhao
  • Patent number: 10121281
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for visualizing an object includes the steps of providing a simulated environment; rendering, with at least one processor, at least one virtual object based at least partially on the simulated environment, a viewable angle of the at least one virtual object, and object characteristics associated with the at least one virtual object, the object characteristics comprising at least one of the following: reflectance, transmittance, attenuation, or any combination thereof; and changing a viewable angle of the at least one virtual object in response to user input. A system and a computer program product for implementing the aforementioned method includes appropriately communicatively connected hardware components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Matjasko, Frank J. Triggiani, Srinivasa G. Narasimhan
  • Patent number: 10108155
    Abstract: A changepoint detector for modeling data received from at least one sensor in a process in the hydrocarbon industry. The data is segmented into a plurality of segments and for each segment a model is assigned and the data corresponding to the segment fit to that model. A plurality of segmentations are thus provided and these segmentations are evaluated and assigned weights indicative of the fit of the models of the segmentation to the underlying data. The segmentation models are further used to calculate a result that may be input to a process control program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Walter Aldred, Jonathan Dunlop, James Belaskie
  • Patent number: 10108760
    Abstract: Depth-averaged flow simulation systems and methods provided herein employ parameterized templates for dynamical depth profiling for at least one step of a simulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Tao Sun, Morgan Sullivan, Michael James Pyrcz, Martin Perlmutter, Jacob Covault
  • Patent number: 10101670
    Abstract: Methods and systems for creating a measurement model based on measured training data are presented. The trained measurement model is used to calculate process parameter values, structure parameter values, or both, directly from measured data collected from other wafers. The measurement models receive measurement data directly as input and provide process parameter values, structure parameter values, or both, as output. The measurement model enables the direct measurement of process parameters. Measurement data from multiple targets is collected for model building, training, and measurement. In some examples, the use of measurement data associated with multiple targets eliminates, or significantly reduces, the effect of under layers in the measurement result, and enables more accurate measurements. Measurement data collected for model building, training, and measurement, may be derived from measurements performed by a combination of multiple, different measurement techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Stilian Ivanov Pandev, Jonathan M. Madsen
  • Patent number: 10101497
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for determining a karstic region modified by karstification phenomena. This method comprises, from a geological model, determining a seed cell and a target cell in that model. If a distance between the seed cell and the target cell is above a given distance, it is possible to update the seed cell with a bifurcation cell based at least on the coordinates of the seed cell, the coordinates of the target cell, a distance distribution, an angular distribution, and to re-iterate the test. Based on that bifurcation cells, trajectory is computed and cells of that trajectory is updated with new cell characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOTAL SA
    Inventors: Bernard Corre, Patrick Henriquel, Philippe Lapointe, Richard Labourdette, Pierre Biver
  • Patent number: 10087729
    Abstract: Methods of analyzing fluid flow in a formation include defining physical boundaries of a porous geological formation reservoir and parameters related to a process of injection of fluid over a period of time, and configuring a reservoir simulator that characterizes transport of the fluid as solute within the physical boundaries of the reservoir in accordance with the fluid injection process. The reservoir simulator utilizes at least one upscaled equation describing advective transport for the solute. Output of the simulator may be viewed. The parameters related to the injection process including one or more of an injection rate, a location of injection, and a time length of injection can be optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATIO
    Inventor: Anja Slim
  • Patent number: 10089434
    Abstract: A method for creating a laboratory automation system is disclosed. The method includes obtaining a plurality of subgraphs that correspond to a plurality of system blocks. The system blocks are chosen and the subgraphs are stitched together to form a site graph for the laboratory automation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Eberhardt, Charles Martinez, Thomas T. Nguyen, Guenther Schulmayr
  • Patent number: 10087722
    Abstract: A system and method for performing stimulation operations at a wellsite having a subterranean formation with of a reservoir therein is provided. The method involves generating a plurality of quality indicators from a plurality of logs, and combining the plurality of quality indicators to form a composite quality indicator. The plurality of stress blocks may then be merged using diversion criterion. The composite quality indicator may be combined with the merged stress blocks to form a combined stress and composite quality indicator, the combined stress and composite quality indicator comprising a plurality of blocks with boundaries therebetween. The method may further comprise defining stages along the combined stress and composite quality indicator based on the diverter-assisted stage classifications; and selectively positioning perforations in select stages based on the diverter-assisted stage classifications thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bruno Lecerf, Dmitriy Usoltsev, Timothy L. Pope, Alejandro Pena, Tarik Itibrout, Xiaowei Weng, Hitoshi Onda, Philippe Enkababian
  • Patent number: 10083254
    Abstract: A method is presented for modeling reservoir properties. The method includes an auxiliary time-stepping procedure of the reservoir between an old time and a new time, and calculating a plurality of masses explicitly. A plurality of phase component densities is updated linearly from the plurality of masses. A plurality of saturation changes is calculated based on the plurality of masses. A plurality of phase flow rates is updated based on the plurality of saturation changes, a plurality of phase flow rates at the old time, and a plurality of saturation derivatives of the phase flow rates at the old time. A plurality of component flow rates may be calculated based on the updated plurality of phase component densities and the plurality of phase flow rates. The method also includes a formulation method based on the auxiliary time stepping procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Yahan Yang, Xiaohui Wu
  • Patent number: 10071487
    Abstract: Systems and methods to systematize the development of machines using inexpensive, fast, and convenient fabrication processes are disclosed. In an embodiment, a robot compiler generates a fabrication system, including mechanical, electrical, and software assemblies, that can be used for assembling a robot according to a user design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Daniela L. Rus, Joseph J. DelPreto, Ankur M. Mehta
  • Patent number: 10061873
    Abstract: An integrated design system for an electric plant of an industrial site includes: a central processing unit; terminal stations connected to the central processing unit; and a storage unit. The central processing unit includes: a database management module to receive data from the terminals and organize the incoming data in databases; a first computing module, to determine specifications of lighting bodies to be installed according to the content of the databases; and a second computing module, cooperating with the first computing module to determine the sizing and routing of electric cables at least for the lighting bodies, according to the content of the databases. The databases include a lighting database containing values of a first set of parameters relating to environments of the industrial site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: ANSALDO ENERGIA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giampietro Carlini
  • Patent number: 10061901
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a prediction method for a mixed solvent for minimizing the amount of single solvents used, and to a system using same, and more specifically to a novel evaluation method that can predict a mixed solvent that minimizes the amount of single solvents used by using a graph-based mixing ratio dependent solubility estimation (G-MRDSE) that can calculate the maximum composition of additional solvents in a mixed solvent, and a system using same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Seungyup Lee, Hyesung Cho, Changik Song
  • Patent number: 10061874
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a process and/or production plant, which includes a plurality of components and which is planned using a plurality of engineering systems, includes a step of providing first result data pertaining to at least one portion of the plurality of components using a first of the plurality of engineering systems, and second result data pertaining to at least one portion of the plurality of components using a second of the plurality of engineering systems. The method also includes a step of extracting topology data, which describe an arrangement of the plurality of components within the process and/or automation plant, and operating data for the plurality of components from the first and second result data. The method further includes creating a model for the process and/or production plant by using the topology data and the operating data. Also disclosed is an apparatus for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael Dallmann, J├╝rgen Elger, Christiane Gast, Markus Remmel, Thomas Trenner
  • Patent number: 10054712
    Abstract: Machine, computer readable medium, program code, and computer-implemented methods for performing a reservoir simulation with well completion and reservoir grid data quality assurance, are provided. An exemplary embodiment can include a data quality analyzing machine having memory containing data quality analyzing instructions configured to simulate a reservoir model with automated well completion and reservoir grid data quality assurance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Mohammed S. Al-Nuaim, Umar A. Al-Nahdi, Tareq Al-Zahrani, Khalid Al-Alwan, Muath Al-Mulla
  • Patent number: 10025894
    Abstract: Systems and methods for prediction of in-plane distortions (IPD) due to wafer shape in semiconductor wafer chucking process is disclosed. A series of Zernike basis wafer shapes process to emulate the non-linear finite element (FE) contact mechanics model based IPD prediction is utilized in accordance with one embodiment of the present disclosure. The emulated FE model based prediction process is substantially more efficient and provides accuracy comparable to the FE model based IPD prediction that utilizes full-scale 3-D wafer and chuck geometry information and requires computation intensive simulations. Furthermore, an enhanced HOS IPD/OPD prediction process based on a series of Zernike basis wafer shape images is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Pradeep Vukkadala, Sathish Veeraraghavan, Jaydeep Sinha, Haiguang Chen, Michael Kirk
  • Patent number: 10024151
    Abstract: Techniques for controlling a bottom hole assembly (BHA) include determining a model of BHA dynamics based on sensor measurements from the BHA; determining, based on the model of BHA dynamics, an objective function including a predicted future deviation from a planned wellbore path; determining a control input to the BHA that satisfies the objective function for a set of operating conditions of the BHA; generating, at a secondary system, relational information that relates the control input to the set of operating conditions; and transmitting the relational information from the secondary system to the BHA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason D. Dykstra, Zhijie Sun